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News: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 -- Issue 563 http://www.newsline.kz/rss/

Kazakhstan General

Senate approves SCO Agreement on Joint Military Exercises
    Kazakhstan's Senate on Monday adopted a bill approving an agreement signed by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) members last year on joint military exercises.
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President approves Amendments to Kazakhstan Constitutional Council Law
    President Nursultan Nazarbayev has approved amendments to the Law on the Constitutional Council of Kazakhstan; Kazinform cited the Presidential press service as reporting. The President also ...
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President Nazarbayev to visit Japan on June 18-22
    President Nazarbayev will make an official visit to Japan on June 18-22, Yerzhan Ashikbaev, the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said at a ...
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Central Asian Countries discuss Ways to Enhance Public Access to Justice granted by Aarhus Convention in Astana
    Ensuring public participation in addressing environmental issues and enforcement of respective international conventions and national legislation was the topic of a two-day international conference that concluded ...
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CVFD hosts Counterparts from Kazakhstan
    Camp Verde Fire District (Arizona) hosted seven high-ranking fire chiefs for the Republic of Kazakhstan fire service Friday as part of an international information exchange program ...
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Nazarbayev says to separate Political and Administrative Government Service
    President Nazarbaev said at a June 17 International Conference at the Academy of State Governance dedicated to the main approaches for reforming government service that political ...
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Kazakhstan’s Population grows to 15.64 Million
    The population of Kazakhstan has increased by 19.3 thousand people to 15.64 million people as of May 1, 2008.
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Oil and Gas Sector

Kazakhstan boosts Oil Production by 7% in First Five Months
    Kazakhstan, the second-biggest oil producer in the former Soviet Union after Russia, has increased oil production 7.2 percent in the first five months of the year ...
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Russia, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan discuss Pipeline Project
    Russia, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan are discussing principles for implementation of a Caspian gas pipeline project. The leaders of the Turkmen Turkmengas state concern, the Russian Gazprom ...
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Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan will contribute to Caspian Oil Growth
    By 2010 oil supplies of the countries not included in OPEC will increase by 1.5 million barrels per day up to 48 million barrels. The major ...
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Finance and Investment

Samruk Holding hosts Session
    The Board of Directors of Kazakhstan Holding for State Assets Management Samruk considered and confirmed the Corporate Risk Management System Concept. Risk management is a key ...
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Fitch Rates KMG Finance Sub B.V.'s Note Programme an Expected 'BBB'
    Fitch Ratings has assigned KazMunaiGaz Finance Sub B.V.'s (KMG Finance Sub B.V) proposed global medium-term note programme of up to USD 3 billion an expected senior ...
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EBRD to support Coca-Cola in Central Asia
    The EBRD is supporting the expansion of CCI (Coca-Cola Icecek of Turkey), the exclusive Coca-cola bottler for selected countries in Central Asia, the Caucasus and the ...
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Metals and Minerals

Airbus & Ust-Kamenogorsk Titan-Manganese Complex to produce Spare Parts for Airbuses
    Ust-Kamenogorsk Titan-Manganese Complex (UKTMC), Aubert and Duval, (complex metal construction designer for the aviation and energy sector) and Airbus Corporation closed an agreement to start production ...
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Communications and Transportation

Kazakhstan's Sole Space Satellite breaks down
     Kazakhstan launched the Russian-built KazSat-1 satellite in June 2006, the first of four which it aimed to have in orbit by 2020 and which it said ...
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Astana International Airport named Best Airport in CIS Countries
    Kazakhstan's International Airport Astana (IAA), has been conferred "The Best Airport of the Commonwealth of Independent States" award in the more than one million passengers per ...
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People and Professional Development

Kazakhstan to change Civil Servants’ Wage System
     “The Kazakhstani civil servants’ wage system will change,” President Nursultan Nazarbayev said making a speech at the international scientific conference “Role of public service in the ...
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BTA Bank appoints Chairman of the Board
    In compliance with the decision of the Supervisory Council of BTA Bank (protocol 9.06.08, #19) Yuri Kolobov Vladimirovich was appointed as the chairman of the board ...
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Regional News

India looks to Central Asia for Energy
    It is unlikely that the planned massive pipeline from Iran to India will be built in the next ten years. The same is true for the ...
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TNK-BP Official defends Company in Shareholder Row
    A senior official with British-Russian oil venture TNK-BP defended the company's record on Tuesday after withering criticism of the partnership by Russian shareholders.
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Prices and Statistics

Volume and Share Index by Visor Capital
Date: June 18, 2008; Source: Visor Capital
Volume and Share Index

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Market Movers by Visor Capital
    Date: June 18, 2008; Source: Visor Capital Market Movers

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Oil and Gas Prices
    Date: June 18, 2008; Source: Bloomberg.com
Petroleum ($/bbl)
Price* Change %Change Time
Nymex Crude Future 133.47

-.54

-.40

01:53
Dated Brent Spot 131.09 .00 .00 02:20
WTI Cushing Spot 134.01 -.60

-.45

06/17
Petroleum (cent/gal)
Price* Change %Change Time
Nymex Heating Oil Future 381.00 -1.22 -.32 00:55
Nymex RBOB Gasoline Future 340.20 -1.59 -.47 01:11
Natural gas ($/MMBtu)
Price* Change %Change Time
Nymex Henry Hub Future 13.00 .05 .41 01:23
Henry Hub Spot 12.86 .13 1.02 06/17
New York City Gate Spot 13.67

.15

1.11 06/17

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Commodities
    Date: June 18, 2008; Source: Bloomberg.com
Commodity Price Change %Change Time
COPPER FUTURE (USd/lb.) 365.100 0.050 0.01 00:37
LME COPPER FUTURE (USD/MT) 8178.000 -19.000 -0.23 06/17
LME LEAD FUTURE (USD/MT) 1853.500 54.750 3.04 06/17
LME NICKEL FUTURE (USD/MT) 24190.000 230.000 0.96 06/17
LME PRI ALUM FUTR (USD/MT) 3004.750 61.000 2.07 06/17
LME ZINC FUTURE (USD/MT) 1852.000 -9.500 -0.51 06/17
GOLD 100 OZ FUTR (USD/t oz.) 884.400 -2.500 -0.28 01:54
SILVER FUTURE (USD/t oz.) 17.085 0.010 0.06 01:54

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Metal Prices
    Date: June 18, 2008; Source: Kitco.com
Silver 17.07 +0.05
Platinum 2076.00

+23.00

Palladium 461.00

+4.00

Rhodium 9,935.00 0.00

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Exchange rate
    Date: June 18, 2008; Source: the National Bank of Kazakhstan
1 USD KZT 120.72 1 CHF KZT 115.8 1 CNY KZT17.52 1 TRY KZT 97.86 10 JPY KZT 11.17
1 EUR KZT 187.1 1 AUD KZT 113.53 1 KGS KZT 3.32 1 UZS KZT 0.09
1 GBP KZT 236.68 1 CAD KZT 118.36 1 RUB KZT 5.1 100 KRW KZT 11.8

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