Kazakhstan to start investing its National Oil Fund assets into its own economy starting from 2014
Sept 12. Tengrinews
Next year Kazakhstan will start investing oil savings into its own economy, according to the country’s Economic Affairs Minister Erbolat Dossayev. “In 2014-2016 Kazakhstan plans to inject its oil savings into the national economy, notably infrastructure projects to boost transit shipment and facilitate Kazakhstan’s exports to global markets”, Kursiv.kz quoted the Minister as saying.
To this end, the annual transfer [to complement the country’s budget] from the National Oil Fund will make up about $9 billion, with an extra transfer of $980 million to be earmarked in 2014 [according to an earlier statement made by the Minister, this special transfer will go to finance prep works for EXPO-2017 to be held in Astana and some large-scaled infrastructure projects].
Assets of the National Oil Fund will exceed $122 billion by 2016, Newskaz.ru reported, citing the country’s Minister of Economic Affairs and Budget Planning Erbolat Dossayev as saying on the sidelines of a government sitting August 28.
“With the oil revenues at the planned level, the assets of the National Oil Fund will rise from $93.9 billion in 2014 to $122.1 billion in 2016”, the Minister said when presenting the 2014-2016 draft country’s budget.
As of August 1, the assets of the National Oil Fund stood at $64.343 billion (11.39% up against the start of the year).
The National Fund of Kazakhstan was created in 2000 as a stabilization fund that accumulates windfall revenues from oil sales and ensures the economy of Kazakhstan will be stable against the price swings of oil. The assets of the National Fund assets are monitored by the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan.