News Bulletin
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News Bulletin Archive for 2002

Vol. 4, No. 12, December 17, 2002

In this issue:

Astana Celebrates 5th Anniversary as Capital
Media, Authorities Expand Dialogue
New National Human Rights Center Established in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan, U.S. Strengthen Ties in Fighting Drug Trafficking
GDP to Grow by 9.4% in 2002, Says President
Kazakhstan Works to Raise Uranium Supplies to International Markets

Vol. 4, No. 11, December 16, 2002

Special Edition


Vol. 4, No. 10, December 5, 2002

In this issue:

Leila's Prayer gets first screening in Moscow
President Nazarbayev urges closer Euro-Atlantic ties in fighting new threats
Parliament approves 2003 budget
New permanent Council on Democratization established
Central Election Commission concludes registration of candidates for Parliamentary by-election

Vol. 4, No. 9, November 21, 2002

In this issue:

Houston Initiative launched in U.S.
Kazakhstan says TCO suspension caused by financial dispute of "economists and accountants"
Oil and gas production up 16% and 26.4% in January-October
Kazakhstan produces 16.2 million tons of grain
Courts and media work to ensure better cooperation

Vol. 4, No. 8, November 14, 2002

In this issue:

Kazakhstan and the U.S. are to expand military-to-military relationship
Attorney of raped girl appeals for protecting rights of victim
Interpol re-issues red notice on former Kazakhstan PM Kazhegeldin
DOC delegation visits Kazakhstan to discuss improving trade ties
International space station crew lands safely in Kazakhstan

Vol. 4, No. 7, November 6, 2002

In this issue:
Terrorism strikes home in Oklahoma and Karaganda
President calls for collective struggle against international terrorism...
...says relations with U.S. will continue to be among Kazakhstan's key foreign policy priorities in 2003
Silk Road tourist train to open in April 2003
GDP to grow at least 9% in 2002, says minister

Vol. 4, No. 6, October 30, 2002

In this issue:
President Nazarbayev calls for more security
OSCE chairman-in-office visits Kazakhstan
U.S. experts assess readiness of Kazakhstan's peacekeeping battalion
Journalist detained on charges of raping underage girl
Oil and gas production to reach 900,000 bpd in 2002
US Administration keen to see Kazakh oil in BTC pipeline

Vol. 4, No. 5, October 23, 2002

In this issue:
Eurasian Council of Rabbis inaugurated in Kazakhstan
National Geographic uncovers plight of those affected by weapons of
mass destruction
President touts private ownership of farmland 
GDP grows by 9% in Kazakhstan in first nine months of  2002
Foreign Investors Council engages in improving investment climate
Kazakhstan celebrates Republic Day on October 25

Vol. 4, No. 4, October 17, 2002

In this issue:
Kazakhstan's athletes win 20 gold medals in Asian Games
UN Secretary General visits Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan turns Annaniyazov over to UN
Kazakhstan gathers record grain harvest
Fitch upgrades Kazakhstan's currency ratings
New oil discovery in Kazakhstan's Caspian sector

Vol. 4, No. 3, October 9, 2002

Kazakhstan's Supreme Mufti calls for "peace among religions"
Republic holds Senate elections October 8
Kazakhstan joins international convention against terrorism financing
Central Asian leaders call for international assistance to cope with Aral disaster
U.S. to build Embassy in Astana
Astana hosts international investment conference
Kazakhstan produces over 34 mln tonnes of oil in January-September
First McDonald's in Central Asia to open in Kazakhstan in 2003

Vol. 4, No. 2, October 3, 2002

Special issue
for immediate release
Houston Initiative envisages funding for private U.S.-Kazakhstan partnerships
Idea first agreed upon by Presidents Nazarbayev and Bush in December 2001

Vol. 4, No. 1, October 2, 2002

Kazakhstan discusses abolishing death penalty
Ak Zhol party collects enough membership to get registered
U.S. to supply Kazakhstan with military helicopters and Hummers
Kazakhstan may increase oil production by more than 3 times by 2015
New oil discovery in Eastern Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan's harvest at nearly 14.7 million tonnes of grain
Express train launched between Almaty and Astana

