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News: Monday, August 21, 2017 -- Issue 2805 http://www.newsline.kz/rss/

Article of the Day

President attends meeting for regions development and state programmes
    President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has participated in the meeting for the socioeconomic development of the regions and implementation of state programmes held in Burabai, Akmola region today, Kazinform has learnt from the Akorda press service.
    The meeting was attended by the Head of the Executive Office of the President, the Prime Minister, their Deputies, Senate Speaker, governors of the regions, mayors of cities of Astana and Almaty, as well as the chiefs of central executive agencies.
    The attendees discussed the issues concerning the implementation of the state development programs, spiritual modernisation, and the reports on the socioeconomic situation in the regions.
    It was Deputy Prime Minister Askar Mamin who took the floor first. He presented a report on the progress of programs "Nurly Zhol", "Nurly Zher", the State Programme of Industrial and Innovative Development, the Employment and the Mass Entrepreneurship Development programs.
    Following the Deputy Prime Minister's report, the Head of State highlighted certain indicators of the state programmes that require the attention of the Government.
    According to Nursultan Nazarbayev, the ‘Quantity of goods and services produced at Special Trade Zones' indicator has shown inefficiency for two years. He added that the Nurly Zher Program covers cheapened mortgage loans for the population and loans for the real estate developers.
    Besides, the President of Kazakhstan drew the attention of Investment and Development Minister Zhenis Kassymbek to the problems of non-resource exports and the issues related to the implementation of projects within the Industrialization Map.
    The Head of State also highlighted the issues of productive employment development programme and the mechanisms of targeted social support distribution.
    After that Deputy Prime Minister Askar Myrzakhmetov made a report on the progress in agro-industrial complex development programme.
    Taking into account the information given by Askar Myrzakhmetov, Nursultan Nazarbayev asked about the Government's actions with regard to the troubled agricultural holdings and the results of the preparatory works for harvesting.
    In addition, Marat Tazhin, Deputy Head of the Executive Office of the President, and Dauren Abayev, Minister of Information and Communications, made reports on the implementation of the "The Course towards the Future: Spiritual Modernisation" program and the country digitalisation respectively.
    Reported by Kazinform.

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Kazakhstan General

Preparations being made for new nigh-level Astana talks on Syria: Russia
    The Russian Foreign Ministry said preparations are being made by the country, Iran, and Turkey, as well as the Syrian government and opposition, for a next ...
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Two breeding grounds will be built for endangered animals in South Kazakhstan
    In southern Kazakhstan, nurseries for breeding of Bukhara deer and Siberian roe deer will be built, Kazpravda.kz reports.
    The breeding kennel of the Bukhara deer will be ...
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Evaporating lake in Siberia stirs outcry over border with Kazakhstan
    Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) confirmed on Thursday that parts of Lake Sladkoe in southern Siberia had evaporated, silencing outcries the lake had been gifted to ...
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ATOM Project ambassador pleads to recognise nuclear threat, stand up against it
    The people of Kazakhstan have multiple stories to share on the eve of the Aug. 29 International Day against Nuclear Tests, because this day is part ...
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Three people died of rabies in Shymkent
    Three people bitten by dogs have died of rabies in Shymkent, including a three-year-old child, otyrar.kz reports.
    "One of the deceased, born in 1955 is a resident ...
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Trump Tower Batumi was going to be funded by Kazakh oligarchs
    President Donald Trump’s attorney Jay Sekulow recently told me that the investigation being led by Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed by the Justice Department, should ...
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Dry weather persists in most of Kazakhstan on Monday
    On Monday, the anticyclone will keep the weather rainless in most regions of Kazakhstan, except for the east of the country with rains and thunderstorms, Kazhydromet ...
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Expo-2017

National Day of Hungary celebrated at EXPO-2017
    At the EXPO-2017, the ceremony of celebrating the National Day of Hungary began, Kazpravda.kz reports.
    St. Istvan Day in Hungary is an important historical date for the ...
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Oil and Gas Sector

