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National Security Committee chairperson holds meeting of Kazakh Antiterrorist Centre
Kazakh National Security Committee (NSC) Chairperson Karim Massimov held a regular meeting March 14 of the Anti-Terrorist Centre of Kazakhstan. Security Council Deputy Secretary Azamat Abdymomunov and Prosecutor General Zhakip Asanov took part in the work of the consultative body. The participants considered measures on implementing Cyber Shield of Kazakhstan, President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s instruction to create a cybersecurity system. They also discussed additional measures to improve the effectiveness of neutralising the activities of ideologues and preachers of destructive religious movements.
At the end of the meeting, the sides adopted a number of protocol decisions. (knb.kz)
Government to establish agricultural cooperatives to help small farmers
To support small and medium-sized farms, 410 agricultural cooperatives will be established in 2017. The cooperatives will help farms buy equipment, store and transport products, provide veterinary services, organise supplying fodder and agrochemical products and help with lending.
The programme was launched last year and 157 cooperatives are already coordinating with 15,000 farms, said Vice Minister of Agriculture Kairat Aituganov. The cooperatives created more than 100 milk collecting centres and 7,000 forage bases. In general, the indicative plans are being executed in all regions.
Financing the cooperatives through the financial support fund became the fund’s top priority, said Aituganov. He emphasised the initial payment is made at the expense of investment subsidies.
The fund implemented new directions of subsidising farmers: reducing milk production costs, fattening bulls and lambs, lowering equipment and machinery costs up to 50 percent and subsidies to cooperatives for value-added tax (VAT) reimbursement.
The ministry plans to allocate 50 billion tenge ($157.9 million) this year to support small and medium-sized farms. (inform.kz)
Kazakh commodity producers to be able to advertise products on Jumore platform
KTZ Express, a subsidiary of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ), has signed an agreement with the Chinese company Jumore on cooperation within the B2B electronic trading platform. “Major mining, agricultural and energy enterprises and commodity producers of Kazakhstan will be able to place their production on the Jumore platform, through which potential buyers from all over the world will be able to find them. At the same time, KTZ Express will make a quick delivery to the buyer with a guarantee of safety. Also, Kazakh buyers will be able to find any products of foreign companies located on the platform,” said Jumore Chairperson Lu Hongxiang.
Within the framework of the signed agreement, the parties plan to develop smart logistics to increase transportation volumes and attract new customers and promote Kazakh products on the international market using the parties’ opportunities and infrastructure, as well as attract new cargo flows from the countries of Southeast Asia to the countries of Europe and the Central Asian region and in the opposite direction through Kazakh territory. (railways.kz)
Government reviews feasibility of pipeline to fully supplying natural gas to Astana by 2021
KazTransGas and government officials are reviewing a feasibility study to build a pipeline that would fully supply natural gas to Astana residents by 2021.
Within a month, they will be able to calculate the efficiency of the new gas pipeline and gas tariffs for Astana residents and compare the costs with coal prices, said Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev during a recent government meeting.
“The new gas pipeline will be connected to the gas pipeline which stretches from the west of the country to the Kyzylorda region, then goes towards Zhezkazgan, passing through the Karaganda region, Astana and further to Kokshetau,” he said.
Bozumbayev also told the meeting that Global Gas Regasification, part of the Global Gas Group, has entered into an agreement with Gazprom Export to import 5,000 tonnes of low-tonnage liquefied natural gas from Russia. The shipment will be made by road.
He also noted a memorandum indicates the volume of supplies will reach 320,000 tonnes of liquefied gas by 2021, which is enough to meet the current fuel needs in Astana and parts of the northern regions of the country.
“As for the private sector of Astana, the supply will start at the end of 2018. We’re planning to start with the Koktal residential area. We are sure that in the 2018-2019 heating season, heating in Koktal will be ensured with natural gas. Before 2021, we believe we will provide full access to city residents. We will prepare the city for the construction of the main pipeline,” said Panayot Saulidi, head of Global Gas Regasification.
Astana Employment Centre to hold short-term training courses
The Astana Employment Centre will hold short-term professional retraining courses during the year. According to the centre’s information, today’s most popular specialties are pre-school teacher, baker, cook, tailor, hairdresser, electrician, sales manager, cashier and waiter.
The interdepartmental commission on employment issues under the city administration examined applications and presentations from educational organisations to take part in short-term vocational training for in-demand specialties.
In total, 14 training centres and colleges in Astana presented their opportunities and potential. As a result, the commission members chose eight educational institutions, including the College of Management and Business, the College of the Eurasian Humanitarian Institute, the College of Management, Isker (the Academy of Business), the school of hairdressers and others. (Kazpravda.kz)
Kazakh experts to study effectiveness of domestically produced cancer treatments
Professors from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU) and experts at Kazakh Research Institute of Oncology and Radiology plan to conduct studies to prove the efficiency of domestically-produced medications to treat cancer. They still need to determine whether or not the medications will be efficient in humans.
“Professors have already spoken to us about conducting more studies on their anticancer drugs. At present, the medications have had preclinical studies conducted on them, which is culture testing of tumour cells and testing on animals. Testing on humans shall be the next phase. The studies are still at quite an early stage. It is also early to discuss the efficiency of these medications for now,” said Dauren Adilbay, oncology doctor and deputy director at Kazakh Research Institute of Oncology and Radiology.
Alnusidin and Leikoefdin, medications developed in Almaty by KazNU professors Dmitry Korulkin and Kairolla Rakhimov, are made with mountain ephedra and grey alder and can reportedly treat any form of cancer, even advanced stages of the disease.
Most drugs used to treat patients at Kazakh Research Institute of Oncology and Radiology are foreign-made. (inform.kz).
Experts promise to assist in the mass introduction and use of the new drugs once their efficiency, safety and quality are proven. (astanatimes.com)