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News: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 -- Issue 1517 http://www.newsline.kz/rss/

Article of the Day

Lukashenko, Nazarbayev meet in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and President Nursultan Nazarbayev met informally at Belovezhskaya Pushcha in Minsk on 12-13 May, BelTA learned from the Belarusian presidential Press Office.
    The day before the official part of Nazarbayev's visit to Belarus, the two leaders held informal talks in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
    Alexander Lukashenko received his Kazakhstani counterpart at his residence Viskuli. "The two heads of state had a warm conversation, took a walk to see landmarks and protected sites of the national park," the statement said.
    It was noted that Belarus' unique natural potential, its reserves and national parks are a solid foundation for developing cooperation in tourism and ecological rehabilitation, Kazinform learned from BelTA.
    The two presidents discussed a wide range of bilateral issues on the eve of the official talks in Minsk.
    The agenda for the official visit includes a meeting with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko where the heads of state will discuss prospects for all-round cooperation for the two countries, investment and trade relations between Belarus and Kazakhstan as well as within the Single Economic Space.
    The presidents intend to discuss the economic cooperation program for 2009-2016, large joint projects in industry and other areas of cooperation, namely energy, transport and logistics, education, science and culture, as well as agriculture.
    They plan to share opinions on a large number of issues on the international agenda, cooperation in various integration associations and international organizations, regional security issues in the CSTO.
    The two sides are expected to sign a number of documents to lay a foundation for further development of interstate relations, Gazeta.kz states.

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Kazakhstan General

Kazakhstan's population rises 0.4 percent over three months
    By D. Mukhtarov
    As of April 1, 2012, Kazakhstan’s population hit 16.74 million people, the State Statistics Agency reports.
    “The country’s population was 16.73 million people, including an ...
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Minsk, Astana to cooperate vs using human rights for political purposes
    Belarusian and Kazakhstan have agreed to jointly counter attempts to use human rights issues for exerting political pressure, the Belarusian president's press office said while summarizing ...
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CSTO leaders adopt final declaration
    CSTO Leaders adopted final Declaration
    "The Heads of State of the CSTO member countries discussed further strengthening collective security measures," President Nursultan Nazarbayev told an expanded session ...
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Oil and Gas Sector

KazMunaiGas EP profit up in Q1 on high oil price
    Kazakh oil producer KazMunaiGas Exploration Production said on Tuesday net profit rose 27 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2012 due mainly to higher oil ...
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Activists occupy Almaty street with Zhanaozen photos
    By Joanna Lillis
    A quiet residential street in Almaty got an up-close look at death and destruction on May 15: It was adorned with a collection of ...
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CPC June export program set at 2.4 million tons
    By Sarah Kent
    Crude oil exports through the Caspian Pipeline Consortium, or CPC, are scheduled at 586,156 barrels a day in June, according to a provisional loading ...
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SINOPEC LPEC selects AEG power solutions for Atyrau Refinery Project
    AEG Power Solutions announced today that its Chinese subsidiary has signed a contract with SINOPEC LPEC (Luoyang Petrochemical Engineering Company) to provide all power supply equipment ...
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Finance and Investment

Samruk to consider exiting BTA following 2nd debt restructuring
    Samruk Kazyna Sovereign Wealth Fund will consider exiting the BTA Bank’s ownership structure after the second debt restructuring has been finalized, the Fund’s Director for Financial ...
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Kazakhstan bad-Loan Fund Insufficient to Mend Banks, Fitch Says
    By Nariman Gizitdinov
    The Kazakh central bank’s problem- loan fund may provide only “marginal” relief to asset quality and will be challenging to implement, Fitch Ratings said.
    “Without ...
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Astana Islamic conference to address global environmental issues
    Astana is hosting the fifth Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers on May 17-18 under the aegis of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), Kazakh ...
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Kazakhstan’s GDP at 5.6% in Jan-March 2012
    “Kazakhstan’s GDP reached 5.6% volume for January - March 2012,” Director of the Kazakh Statistics Agency Alihan Smailov told a briefing.
    “Real GDP increased by 5.6% compared ...
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AEF to host discussion on global economic challenges, prospects
    Kazakhstan's capital will host the 5th Astana Economic Forum (AEF) on 22-24 May 2012.
    The event will convene distinguished politicians, leading experts, and scholars from all ...
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Metals and Minerals

