07ASTANA3187, PM MASIMOV DISCUSSES PUBLIC PRIVATE ECONOMIC

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07ASTANA3187 2007-11-26 06:30 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO4981
PP RUEHDBU
DE RUEHTA #3187 3300630
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 260630Z NOV 07 ZDK
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1254
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE PRIORITY 0319

C O N F I D E N T I A L ASTANA 003187 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR SCA/CEN M. O'MARA 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/26/2017 
TAGS: PREL ECON KNNP KZ AF
SUBJECT: PM MASIMOV DISCUSSES PUBLIC PRIVATE ECONOMIC 
PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE, KASHAGAN, AFGHANISTAN WITH DAS 
FEIGENBAUM 
 
 
Classified By: POL/ECON CHIEF STEVE FAGIN FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D) 
 
1. (C) Summary:  During a November 20 meeting, Prime Minister 
Karim Masimov and SCA DAS Feigenbaum discussed the Public 
Private Economic Partnership Initiative (PPPI), Kashagan, 
Afghanistan, the Cooperative Threat Reduction Umbrella 
Agreement (CTR UA), and the Bota Foundation.  Masimov said he 
hoped to come to the U.S. in 2008 to inaugurate the PPPI.  He 
claimed the sides are closer together now on Kashagan.  He 
noted that Kazakhstan is increasing its assistance for 
Afghanistan.  He believed a solution would be found to renew 
the CTR UA in time.  He also asked that the USG move forward 
quickly on the Bota Foundation project.  End Summary. 
 
2. (C) Prime Minister Karim Masimov told visiting SCA Deputy 
Assistant Secretary Evan Feigenbaum during a November 20 
meeting that he would like to come to the United States in 
2008 for the inauguration of the U.S-Kazakhstan Public 
Private Economic Partnership Initiative (PPPI).  Feigenbaum 
stressed that it would be ideal if Masimov could come in 
January or February.  The earlier the PPPI was inaugurated 
the more sustainable it would be beyond 2008, he explained. 
Masimov promised to check his schedule and get back to 
Feigenbaum. 
 
3. (C) Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Zhanar Aitzhanova 
suggested trying to coordinate the PPPI inauguration with a 
signing ceremony for a bilateral agreement on Kazakhstan,s 
WTO accession.  She admitted that the two countries, WTO 
negotiators are still working to narrow differences on 
services, particular with respect to the financial sector, 
where Kazakhstan has requested a &transitional period.8 
Feigenbaum said that given the remaining differences, it 
might not be possible to finalize a WTO agreement in time to 
link a signing event with a PPPI inauguration. 
 
4. (C) Feigenbaum asked Masimov what would happen next 
regarding Kashagan.  Masimov claimed that the positions of 
the sides are closer together now, and there is still enough 
time to conclude the negotiations. 
 
5. (C) Masimov told Feigenbaum that he had met with Afghan 
First Vice President Ahmad Zia Masood on November 2 in 
Taskhent, on the margins of the SCO prime ministers meeting. 
The two sides had agreed that Kazakhstan would allocate 
additional assistance to Afghanistan, including for training 
for Afghan police officials in Karaganda, Kazakhstan. 
Feigenbaum, noting that Foreign Minister Tazhin had discussed 
possible road-building projects with Secretary Rice in May, 
said that additional assistance to Afghanistan for 
road-building would be particularly welcome, since roads 
assist the Afghan government in extending its authority into 
the provinces. Masimov said he will make his first official 
visit to Afghanistan during the Spring of 2008. 
 
6. (C) Feigenbaum told Masimov that the &clock is ticking8 
on the renewal of the bilateral Umbrella Agreement (UA) for 
Cooperation Threat Reduction (CTR) programs.   It would send 
a very negative symbol if the USG were forced to suspend the 
CTR programs rO*QPqawyers are still working out the necessary waivers 
for the U.S. Ambassador to serve on the board of the Bota 
Foundation, and are still in the process of reviewing 
Kazakhstan,s nominees for the board.  Masimov requested that 
the USG complete these steps by the end of 2007. 
 
8. (U) Deputy Assistant Secretary Feigenbaum has cleared this 
cable. 
Milas

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