Where Kazakhstan's oil goes
    Practically 80% of all the oil produced in the country goes abroad. RK budget revenues from crude oil export this year increased by 53%, and export ...
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Iran seeks 500,000 bpd oil swap with Caspian countries
    Iran is ready to swap 500,000 bpd of oil with its fellow Caspian Sea countries, Iranian Fars news agency reported on Friday, quoting a senior official. ...
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Offshore protection equipment maker says Hebron project is a sign of things to come
    An offshore protection system maker is eyeing further success after raising its industry repute in a £14.5m deal.
    Mech-Tool Engineering is working on a number of ...
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Maersk Oil’s interim result Q2 2017: strong returns alongside notable progress on major capital projects
    Disciplined operational performance underpinned Maersk Oil’s second quarter profit of USD 191m (USD 131m), positively impacted by one-off income of USD 66m. Return on Invested Capital ...
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Med Crude-Urals diffs down in NWE in anticipations of ample supplies in Sept
    Kazakhstan’s benchmark Urals’ crude differentials to dated Brent in northwest Europe were down on Friday in anticipation of ample supplies in September, traders said.
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Oil jumps three percent as dollar falls
    Oil prices rose sharply on Friday, as the dollar fell and U.S. drillers cut rigs, feeding a rally that boosted global benchmark Brent crude to a ...
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Chinese shale revolution poses threat to Power of Siberia pipeline
    Beijing has announced that China currently ranks third in the production of shale gas after the US and Canada. Moreover, according to Chinese officials, the country ...
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UK NBP spot natural gas prices higher on short system, curve bullish
    Tight supply due to maintenance at the Norwegian Gullfaks oil and gas field boosted NBP spot contracts Friday mid-morning. Front months were also seen trading higher ...
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Finance and Investment

Economic activity forecast for Eurasian Economic Union issued
    The Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) has made a forecast of economic activity for the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) member states, Kazinform reports with reference to the ...
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UAE Ambassador to Kazakhstan attends opening of Al Hilal Bank headquarters in Almaty
    Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Ambassador to Kazakhstan, has attended the opening ceremony of the new Al Hilal Bank headquarters in the city of Almaty, ...
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KASE day session: USDKZT_TOD = 332.89
    The day foreign currencies trading session has ended on Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE).
    Based on results of trades on the spot market:
    - weighted average US dollar rate ...
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Metals and Minerals

Halyk Finance on Kaz Minerals 1H2017 financial results
    Owing to rise in copper prices and significant increase in production volumes Kaz Minerals provided strong results for 1H2017.
    Total revenue in 1H2017 reached $837mln, which is ...
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Kaz Minerals stock rating lowered by Zacks Investment Research
    Kaz Minerals Plc (NASDAQ:KZMYY) was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Friday. ...
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LME zinc again close to decade-high
    Zinc prices rallied close to decade-highs for the second time this week on Friday, leading mixed trading in base metals.
    Traders said zinc was lifted by ...
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Featured LME prices
    US$/tonne for 18 August 2017
    LME Aluminium / 2,104.50
    LME Copper / 6,453.00
    LME Zinc / 3,117.00
    LME Nickel / 10,730.00
    LME Lead / 2,389.00
    LME Tin ...
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Gold shines as geopolitical worries weigh on riskier assets
    Gold jumped to its highest in more than nine months on Friday as the dollar retreated on political uncertainty in the United States and a suspected ...
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Precious metals’ live spot prices
    Precious metals’ live spot prices (USD / Troy Oz)
    -- / BID / ASK / +/- / LDN
    GOLD / 1,283.85 / 1,284.25 / 0.00 ...
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Steelmaking materials prices surge amid rising demand in China, Japan: iron ore, coking coal up 40% from June
    A jump in Chinese crude steel production is lifting prices of raw materials at a time when Japanese demand is rebounding amid a construction boom in ...
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Uranium prices: environmentalists, scientists push for more nuclear power
    On Friday, French president Emmanuel Macron received a letter from 45 activists, writers and academics spearheaded by eminent climate scientist James Hansen and Francois-Marie Breon, the ...
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Manufacturing industry

Kazakhstan’s defence industry increases its competitiveness, company official says
    What happened to Kazakhstan’s defence industry after the collapse of the USSR? How did it manage to establish a new military equipment production? What is the ...
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Trade and Consumer Goods

