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News: Thursday, February 17, 2011 -- Issue 1213 http://www.newsline.kz/rss/

Article of the Day

Nazarbayev’s Visit to China to contribute to Kazakh-Chinese Strategic Partnership
    By Ruslan Suleimenov
    After being invited by Chinese President Hu Jintao, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev will make a national visit to the People’s Republic of China on February 21-23, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Ma Zhaoxu announced at a press conference on February 15.
    He said that during the visit, the president will meet President of China Hu Jintao, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, Wu Bangguo and Premier Wen Jiabao.
    The two parties will exchange opinions on deepening bilateral relations and business cooperation in various areas, as well as other international and regional issues.
    The two sides will sign a number of bilateral cooperation documents. The president will also visit Tianjin city during his trip.
    “I think this visit will promote the further strengthening of mutual political confidence, deepening business cooperation and will contribute to the development of Kazakh-Chinese strategic partnership relations,” the spokesperson explained, Kazinform states.

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Kazakhstan General

Kazakhstan's 'Godsend' Presidential Nominee
    Kazakh voters have now got something to smile about in the country's rather dull and predictable presidential election campaign.
    A colorful character with eyebrow-raising policy proposals has ...
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8 Headquarters set up in Almaty to support Nazarbayev Campaign
    By Sara Mustafina
    8 headquarters have been established in the city of Almaty to support Nursultan Nazarbayev's presidential campaign, Almaty Akim, and Chairman of the Almaty branch ...
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Oil and Gas Sector

Max Petroleum spud ASK-1 Exploration Well in Kazakhstan
    Max Petroleum has started drilling on the ASK-1 exploration well on the Asanketken prospect in Kazakhstan, Proactiveinvestors reported.
    It is the company ninth exploration well in a ...
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Eni cautious despite Jump in Profit
    By Liam Moloney
    Eni SpA said Wednesday its fourth-quarter net profit jumped 40%, lifted by its exploration and production activities amid higher crude-oil prices, although weaker natural-gas ...
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A Lifeline from Central Asia
    China has imported 5.82 billion cubic meters (cu m) of natural gas through the China-Central Asia gas pipeline since it started operating in December 2009.
    The pipeline, ...
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Small Chinese Firms buying up Kazakh, Caspian Assets
    Smaller Chinese firms are buying up Kazakh and Caspian energy assets
    Privately-owned Chinese oil firm MIE Holdings purchased a small Kazakh miner Tuesday, bolstering a trend that ...
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Finance and Investment

Masimov, National Bank clash over rising Tenge
    By Raushan Nurshayeva
    Kazakhstan's prime minister rebuked the central bank on Wednesday for allowing the tenge to appreciate too fast, locking horns with its reformist governor over ...
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Cooperation Memo on promoting Tourism signed in Almaty
    The Almaty social-entrepreneurship corporation and the Kazakhstan Tourist Organization have signed a cooperation memorandum, a press statement from the corporation says.
    The document stipulates the corporation’s participation ...
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OGCC KazStroyService (Kazakhstan) repays Bonds
    OGCC KazStroyService (Almaty) has informed the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE) via official letter of the repayment on February 15, 2011 of its bonds -- KZ2CKY05B885 (KASSb1; ...
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Bank CenterCredit reports on Analysis of Kazakhstan Mortgage Company Financial Status
    Bank CenterCredit (Almaty), the representative of holders of the following Mortgage Organization Kazakhstan Mortgage Company (Almaty) mortgage bonds:
    
    - KZ2C0Y07B224 (KZIKb6; KZT1; KZT 5.0 billion; June 1, ...
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Tenge won't strengthen Significantly - Institutional Investors
    Kazakhstan’s institutional investors say they do not expect the tenge to strenghten excessively, according to statements made during a press conference in Almaty, yesterday.
    Experts forecast ...
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Trade and Consumer Goods

Food Prices close to Record Levels Worldwide
    World Bank Chief Robert Zoellick on Tuesday said global food prices have reached "dangerous levels," and warned that their impact could complicate fragile political and social ...
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Communications and Transportation

