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OSCE Ambassador in Astana sees big potential of Green Bridge Initiative 0

Posted on August 25, 2011 by Alex

Trend, August 17, 2011

Head of OSCE Center in Astana Alexandre Keltchewsky believes in huge potential of Astana “Green Bridge” Initiative. He announced it at a final meeting on preparation of “Green Bridge” Partnership Program on Wednesday in Astana, Kazinform reported.

“The Astana initiative covers all sorts of problems of the modern world. They are promotion of green growth, low-carbon development, climate change, biodiversity, sustainable development, environmental safety and other topics. However, the initiative is largely aimed at preventing adverse events, than eliminating the environmental damage that has already taken place,” Keltchewsky said.

The Astana “Green Bridge” Initiative was proposed by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev at the III Astana Economic Forum. It was backed at the 6th Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific.

The Partnership Program will be discussed during the seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference which is planned for September 2011 in Astana. Then it is planned to present a draft program at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Brazil in 2012.

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

 

OSCE Centre holds seminars in Kazakhstan to prevent human trafficking 0

Posted on August 24, 2011 by Alex

The FINANCIAL — TALDYKORGAN, 18 August 2011 – The OSCE Centre in Astana launched a series of regional training seminars today to help specialized staff in orphanages and vocational schools prevent human trafficking.

The first of three two-day seminars started in Taldykorgan in Southern Kazakhstan. Later seminars will be held in Kokshetau, Northern Kazakhstan, and Ust-Kamenogorsk, Eastern Kazakhstan.

The 100 social workers, psychologists, teachers and law enforcement representatives who will take part in the seminar will learn how they can reduce the risk of trafficking by supporting the orphans’ empowerment and by helping the professionals to recognize possible cases of abuse.

“Skilled front-line staff in social, health and law enforcement professions is crucial to ensure that situations of vulnerability are identified and properly addressed,” said Stefan Buchmayer, Human Dimension Officer at the OSCE Centre in Astana. “These seminars make regional authorities aware of the problem and they foster closer co-operation between different stakeholders making anti-trafficking measures more effective.”

The OSCE Centre in Astana organized the seminars in co-operation with the non-governmental organizations the Feminist League, the Union of Crisis Centres and Feniks.

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

 

High-Level Kazakh Delegation Talks with U.S. on WTO, OSCE, Kyrgyzstan 0

Posted on September 26, 2010 by KazCham

Kazakh Foreign Ministry

A Kazakh delegation led by First Deputy Prime Minister Omirzak Shokeyev and Minister of Economic Development and Trade Zhanar Aitzhanova visited Washington on September 13-15 for rather successful talks on the country’s accession to WTO.

The Kazakh delegation was able to complete negotiations, which lasted for more than six years, on the country’s manufacturers’ access to US commodity markets, come to an agreement on the veterinary certificates and the intellectual property rights. Both sides agreed to strengthen the corresponding work in relation of bilateral discussions concerning the WTO.

The negotiations were an important element in implementation of the agreements reached by Presidents Nursultan Nazarbayev and Barack Obama in Washington on April 13 on redoubling the efforts to incorporate Kazakhstan into the global trade relations.

Shokeyev and Aitzhanova had meetings in the White House, State Department, Congress, and met with the US Trade representative Ronald Kirk, Kazinform news agency reported.

During the meeting with US President’s National Security Adviser James L. Jones, the American side has confirmed its support for Kazakhstan’s incorporation in global economic relations.

The Kazakhs also shared with the Americans the outlook on how the creation of the Customs Union of Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus could affect the country’s accession to the WTO. At the meeting, Omirzak Shokeyev noted that Kazakhstan and Russia, being the Customs Union partners, could join the WTO simultaneously and with the same obligations, as they need to adjust their duties to a common denominator.

Omirzak Shokeyev also thanked the US side for their support of Kazakhstan’s chairmanship of the OSCE and President Nazarbayev’s initiative on holding an OSCE summit in Astana on December 1-2, 2010.

Officials also discussed the current situation in Kyrgyzstan. Shokeyev, who also chairs the Kazakh side of the inter-governmental economic rehabilitation commission with Kyrgyzstan informed with the Americans concrete measures taken by Astana, as the OSCE chairman, in delivering humanitarian help to the neighbouring state and assistance in elaboration of a long-term economic rehabilitation plan for Kyrgyzstan.

OSCE Centre organizes course on combating corruption for civil society, media in southern Kazakhstan 0

Posted on August 30, 2010 by KazCham

OSCE press release

SHIMKENT, 23 August 2010 – An OSCE-organized course for civil society and journalists on their role in combating corruption and money laundering started today in Shimkent in southern Kazakhstan.
The two-day course, organized by the OSCE Centre in Astana in co-operation with Kazakhstan’s Financial Police, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the non-governmental organization Transparency Kazakhstan, will focus on best practices and highlight the role of NGOs and the media in the fight against corruption, money laundering and terrorism financing.

