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Astana Economic Forum 2016 0

Posted on May 22, 2016 by KazCham


The Astana Economic Forum is an annual event held in Astana, the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan, which brings together representatives from the world’s economic community, current and former heads of states, Nobel Prize laureates, outstanding figures from the scientific world, and businessmen.

The Forum is best known as a platform for international dialogue that enables constructive discussion of economic development issues concerning both Central Asia and the entire world in relation to changes witnessed in the global economy.

The AEF and its activities are distinguished by the active participation of government and business figures from more than 80 countries. As the world economy undergoes a number of changes, the AEF serves as a platform where these figures consider the major global challenges of the day and brainstorm on solutions to address such challenges.

In the framework of forums held in the past, world leaders have expressed their views and offered practical propositions concerning economic strengthening, not only for Central Asia and the post-Soviet space, but also for the world.

Through eight years, numerous business and government leaders have tackled such themes as “Modern Aspects of Economic Development under the Conditions of Globalization”, “Economic Security of Eurasia in the System of Global Risks”, “Ensuring Sustainable Economic Growth in Post-Crisis Period”, “New decade: Challenges and Perspectives”, “Global Economic Transformation: Challenges and Perspectives of Development”, “Ensuring Balanced Economic Growth in the G-GLOBAL Format”, “Risk management in the era of changes in the format of G-Global” and “Infrastructure: Driver of Sustainable Economic Growth”.

This year, AEF participants make their way to Astana to address the challenges concerning “The New Economic Reality: Diversification, Innovation and Knowledge Economy.”

The event will take place on May 25-26, 2016 in Astana and will be live tweeted using the hashtag #aef2016


Astana Economic Forum to Generate Insights into Reinvigorating Economic Growth

Astana Times

The global economy has taken a distinct turn for the worse since politicians, experts and the media gathered for the last Astana Economic Forum in 2015. The collapse in oil and commodity prices, the slowdown in China and the continuing problems in many other parts of the world have hit growth and reduced confidence.

Kazakhstan, as a large producer of oil and a major trading partner of China and Russia, which is in recession, has felt the full impact of these global forces. Without early and determined action, including the decision to float the tenge, the long-term damage to the country’s progress and prosperity could have been much worse.

It is always dangerous to tempt fate and there are many challenges to overcome. But with oil prices beginning to show signs of a slight recovery and the anti-crisis measures beginning to have an effect, it may be that the path ahead may be less difficult.

The events of the last 12 months and the continued turbulence and concern formed the backdrop for this year’s Astana Economic Forum on May 25-26. With discussions around the theme of “New Economic Reality: Diversification, Innovations and Economics of Knowledge,” it has again attracted a cast list of global leaders, CEOs, Nobel laureates and renowned economic experts. Each year, the forum grows in importance as an influential platform for dialogue in the Eurasian region.

The Astana Economic Forum will serve as a useful platform not only to discuss the progress made so far but identify the further steps needed to ensure Kazakhstan returns to high economic growth. Given the complexity of our world, it is unlikely that the participants of the forum will have all the answers to every problem. But the expert discussions will help generate new insights and options which explains the success and attractions of the forum for all who attend.

Read more at Astana Times

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Kazakhstan joins EAEU Free Trade Agreement 0

Posted on March 15, 2016 by KazCham

Colibri Law Firm BI@colibrilaw.com

Kazakhstan has become the latest member of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), having ratified the agreement between the EAEU member states and Vietnam on Wednesday.

This free trade agreement between Europe and Asia is similar to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and was reached last year on 29 May 2015. However, it has taken until now for the Kazakh government to ratify the agreement. The treaty allows for duty-free trade between the EAEU member countries, Vietnam, and now Kazakhstan.

The Kazakh Economy Ministry had previously outlined its priorities in implementing the trade agreement. Chief among its interests was the exportation of food products, including flour, grain, alcohol, dairy products and beef.

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EXPO 2017 Participants Discuss Event Preparations in Astana 0

Posted on March 09, 2016 by KazCham


Astana Calling

The schedule of preparation for EXPO 2017 in Astana and the significance of the event were discussed at the second International Participants Meeting (IPM) in Astana Feb. 24–25. More than 270 representatives of expo working groups from more than 100 countries took part in the meeting, where presentations by government officials, International Bureau of Expositions (BIE) officials and the Astana EXPO 2017 National Company were made.

“EXPO 2017 will become a platform to demonstrate humanity’s achievements in the field of green energy and solutions to issues the rational use of energy sources,” said Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Dariga Nazarbayeva during the opening session of the IPM. She noted that Kazakhstan has stepped up its green energy efforts, implementing 14 renewable energy projects with an aggregate capacity of  120 megawatts, and that last year electricity generated from renewable sources reached around 700 million kilowatt hours.

BIE Secretary-General Vicente Loscertales, addressing the meeting, said “The significance of the theme – Future Energy – makes this specialized expo a very large one in terms of ideas, to display opportunities to make a real difference globally.” For Kazakhstan, he said, EXPO 2017 will be a chance to position itself as a country with a commitment to greening its economy and promoting renewable energy sources and green technologies; for participants, “Astana will be a unique opportunity to display their ideas and the vision.”