ArcelorMittal Kazakh unit slows output after fire
    By Robin Paxton
    ArcelorMittal has reduced production at the main steelmaking unit of its plant in Kazakhstan after a fire on Tuesday killed two people, the company's ...
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Astana to launch gold refinery construction for KZT 4.5 billion
    A construction project for a new oil refinery will be launched in Astana at the New City Astana special economic zone industrial park.
    Chief of the Tau-Ken ...
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Trade and Consumer Goods

Kazakh foreign trade surplus up 11.2 percent in first quarter
    Kazakhstan’s foreign trade surplus amounted US $12.9 billion in QI 2012, up 11.2 percent year-on-year, the State Statistics Agency reported on Monday.
    Foreign trade expanded 34.1 percent ...
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Novosti says Kazakh grain exports to be 12 million tons by July
    By Nariman Gizitdinov
    Kazakhstan’s grain exports may reach about 12 million metric tons this marketing year, Novosti- Kazakhstan reported, citing the Agriculture Ministry.
    The country exported 9.6 million ...
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People and Professional Development

Three senior hires strengthen Troika Dialog’s investment banking franchise
    Troika Dialog, one of the leading full-service investment houses in the CIS today announces the appointment of three senior bankers to its Investment Bank: Steve Kale ...
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Education

Duke, University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon partner with Nazarbayev University
    By Hal Foster
    Kazakhstan’s Nazarbayev University, whose partners include Duke, the University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Mellon, has ambitious plans for its third year, including starting ...
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Culture and Society

Almaty residents want gender equality more than other Kazakhstani citizens
    Almaty residents want gender equality more than other Kazakhstani citizens, Tengrinews.kz reports, citing analyst Daniya Altayeva as saying during a session at the Institute of Political ...
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Pharmaceutical and Healthcare News

Cancer number two in childhood deaths in Kazakhstan
    Experts from the Research Institute of Oncology and Radiology have said cancer is the second major cause of childhood mortality, KTK TV said.
    Today, nearly 1,300 children ...
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Regional News

Ready for dual challenge, EBRD holds annual meeting in London
    EBRD prepares to start operations in Mediterranean while continuing to invest at crisis-response volumes in Europe and Asia
    At a time when credit is scarce and economic ...
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Prices and Statistics

Volume and Share Index by Visor Capital
    Date: May 16, 2012; Source: Visor Capital
Volume and Share Index

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Market Movers by Visor Capital
    Date: May 16, 2012; Source: Visor Capital Market Movers

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Oil and Gas Prices
    Date: May 16, 2011; Source: Bloomberg.com
Petroleum ($/bbl)
Price* Change %Change Time
Nymex Crude Future

92.64

-1.34

-1.43

01:46
Dated Brent Spot 110.96 -0.76

-0.68

01:57
WTI Cushing Spot 93.98 -0.80

-0.84

05/15
Petroleum (cent/gal)
Price* Change %Change Time
Nymex Heating Oil Future

291.30

-2.00

-0.68

01:35

Nymex RBOB Gasoline Future

292.84

-1.57 -0.53 01:44
Natural gas ($/MMBtu)
Price* Change %Change Time
Nymex Henry Hub Future 2.51 0.01 0.36 01:45
Henry Hub Spot 2.40 0.00 0.00 05/15
New York City Gate Spot

2.49

-0.02

-0.80

05/15

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Commodities
    Date: May 16, 2012; Source: Bloomberg.com
Commodity Price Change %Change Time
COPPER FUTURE (USd/lb.) 347.850 -3.900 -1.11 01:45
GOLD 100 OZ FUTR (USD/t oz.)

1,535.900

-21.200

-1.36

01:45
SILVER FUTURE (USD/t oz.) 27.435

-0.645

-2.30

01:45

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Metal Prices
    Date: May 16, 2012; Source: Kitco.com
Silver 27.34 -0.38
Platinum

1423.00

-4.00

Palladium

589.00

-2.00

Rhodium 1,325.00

0.00

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Exchange rates
    Date: May 16, 2012; Source: the National Bank of Kazakhstan
1 USD KZT 148.00 1 CHF KZT 158.36 1 CNY KZT 23.43 1 TRY KZT 81.99 10 JPY KZT 1.85
1 EUR KZT 190.17 1 AUD KZT 147.87 1 KGS KZT 3.15 1 UZS KZT 0.08 1 BYR KZT 0.02
1 GBP KZT 237.79 1 CAD KZT 147.78 1 RUB KZT 4.88 1 KRW KZT 12.84 1 UAH KZT 18.42

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