Jeannette Kloetzer, Acting Head of the OSCE Centre in Astana, said civil society and the media play a crucial role in the fight against corruption and money laundering by promoting good governance and public access to information.

“The OSCE Centre in Astana supports work in Kazakhstan that aims to raise journalists’ knowledge in this field. It also supports the use of international best practices in countering organized crime,” she said.

The course will help participants better understand legal documents related to corruption crimes. It will also promote dialogue and partnership among journalists, NGOs and law enforcement bodies.
“The state cannot combat corruption and money laundering without the participation of civil society and the media. Our course aims to help law enforcement agencies, journalists, independent experts and NGO representatives work together to combat this evil, and to give them the necessary knowledge, using international experience,” said Sergey Zlotnikov, Transparency Kazakhstan’s Director.

The course in Shimkent is the second of its kind organized by the OSCE Centre this year. A previous course was held earlier this summer in eastern Kazakhstan; a third is planned for his fall in the western part of the country. The courses form part of the Centre’s work to combat corruption, money laundering and the financing of terrorism

Kyrgyzstan: OSCE Sends Police Advisors, Astana Donates $11.6 Million 0

Posted on July 26, 2010 by KazCham

Kazakh Foreign Ministry

The 56 OSCE participating States agreed the deployment of police advisors to Kyrgyzstan in a decision taken by the Permanent Council in Vienna on July 23. According to the decision, the Police Advisory Group will assist Kyrgyzstan in reducing inter-ethnic tensions and strengthening the capacities of the territorial units of the Ministry of the Interior of the Kyrgyz Republic. The initial deployment of the Police Advisory Group will be for four months from the start of the operation, and the mission could be extended with the agreement of Kyrgyzstan and the Permanent Council.

The agreement with Kyrgyzstan on the Police Advisory Group envisages sending an initial 52 international police officers to monitor and advise counterparts in the Kyrgyz police force, with a focus on southern Kyrgyzstan. They will be unarmed and have no executive police powers. All 56 OSCE participating States may nominate candidates for the Police Advisory Group.

The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Kazakhstan’s Secretary of State and Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev, commended the decision.

“From the onset Kazakhstan has been advocating for the OSCE’s effective participation in the settlement of the situation in Kyrgyzstan, within the existing mandate of the Organization. In view of this, we supported from the start the request of Kyrgyzstan’s authorities to deploy a Police Advisory Group. I sincerely welcome the fact that all 56 participating States of the OSCE have demonstrated their wisdom and achieved consensus about the deployment of OSCE police advisers in Kyrgyzstan, which was formalized today by the decision of the representatives of our countries in Vienna,” Saudabayev said.

“The presence of the Police Advisory Group in the regions that were the site of violent clashes will facilitate strengthening trust, stability and order in the country. As President Nursultan Nazarbayev emphasized during the informal ministerial meeting of OSCE foreign ministers in Almaty, Kazakhstan stands ready to continue supporting the brotherly people of Kyrgyzstan both as the OSCE Chairmanship and on a bilateral level.”

Following the informal meeting of OSCE Foreign Ministers near Almaty on 17 July, it was announced that the OSCE participating States had reached consensus on deployment of the OSCE Police Advisory Group to Kyrgyzstan.

The Permanent Council’s decision on Thursday formalised this agreement, and now the process of recruiting is being launched to have the most experienced and best suiting candidates deployed to Kyrgyzstan as soon as possible.

“Kazakhstan’s OSCE Chairmanship welcomes the decision of the participating States to deploy without delay a Police Advisory Group and thus enhance the OSCE’s continuing work with Kyrgyzstan to resolve the current crisis, prevent the spillover of tensions in the region and promote post conflict rehabilitation,” said the Chairperson of the OSCE Permanent Council, Ambassador of Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov.

“The police advisors will play an important role in reassuring the people of Kyrgyzstan following the tragic events of recent months, and will further strengthen the capacities of the police and help in restoring public trust,” he added.

In a July 23 statement on its website, Kyrgyzstan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also welcomed the police mission saying its believes “the presence of the international police force in the south of the country will help prevent various destructive forces from provoking new upheavals and destabilization of the situation.” It also said it was “convinced that the deployment of the OSCE police task force will become a very useful and effective stimulus for modernizing the law enforcement apparatus in Kyrgyzstan.”

In the meantime, Kazakhstan launched a new phase of humanitarian and economic assistance to Kyrgyzstan on a bilateral basis. According to two government decrees signed by Prime Minister Karim Massimov on July 20, and as earlier announced by President Nazarbayev at the informal OSCE ministerial in Almaty on July 17, Kazakhstan starts delivering US$ 11.6 million worth aid to Kyrgyzstan. The ministries of emergency and transport have been tasked to secure timely shipping of coal for Bishkek thermal power station, construction materials for reconstructing damaged houses in Osh and Jalal-Abad, 3,000 tons of rice, 190 tons of buckwheat, and 60 tons of detergents.

