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

December 21, No. 47

Fifteen Years of Independence Celebrated in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan and China Chart Cooperation for 21st Century
Nazarbayev “Deeply Saddened” with Niyazov’s Demise
Vinokourov’s Team Fired Up to Compete in ‘07
Kazakh ‘Lamb Ladies’ Respond to British ‘Lettuce Ladies’ with Gusto

December 15, No. 46

Kazakhstan Celebrates 15th Anniversary of Independence

By Kanat Saudabayev, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the USA

December 14, No. 45

Kazakh Soldiers “Honored” to Train Iraqis as President Says They Will Continue Historic Mission
Giant Tent to Provide Relief from Astana’s Winters
Kazakh Scientists Create Bird Flu Vaccine
Sardar Joins Kazakh Coast Guard
In a Strange Message, Britons Urge Kazakhs Not to Eat Meat

December 8, No. 44

KazBat Becomes KazBrig as Kazakhstan Seeks Greater International Peacekeeping Responsibilities
“Kazakhstan is NATO’s Key Central Asian Partner”, Says NATO Secretary General
Kazakhstan’s Drive to Chair OSCE Strengthens
Kazakhstan Builds Energy Partnership with Europe
Kazahstan and Russia Launch Uranium Venture
Kazakhstan’s Gold and Foreign Exchange Reserves Increase by 7.8 Percent in November
From Kazakhstan, with Vodka: Snow Queen Vodka Comes to Washington Just In Time for the Holidays
Embassy Kid Gets Black Belt from World Champ

December 4
News Release

Kazakhstan Signs Agreements with World Bank to Improve
Finance Management and Increase Revenue Transparency

December 1, No. 43

Nazarbayev Offers Kazakhstan as Model for Iraq’s National Development
President Nazarbayev Visits Jordan to Strengthen Political, Economic Ties
“Borat” Movie Hot Topic for Next Annual Media Forum

November 22, No. 42

Kazakh President Laughs off “Borat” Controversy
Kazakh, British Leaders Stress Growing Ties
New Agreement Links London and Almaty Financial Communities
New U.S. Embassy Building Opens in Astana Drawing Kazakhstan and U.S. Closer
Kazakhstan, Other Asian Nations Agree to Create Trans-Asian Railway
Kazakhstan and Central Asian States Launch Program to Reverse Land Degradation

November 17, No. 41

Kazakhstan Consolidates Casinos, Limits Them to Two Towns
KazMunaiGas Ups Oil and Gas Production for First 10 Months in 2006
Parliament Approves $16.6 Billion 2007 Budget
“Borat” Actor Says He Means No Offense to Kazakhstan
Finding the Real Kazakhstan

November 10, No. 40

Mubarak, Nazarbayev Strengthen Ties, Discuss Revamping Middle East Peace Talks
Forget ‘Borat’: Fashion Looks From the ’Stans
Kazakhstan Becomes Central Asia’s First United Nations’ ECOSOC Member 
Inaccurate ‘Borat’ Puts Kazakhstan on Map

November 6
News release

Introducing STEPPE - a New Magazine About Kazakhstan and Central Asia

November 2, No. 39

Take that, Borat: Sayat Announces Tours to ‘Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan’
Fashion Designers from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan Show Their Best in DC
4,000+ American Families with Children Adopted from Kazakhstan Personally Feel Impact of “Borat”

October 27, No. 38

Our Take on “Borat”
Americans Marvel at Kazakhstan’s Historical Treasures
Horses First Domesticated in Kazakhstan?
UA Prepares Kazakh Students for Challenges at Home
New Social Democratic Party Submits Registration Papers
Modern Day Silk Road to Follow Ancient Route
Economy to Grow More Than 10 Percent in 2006
KIMEP Gets U.S. Accreditation
Smoke on the Steppes? You Bet

October 10
News release

Treasures from Kazakhstan Come to Mingei International Museum in San Diego

October 2, Vol. 6, No. 37
Special edition

Joint Statement Between the United States of America and the Republic of Kazakhstan
The White House, September 29, 2006

