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News: Friday, May 26, 2017 -- Issue 2745 http://www.newsline.kz/rss/

Article of the Day

OPEC extends agreement on oil production cut, Kazakhstan holds back
    OPEC countries have decided to extend the agreement on oil production reduction by the end of March 2018, Kuwait's Oil Minister Essam Al-Marzouk said before the ...
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Kazakhstan General

Kazakhstan: deprivation of citizenship for grave crimes
    A new legislation that has been initially approved by the deputies of the Kazakh Parliament, said the Minister of Justice of Kazakhstan Marat Beketayev on May ...
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Nazarbayev University to hold Eurasian Higher Education Leaders’ Forum
    The Nazarbayev University (NU) will bring together researchers, practitioners and university leaders May 31 to discuss modern education. The yearly event attracts industry heads from Kazakhstan ...
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Stormy weather persists in various parts of Kazakhstan
    Unstable weather is predicted for western, southeastern regions of the country on Friday with rains and thunderstorms to hit some areas on May 26, Kazhydromet says. ...
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Expo-2017

EXPO 2017 pavilions to be ready in time - BIE Deputy Secretary General
    EXPO-2017 will surprise everybody, believes Deputy Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) Dimitri Kerkentzes, Kazinform has learned from the press service of Astana ...
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USA pavilion to showcase America's 'infinite energy' at Expo 2017
    The USA Pavilion held its official 'send-off' to Expo 2017 Astana, Kazakhstan at an event in Washington, D.C., featuring U.S. and Kazakhstani representatives previewing the world's ...
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Oil and Gas Sector

Kazakhstan set to agree to limit oil production, but on new conditions
    OPEC and non-OPEC producers, including Kazakhstan, were set to meet in Vienna May 25 to renew the deal limiting oil production for an additional six months. ...
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KazTransOil to transport up to 1M tons of Kashagan oil in 2017
    KazTransOil JSC plans to transport up to a million tons of oil from the Kashagan oilfield, Kazinform correspondent reports."In 2016, the company transported 117,000 tons of ...
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Russia, Kazakhstan negotiate oil transit to Uzbekistan
    Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak has negotiated with Energy Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kanat Bozumbayev, the transportation of Russian oil to Uzbekistan via the ...
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Petrofac executive suspended amid fraud probe
    Shares in Petrofac have dived almost 30% after the oilfield services firm suspended its chief operating officer Marwan Chedid amid a fraud inquiry.
    The Serious Fraud Office ...
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UAE Gains Edge In $165 Billion Caspian Oil & Gas Market
    The United Arab Emirates has spearheaded the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) initiative to increase its presence in the Caspian Sea nations—Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan - all ...
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Med Crude-Urals diffs stable despite the sharp fall in June exports
    Urals differentials were unchanged after the release of the June loading plan on Thursday that showed exports from Baltic ports will fall more than expected, but ...
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Oil remains weak after OPEC-led output cut extension falls below expectations
    Oil markets remained weak on Friday after tumbling in the previous session when OPEC and allied producers extended output cuts but disappointed investors betting on longer ...
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Early 2017's peak British gas prices less likely this winter season
    British wholesale gas prices this coming winter are seen unlikely to reach the peaks hit in January due to more expected liquefied natural gas supply and ...
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Finance and Investment

UNPF to invest in companies of Apple and Facebook level
    The head of the Kazakh National Bank, Daniyar Akishev, told about further investments of the UNPF funds, the correspondent of MIA Kazinform reports.
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Perpetrators use new money laundering schemes: Federal Financial Monitoring Service of Russia
    Perpetrators use new money laundering schemes, create hundreds of firms, transfer money through dozens of countries, said Director of the Federal Financial Monitoring Service of Russia ...
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KASE day session: USDKZT_TOD = 310.63
    The day foreign currencies trading session ended on Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE). No trading in instruments USDKZT_SPT, EURUSD_SPT and USDKZT_0_002 was held on KASE today due ...
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Bank RBK says Standard & Poor's upgraded short-term rating of bank to B, ratings placed on CreditWatch Negative
    Bank RBK (Bank) says Standard & Poor's (S&P) upgraded the short-term credit rating of the Bank from "C" to "B". The long-term credit rating of the ...
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Government considers the issue of creating a Startup hub in Astana
    A meeting in the Government chaired by the Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev was held on the creation of the Startup Hub in Astana within the framework ...
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Sagintayev takes part in the work of the Council of CIS Heads of Governments and the EAEU IC in Kazan
    On May 25, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev arrived with a working trip in Kazan to participate in the meetings of the Council of CIS Heads of ...
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Metals and Minerals

