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News: Thursday, April 27, 2017 -- Issue 2727 http://www.newsline.kz/rss/

Article of the Day

243 seals, tons of fish wash up dead on Caspian Sea shore
    243 dead seals washed up on the Caspian Sea shore were found on April 25 in Bautino, Mangystau region in southwest Kazakhstan, Kazakh media report.
    Deputy head of Mangystau territorial inspection of forestry and wildlife Kuangali Ashakhov confirmed the incident and said a special commission was set up to investigate the causes of mass death of seals.
    "I cannot say right now what caused the mass death. Representatives of the ecology and veterinary station of Aktau took samples of water and air. Tissues of dead seals will be also analyzed if it is possible," Lada.kz reported Ashakhov as saying.
    Meanwhile, independent ecologists and fishery department experts assumed that the seals might be killed by poaching networks and icebreakers, or died of natural death.
    Also about 5-6 tons of fish washed up dead in the North Kazakhstan region, Kazakh media report April 24.
    The incident took place in the Glubokoye lake in Mamlyut district of the region, Khabar 24 TV channel reported.
    The lake mainly has carp fish.
    The washed up fish have been collected to date, they will be disposed, the report said.
    Representatives of the environmental department commented to the TV channel that the lake was not on lease and local people used to fish there. "This is the first suffocation of fish in the region this year. The region has 2,338 lakes in total, 265 of them are on lease," Khabar 24 reported.
    The fish likely froze during the cold winter and with the ice melting the suffocation occurred, the report said.
    Head of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment of the region Kabiden Sadvakasov said that the water and fish samples are under examination right now. "Locals did not eat the fish, so I think there is no threat," he added.
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Kazakhstan General

President of Kazakhstan kicks off jubilee session of People's Assembly
    The 25th session of the People's Assembly of Kazakhstan is currently underway at the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation in Astana. It is chaired by President ...
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High water remains in regions across Kazakhstan as some residents return home
    For the past several days, Kazakhstan has been struggling to control floods and high water in several regions. Some 2,000 homes have been flooded across the ...
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Cooling forecast for most of Kazakhstan
    According to Kazhydromet forecast, on April 27- 29 cooling is expected in the greater territory of the republic, whereas in the west, it will grow warmer, ...
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Abdrakhmanov presented King of Saudi Arabia with invitation to OIC Summit
    On April 26, 2017, during the visit to Riyadh, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov was received by King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, ...
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Expo-2017

Kazakhstan to deport illegals before EXPO
    All foreigners who are in Kazakhstan illegally will be deported before the end of May, said the Head of the Department of Migration Police of the ...
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Cultural events and shows during Expo 2017 in Astana
    The Capital city administration has finalized the program of cultural and entertainment events in Astana in the frameworks of Expo 2017 International Specialized Exhibition, Kazinform reports ...
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Expo hotel and conference centre construction dragging on
    46 days are left before the opening of the international exhibition Expo 2017. Many Expo facilites have been commissioned. However, the congress center and the hotel ...
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“Expo Astana reflects how much Spain and Kazakhstan can contribute together”
    Spain’s Foreign Minister, Alfonso Dastis, and its Minister of Energy, Álvaro Nadal, presented, yesterday, Spain’s Pavilion for Expo-2017 Astana, a setting up with which, in words ...
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Oil and Gas Sector

KazTransOil Announces Q1 2017 Operating Results
    KazTransOil (Astana), whose shares are officially listed on the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE), has provided KASE with the following press-release:
    “KazTransOil” JSC non-consolidated volume of oil transortation ...
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Azerbaijan ready to attract Kazakh and Turkmen oil to fill Baku-Supsa and Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipelines
    The Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company has announced plans on filling-in of the Baku-Supsa and Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipelines.
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Cooperation in hydrocarbon trade, exports in Caspian region in focus of SOCAR forum
    The second SOCAR International Caspian and Central Asia Downstream Forum – Trading, Logistics, Refining, Petrochemicals continued its work on April 26.
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Nostrum Oil and Gas 1Q2017 operating results show an improvement
    Prior to publishing financial results, Nostrum Oil and Gas published operating results for 1Q2017.
    According to the data, average daily oil production in 1Q2017 was 48 ths ...
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Med crude-Urals stable at firm levels on active arbitrage
    Kazakh benchmark Urals’ differentials remained unchanged and firm on Wednesday as lower supplies and active arbitrage to Asia supported the Russian grade.
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Oil ends off highs as gasoline prices drop
    Oil futures settled on a mixed note, with U.S. prices scoring slight gain but Brent ending lower, after U.S. government data revealed that crude supplies fell ...
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Energy Industry

