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19.02.2024 Boris Kushhov

On February 5, 2024 Kazakhstan’s government was dismissed, and Deputy Prime Minister Roman Sklyar was named as acting Prime Minister. After the president has considered the candidacy of Oljas Bektenov nominated by the ruling party for the post of prime minister, the process of forming a new cabinet will be launched. This political development is not entirely unexpected – only recently, in September 2023, there was a reshuffle in the Kazakh government, in which the ban on a single person occupying…

06.02.2024 Boris Kushhov

On December 21, 2023, Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov gave the go-ahead for the construction of the new Bakhty-Ayagoz railway line in the Abay region. The project aims to construct a 272-kilometer double-track railway that will extend to the border of Kazakhstan and the PRC. The new line is expected to become operational in 2027. Currently, there are two rail border crossings with developed freight terminals on the Sino-Kazakh border: Khorgos and Dostyk-Alashankou. Almost 50% of all cargo transported along the China-Europe route passes through these border crossings…

31.01.2024 Boris Kushhov

Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov visited the United Arab Emirates from January 4-6, 2024. During his visit, the representative of the Republic held meetings with UAE President Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as well as the representative of the UAE President for Affairs with Turkmenistan and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dragon Oil. According to state websites, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov focused on the prospects of cooperation between the UAE and Turkmenistan in developing oil and gas resources, transport corridors, and green energy…

22.01.2024 Boris Kushhov

On October 8, 2023, negotiations were held between representatives of the transport and railway departments of Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Turkey to discuss the details of the new Eurasian transport corridor, designed to connect China with the European Union along a new route. This project is a development of the China-Central Asia-West Asia-Europe corridor proposed as part of the Belt and Road Initiative in 2013; however, it assumed a slightly different route configuration that did not affect…

14.01.2024 Boris Kushhov

In the second half of 2023, Rosatom’s activities to promote and implement new NPP projects in the Central Asian republics entered an unprecedentedly active phase. At present, such initiatives, which are at different stages of discussion and implementation, are proposed to three of the five countries of the region – Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. But by far the largest of the promising projects in the region is the concept of creating the first nuclear power plant in the leading country in Central Asia in terms of electricity consumption, namely Kazakhstan. This particular project…

09.01.2024 Boris Kushhov

The blatant negligence of transnational corporations towards their employees in developing countries is clearly visible in their activities in Kazakhstan, which is not for the first time the site of tragedies of colossal proportions caused by the negligence of employers: just remember the recent disaster at the Kostenko mine in October this year, which belonged to a subsidiary of Arcelor-Mittal. At that time, more than 40 miners died as a result of methane leakage caused by chronic safety violations…

07.01.2024 Boris Kushhov

On November 27, 2023, it became known about beginning of the construction of a new railroad in Kazakhstan. Construction is underway in the Turkestan Region, the southernmost region of the country. The length of the section under construction (Darbaza-Maktaaral station) is 152 kilometers, which is difficult to call a large-scale project for such a big country as Kazakhstan. The second phase of the project involves connection of the new railroad branch with the Uzbekistan railroad network through the border station…

24.12.2023 Boris Kushhov

On December 1, 2023, Dubai hosted the World Climate Summit, which was attended by more than two thousand high-ranking representatives of business, science, and, of course, countries from all the continents of the globe. The following climate and environmental issues were proposed for the summit: transition to carbon neutrality in all sectors of industry and agriculture, accelerating the creation of zero-pollution transport systems, climate financing, transition to clean (green) energy…

01.12.2023 Boris Kushhov

On November 3, 2023, the 10th anniversary summit of the Organization of Turkic States (OTS) began in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. The summit was attended by Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Kyrgyz President Sadyr Zhaparov, and Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. Also attending the summit were representatives of the observer countries to the OTS, namely Chairman of the People’s Council of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

27.11.2023 Boris Kushhov

On 3 November 2023, the 10th anniversary summit of the Organisation of Turkic States (OTS) began in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. Following its results, a number of documents were signed – such as the “Astana Act”, “Declaration of the 10th Summit of the Organization of Turkic States”, “Decision of the Heads of State on awarding the status of Financial Centres of the Turkic World”, “Decision on granting observer status to the Economic Cooperation Organization in the Organization of Turkic States”, as well as “Joint Action Plan (road map) of the Organization of Turkic…

23.11.2023 Boris Kushhov

In April 2023, the Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan assessed the degree of deterioration of the main CHPs in the country. As a result, it was found that most of the facilities were significantly depreciated, with many of them (as many as 17) having depreciation rates exceeding 70%. The Ministry’s report reflects another peculiarity of Kazakhstan’s CHPs – all of them (37 units) were built during the Soviet period. Privatisation of this sector of the economy in the 1990s led to the concentration of sectoral facilities with private companies…

17.11.2023 Boris Kushhov

The French President Emmanuel Macron’s tour of Central Asia, who visited Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, came to an end on November 2 in Tashkent. The French president’s rhetoric this time was almost exactly the same as it had been during his summer visit to Mongolia. “This is the path for your country, which refuses to be a vassal of any powers and wants to maintain balanced relations with different countries in the interest of your people.” Such statements, with only minor variations, haunt the French president’s revolving entourage of interlocutors…