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17-years old student from Satpayev visited the Google office among the other 27 winners of the GCI-15 contest 0

Posted on July 25, 2016 by KazCham

Tengri News

17-years old Imran Tartiev from Satpayev visited the main office of the Google Inc. in California, U.S.

A few months ago Imran won IT contest organized by Google. He took part in the Google Code-in 15 contest for the pre-university students ages 13 to 17. He modified the software for a number of applications, and was among the 28 winners. It was the first time when participant from Kazakhstan was among the winners of the GCI-15.

11th grade student of the Satpayev’s gymnasium named after Saken Seifullin had a trip to California in late June. Trip pictures are available at his Instagram account.

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Revolutionary New Heart Procedure Performed for the First Time in Patients – Brings Worldwide Attention to Kazakhstan 0

Posted on July 22, 2016 by KazCham

Marketwired

New medical technologies in medicine have always have typically come to Kazakhstan from other countries. This all changed on June 14, 2016 when Dr. Y.V. Pya and his colleagues, along with renowned British Cardiologist Dr. Michael Mullen and medical -device inventor Prof. Anthony Nobles successfully performed the new procedure successfully on two patients at the National Cardiac Research Center in Astana. The “First In Man” procedure of cardiac transapical access and closure using the Heartstitch technology was accomplished without the use of a prosthetic implant.

Watch video in Kazakh at KazTRK, in Russian at Khabar

The both patients who were requiring replacement of their aortic heart valve received the HeartStitch® transapical procedure, allowing the team to place the Heart Valve safely into the beating heart. The patients tolerated the procedure very well and have been discharged without complication. This procedure will eventually make it possible to perform critical heart procedures percutaneously through a small puncture between the ribs rather than open heart surgery. In the years to come, this technology has the potential of saving thousands of lives all over the world. These procedures also marked for the first time in Kazakhstan’s history that a medical technology was  initially tested in humans first – a technology that in part was developed in Kazakhstan, and will be built and exported to other countries.

Dr. Pya, the Chairman and CEO of the National Cardiac Research Center, comments on this event: “The field of cardiac surgery around the world is developing towards less invasive medical care. What we were able to accomplish today is a major contribution toward achieving this goal, and it will be very welcomed by the medical community worldwide. I am very happy with our success and I thank my team and also those from HeartStitch® team, who participated in this tremendous work.”

Dr. Mike Mullen, consultant cardiologist at St. Bartholomew’s St. Barts Heart Hospital, London, and Chief Medical Officer of HeartStitch®, Inc., commented, “this exciting technology will be an important step in facilitating the next wave of technology in treating structural heart disease that will require safe, effective and simple access and closure of the ventricular apex. I believe this is the next wave of technology in treating structural heart disease. The ability to be less invasive without introducing new mechanical devices into the patient’s heart by emulating the open surgical technique is always the best way, but often the most difficult to achieve. This new technology does just that. Over the next year our task will be to refine the procedure, technology, and technique of using the device so that it may be implemented by cardiac teams performing these life saving heart operations procedures.”

Shigeo Katsu, President of Nazarbayev University, Astana Kazakhstan commented, “HeartStitch® is an important part of the innovation directive of Nazarbayev University to broaden research out to the world. This First In Man procedure will change the lives of two Kazakh citizens, and will be the beginning of this technology helping people all over the world. I personally, am proud of student directly involved in making these successful procedures possible and look forward to further innovation as part of our international collaboration with Heartstitch® , Inc.”

Read full article at Marketwired

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Kazakhs, Chevron-led group approve $37B Tengiz field expansion 0

Posted on July 20, 2016 by KazCham

CNBC

Kazakhstan and a group of oil majors led by Chevron approved on Tuesday a $36.8 billion plan to boost production at the Tengiz field, the Central Asian nations’ Energy Ministry and foreign partners said in a joint statement.

The super-giant field, one of the world’s biggest, accounts for more than a third of total crude output in Kazakhstan which is the biggest ex-Soviet oil producer after Russia.

Under the plan, Tengiz, in which Exxon Mobil and Lukoil also have stakes, will increase output to 39 million tons a year (850,000 barrels per day) by 2022 from 27 million tons currently.

“Today we are witnessing a historic event not just for the oil and gas sector but for the whole country,” Kazakh Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev told reporters in Astana, sitting next to executives of Tengizchevroil, the joint venture operating Tengiz, and partner companies.

In a separate statement, Chevron said the total project budget included $27.1 billion for facilities, $3.5 billion for wells and $6.2 billion for contingency and escalation.

