Kazakhstan Chamber of Commerce in the USA


Development of cooperation between Kazakhstan and China 0

Posted on September 13, 2011 by Alex

Caspionet, Sept 12, 2011

During Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov’s visit to China, the two countries noted that Kazakhstan-China relations reached a level of comprehensive strategic partnership. Attendees of the meeting in Beijing discussed issues of economic and political character. At the meeting with the Kazakhstan Foreign Minister, the vice president of China Xi Jinping said that China highly evaluates the economic achievements of China. Next year the two countries will celebrate the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations and this anniversary will be celebrated widely. Foreign Ministers agreed to strengthen the cooperation of non-primary sectors of the economy.

Yang Jiechi, Foreign Minister of China:

“Our countries are going to continue their cooperation in power energy and oil and gas sectors. Medicine, science, technologies, agriculture and transportation are also very important areas of cooperation.”

Speaking at the China Institute of International Studies, Yerzhan Kazykhanov said that relations between Kazakhstan and China are based on the principles of equity and mutual profit. The turnover and the number of joint investments are increasing.

Yerzhan Kazykhanov, Kazakh Foreign Minister:

“The speed of the implementation of such infrastructural projects as oil and gas pipe lines, and the Western Europe-Western China transport corridors really amaze. The Khorgos International Centre of Frontier Cooperation as well as Dostyk-Alashankou and Altynkol Khorgos car and railway crossings are impressive as well. The creation of these facilities will give new impetus to the Kazakhstan-China turnover. It will also result in the expansion of Chinese exports through the territory of Kazakhstan to Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasuses, the Middle East and the Persian Gulf.”

Relations between Kazakhstan and China are developing dynamically. Countries are actively cooperating in the transportation, education and trade areas. Kazakhstan’s statistics showed that last year the mutual turnover exceeded 14 billion US dollars. It is assumed that within the next 4 years it will reach 20 billion US dollars. Currently, Kazakhstan’s diplomats are working on the simplification of acquiring drivers’ visa to China. Next year China will send a corresponding note to the Kazakhstan consulate. The foreign minister’s two-year working trip to China showed the readiness of Kazakhstan and China to develop bilateral relations actively.

SOURCE: http://www.kazakhembus.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=776&cntnt01origid=15&cntnt01returnid=201

Obama: Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev is a world leader on nuclear security 0

Posted on September 01, 2011 by Alex

Calls on President Nazarbayev to Help Ensure the Success of Upcoming Seoul Summit
U.S. President Barack Obama has reached out to Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to enlist his support in making the second Nuclear Security Summit, to be held next March in Seoul, South Korea, as successful as the first.
In a letter to President Nazarbayev dated August 16, 2011, President Obama praised Kazakhstan as “a longtime world leader in nuclear security,” and highlighted the importance of accomplishing the tasks established at the inaugural summit which President Obama hosted in April of 2010.
Confirming his intention to attend the Summit next spring, President Obama wrote that he looks forward to seeing President Nazarbayev in Seoul and learning of the follow up actions he has taken since they last met to advance the 2010 Communiqu? and Work Plan. Specifically, President Obama expressed interest in Kazakhstan’s progress on establishing a Center of Excellence on nuclear security, smuggling and terrorism.
In the two decades since Kazakhstan gained its independence from the Soviet Union, nuclear non-proliferation has been the cornerstone of the strategic partnership between the two countries. Bilateral cooperation in this area has resulted in public and private success stories ranging from the landmark Cooperative Threat Reduction Program — spearheaded by U.S. Senators Nunn and Lugar and the so-called “Project Sapphire” — a covert operation that resulted in the securing of 600 kilos of highly enriched Soviet-era uranium before it could fall into the wrong hands, to providing secure long-term storage for more than 10 metric tons of highly enriched uranium and 3 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium – enough material to make 775 nuclear weapons.
During the Washington Nuclear Security Summit, President Obama personally praised President Nazarbayev as “one of the model leaders in the world on nonproliferation and nuclear security issues.”
President Obama concludes his letter to President Nazarbayev by sharing his hope that the Seoul Summit will reveal new steps toward “the vision of a more prosperous and peaceful world, one in which nuclear threats are diminished through cooperation and purposeful action.” “Working together,” he writes, “we can make the Seoul Summit a success and better protect people around the world from nuclear terrorism.”
The full text of President Obama’s letter can be found here.
Kazakhstan’s leadership in the global nuclear disarmament process is also recognized by the world community. Two years ago, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously passed a resolution proclaiming August 29 as International Day against Nuclear Tests to commemorate the day in 1991 that Kazakhstan closed the Semipalatinsk nuclear testing site. This year marks the 20thanniversary of the closure. To mark this important day, the Foreign Ministry of Kazakhstan issued a statement worldwide.

