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US-Kazakh Relations to Grow Despite Many Changes in 2017, Says US Ambassador 0

Posted on January 18, 2017 by KazCham

Astana Times

The United States, one of the top foreign investors in Kazakhstan, is about to witness Donald Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, as the 45th and probably one of its most controversial Presidents. Will policies under the new administration affect U.S.-Kazakh relations?

The Astana Times interviewed the current U.S. Ambassador in Astana, George Krol, in search of answers.

Numerous U.S. companies have invested more than $26 billion in Kazakhstan, making the country one of the top foreign investors, primarily in natural resources, manufacturing, and services, said Krol. Last year the trade turnover between the two nations totalled $1.4 billion, with more than 400 U.S.-Kazakh joint ventures created throughout the years. The U.S. also aided Kazakhstan during its accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Kazakhstan began Jan. 1 as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, which Krol called an historic happening in the life of the independent, 25-year-old country.

“We are so pleased to begin working with Kazakhstan on the United Nations Security Council.  Kazakhstan’s membership on the Security Council is a historic opportunity and testament to the success of pragmatic ‘multi-vector’ foreign policy,” he said. “Over the past quarter century, we have worked together for the benefit of the peace, security and prosperity of our two peoples and the world and I am confident Kazakhstan’s tenure on the Security Council will be a productive one.”

The ambassador highlighted the country’s competitive edge in numerous sectors and spheres, such as the food industry, petro chemistry, metallurgy and agriculture.

“As an example, we are cooperating with the Ministry of Agriculture and grain producers to increase production of nutritionally fortified wheat. With U.S. investment and technology, crops from Kazakhstan could significantly improve the nutrition and health of people throughout Central Asia. We are also closely cooperating with the animal husbandry sector. Over 8,000 American cows and bulls have been imported into Kazakhstan to improve local stock,” he said.

Ten-Year Visas

Starting Dec. 29, the U.S. and Kazakhstan agreed on issuance of 10-year visas for their citizens, a step in bilateral relations that will facilitate travel and boost tourism and business ties, said Krol.

“The ties between our peoples are some of the most important links between our two countries and the introduction of 10-year visas will only strengthen those links. The introduction of 10-year-validity business and tourism visas lets Kazakh and American citizens spend more time planning their travel and less time worrying about visa forms. We strongly believe the 10-year visas will help more Kazakhs and Americans get to know each other better and do business together. Thousands of Kazakhs would be able to travel to the U.S. to obtain education or improve their professional qualifications. Here, in Kazakhstan, hundreds of Americans have worked as English teachers, some through U.S. government programmes like Fulbright or Peace Corps. American teachers would be able to continue to support Kazakhstan’s vision of becoming a trilingual society,” he added.

EXPO 2017

Kazakhstan’s major event of the year, EXPO 2017 in the capital Astana, will carve out the country’s image throughout the three-month exposition from June-September. Krol, the commissioner for the U.S. pavilion, praised the ongoing construction of the site.

“The U.S. is moving forward expeditiously with the required internal procedures to allow us to participate in EXPO 2017. The State Department has chosen a contractor for the U.S. pavilion, APCO Worldwide; architects and planners designated by APCO will be here in January to survey the pavilion and finalise the plans necessary for them to take possession,” he said.

“I want to commend Kazakhstan on the excellent preparatory work it has already done at the EXPO site and I believe EXPO 2017 will serve as a valuable platform for businesses, governments and other organisations to advance global cooperation on clean energy. Several U.S. companies including GE, Chevron and Fluor, have pledged to sponsor the U.S. pavilion,” he added.

Under the new administration, Krol noted the interests of the U.S. in “promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the region and globally will not change, nor will our commitment to a vital partnership with Kazakhstan.”

“Relations between the U.S. and Kazakhstan will continue to grow and strengthen based on the firm foundation of mutual respect and shared interests built over the 25 years of Kazakhstan’s independence,” he added.

