GOVERNMENT WEEKLY REVIEW: Fuel export banned till Jan 1 2010. N. Nazarbayev attends Orenburg Forum of inter-regional coop.
ASTANA. September 11. KAZINFORM /Anar Zhumabekova/ The Government of Kazakhstan has held a regular sitting this week to review the results and future plans of socioeconomic development of the country. Several program documents will undergo drastic optimization. One of them is the State program of forced industrial -innovative development for 2010-2014, according to Minister of Industry and Trade Asset Issekeshev who addressed the meeting. The program is supposed to enhance the competitive ability of Kazakhstan's economy in a long-term perspective, and increase the country's GDP by 50% till 2015. According to the Minister, the state program will provide concessional financing of projects, grant support and facilitate export and proper Kazakhstani content and ensure demand. The Government has decided to introduce temporary ban on export of gasoline. "We have everything prepared for the harvesting, the only problem being deficit of gasoline AI-80", Minister of Agriculture Akylbek Kurishbayev informed at the Government meeting. In this regard he requested the Government to temporarily ban fuel export. Prime Minister Karim Massimov signed the Governmental Resolution on introduction of temporary ban on export of petrol and diesel fuel from the territory of Kazakhstan. This Resolution is expected to ensure stabilization of the domestic market of oil products. Thus, export of petrol is prohibited till January 1, 2010. Diesel fuel will not be exported till November 1, 2009. 4.9 million tons or 25% of crop have been harvested to date which is 1 centner per hectare more than in 2008, according to Minister of Agriculture Akhylbek Kurishbayev. North Kazakhstan region has fuel and equipment ready for the harvesting, but is waiting for favorable weather. Kostanay region has already harvested 34% of crop, North Kazakhstan region - 11%, Akmola region - 12%. The weather forecast promise good weather to speed up the pace of harvesting some of these days. Estonian Prime Minister paid an official visit to Kazakhstan this week. The agenda of the meeting included issues on interaction in the spheres of transport, education and science, dialogue within international organizations and global and regional security. "I am accompanied by the largest delegation in the history of Kazakhstan. This manifests big interest of Estonian investors in Kazakhstan", Andrus Ansip said. Ansip had meetings with the leadership and chief executive officials of Kazakhstan. According to the foreign guest, Estonia could share experience in information communication services and production of electric power from kerogen shales. There is huge potential to intensify and promote business-relations between the two countries. Kazakhstan can supply uranium to the Estonian atomic power stations, said Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov at the meeting with Andrus Ansip. "If Estonia decides to build an atomic power station, perhaps we could study the issue of uranium supply for the Estonia atomic power stations", K.Massimov said. The Premier noted that the concluded agreements will allow increasing trade-economic potential between the two countries. Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip also suggested that Estonia might provide assistance in strengthening relations between Kazakhstan and the EU. "In Kazakhstan 54 per cent out of all foreign direct investments are from the EU. Estonia as the EU member can assist in strengthening relations between Kazakhstan and the EU. I am convinced that these good relations are very important for Kazakhstan and the EU, including Estonia", the Estonian Prime Minister emphasized. Head of the State Nursultan Nazarbayev received Estonia guest Andrus Ansip and discussed the prospects of bilateral trade-economic cooperation. Both spoke for activation of the relations and speeding up the creation of the Kazakh-Estonian Intergovernmental Commission on trade-economic cooperation. "I conveyed the greetings from Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves to President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his invitation to visit our country. Nursultan Nazarbayev is famous and honorable person in Estonia", Andrus Ansip said at the briefing after the meeting. Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has had a trip to Orenburg where he met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the VI Inter-regional Cooperation Forum. The issues of trade-economic cross border, cultural, humanitarian cooperation, and interaction in the field of fuel and energy complex and transport are on the agenda of the Forum. Heads of the regions of Kazakhstan and Russia and heads of the state departments of the two countries also took part in the Forum. Nursultan Nazarbayev voiced several proposals. He noted that almost all organizational issues regarding the project of the Caspian Pipeline Consortium have been resolved. "I think the responsible authorities and companies of our countries should complete the work on approval of the CPC expansion project by the shareholders till the year-end", the Head of the State said. According to him, all issues with the shareholders are solved. "All that is needed is to complete necessary formalities", he added. Nursultan Nazarbayev also proposed to speed up construction of the Caspian gas pipeline. "Implementation of this project will allow ensuring additional supplies of Kazakh-Turkmen gas to Russia. I believe it is in our common interest", said the President of Kazakhstan. Nursultan Nazarbayev proposed his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev to extend the duration of the citizens' stay in Kazakhstan and Russia without registration. "The duration of stay of other countries' nationals in Kazakhstan is 30-90 days. I think we should extend it to 30 days in order to give them time to settle their issues", N. Nazarbayev said. Dmitry Medvedev in turn agreed with the proposal. The Kazakh leader again brought up the issue of construction of Eurasia shipping canal from the Caspian Sea to the Black Sea. According to him, the project must be studied thoroughly; the results of examination must be submitted to the countries' presidents. "To my mind the project will allow delivering goods from Central Asia, Kazakhstan as well as China and other regions directly through the Russian territory which will also be beneficial for some regions of Russia", Nazarbayev said. In reply Dmitry Medvedev said a report on the project will be ready in February-March 2010. A number of documents have been signed between the Kazakh and Russian Governments in the course of the VI Interregional Cooperation Forum. The new agreements include construction and further exploitation of the Unit 3 of the Ekibastuz GRES-2 Power Station, elaboration and implementation of joint work programs in military and technical cooperation in behalf of the two countries' Armed Forces, cooperation in joint control of the Kazakh-Russian state border. Early this week President Nazarbayev paid one-day working visit to Aktobe on the occasion of the city's 140th anniversary. The President took part in the opening ceremony of Water-Green Boulevard, visited newly-opened tennis center, participated in the ceremony of launching the construction of the Western Europe - Western China transport corridor and congratulated the residents on the remarkable date of the city. "I came to participate in the events dedicated to the 140th anniversary of Aktobe. From a small country town Aktyubinsk has turned into a half-million city. Today all the countries of the world talk about the financial crisis, but we have created 400,000 jobs, 33,000 of which were provided in Akobe oblast. We open new businesses. We build roads. The corridor from China to Europe will pass through Aktobe", the Head of the State said.