External news in brief

President Nursultan Nazarbayev sent a telegram of congratulations to Giorgi Margvelashvili, following his election on Oct. 27 as President of Georgia. In addition to wishing President-elect Margvelashvili good health and success, President Nazarbayev said, “I am convinced that the mutually-advantageous cooperation between Kazakhstan and Georgia will continue to develop in the spirit of mutual trust and respect for the good of the peoples of both of our countries.”

On Nov. 7, President Nazarbayev sent a telegram of congratulations to Emomali Rakhmon on the occasion of his re-election as President of Tajikistan and expressed confidence ties between the two countries will continue to strengthen.

The fourth meeting of the Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan Intergovernmental Council co-chaired by Kazakhstan Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov was held in Bishkek on Nov. 4. The sides discussed the status and prospects for development of cooperation in the water power sector, financial and investment sphere, agro-industrial complex and transport industry. Akhmetov emphasised the importance of the meeting, saying it “will give an additional impetus to bilateral relations.” The Prime Minister of Kazakhstan noted “the mutual desire of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to address urgent issues on the water and energy sector, gas, transport, agriculture and environmental problems. During the previous meeting we identified the promising areas of joint work to deepen trade and economic cooperation. I think that in the course of this meeting we will discuss all these issues and find a mutually beneficial solution.” Kyrgyzstan Prime Minister Zhantoro Satybaldiyev noted the relevance of the Intergovernmental Council meeting agenda, which reflected the trends of the socio-economic development of the two countries. Satybaldiyev named the priority areas of bilateral cooperation with Kazakhstan. “We are interested in the supply of natural gas from Kazakhstan and the supply of oil and oil products. Kyrgyzstan is interested in the development of cooperation with Kazakhstan in the sphere of efficient use of water, electricity exports and the parallel operation of the power system,” said Satybaldiyev. A Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between the Ministry of Finance of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Finance of Kyrgyzstan, and a protocol of the fourth meeting of the Kazakh-Kyrgyz Intergovernmental Council were signed after the meeting. The fifth session of the Intergovernmental Council will be held in 2014 in Astana.

Oleg Pereverzev from the Chick Flick musical group, a virtuoso pianist from Kazakhstan, has been invited to appear on Britain’s Got Talent Show. His first audition will take place on Nov.19 in London. Britain’s Got Talent (BGT) is a British television talent show competition, which started in June 2007 and originated from the Got Talent franchise. Pereverzev became famous after uploading several videos of himself playing classic compositions in an unusual way on YouTube. One of his videos shows him playing the Flight of the Bumblebee of Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov on two instruments at the same time. Another video shows him performing Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 from back to front. One of his videos has garnered more than one million views. The piano virtuoso was distinguished by the organisers of a Russian TV show A Minute of Fame. Pereversev failed to reach the final of that show because jury member and Russian actor Stanislav Sadalsky slammed his first performance by saying that the musician was off key. A few months later, Pereverzev was invited to participate in the Ukraina Mae Talant 5TV show (Ukraine’s Got Talent). The pianist reached the final, during which he received a standing ovation. For that performance he used eight musical instruments. He played the keyboards with his back to the instrument, blindfolded and from above and sideways. The Chick Flick band was founded in 2009 as a live-band performing cover versions of popular hit songs. The band consists of a vocalist Aisulu Koishinova, composers Eduard Bergaliyev and Balgan Ayazbayev, guitar player Arman Boyaubayev and Pereverzev.

The designs of 25-year old Victoria Yurchenko from Almaty have been entered into the shortlist for the British Designers Society’s International Design Awards2013. More than 30 countries participate in the contest every year. Winners are selected in 14 categories. “I am participating in the Residential Visualization category. I found out about the contest through the Internet when there were only two weeks left before the application submission deadline and I had no designs ready at that point. Fortunately, an idea came to me right away. I designed and made a visualisation of the interior called The Fiery Autumn,” Yurchenko said. The contest’s jury, which includes famous designers, selected the participants for the first stage. The second stage – the people’s choice – lasted until Oct. 11 on the contest’s website. The winners will be announced on Nov.29 during a ceremony at The Dorchester Hotel in London. New opportunities and contracts from world class agencies will be offered to the winners of the contest.