08ASTANA1869, KAZAKHSTAN ECONOMIC AND ENERGY UPDATE, AUGUST 31 –

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08ASTANA1869 2008-09-25 02:27 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ASTANA 001869 
 
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TAGS: ECON EIND ENRG EPET EFIN KTDB KZ
SUBJECT:  KAZAKHSTAN ECONOMIC AND ENERGY UPDATE, AUGUST 31 - 
SEPTEMBER 13, 2008 
 
ASTANA 00001869  001.2 OF 002 
 
 
1.  Summary:  This information is drawn primarily from the 
Kazakhstani local press, and has not been verified for accuracy. 
 
-- Kazyna Upgrades Legal Status 
-- Samara-Uralsk Fiber Optic Line 
-- German Technical Assistance to Help Labor Ministry 
-- August Inflation 
-- Kazakhstani Investment in Georgia 
-- Kazakhstan Wants To Build Power Plant in Ukraine 
-- KazMunayGas and Gazprom Neft In Joint Deal 
-- Kazakhstan and China To Build Hydro Plant 
-- Oil and Gas Discovery in West Kazakhstan 
 
Kazyna Upgrades Legal Status 
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2.  The Financial Supervision Agency (FSA) has awarded the Kazyna 
Sustainable Development Fund status as a "financial agency." 
According to the Law on Securities, a financial agency is a bank or 
organization with the right to engage in limited forms of banking, 
including the right to borrow from both domestic and international 
capital markets to invest in priority development projects.  This 
new status will also allow Kazyna to take out loans from the 
national budget.  As a newly named financial agency, Kazyna now 
possess the necessary legal basis to be one of the primary 
implementers of Kazakhstani regional investment policy. 
 
Samara-Uralsk Fiber Optic Line 
------------------------------ 
 
3.  Golden Telecom, which is part of Russia's VympelCom group, has 
recently established a fiber optic line connection from Samara 
(Russia) to Uralsk in northwest Kazakhstan.  According to Golden 
Telecom representatives, the new fiber optic line will expand the IT 
backbone of KazakhTelecom, thereby accelerating Kazakhstan's 
integration into the international telecommunications market, and 
significantly upgrade regional telecommunication services. 
 
German Technical Assistance to Help Labor Ministry 
--------------------------------------------- ----- 
 
4.  The Ministry of Labor and Social Protection has signed a 
memorandum on cooperation with the German Society for Technical 
Cooperation (GTZ).  The purpose is to create a competitive local 
labor force in Kazakhstan.  The partners hope to develop mechanisms 
that better identify the needs of the local labor force, as well as 
the impact of migrant labor. 
 
August Inflation 
---------------- 
 
5.  According to the Kazakhstan Statistics Agency, prices in August 
2008 were 20.1% higher than in August 2007.  Food prices posted the 
highest gains, rising 27.9% year-on-year. Service prices grew 17.4% 
year-on-year, and prices for non-food goods rose by a more modest 
rate of 11.4% year-on-year.  However, month-on-month inflation 
slowed somewhat, registering 0.8% for August, in comparison with 
0.9% for July and 1.2% for June. 
 
Kazakhstani Investment in Georgia 
--------------------------------- 
 
6.  According to Renaissance Capital, Kazakhstani investments in 
Georgia total approximately $2 billion, including about $800 million 
invested by BTA bank and $500 million by KazMunayGas. 
 
Kazakhstan Wants To Build Power Plant in Ukraine 
--------------------------------------------- --- 
 
7.  According to Kazakhstan's Ambassador to Ukraine, Amangeldy 
Zhumabayev, Kazakhstan is negotiating the construction of a power 
plant in Uzhgorod, Ukraine, which would utilize approximately 1 
billion cubic meters of natural gas from Kazakhstan annually. 
 
KazMunayGas and Gasprom Neft in Joint Deal 
 
ASTANA 00001869  002.2 OF 002 
 
 
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8.  KazMunayGas and Russia's Gasprom Neft intend to sign a framework 
agreement to jointly participate in oil exploration, production, 
processing, and sale projects in Kazakhstan, Russia, and Europe. 
 
Kazakhstan and China To Build Hydro Plant 
----------------------------------------- 
 
9.  The State Asset Management Holding Company "Samruk" has 
announced a project to construct a 300 megawatt hydropower plant in 
Almaty oblast that will come on-stream in 2012. The Kazakhstan 
Development Bank and the State Development Bank of China will 
finance the project. Eighty percent of the project's labor will come 
from Kazakhstan, 20 percent from China. 
 
Oil and Gas Discovery in West Kazakhstan 
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;10.  A large oil and gas deposit has been found near Petrov village 
in West Kazakhstan oblast (region).  According to experts, this is 
one of the largest deposits discovered in Kazakhstan in the past 15 
years.  The quality of oil in the deposit is comparable to that of 
Brent oil.  Commercial oil extraction is scheduled to start in 2010. 
 
 
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