News Bulletin
Released weekly by the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan

News Bulletin Archive for 2004

Vol. 1, No. 58, December 30, 2004

Bush Lauds Kazakhstan for “Steadfast Friendship”, U.S. Ready to Expand Ties in “A Spirit of Partnership”
Nazarbayev Sends Condolences to Tsunami Struck Asian Nations
Public Oversight of Prisons, Introduction of Arbitration, President Expands Kazakhstan’s Legal Reforms
Kazakhstan Proposes Ashgabat as Regional UN Headquarters
Economy Finishes Strong Year, Five Year Prospects Look Equally Bright
Kazakhstan Plans Rail Link between East Asia, Europe

Vol. 1, No. 57, December 22, 2004

President Dedicates New Astana City Hall
Small Business Sector Shows Strong Growth, A Sign of Growing Prosperity and Self-Reliance
Kazakh Woman Wins World Powerlifting Title in Cleveland

Vol. 1, No. 56, December 17, 2004

Kazakhstan Celebrates Independence Day, 13 Years of Freedom
Kazakh Trade Surplus Soars to $5.4 Billion in January-October ‘04

Vol. 1, No. 55, December 10, 2004

President Presses Ahead with Political Reforms, Election of Local Akims Introduced
Human Rights Ombudsman Gets Enlarged Powers
President Signs Decriminalization Changes in Criminal Codes
Parliament Approves Bill Paving Way to Public Oversight of Prisons
Senate Approves Bill Introducing Arbitration
Kazakhstan’s Gold, Foreign Currency Reserves Grow 14.6 Percent in One Month
Kazakhstan Boasts More Than 2,000 News Media Outlets, 80 Percent Are Private
Woman in Semipalatinsk to Mark 120th Birthday in January

Vol. 1, No. 54, December 3, 2004

Largest New Rail Line since Independence Opens, Will Reduce Transportation Costs, Shave Off Shipping Time
Senate Approves Incentives for Foreign Investors
Kazakh Troops Get Expanded English Language Training
President Signs Budget
Kazakhstan Joins UN Pact Fighting Human Trafficking
Kazakhstan’s Polyakov Wins 100 Meter Breaststroke at U.S. Open

Vol. 1, No. 53, November 23, 2004

First Sergeant Major of Kazakh Armed Forces Takes Office, Heralds New Era of Professional Military
Kazakh Police, Border Guards Crack Down on Drug Trafficking
Kazakhstan’s Population Keeps Growing
Kazakhstan Will Switch to International Accounting Standards Next Year
Atlantis in Kazakhstan? Not Exactly, But Close

Vol. 1, No. 52, November 19, 2004

Supreme Court Chairman Visits Washington
Kazakhstan’s Parliament Approves 2005 Budget
Government Edges Closer to Creating Nuclear Technologies Park
Kazakhstan’s Stock Exchange Marks 11th Anniversary
Foreign Trade Grows by 50 Percent in Nine Months of 2004

Vol. 1, No. 51, November 11, 2004
Special edition

Kazakhs break al Qaeda-linked Islamist cell

Vol. 1, No. 50, November 10, 2004

Kazakh, U.S. Armies Will Hold Joint Antiterrorist Exercises
Economy Expected to Grow 9.3 Percent in 2004, Unemployment Expected to Decline 1%
Ombudsman to Get Stronger Protection at President’s Urging
Huge Shipment by Rail Head into Record Books
First Kazakh Student Elected President at American School

Vol. 1, No. 49, November 5, 2004

President Nazarbayev Congratulates President Bush
New Parliament Hears President’s Agenda at First Session
Political Parties, Government Will Keep Talking
Kazakhstan Railways Buys 200 Locomotive Upgrades from GE
Kazakh Student Wins “Princess of the World” Title

Vol. 1, No. 48, October 28, 2004

Armitage Visits Astana, Praises Joint Efforts
Kazakh Observers to Monitor U.S. Election
Proposed Amendment Would Toughen Punishment for Copyright Violations
Fitch Upgrades Kazakhstan’s Ratings, Cites Progress, Future