SOURCE: http://www.kazakhembus.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=770&cntnt01origid=15&cntnt01returnid=201

Constitution Day 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by Alex

On August 30, 2011, Kazakhstan celebrates one of its national holidays known as Constitution Day. 16 years ago on that day, the people of the newly independent former Soviet state to overwhelmingly to adopt a new central governing document at a nation-wide referendum. After more than a month of intense public discussion, the foundation was set for the new nation to emerge with previously unheard of freedoms and stronger institutions which unleashed the young nation’s potential and paved the way for its dynamic development.

The Kazakh Constitution, originally based on the French model, which stipulates strong presidential power, established a secular democracy that values individual life, rights and freedoms. It provided for three separate branches of government, proper checks and balances, and a bicameral Parliament.

In the years that followed, significant constitutional amendments were adopted (in 1998 and 2007) to expand the powers of the Parliament increase the role of political parties and set the foundation for good governance and a fair political system that encourages reforms in civil service.

To honor Kazakhstan’s 16th Constitution Day, a military parade will be held in the capital of Astana, where the latest defense equipment — including missiles, artillery and tanks – will be on display. The parade will include more than 2,500 military personnel representing all the services, including two squadrons of women soldiers, a mountain squadron and service people from the Ministry of Interior, National Security Committee, Emergency Situations Ministry and The Republican Guards.

As this day carries a special meaning for the public, it will be commemorated by much more than just a military parade. Countless events, such as roundtables, conferences, concerts, festivals and exhibitions will be held throughout the country. These events will emphasize the importance of rule of law, protecting human rights and democratic tenets provided for under the Constitution.

Academic institutions, think tanks and local leaders will also play important role in analyzing and making recommendations on how to improve our legal framework further and the national media will educate the people about the extent of their constitutional rights. For example:

  • At an August 25th roundtable, entitled “the Constitution of Kazakhstan: Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities” — held at the amazing Palace of Peace and Accord in Astana –representative of Kazakhstan Koreans Association Roza Pak said, “We are proud to be born and live in this country and let us put every effort and use all our capacity to make our Kazakhstan develop further.”  She also highlighted the peace and harmony that exists between all the representatives of ethnic and religious communities in the diverse country.
  • On August 26th, an international conference also held in Astana was entitled “State and Personality: 20 years of Kazakhstan’s Development on the Path toward Progress.” At the event, Constitutional Court Chairman Igor Rogov said, “The Constitution is the foundation of our independence. Its author is the people of Kazakhstan and President Nazarbayev is its mastermind.” Kazakhstan’s Ombudsman, Askar Shakirov, also spoke at the event saying, “The adoption of the Constitution in 1995 served to greatly increase peace and stability by bolstering state institutions, improved the internal mechanisms for the protection of human and civil rights of its citizens  and opened the doors of Kazakhstan’s vast market economy, to the world.”
  • At another roundtable held on August 26th in Almaty, entitled “Kazakhstan’s Constitution – Solid Foundation for Development and Prosperity,” the city’s Akim, Akhmetzhan Essimov, said, “Today, Kazakhstan is recognized by the international community as a rapidly developing country.”

Government agencies will be raising awareness about their basic activities, while the Constitutional Council and the Supreme Court will focus on the importance that the rule of law and an independent judiciary play in the country. This includes educational programs that explain how the Constitution protects the country’s sovereignty, the human rights of its citizens, the benefits of independence and the responsibilities that accompany those freedoms.

Every year, international leaders send congratulatory messages to Kazakhstan, highlighting the importance of Kazakhstan’s constitution to its strength and emergence on the world stage. In last year’s message, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “The United States honors Kazakhstan’s Constitution and its essential tenets: the right to life and liberty under a secular and democratic government, elections that are free and fairly administered, and a system of checks and balances that divides power among three branches of government… Your constitution is a strong foundation for the continued success of the Kazakhstani people, and it will ensure a long and meaningful relationship between our two countries.”

The importance of the Constitution is also emphasized by the President of Kazakhstan. Previously, he has said that “The Constitution is freedom, because it is the Constitution which gives the people the right to chose.” He added, “To live in accordance with the Constitution is not just a necessity and a civic duty, it is a privilege of free people… people who know the value of life and the rights they have… people who hold in esteem the rights of their fellow citizens as if they were their own. . More than any paint on a map, this is the uniting principle that makes us not just separate citizens, but a united people of the Kazakhstan”.