In addition to that, Kazakhstan is working to help Kyrgyzstan elaborate a strategy of stabilising socio-economic situation in the country and coordinate international donors’ contribution toward the same goal. The joint intergovernmental commission led by Kazakhstan’s First Deputy Prime Minister Umirzak Shukeev and his Kyrgyz counterpart Amangeldi Muraliyev is already defining the best ways to use the international assistance most efficiently to raise US$ 1 billion, which was their assessment of the damage to be repaired following the recent turmoil in April, May and June 2010. Kazakhstan has already proposed to involve the Eurasian Economic Community’s special “anti-crisis” fund to help Kyrgyzstan stabilise its national budget, with operative management of the World Bank, to prepare properly for the looming cold season. The possibility of financial assistance from the Eurasian Development Bank, as well Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and its member states.

SOURCE: Kazakhstan News Bulletin No 21, released by the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United States of America

Kazakhstan Daily News Roundup – July 23, 2010 0

Posted on July 23, 2010 by KazCham

HEADLINES:

Bank lending lags Kazakh recovery
(bne) – Kazakhstan’s economic growth is accelerating, though bank lending is continuing to lag the recovery and the volume of loans this year will be almost half of what it was expected to be, according to a new report from VTB Capital.

In Kazakhstan’s, a gulf’s worth of oil awaits transport
(New York Times) – Even as the petroleum industry continues drilling in the Gulf of Mexico at considerable expense and risk, a single field here in Kazakhstan stands ready to produce two-thirds as much oil each day as the entire gulf does, with less danger to the environment.

ENERGY:

Tengizchevroil slapped with $1.4 million environmental fine (SRI)

Japan said to consider Kazakh uranium imports through East Russian ports (Bloomberg)

Kazakhstan revokes license from U.S. firm on exploration of large gas field (RIA Novosti)

Construction of Beyney-Bozoy-Shymkent pipeline to begin in October 2010 (Oil and Gas Eurasia)

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:

Kazakhstan’s lenders won’t sell bonds overseas this year – Finance Ministry (Bloomberg)

Kazakhstan incubating high-tech businesses at former nuclear weapons site (Scientific American)

Kazakhstan’s industrial output to grow more than 10% in 2010 – Industry Ministry (Interfax)

Kazakh government to help agricultural producers in drought-stricken regions (Interfax)

METALS AND MINING:

Kazakh antitrust watchdog puts hold on Polyus gold plans (Bloomberg – Moscow Times)

REGIONAL:

Kyrgyz police detain ex-president’s brother (AP)

OSCE to send police monitors to Kyrgyzstan (Reuters)

Dragon Oil says H1 production below expectations (Reuters)

SOURCE: http://silkroadintelligencer.com/2010/07/23/kazakhstan-daily-news-roundup-july-23-2010/

OSCE Chairperson welcomes successful conduct of referendum, calls for large-scale assistance to Kyrgyzstan 0

Posted on July 08, 2010 by KazCham

OSCE Press Release
ASTANA, 28 June 2010 – The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Kazakhstan’s Secretary of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kanat Saudabayev, welcomed today the successful conduct of yesterday’s referendum in Kyrgyzstan, and called on OSCE participating States and international bodies to develop a plan of large-scale assistance to the country.
“The referendum is a decisive step towards political stability and the restoration of constitutional order and political legitimacy,” he said.
 
“The OSCE Chairmanship supports the preliminary assessment of the referendum by the mission of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. But holding the referendum is only the beginning of a hard path towards restoring the rule of law and furthering the democratic, social and economic development of Kyrgyzstan.”

Saudabayev added: “The OSCE is keenly interested in seeing the situation in Kyrgyzstan return to a constructive framework, and calls on all the participating States and international bodies to develop a plan of large-scale assistance for the country. We believe timely, effective and co-ordinated actions by the international community will become an important factor in stabilizing the political situation, maintaining regional security and co-operation, ensuring sustainable economic development and fully protecting democratic foundations in Kyrgyzstan.”

Today Saudabayev spoke on the telephone with Roza Otunbayeva, Kyrgyzstan’s President for the interim period, discussing the next steps to be taken to solidify the progress towards political stability and economic development of the country.

Kazakhstan’s OSCE Chairmanship was represented in Bishkek during the referendum by Ambassador and Chairperson of the OSCE Permanent Council Kairat Abdrakhmanov. During his visit he met Otunbayeva, Acting Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbayev and the Deputy Head of the Provisional Government, Omurbek Tekebayev, as well as representatives of civil society, the diplomatic community and international organizations.

