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Kazakhstan Daily News Roundup – April 27, 2011

Posted on April 27, 2011 by KazCham

ENERGY:

Former Deputy Minister named head of MangistauMunaiGas
(SRI) – Asset Magauov, former Deputy Minister of Oil and Gas, has been appointed the new head of MangistauMunaiGas, a subsidiary of Kazakhstan’s national oil and gas company KazMunaiGas.

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:

BTA wrote off $3.3 billion in last 12 months
(SRI) – BTA Bank, Kazakhstan’s third-largest by assets, wrote off KZT481 billion ($3.3 billion) of loans in the 12 months to April 1, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

Sberbank aims to triple investment in Kazakhstan
(Reuters) – Sberbank’s Kazakh unit aims to grow net income this year by carving a larger niche in the local market and together with its Russian parent plans to boost investment in the country to almost $1 billion.

Kazakhstan said to seek sale of Alliance Bank stake to EBRD after bailout
(Bloomberg) – Kazakhstan wants to sell a stake in Alliance Bank to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), potentially making it the first of the Kazakh banks that defaulted during the financial crisis to attract an international investor, said three people familiar with talks.

Kazakhstan’s ATF Bank plans $276-million stock issue
(Reuters) – Kazakhstan’s ATF Bank , majority owned by Italian bank UniCredit SpA , plans to raise $276 million by issuing 7.66% of its ordinary shares.

EBRD extends trade finance guarantee facility to VTB Kazakhstan
(SRI) – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has extended a $20-million trade finance guarantee facility to VTB Kazakhstan.

Halyk Bank allocates $37.8 million for 2010 dividend
(SRI) – Halyk Bank, Kazakhstan’s second largest lender by assets, said on Tuesday it would allocate KZT5.5 billion ($37.8 million) from its 2010 net profit to pay dividends on its preferred shares.

Kazakh 2011 GDP growth may accelerate to 7% – Kelimbetov (Reuters)

National Bank of Kazakhstan: Exchange rates April 27, 2011 (Kazakhstan Today)

Indicators – April 26, 2011 (Reuters)

METALS AND MINING:

KazakhGold reduces net loss by 60% in 2010
(SRI) – KazakhGold, the Kazakhstan-focused subsidiary of Russian miner Polyus Gold, reported a net loss of $57.3 million in 2010, compared with a loss of $143.7 million in 2009.

SOCIETY:

High rollers hit Kaz Vegas, a far cry from Las Vegas (EurasiaNet)

REGIONAL:

Energy-rich Central Asia, Gulf states plan new rail route (Reuters)

Disappointed by West, Uzbekistan turns to China (AFP)

Turkmen president hosts horse beauty contest (AFP)

SOURCE: http://silkroadintelligencer.com/2011/04/27/kazakhstan-daily-news-roundup-april-27-2011/

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