“In 2016, the U.S. and Kazakhstan marked the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our two countries. This development highlights the strong partnership that our two countries have forged over the last 25 years and symbolises the United States’ commitment to friendship with the people of Kazakhstan in the decades to come. We look forward to new developments in our partnership in 2017,” said Krol.

FUTURE ENERGY: 217 DAYS TILL BEGINNING OF THE ASTANA EXPO 2017 0

Posted on November 16, 2016 by KazCham

EXPO 2017 Begins Transfer of Pavilions to Participants, Construction on Schedule

Astana Times

Individuals connected with EXPO 2017 unveiled the designs of the Kazakh, German and Chinese pavilions as the buildings were transferred to the participating countries on Oct. 31.

Chairman of Astana EXPO 2017 national company Akhmetzhan Yessimov noted construction of the main pavilion, informally known as the “Ball” or “Sphere,” will be finished by the New Year’s. Work on the interior will then begin. “The ‘ball’ is the main pavilion. It will be completed by the end of this year, but there is a lot of work on the content filling, which will take place until May of next year. There will be eight floors and each will disclose certain themes of the exhibition: space, solar, wind, water and so on. The same can be said of the thematic pavilions; they are completed and now the work on the content will begin. The most important thing is the construction of all the facilities will be completed for the New Year, in addition to the Congress Hall and the hotel. They will be needed only during the exhibition, so all works are on schedule. In addition, public areas will be completed in the spring,” he said as the ceremony.

The details of the German pavilion, called Energy Turnaround, were explained by German Ambassador in Kazakhstan Rolf Mafael. Astana Akim (mayor) Asset Issekeshev was present for the event.

“It means a transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy and energy-effective management. The national pavilion will be in four stages. First, visitors are offered to feel the new world of the future of energy. In the second, the audience will be presented with a new energy map of the world and the layout of the wind park in Yereimentau. In the next room, visitors can get acquainted with the ‘smart’ city, like in a computer – the prospect of increasing or decreasing from a global to a local perspective. In the last room, we will feel what the energy turnaround is. All visitors at the beginning will get a small drive stick and with it they will be able to activate all the exhibits – to be able to touch and study them. At the end, they will accumulate energy and see what they can do with this energy. This is a great laser show,” he said.

China is second in the world in renewable energy sources (RES), noted Chinese EXPO 2017 Commissioner Wang Tszinchzhen.

“We want to take this opportunity to show our achievements in the field of renewable energy. We are also going to present a number of events on the topic of technology, for example in the field of tourism, as well as take part in the forums on the subject of technology. China’s largest technology company will present their achievements. We will hold a few forums on this subject and we are prepared in this regard to support the Kazakh company. We are ready to assist not only in the energy sector, but also in the agro-industrial complex and other areas. We invite all of the business community to our pavilions to discuss ways of cooperation,” he said.

The completion of five key exhibition objects was also announced – International Pavilion, EXPO Town with 1,374 rooms, EXPO office building, Department of the Interior and Energy Research Centre.

246 DAYS TILL BEGINNING OF THE ASTANA EXPO 2017 0

Posted on November 03, 2016 by KazCham

The U.S. expressed an interest in participating in EXPO-2017

Astana Expo 2017

The chairman of the board of NC “Astana EXPO-2017” Akhmetzhan Yessimov met with the Ambassador George A. Krol in Astana on October 7. They discussed the prospects of the U.S. participation in EXPO 2017 exhibition in Astana.

The 104th states and 17 international organisations have confirmed their participation in EXPO 2017. 99 commissioners have been appointed and 82 participation agreements have been signed.

The exhibition will run from June 10 through September 10 in Astana.

 

 

 

 

Sponsors invest €125M into EXPO 2017 in Astana

Kazinform

Sponsors have invested over €125 million into the organization and holding of the International specialized exhibition EXPO-2017 so far, CEO of JSC “National Company “Astana EXPO-2017” Akhmetzhan Yessimov said at the meeting with diplomatic corps in Astana.

