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News: Wednesday, July 05, 2017 -- Issue 2774 http://www.newsline.kz/rss/

Note From the Editor

Happy Astana Day!
    Kazakhstan Newsline would like to wish all its valued Members a great Astana Day!
    The next issue of the Kazakhstan Newsline daily digest will be published Monday, July 10, 2017.
    the Kazakhstan Newsline Team.

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Article of the Day

New round of Syrian peace talks begins in Kazakhstan
    A fifth round of talks on ending the six-year Syrian conflict began in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, focused on shoring up a plan for safe zones in ...
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Kazakhstan General

Kazakhstan population reaches 18 million
    Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced at the recent Fifth World Kurultai of Kazakhs that Kazakhstans population had reached 18 million.
    In 1991, when Kazakh independence was declared, ...
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Kazakhstan has huge tourism potential, says UNWTO Secretary General
    World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Secretary-General Taleb Rifai said during the June 26-27 Tourism and Future Energy: Unlocking low-carbon growth opportunities conference in Astana that Kazakhstan has ...
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Kazakh Senate elections fair and transparent, say international observers
    Sixteen senators representing 14 regions as well as Astana and Almaty were elected June 28 to the upper chamber of the Kazakh Parliament in elections which ...
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Strong heat, rains, thunderstorms, and hail expected in Kazakhstan
    On July 5, with the passage of frontal sections, on the most part of Kazakhstan, weather will remain unstable with rains and thunderstorms in some places. ...
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Japanese MP praises Kazakhstan's global initiatives
    Majilis Speaker Nurlan Nigmatulin has received today a delegation from Japan led by member of the House of Representatives in the Diet and Japanese politician Takeo ...
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Expo-2017

Italian engineering companies eye benefit of EXPO 2017 meetings
    Italy and Kazakhstan have been loyal trade partners for more than 25 years and the business council established in 2007 provided insight into the economies and ...
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Trump congratulates Nazarbayev on hosting Astana EXPO-2017
    U.S. President Donald Trump has extended his congratulations to Kazakhstani counterpart President Nursultan Nazarbayev on the occasion of hosting Astana EXPO-2017, Kazinform has learned from the ...
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Oil and Gas Sector

Shymkent refinery completes first stage modernisation
    On June 30, the Shymkent Refinery commissioned a large process facility, which is the isomerisation unit for light gasoline fractions with a pre-hydrotreating block and produced ...
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Med Crude-Urals differentials rise in Mediterranean on higher demand
    Urals differentials in the rose on Tuesday on healthy demand for cargoes loading in late July and limited availability of Aframaxes ex-Novorossiisk, traders said.
    The final loading ...
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Brent crude stabilises near $50 a barrel
    Oil prices flirted with both positive and negative territory on Tuesday, hovering around $50 a barrel on tentative signs that a persistent rise in U.S. crude ...
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IEA chief Birol: Oil market to rebalance in second half of 2017
    The global oil market is expected to rebalance in the second half of 2017, but further output increases among key producers such as Nigeria and Libya ...
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Finance and Investment

Income from Kazakhstan's privatisation campaign to make $4-7 billion: minister
    Income from the privatisation campaign will make $4-7 billion, Minister of National Economy of Kazakhstan Timur Suleimanov told a government meeting on privatization on July 4. ...
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The level of annual inflation stays unchanged at 7.5%
    According to the published data of the Committee on Statistics, consumer inflation in June slowed by 0.1 pp to 0.4% mom. The price increase in annual ...
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Kazkommertsbank appoints new Chairman of Management Board
    Kazkommertsbank JSC has announced appointment of the new Management Board, Kazinform reports.
    The bank also appointed new Chairman of the Management Board.
    "By resolution of the ...
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KASE day session: USDKZT_TOM = 322.44
    The day foreign currencies trading session ended on Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE). USDKZT_TOD, EURUSD_TOD, USDKZT_0_001 and USDKZT_0_002 were not traded today on KASE due to the ...
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Metals and Minerals