Vol. 1, No. 47, October 22, 2004

Eurasian Security Organization Makes Strides Forward
President Calls for UN Reform
NATO Chief Visits Kazakhstan, Focuses on Closer Security Ties
Asian Bank to Focus on Inclusive Growth in Kazakhstan

Vol. 1, No. 46, October 13, 2004

Kazakhstan, Iran Discuss Regional Security Issues
Kazakhstan Steps Up Efforts Promoting Religious Peace Globally
President Calls Election a Vote for Stability, Growing Prosperity, and Confirms Readiness to Work across Party Lines

Vol. 1, No. 45, October 7, 2004

Kazakhs Learn to Love Plastic
Runoffs Complete Kazakh Elections
Kazakhstan Ratifies ICC Agreement With U.S.
Kazakhstan Seeks Increase to 1.3 Million Barrels Daily by 2005
Nuclear Technology Park May Be Built at Former Soviet Testing Center, Similar Parks Planned Elsewhere
Foreign Investment Grows 13 Percent in First Half of 2004

Vol. 1, No. 44, September 30, 2004

Construction Starts on Kazakh-Chinese Pipeline, Oil Expected to Flow in 2005
Nazarbayev Streamlines Government, Seeking Greater Efficiency
New Face for Kazakh Government, Less Red Tape and New Challenges
Trial by Jury Expected Soon in Kazakhstan
Vinokourov Takes Bronze in World Cycling Championship

Vol. 1, No. 43, September 23, 2004

Parliamentary Elections Highly Competitive, Runoffs Needed for Third of Seats
Astana, Seoul Sign Oil, Uranium, and IT Deals, Issue Joint Call for Peace on Peninsula
Marriott International to Manage Hotels in Aktau, Atyrau
Industrial Output Up in January to August 2004
IMF Praises Kazakhstan’s “Prudent Macroeconomic Policies,” Says Challenge Is to Manage “Substantial Petroleum Wealth”

Vol. 1, No. 42, September 16, 2004

Four Countries Edge Closer To Free Trade Zone
Kazakhstan Calls for Strengthening Commonwealth
Tokaev Says Election Will Showcase “Progress to Democracy”…
…And Calls Cooperation with OSCE “Priority for Kazakhstan”
U.S. Willing to Help Kazakhstan Become OSCE Chair in 2009
U.S. Says Kazakhstan “Leader” in Promoting Religious Amity
Kazakh Cops Strike Gold in Las Vegas
Election This Sunday

Vol. 1, No. 41, September 9, 2004

President Nazarbayev Helps Dedicate Synagogue, Calls on World to Follow Kazakhstan’s Example of Religious Peace
President Urges Tighter Security, Vows to Help Russia Fight Terrorists
Kazakhstan Moves Closer to Introducing Arbitration Tribunals
Almost 9 Million Voters in Kazakhstan As Elections Draw Near
Kazakhstan’s Beryllium Producer Expands into China

Vol. 1, No. 40, September 2, 2004

Majilis Ratifies Agreement with U.S.
Kazakhstan Will Pursue More Vigorous Foreign Policy
Electronic Voting To Debut on Small Scale
Kazakhstan Seeks Firm Foothold on Tourism Market
Olympics End With 8 Medals for Kazakhstan

Vol. 1, No. 39, August 25, 2004

WTO Chief Visits Kazakhstan for Talks on Accession
Kazakhstan’s Economy to Grow 8.1 Percent in 2005-2007
Standard & Poor’s Says Kazakh Banking System Leads Regional Peers
Notes from Athens: 2 silver and 2 bronze medals so far

Vol. 1, No. 38, August 20, 2004
Special edition

Elections in Kazakhstan: Building Democracy in a key region
Opinion piece by Ambassador Kanat Saudabayev in The Washington Times,
Friday, August 20, 2004/Page A21

Vol. 1, No. 37, August 18, 2004

Gen. Myers Thanks Kazakhstan for Help in Iraq
Draft Bill Would Guarantee Freedom of Speech
Political Parties Face Off in Planned TV Debates
Personal Income Grows 13.4 Percent between January-July, Economy Grows 9.1 percent in Same Period
President Nazarbayev Meets Bush’41, Scowcroft, Peres in Athens