Kazakhstan: metal exports up in Q1 2017
    In January-March the volume of foreign trade in Kazakhstan amounted to $16.8 billion, up by 24.2% YoY.
    Exports increased by 30%, to $10.8 billion, and imports – ...
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ArcelorMittal proposes to reconsider the retirement age for miners
    General Director of JSC "ArcelorMittal Temirtau" Paramjit Kahlon made a proposal to the Government of Kazakhstan to revise the retirement age for miners, the correspondent of ...
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Metalysis signs metal additive manufacturing partnership with Autonomous Cluster Fund of Kazakhstan
    Metal powder development company, Metalysis has today signed a metal additive manufacturing partnership with the Autonomous Cluster Fund of Kazakhstan.
    A signing ceremony was held in Astana, ...
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Uniquely designed industrial gear units supplied to Kazakhstan gold mine
    An order for 31 MC Series industrial gear units for a major gold mining project in Kazakhstan represents one of the largest orders of its kind ...
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Central Asia Metals Ltd raised to GBX 290
    Central Asia Metals Ltd (LON:CAML) had its price objective raised by Peel Hunt from GBX 270 ($3.51) to GBX 290 ($3.77) in a report issued on ...
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8th International Mining and Metallurgical Congress and the Astana Mining & Metallurgy exhibition - AMM-2017 held in Astana
    Mr. Mamin, the first Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and Mr. Kelimbetov, the Manager of the Astana International Financial Centre will present overview ...
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London copper near highest in three weeks
    Copper hovered near its highest in three weeks on Friday, supported by supply concerns after news of further disruption at Indonesia's Grasberg, one of world's biggest ...
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Gold dips as dollar steadies after oil price slump
    Gold edged lower early Friday as the dollar steadied due to weakness in commodity currencies after an extension of output curbs by OPEC and other producing ...
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China, the King of Coal, is getting gassy
    With factories and power plants across China burning half the world’s coal, the government’s latest targets for using more natural gas to ease the country’s worsening ...
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Trade and Consumer Goods

Some oblasts of Kazakhstan started active crop planting works
    Agrarians in the Akmola, Kostanay and North Kazakhstan oblasts of Kazakhstan started actively developing the crop planting campaign, declared the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic ...
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Kazakh linseed supplied to Vietnam for the first time
    Linseed exports from Kazakhstan totaled 21.1 KMT in March 2017, down 23% from February (27.4 KMT) and up more than 55% from March 2016 (13.6 KMT). ...
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Inspections intensified on Astana food markets
    A meeting on food security and sanitary- epidemiological welfare of the population in run up to EXPO-2017 was held in Astana municipal administration under the chairmanship ...
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Vital Smoothies provides vitamins while receiving support
    Vital Smoothies use cold-press technology to produce thick, 100-percent natural juices with pulp from fresh fruits, berries and vegetables. The process, which preserves natural taste, colour ...
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IGC slashes grain stocks forecast, citing industrial demand for corn
    The International Grains Council cut its forecast for world grain stocks at the end of next season to a three-year low, citing increased expectations for industrial ...
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Communications and Transportation

Astana will have river station and taxi
    In Astana, there will be a river-boat station and a river taxi. The construction site for it has already been chosen, Kazpravda.kz reports with reference to ...
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Republic of Kazakhstan and People’s Republic of China to increase joint container transportations in European direction
    On May 23-24, the head of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy Kanat Alpysbaev during a trip to China held talks with representatives of the People’s Government of the ...
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International passenger forum to be held in Astana in September 2017
    An international passenger forum is planned to be held in early September 2017 in Astana.
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Kazakh Upper House okayed agreement with Russia on railway transportations
    At the plenary session, Kazakhstan’s Senate adopted the Law "On Ratification of the Protocol on Amendments to the Agreement between the Governments of Kazakhstan and Russian ...
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Shares of Air Astana to be offered at IPO to Kazakh investors
    The shares of Air Astana company will be sold to Kazakhstani investors at the IPO, said Berik Beisengaliyev, managing director on assets optimization Samruk-Kazyna.
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Kazakhstan shakes up TV rules
    Kazakhstan’s Information & Communications Minister, Dauren Abeyev says that the state’s public broadcasting channels – terrestrial and satellite – are not competitors to each other.
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Almaty hosts 8th annual forum on Internet development in Central Asia
    The OSCE-supported eighth annual Central Asian Forum on Internet Development began in Almaty on May 24, the OSCE said in a release.
    Some 150 government officials, representatives ...
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Regional News

