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Kazakh farmers have everything they need to successfully carry out the necessary field works. They are timely supplied with diesel fuel, in the required quantities and at reduced prices. The unfavorable weather conditions are not a problem. According to Deputy Minister of Agriculture Toleutai Rahimbekov, to date about 350,000 tons of diesel fuel out of the planned 375,000 tons have already been paid for by the provinces. “About 270,00 tons have already been shipped. The work on payments and shipping goes in accordance with the schedule.


As the largest oil producer in Central Asia, Kazakhstan intends to revise the terms of the agreement previously concluded with OPEC on limiting the oil production, which is associated with an increase in production at the country's largest deposit, the Kashagan field. Worth recalling, at the end of 2016, the country took part in the agreement, not being a member of OPEC. Now, when its participants are holding discussions on the possible extension of the agreement (which expires in June), Kazakhstan intends to increase production at the Kashagan field.



Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Moldova Samad Ordabayev met with Prime Minister of the republic Pavel Filip in Chisinau. According to the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, a wide range of issues were discussed during the meeting. These included the expansion of bilateral cooperation in the processing of raw materials, food industry, breeding and technology of plant growing, education and tourism.


The national company “Kazakhstan Railways” has signed an agreement with a number of Chinese investors, under which the Chinese side will have the right to buy out a 49 percent stake in the dry port “Khorgos” located at the border of the two countries. According to the press service of “Kazakhstan Railways,” the corporation COSCO Shipping and the harbor “Port Lianyungang” signed the agreement on behalf of the PRC.


During the first four months of 2017, Kazakhstan's gross domestic product grew by 3.7 percent as compared to the same period of 2016. In April, there was an acceleration in the pace of economic development; back in January-March 2017, the figure was only 3 percent. Minister of National Economy Timur Suleimenov reported this information during a regular government meeting on May 16. According to the Minister, despite the positive dynamics of the first four months, there should be no illusions that “the dynamics can be preserved without activating the state apparatus.”


The Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan supports the possible extension of the current agreement of the OPEC and non-OPEC countries to limit oil production. The Minister of Energy of the Republic, Kanat Bozumbayev, announced the news after delivering a speech at the government hour in the lower house of the national parliament (the Majilis).



Jointly with China, Kazakhstan is set to create a number of new laboratories that will be engaged in certification of agricultural products exported to China. Products manufactured in Kazakhstan and other countries of Central Asia will undergo this certification. According to Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Republic Gulmira Isayeva, today the specialists of the department are working with the People's Republic of China to create the conditions necessary for the early start of testing of the quality of Kazakh agricultural products.



Kazakhstan plans to create a full cycle of nuclear fuel production. Minister of Energy of the Republic Kanat Bozumbayev reported the news while delivering a speech at the government hour at the lower house of the national parliament on May 15. “One of the main goals for Kazakhstan's strategic development in the energy sector is the creation of an integrated vertical company with a nuclear fuel cycle by 2020.


Kazyna Capital Management (a subsidiary of Baiterek) has concluded an investment agreement with Vist Group through the Russian-Kazakhstan nano-technology fund. Askar Dedyarov, the head of Kazyna Capital Management, announced the news during the international conference “Information Management Systems for Mining Industry: Technologies and Innovations” held at the Nazarbayev University. According to him, the purpose of the investment is the development of a number of new products in the field of dispatching underground quarries and robotizing the mining equipment.


On January 1, 2018, Kazakhstan will start the practical implementation of the project “Electronic Health Passports.” Minister of Health of the Republic Elzhan Birtanov reported the news on May 11. According to him, plans are afoot to complete the creation of electronic health passports by July 1; they will be filled in with data in the second half of the year. Worth recalling, the work on this project has been ongoing since 2015. Currently, it is already being tested in Astana, on the basis of the ninth clinic.