Vol. 1, No. 36, August 12, 2004

More Than 700 Quest For 77 Majilis Seats in September
OSCE/ODIHR Begins Observation of Parliamentary Election in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan May Triple Oil Output by 2015
Abai’s Birthday Celebrated by Recital of His Poetry

Vol. 1, No. 35, August 4, 2004

Congressman Says U.S. Should Help Kazakhstan Overcome Consequences of Nuclear Testing at Semipalatinsk
Central Asian Antiterrorist Exercises Use Uzbekistan Attacks as Scenario
U.S. General Abizaid Praises Kazakhstan’s Role in Iraq
President Nazarbayev Warns Against “Euphoria” From Strong Economic Growth, Calls for Diversification

Vol. 1, No. 34, July 29, 2004

Two Parties Hold Primaries, Select Joint Candidates; Other Parties Nominate Their Own
U.S. Helps Build Housing for Kazakhstan’s Marines in Atyrau
Kazakhstan To Build Network of Laboratories to Track Dangerous Infections and Protect Population from Bioweapons
Kazakhstan Plans to Abolish Death Penalty
OSCE Notes Kazakhstan’s Progress in Humanizing Criminal Prosecution
Almaty Pensioner Places Second in 24th Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Key West

Vol. 1, No. 33, July 21, 2004

Kazakhstan Contingent Destroys 2.7 Million Explosives in Iraq, Replacement Troops Arrive
Election Excitement Builds as September 19 Approaches
President Urges Democratic, Transparent and Fair Elections, As Registration of Candidates Opens Election Campaign
Kazakhstan’s Math Whizzes Victorious in Greece

Vol. 1, No. 32, July 15, 2004

Kazakhstan Researchers Discover New Hepatitis Medicine
Moody’s Raises Outlook on Kazakhstan
Industrial Production Soars 9.4% in First Half of 2004
Bikers Converge on Almaty to Denounce Drug Abuse
Kazakh Olympic Team Shoots For ‘Four Gold Medals’

Vol. 1, No. 31, July 7, 2004

Kazakhstan to Increase Uranium Production Fivefold by 2015
Rabbi Shneier: Kazakhstan Has Proved Itself A “Model” of Interfaith Relations
Kazakhstan Plans Tougher Punishment for Human Trafficking
Kazakhstan’s Émigré Part of Greek Euro 2004 Winning Team

Vol. 1, No. 30, June 30, 2004

Hundreds of Kilos of Drugs Burned in Astana As Drug Fighters Continue Their Battle
Nazarbayev Calls for More NATO-EAPC Efforts to Fight Main Regional Security Threats; Meets Bush, Blair, Chirac, Erdogan
Central Asia to Fight AIDS Together
President, Political Parties Mark Press Day with Prizes for Best Coverage
Majilis Passed 566 Bills since 1999, Speaker Says

Vol. 1, No. 29, June 25, 2004

OSCE Observers Expected in Kazakhstan This August
12 Registered Parties To Compete In September
600,000 Plus Work in Small Business in Kazakhstan
Human Cloning Banned in Kazakhstan, Surrogate Motherhood Supported
Rare Radioactive Material From Kazakhstan Sent to Los Alamos, Could Save American Lives

Vol. 1, No. 28, June 18, 2004

Shanghai Group Inaugurates Anti-Terrorist Center in Uzbek Capital, Pledges Stronger Fight against Drug Trafficking
Kazakhstan’s Population Exceeds 15 Million amid Signs of Increasing Birth Rates and Immigration
Now There Are Eleven: New Political Party Makes Fighting Corruption First Priority
Majilis Approves More Court Reforms, Plea Bargain Included
Security Pact Members Clear Way for Collective Peacekeeping under U.N.

