THIS WEEK IN KAZAKHSTAN: Kazakhstan, Russia to reduce Proton carrier rockets launches from Baikonur


THIS WEEK IN KAZAKHSTAN: Kazakhstan, Russia to reduce Proton carrier rockets launches from BaikonurThe Government of Kazakhstan settled one of the most sensitive issues this week – from now on Baikonur will be governed by Kazakhstani environmental laws. Besides, local schools with the Kazakh language of instruction will use educational standards developed exclusively in Kazakhstan. These and other decisions were made at the second meeting of Kazakhstan and Russia intergovernmental committee on Baikonur launch site.

The meeting was attended by Kazakhstan’s First Deputy Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and governor of Kyzylorda region Krymbek Kusherbayev. Utmost attention was paid to social support and health services in the neighboring villages of Akai and Toretam.

“More than a half of 70,000 Baikonur inhabitants are citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The sides had a couple of pending issues in the sphere of education and healthcare until today. But thankfully those issues have been agreed upon at today’s meeting. Most importantly, the Environmental Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan will be used on the territory of Baikonur. To this end, we will draw up a joint project that will be touched upon at the upcoming meeting of the presidents of Kazakhstan and Russia in December,” said Mr. Sagintayev, addressing the meeting.

Moreover, Kazakhstan and Russia agreed to gradually reduce the launches of Proton carrier rockets from the launch site by 2026.

Approval of the revised republican budget for 2015-2017 became one of the highlights of the week in Kazakhstan as well. Given the new instructions and tasks set by President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev in the State-of-the-Nation Address “Nurly zhol – Path to the Future”, the republican budget for upcoming years has been slightly revised. Republican budget expenditures will total 7,855 trillion tenge in 2015, 8,42 trillion – in 2016 and 7,943 trillion – in 2017 not taking into account additional $3 billion allotted from the National Fund for further implementation of the new economy policy “Nurly zhol”. Earlier it was forecasted that republican budget expenditures will amount to 7,306 trillion in 2015, 7,796 trillion – in 2016 and 8,99 trillion – in 2017.

Minister of Energy Vladimir Shkolnik announced another exciting news this week – Kazakhstan lans to create solar plants in North Africa and Middle East. The Netherlands will help Kazatomprom achieve its ambitious solar energy goals. The sides agreed that ECN and other Dutch partners will provide necessary

technologies to meet the goals.