Held under the banner of 20th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence, this year’s festivities are expected to be the largest yet seen in the young nation and will include film festivals, exhibitions, sports contests, seminars and panel discussions.

SOURCE: http://www.kazakhembus.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=766&cntnt01origid=15&cntnt01returnid=201

Archive for August 28th, 2011 0

Posted on August 29, 2011 by Alex

Archive for August 28th, 2011

Kazakhstan has no plans to raise oil export duty until at least 2014

By SRI ? August 28, 2011 ? Post a comment

(SRI) – Kazakhstan plans to keep its oil export duty at a maximum of its current level of $40 per tonne until at least 2014, Finance Minister Bolat Zhamishev said on Saturday.


Central Asia – China gas pipeline to double capacity by 2015

By SRI ? August 28, 2011 ? Post a comment

(SRI) – The Central Asia – China gas pipeline, connecting gas-rich Turkmenistan to western China, will double its capacity by 2015 from an expected 30 billion cubic meters (bcm) in 2012, China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) said on Friday.


Kazakhstan reels from impact of nuclear tests, 20 years on

By SRI ? August 28, 2011 ? Post a comment

(AFP) – A total of 456 nuclear tests were conducted at a test site in Kazakhstan over 42 years until the government shut down the facility 20 years ago on August 29, 1991, making it the first country to voluntarily give up nuclear weapons.


SOURCE: http://silkroadintelligencer.com/2011/08/28/

Kazakhstan introduces its aircraft at MAKS-2011 event 0

Posted on August 25, 2011 by Alex


Kazakhstan’s agricultural aircraft, the production of which is scheduled to begin this year, were the first to be presented at the International Aviation and Space Exhibition called «MAKS-2011» in the suburban town of Zhukovsky near Moscow. The tenth anniversary air show, which traditionally takes place at the Ramenskoe airport, brought together 800 companies from 40 countries, which deployed their equipment over 36 thousand square meters. This year, the event’s organisers have focused on the business programme. According to preliminary estimations from experts, the total amount of contracts to be signed at the anniversary air show will be about 10 billion US dollars.

Vladimir Borissov, General Director, Aviasalon JSC:

“Over the past six years, we have been carrying out large work on preparing MAKS, which is now among the world’s top aviation exhibitions, to regain its status of grounds for business activity.”

Kazakhstan’s project of agricultural aircraft production caused particular interest among experts in the segment of ultra-light aviation. This is the «Farmer-2» and its modification called «Farmer 500» which is more powerful and has larger lifting capacity. The first Kazakh aircraft will come off the production line in November this year at the Kazaviaspektr Company based in Karaganda. The enterprise plans to produce 36 aircraft per year and has already received orders for three years ahead. The Kazakhstan market alone needs 350 of these aircraft. In addition, Ukraine and Russia are already interested in the agricultural aircraft made in Kazakhstan.
Within five years, the company plans to begin the production of multi-purpose light aircraft including a four-seater «Sunkar» and a ten-seater «Expedition». According to the designers, such aircraft will be in high demand in Kazakhstan. Therefore, the next MAKS aviasalon may already see some production models of the Kazakh aircraft.

Viktor Yermolenko, General Director, FIRMA MVEN:

“Kazakhstan is a big country. If you’re in Astana, you need to fly around one thousand kilometers to any part of the republic. It will take you two or three hours to make it on our plane. It is convenient to fly on it. It is going to consume around 10 litres per 100 kilometres, just like a car.”

SOURCE: http://www.kazakhembus.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=762&cntnt01origid=15&cntnt01returnid=201


Kazakhstan Daily News Roundup – August 24, 2011 0

Posted on August 24, 2011 by Alex


No deficit of petroleum products in Kazakhstan – Mynbayev (SRI)

No talks with Korea on building nuclear power plant – Minister (SRI)


People’s IPO to raise up to $500 million; slated to begin in 2012
(SRI) – Kazakhstan could raise up to $500 million in its “people’s IPO” as it plans to start floating shares in several national companies in the second or third quarter of 2012, Minister of Economic Development and Trade Kairat Kelimbetov said on Tuesday.

Indicators – August 23, 2011 (Reuters)


Kazakh central bank to buy more gold to boost reserves
(SRI) – The National Bank of Kazakhstan plans to fully exercise its preemptive right to buy all refined gold produced in Kazakhstan to replenish its gold reserves, Interfax reported on Tuesday, citing a statement issued by the central bank.