Investors are circling Polymetal International: what do the numbers tell us?
    The Price to book ratio is the current share price of a company divided by the book value per share. The Price to Book ratio for ...
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Nickel falls on abundant supplies, mine closure prospects fade
    Nickel prices fell on Tuesday on expectations of plentiful supply from Indonesia and the Philippines, while industrial metals were mostly lower as investors took profits following ...
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Gold rises as N. Korea missile launch boosts safe-haven appeal
    Gold prices rebounded from seven-week lows on Tuesday after North Korea fired a missile into Japanese waters, raising geopolitical tensions and boosting bullion's safe-haven appeal.
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Trade and Consumer Goods

Kazakhstan exported more grain and less flour in May
    According to the Ag Ministry of Kazakhstan, the country exported 444.2 KMT of grain in May 2017, or 25.8% more than in the same month last ...
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Agriculture of Kazakhstan
    Agriculture has a significant, but a decreasing importance in the economy of Kazakhstan. Since 2010, the share of agriculture in the economic output is under 5%, ...
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Futures: hefty Russian supplies but brakes on wheat rally
    With US markets closed, European grain investors looked east.
    And the view was, for bulls, not so appealing.
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Communications and Transportation

Road traffic rules changed in Kazakhstan
    President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed the law "On Amendments and Additions to Some Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Road Traffic" aimed at further improving ...
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Beeline Kazakhstan to modify its pay-TV offer
    Fixed operator 2Day Telecom, working under the Beeline Kazakhtan brand, has modified its pay-TV packages. The title of TV60 package has been changed to TV70. The ...
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2 launches from Baikonur spaceport scheduled for July
    The works related to the launching campaigns for commercial launches and the International Space Station program are in progress at the Baikonur space port, Kazinform correspondent ...
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Air Astana named Best Airline in Central Asia and India
    Air Astana, Kazakhstans national carrier, won the Best Airline in Central Asia and India award at the June 20 Skytrax World Airline Awards at the Le ...
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Culture and Society

Astana hosts ethnic music festival
    Tamikrest gave a concert featuring incredible guitar mastery as part of their world tour June 24 during the Spirit of Astana, an ethnic music festival held ...
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Regional News

Chinese leader says his visit to Russia was successful
    Chinas President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday his current visit to Russia was very fruitful as it will give a fresh impetus to the development of ...
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Chinese yuan to get green light in Russia
    The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and the China Development Bank (CDB) have agreed to set up a fund in yuans for investing in joint projects ...
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China to enhance macro prudential management to contain financial risk
    China will enhance macro prudential management to prioritise prevention and control of financial risk, according to the central bank.
    More efforts will be made to increase analysis ...
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Rosneft to offer share in Russkoye field to ExxonMobil
    US oil giant ExxonMobil, which suspended operations on Russias shelf due to the infamous sanctions, may get access to the countrys reserves on shore. Russias Rosneft ...
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Tesla sees 25% sales increase in Russia over first five months of 2017
    Sales of Tesla electric cars in Russia surged 25% in January - May 2017 to 15 vehicles, Autostat analytical agency said on Monday in its research.
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Uzbekistan to hold first joint military drills with Russia since 2005
    Russian and Uzbekistan armed forces will hold the first joint military exercises since 2005 in Uzbekistan this autumn, Russian media reported.
    The Russian and Uzbek militaries will ...
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Tajikistan to host exercise to strengthen peace in region
    The United States' largest annual exercise with Central Asian forces is coming to Tajikistan in July.
    Forces from US Central Command (CENTCOM), along with troops from ...
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Prices and Statistics