Kazakhstan holds a 20 percent stake in the venture via state oil and gas firm KazMunayGaz. Chevron owns 50 percent, Exxon Mobil has 25 percent and Lukarco, controlled by Russia’s LUKOIL, the remaining 5 percent.

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Kazakhstan Committed to Opening Economy and Modernizing Society, by Karim Massimov, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan 0

Posted on July 15, 2016 by KazCham

The Diplomat

“The interests of our overseas partners are taken fully into account when new policy is being shaped.”

From our earliest days as an independent country, Kazakhstan has consistently pursued a dual track policy: actively seeking international investment and knowledge to help drive economic development, while building political stability, national unity and human capital for social progress. It was a deliberate choice which, over the last 25 years, has helped transform our nation and its prospects for the better.

Good relations were established with countries all around the world, leading to increased trade. Our welcome to overseas companies has seen long and successful partnerships forged to the benefit of them and our country. Similarly, we have been able to establish a strong track record of political stability, ethnic and religious harmony and sustained improvement in human development indicators. Needless to say, the dual policy tracks have not only been complementary but mutually reinforcing.

The result is that Kazakhstan has been the favorite destination for overseas investment in our region. More than $210 billion in foreign direct investment has flowed into our country over the last two decades. The strong growth that this has helped drive has provided the revenue to improve dramatically the living standards and quality of life of our citizens. And Kazakhstan’s citizens and international investors alike have come to expect safety in everyday life and respect for diversity as a matter of fact.

There is no question but that the country cannot stand still or slip backwards, because we are committed to building on the progress we have already achieved and strengthen and diversify our economy and modernize our society. Achieving our ambition of joining the ranks of the top 30 developed countries by 2050 requires us to continue removing any barriers which stand in the way of sustainable development.

This is why, at a time when economic shocks from beyond our borders and control could have caused us to slow the pace of reform, we have responded by accelerating the modernization of our economy and society. We have been implementing wide-ranging reforms to improve the performance of our institutions, opening up state industries through a comprehensive privatization program and taking decisive steps to improve the investment climate.

Equally important, one of the planks of the institutional reforms we launched last year aims to create an open government that is more accountable to our citizens. This means that in the first instance we have to communicate in the clearest, most concise way to explain government’s intent, policy designs, implementation approaches and timelines behind reform packages. The recent public outcry over proposed land use reforms is a case in point – we are learning to listen, and as a result we have set up a land reform commission with participation of a cross-section of citizens. Moving to this more participatory approach may not be all smooth sailing, and there likely will be ups and downs, but the fact is that we are learning.

Read full article at The Diplomat

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Kazakhstan’s Central Reference Laboratory in Almaty 0

Posted on July 14, 2016 by KazCham

NunnLugarCTR

The Central Reference Laboratory is expected to focus on some of the world’s most dangerous emerging pathogens with support from the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, drawing off of years of U.S. and Kazakhstan’s joint cooperation.

Watch video at NunnLugarCTR

 

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President Erdogan thanked President Nazarbayev for contribution at restoration of the Turkey Russia relations 0

Posted on July 12, 2016 by KazCham

Turkish Weekly

Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev held a telephone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

During the talk the Turkish President congratulated President Nazarbayev on the election of Kazakhstan as a nonpermanent member of the UN Security Council for 2017-2018 in New York on June 28.

The President of Kazakhstan, in turn, expressed his condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the terrorist attack in Istanbul.
Nazarbayev noted that Kazakhstan strongly condemns the actions of the international terrorism and extremism threatening global security.

The President of Turkey thanked the Kazakh President for his contribution and big work aimed at restoration of the relations between Turkey and Russia.
The Turkish President also informed Nazarbayev about his recent telephone conversation with President of Russia Vladimir Putin and expressed hope that the relations between Ankara and Moscow would improve.

The telephone conversation was held on the initiative of the Turkish side.

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How we made the Kazakhstan Triangle skate edits (Watch video) 0

Posted on July 05, 2016 by KazCham

RedBull

Join us behind the scenes of our Kazakhstan Triangle adventure through the eyes of Kirill Korobkov.

One thing that made the Kazakhstan trip special was that we decided to film a lot of background action and create a photo essay with our mobile phones.

Each time you travel, so much interesting stuff just doesn’t make it into the main edit, where running time has to be a consideration. Sometimes, the filmer just doesn’t have time to capture everything, and also the warm-up sessions can be more fun than the big moves.

With less pressure in front of a friend’s phone, people tend to try different maneuvers.

Kazakhstan is a really photogenic country: it was easy and entertaining to document the adventure from riders’ point of view. Every stop of the trip was special in its own way, from the futuristic Astana to the Ustyurt National Reserve, the 72-hour-long train ride to the Aral Sea – which turned into the Aral Desert – we were lucky to visit some of the most interesting locations the country has to offer.