Vol. 1, No. 27, June 16, 2004

President Nazarbayev: “We begin new stage of development”
Kazakhstan takes course toward radical modernization of its political system through strengthening the Parliament

Vol. 1, No. 26, June 10, 2004

President Nazarbayev Sends Condolences on Ex-President Reagan’s Passing
U.S., Kazakh Officials Break Ground for New American Embassy in Astana
U.S. Investment in Kazakhstan Reaches US$9 Billion, PM Says, Adding He Wants to See It Diversified
Gold, Currency Reserves Shoot Above $10 Billion
10-Year-Old Singer from Pavlodar to Study at La Scala

Vol. 1, No. 25, June 4, 2004

Kazakh Foreign Minister Meets Sec. Powell and Members of Congress, Says Bilateral Relations Improved
Five Central Asian Countries and U.S. Sign Trade Pact
Central Asian Nations Admit Russia to Their Club, And Call for Closer Anti-Drug Cooperation
Investors Support Kazakhstan’s Economic Diversification, EBRD Chief Says

Vol. 1, No. 24, May 27, 2004

Kazakhstan’s Average Voter: Woman with University or College Degree, of Medium Income
U.S. CoDel Visits Astana, Seeks Closer Ties
Four Countries Form Economic Bond
Norway Welcomes Kazakhstan’s Bid to Chair OSCE in 2009
Election Will Take Place before September 30
Political Parties Propose 164,000 Members for Election Commissions, Eighty Percent More Than Needed

Vol. 1, No. 23, May 20, 2004

Special Edition

President Nazarbayev Visits China, Two Countries Sign Major Trade Pacts

Vol. 1, No. 22, May 14, 2004

Nazarbayev, Live on TV, Says Will Seek Reelection in 2006
Young Central Asian Soccer Players Begin U.S. Friendship Tour
Maryland-based ICC May Build Subway in Almaty
Kazakhstan Edges Toward Fully Professional Army
Ombudsman, Minister Sign Cooperation Agreement

Vol. 1, No. 21, May 6, 2004

Kazakhstan Senate Chair Visits U.S., Seeks Closer Ties and Support for Interreligious Congress
Nine Parties Sign Charter on Principles of Competition, Renounce “Black PR”
Star Wars Star McGregor Rides His Bike into Kazakhstan
Tenth Party, Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan, Registers
Prison Population Plummets, Kazakhstan Moves Down in World Rankings

Vol. 1, No. 20, May 3, 2004

Special Edition

Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Tokaev:
The international community must join efforts and help the United States
build a democratic Iraq

Vol. 1, No. 19, April 30, 2004

President Ratifies Common Economic Space Agreement
Another Political Party Enters Scene, Bringing Total to 11
Astronauts Land in Kazakhstan

Vol. 1, No. 18, April 22, 2004

Special Edition

Kazakhstan’s Democracy Strengthens
Nazarbayev Signs Election Law, But Rejects News Media Bill

Vol. 1, No. 17, April 16, 2004

President Signs Election Law, Major Reforms Introduced
White House Thanks Kazakhstan for “Unwavering Support” in Iraq
Kazakh, Afghan Presidents Sign Cooperation Agreement During “Historic” Visit, Seek Closer Cooperation in Fighting Drugs
Kazakhstan to Increase GDP by 250 to 280% by 2015

Vol. 1, No. 16, April 9, 2004

President Bush Applauds Kazakhstan’s Help in Iraq and Afghanistan
Kazakhstan Confirms Interest in Taking on OSCE Chairmanship in 2009
Four Political Parties Call on President to Veto News Media Bill
Constitutional Council Rules New Election Bill Valid, Paving Way for Signing by President
Caspian States Foreign Ministers Propose Presidential Summit in Second Half of 2004
Kazakhstan’s Gold and Currency Reserves Reach US$9.5 Billion, While Foreign Investment Reaches Record High
Kazakhstan to Produce 55 Million Tons of Oil in 2004, Energy Minister Announces

Vol. 1, No. 15, April 9, 2004

Special Edition

Kazakhstan Stands by Commitment to Help Stabilize Iraq, Troops to Stay

Vol. 1, No. 14, April 1, 2004

President Sends News Media Bill to Constitutional Council
Microsoft to Help Set Up Government Network, Adapt Office Software to Kazakh Language
Government Increases GDP Growth Forecast to 8%
Guinness-Listed Singer from Kazakhstan Wins International Contest
Kazakh Senate Approves Membership in WIPO
Kazakhstan Ready to Aid Economic Rebirth of Afghanistan

