WEEKLY REVIEW: Uniform standards for all kinds of purchases will be deduced and equal access to markets of the Customs Union countries will be provided
July 5. KAZINFORM. ASTANA
Kazakhstan develops strategic partnership with Great Britain in the sphere of geologic research. The Government takes measures to provide bona fide competition in the purchases’ process. An equal access to markets of the Customs Union countries will be provided from 2014.
On Monday, July 1, Vice Minister of Industry and New Technologies Nurlan Sauranbayev and director of “Rio Tinto” Chris Welton have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to establish a center of geological studies in Kazakhstan, within the framework of the Kazakh-British business forum.
In the course of preliminary negotiations, the parties have identified a wide range of mutual interests. The Ministry of Industry and New Technologies is committed to creation and development of geological research center in the Republic of Kazakhstan in Astana under “Kazgeologiya” JSC at the Nazarbayev University. In turn, the company “Rio Tinto” will take part in the Advisory Council on establishing the center, and will attract a transfer of expertise and the latest technology.
Besides, the same day, the Government of Kazakhstan held a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov to discuss measures to improve competition protection in commodity markets.
Chairman of Competition Protection Agency Bolatbek Kuandykov told about measures to ensure equal access to markets, identify barriers hindering competition development.
In 2012 – 2013 the Agency conducted more than 50 analyses of commodity markets, the results of which show a lack of development of competition in the railway industry, pharmaceutical industry, energy sector, and telecommunications sector.
He noted that the major systemic problems hindering the development of competition were inadequacy of legislation often restricting competition, as well as unwarranted state involvement in business activities.
On July 2, Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov chaired an urgent meeting concerning the “Proton-M” rocket crash.
Minister of Emergency Situations V.Bozhko and Chairman of the National Space Agency T.Mussabayev delivered their reports at an urgent meeting.
Head of the Government has instructed to set up a government commission headed by Minister of Environmental Protection Nurlan Kapparov to study environmental impact of the crash of “Proton-M” rocket in the area adjacent to the territory of the cosmodrome “Baikonur”.
The same day, Serik Akhmetov received Abdul Taib Mahmud, Chief Minister of Sarawak, Malaysia, at Ukimet Uyi.
The parties discussed trade and economic and cultural and humanitarian cooperation. In particular, they noted the prospects for interaction in the implementation of infrastructural projects, energy and petrochemical industries, information and communications sector, agriculture and tourism.
It is planned to discuss the establishment of joint ventures in the course of Sarawak businessmen’s visit to Kazakhstan at the beginning of the next year.
On July 3, Minister of Transport and Communications of Kazakhstan Askar Zhumagaliyev, Minister of Transportation of Azerbaijan Ziya Mammadov and Turkey’s Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Binali Y?ld?r?m have signed the Protocol on Cooperation in transport development sector within the first meeting of transport ministers of the Turkic-speaking states Cooperation Council in Baku.
In addition, the Memorandum between the ports of Aktau, Baku and Samsun was signed during the meeting.
According to the Turkish Transport Minister, the Memo will contribute to the coordination of ports’ activities and their rapprochement.
Azerbaijani Minister of Transport noted that the ports play the key role in the sea transport development and that is why the cooperation is the priority.
In addition, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan has attended the opening ceremony of the construction commemorative plaque of the plant for the production of GEVO locomotive diesel engines on July 4 in Astana.
Speaking at the event, Serik Akhmetov said that “at the initiative of the Head of State under the state program of forced industrial innovative development a new transport engineering industry has been created.”
“I am sure the new plant will give further impetus to the development of the industry, open new jobs, increase productivity,” the Prime Minister said.
Akhmetov also noted the contribution of the National Company “Kazakhstan Temir Zholy” in the development of railway engineering in cooperation with world leaders in this field such as General Electric, Alstom, Talgo, Siemens.
The Head of Cabinet stressed that “Kazakhstan will continue to pursue a consistent policy of improving conditions for business and investment climate” and expressed readiness to “expand cooperation with foreign investors.”
Minister of Agriculture of Kazakhstan Assylzhan Mamytbekov speaking at a press briefing on Friday, on July 5 said that Kazakhstan plans to step up grain exports to Iran up to 2-2.5 million tone.
In his words, this will be possible after Uzen-Gorgan railway line is commissioned. Minister Mamytbekov also noted Central Asia, Caucasus and Western China are the perspectives areas for Kazakhstani grain exports. Currently, grain export to China amounts to 200 thousand tons, compared to only 15 tons exported in 2009.
In general, over this marketing year Kazakhstan has exported 7.1 million tons of grain, according to the Kazakh Agriculture Ministry.