Commodities
    

Date: July 5, 2017; Source: Bloomberg.com

Energy

Index Units Price Change %Change Contract Time (EDT) 2 Day
USD/bbl. 46.98 -0.09 -0.19% Aug 2017 12:27 AM
USD/bbl. 49.55 -0.06 -0.12% Sep 2017 12:25 AM
USd/gal. 152.67 -0.81 -0.53% Aug 2017 12:09 AM
USD/MMBtu 2.99 +0.04 +1.22% Aug 2017 12:19 AM
USd/gal. 151.65 +0.37 +0.24% Aug 2017 12:04 AM
 
Index Units Price Change %Change Contract Time (EDT) 2 Day
USD/t oz. 1,226.80 +7.60 +0.62% Aug 2017 12:28 AM
USD/t oz. 1,227.47 +4.05 +0.33% N/A 12:38 AM
USD/t oz. 16.14 +0.05 +0.30% Sep 2017 12:27 AM
USd/lb. 268.45 -0.85 -0.32% Sep 2017 12:27 AM
USD/t oz. 913.08 -0.57 -0.06% N/A 12:37 AM
Index Units Price Change %Change Contract Time (EDT) 2 Day
USd/bu. 388.50 +7.50 +1.97% Sep 2017 7/3/2017
USd/bu. 555.00 +29.00 +5.51% Sep 2017 7/3/2017
USD/MT 1,958.00 +18.00 +0.93% Sep 2017 7/3/2017
USd/lb. 67.15 -0.30 -0.44% Dec 2017 12:09 AM
USd/lb. 115.75 -0.55 -0.47% Aug 2017 7/3/2017
 

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Exchange Rates
    

Date: July 5, 2017; Source: the National Bank of Kazakhstan

1 AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR AUD / KZT 244.97  
1 AZERBAIJAN MANAT AZN / KZT 189.4  
10 ARMENIAN DRAM AMD / KZT 6.73  
1 BELARUS ROUBLE BYN / KZT 165.57  
1 BRAZILIAN REAL BRL / KZT 97.64  
10 HUNGARIAN FORINTS HUF / KZT 11.87  
1 HONG KONG DOLLAR HKD / KZT 41.29  
1 GEORGIAN LARI GEL / KZT 134.88  
1 DANISH KRONA DKK / KZT 49.2  
1 UAE DIRHAM AED / KZT 87.78  
1 US DOLLAR USD / KZT 322.37  
1 EURO EUR / KZT 365.83  
1 INDIAN RUPEE INR / KZT 4.98  
1000 IRANIAN RIAL IRR / KZT 9.91  
1 CANADIAN DOLLAR CAD / KZT 248.05  
1 CHINESE YUAN CNY / KZT 47.41  
1 KUWAIT DINAR KWD / KZT 1064.28  
1 KYRGYZIAN SOM KGS / KZT 4.66  
1 MALAYSIAN RINGGIT MYR / KZT 75.04  
1 MEXICAN PESO MXN / KZT 17.7  
1 MOLDAVIAN LEY MDL / KZT 17.86  
1 NORWEGIAN KRONA NOK / KZT 38.51  
1 POLISH ZLOTY PLN / KZT 86.21  
1 SAUDI RIYAL SAR / KZT 85.97  
1 RUSSIAN ROUBLE RUB / KZT 5.44  
1 SDR XDR / KZT 447.71  
1 SINGAPORE DOLLAR SGD / KZT 233.2  
1 TAJIKISTAN SOMONI TJS / KZT 36.88  
1 THAI BAHT THB / KZT 9.48  
1 TURKISH LIRA TRY / KZT 90.81  
100 UZBEKISTAN SUM UZS / KZT 8.16  
1 UKRAINIAN GRIVNA UAH / KZT 12.39  
1 GREAT BRITAIN POUND GBP / KZT 416.89  
1 CRECH KORUNA CZK / KZT 14.02  
1 SWEDISH KRONA SEK / KZT 37.76  
1 SWISS FRANC CHF / KZT 333.96  
1 SOUTH AFRICAN RAND ZAR / KZT 24.38  
100 SOUTH KOREAN WON KRW / KZT 28.05  
1 JAPANESE YEN JPY / KZT 2.85  

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