Kazakhstan to establish Drilling and Production Research Institute

Kazakhstan is establishing a research institute on Driling and Production Research. This wil help with educate and further R&D for KazMunaiGas. Originally posted to TengriNews on 27.02.2014:


A research institute of oil drilling and production will soon be created in Kazakhstan,Tengrinews reports citing KazMunaiGas Chairman Sauat Mynbayev.

“We will develop a new facility to research oil drilling and production that will become KazMunaiGas’ technological center that hold all the design documents for all the stages of exploration, drilling, production and all the technologies used for development of the fields of KazMunaiGas. They won’t be just stored there, but the institute will be their sole developer,” Mynbayev said during a meet of KazMunaiGas board this week.

Two existing institutes located in Aktau and Atyrau – Atyrau Institute of Oil and Gas being one of them – will be integrated into the new Institute. “They will be monitoring correct implementation of technologies at the fields, as design supervisors, together with the new R&D establishment,” he explained.

“What we have now is that one institute develops design documents, another institute brushes them up and some third institute runs the designer supervision. The situation has to be changed and the field audit should be stepped up. Only exactly what the documents made by the institutes prescribe should be done in the fields,” Mynbayev added.

The enhanced supervision will help improve the quality of work done by local contractors at oil fields. Besides, the new establishment’s cooperation with institutes may finally help fill the gap between education and the actual industry in Kazakhstan.

However, there may be a different side to the new development. KazMunaiGas is entitled to have a share in all the projects that are considered strategic for Kazakhstan. So the plans to transfer all the design documents and technologies used in KazMunaiGas fields might as well mean that technologies from foreign-operated giants like Tengiz and Kashagan may be part of the transfer as well. Foreign companies are very keen to guard their technological secrets and now it remains to be seen whether they will be asked to give them up.


Kazakhstan to meet challenges set out in State of Nation Address – Professor S. Mirkassymov

Uzbek Professor S. Mirkassymov says Kazakhstan is on its way to achieveing its Kazakhstan 2050 goals. Also, Kazakhstan is close to becoming one of the top 30 most developed countries. Originally posted to Stretegy 2050 KZ on 21.12.2013:


“The Kazakhstan’s way of development and achievements in all spheres allows to be confident that Kazakhstan to cope worthy with all tasks set out in the Address by the Head of State,” Professor at the Academy of State and Social Construction of the Republic of Uzbekistan Surat Mirkasymov.

“I’d like the Presidential Address sounded on January 17, 2014. The goal to join the top-30 developed countries of the world is of great interest. I suppose the Kazakhstan’s way of development and achievements in all spheres allows to be confident that Kazakhstan to cope worthy with all tasks set out in the Address by the Head of State,” S. Mirkassymov stated.

The Address includes the most important landmarks of the country for today and the future: the opening of new factories and power plants, road construction and development in general transport and communication infrastructure, railways, agricultural development, support for small and medium businesses, to improve public health,” Mr. Mirkassymov  resumed.  

Foreigners may obtain group visas during EXPO-2017

Kazakhstan will allow foreigners to obtain group visas for Expo 2017. This will help bring more people to come to the Expo and Kazakhstan. Originally posted to BNews.kz on 12.02.2014:


Foreigners will be able to obtain group visas during EXPO-2017 . The vice-chairman of industry tourism committee of Ministry of Industry and New technologies Aset Musagaliyev said during the “Astana-Moscow-Kiev-Kishinev-Yerevan” video bridge devoted to the CIS tourism development, BNews.kz correspondent reports.

“I want to remind, that in 2017 Kazakhstan will host EXPO-2017. Kazakhstan carryies out a number of actions aimed at the creation of favorable conditions for foreign guests,” Musagaliyev said. 

“The project on group visa obtaining is being developed on the platform of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Most likely such group visa will allow 15 foreigners at the same time to see Expo-2017. But also there is the second variant considered, – visa free regime,” Aset Musagaliyev noted.