“We pay utmost attention to the content of international pavilions. Only five pavilions are still empty and waiting for the countries to fill them in,” he noted.

Yessimov also declared that an American company Burson Marsteller will be responsible for a large-scale PR campaign.

Burson-Marsteller is a leading global public relations and communications firm founded in 1953. It is based in NYC, has offices in 98 countries worldwide.

 

FM Idrissov Presents Diplomas to Winners of ‘Kazakhstan through the Eyes of Foreign Media’ Contest 0

Posted on September 15, 2016 by KazCham

Astana Times

The Kazakh Foreign Ministry hosted a ceremony Sept. 6 to award the winners of the third annual “Kazakhstan through the Eyes of Foreign Media” contest organized by the Ministry and the Club of Chief Editors of Kazakhstan.

The winners represent France, Jordan, Russia, Turkey and the United States. As a prize, they received a trip to Kazakhstan in September, including visits to Astana, Almaty and the Borovoye resort area, as well as an extensive cultural programme.

“The media as a ‘fourth’ estate of power performs vital educational and ideological work, forms the informational space and has a huge impact on public opinion,” said Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov in welcoming the winners.

He also briefed the guests on the nation’s initiatives in various fields, in particular, nuclear non-proliferation and the fight against terrorism and extremism.

Guests representing the diplomatic corps as well as the sponsors of the contest attended the event.

American Douglas Burton, who writes for “The Washington Times,” won for his article “Kazakh Studying Abroad in Ambitious ‘Future’ Programme Aims to Lift Former Soviet Republic.” In it, he told the story of a Bolashak Presidential Scholarship Programme student, Shalkar Nursetov, who studied at George Washington University to pursue a Master’s degree in media and public affairs.

This year, the contest attracted 60 entries from 29 countries. The victors will tour the same areas visited by last year’s prize-winning journalists from Argentina, Egypt, Indonesia, Poland and Uzbekistan.

Idrissov noted the raising quality of the applications this year and continued growing interest in Kazakhstan’s dynamic development and upcoming major events, such as EXPO 2017 and the Winter Universiade in Almaty next year.

Kazakhstan gives strong impetus to development of green energy worldwide – Greenpeace 0

Posted on September 14, 2016 by KazCham

Kazinform

Kazakhstan gives a strong impetus to the development of green energy around the world, Tobias Munchmeyer, an expert of Berlin-based Greenpeace international organization, says.

“Our organization welcomes the initiative of Kazakh President who invited G20 member states to join the EXPO 2017 by holding several events in Astana. The theme of the oncoming exhibition is “the energy of  Future”, i.e. development of alternative, eco-friendly energy sources. We can see now that Astana is keen on promotion of green energy development and contribute to environmental conservation around the world,” said Tobias Munchmeyer in an interview with Kazinform.

Greenpeace is looking forward to the EXPO 2017, he added.

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev participated in the Summit of G20 Leaders in Hangzhou during which he announced his vision of solution of the global economic problems. Nazarbayev invited all the countries to participate in EXPO 2017 and suggested holding a number of G20-backed events in Astana as part of the international exhibition.

“Kazakhstan actively contributes to the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreements and green economy principles. Astana EXPO 2017 will also contribute to this process,” he said.

Kazakhstan Says Expo 2017 Buildings Nearly Ready 0

Posted on September 10, 2016 by KazCham

World Expo News

Construction of the venues for the 2017 Universal Exposition in Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital, is in the final phase, the chairman of the board at NC Astana EXPO-2017 JSC said Tuesday.

“The international pavilions are nearly complete. In October we will hand over the exposition to the participants, who have begun to contact us seeking approval of their projects,” Akhmetzhan Yessimov said.

