06ASTANA351, KAZAKHSTAN: NEW TRANSPORT MINISTER FOCUSED ON

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06ASTANA351 2006-10-31 02:56 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO4612
RR RUEHDBU RUEHLN RUEHVK RUEHYG
DE RUEHTA #0351 3040256
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 310256Z OCT 06
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 7472
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE
RUEHAST/USOFFICE ALMATY

UNCLAS ASTANA 000351 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR SCA/CEN - O'MARA 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: ECON ETRD EAIR KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: NEW TRANSPORT MINISTER FOCUSED ON 
INFRASTRUCTURE 
 
 
1. (SBU) On October 30, Ambassador Ordway met the new Minister of 
Transport and Communications Serik Akhmetov.  Akhmetov expressed an 
intention to continue developing transport infrastructure to 
capitalize on Kazakhstan's advantageous geographic position as a 
natural land bridge between China and Europe.  He said the Ministry 
is seeking to bring competition to heretofore monopolistic sectors, 
citing the state-owned railroad company, Kazakhstan Temir Zholy as 
an example.  Akhmetov emphasized building additional railroad links 
"to connect central and southern Kazakhstan to the west" and 
mentioned inaugurating a four-lane Astana-Karagandy-Almaty highway 
in 2008.  Also in the works are plans for refurbishing the airports 
of Aktube, Shymkent, and Pavlodar as well as building a new terminal 
at the Aktau Airport. 
 
2. (SBU) Akhmetov, 48, replaces Askar Mamin (now Akim of Astana) and 
comes to the Ministry after heading the "Atameken" National Union of 
Entrepreneurs and Employers.  He holds a doctorate in Economics and 
brings experience of working in the Presidential Administration, the 
Astana City Akimat, and as the Akim of Temirtau, his native city in 
the Karaganda Oblast. 
 
ORDWAY

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