Kazakhstan improves market dominance indicator by 5 positions in Global Competitiveness Report-ACP

Kazakhstan has improved its market dominance. It has advanced to 78th place in the Global Competitiveness Report from 83rd. Originally posted to BNews.kz on 05.02.2013:


Kazakhstan improved market dominance indicator by five positions in Global Competitiveness Report, the Chairman of the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for competition protection G.Orazbakov told during the enlarged panel session of the Agency under the chairmanship of the Deputy Prime Minister B.Sultanov.

“The international cooperation has been optimized. Kazakhstan improved market dominance indicator by five positions from 83 to 78 place in Global Competitiveness Report. However, the indicator on intensity of local competition fell by seven positions,” Galim Orazbakov noted.

In order to improve the position of the indicator “intensity of local competition” it is decided to improve procedures for determining the development of competition, which involves consideration of two indicators – the “intensity of the regional competition” and the level of monopolization of key sectors of the economy” at a meeting of the Government in January this year, official website of Strategy 2050 reported.

“However, in 2013 the Government supported the initiative of the ACP to develop the Common Procurement Law, which will be mandatory for all types of procurement, except for the state. This is due to the fact that in the procurement system of Kazakhstan there is fragmentation and lack of a unified approach,” G.Orazbakov told.  


Medical school will be opened on the basis of Nazarbayev University in 2015


In Kazakhstan medical school will be opened on the basis of Nazarbayev University in 2015, scientist, microbiologist, chairman of the Board of JSC “National Medical Holding” Kennet Alibek said at the CCS media briefing.

“As you know, cancer center will be opened at the medical holding. To date, department of brain tumors, the department of general oncology, departments for child patients were created. The opening of the oncosurgery departments is in process. As part of the center, we create the technology now, and work independently and with our partners,” K.Alibek told.

According to him, holding must become an innovation center, which will develop the transfer of new technologies in Kazakhstan.

“Meanwhile, the holding company, subsidiary of the Nazarbayev University, has to create medical school in 2015 by world standards. Teaching will be conducted entirely in English, the best elements will used in Kazakhstan, “he added.


Government should help foreign companies to start manufacturing in Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev


The government should help the foreign companies to start manufacturing in Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev said delivering annual Address to the people of Kazakhstan during joint meeting of upper and lower houses of parliament today, BNews.kz correspondent reports.

“We need a special plan to gradually increase funding specific development of science and discovery, working for the country and bring it to the indicators of the developed countries,” President of the Republic of Kazakhstan said.

“It is necessary to establish joint projects with foreign companies and establish engineering centers,” Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

We need to encourage the foreign companies to create production and open maintenance and service companies here. So that, the government should help with resources and opportunities. I know that many large companies are willing to do it,” the President said. 

Geological Centre to be opened in Astana

Kazakhstan will be opening its first geology center in Astana. Along with the Kazakhstan 2050 Strategy and Nazarbatev University, it will help geologists study the geological history of Central Asia and help students enter the field. Construction will begin next year. Originally posted to Strategy2050.kz on 09.12.2013:


Kazakh Ministry of Industry and New Technologies plans to create Geological Centre together with Nazarbayev University in Astana, Deputy Minister of Kazakhstan Industry and New technologies Nurlan Sauranbayev said during a dialogue platform Geology-360, BNews.kz reports.

It is planned to establish the fundamental scientific base where geologists will be able to fully develop deposits of Kazakhstan.

The Geological Centre will be created together with Nazarbayev University. Its main purpose is to create competence in the field of geology in Kazakhstan.

According to the Director of the Center of Earth Sciences of Nazarbayev University Askar Munar, at the moment, a master plan for the Geological Center is being developed together with a Japanese company

The approximate cost of the project is more than 40 million dollars. The construction is scheduled for late 2014.

Civil society makes significant contribution to implementation of Kazakhstan-2050 Strategy

At the 6th Civil Forum of Kazakhstan, the Kazakhstan government stressed the importance sociey has made in succeeeding in the goals of the Kazakhstan 2050 Strategy. Originally posted to Kazinform on 14.11.2013: 


In Astana in the Palace of Independence there was an opening of VI Civil Forum of Kazakhstan.

