External News in Brief

President Nursultan Nazarbayev has sent a telegram of congratulations to Cuban President Raul Castro on his re-election. “I believe that dynamic cooperation between Kazakhstan and Cuba based on mutual trust and understanding will grow stronger in the future for the good of our people,” Nazarbayev said.

Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to China Nurlan Yermekbayev has received an invitation for President Nursultan Nazarbayev to attend the Boao Forum for Asia on April 6-8. The forum will be on the theme “Asia Seeking Development for All: Restructuring, Responsibility and Cooperation.”

President Nursultan Nazarbayev has received a personal invitation from President Vladimir Putin of Russia to participate in the next G20 Summit in St. Petersburg. Kazakhstan was the only post-Soviet republic apart from Russia to be invited to the meeting, reflecting Kazakhstan’s role in various Eurasian organisations such as the Customs Union, the Common Economic Space and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

The Attorney General of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Askhat Daulbayev visited the city of Brno, Czech Republic, where his bilateral meeting with country’s Attorney General Pavel Zeman took place.During the meeting the sides exchanged opinions on the actual interagency issues, including the struggle against transnational organized crime, religious extremism and terrorism. The Attorney General of Czech Republic highlighted the importance of further consolidation of efforts against the challenges of modern world. In this context he expressed his willingness to the exchange of specialists between the two countries in order to achieve better exchange of experience in the sphere of crime control.

The Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan (APK) celebrated its 18th anniversary on March 1. Participants discussed the APK’s achievements and its role in maintaining good interethnic relations. The APK has members in Parliament and runs its own Scientific Council, Journalists Club and other groups.

On February 28, Kazakhstan’s delegation to the International Atomic Energy Authority in Vienna met IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano to discuss plans to set up the international nuclear fuel bank in Kazakhstan. The Kazakhstan delegates presented possible locations for the bank, including the Ulba Metallurgical Plant and presented plans to launch the project to representatives from the United States, the European Union, Norway and Kuwait which have pledged financing for the project.

Air Astana has officially opened direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Almaty with two flights per week, on Wednesday and Friday. The flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Almaty takes seven hours. The company will use Boeing 757s with 16 business class seats and 150 economy seats. A ticket costs $590, including taxes, airport fees and other charges.

Some Kazakh tourism companies have presented the country’s attractions at ITB Berlin 2013 exhibition, the Kazakh National Agency for Export and Investment Kaznex Invest under Industry and New Technologies Ministry reported on March 7. Kaznex Invest is one of Kazakhstan’s national development institutions designed to promote diversification of the national economy by creating more favorable conditions for development and advancement of Kazakhstan’s non-primary commodity exports and foreign direct investment in priority sectors of the economy.

Two Kazakhstan citizens are among the owners of London’s most expensive apartments in One Hyde Park elite residential complex. The widow of the chairman of TuranAlem bank Yerzhan Tatishev, singer Anar Aitzhanova as well as president and major shareholder of Kazakhmys corporation Vladimir Kim own apartments neighbouring those of supermodel Naomi Campbell and her boyfriend Russian tycoon Vladislav Doronin.