External news in brief

Kazakhstan and Germany have created an organisation designed to deepen economic and cultural ties between the countries. The first meeting was organised as part of the conference in Berlin themed “Kazakhstan and Germany: 27 years of partnership.” German and Kazakh diplomats, business people and a Kazakh delegation headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Yermek Kosherbayev explored priority projects in agriculture, machinery and alternative energy. Germany has invested nearly $8.5 billion in Kazakhstan, 90 percent of which is in the non-resource-based sector. German partners note stability and favourable investment climate make Kazakhstan an attractive market for foreign investors.

Representatives of KazMunayGas, Kazakhstan’s national company, and the Atyrau and Pavlodar oil processing plants visited KMG International’s production facilities and corporate centre in Romania. KMGI is an integrated international oil company operating in refining, petroleum products sales and industrial services in 11 major markets with a fuel distribution network stretching across 1,100 points in Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova and Romania. The company’s main activity is concentrated in the Black Sea region. The Kazakh delegation became acquainted with the outcomes of Change for Good, the 2012-2017 transformation programme, and the current development projects in the operational and corporate sectors, including the comprehensive modernisation of the Petromidia refinery and digitisation and introduction of the Advanced Process Control system.

Munich hosted a Small Kurultai (Kazakh for gathering) of ethnic Kazakhs leaving abroad June 7-9 to strengthen the ties between representatives of the Kazakh diaspora. “The kurultai agenda is very rich. A range of organisational aspects are to be addressed. They primarily seek to strengthen contacts with the Otandastar Fund that was recently established and the World Association of Kazakhs,” said Minister of Information and Social Development Dauren Abaev. The meeting also addressed legal initiatives meant to support Kazakh citizens abroad, including education and tourism projects.

Kazakhstan Temir Zholy Chair Sauat Mynbayev, Russian Railways General Director Oleg Belozerov and Belarus Railways head Vladimir Morozov signed the shareholder’s agreement for the United Transport and Logistics Company – Eurasian Rail Alliance that will further integrate transit traffic on Eurasian Economic Union territory and the China-Europe-China route. As part of the project, 47,600 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) were transported along the route in 2015 and more than 280,000 in 2018. During the first five months of 2019, the total volume of transit container traffic was 123,400 TEU, with 82 percent passing through Kazakhstan. The document covers issues such as company management and share circulation and defines new regulations in the dividend policy and the procedure for rotating the board chair.

The Kazakh youth football team beat the Faroe Islands 3-1 in the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Euro 2021 qualifying match in Toftir. Akmal Baktiyarov scored the first goal for Kazakhstan in the second minute and the team dominated the match in the first half. In the second half, the Kazakh team doubled its score with a second goal in the 68th minute. Faroe Island’s Stefan Radosavljevic scored his team’s lone goal in the 84th minute. The match was a good start for the country’s U-21 team at the qualifications. The championship will start June 16.