Chairman of the Astana EXPO 2017 National Company Akhmetzhan Yessimov and company’s team presented updated information on preparation for the exhibition, including technical details about expo architecture, pavilion structures, commercialization plans and methods of sales. During his speech, Yessimov noted that the Astana EXPO 2017 Company and the BIE secretariat are cooperating closely and that all schedules have been approved. According to Yessimov, the construction of international pavilions is underway and will be completed by November this year. “At this time we will be ready to hand over the spaces to the international participants,” he said.

To entertain the 2.3 million visitors expected to attend EXPO 2017, 3,517 different events outside the expo site and 3,296 inside the site have been planned for the duration of the event. These include conferences, fairs, concerts and other activities.

According to the government of Kazakhstan, more than 100 countries are expected to participate in the exhibition. So far, 75 countries and 14 international organizations have officially confirmed their participation in the event.

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Cuba signed agreement on participation in EXPO-2017 0

Posted on December 27, 2015 by KazCham


On November 18, the EXPO-2017 Commissioner Rapil Zhoshybayev met with Ambassador of Cuba to Kazakhstan, Commissioner of the national section of the Cuban pavilion at the EXPO-2017 Carlos Enrique Valdes de la Concepcion in Astana.

The sides shared opinions about the prospects of future cooperation in the green energy sphere and signed an agreement on Cuban participation in the EXPO-2017.

Cuba has participated in EXPO exhibitions since the first one in London in 1852 (as a Spanish colony). It has become the 14th country that signed an agreement on the participation. However, 53 world countries and 11 international organizations have officially confirmed their participation in the Exhibition in Astana.

The Ambassador noted these events are a measure of a high level of political relations between the two countries. Cuba understands the relevance of the theme of the EXPO-2017 and plans to produce 24% of the total energy from renewable energy sources by 2030.

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Kazakhstan to build new refinery jointly with Iran 0

Posted on July 31, 2015 by KazCham

Business Intelligence from Colibri Law Firm: Issue #109

Kazakhstan will construct a new refinery in the Mangistau region jointly with Iran, according to Rakimbek Amirjanov, the Deputy Akim (Governor) of the Mangistau Region.

Mr Amirjanov went on to add that Iran and Kazakhstan have already held a number of official negotiations on the issue. He furthermore confirmed that there are large companies in Kazakhstan that are interested in investing into this project.

A feasibility study of the project on construction of the fourth refinery is expected to be ready in the near future while the agreement on the construction of the refinery will be signed by the end of this year. Calculations suggest the approximate minimum amount of investment in the construction of the project to, at least, reach as much as $6 billion.

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A number of important agreements on development are signed during Astana Economic Forum 0

Posted on June 05, 2015 by KazCham

Samruk Kazyna

Astana Economic Forum has become a platform for partners to conclude talks and sign agreements.

On May 22, 2015 «Samruk-Energy» JSC signed a number of bilateral documents aimed at development of cooperation in elaborating innovative technologies during VIII Astana Economic Forum. The agreements have been made possible as a result of “Samruk-Kazyna” Fund visit to the Silicon Valley in California (USA).

The participants of the signing ceremony were the CEO of Primus Power Corporation Tom Stepien, professor of the Stanford University Friedrich Prinz, Professor of the University of California at Berkeley Daniel Alden Fletcher.

The bilateral agreements comprised an agreement with Stanford University in power industry; an agreement with the University of California in Berkley in the field of biomedicine; and an agreement with Primus Power Corporation on the development of electricity storage devices.

Primus Power Corporation and “Samruk-Energy” JSC agreed to establish a joint venture for  production and supply of energy storage systems  EnergyPod®  in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The joint project aims at development of renewable energy sector.

On the margins of the Astana Economic Forum, another agreement with the EBRD on loan was signed to modernize the tramway system in Pavlodar city. The EBRD-supported project will modernise a third of the tram fleet by purchasing 25 new tram cars, fix rail junctions and upgrade other related infrastructure. The EBRD will lend up to 2.5 billion tenge (€10 million equivalent) to the municipal tram system operator, JSC Pavlodar Tram Management Company, which will also receive a capital grant from the government of Kazakhstan of up to 910 million tenge (€3.71 million equivalent).  Additional support to the project will be provided by the regional government (Akimat).

At the signing ceremony, EBRD Managing Director Natalia Khanzhenkova said: “The modernisation programme will include not only physical upgrades but also introduction of a Public Service Contract, a mechanism to boost performance, cost effectiveness and transparency”.

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FAO to create liaison office in Kazakhstan 0

Posted on June 03, 2015 by KazCham

World Grain

ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN — The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Kazakhstan’s Minister of Agriculture Assylzhan Mamytbekov on May 23 signed an agreement establishing an FAO Partnership and Liaison Office in the country.