Deputy Director General of ROSATOM made a working visit to Kazakhstan
    Deputy Director General for International Relations of ROSATOM Nikolai Spasskiy paid a working visit to Astana (Kazakhstan).
    Nikolai Spasskiy held negotiations with Vice Minister of Energy of ...
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Finance and Investment

UAPF: Investment income in 2017 made 51.5bln tenge
    In 2017, the amount of investment income made 51.5bln tenge, according to CEO of the JSC Unified Accumulative Pension Fund Nurbubi Nauryzbayeva.
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Fitch: Kazakhstan starts to get to grips with troubled banks
    (The following statement was released by the rating agency) MOSCOW/LONDON, April 26 (Fitch) The health of the troubled Kazakh banking sector should start to improve as ...
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Kazkommertsbank reports year end 2016 results
    Kazkommertsbank (“KKB” or the “Bank”) (LSE: KKB; KASE: KKGB) today announces its audited consolidated IFRS financial results for the twelve months ended 31 December 2016.
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KASE day session: USDKZT_TOD = 312.54
    The day foreign currencies trading session ended on Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE).
    Based on results of trades on the spot-market:
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South Korean companies consider opening production facilities in Kazakhstan
    Representatives of 20 large South Korean companies came to Almaty to take part in a Kazakh-Korean business forum to discuss the possibilities of opening production facilities ...
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Kazakhstan-France Business Council meets in Astana
    A meeting of the Kazakh-French Business Council was held in Astana on April 26.
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Metals and Minerals

Central Asia Metals increases its annual dividend to 15.5p per share
    Central Asia Metals (CAML) has increased its annual dividend by 24% year-on-year, to 15.5p per share, providing shareholders with a 6.6% yield. The company recorded its ...
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London copper trades little changed as dollar drops
    London copper held near its highest in a week on Wednesday as the U.S. dollar lost ground against the euro in the wake of the French ...
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Russian central bank goes on gold-buying spree
    Last year, the Bank of Russia was the largest gold buyer of all other central banks worldwide, even outstripping China. Russia accounted for 78% of the ...
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Gold rebounds above 2-week low as Trump proposes tax cuts
    Gold recovered from a two-week low, buoyed by short-covering on Wednesday as U.S. Treasury yields turned lower and the dollar pared gains after President Donald Trump ...
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Weak power demand, flat stockpiles keep pressure on coal prices
    February's US power demand of 288.4 TWh, which the US Energy Information Administration announced Tuesday, was the lowest total in the last seven years.
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Uranium prices: buyers still hold the upper hand
    Spot uranium prices continue to trend lower – with little interest from buyers putting them in the driving seat when it comes to negotiating prices; however, ...
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KazAtomProm sees no negative impact from WEC
    Kazakh uranium producer KazAtomProm said today that the "reorganisation" of Westinghouse Electric Company (WEC) will have no negative impact on its financial performance. Westinghouse's shares are ...
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Trade and Consumer Goods

India to join Eurasian Economic Union under FTA
    India is set to join the Eurasian Economic Union by signing free trade agreement to boost trade ties, Kazakhstan Ambassador Bulat Sarsenbayev said today.
    "India is going ...
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Central Asian farmers trained in latest agro-technologies as part of Kazakhstan’s development assistance
    Almaty is hosting on April 24-28 a “Improving the productivity and profitability of agribusiness through teaching innovative technologies of water and energy saving to farmers and ...
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Grain futures fall on rumours of US Nafta exit
    US politics were in the frame in macromarkets, as promises of massive corporate tax cuts helped US equities extend gains, while grain markets discussed rumours that ...
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Communications and Transportation

Kazakhstan’s car industry conquers export markets
    Kazakhstan’s car manufacturing is gradually expanding. The first batches of vehicles were exported to China, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and the United Arab Emirates. According to analysts, the ...
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Kazakhtelecom: 2016YE financial results
    According to consolidated financial statements for 2016, Kazakhtelecom’s net profit from continuing operations decreased by 43.5% y/y to T14.8 bn. The Ñompany's shareholders approved the payment ...
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Sagintayev held a meeting on the creation of the International Technopark of IT Startups
    At Government House, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev held a meeting on the establishment of the International Technopark of IT Startups ...
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Education and Science

IQA CEEMAN re-accreditation awarded to AlmaU
    Almaty Management University is the only business higher education institution in Central Asia and Kazakhstan to have successfully passed a re-accreditation by CEEMAN in the field ...
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Regional News

