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Nation’s economic performance begins to improve
According to Minister of National Economy of Kazakhstan Kuanysh Bishimbayev, the country’s economy has improved in recent months.
“[Gross domestic product] has reached 0.1 percent growth due to an increase in construction by 6.6 percent, transport services by 4.3 percent, agricultural production by 2.7 percent and manufacturing by 0.5 percent,” said Bishimbayev.
The minister said GDP growth this year is likely provided all state programme projects are implemented.
Due to industrial-innovative and infrastructural projects through the Nurly Zhol programme and the State Programme for Accelerated Industrial-Innovative Development for 2010–2014, the volume of investments in fixed assets in Kazakhstan for the first half of this year increased by 8.5 percent. The highest investment growth was in agriculture, by 48.6 percent. Industry investment grew by 12.8 percent and real estate transactions by 5.4 percent, he said. (www.kazpravda.kz)
Products from Kazakhstan to be sold at American Walmart stores
Food products from Kazakhstan will soon be added to the shelves of American Walmart stores. Samples of certain products have already been transferred to corporate headquarters for examination and quality compliance, according to a National Chamber of Entrepreneurs (NCE) press release.
“Today, we have a unique opportunity to receive clarification from the American side on rules of the game in their market and learn about which requirements domestic products must comply with for their export to the U.S.,” said NCE Director of Development Kaiyrzhan Ibrayev. The group has received positive responses to the prospect of developing trade and economic ties with Kazakhstan on a long-term basis, focusing on the import of products from Kazakhstan and attracting U.S. technology and investment to Kazakhstan, he said. (astanatimes.com)
Kazakh dry cargo vessel launched in Russia
The Zhibek Zholy, a dry cargo vessel with a capacity of 7,500 dead weight tonnage (DWT), was launched July 12 in Shlisselburg, Russia, reported the Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) press office.
KTZ President Askar Mamin, Russia’s Deputy Transport Minister Victor Olerskiy and Leningrad Oblast government First Deputy Finance Committee Chairman Roman Markin attended the launch ceremony.
“It seems symbolic that the name of the new ship, Zhibek Zholy [Silk Way], has been given by President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. There is a large-scale programme to modernise transport infrastructure. KTZ’s strategy pays special attention to the development of multimodal transport and the maritime fleet is an important element of it,” said Mamin.
Zhibek Zholy joins Atameken as the second new dry cargo ship acquired by the fleet this year. KTZ Express and Croatian shipyard ULJANIK signed a shipbuilding contract this summer to build two wagon carriers.
Experts believe consolidating efforts to expand mutually-beneficial cooperation in the Caspian region and common development of transcontinental transport will provide new opportunities for all participants.
The project has been realised with the support of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Mobile guide on security to operate during EXPO 2017
A mobile application, “EXPO 2017: Your Safety Guide,” will be used to promote security during the expo, Prosecutor General of Kazakhstan Zhakip Assanov said at a meeting of the Coordinating Council for EXPO 2017Security.
“One of the security tools can be the mobile application, EXPO 2017: Your Safety Guide, in Kazakh, Russian and English languages. … Any foreigner who arrives in Astana can open the smartphone application, and all the information will be available, such as how to get to the expo, the map of objects, mode of operation, phone hotlines, contacts and police items, photos of Kazakhstan’s policeman, taxis, emergency medical care, the channel for instantaneous feedback and other details. With this guide in your pocket, everyone can be calm about safety,” Assanov said.
He also added that street cameras, which are prevalent in cities like London, are the best preventative security measures. “‘Big Data’ technologies in New York even predict the time and place of possible crimes. We need to adopt the most advanced experience,” Assanov said. (kazpravda.kz)
UNDP: Green economy the only model of economic development for top competitive countries
More than 10 international organisations of the United Nations will be presented at EXPO 2017, said Munkhtuya Altangerel, deputy resident representative of the UNDP, at a briefing at the Central Communications Service July 20.
“The UNDP will have its own area at the upcoming exhibition in 2017, while we will show the best international practice, accumulated over 50 years,” she said.
According Altangerel, the exhibition will feature projects using green technology that have been tested in Latin American countries.
“In addition to technology, we will show the processes of training the population, including children, in the concept of the green economy. We hope that our site will be the most interactive. We want people not to only see, but also touch and analyse the whole process, show how the sun can charge a bike, how a farmer working in the field uses green practices to get a good harvest, she added. (kazpravda.kz)
Ice stadium in Almaty to host first sports events in October
3,000-seat ice stadium in Medeu district will be commissioned in Almaty city in late August.
Akim (mayor) of the city Bauyrzhan Baibek who paid a visit to the construction site of the stadium on Thursday was told it would be commissioned on August 30. “The palace will host the first sports and other types of events starting from October,” director of sport facilities of Almaty city Sergey Apenko told the mayor. According to Apenko, all hockey-related events during the 2017 Winter Universiade will take place at the ice stadium. (inform.kz)
Kazakhstan’s clubs begin UEFA Europa League qualification campaign
For Kazakhstan’s football clubs, the time has come again to test themselves in the qualifying rounds of European club tournaments.
In the UEFA Champions League’s second qualifying round, FC Astana won 2-1 on aggregate in two matches with Lithuanian champions Zhalgiris Vilnius and will play last year’s Scottish Premiership champions Celtic FC on July 26 or 27 at home and on Aug 2 or 3 away in Glasgow’s Celtic Park stadium.
In the Europa League’s first qualification round, FK Aktobe tied at home 1-1 but lost to Hungary’s MTK 0-2 in an away game. FC Ordabasy Shymkent gave way to Serbia’s FC Čukarički 3-0 at an away game and drew 3-3 at home. The two Kazakh clubs were thus relegated from the competition.
The country’s last remaining representative in the Europa League, FC Kairat Almaty made it to the next round of the tournament without problems. In the second leg of the Europa League’s first qualifying round, Kairat trounced Albania’s Teuta Durres, 5-0. A week earlier, Kairat won in Albania thanks to the only goal, scored by Andrey Arshavin.
In the second round, Kairat drew 1-1 at home in a game against Maccabi Tel Aviv. The return leg in Israel took place on Thursday night. Unfortunately the Almaty team lost 1-2 and was relegated too.
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