September 28, Vol. 6, No. 35
Special edition

Kazakhstan’s Monument of Independence Rises in DC

September 12, Vol. 6, No. 34
Special edition

President Nazarbayev Will Visit the United States at the End of September

September 11, Vol. 6, No. 33

Central Asia Declares Itself a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone
President Calls for Major Reforms in State Management
Palace of Peace and Harmony Opens Ahead of Religious Congress
Koizumi’s Visit Expands Political and Nuclear Energy Ties
KazMunaiGaz E&P to List Shares on London Stock Exchange
Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan Will Use KazSat Satellite
Kazakhstan’s Gold, Forex Reserves Grow 1.5 Percent in August

August 25, Vol. 6, No. 32

United States Seeks To Be “Engine for Change” in Central Asia
Kazakhstan, China Hold Joint Antiterrorism Exercise

August 18, Vol. 6, No. 31

Kazakh Economy Shows No Slowdown, Grows 9.3 Percent
Kazakhstan, Russia, and Belarus Press On with Customs Union
New Kazakhstan Business Climate Index Launched… And You Can Take Part in Its Start
United States Helps Kazakhstan Get Safe Drinking Water
“The Big O” Clubbers “The Rock” in 12th Round KO
Kazakhstan Holds Belgium to Historic Draw in Soccer

August 11, Vol. 6, No. 30

Ethanol Production a Priority for Kazakhstan
Third Kazakh Tanker Sets Sail for Caspian
“Better Be Active, Than Radioactive”
Law Enforcement Battles Drug Trafficking
New Orthodox Cathedral, Mosques, and Palace of Peace As Second Religious Congress in Astana Nears

August 4, Vol. 6, No. 29

CentCom Chief Visits Kazakhstan, Strengthens Military Ties
Reforms Will Raise Wages, Streamline Bureaucracy in Effort to Improve Operations and Combat Corruption
PBS to Produce Program on Kazakh Cycling

July 20, Vol. 6, No. 28
Special edition

"My Advice to Iran"
By Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan
This article appeared in Le Monde newspaper in France on July 13, 2006.

July 17
News Release

Kazakhstan Supports Russia-US Initiative Against Nuclear Terrorism

July 13, Vol. 6, No. 27

At Russian G8 Summit, Nazarbayev Will Share Views on Energy Strategy in Eurasia
National Fund Reserves Near $10 Billion, Further Growth Expected
Kazakh Archeologists Make Remarkable Find

July 6, Vol. 6, No. 26

Kazakhstan Condemns North Korea’s Missile Tests, Calls to Follow Its Nuclear Weapons Free Example
Tokaev Meets Rice, Presidential Visit Discussed
Kazakhstan Will Invest $2.5 Billion in Kyrgyz Future
Astana Celebrates City Day with Exuberant Festivities As Mayors of Washington and Ottawa Send Congratulations
KazMunayGaz Strengthens Its Positions with Major Acquisition
Kazakhstan’s Economy Should Churn Budget Surplus in ‘07

June 30, Vol. 6, No. 25

Vinokourov, Favored to Win, Will Start Tour de France July 1
Kazakhstan Joins Space Club, Its First Satellite Orbits the Earth
Kazakh Senate Ratifies Economic Agreement with United States
Major Kazakh Mining Companies Join World Transparency Drive
Almaty Looks to 2011 Asian Games, Loses Bid for Olympics

June 20, Vol. 6, No. 24
Special edition

CICA’s Quest for Asian Peace Blossoms in Kazakhstan

June 16
News Release

A Major New Oil Source to the West Opens with Signing of Kazakh-Azeri Treaty

June 13, Vol. 6, No. 23

Kazakhstan Supports Diplomatic Solution to Iranian Nuclear Issue
Calls for Nuclear Restraint from Nevada Find Echo in Blix Report
Kazakh History of Equality May Benefit OSCE, Says Nazarbayev Vowing to Continue Bid for Group’s Chairmanship
Ten Asian Leaders Confirm Plans for CICA Summit in Almaty, South Korea to Join Group
Justice Ministry’s Innovations Reflect New Parliamentary Influence

June 8, Vol. 6, No. 22

Kazakh Embassy Reception Marks Growing Partnership with US
Kazakhstan Expects to Sign BTC Access Agreement Soon
Parliament Sends Measure Increasing Ombudsman’s Authority to President
Elections for District and Town Akims Set for Fall 2006