China calls for greater push on high-end manufacturing
    China will step up efforts to boost high-end and intelligent equipment manufacturing, and accelerate innovations in sensor and control system as well as industrial software to ...
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Foreign investment in Russia’s state debt exceeds 30%
    The share of foreign capital in Russia’s state debt has surpassed 30%, compared to 22.3% of non-residents in federal loan (OFZ) bonds last year, Izvestia daily ...
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New centre of Bishkek with 2 skyscrapers worth $160 million planned to be constructed
    A new centre in Bishkek with 2 skyscrapers worth $160 million is planned to be constructed in the southern part of Bishkek city, representative of a ...
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Dollarisation of credit portfolio of Kyrgyzstan's banking sector hits 'historic low' – Central Bank
    The dollarisation level of credit portfolio of Kyrgyzstan's banking sector decreased by 10.5% year-on-year in 2016 and amounted to 44.5%, Tazabek reported citing the National Bank's ...
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World Bank helps meet growing Uzbekistani energy demand
    An extraordinary statue of a man pushing a huge stone block dominates the Qarshi Steppe en route to Samarkand.
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Uzbekistan produces cosmetics using South Korean technology
    A presentation of Uzbekistan’s first cosmetics plant built in partnership with South Korea was held in Tashkent, the Jahon information agency reported.
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Tajikistan: airlines running into fuel troubles
    A lack of fuel supplies to Tajikistan’s airlines is reportedly forcing the carriers to perform layovers at foreign terminals during long international flights.
    The problem appears to ...
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Prices and Statistics

Commodities
    

Date: May 26, 2017; Source: Bloomberg.com

Energy

Index Units Price Change %Change Contract Time (EDT) 2 Day
USD/bbl. 48.60 -0.30 -0.61% Jul 2017 1:23 AM
USD/bbl. 51.22 -0.24 -0.47% Jul 2017 1:23 AM
USd/gal. 161.00 +0.07 +0.04% Jun 2017 12:51 AM
USD/MMBtu 3.19 +0.01 +0.22% Jun 2017 12:35 AM
USd/gal. 154.59 -0.50 -0.32% Jun 2017 12:47 AM
 
Index Units Price Change %Change Contract Time (EDT) 2 Day
USD/t oz. 1,261.50 +1.70 +0.13% Aug 2017 1:22 AM
USD/t oz. 1,258.21 +2.54 +0.20% N/A 1:33 AM
USD/t oz. 17.18 -0.02 -0.10% Jul 2017 1:20 AM
USd/lb. 259.40 -0.35 -0.13% Jul 2017 1:21 AM
USD/t oz. 950.99 +3.18 +0.34% N/A 1:33 AM
Index Units Price Change %Change Contract Time (EDT) 2 Day
USd/bu. 369.00 -0.25 -0.07% Jul 2017 1:20 AM
USd/bu. 430.75 0.00 0.00% Jul 2017 1:13 AM
USD/MT 1,877.00 -17.00 -0.90% Jul 2017 5/25/2017
USd/lb. 73.00 -0.22 -0.30% Dec 2017 1:20 AM
USd/lb. 121.40 +1.48 +1.23% Aug 2017 5/25/2017
 

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Exchange Rates
    

Date: May 26, 2017; Source: the National Bank of Kazakhstan

1 USD KZT 310.57 1 CHF

KZT 319.35

1 CNY

KZT 45.23

1 TRY KZT 87.19 1 JPY KZT 2.78
1 EUR

KZT 348.58

1 AUD

KZT 232

1 KGS KZT 4.58 100 UZS KZT 8.14 1 BYN KZT 167.83
1 GBP KZT 402.16 1 CAD KZT 231.22 1 RUB KZT 5.52 100 KRW KZT 27.76 1 UAH KZT 11.82

 

 

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