SOURCE: Kazakhstan News Bulletin No 18, released by the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United States of America

Set Kyrgyzstan Back on Its Feet 0

Posted on July 08, 2010 by KazCham

New York Times, by Kanat Saudabayev, July 4, 2010
ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN — The international community faces an acute test of its political will in Kyrgyzstan.
This small Central Asian country with a population of 5.3 million people is now in a deep political, economic and social crisis. As the tragic events of last month have shown, relations between the majority Kyrgyz population and some of the country’s minorities have started to fracture in the south leaving the interim government struggling to regain control and maintain a functioning state.
Some people may ask: Why does the situation in Kyrgyzstan matter? For many of them it is probably, as Neville Chamberlain said famously of Czechoslovakia, a quarrel in a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing. In fact, Kyrgyzstan is one of the main conduits for opium and heroin smuggling from Afghanistan to Russia and Europe.
If lawlessness and loss of authority are allowed to take root in Kyrgyzstan there is a danger that the country may be subject to infiltration by extremist groups, including terrorists.
The consequences of a complete breakdown of Kyrgyzstan could be very serious for Central Asia and the region beyond. The prospect of further violence, refugee flows to neighboring countries and a complete loss of control throughout the nation should be sufficient to galvanize world leaders to address the problems.
Kazakhstan, which holds the chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (O.S.C.E.), is a neighbor of Kyrgyzstan and the largest investor in the country. Kazakhstan feels a special responsibility to find a formula for deploying the resources of the international community to set Kyrgyzstan back on its feet.
In April, when the turbulence was at its height, Kazakhstan’s president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, together with President Dmitri A. Medvedev and President Barack Obama contributed decisively to averting a civil war in Kyrgyzstan.
As chairman in office of the O.S.C.E., I have begun urgent consultations with the leadership of the United Nations and the European Union as well as with heads of foreign offices of regional players, including Russia, United States, China and Turkey, to coordinate our joint efforts on stabilizing Kyrgyzstan.
Under Kazakhstan’s chairmanship, the O.S.C.E. deployed Zhanybek Karibzhanov as a special representative to Bishkek. Mr. Karibazhanov, deputy speaker of Kazakhstan’s lower house of Parliament and chairman of the Kazakh-Kyrgyz interparliamentary group, together with envoys from the U.N. and the E.U., played an influential role in facilitating dialogue and defusing tensions.
While I believe that our efforts contained the crisis in April, the violence that erupted in mid-June is a chilling reminder of the fragility of the country and the limits of what the international community is currently able to achieve in Kyrgyzstan.
Let us be clear: Kyrgyzstan’s root problems are social and economic, not political or ethnic. Since independence in 1991 successive governments in Bishkek have been unable to ensure adequate economic development in Kyrgyzstan leaving it with G.D.P. levels up to five times below that of its immediate neighbors. This has resulted in the sense of hopelessness and despair that is creating political divisions and driving the breakdown in relations between ethnic groups, most of which have a long history of living together peacefully.
That is why Kazakhstan has provided and continues to provide tangible humanitarian assistance to its close neighbor, sending fuel, seeds and foodstuffs. And that is why Mr. Nazarbayev has proposed to develop, together with Kyrgyzstan, an international plan of assistance for the country and a strategic program for its economic development.
Uzbekistan deserves great credit for opening its borders and offering sanctuary to tens of thousands of Uzbek refugees. Although most of them have now returned to Kyrgyzstan, the situation in the south of the country remains volatile and there are concerns that the splintering of Kyrgyzstan’s ruling class and society could lead to disturbances in the north as well.
The O.S.C.E. has invested significant resources since 2003 to reform Kyrgyzstan’s law enforcement bodies and played a major role as a mediator in stabilizing the political crisis of 2005 when President Askar Akayev was forced out of office amid violent scenes in several parts of the country.
Kazakhstan has welcomed the success of the Kyrgyz referendum on June 27 as an important step toward returning a legal framework and peaceful development to the country. We urge all political forces in Kyrgyzstan to unite their efforts in reviving the economy and solving the most acute social problems. Kazakhstan stands ready to share its experience of economic and political reforms to help our brotherly nation.
It is vital now that the international community find the resolve to support the Kyrgyz government’s capacity to maintain public order and advance national reconciliation.
The O.S.C.E. is ready to make its contribution to accomplishing this mission. With this in mind, we seek the strengthening of the O.S.C.E. center in Bishkek and its operations throughout Kyrgyzstan.
To help Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan as chairman of the O.S.C.E. is working hard to employ the organization’s potential to the fullest extent possible. It is important that the political will of its 56 member states now be mobilized to offer Kyrgyzstan the assistance that it so urgently needs.
Kanat Saudabayev is the foreign minister of Kazakhstan and chairman in office of the O.S.C.E.

SOURCE: Kazakhstan News Bulletin No 18, released by the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United States of America



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