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Kazakhstan Concludes Its Mission in OSCE Troika at Vilnius Ministerial 0

Posted on December 18, 2011 by Alex

Astana Calling, Dec 9, 2011

The OSCE Ministerial concluded in Vilnius on December 7, having reviewed the progress achieved by the 56 OSCE participating States over the year of Lithuania’s chairmanship.

“Together we have made progress at the Ministerial Council in providing direction for the OSCE’s future endeavours. The discussions here have also shown how much work there remains to make the vision of a free, democratic, common and indivisible Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian security community a reality,” OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius A?ubalis said.

At the Astana OSCE Summit in 2010, the 56 participating states committed to work together to fully realize the vision of a comprehensive, co-operative and indivisible security community in the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian region, free of dividing lines, conflicts, spheres of influence and zones with different levels of security.

Less than a year later the Forum for Security Co-operation under Kazakhstan’s chairmanship came to a common decision and succeeded in issuing a newly updated version of the 1999 Vienna Document for confidence and security in the military area. This is a strong measure and a major step of the organisation towards building common Euro-Atlantic security on a wide area from Vancouver to Vladivostok.

“The updated 2011 Vienna Document is a major breakthrough and a highlight of this year,” Yerzhan Kazykhanov, Kazakhstan Foreign Minister, said.

Kazakhstan has been working really hard throughout the year to assist their colleagues in its capacity as the FSC chairmanship and the outgoing OSCE Troika member. Kazakhstan stands ready to continue providing their support to forthcoming OSCE chairmanships, Kazykhanov said.

Among others decisions, the OSCE Foreign Ministers took ones on enhancing OSCE’s capabilities in early warning, early action, dialogue facilitation and mediation support, and post-conflict rehabilitation. Decisions were also taken on addressing transnational threats, promoting equal opportunity for women in the economic sphere, strengthening the transport dialogue, the role of the OSCE in facilitating UN Security Council Resolution 1540, dealing with small arms and light weapons and conventional ammunition, and on issues relevant to the Forum for Security Co-operation, reaffirming the participating States’ commitment to the updated Vienna Document, among other things. A declaration on combating all forms of human trafficking was also adopted.

On the sidelines of the conference Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov held a series of bilateral meetings.

At the meeting with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius A?ubalis, the parties discussed prospects of cooperation on a bilateral basis, as well as within the OSCE. OSCE Chairperson-in-Office praised Kazakhstan’s contribution to the OSCE’s activities in 2011 as a member of the Troika, and thanked Kazakhstan for its productive chairmanship in the Forum for Security Co-operation and efforts applied to ensure the adoption of an updated Vienna Document.

At the meeting with Eamon Gilmore, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ireland, the ministers discussed bilateral cooperation as well as prospects for cooperation within the OSCE. Gilmore said Ireland, which will take over the OSCE chairmanship on January 1, 2012, draws “great inspiration from Kazakhstan’s chairmanship”. Kazakhstan and Ireland stressed continuing priority of the Central Asia region and Afghanistan for the OSCE.

In light of the topics discussed, despite all the difficulties countries face in different corners of the world, the OSCE continues to provide a unique forum for promoting open dialogue and for maintaining and strengthening trust.

Kazykhanov also met Foreign Minister of Cyprus Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis. They discussed organizing a visit by the Cypriot President to Kazakhstan scheduled for the next year which could give a needed impetus to trade, economic and political cooperation of the two countries. In light of the Cyprus’ forthcoming EU presidency in the second half of 2012, the ministers discussed the prospects of negotiations over a new advanced partnership and cooperation agreement between Kazakhstan and the EU. The ministers also reviewed the preparation process of drafting an agreement on avoidance of double taxation that would lay the foundation for strengthening trade and economic cooperation between Astana and Dublin.

Kazykhanov also met EU Special Representative for Central Asia Pierre Morel, with the two noting the effective implementation of the EU Strategy for Central Asia adopted in 2007. They, too, underscored the importance of signing a new advanced partnership and cooperation agreement.

At another meeting, Kazykhanov and OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier discussed Kazakhstan’s future interaction with the OSCE, and the work of the OSCE Centre in Astana. They also brought up an opportunity of setting up an OSCE institute for security studies in Astana.

At a meeting with OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Petros Eftimiou, Kazykhanov thanked the OSCE PA for the support rendered to Kazakhstan during its chairmanship in 2010. The sides also discussed the preparation process for the upcoming parliamentary election in Kazakhstan that will be observed, among others, by an OSCE PA mission led by OSCE PA Honorary President Joao Soares of Portugal.

As reported earlier, Kazykhanov also met Janez Lenarcic, Director of the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights who said the OSCE/ODIHR observation mission will be led by Miklos Harasti, the former OSCE representative on the freedom of the media.