Central Asia Metals: A mine developer with laser-focus on cash generation (Proactive Investors)


Succeeding in Kazakhstan
(bne) – When Nursultan Nazarbayev won April’s Kazakh presidential election with a resounding majority, the issue of who would suceed the septuagenarian appeared to have been put on the backburner for the time being. But three months later, Nazarbayev’s visit to Germany for medical treatment has put it firmly back on the agenda.


Independent Kazakh TV claims government is behind a slew of disrupting audits (SRI)

SOURCE: http://silkroadintelligencer.com/2011/08/24/


Kazakhstan Daily News Roundup – August 22, 2011 0

Posted on August 24, 2011 by Alex


On the move: RBG, Ministry of Industry and New Technologies (SRI)

Condor Kazakhstan well tests 300 bpd of 35 degree API gravity oil (Oil and Gas Eurasia)


Kazakhstan makes progress in building upon oil wealth; needs to further diversify economy – IMF
(SRI) – Kazakhstan’s oil wealth has had a positive effect on economic growth but the country needs to step up its efforts to develop other sectors of the economy, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in a report published last week.

KASE Index drops 4.84% on Friday (SRI)

Food Corporation distributes 1 million tonnes of grain at fixed price (Interfax)

Indicators – August 19, 2011 (Reuters)


Rare earth metal exports rise 75% in first half of 2011 (SRI)

ENRC needs tough outside voices if founder joins board (Reuters)


Kazakhstan’s ruling party takes all seats in Senate election (RFE/RL)

Former top Kazakh official under investigation (RFE/RL)

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan to set up joint emergency response center (Interfax)


Kazakhstan blocks “extremist” foreign Internet sites
(Reuters) – A court in Kazakhstan ruled on Friday to block access to 13 foreign Internet sites, including the popular blogging service LiveJournal, saying they were propagating terrorism and inciting religious hatred.


Satellite loss deals ’severe blow’ to Russia – experts (AFP)

SOURCE: http://silkroadintelligencer.com/2011/08/22/


Posted on March 30, 2011 by KazCham


Over 160 companies from Central Asia, Russia, Ukraine, EU, USA, Canada, Australia, South America and China have confirmed participation in the forum. Over 400 delegates are expected to attend. View the list: http://minex-forms.s3.amazonaws.com/2011/asia/MINEX-CA-2011-participants.pdf

Please note that delegate pre-registration ends on 1 April 2011.

Participation options:
Master classes and welcome drinks on 5 April ? places available
Forum on 6 and 7 April ? places available
Dinner tickets at the Gala Dinner on 6 April ? sold out (join waiting list)
On-site exhibition ? sold out (reserve space for 2012)

Kazakh visa information:
Delegates, who do not have Kazakh entry visa, should seek advice on waiting times at the local Consulate before registering for the forum.
Make sure you don?t miss out this event and BOOK NOW at:


The forum?s 60+ speaker multi-track agenda will focus on the key regulatory changes across Central Asia, e.g. practical implementation of Kazakhstan New Subsoil and Subsoil Use Legislation, forthcoming new subsoil legislation currently being prepared by Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan amongst other states. The forum will also examine changes in the extracting tax proposed in Kazakhstan. It will offer an in-depth insight into the key emerging mineral exploration opportunities in Central Asia and the Caspian States.
Technical program of the forum will concentrate on the key technological and management challenges in the mining sectors in Kazakhstan and Central Asia, e.g. opportunities for development of secondary mining (tailings); development of deposits with low grade ore; implementation of environment monitoring and safety systems; development of fully integrated mining and processing systems and much more.
For updated information about the forum?s agenda and speakers please visit:

Pre-book delegate place before 1 April on-line
at www.minexasia.com/2011/registration
Admission rates:
Pre-forum Master Classes (5 April) – 200 EUR
Forum (6-7 April) – 600 EUR
Master Classes + Forum (5-7 April) – 750 EUR

Or contact MINEX Central Asia 2011 forum organisers:
LONDON, United Kingdom
Mrs Irina Yukhtina
Tel: + 44 (0) 207 520 9341
Fax: + 44 (0) 207 520 9342
Email: Ira.Y@minexforum.com

Более 160 компаний и организаций из стран Центральной Азии, России, Украины, Европейского Союза, США, Канады, Австралии, Южной Америки и Китая подтвердили участие во втором горнопромышленном форуме «МАЙНЕКС Центральная Азия», который будет проводиться в Астане с 5 по 7 Апреля 2011 г. Вcего в форуме примет участие свыше 400 человек. Ознакомиться со списком:http://minex-forms.s3.amazonaws.com/2011/asia/MINEX-CA-2011-participants.pdf

Предварительная регистрация участников форума закрывается 1 апреля.