Vol. 1, No. 13, March 23, 2004

Special Edition

President’s 2004 State of the Nation Message Stresses Economic Competitiveness, Social Programs, and Commitment to Democracy
Human Development, Private Home Ownership Are Priorities
Healthcare, Education to Undergo More Reforms, Social Security Benefits to Increase
President Declares Course for Further Democratization
President Nazarbayev Calls for Closer Efforts in Fighting Terrorism, Stable Relations with U.S., Russia, and China

Vol. 1, No. 12, March 19, 2004

President Bush Vows Continued Fight Against Terrorism,
Praises Kazakhstan’s Help In Iraq

Vol. 1, No. 11, March 15, 2004

Kazakhstan's Parliament Approves Major Election Reforms,
Sends Bill to President

Vol. 1, No. 10, March 11, 2004

Kazakhstan Security Agency Busts International Drug Ring, Expert Says Problem Needs to Be Tackled at Source
Government Discusses Introduction of Professional Army
Parliamentary Conferees Reach Consensus on Media Bill
Kazakhstan Values Women in All Fields as Nation Marks International Women’s Day

Vol. 1, No. 9, March 4, 2004

Special edition
Progress in Kazakhstan
Prosperity, democracy and stability
By Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
The Washington Times, Op-Ed, Page A21, March 4, 2004

Vol. 1, No. 8, February 25, 2004

Rumsfeld Visits Astana, Greets Kazakh Troops Home from Duty in Iraq
Kazakhstan, Kashagan Consortium Clear Way for Commercial Production
Chechens, Ingushes in Kazakhstan Mark 60th Anniversary of Stalinist Deportation, Thank Kazakhs for Their Hospitality

Vol. 1, No. 7, February 20, 2004

Kazakhstan's Parliament Moves for Election Reform, Approves Key Amendments to Existing Law
Journalists Call on Parliament to Reject Proposed Media Law
Government Plans Nuclear Medicine and Biophysics Center
Economy Grows 9.2% in 2003, Foreign Trade Grows 31%
Kazakhstan's "Zhusgysh" Takes Title in Florida
Foreign Investors' Faith in Kazakhstan Economy Brings Investment of US$ 24,500,000,000 in Decade of 1993-2003

Vol. 1, No. 6, February 13, 2004

Kazakhstan Eases Visa Regulations for Americans, Others
Kazakhstan Seeks OSCE Chairmanship in 2009, Foreign Minister Asserts
Kazakhstan Needs Carefully Implemented Education Reform
President Nazarbayev Meets Ronald Lauder

Vol. 1, No. 5, February 5, 2004

New Party Intends to Fight for Fair Election and Turning Kazakhstan into Social State
Muslims Celebrate Kurban Ait, Pray for Peace
Kazakhstan Seeks WTO Membership in 2005-06, Says PM
Government Seeks Double GDP Growth by 2010, If Not Earlier

Vol. 1, No. 4, February 2, 2004

Special edition

Army Engineers from Kazakhstan Destroy More Than 1,000,000 Explosives in Iraq, Eager to Continue Work 

Vol. 1, No.3, January 29, 2004

Parliament Votes for Election Legislation Reforms
Biotechnology Cluster at Former Weapons Plant Needs $120 Million in Investment
Parliament Approves New National Bank Chairman

Vol. 1, No. 2, January 23, 2004

Government To Get Tough on Environmental Protection
Kazakhstan Seeks Bigger Role in Space Exploration, Not Just Rent for Baikonur
Kazakhstan Moves to Combat Gray Economy

Vol. 1, No. 1, January 16, 2004

Kazakhstan Has Active Role to Play in "Great Game", Foreign Minister Says
Europe's Parliamentary Assembly Welcomes Death Penalty Moratorium in Kazakhstan
Chief Rabbi Says Kazakhstan "Symbol" for Others
Credit System's Use to Expand to Undergraduate Education

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