SOURCE: http://www.kazakhembus.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=809&cntnt01origid=90&cntnt01category_id=6&cntnt01returnid=90

Kazakhstan, EU review progress in cooperation, outline future plans 0

Posted on November 30, 2011 by Alex

Gazeta, Nov 28, 2011

In the past twenty years, Kazakhstan has developed an extended partnership with the European Union through bilateral cooperation with its many countries in a variety of fields and with the help of state-sponsored projects such as a three-year programme called “Path to Europe.”

Kazakhstan and Germany reached high level of trust, openness and mutual understanding, and share similar positions on current international issues – Y. Kazykhanov

Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized an international conference on November 24 in Astana to discuss the results of this Programme that has run since 2009, summarise the Kazakhstan – EU cooperation, and identify new aspects of future interaction, the Kazakh MFA’s press service informs.

The conference gathered more than 150 participants, including Chairman of Kazakhstan’s Constitutional Council Igor Rogov and France’s ex-Foreign Minister and former President of the Constitutional Council Roland Dumas, both of whom participated in the development of Kazakhstan’s Constitution of 1995. Among other attendees were heads of relevant state bodies of Kazakhstan, ambassadors of a number of European countries, as well as experts and guests from the EU and the OSCE member states.

The “Path to Europe” Programme is one of the successfully implemented initiatives put forward by President Nursultan Nazarbayev in recent years, Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov said in his opening speech at the conference.

“As a result of this Programme, the European Union has firmly established its position as Kazakhstan’s leading trade and investment partner. Today, the EU accounts for 50 percent of Kazakhstan’s foreign trade and one third of investments. The trade turnover between Kazakhstan and the EU in the first half of 2011 amounted to US$ 25.4 billion (for comparison, the figure for the same period in 2010 equalled US$ 18.6 billion),” Kazykhanov said.

From 1993 to 2010, gross inflow of direct investment from EU countries into Kazakhstan’s economy, according to the minister, amounted to more than US$ 52 billion, including more than US$ 10 billion in 2010.

Over the past three years, Kazakhstan concluded treaties on strategic partnership with France, Italy, Spain, and Turkey. The intergovernmental Action Plan within the Partnership for the Future has also been signed with Germany. The European states continue to contribute to the implementation of Kazakhstan’s Programme for Accelerated Industrial and Innovative Development (PAIID) 2010-2014. Kazykhanov highlighted other important areas of collaboration between Kazakhstan and the EU such as security issues, cooperation on Afghanistan, and practical dialogue within international organizations, including NATO.

“The vivid evidence of the successful implementation of the “Path to Europe” Programme is the development of a new agreement on enhanced partnership and cooperation between Kazakhstan and the EU. Kazakhstan and the EU aim to sign a comprehensive document oriented toward long-term goals of our collaboration,” Kazykhanov said. Another important work ahead is the transition to a simplified regime for travelling between the two sides, the minister said.

Kazykhanov underscored his country’s interest in further implementation of the EU Strategy for Central Asia and commitment to maintain political dialogue at the highest level.

Roland Dumas, the guest of honour at the conference said that in many ways Kazakhstan is a part of Europe. “I notice a special identity of your country in every discussion that takes place in Paris and other European capitals,” he said. “I have already decided that Kazakhstan’s place is in Europe, and I am more than convinced of that today. Your geographical location, your roots, your Constitution, all of these show that Kazakhstan has a place in the European region,” Dumas added.

Kazakhstan’s Chairman of the Constitutional Council Igor Rogov highlighted the importance of the country’s main law especially during the early years of statehood. Speaking of the political and legal aspects of Kazakhstan’s partnership with the European Union and the Council of Europe, Rogov said the European experience is significant for Kazakhstan in its efforts to improve the institutional legal base.

In his statement, EU Ambassador to Kazakhstan Norbert Jousten went over the important milestones in the relationship between the EU and Kazakhstan. On the basis of the EU Strategy in Central Asia, the two sides have moved to a qualitatively new level of both bilateral and regional cooperation, he said. Our main goal is to expand and deepen areas of collaboration, Jousten added.

Ambassadors of France, Italy, Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Turkey shared their experiences in the practical implementation of the treaties on strategic partnership and inter-governmental programmes on cooperation with Kazakhstan.

The attendees also discussed other areas of cooperation between Kazakhstan and the EU such as the inter-parliamentary dialogue, collaboration in human dimension, as well as cooperation in education, trade and economy, and energy. The second part of the Conference was devoted to issues of security and cooperation in the OSCE area.

SOURCE: http://www.kazakhembus.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=804&cntnt01origid=15&cntnt01returnid=201

Kazakhstan Daily News Brief – October 7, 2011 0

Posted on October 06, 2011 by Alex

ENERGY:

Kazakhstan, Karachaganak partners yet to reach agreement – Mynbayev
(SRI) – Kazakhstan is yet to reach an agreement on buying into the Karachaganak oil and gas project, and new negotiations on the planned third phase of its development will be necessary once a deal is reached, Kazakhstan’s Minister of Oil and Gas Sauat Mynbayev said on Thursday.