May 25, Vol. 6, No. 21

Kazakhstan Invited to Attend G8 Summit in Russia
Nazarbayev-Putin Talks Yield Key Energy and Tariff Agreements
Kazakhstan Steps Up Bid to Chair OSCE
Construction Boom Calls for New Legislation

May 19, Vol. 6, No. 20

General Says Kazakhstan Will Keep Iraq Commitment
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Announces Trade and Investment Mission to Kazakhstan
Brownback Introduces Silk Road Strategy Act II, Focusing on Security, Energy, Economic Development and Human Rights
GE and Kazakhstan Temir Zholy Begin Building Locomotive Plant near Astana
Kazakh Government Goes Online, Now at e.gov.kz
Majilis Approves Bill Increasing Ombudsman’s Authority

May 12, Vol. 6, No. 19

U.S., Kazakhstan Work Together to Stop Nuclear Smuggling
Kazakhstan, U.S. Will Jointly Finance Economic Development
Kazakhstan’s GDP to Grow 8.5%-9% in First Half of 2006
Rahman-Maskaev Bout Will Pit America’s Only World Heavyweight Boxing Champion against Kazakhstan Native

May 9, Vol. 6, No. 18

Cheney Tells Nazarbayev: “We Are Proud to Be Your Strategic Partner”

Three agreements signed as part of Vice President’s visit to Astana

April 27, Vol. 6, No. 17

Kazakhstan Brings Assistance to Louisiana Schools Damaged by Katrina
Economic Conference Strengthens Kazakhstan-Louisiana Ties
Boucher Notes “Momentum” in U.S.-Kazakh Strategic Partnership, Says VP Cheney’s Visit Will Strengthen Ties

April 19, Vol. 6, No. 16
Special edition

Vice President Cheney Will Visit Kazakhstan in Early May

April 14, Vol. 6, No. 15

Kazakhstan Extradites Terrorism Suspect to Russia
Boucher Sees Great Kazakh Potential, Promises Aid to Reach Goals
IMF Mission Says Kazakh Economy “Very Strong”, Managing Booming Banking Sector and Inflation Are Key Challenges
First Kazakh World Swimming Champion Comes From… Alabama

April 7, Vol. 6, No. 14

Tokaev: Kazakhstan Calls for Greater Central Asia
Nazarbayev’s Moscow Visit Generates Stronger Ties
New Bolashak Specialties Reflect Growing Economic Diversification and International Ties
ISTC Approves Four Projects in Kazakhstan

March 31, Vol. 6, No. 13

Foreign Minister Visits Afghanistan to Promote Development and Trade
OSCE Chairman Welcomes Kazakhstan’s Political Reforms, Encourages More as Country Bids for Chairmanship
Kazakhstan May Build Nuclear Power Plant by 2015
Kazakhstan and China Open Small Free Trade Shopping Zone
New Crew Blasts Off From Baikonur for ISS

March 24, Vol. 6, No. 12

Opposition Party Registers, Now Twelve Legal Parties
Opening of First Meeting of Democratization Commission Shows Wide Eagerness to Move Reforms Ahead
Next Religious Congress Will Also Include Political Leaders
Kazakhstan’s Largest Bank Considers Foreign IPO This Year
Nauryz Celebrated as Holiday of Harmony and Renewal
Honoring a Kazakh “New Year”

March 16, Vol. 6, No. 11

Economy to Grow 29% in Three Years, Government Predicts
Plans Afoot for 2011 Asian Winter Games in Almaty
Internet Fees Will Be Slashed in Half
Trade Infrastructure with China Will See Major Expansion
Foreign Minister Says Kazakhstan Committed to Cooperation with OSCE,
Seeks Bigger Role in Group

March 14
News Release

Kazakhstan Has Critical Role in Global Energy Security, US Energy Secretary Says

March 9, Vol. 6, No. 10

Kazakhstan Will Work with EU to Strengthen Ombudsman
First Green Party Edges Closer to Recognition
Defense Minister Celebrates Women’s Military Role
Lucent to Deploy Next-Generation Network for Kazakhtelecom

