EXPO news in brief

During the working visit, the delegation of the companies’ group of Samruk Kazyna, headed by the Chairman of the Board Umirzak Shukeyev, met with the UK business community on March 7 in London. Charles Hendry, MP and Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of Great Britain headed the British side. During the meeting, the sides discussed issues of the cooperation on projects in the fields of financial and legal services, energy and mining, environment, green economy, infrastructure, education and training of highly qualified specialists. In particular, the Kazakh side expressed interest in the project to produce low-carbon hybrid buses on fuel. The projects related to EXPO 2017 preparations, in particular the construction of the ecological campus “green district” in Astana were of great interest for British businessmen. “We will carefully consider all of the proposed projects to reach specific agreements during the visit of Prime Minister of Great Britain to Kazakhstan. We support the investors willing to invest in the technology transfer, creating the new jobs, developing local skills. We have specific tools, such as co-investment, guarantees, signing long term contracts, etc.” Umirzak Shukeyev said. Charles Hendry said the meeting was intended to promote the dialogue between businesses in Kazakhstan and the UK to a higher level. “Both sides have great ambitions and the interests in cooperation. You are wise to want to develop the new areas and business lines, and our companies are ready to offer its technology and experience,” Hendry stressed. The delegation of Samruk Kazyna also visited the “oil capital” of the UK, the Scottish city of Aberdeen, the hub for the development of oil fields in the North Sea, located at the distance of several hundred kilometres from the coast. They are concentrated in a large number of the offices and oil service companies. The trip participants learned about the experience of Aberdeen in order to use it in the construction of a similar energy hub in Aktau. In addition, the negotiations were held with the leaders of City Hall and the major oil service companies for their participation in the construction and operation of the Kazakh hub.