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Kazakhstan

30.06.2017

The Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan signed a memorandum of cooperation with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), which provides support for the development of renewable energy sources (RES) in the country. This was reported by the press service of the ministry on June 21. According to this document, the EBRD plans to allocate up to $250 million for RES projects, with an additional attraction of $480 million from other international financial organizations.

30.06.2017

In 2016, Kazakhstan registered a total of 16,823 emergency cases. More than 1,600 people were injured, and the number of victims was 3,691 people. Speaker of the upper house of the parliament Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev voiced this information on June 21. He delivered his speech to the deputies during the parliamentary hearings on the development of civil protection in Kazakhstan.

 

28.06.2017

In 2016, the total volume of electronic purchases in Kazakhstan was 98 percent, which exceeded the 2015 indicator by 26 percent. As a result, the conditional savings reached about KZT130 billion, which is significantly more that the 2015 savings (KZT43 billion). Finance Minister Bakhyt Sultanov voiced these figures during the regular meeting of the Government of Kazakhstan on June 20.

 

20.06.2017

In 2016, the revenue part of the republican budget of Kazakhstan was KZT7.7 trillion, which exceeded the 2015 indicator by 24 percent. About KZT2.31 trillion (30 percent) of this amount accounted for the share of transfers. Finance Minister Bakhyt Sultanov voiced these figures while delivering a speech at the joint session of the chambers of the Kazakh parliament on June 19. According to him, the expenditure part of the 2016 budget was approximately KZT8.5 trillion.

 

20.06.2017

On June 11-14, two events took place within the framework of the international exhibition EXPO 2017 held in Astana: the eighth international energy forum: “Pursuing the interests of sustainable development” and the ministerial conference “Ensuring Sustainable Energy Development.” They were participated by a total of over 1,000 experts representing over 50 countries of the world.

20.06.2017

As an experiment, solar panels have been installed on the roofs of five bus stops in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana. The purpose of this pilot project is to unload the city's electric grids through the energy savings obtained from alternative sources. “Solar batteries installed on the roofs of bus stops accumulate daylight, which allows to light such stops at night without having to connect them to external power networks. Such a power unit can accumulate almost 800 watts a day,” the press service of the city administration of Astana reported.

 

19.06.2017

The lower chamber of the Kazakh parliament (the Majilis) has approved the ratification of the protocol, according to which Kyrgyzstan will receive the first tranche of the previously planned assistance (amounting to $100 million). Worth recalling, the parliament had approved the ratification of an agreement for the provision of the specified amount to the neighboring state. This assistance will be provided to the Kyrgyz side for implementation of the set of measures envisaged in the framework of the Road Maps for the Accession of Kyrgyzstan to the EEU.

 

19.06.2017

As compared with the 2016 figure, Kazakhstan has seen a 41 percent increase in the total number of its three saiga populations. Acting chairman of the Committee of Wildlife and Forestry under the Ministry of Agriculture Marlene Ainabekov reported this information during the recent press conference in Astana. “This year, the lambing of saiga was successful. In early May 2017, we conducted a survey of saigas. According to its results, their total number was 152,000 heads.

19.06.2017

The upper chamber of the Kazakh parliament (the Senate) has passed a law on the Prosecutor's Office, which cuts down the grounds for prosecutor's inspections. According to the Prosecutor General, Zhakip Asanov, the tasks and principles of the work of the prosecutor's office remain the same as before: observing the rule of law and protecting the rights of citizens. However, general supervision will not be unlimited now. It will have three forms: verification, analysis and evaluation of legal acts. According to him, there will be no more endless inspections.

 

19.06.2017

In the coming months, the issue of gasification of the city of Astana will be resolved. Mayor of the capital of Kazakhstan Aset Isekeshev gave this promise while delivering a speech at the session of the Astana Economic Forum titled “Sustainable and smart cities of the future.” The head of the city said, “We have come very close to making a decision regarding the gasification of Astana. Many economic issues have already been worked out, including logistics. The decision will be made in the near future, and we are expecting a positive result.