WEEKLY REVIEW: int’l community voiced support to Kazakhstan’s ecological initiatives


WEEKLY REVIEW: int'l community voiced support to Kazakhstan's ecological initiativesKazakhstan will boost mass sport and open physical culture university. The international community voiced support to Kazakhstan’s ecological initiatives. Professional NGOs will participate in the healthcare system development.

On Monday, June 25 Education and Science Minister Bakhytzhan Zhumagulov said that the Ministry developed a draft concept of state youth policy 2020. The concept is designed to attract youth to realization of economic and innovation tasks of the country. Besides, the Minister charged to draw out a step-by-step preparations plan for the World Universiade, pay attention to sports infrastructure and school sport equipment the countrywide.

The Minister stressed the need to form the physical culture university in Astana and provide 1000 grants.

According to vice president of Kazakhstan Stock Exchange Andrei Tsalyuk, People’s IPO technical and information preparations are underway. The first stock placement will start September this year. It includes assets of KazTransOil, in the following years it will embrace KEGOC, KazTransGas, Samruk-Energo, Air Astana, Kazakhstan Temir Zholy, Kazatomprom and  KazMunaiGas companies.

On Tuesday, the Environment Ministry said the UN Sustainable Development Conference held in Rio de Janeiro voiced support to the ecological initiatives of Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan called on nations, businesses and NGOs to give the global economy a green boost by uniting behind the nation’s Green Bridge initiative.

The Green Bridge initiative is a practical mechanism to achieve an international shift to a green economy, through promoting technology transfer and environment management experience, and putting in place improved legal, economic and institutional conditions to encourage a new wave of green industry.

The adoption of the Green Bridge Partnership Programme at Rio+20 would create a vast new market for green goods, services and new technologies, providing a massive green economic stimulus to the global economy. At the Summit in Rio, Kazakhstan’s Minister for Environmental Protection, Nurlan Kapparov, commented: “In these difficult economic times, the Green Bridge is one of practical solution to grow and accelerate the green economy around the world. This transition is the only sustainable way for emerging markets to maintain their current growth and for developed nations to grow their way out of recession”.

The 6th session of the Kazakh-German Intergovernmental Working Group for Commercial and Economic Cooperation chaired by Kazakh First Vice Minister of Industry and New Technologies Albert Rau and German Vice Minister of Economic Affairs and Technology Karl-Ernst Brauner was held on Wednesday (June 27). Following results of the seating the list of priority projects within the Innovative and Investment Partnership Program for 2014 signed during Nursultan Nazarbayev’s visit to Germany in February 2012 was approved.

The same day Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov of Kazakhstan met with his Iranian colleague Ali Akbar Salehi to discuss the state and perspective directions of cooperation between Kazakhstan and Iran, problems of interaction within international organizations. They exchanged views on situation in the Middle East and North Africa.

First Vice Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov visited Burabai district of Akmola region on Thursday (June 28) to survey the construction of the tourism and entertainment complex. Upon completion of the survey S. Akhmetov charged the Economic Development and Trade Ministry together with the Ministry of Finance and Akimat (administration) of Akmola region to submit suggestions on financing for 2012-2013 by June 30, 2012.

Minister of State, Minister for Foreign Affairs Paulo Portas of Portugal and Foreign Affairs Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov of Kazakhstan met on Friday (June 29) in Astana. The Kazakh Foreign Minister and his Portuguese colleague mainly focused on the strengthening and expansion of the bilateral legal basis. The signing of an agreement on mutual protection of investments for the avoidance of double taxation is planned.