Vol. 3, No. 36, September 25, 2002

Senator Nunn praises Kazakhstan President's contribution to global non-proliferation
New human rights ombudsman confirmed
Kazakhstan, first in CIS, gets investment ratings from Moody's
Kazakhstan rated 21st in United Nations foreign investment survey
ChevronTexaco plans to invest $3 billion in Kazakhstan in 2003-05
President calls for small business support
Kazakhstan plans to reduce refinancing rate and inflation

Vol. 3, No. 35, September 18, 2002

Foreign Minister Tokayev visits Washington
New global security architecture needed to tackle new threats 
Action on Iraq should be Security Council-sanctioned, Tokayev says
Afghan president to visit Kazakhstan early 2003
Astana starts building new airport
Government presents 2003 draft budget
Caspian status solution needed to turn it into zone of peace and cooperation

Vol. 3, No. 34, September 13, 2002

Special issue
Kazakhstan to play "very significant role" in world energy market, minister says

Vol. 3, No. 33, September 11, 2002

Kazakhstan commemorates September 11th 
President Nazarbayev and Secretary of State Powell meet in Johannesburg
Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan settle border issue
Kazakhstan produced over 30 mln. tonnes of oil in Jan-Aug
CPC supplies 8 mln. tonnes of oil to world market 

Vol. 3, No. 32, September 4, 2002

World needs to do more to fight environmental and drug trafficking problems in Central Asia
President Nazarbayev says Constitution made market and democratic reforms possible
...and secured fundamental rights and freedom
President calls for the Human Right Ombudsman and demands stoppage to the interference in the media affairs
Political parties should represent opinions of broad layers of the society, President says
Next decade will bring serious endurance test for all nations in Central Asia, Nazarbayev believes
President addresses Parliament's opening session, lays out legislative priorities
Government engages in dialogue with media

Vol. 3, No. 31, August 30, 2002


Vol. 3, No. 30, August 28, 2002

Senior U.N. official signals Central Asian nuclear free zone treaty may be signed this year
Kazakhstan sends humanitarian aid to Afghanistan
Constitution ensures inviolability and integrity of the state, official says
President reshuffles the Government
Fight against corruption intensifies
U.S. Ambassador presents vehicles to Kazakhstan border troops
Second Stock Exchange to open in Kazakhstan
Ecostar-8 communication satellite launches
Over 9,000 foreigners work in Kazakhstan

Vol. 3, No. 29, August 21, 2002

Gen. Franks thanks Kazakhstan for its support in antiterror war
UN hails Kazakhstan's nuclear disarmament efforts
Seven-month oil and gas production up 14%
Fitch agency upgrades Almaty city rating
Kazakhstan harvests over 2 million tonnes of grain
Kazakhstan's beer gets gold medals in international contests

Vol. 3, No. 28, August 14, 2002

Senate elections set for October 8, 2002
NATO experts say Kazakhstan's battalion may be used in the Balkans
Kazakhstan's economy grows 9.2 percent in H1 2002
President says focus should be on ensuring sustainable and broadly based economic growth
...instructs the Government to increase pensions and pay compensations
Kazakhstan among top 100 economic entities in the world
Kazakhstan becomes net power exporter
US Court rules in favor of Kazakhstan company
Kazakhstan ferrosilicon imports inflict no damage on US metallurgy sector
Kazakhstan's team third at Asian Athletics Championship

Vol. 3, No. 27, August 7, 2002

President Nazarbayev discusses new land-ownership law
Kazakhstan - US military exercises underway near Almaty
Kazakhstan simplifies visa procedures
Chevron Texaco finances Internet room in children's library
Net gold and currency reserves rise in July, inflation rate stays stable
US-Kazakhstan JV "Karakudukmunay" launches oil pipeline
FC supports USD 155 million plan for Central Asian small business
Kazakhstan picture wins CINEFAN film prize
XIII International Contest of young singers "Voice of Asia" was held in Almaty