Qatar keen to participate in Iran-Turkmenistan-Kazakhstan Railway
    Qatar is highly eager to partner with Iran, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan in the implementation of a major railway project which will connect the Central Asia to ...
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People and Professional Development

Kazakhstan appoints Air Force Commander
    Kazakhstan has been appointed a new commander for its national Air Force, Kazakhstan Today reports.
    'Alsay Dzhumanov has been appointed air force commander over Air Defense of ...
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Regional News

Russian Equity Movers - Alliance Oil, M.Video, VTB are active
    By Jason Corcoran
    The 30-stock Micex Index fell 0.2 percent to 1,692.95 by 12:41 a.m. in Moscow. The dollar- denominated RTS Index was little changed at 1,884.83.
    The ...
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Russia to develop disputed Kuril Islands
    The Russian Fisheries Agency says the country will continue to exploit waters around the disputed Kuril Islands, which are referred to by Japan as the Northern ...
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Putin killed Democracy, Opposition Leader says
    Prime Minister Vladimir Putin killed democracy in Russia and replaced it with a mafia state, opposition leader Boris Nemtsov charged on Wednesday.
    Mr. Nemtsov, a former deputy ...
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Gas Pricing key to TAPI Project
    BL reported that gas pricing will be the key to the Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India pipeline project that is expected to get India 38 million ...
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Explosion at Kyrgyz Official's Home probed
    Police are investigating an explosion at the home of a local politician in northern Kyrgyzstan, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.
    An explosive device detonated in the yard of ...
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CSTO welcomes Creation of Kyrgyz State Anti-drug Service
    By Asker Sultanov
    Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) Secretary-General Nikolai Bordiuzha praised Kyrgyzstan's creation of a State Narcotics Control Service February 16 during an official three-day visit.
    Meeting ...
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Uzbekistan - Washington must stand up for Democracy
    Commentary by Patrick Griffith
    Robert Blake, the US assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia, is scheduled to be in Uzbekistan on February 17-18 for ...
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Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan Eating Up Emergency Wheat Supplies
    By David Trilling
    Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are tapping into their strategic reserves of flour, seeking to dampen exploding wheat prices, which, according to the World Bank, have ...
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Prices and Statistics

Oil and Gas Prices
    Date: February 17, 2011; Source: Bloomberg.com
Petroleum ($/bbl)
Price* Change %Change Time
Nymex Crude Future

84.91

-.08

-.09

01:58
Dated Brent Spot 103.17 -.56

-.54

02:08
WTI Cushing Spot 84.99 .67

.79

02/16
Petroleum (cent/gal)
Price* Change %Change Time
Nymex Heating Oil Future

277.47

-.01

-.00

01:45

Nymex RBOB Gasoline Future

254.14

-.33 -.13 01:35
Natural gas ($/MMBtu)
Price* Change %Change Time
Nymex Henry Hub Future 3.92 .00 .05 01:56
Henry Hub Spot 3.93 .01 .26 02/16
New York City Gate Spot

4.21

-.05

-1.17

02/16

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Commodities
    Date: February 17, 2011; Source: Bloomberg.com
Commodity Price Change %Change Time
COPPER FUTURE (USd/lb.) 449.150 0.900 0.20 01:59
GOLD 100 OZ FUTR (USD/t oz.) 1378.900

3.800

0.28

01:59
SILVER FUTURE (USD/t oz.) 30.700

0.071

0.23

01:59

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Metal Prices
    Date: February 17, 2011; Source: Kitco.com
Silver 30.73 +0.05
Platinum 1831.00

+2.00

Palladium

841.00

+2.00

Rhodium 2,430.00

0.00

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Exchange rates
    Date: February 17, 2011; Source: the National Bank of Kazakhstan
1 USD KZT 146.36 1 CHF KZT 152.19 1 CNY KZT 22.21 1 TRY KZT 92.11 10 JPY KZT 1.75
1 EUR KZT 198.43 1 AUD KZT 146.42 1 KGS KZT 3.08 1 UZS KZT 0.09
1 GBP KZT 236.59 1 CAD KZT 148.35 1 RUB KZT 5.00 100 KRW KZT 13.1

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