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Kazakhstan Daily News Roundup – April 28, 2011

Posted on April 28, 2011 by KazCham

Kazkommertsbank to issue Eurobond in May
(SRI) – Kazakhstan’s largest lender, Kazkommertsbank, plans to issues medium-term dollar-denominated debt after May 2, the bank said in a statement on Wednesday.

Alliance in talks with EBRD about possible stake sale
(SRI) – Alliance Bank, Kazakhstan’s sixth-largest lender by assets, confirmed on Wednesday that it was holding talks with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) about the possible sale of a stake in the bank.

ENERGY:

MIE Holdings to issue notes to fund Kazakh acquisition (SRI)

Max Petroleum signs drilling rig contract with Saipem (SRI)

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:

Alliance Bank says capital shortage owes to accounting systems
(Bloomberg) – State-controlled Alliance Bank, Kazakhstan’s sixth-largest lender by assets, said a KZT105 billion ($722 million) capital shortfall noted by auditors resulted from discrepancies in accounting standards.

Planned bad-loan fund could issue bonds worth $1 billion – Marchenko
(SRI) – A planned bad-loan fund may issue bonds worth KZT150 billion ($1.03 billion) to buy unsecured non-performing assets from Kazakhstan’s banks, central bank chairman Grigoriy Marchenko said on Wednesday.

Cash squeeze threatens bounce in Kazakh wheat crop (Agrimoney.com)

Indicators – April 27, 2011 (Reuters)

METALS AND MINING:

ArcelorMittal Kazakh mine fire forces evacuation of 319 workers (Bloomberg)

Frontier Mining restarts operations at Koskuduk early due to good weather (Proactive Investors)

POLITICS:

India courts a distant Kazakhstan (World Politics Review)

Shanghai Cooperation Organization ministers to meet in Kazakhstan (RIA Novosti)

REGIONAL:

China lends Turkmenistan $4 billion for gas field

(AFP) – Energy hungry China has given Turkmenistan a loan of $4.1 billion (three billion euros) to develop a gas field and boost exports, the state gas company Turkmengaz said Tuesday.

SOURCE: http://silkroadintelligencer.com/2011/04/28/kazakhstan-daily-news-roundup-april-28-2011/

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