Vol. 3, No. 26, July 31, 2002

Kazakhstan ranks 79th in UN Human Development Index
US supports Kazakhstan's efforts to join WTO
Government recommends regional authorities spend more on social needs
Crop yield increases in July
Special Report
Banking system in Kazakhstan (From the latest issue of "Interfax Central Asia & Caucasus Business Report")

Vol. 3, No. 25, July 24, 2002

Kazakhstan Prime Minister met with Vice President of ChevronTexaco
Government reviews 6-month performance
Kazakhstan to toughen environmental legislation
Kazakhstan wins uranium dumping trial
Pension funds increase by 3.3% in first six months of 2001
Average salary in Kazakhstan rises 19.2% in January-May 2002
Six-month oil and gas production up 13%
Tengizchevroil, Parker Drilling and Aral Parker sign cooperation agreement
CPC expects Karachaganak oil in mid-2003
Kazakhstan insurance companies to comply with international standards in 3-4 years

Vol. 3, No. 24, July 17, 2002

President Nazarbayev met with U.S. Ambassador
US to give money, equipment to Kazakhstan armed forces
President signs law "On political parties"
KazAtomProm and US Department of Energy begin new non-proliferation project
Six-month industrial production up 8.7%
Kazakhstan sees 8.9% rise in investment in first six months of 2002
Caterpillar ships USD 19.6 mm worth of mining equipment to Kazakhmys
Special Report
Conference in Kansas: Strengthening Kazakhstan-U.S. cooperation

Vol. 3, No. 23, July 11, 2002

Kazakhstan provides Almaty airport for U.S. to use for emergency landings and refueling
President Nazarbayev hosts regional summit on security, Caspian
President Bush's report to Congress: Kazakhstan ensures freedom of emigration
Israel's chef rabbi visits Kazakhstan
Foreign Investors Council meets in Astana, says climate favorable
TengizChevroil starts $800 million gas injection project
Kazakhstan's gold/forex reserves at $2.834 billion

Vol. 2, No. 22, June 26, 2002

Senate votes for child's bill of rights
Kazakhstan continues fight against corruption
Kazakhstan confirms its commitment to sanctity of contracts
In January-May 2002 Kazakhstan's oil and natural gas production rose by 14% and 4%
Halliburton looking to expand its operations in Kazakhstan
CPC to reach planned capacity by summer 2003
Kazakhstan to become important gas supplier for Europe

Vol. 2, No. 21, June 19, 2002

Kazakhstan and the United States: working together to make world safer
Kazakhstan edges closer to moratorium on death penalty
Circulation and air time for Kazakhstan's media growing
Kazakhstan's industrial production grows 10% in January-May
Special Report
Kazakhstan's traditional craftsmen and performers to take part in Silk Road festival in DC

Vol. 2, No. 20, June 12, 2002

Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FLA) says Kazakhstan can serve as "model of peaceful coexistence and religious tolerance"...
... and lays the foundation for first synagogue in the capital
Kazakhstan and the U.S.: "enhancing regional counterterrorism cooperation"
Kazakhstan "making significant efforts" to fight human trafficking, State Dept. says
President Nazarbayev: Kazakhstan "can be a gold-mine" for investors
Kazakhstan signs important oil and gas transportation accords with Russia
Special Report
Astana and Washington, DC: "Much in common"

Vol. 2, No. 19, June 5, 2002

Almaty summit leads to creation of  Asian security organization

Vol. 2, No. 18, May 28, 2002

Kazakhstan is to host leaders of India and Pakistan for peace talks...
... as Almaty prepares for summit of Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures
Kazakhstan's Prosecutor General meets with US Ambassador
OSCE holds conference on arms trade
Kazakhstan intends to receive 2,655 Kazakh immigrant families in 2002
Kazakhstan hydrocarbon reserves: 2.8 billion tons of oil and 1.8 trillion cubic meters of gas

