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Netflix series Marco Polo will be filmed in Kazakhstan 0

Posted on May 14, 2014 by KazCham

Tengri News

According to the Hollywood Reporter, portions of the Netflix drama series Marco Polo will be filmed in Kazakhstan. The first season ofMarco Polo will see the famous explorer at the center of a brutal war in the 13th century China. The series is produced by Harvey Weinstein and Dan Minahan (known for the Game of Thrones).

According to Weinstein, “We are shooting all over the world. From the sweeping vistas of Kazakhstan – which act as backdrop for the wars and conquests of Kublai Khan – to the intimate moments within the alleys and canals of Marco’s hometown of Venice, Italy, this is spectacle in the truest sense of the word.”

Italian actor Lorenzo Richelmy will play Marco Polo, and the cast will include Chinese actor Zhu Zhu (who was also seen in Cloud Atlas). Marco Polo will debut on Netflix in late 2014.

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“Kazakhstan 2050: Toward a Modern Society for All” Book Released 0

Posted on May 14, 2014 by KazCham

The Astana Times

A new 400-page book “Kazakhstan 2050: Toward a Modern Society for All,” was released at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank in Astana. The Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov and several other international experts attended the book launch.

Speaking at the event, Massimov said that “Kazakhstan 2050 seeks to accelerate the current force of reform and modernisation and aims to propel Kazakhstan into the 30 industrialised and developed nations in the world. With high ambition comes high responsibility. There are many challenges and difficulties that lie ahead of us.”

The book focuses on the key priorities and strategy for Kazakhstan to achieve the Kazakhstan 2050 vision. These priorities include an efficient energy sector, green growth, balanced growth, regional integration, developing human resources and building resilient economic institutions.

The authors of the book also stressed that  “[Kazakhstan needs] to avoid getting mired in the ‘middle-income-trap,’ which has become the bane of so many countries at the same stage of development at which Kazakhstan is currently.”

The book is edited by Shigeo Katsu, rector of the Nazarbayev University and Dr. Johannes Linn, Former VP of the World Bank, along with two other experts. The book has been written by 8 prominent international experts, and has been published in English and Russian by the Oxford University Press.

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Astana Economic Forum praised by Nobel-winning Economist 0

Posted on May 14, 2014 by KazCham

Pakistan Today

VII Astana Economic Forum (AEF) will be held on May 21 to 23, in Astana. AEF is expected to see more than 10,000 delegates from UN-member countries discuss global economics issues and develop recommendations.

Robert Aumann, Winner of the 2005 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics and a regular attendee of the AEF, said that “Astana has become an ideal place where conferences should be held inviting to a search for solutions on world economic problems. Certainly, in fighting against crisis, these conferences position Kazakhstan on leading roles, and as a result, they will bring only beneficial and fruitful results.”

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Tethys Petroleum has said it will simultaneously drill two deep exploratory wells in the Ustyurt basin in Kazakhstan. 0

Posted on September 04, 2013 by KazCham

Tethys Petroleum is going to use the funds it received from the recent farm-out agreement on its Bokhtar venture in Tajikistan to speed up its drilling program in Kazakhstan, the company said. This plans to start in early September using its own rig and take 70 days to drill to 3,500 meters. In Kazakhstan, Tethys Petroleum’s acreage is located in the northern part of the Ustyurt basin, a triangular shaped geological basin which lies just to the west of the Aral Sea. The company’s geological model for the area predicted that there may be a mature source rock in the east of the basin with migration of oil into structures on the basin flanks. Despite some exploration in the past, no commercial oil has been discovered so far. The new Kazakhstan-China gas pipeline under construction, which is planned to pass through Tethys’s contract areas, will provide an additional commercialisation route and offers potential further price upside, the company believes.

