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News: April 2007

GOVERNMENT HELD SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT COUNCILS SESSION

A session of the Council for Sustainable Development of Kazakhstan has been held today in the Astana Ukimet Uyi under the chairmanship of Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov, Kazinform has learnt from the PMs press service.According to Education and Science Minister of Kazakhstan Zhanseit Tuimebayev, it is necessary to develop three basic directions for achieving the goals, set by President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev concerning sustainable development of our country. They are: training of high - qualified specialists of the technical and intellectual labor, access to the global information and its adaptation in Kazakhstan.

The participants of the session paid a lot of attention to the ecological education development.

Mr. Massimov set a number of instructions during the sitting. They are: promotion of implementation of education principles taking into account the positions and concepts of the transformation to the sustainable development and Strategy of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe; preparation of the information about the progress Kazakhstan achieved in the sphere of education for the sustainable development of Kazakhstan and table it at the conference of the ministers of the UN European Economic Commission.

An issue concerning effective utilization of the renewable resources and energy for the Kazakhstans sustainable development was considered there too.

According to Environmental Protection Minister Nurlan Iskakov, rational utilization of the natural resources is very actual question of the sustainable development of Kazakhstan. The renewable resources of Kazakhstan are land, water, biosphere and biological and etc.

Source: KAZINFORM, 13.04.2007

EBRD TO PROVIDE 30 MLN EUROS FOR KYRGYZ PROJECTS IN 2007-2008

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development proposes to finance a total of 30 million euros worth of investment projects in Kyrgyzstan in 2007-2008.

Daniel Berg, head of the EBRD's office in the republic, told Interfax that the bank's board of directors plans to consider a strategy for Kyrgyzstan in 2007-2008 at a meeting on Thursday. This strategy involves 11-12 projects worth 25 million-30 million euros.

He said that in the coming years the financial sector, telecommunications, production of construction materials and agriculture would be attractive. The EBRD is also considering financing projects in tourism and real estate and there are also plans to participate in the implementation of state orders for the construction of roads, gas pipelines and municipal housing without government guarantees, on condition that the necessary legislative conditions are created, he said.

According to Berg, in November last year the EBRD completed a two- year program in the republic. In 2006-2006 the bank financed 20 projects worth 25 million euros. The most interesting area was micro-financing for institutions in the non-banking sector, he said, adding that this is a new product. In total since 1994 the EBRD has financed 44 projects in Kyrgyzstan worth a total of 172 million euros.

Source: KABAR, 13.04.2007

KAZAKHSTAN'S GDP GROWS MORE THAN 10% IN 1Q07

Kazakhstan's gross domestic product (GDP) grew more than 10% in the first quarter of 2007, the press service of the Kazakhstan presidential press office said Thursday.

Energy-rich Kazakhstan projects its GDP growth to stand at 8.6% in 2007. Last year, Kazakhstan's GDP expanded 10.6%.

"Stable macroeconomic growth is a solid foundation for building the rate of Kazakhstan's integration into the world economy. In particular, in the first quarter of 2007, GDP increased more than 10% while output grew 11% in the manufacturing industry and 19% in the production of machinery and equipment. Nominal wages of Kazakh citizens increased 26% in the first quarter of this year," the press office said, Kazinform cites RIA Novosti.

Source: KAZINFORM, 13.04.2007