Vol. 2, No. 17, May 22, 2002

President Bush sends address to upcoming Kazakhstan conference in Kansas
Rep. Edolphus Towns: "Kazakhstan is the strongest U.S. ally in Central Asia"
Kazakhstan's Senate ratifies agreement with U.S. on destruction of missile silos
Preparations are under way for the first CICA summit
Kazakhstan, Russia sign agreement to divide North Caspian
U.S. envoy welcomes Kazakhstan-Russia Caspian agreement
Industrial output grows in first four months of 2002 ...
...as unemployment shrinks in April

Vol. 2, No. 16, May 8, 2002

First Summit of Conference on Cooperation and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia to take place in Almaty in June
President sets up National Council to coordinate policies
Switzerland supports Kazakhstan's WTO bid
OPIC looks to boost investment in Kazakhstan
World Bank to expand presence in Kazakhstan
GDP up by 10% in January-April
Kazakhstan looking to boost coal production in 2002
Special report
Kazakhstan celebrates 10th anniversary of its military

Vol. 2, No. 15, May 2, 2002

President Nazarbayev delivers state-of-the-nation address
International Media Forum held in Almaty
Foreign Minister Tokaev: "Kazakhstan-U.S. strategic partnership based on mutual interests"
U.S. transfers special equipment to Kazakhstan's customs and border services
Kazakhstan to create new special economic zone
ChevronTexaco holds seminar on oil transportation and distribution
ANNOUNCEMENT: Renowned Kazakh pianist Zhaniya Aubakirova to perform in D.C.

Vol. 2, No. 14, April 24, 2002

Constitutional Council rules new religion bill "unconstitutional"
President signs law ratifying Shanghai Convention on terrorism
Foreign minister reiterates offer of airfields to anti-terrorist coalition
U.S. gives $5 million in military aid
President Nazarbayev attends Caspian summit
Prime Minister attends opening of Kazakhstan's second Internet Center
Eni head comments on Kashagan
KIO looking to double production by mid-2003

Vol. 2, No. 13, April 17, 2002

President Nazarbayev oversees first large-scale military exercises since independence
Kazakhstan to create human rights ombudsman
Anti-corruption commission to review all closed corruption cases
U.S. provides equipment for anti-terrorism effort
Russian Party registered in Kazakhstan
ChevronTexaco chief discusses expanding operations in Kazakhstan, says board to visit
Kerr-McGee interested in priming its own oil through CPC System
Kazakhstan Q1 2002 oil output up 15.7% on year at 9.7 million tons
National Fund assets exceed $1.5 billion

Vol. 2, No. 12, April 10, 2002

Special Feature: the 2nd Eurasian Economic Summit, Almaty, April 8-9, 2002
·Summit focuses on future development scenarios for the region
·President Nazarbayev calls for closer cooperation in Eurasia in security and economy...
·... says there are a number of major challenges facing the region
·... confirms Kazakhstan's commitment to sanctity of contracts
·World Bank President lauds Kazakhstan's growth, sets new tasks
·EBRD President says Bank set to expand its operations in the republic
Other news
·Majilis ratifies UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
·Supreme Court rules in favor of U.S.-based Parker Drilling Co.
·Dennis Tito, first "space tourist" and US millionaire, visits Kazakhstan to launch new stamps

Vol. 2, No. 11, April 4, 2002

·President Nazarbayev sets up new anti-corruption and ethics commission
·U.S. Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans calls President Nazarbayev
·Kazakhstan ready to open airports for anti-terrorist coalition
·Kazakhstan to open Embassy in Afghanistan
·Majilis ratifies missile silos agreement with the U.S.
·Constitutional Council rules to have legal assessment for new religion legislation

·Almaty gets ready for the Eurasian Economic Summit
·Foreign trade and investment volumes hit record highs in 2001
·Kazakhstan to produce 55 million tons of hydrocarbons by 2004
·Government expects 8-9% GDP growth in Q1