Putin urges Russian producers to foster competitive market environment
    Russian President Vladimir Putin calls to develop competitive environment on the Russian market within the import substitution framework
    "The competitive environment should be maintained when implementing import ...
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Russia second largest arms exporter in world, surpasses EU countries - MoD
    Russia currently stands as second in the global arms trade ahead of such EU states as Germany, France and the United Kingdom, Russian Deputy Defense Minister ...
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Grain stocks in Russia are up 19% from last year
    According to the Russian statistics agency, farming, procuring and processing entities held 28.3 MMT of grain as of April 1, 2017, or 18.6% more than at ...
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China: 'Press on' with economic shift
    China's top leaders urged on Tuesday that the nation "unswervingly press on with the strategic adjustment of its economic structure" while ensuring "systematic financial risks do ...
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Turkish businessmen invest billions of dollars in Azerbaijan
    Turkey, which has always taken leading positions among the foreign trade partners of Azerbaijan, invests in various spheres of the country’s economy.
    The investments of Turkish businessmen ...
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Capital adequacy ratio of Kyrgyzstan's banking system 1.5-2 times higher than that in Russia, Kazakhstan – banker
    Capital adequacy ratio in Kyrgyzstan's banking system exceeds 24%, Kylych Tashtanaliev, member of the Board of Directors of the Dos Credo Bank, said at a student ...
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Kyrgyztelecom net profit for 2016 totals 237.3 million som
    Kyrgyztelecom net profit for 2016 totaled 237,296,000 som, the state run telecommunications company disclosed.
    The company's shareholders met on April 26 to discuss the 2016 year results, ...
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Turkmenistan buying new combines for grain harvest
    Turkmenistan will buy 150 new combine harvesters in a run-up to grain harvest campaign, the Turkmenistan Today state news agency said.
    In accordance with the Resolution of ...
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AKFED buys Tajik operator Tcell from Telia
    The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) has added another telecoms operator to its portfolio by buying Telia Company’s 60% stake in Tajikistan operator Tcell. ...
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Tashkent anticipates population boom with end of residence restrictions
    Tight restrictions on permission to live in Tashkent could soon become a thing of the past.
    The Justice Ministry is soliciting public opinion on the relevant ...
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Turkey moves to pull Uzbekistan into its orbit
    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will be paying a working visit to Uzbekistan on Wednesday, during which he is scheduled to meet with Uzbek President Shavkat ...
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IS group, Taliban clash in Afghanistan, dozens killed
    Afghan officials say Islamic State militants have attacked the Taliban in the northern Jawzjan province, igniting heavy clashes in which dozens of fighters were killed.
    Mohammad Reza ...
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ISIS intends to unite forces with other terrorist groups
    Russian Federal Security Service FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov said at the Moscow Conference on International Security that the intelligence services have obtained information that the ISIS ...
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Prices and Statistics

Commodities
    

Date: April 27, 2017; Source: Bloomberg.com

Energy

Index Units Price Change %Change Contract Time (EDT) 2 Day
USD/bbl. 49.35 -0.27 -0.54% Jun 2017 1:08 AM
USD/bbl. 51.63 -0.19 -0.37% Jun 2017 1:07 AM
USd/gal. 158.01 -1.02 -0.64% May 2017 4/26/2017
USD/MMBtu 3.25 -0.02 -0.52% Jun 2017 1:04 AM
USd/gal. 153.15 -0.52 -0.34% May 2017 12:40 AM
 
Index Units Price Change %Change Contract Time (EDT) 2 Day
USD/t oz. 1,268.30 +4.10 +0.32% Jun 2017 1:09 AM
USD/t oz. 1,267.01 -2.21 -0.17% N/A 1:19 AM
USD/t oz. 17.52 +0.08 +0.48% Jul 2017 1:09 AM
USd/lb. 259.00 -1.05 -0.40% Jul 2017 1:06 AM
USD/t oz. 950.06 -0.64 -0.07% N/A 1:19 AM
Index Units Price Change %Change Contract Time (EDT) 2 Day
USd/bu. 368.00 +1.25 +0.34% Jul 2017 1:03 AM
USd/bu. 428.00 +1.50 +0.35% Jul 2017 1:07 AM
USD/MT 1,875.00 +23.00 +1.24% Jul 2017 4/26/2017
USd/lb. 79.16 -0.23 -0.29% Jul 2017 12:40 AM
USd/lb. 118.53 +2.70 +2.33% Jun 2017 4/26/2017
 

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Exchange Rates
    

Date: April 27, 2017; Source: the National Bank of Kazakhstan

1 USD KZT 312.44 1 CHF

KZT 314.23

1 CNY

KZT 45.34

1 TRY KZT 87.01 1 JPY KZT 2.81
1 EUR

KZT 340.47

1 AUD

KZT 234.21

1 KGS KZT 4.65 100 UZS KZT 8.44 1 BYN KZT 167.3
1 GBP KZT 400.7 1 CAD KZT 230.35 1 RUB KZT 5.53 100 KRW KZT 27.69 1 UAH KZT 11.76

 

 

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