FAO’s new partnership with Kazakhstan will facilitate international cooperation efforts, bringing FAO and the government together to support of national development goals and priorities as well as assist other countries in the region.

The new office will promote cooperation with donors and financial institutions, scientific circles, multilateral agencies and other key partners, particularly with the Islamic Organization for Food Security being established in Kazakhstan under the aegis of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

In his address at the signing ceremony, Graziano da Silva highlighted that the establishment of a Partnership and Liaison Office in Kazakhstan will strengthen FAO’s partnership with Kazakhstan and open up new opportunities for cooperation in pursuit of common goals.

Graziano da Silva met the president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, during the VIII Astana Economic Forum. Nazarbayev underscored the importance of addressing food insecurity, being among the three global challenges. Graziano da Silva congratulated the president for achieving the first three Millennium Development Goals and praised Kazakhstan for maintaining since 1990 the total number and proportion of undernourished people at under 5% of the population.

During the mission to Astana, Graziano da Silva visited Astana’s Agrarian and Technological University and gave a lecture on global food security challenges. He encouraged students to help contribute to the fight against hunger through agricultural research  and development.

The director-general was awarded with the academic rank of honorable professor.

FAO has been working in Kazakhstan since 1997, focusing on sustainable natural resource management, food safety and organic food production, animal health and livestock production.

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Getting to Know Kazakhstan, the Region and its Business & Investment Opportunities 0

Posted on May 06, 2015 by KazCham


Join us for an event  in celebration of 
World Trade Week 2015
His Excellency
Kairat Umarov
Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan 
to the United States
Washington D.C.

The Honorable
Raushan Yesbulatova
Consul General
The Consulate General of Kazakhstan
New York City
Marcia Favale-Tartar
Member of the Board of Directors
Development Bank of Kazakhstan


May 11, 2015

First Networking Reception: 6:00 p.m.
Presentation: 6:30 p.m. (promptly) followed by Q&A 
Second Networking Reception following the presentation and Q&A
A selection of specialties from the Kazakhstan region will be served!

at  the offices of 
McCann-Erickson Building, NYC
  622 Third Avenue, between 40th & 41st Streets, 18th Fl.


Please RSVP at info@abfe.biz and send payment by 5/8/15.
There will be a charge of $30 for non-members
(This amount can be applied to a $220 annual membership at the ABFE) 



Payment methods:

– Check (please make your check payable to

the American Business Forum on Europe)

– Credit card (American Express, MasterCard, VISA)

(Billing address needed for credit card payment)

– Pay online on our website: http://www.abfe.biz/Events.html   





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CACI Forum Presidential Elections in Kazakhstan (Tuesday, 5 May 2015, from 5 to 7 PM) 0

Posted on May 03, 2015 by KazCham
Kazakhstan conducted snap elections for the presidency on 26 April, 2015, with President Nazarbayev winning by 97% of vote.  While critics question whether opposition candidates were given adequate time to mobilize their campaigns, defenders argue that this vote of confidence in the existing leadership of the country is reassuring to the country’s international partners and investors at a moment of considerable stress throughout the region. Speakers will provide first-hand insights on the election and broader perspectives.


   John Herbst
Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council, Former US Ambassador to Uzbekistan

   Anthony Bowyer
   Program Manager for the Caucasus and Central Asia, International Foundation for Electoral Studies (IFES)

Vladimir Socor

Senior Fellow, Jamestown Foundation

   Alex Vatanka
Fellow, Middle East Institute

   Hon. Robert Wexler
Former Congressman

   S Frederick Starr (Moderator)
Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute/Silk Road Studies Program

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Kazakhstan working for transcontinental connectivity 0

Posted on November 14, 2014 by KazCham

The Astana Times

An editorial in The Astana Times praised Kazakhstan’s  efforts to promote “transcontinental connectivity” and its achievements in following a “multi-vector foreign policy.”

Kazakhstan enjoys treaties, strategic partnerships and cooperation with many international bodies like the UN, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and others. It’s recent acceptance into the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) was another huge step in this direction.

Kazakhstan further aims to build connections with China, Russia, Europe and Asia, through economic and infrastructural projects.

President Nazarbayev has in the past urged the international community to take “real action in matters of elimination of protectionist barriers, opening markets and increasing bilateral trade.” He has spoken against international sanctions and for the need to reform the global financial architecture.

One of Kazakhstan’s top priorities is revitalizing the Silk Road, connecting Europe and Asia through projects like the Western China-Western Europe highway and through diversifying energy.

Kazakhstan was the only Central Asian country to be invited to the ASEM summit, where more than 50 other countries interacted. President Nazarbayev spoke with many leaders from countries like Britain, Japan, Germany, China, South Korea, Hungary, Italy and the Netherlands to expand mutual cooperation. These meeting, Nazarbayev has said, helped raise Kazakhstan’s profile at the world stage and attract investments for Kazakhstan’s economic development.

Kazakhstan is also flexible in its foreign policy and continues to strengthen relations with Russia, while developing strong ties with China in key areas of trade and economic development.

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