Vol. 1, No. 10, March 27, 2002

Kazakhstan gets "market economy" status

Vol. 1, No. 9, March 20, 2002

·Secretary of State - Foreign Minister Tokaev speaks at UN human rights body in Geneva
·and discusses upcoming Eurasian Economic Summit with "Davos Club" president
·Kazakhstan values UN contribution, plans international security cooperation organization summit 

·American companies gearing up for tenders of offshore blocks
·Kazakhstan's subsurface resources sector receives USD 4.7 billion in investment in 2001 blocks
·Unemployment down, industrial output up in February

·Kazakhstan is to celebrate Nauryz holiday

Vol. 1, No. 8, March 13, 2002


·The first Congress of Kazakhstan's Journalists held in Astana
·U.S. troops participate in Zhardem 2002 exercises in South Kazakhstan
·President Nazarbayev discusses energy partnership with U.S. Caspian envoy
·Kazakhstan moving closer to WTO membership
·Kazakhstan lowers refinancing rate
·Kazakhstan and American universities sign an articulation agreement

Vol. 1, No. 7, March 6, 2002


·Central Asian Cooperation Organization established
·CIS informal summit held at Almaty's ski resort on March 1
·Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan agree on strategic cooperation on natural gas

·Kazakhstan is committed to attracting foreign investment, says Tokaev
·Almaty gears up for Eurasian Economic Summit 2002
·Eni Chairman speaks of "enormous" reserves at Kashagan oil field
·ChevronTexaco: more Caspian export pipelines needed
·USAID sponsors Central Asian Small Business Conference

Vol. 1, No. 6, February 27, 2002


·Kazakhstan supports the U.S. administration's demand on extradition of suspects in Pearl's death
·Rep. Phil English praises Kazakhstan's support in the fight against international terrorism
·US Department of Justice officials to visit Kazakhstan

·Parliament approves the 3-year economic development program
·New oil and gas company established in Kazakhstan
·ChevronTexaco to launch full-scale development of North Buzachi
·Conoco looking to join Kazakhstan oil and gas projects
·Kazakhstan to plant 13.3 million hectares of grain in 2002

·USAID conducts "Faces of Central Asia" exhibit on Capitol Hill

Vol. 1, No. 5, February 19, 2002


·President signs laws on fighting terrorism...
·...and amnesty
·Parliament sets up a working group to draft amendments into election legislation
·Prime Minister meets US Ambassador, representatives of ChevronTexaco, KIO

·Kazakhstan's growing role in Central Asian gas market
·KIO to help create disaster clean-up center

·Day of Mother Tongues to be Celebrated on February 22
·Kazakhstan musicians and actors to take part in International Arts Competition in Hollywood
·Kazakhstan women feel "the warmth of strangers", says USA TODAY

Vol. 1, No. 4, February 12, 2002


·Secretary of State, Foreign Minister Kassymzhomart Tokaev visited USA
·"Kazakhstan and the U.S.: a growing partnership in need of our support"
·President Nazarbayev asks the new Government to be "a competent manager"

·IMF commends Kazakhstan "for the markedly improved macroeconomic performance in 2000-01"
·Kazakhstan boasts most favorable investment climate in Central Asia

·"The Soul of Kazakhstan" book launch
·Smithsonian Institution announces the Silk Road exhibition

Vol. 1, No. 3, January 29, 2002


·Kazakhstan has a new Prime Minister
·US Assistant Secretary of State returns to Kazakhstan

·The then Minister of Economy sees over USD 6 B in investment in 2002
·Kazkommertsbank receives license to issue international cards
·Kazakhstan Oil Association meets in Atyrau
·Net gold and currency reserves rise in first half of January

Vol. 1, No. 2, January 23, 2002

Special Edition


Vol. 1, No. 1, January 15, 2002


·Kazakhstan delegation travels to Afghanistan
·Kazakhstan to toughen punishments for terrorist activities

·Kazakhstan's economic growth hit record 13% in 2001
·Kazakhstan to cut interest rates, seek stability in banking sector in 2002
·Gold, metals production rise in 2001
·Net gold and currency reserves rise in 2001
·Fitch affirms Kazakhstan sovereign ratings, stable outlook