Опции участия в форуме:
Участие в мастер классах и приветственном приёме 5 апреля
Участие в форуме 6 и 7 апреля
Приём заявок на участие в гала ужине закрыт (открыт лист ожидания)
Приём предварительных заявок на бронирование выставочного места на форуме в 2012 году
Для подтверждения участия в форуме необходимо не позднее 31 марта заполнить заявку на интернет странице:http://www.minexasia.com/2011/ru/registration

О форуме:
В рамках трёхдневной программы форума и мастер классов планируется свыше 60 докладов и презентаций по ключевым вопросам развития горного сектора Казахстана, Кыргызстана, и Таджикистана.
Техническая программа форума предложит к обсуждению передовой международный опыт в различных сферах горного производства от разведки до добычи и переработки твёрдых полезных ископаемых. В частности на форуме будут представлены передовые технологии повышения эффективности освоения месторождений, а также широко представлен опыт создания высокоэкологичных производств, освоения техногенных месторождений, внедрения комплексных систем управления производством, внедрения инновационных решений, подготовки отчётности по запасам для международных рынков капитала и многое другое.
Более подробная информация о форуме и программа на сайте:


1. Заполнить электронную заявку на вебсайте. Нажмите ссылку: http://www.minexasia.com/2011/ru/registration
* Мастер классы (5 апреля) » 200 EUR
* Форум (6-7 апреля) » 600 EUR
* Мастер классы + Форум (5-7 апреля) » 750 EUR

2. Либо связаться с представителями Орг. Комитета форума:
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Регистрация участников и экспонентов из стран СНГ
Тел: +7 (727) 311 00 49
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Регистрация иностранных участников, экспонентов и СМИ
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Факс: + 44 (0) 207 520 9342

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Study abroad: The History of Silk Road 0

Posted on March 19, 2011 by KazCham


Open to external students

Hunter College Study Abroad program

(In cooperation with Kazakh National University and
the Geographic Society of Central Asia)

This course surveys the history of the Silk Road, focusing on the cultural and economic exchanges and events in Central Asia.   The Silk Road had been a link between China and eastern and western Europe for nearly two millennia, as innumerable caravans moved goods, ideas, cultures, traders, explorers, scholars and adventurers across the Eurasian land mass.   The readings, excursions and discussions are designed to explore the mysteries of the Silk Road including: Who were the traders and explores? Why did people use this Road? What role did Central Asian nomads and settlers play in this early global trade? What did Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Tamerlane have in common?

Lecturer:       Dr. Rafis Abazov, author of The Cultures and Customs of the Central Asian Republics
Office:                 W1549, Tue. & Fridays, or by appointment
Title of program:               The History of Silk Road (Study abroad program)
City, country:          Almaty, Kazakhstan
Site of instruction:    Campus of Kazakh National University
Excursions:     The ancient city of Turkistan and archeological excavation sites in Almaty province.

Dates of the program:   June 03-30, 2011
Courses or disciplines: History
Number of credits:              3 credits
Type:                           Summer program
Web page:       http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/educationabroad/programs/short-term-programs/summer-2011/kazakhstan

For details and application information check the Education Abroad website

Study the mysteries of Silk Road in the Heart of Central Asia!

This program is open to external students


Кazakhstan – U.S. Investment Forum 2010 0

Posted on July 27, 2010 by Sergey Sek

The Embassy of Kazakhstan will be hosting the third annual Kazakhstan – U.S. Investment Forum 2010
on November 8-9 in New York.
The forum, an official Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan event in partnership with Newsdesk Media Inc, is entitled: ‘Program of Accelerated Industrial-Innovative Development of Kazakhstan’.
This year’s event will highlight the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan’s initiatives to increase the productivity
and competitiveness of the economy in order to provide sustainable and balanced development. Following a teleconference address by H.E. Karim Massimov, the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, the forum’s agenda will provide in-depth analysis across the designated sectors of Agriculture, Construction and Metallurgy, Oil & Gas and Petrochemicals, Machinery, Transport and Telecommunications, Energy, and the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry.
A high-level delegation from Kazakhstan led by H.E. Asset Issekeshev, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and New Technologies, will participate along with H. E. Richard Hoagland, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan. The forum will also host the formal launch of the Republic of Kazakhstan’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce representative office in the United States.
For further information, please visit: www.kazakhinvest.com

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