March 3, Vol. 6, No. 9

Northern Aral Sees Faster Than Expected Revival, Lifts Hopes
Majilis Approves Joining Bioweapons Convention
E-Government to Be Introduced in Mid-April
U.S. Says Kazakhstan Makes “Considerable Progress” in Fighting Drug Trafficking, Seeks Greater Cooperation
President Signs New Laws to Fight Drug and Human Trafficking

February 24, Vol. 6, No. 8

Kazakhstan Moves Ahead with Peaceful Nuclear Energy Plans
Government Approves Samruk’s Concept
Dozens of Companies Join Transparency Initiative in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan’s Ice Hockey Team Beats Latvia, Aids US Advance

February 16, Vol. 6, No. 7

Kazakhstan and NATO Approve Individual Partnership Plan
It’s Official: New South and Central Asia Bureau at State
Raising Living Standards and Competitiveness, Government’s Goals for Next Three Years
Kazakh President Orders Thorough and Transparent Investigation of Former Minister’s Killing, U.S. FBI Will Participate in Probe
Kazakh Olympians Compete, Ice Hockey: KAZ 1 - 4 USA
Kazakh Team Most Stylish at Olympics Opening, Say D&G
St. Valentine’s Kissing Contest Tally: Fainted Babushka 1, Clear Winners 0, Kisses Incalculable

February 10, Vol. 6, No. 6

Made in Kazakhstan Plasma TVs? Just Wait Till End of Year
Kazakhstan’s Economy Grew 9.4 Percent in 2005
National Fund Reserves Reach US$8 Billion
Female Biologist Named Best Inventor for Oil Cleanup Solution
Astana Will Host Central Asian Anti-Drug Center
Kazakh ‘Vegas’ to Absorb All Casinos

February 3, Vol. 6, No. 5

Tokaev Says Kazakhstan Eager to Help Afghanistan, Urges Broader Counter Narcotics Cooperation
Rice Calls Central Asia “Arc of Opportunity” and Kazakhstan “Engine for Growth” for Region Stretching to Afghanistan
Opposition Leader Says Will Participate in Democracy Forum
New Information Minister Says Public Television Top Priority
Almaty Meets Bid Deadline for 2014 Olympics

January 27, Vol. 6, No. 4

Massimov Tapped to Develop Strategic Plans
Kazakhstan to Process Uranium in Partnership with Japan, Potential Seen to Become World’s Largest Uranium Producer
Kazakhstan Welcomes Uzbekistan into Economic Group
Congress Could Vote on Trade Agreement with Kazakhstan This Year, USTR Portman Says
Kazakh Teenager Voted Miss Teen Universe 2005

January 20, Vol. 6, No. 3

Nazarbayev Details Vision for Kazakhstan’s Future
President Signs Jury Trials Package
Kazakhstan and NATO Draw Closer
Almaty Plans Billion Dollar Investment for 2011 Asian Winter Games, Advancing Bid for 2014 Winter Olympics
U.S. Congressmen Meet Kazakh Counterparts, Discuss Freedom of Religion
Kazakh Donor Gives Hundreds of Liters of Blood During Three Decades, Wants to Continue

January 13, Vol. 6, No. 2

Nazarbayev Sworn in as Kazakhstan’s President for New Term, Stresses Democracy, Growth and Security
Bush Congratulates Nazarbayev, Underscores Cooperation for Greater Democracy, Regional Prosperity
Kazakhstan, Russia Set up New Development Bank
Half Million Kazakhs Return Home since Independence
Kazakh Student Wins US Cultural Exchange Contest
Economic Information Services Inks Agreements with KazInvest, ETTC

January 6, Vol. 6, No. 1

Kazakhstan’s Parliament Adopts New National Anthem  
Majilis Makes Muslim and Russian Orthodox Festivals Holidays
Kazakh Environmentalists Seek New Green Party
Jury Trial Bill Clears Both Houses of Parliament
Kazakhstan Offers Amnesty to Thousands
Kazakhstan’s Known Recoverable Oil Reserves Grow Twofold
56 Kazakh Athletes Will Compete in Turin

Melodies and Songs of the Kazakh Steppes

First ever concerts of Kazakh traditional and classical music in the United States of America

February 1-3, 2005
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