07ASTANA974, KAZAKHSTAN: VAT COMMISSION APPROVES CTR CONTRACTS

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07ASTANA974 2007-04-16 11:44 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO6665
PP RUEHDBU RUEHLN RUEHVK RUEHYG
DE RUEHTA #0974 1061144
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 161144Z APR 07
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9094
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE PRIORITY 0126
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY 0026
RUEHAST/USOFFICE ALMATY PRIORITY
RHMFIUU/DTRA CT WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY

UNCLAS ASTANA 000974 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR SCA/CEN (M. O'MARA), SCA/RA (A. CUMMINGS) 
SECDEF FOR ATSD/NCB/CT/TR AND ASD/ISP/TSP/CP/CTR 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PARM PREL KNNP KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: VAT COMMISSION APPROVES CTR CONTRACTS 
 
REF: A. ASTANA 950 B. ASTANA 927 C. ASTANA 906 D. 
 
     ASTANA 860 
 
1. (SBU) Finance Minister Korzhova informed the Ambassador 
late on April 13 that the interagency commission established 
to review Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) value-added tax 
exemption claims for subcontractors had approved nine of ten 
pending contracts. (Note: Post submitted five of the 
subcontracts, one of which covered consulting services and 
was set aside for future review. Post will seek an alternate 
funding mechanism for the contract. Five were submitted by 
Kazakhstan's National Nuclear Center, which is also a prime 
contractor.) The commission's recommendations will now be 
forwarded to Prime Minister Masimov for final approval. 
 
2. (SBU) Post was just informed that Prime Minister Masimov 
must make the final decision.  In the interim, we have asked 
for written confirmation of the commission's decision and 
have been told that a letter to the Ambassador has been 
prepared for Minister Korzhova's signature. 
 
3. (SBU) Comment: Prime Minister Masimov pressed for a quick 
and positive resolution of the VAT issue and we thus have 
every confidence that he will approve the exemptions. End 
comment. 
ORDWAY

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