I was the guide and the translator for the trip, but I also gathered up some photos along the way, which you can check out above.

The video clip was filmed by the entire crew of Nestor JudkinsRob Wootton,Gabriel Summers, Vladik Scholz, Patrik Wallner and Tommy Zhao. We hope it gives you some insight into how the trip came to be and some extra context to Patrik’s superb feature edits!

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Chevron and Nazarbayev University Students Introduce Model Eco-Village Project 0

Posted on July 03, 2016 by KazCham

Astana Times

Chevron’s contribution to science and technology development in Kazakhstan is designed to create opportunities for students and young researchers to develop their professional and academic skills while searching for solutions to improve the quality of life.

The company helps local universities in purchasing advanced equipment, upgrading laboratory infrastructure, supporting faculty research programmes, and providing funds for scholarships and project teams of young scientists and students.

Last May, in partnership with the Nazarbayev University, Chevron introduced a model eco-village – a futuristic, human and environment-friendly settlement that could be built 25 km from Astana. The eco-village is designed to be energy efficient, sustainable, based on innovative technologies, and integrate harmoniously with the natural landscape.

The 3D eco-village model is a result of a year-long research carried out by a team of 25 university students representing various departments and contributing their knowledge and skills in the areas of design, engineering, ecological studies, energy studies, and IT. Mentors from the university worked hand in hand with students on project management and technical issues.

“The whole modelling part was implemented by the students with the support of university administration, professors and experts. We plan to submit it for presentation at EXPO 2017. And I have no doubt that we will succeed,” shared his confidence Daniil Tarasov, a 3rd year student and project manager. “To be part of this project is a great honour and priceless experience for me.”

Later this year, the project team plans to arrange a peer-review by local expert community.

Since its establishment in 2010, Nazarbayev University has swiftly developed into one of the leading educational and research institutions in Kazakhstan. Starting from 2012, the university and Chevron entered into a long-term partnership based on the shared philosophy of striking the right balance between environment preservation and the advancement of technology.

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354 DAYS TILL BEGINNING OF THE ASTANA EXPO 2017 0

Posted on July 01, 2016 by KazCham

Futuristic eco city breaks ground in Kazakhstan for the World Expo 2017

Inhabitat

Construction works on the highly anticipated Expo City 2017, designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG), are well underway in Astana, Kazakhstan. The 429-acre master plan responds to the Expo theme “Future Energy” by incorporating buildings that will operate as power plants, generating energy from solar panels and wind turbines to power themselves and the rest of the campus through an innovative smart grid.

The project focuses on using renewable energy as the primary source for infrastructure and daily operation of the buildings. Each element of the design aims to encourage and support the idea of clean energy across the project, which will feature exhibition and cultural pavilions, a residential development, commercial areas, educational and civic facilities, as well as parks and parking.

Located at the very heart of the campus, the sphere-shaped Kazakhstan Pavilion will be a true symbol of the “Future Energy” concept. Its transformative skin will reduce thermal loss and reduce interior solar glare, at the same time increasing the building’s energy output through integrated sustainable systems such as photovoltaics.

Each building was designed to reduce energy use and increase the amount of clean energy that can be harvested. “The building forms are the direct result of a considerate and thorough design process, which AS+GG practices as ‘Form Follows Performance,” said AS+GG partner Adrian Smith, FAIA.

In addition to the excellent energy performance of individual buildings, the architects ensured that the entire development will be interconnected by including a smart energy grid, smart recycled water grid, integrated waste management system, and inter-seasonal underground thermal energy storage. After the Expo, the site will be converted into an office and research park for international companies and entrepreneurs.

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COUNTDOWN BEGINS FOR KAZAKHSTAN’S ELECTION TO SECURITY COUNCIL 0

Posted on June 29, 2016 by KazCham

Kazakh Embassy

Time for Younger Nations to Have a Louder Voice (watch video)

This year Kazakhstan is celebrating its 25th anniversary as an independent nation. Over the years, Kazakhstan has demonstrated its commitment to multilateralism, global peace-building, security and development, as well as its efficiency as an impartial honest broker working for the common benefit. At the initiative of its founding President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, the country has launched meaningful international processes, including the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) and the triennial Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions. It has also chaired key organisations such as the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and has been busy promoting valuable global and regional initiatives such as the establishment of a world free from nuclear weapons and the Eurasian Economic Union.

In just over two decades, Kazakhstan has managed to become an economic and geopolitical success story. The country has also illustrated its willingness to be a trustworthy partner in a region that faces many challenges.

See more at Kazakh Embassy

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