-as of August 1, grain stocks totaled over 4 mln tonnes
    As of August 1, 2017, the registered carry-over stocks of grains and pulses in Kazakhstan totaled 4.185 mln tonnes. In particular, peasant and farming households stored ...
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It's time to manufacture own farming machinery - Nursultan Nazarbayev
    President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has visited the ploughlands of Umai Zher LLP in Zerendi district, Akmola region, Kazinform reports.
    The Head of State went around the ...
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World wheat consumption increases, spring wheat in short supply
    The USDA increased its estimates for world wheat production, consumption and trade in its August World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report released today. USDA ...
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Russia’s grain yield higher compared to a year ago, prices show downward trend
    Russian farmers harvested 64579 KMT of cereals from 16007 Th ha by August 14, 2017, with an average yield of 4.03 MT/ha. Last year 72661 KMT ...
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Wheat moves off contract lows, but ample supply weighs
    U.S. wheat futures climbed off contract lows on Friday, but gains were modest as investors remained largely bearish towards the grain amid ample global supply.
    The ...
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Afghanistan, Kazakhstan agree to boost trade ties
    In a meeting with the chief executive Abdullah Abdullah, Kazakhstan investors vowed to increase their investment in Afghanistan.
    Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah in his official visit to ...
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Communications and Transportation

Kazakh airlines report passenger traffic spike
    Kazakh airlines’ passenger traffic has been showing record growth so far this year, according to the country’s Civil Aviation Committee. This comes as an improvement over ...
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Globalink Kazakhstan: from humble beginnings to infinite opportunities
    Soon after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, the entire Central Asian region became uncharted territory. Many young, ambitious entrepreneurs faced the ...
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Central China transportation hub sees 200 Sino-European freight trains this year
    Central China's Wuhan city, a transportation hub, has seen more than 200 Sino-European freight trains so far this year, said local authorities on Saturday.
    As of Friday, ...
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Pharmaceutical and Healthcare News

New rules seek to improve emergency medical response
    New rules for emergency medical care will provide high-quality emergency medical assistance, according to Vice Minister of Healthcare Lyazzat Aktayeva.
    “Now there are four categories for emergency ...
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Kazakhstan Events

10th conference “Energy Solutions for the Climate Change Problem” takes place in Astana
    Bertrand Piccard, inventor of the first solar powered aircraft, will be the special guest of the 10th conference “Energy Solutions for the Climate Change Problem”. The ...
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Sports

Astana to host international marathon
    The International Marathon under the aegis of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures ...
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Atyrau Sport Fest 2017 to bring together athletes from 16 countries
    Atyrau athletes will clash with athletes from 16 countries at Atyrau Sport Fest 2017 this upcoming Saturday, Kazinform reports.
    Azamat Beket, Head of the Physical Culture ...
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Regional News

Xinjiang: economic realities behind civil strife
    A radical shift in domestic policy in and regarding China’s autonomous region, replacing communal coexistence between Chinese “colonials” and the indigenous Uyghur population by the latter’s ...
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High hopes on BRICS to keep shining
    Academics and business leaders from developing countries attending a BRICS governance seminar in China have expressed confidence in the bloc to drive world economic growth.
    The two-day ...
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Slowing China remains engine of global economy
    China's economy is no longer growing at the dazzling speed it used to, but it could offer global investors far better opportunities as it focuses on ...
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Kamaz to set up joint venture with Turkish firm for production of cardan shafts in Russia
    Russian truck maker Kamaz and Turkey’s Tirsan Kardan are planning to create a joint venture in Russia to produce cardan shafts, according to the protocol of ...
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Financial violations and corruption revealed in Kyrgyzstan’s healthcare system
    The Ministry of Healthcare of Kyrgyzstan has revealed financial violations in its structural subdivisions worth 44.5 million soms for the first seven months of this year, ...
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Uzbekiston Havo Yollari starts operation of FFS Boeing 767 simulator
    Uzbekiston Havo Yollari (Uzbekistan Airways) launched a new Full-flight simulator (FFS) of the Boeing 767 aircraft.
    FFS Boeing 767 is the latest product of the Canadian ...
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Uzbekistan to direct 2.12 trln. soum to construction of houses in rural areas in 2017
    In 2017, Uzbekistan will direct 2.12 trillion soums to finance a programme for construction of affordable houses on new standard projects in rural areas in 2017-2018. ...
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Prices and Statistics