“We now have 98 participating countries in the exhibition. That in addition to 18 international organizations. In June of this year we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Tourism Organization” to cooperate in planning and promoting the event, the former mayor of Almaty said.
Tour packages for the expo will be priced in the range of 100-330 euros ($112-$337), NC Astana EXPO-2017 JSC tourism and promotion director Allen Chayzhunusov said Tuesday during a meeting with the Astana Public Council.
“For example, a tour for 20 people for three days: the economy package will cost 40,000 tenge (100 euros), the standard package will have a price of 59,000 tenge (155 euros) and the premium package will start from 125,000 tenge (330 euros),” Chayzhunusov said.

Chevron and Nazarbayev University Students Introduce Model Eco-Village Project 0

Posted on July 03, 2016 by KazCham

Astana Times

Chevron’s contribution to science and technology development in Kazakhstan is designed to create opportunities for students and young researchers to develop their professional and academic skills while searching for solutions to improve the quality of life.

The company helps local universities in purchasing advanced equipment, upgrading laboratory infrastructure, supporting faculty research programmes, and providing funds for scholarships and project teams of young scientists and students.

Last May, in partnership with the Nazarbayev University, Chevron introduced a model eco-village – a futuristic, human and environment-friendly settlement that could be built 25 km from Astana. The eco-village is designed to be energy efficient, sustainable, based on innovative technologies, and integrate harmoniously with the natural landscape.

The 3D eco-village model is a result of a year-long research carried out by a team of 25 university students representing various departments and contributing their knowledge and skills in the areas of design, engineering, ecological studies, energy studies, and IT. Mentors from the university worked hand in hand with students on project management and technical issues.

“The whole modelling part was implemented by the students with the support of university administration, professors and experts. We plan to submit it for presentation at EXPO 2017. And I have no doubt that we will succeed,” shared his confidence Daniil Tarasov, a 3rd year student and project manager. “To be part of this project is a great honour and priceless experience for me.”

Later this year, the project team plans to arrange a peer-review by local expert community.

Since its establishment in 2010, Nazarbayev University has swiftly developed into one of the leading educational and research institutions in Kazakhstan. Starting from 2012, the university and Chevron entered into a long-term partnership based on the shared philosophy of striking the right balance between environment preservation and the advancement of technology.

EXPO 2017 Participants Discuss Event Preparations in Astana 0

Posted on March 09, 2016 by KazCham

kazakhembus.com

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.

497 DAYS TILL BEGINNING OF THE ASTANA EXPO 2017 0

Posted on February 15, 2016 by KazCham

Ottawa Life

Nursultan Nazarbayev President of the Republic of Kazakhstan is inviting the world to attend Expo 2017 in Astana, one of the world’s most modern and green cities.

The Expo 2017 global gathering will showcase developments from around the world in the field of green, renewable and sustainable energy. Expo 2017 will place Astana, Kazakhstan in the international spotlight for three months from June 10 to September 20, 2017. During the world-class event, Kazakhstan will host delegations from over 100 countries, and will showcase cutting-edge green energy and sustainability technologies that could provide solutions to energy issues around the world. It will draw three to five million visitors, which would make it the largest international gathering of its kind for both Kazakhstan and Central Asia.

Kazakhstan is a major producer of non-renewable energy sources, but it has been using the profits from these successful ventures to transition to a “green” economy. Expo 2017 is expected to increase foreign investment, international trade and tourism in the country and raise its international profile, making it one of the most influential states in Central Asia.

Roman Vassilenko, Chairman of the Committee for International Information, said that a key part of Expo 2017 is the Future Energy Forum.

“Future energy is one of the most universal discussions of our time, which is why we have chosen it as the central theme for Expo 2017.” The Future Energy Forum will attract the world’s leading experts in green energy, renewables, green technologies and science-related matters. Organizers hope the Future Energy Forum will be the nexus to establish cooperation between international governments, social and business structures and academic communities, including universities, academic institutes, research centers, public foundations and NGOs.

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Cuba signed agreement on participation in EXPO-2017 0

Posted on December 27, 2015 by KazCham

Kazinform

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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