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EAEU should emphasis relations with non-member countries in 2016, PM says
During the May 20 meeting of Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) heads of government in Armenia, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov said that the union should deepen its economic relations with third countries and key integration associations.
Dialogue and cooperation between the EAEU and the European Union, Massimov said, could play a crucial role for economic growth on the continent. He added that Kazakhstan considers the integration process an opportunity for EAEU countries to become a bridge between the East and West and a competitive part of the world economy.
The heads of government of the EAEU member states also addressed issues such as a concept for common EAEU markets for oil and oil products, the distribution of import customs duties between the budgets of EAEU member states in 2015 and work on the Customs Code Agreement. The council agreed to meet Aug. 12 in Sochi and Oct. 28 in Minsk and continue work on the customs code. (www.primeminister.kz)
Land code commission continues work as changes spark unauthorised rallies
A second meeting of the special Land Reform Commission took place in Astana May 21 in a continued effort to calm public sentiment over the recent land code changes that have sparked sporadic rallies.
The changes, which involve agricultural lands, were put on hold by President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev on May 5 and will remain on pause until next year; until they can be better explained to the public or until further amendments can be introduced to better satisfy national interests.
The commission plans to have several plenary meetings in Astana, held every Saturday. Commission members are to discuss the changes with public councils and public organisations around the country before a final decision will be submitted for the consideration of Kazakhstan’s Parliament.
According to Kazakhstan’s Deputy General Prosecutor Andrei Kravchenko, on May 21, around 40 people were charged with administrative offences for attempts to organise unauthorised rallies. (www.theastanatimes.com)
President discusses key directions of economic development with International Advisory Council
President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev invited members of his International Advisory Board, including former Chancellor of Austria Alfred Gusenbauer, former President of Poland Aleksander Kwaśniewski, former Prime Minister of Italy Romano Prodi and former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak to discuss the key directions of development of Kazakhstan’s economy, the progress of implementation of government programs, steps taken to enhance cooperation with the European Union and benefits of membership in the World Trade Organisation.
Gusenbauer noted that Kazakhstan’s reforms are a timely response to new global challenges and will help the country join the most developed countries of the world.
Barak shared issues in the development of the domestic agricultural sector. He said that Kazakhstan has all the resources and opportunities needed to gain a competitive position in the global food market.
Prodi drew attention to the great potential for cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the European Union, which could benefit all parties, including Kazakhstan. (akorda.kz)
Inalca Eurasia to invest over 100 million euros in Kazakhstan’s meat industry
Transnational agro-industrial company Inalca Eurasia, a member of Italy’s Cremonini group, is entering the market of Kazakhstan.
According to Kazakhstan’s Agriculture Ministry, the foreign company plans to invest more than 100 million euros in the meat processing industry of Kazakhstan. This money will be spent to establish a vertically integrated company that will build feedlots in three regions of Kazakhstan that can hold up to 44,000 head of livestock simultaneously.
The company also wants to modernise a meat processing enterprise in the Aktobe region and raise its capacity up to 20,000 tonnes of meat and meat products. Inalca Eurasia intends to create a brand for Kazakhstan’s meat and to ensure its export to European countries and to Russia.
In 2016, it plans to raise volumes of meat and meat product exports to 12,000 tonnes per year. It has already built a new meat processing enterprise with an annual capacity of 7,200 tonnes of meat. (mid.gov.kz)
Astana hosting AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships
The Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) women’s world championships opened May 19 in Kazakhstan’s capital and will run until May 27.
Two hundred and eighty-five fighters from 67 countries are slated to participate. Each country could delegate up to 10 boxers, according to the number of weight categories. In each of the three Olympic categories of up to 51, 60 and 75 kg, four licenses for the Games are up for grabs, and champions have the opportunity to win not only world championship medals but also licenses to participate in the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The event raises the bar once again for women’s boxing in the world, said AIBA President Ching-Kuo Wu, who expressed hope that Kazakhstan will become a reference point from which to measure the level of future competitions. (astanatimes.com)