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Science & Technology


This year, the international exhibition of arms “KADEX” is held in Kazakhstan for the fourth time. The first exhibition in 2010 was participated by 156 local and foreign companies; in 2012 the number of participants increased to 253; in 2014 it exceeded three hundreds. This year, the program will be even more intense, because it will be participated by more than 350 companies engaged in manufacture of arms and military equipment. Deputy Minister of Defense of Kazakhstan, Lieutenant-General Okas Saparov reported the news during a press conference on June 1.



Scientists of Kyrgyzstan and Russia have started preparations for a new joint archaeological expedition, which, according to the preliminary plans, will take place in the area of the Lake Issyk-Kul in July 2016. According to professor, Candidate of Historical Sciences Boris Konikov, the expedition will obtain the material for a more detailed reconstruction of the history of many of the Turkic peoples, as well as the process of formation of the Kyrgyz statehood in the Middle Ages.



In Tashkent, the 9th Republican Fair of Innovative Projects, Technologies and Ideas has begun its work at the National Exhibition Complex “Uzexpocentre.” This event is held in the Uzbek capital on a regular basis, and today it has become a practical mechanism in terms of security and development of cooperation ties between industry and science. This innovative fair provides a unique opportunity for an effective combination of education, science, production and business, successfully combining all levels of interaction that support the participants of the innovation process.


On June 2-5, 2016, the capital of Kazakhstan will host “KADEX,” the fourth International Exhibition of military equipment and weapons. The event will be participated by “Semey Engineering,” which is a daughter branch of the JSC “Kazakhstan Engineering.” The company's plans include demonstrating the new models of various modernized armored vehicles, as reported by the press service of the Ministry of Defense. The list of exhibits will include combat and conversion vehicle, which can be used in difficult circumstances, including by special services.


Currently, Russia and Uzbekistan are implementing a joint project to build a high-altitude observatory on the Suffa plateau in the spurs of the Turkestan range. The new international radio astronomy observatory “Suffa” will include a modern radio telescope with a mirror diameter of 70 meters. According to director of the Radio Astronomy Laboratory “RT-70” of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan Gennadiy Shanin, this Russian-Uzbek project is unique and has no analogues in the world.



Uzbek specialists have proposed to improve the road coating quality throughout the republic through introduction of a new composition of asphalt. For the purpose of improvement, the formula should be added gas or elemental sulfur, which is a waste product of the oil and gas industry obtained during purification of hydrocarbon product. According to UzLITIneftegaz, the improved road surface will neither undergo plastic deformations in the heat, nor crack when it's cold.



Kazakhstan is implementing a project to establish manufacture of a number of components to be used in construction of satellites for various purposes. Within this project, specialists of “Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapar” went to the Belgian city of Liège to study the test site equipment for the Assembly and Test Spacecraft Complex, which is currently under construction in Astana. According to the press-service of “Kazkosmos,” they will have to check whether the said equipment is ready for transportation.



On April 25, Kazakhstan's Embassy in Moscow witnessed the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Strategic Cooperation between Russian “Rostelecom” and Kazakh “Kazakhtelecom.” This document was signed by Kuanyshbek Yessekeyev (chairman of the Kazakh state-owned company) and Sergei Kalugin (president of the Russian company). In particular, the parties managed to agree on a number of joint projects, including development of the tariffs for international telephone services and special products, and prevention of fraud phone traffic.



The Tashkent-based Institute of Civil Protection under the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Uzbekistan held a workshop attended by representatives of the national and foreign media. The event was timed to the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Tashkent earthquake. The seminar was held within the framework of the project for cooperation in response to various natural disasters, which is jointly implemented by the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the UNDP.



The past year was marked by a decline in sales activity in the IT market of Kazakhstan. In addition to a significant drop in the sales volume of PCs, servers and tablets, there also occurred a decline in sales of multi-functional devices and printers. The process of sales decline began in 2014, when, according to IDC, Kazakhstan's market of printing-related periphery decreased in by about a quarter in comparison with 2013, totaling 226,000 units. In monetary terms, the market volume was $53 million, and the average price of a purchased MFP or printer was approximately KZT44,000.