Business Intelligence from Colibri Law Firm: Issue #69

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New Five-Year Visas to be Issued to American Citizens Starting Aug. 1 0

Posted on August 02, 2013 by KazCham

Special  Issue No 43,  August 2, 2013

Important Strategic Partner 

New Five-Year Visas to be Issued to American Citizens Starting Aug. 1

On August 1, Ambassador Kairat Umarov gave Kazakhstan’s first five-year visa to Congressman Eni Faleomavaega, who plans to visit Kazakhstan in August.

Anyone applying for diplomatic, official, private, tourist, business and student visas can now get visas with a maximum validity of five-years on a bilateral basis between Kazakhstan and the U.S. The fee for the long term, multiple entry visa is $160. The new visa will benefit frequent travelers to Kazakhstan.

The five-year visa is one of the main outcomes of the recent visit of Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrisov to the U.S. The Kazakh Embassy in Washington, D.C., and the Consulate General in New York will issue the new visas to U.S. citizens. All other Kazakh missions around the world can also issue 5-year visas to American citizens visiting Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan is the first CIS country to introduce a more liberal visa regime for American citizens, which is yet another sign of the growing relationship between Kazakhstan and U.S.



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Kazakhs launch ‘Silk Road’ China-Europe rail route 0

Posted on June 19, 2013 by KazCham

By Raushan Nurshayeva, Reuters, Jun 10, 2013 

ASTANA –  Kazakhstan has launched a new transit railway linking China to Europe, aiming to beat rival routes for journey time in the competition to handle a growing flow of goods along the ancient Silk Road trade route.

“Kazakhstan is a virtual bridge linking the East and the West,” Yerkin Meirbekov, deputy railway department chief at Kazakhstan’s Transport Ministry, said in an interview. “You can actually say this is the revival of the Silk Road.”

Centuries ago, it would take months for caravans of camels and horses from China to reach Europe across the sun-scorched steppes and deserts of Central Asia to exchange silk for medicines, perfumes and precious stones.

Now it takes just 15 days for trains carrying containers with electronic goods, construction materials and other cargo to cover the 10,800 km (6,750 miles) route from Chongqing in southwest China to Duisburg in Germany’s industrial Ruhr region.

Late last year, Kazakhstan completed construction of a 293-km (183-mile) stretch from Zhetygen to Korgas at the Chinese border, looping it in to the existing national railway network and opening the second China-Europe link across its territory.

Meirbekov said that the annual volume of freight turnover along the new route, guaranteed by China, was set to total 2 million metric tons (2.2 million tons) this year and would rise eventually to 15 million metric tons.

“The Chinese side, as well as the Kazakh side and European partners – everyone is ready (to handle these volumes) alreadytomorrow,” Meirbekov said.

“All railways, as well as customs and border guards, are ready to assist fast passage of cargo across their territories.”

Europe-bound trains from China cross from Kazakhstan into Russia. Then they go via Belarus and Poland before reaching Duisburg in Germany.


Transit routes are a major earner for Kazakhstan’s fast-growing economy, already established as a route for pipelines to pump Central Asian oil and gas to China, reducing the region’s dependency on former colonial master Russia.

“In railways, transit cargo is considered to be net profit, because there are no costs involved – you take in cargo at one border and hand it over at the other. This is a tasty morsel, and all nations are vying for transits,” Meirbekov said.

Kazakhstan, the world’s ninth-largest nation by area which is populated by just 17 million, inherited another railway route to China from the Soviet Union.

This railway, with the Dostyk-Alashankou crossing at China’s border, handled a record 16.5 million metric tons of cargo to and from China in 2012, Meirbekov said, predicting that it would reach it maximum annual capacity of 25 million metric tons soon.

“If you look at China’s prospects, large-scale and intensive development of western China is under way, and output produced there should be exported elsewhere,” he said. “This is why the second (transit) route was built.”

“Sending goods by sea is very cheap – of course, if the client agrees to wait for 45 days,” he said. “But markets are fickle, and you have to move fast.”

Goods to be delivered to Europe from China via Russia’s Trans-Siberian railway would cover 12,000 km and transit time would take between 18 and 20 days, the Kazakh government says, touting its own route.