Commodities
    

Date: August 21, 2017; Source: Bloomberg.com

Energy

Index Units Price Change %Change Contract Time (EDT) 2 Day
USD/bbl. 48.47 -0.04 -0.08% Sep 2017 2:07 AM
USD/bbl. 52.61 -0.11 -0.21% Oct 2017 2:08 AM
USd/gal. 161.48 -0.92 -0.57% Sep 2017 2:08 AM
USD/MMBtu 2.90 +0.01 +0.24% Sep 2017 2:05 AM
USd/gal. 161.56 -0.48 -0.30% Sep 2017 2:05 AM
 
Index Units Price Change %Change Contract Time (EDT) 2 Day
USD/t oz. 1,290.90 -0.70 -0.05% Dec 2017 2:08 AM
USD/t oz. 1,286.42 +2.29 +0.18% N/A 2:18 AM
USD/t oz. 16.94 -0.06 -0.35% Sep 2017 2:08 AM
USd/lb. 297.75 +1.60 +0.54% Dec 2017 2:06 AM
USD/t oz. 978.36 +0.45 +0.05% N/A 2:17 AM
Index Units Price Change %Change Contract Time (EDT) 2 Day
USd/bu. 363.25 -2.50 -0.68% Dec 2017 2:07 AM
USd/bu. 441.25 -1.25 -0.28% Dec 2017 2:07 AM
USD/MT 1,878.00 +9.00 +0.48% Dec 2017 8/18/2017
USd/lb. 67.31 +0.03 +0.04% Dec 2017 2:06 AM
USd/lb. 105.90 -0.32 -0.31% Oct 2017 8/18/2017
 

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Exchange Rates
    

Date: August 21, 2017; Source: the National Bank of Kazakhstan

1 AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR AUD / KZT 263.58    
1 AZERBAIJAN MANAT AZN / KZT 199.28    
10 ARMENIAN DRAM AMD / KZT 6.98    
1 BELARUS ROUBLE BYN / KZT 171.63    
1 BRAZILIAN REAL BRL / KZT 104.83    
10 HUNGARIAN FORINTS HUF / KZT 12.87    
1 HONG KONG DOLLAR HKD / KZT 42.55    
1 GEORGIAN LARI GEL / KZT 139.54    
1 DANISH KRONA DKK / KZT 52.53    
1 UAE DIRHAM AED / KZT 90.61    
1 US DOLLAR USD / KZT 332.8    
1 EURO EUR / KZT 390.57    
1 INDIAN RUPEE INR / KZT 5.19    
1000 IRANIAN RIAL IRR / KZT 10.11    
1 CANADIAN DOLLAR CAD / KZT 263.08    
1 CHINESE YUAN CNY / KZT 49.88    
1 KUWAIT DINAR KWD / KZT 1103.45    
1 KYRGYZIAN SOM KGS / KZT 4.83    
1 MALAYSIAN RINGGIT MYR / KZT 77.61    
1 MEXICAN PESO MXN / KZT 18.61    
1 MOLDAVIAN LEY MDL / KZT 18.7    
1 NORWEGIAN KRONA NOK / KZT 41.87    
1 POLISH ZLOTY PLN / KZT 91.39    
1 SAUDI RIYAL SAR / KZT 88.75    
1 RUSSIAN ROUBLE RUB / KZT 5.6    
1 SDR XDR / KZT 467.78    
1 SINGAPORE DOLLAR SGD / KZT 243.97    
1 TAJIKISTAN SOMONI TJS / KZT 37.78    
1 THAI BAHT THB / KZT 10.02    
1 TURKISH LIRA TRY / KZT 94.4    
100 UZBEKISTAN SUM UZS / KZT 8.02    
1 UKRAINIAN GRIVNA UAH / KZT 13.06    
1 GREAT BRITAIN POUND GBP / KZT 428.78    
1 CRECH KORUNA CZK / KZT 14.96    
1 SWEDISH KRONA SEK / KZT 40.93    
1 SWISS FRANC CHF / KZT 345.98    
1 SOUTH AFRICAN RAND ZAR / KZT 25.1    
100 SOUTH KOREAN WON KRW / KZT 29.19    
1 JAPANESE YEN JPY / KZT 3.05    

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