The main theme of the forum is “Civil society and the challenges of modernity in the context of the Strategy of President Nursultan Nazarbayev “Kazakhstan -2050”.

The event is being attended by the heads of major non-governmental organizations from all regions of the country, representatives of the Presidential Administration, Government, central government agencies, and international organizations.

At the plenary session the deputy head of the Presidential Administration Baghlan Mailybнev made a welcome speech to the participants of the Forum.

Mr.Mailybayev stressed that “civil society has made a significant contribution to implementation of the Strategy called “Kazakhstan -2050″, having been launched by President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Achieving the main mission of the strategy – to become one of 30 developed countries in the world – requires equal responsibility and constructive cooperation botj of the state and society”. 



Geological Research Center to be established at Nazarbayev University

Nazarbayev University is creating a geological research center in Astana. The idea will help with increasng education in the field. Originally posted to Strategy2050.kz on 07.11.2013:


“Geological Research Center, including a full range of laboratories will be established in Astana,” Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Industry and New Technologies of Kazakhstan Asset Issekeshev informed.

Head of State charged to activate geology system and new approaches in mineral and commodities –based industries’ management. We, in association with geologic society studied geology development perspectives. Indeed we have really great potential,” Issekeshev told.

In this regard, Ministry of Industry and New technologies has worked out Geology Development Concept till 2030.

“First of all, Head of State instructed to submit to Parliament a new legal framework that will simplify the approach for exploration permits till the end of the year. Second, to create scientific laboratory base. Herewith, together with Nazarbayev University we establish Geology Research Center,” the Minister Issekeshev informed.

In addition, A.Isekeshev reported on the application of international standards work.

“We have studied the experience of Australia, and Canada. We plan to sign four agreements with large international companies owning technologies to the end of the year. They are Rio Tinto Group – a British-Australian multinational metals and mining, the Korean and Japanese geological agencies. We have agreed about a transfer of technologies “, the head of the Ministry added

A.Isekeshev also noted the “National Geological Exploration Company Kazgeologiya” JSC stepped up its work in the area of small towns. More than 350 clefts were drilled in three single-industry towns.

As reported earlier, speaking at the enlarged meeting of the Government of the Head of State noted that slow pace of new fields’ exploration. Besides,  Nursultan Nazarbayev also stressed a sufficient increase of extension additions. 

Kazakhstan and Hungary cooperation

Kazakh Majilis Speaker Nurlan Nigmatulin  and the National Assembly of Hungry László Kövér had a meeting in Astana on October 23. During the meeting they discussed issues regarding the Kazakh-Hungarian cooperation. Originally posted to Inform on 23.10.2013:


Majilis Speaker Nurlan Nigmatulin met with Speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary László Kövér in Astana on Wednesday, the press service of the lower chamber of the Kazakh Parliament reports. 

During the meeting the sides discussed a wide array of issues regarding the Kazakh-Hungarian cooperation. Mr. Nigmatulin noted that Hungary is an important political and economic partner of Kazakhstan in Central and Eastern Europe. The sales turnover between the two countries exceed $258 million in 2012. Currently, there are 49 Kazakhstani-Hungarian joint ventures in Kazakhstan.

As for the foreign policy, the interlocutors agreed Kazakhstan and Hungary share common stance on the strengthening of the regional security and stability. 

The Kazakh MP stressed that thanks to ambitious initiatives of President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan has earned a remarkable standing as the international dialogue platform where the most pressing issues of the international agenda are discussed.

Kövér, in his turn, lauded the high level of the Kazakh-Hungarian relations and Kazakhstan’s success achieved under the leadership of Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Utmost attention was paid to the inter-parliamentary cooperation. The sides expressed confidence that Kazakhstani and Hungarian MPs enjoy constructive and ever-expanding dialogue. 

The Majilis Speaker emphasized the importance of further development of bilateral and inter-parliamentary ties, especially in the context of implementation of the “Kazakhstan-2050” Development Strategy, the main course of political development and socioeconomic modernization of the country. 

It was also noted that Kazakhstan and Hungary have great potential for further successful interaction, especially at the inter-parliamentary level.