Oil-rich Kazakhstan, Central Asia’s largest economy, forecasts its gross domestic product to expand by 6 percent this year after a 5-percent rise in 2012.

Kazakh state railway company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) has estimated that cargo transit via its network would reach 35 million metric tons by 2020 and eventually rise to 50 million metric tons.

KTZ handles 90-95 percent of all Kazakh transit cargo.

(Writing by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Douglas Busvine and William Hardy)

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President approves Kazakhstan transition to ‘green economy’ concept. 0

Posted on June 05, 2013 by KazCham

The decree of the Head of state about the concept on transition of the Republic of Kazakhstan to “green economy” is approved. The text of the decree is published on June 1 on an official seal. In the decree Nazarbayev decides “to approve the concept of Kazakhstan transition to “green economy”. According to the decree, the government of Kazakhstan needs to approve the plan of measures on concept implementation. In the comment to the decree it is noted that the concept of Kazakhstan transition to “green economy” lays the foundation for deep system transformations for the purpose of transition to economy of a new formation by means of welfare increase, Kazakhstan population life quality increase and country’s entry into the number of 30 most developed countries of the world at minimization of environmental load and degradation of natural resources.

Business Intelligence from Colibri Law Firm: Issue #60

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Kazakhstan: Iran, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan to inaugurate joint rail project. 0

Posted on May 22, 2013 by KazCham

Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan will inaugurate a joint rail project in the forthcoming days. The project which is dubbed the Caspian Sea eastern rail corridor will officially come on stream in the presence of the three countries’ presidents. The rail corridor will be around 1000 kilometres in length, 140 kilometres of which will be in Kazakhstan, 700 kilometres in Turkmenistan and 90 kilometres in Iran. Construction of the Qazvin-Rasht-Astara railway is projected to come on stream by March 2014.

Business Intelligence from Colibri Law Firm: Issue #58
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Kazakhstan citizens offered half a million tenge for smart or green idea 0

Posted on May 10, 2013 by KazCham

By Altynai Zhumzhumina, Tengrinews, May 5, 2013

Any Kazakhstan resident can receive 500 thousand tenge ($3.3 thousand) for a smart or green idea, Tengrinews.kz reports citing General Manager of Astana Innovations Batyrbek Dautbayev.

“This year we plan to hold a contest called Smart and green technologies. All projects in EXPO-2017 are aimed at energy saving and energy efficiency,” Dautbayev said at the briefing.

This will be the second Astana Startup Weekend. The contest’s prize pool is similar to the one of last year: 1 million tenge ($6.7 thousand): 500 thousand tenge ($3.3 thousand) for the 1st place, 300 thousand tenge ($2 thousand) for the 2nd place and 200 thousand tenge ($1,3 thousand) for the 3rd place.

“Registration of participants has already started at asw.kz. Around 70 people have already got registered. Registration is open and will last until May 17, inclusively. To get registered one should fill in an application form in Registration section of the website and then come to the event at 06:00 p.m. on May 17,” General Manager of Astana Innovations said.

The contest is expected to be participated by 150-200 people. The jury will include representatives of private businesses and state authorities.

According to the organizers, FlyFarm team (2 students of Nazarbayev University) won the contest last year, presenting a project of production of protein feed from fly larvae that is superior to most of the existing combined and natural feeds for poultry and fish farms.

“They received over 6 million tenge ($40 thousand) for development of their production. They have bought the required equipment and obtained all necessary documents (certificates, patents and others). They are already producing their goods. They work in Astana with large companies as KazAgroInnovations, KazAgro. They already have contracts with several poultry factories and a network of fish stores,” Dautbayev said.

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DP World has pledged to invest $1b into Aktau port 0

Posted on May 01, 2013 by KazCham
Kazakh industry minister Asset Issekeshev said on a visit to Dubai that the Dubai-based port operator DP World has pledged to invest $1b into Aktau port and the Khorog-Eastern Gates free zone area, media reported (April 28). Aktau is Kazakhstan’s main Caspian Sea port. The Khorog-Eastern Gates free zone lies on the border with China.
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