Kazakhstan not ready to join EU-backed gas pipelines (SRI)

KazMunaiGas starts reserves audit (SRI)

Caspian oil shipments to fall amid work on CPC pipeline expansion (Reuters)

Max loses Kazakh tax appeal (Upstream Online)

Kazakh oil giant denies talks with striking workers (RFE/RL)

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:

Kazkommertsbank receives $130 million to fund stalled construction projects (SRI)

Kazakhstan produces 23.8 million tonnes of grains to date (AgriMarket.Info)

Kazakh Ministry of Economic Development and Trade raises 2011 foreign trade forecast(Interfax)

Indicators – October 6, 2011 (Reuters)

POLITICS AND SECURITY:

Kazakhstan welcomes Putin’s Eurasian Union concept (Daily Telegraph)

SOCIETY:

Shrinking lake in Kazakhstan portends hard, dry times ahead (Washington Times)

SOURCE: http://silkroadintelligencer.com/2011/10/07/kazakhstan-daily-news-brief-october-7-2011/

Kazakhstan Daily News Roundup – October 6, 2011 0

Posted on October 06, 2011 by Alex

Kazakhstan Daily News Brief – October 5, 2011 0

Posted on October 05, 2011 by Alex

Kazakhstan Daily News Roundup – September 19, 2011 0

Posted on September 19, 2011 by Alex

ENERGY:

Lukoil not interested in Kashagan – Alekperov (SRI)

KMG EP to buy back up to $300 million worth of shares (SRI)

Kazatomprom net income rises 77% in first half (SRI)

Max Petroleum to drill ‘deep salt’ Emba B target next month (Proactive Investors)

Fitch raises rating of Kaztransgas to BB+ (SRI)

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:

BTA Bank seeks Ablyazov arrest amid claims of Kazakh strike support (SRI)

Polish company to buy Kazakhstan’s largest pharmaceutical producer (SRI)

Kazakhstan intends to become an important transit country for China-Europe trade – Issekeshev (SRI)

Grain harvest may reach record levels in 2011 (SRI)

Nurbank reports positive income in H1 (SRI)

Indicators – September 16, 2011 (Reuters)

METALS AND MINING:

Mashkevich stresses he has no plans to sell ENRC stake (SRI)

Hambledon Mining acquires two new Kazakh gold projects to boost future production (Proactive Investors)

ENRC to invest $6 billion in Kazakhstani assets development (Interfax)

Kazakhstan to create metallurgical free economic zone (Interfax)

SOCIETY:

‘We don’t have anything to eat’ – Desperation and poverty growing as Kazakh strikes drag on(RFE/RL)

Kazakhstan ready to re-open access to LiveJournal after banned content is removed (Interfax)

U.S.-Russian space trio lands safely in Kazakhstan (Reuters)

REGIONAL:

EU trio takes 50% stake in Russia’s South Stream (AFP)

Uzbek leader’s daughter hits fashion controversy (AFP)

Kazakh PM says Kyrgyzstan should join CIS Customs Union (RFE/RL)

SOURCE: http://silkroadintelligencer.com/2011/09/19/kazakhstan-daily-news-roundup-september-19-2011/

Kazakhstan Daily News Roundup – September 14, 2011 0

Posted on September 14, 2011 by Alex

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:

Astana Finance to sell banking subsidiary
(SRI) – Astana Finance, a large Kazakh financial services company which had defaulted on its debt in 2009, said on Tuesday it plans to sell its commercial banking subsidiary, Bank Astana Finance.

Kazakhstan raises 2011 industrial growth forecast; cuts projected deficit
(SRI) – Kazakhstan raised its 2011 industrial output growth forecast to 6.0% from 4.8%, based on projected growth in mining and processing, and cut its projected 2011 deficit by 0.1% to KZT730.4 billion ($4.95 billion), or 2.8% of GDP.

Kazakhstan to spend KZT5 billion to subsidize grain exports (SRI)

Industrial production slows in Jan-Aug (SRI)

METALS AND MINING:

Kazzinc commissions new copper smelter in Kazakhstan
(SRI) – Kazzinc, a subsidiary of Swiss commodity trader Glencore International, said on Tuesday it has commissioned a new copper smelter in Kazakhstan and will complete the construction of a new lead smelter at the site in the first half of 2012.

Polyus Gold extends deadline for AltynGroup deal (SRI)

POLITICS AND SECURITY:

On the move: Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Agriculture (SRI)

Nazarbayev receives new Italian, Slovak, Estonian, Malaysian ambassadors (SRI)

REGIONAL:

EU kicks off talks on Caspian gas pipeline (AFP)

Russia calls on EU to halt talks on Caspian gas pipeline (Reuters)

Russian, Central Asian militaries to practice counterinsurgency, naval warfare (EurasiaNet)

SOURCE: http://silkroadintelligencer.com/2011/09/14/kazakhstan-daily-news-roundup-september-14-2011/



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