ADB visits Kazakhstan's Kyzylorda region, speaks at VIII Baikonur Invest Forum
Country Director Giovanni Capannelli visited the Kyzylorda region to meet with government officials and participate in the VIII Baikonur Invest Forum. The Country Diector met with Kyzylorda Governor Krymbek Kusherbayev to discuss possible ADB operations in urban development, water management systems, and agriculture. The Governor expressed interest in receiving ADB support under Kazakhstan's new CPS for 2017-2021 as a pilot region.
ADB discusses support to SMEs at the V CICA Business Forum
Country Director Giovanni Capannelli participated in the “Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia” Fifth Business Forum in Astana. In his remarks, Mr. Capannelli highlighted the importance of SMEs development for improving Kazakhstan's competitiveness and promoting economic diversification. He also explained ADB's readiness to continue its support to SMEs under the 2017-2021 Country Partnership Strategy with a focus on promoting women entrepreneurs in rural areas.
ADB speaks about career opportunities at Nazarbayev University
Country Director Giovanni Capannelli participated in a career week at Nazarbayev University's Graduate School of Business. He briefed the students about ADB's mission, the way it operates, and its employment opportunities, including the Young Professionals Program and Internship Program.
ADB shares experience in governance and public management at Nazarbayev University
ADB Technical Advisor Gambhir Bhatta made a presentation on ADB’s work on governance and public sector management at the Graduate School of Public Policy of Nazarbayev University (GSPP) in Astana. GSPP and ADB also discussed collaboration on knowledge work.
ADB meets with Deputy Governor of East Kazakhstan region
On 18 October, KARM CD Giovanni Capannelli and ADB’s Technical Advisor (Governance) Gambhir Bhatta met with Deputy Governor of East Kazakhstan region/oblast Kuat Tumabayev and other officials in Ust-Kamenogorsk city to discuss opportunities for ADB’s operations in the region and forthcoming work on governance risk assessment. The assessment is being prepared to inform ADB’s 2017-2021 Country Partnership Strategy for Kazakhstan.
National media visit ADB-supported road project in Mangistau oblast
Representatives from national media participated in a press tour on 3-4 October to learn about ADB's support in transport sector and contribution to regional cooperation under the CAREC program. The journalists witnessed construction works of the Aktau-Shetpe road section, met with a resettled family, and visited the Aktau sea port.
Public Lecture on Inclusive Growth is Held at Nazarbayev University
Professor Ravi Kanbur of Cornell University gave a public lecture entitled "Inclusive Growth and National Policies" at Nazarbayev University in Astana, as part of ADB’s study on Good Jobs for Inclusive Growth in Central and West Asia. The lecture was organized during the bank's mission to Kazakhstan discussing the study’s preliminary findings and policy recommendations to address local issues and perspectives.
ADB Vice-President Meets Kazakhstan Prime-Minister
Kazakhstan Prime-Minister Karim Massimov met with ADB Vice-President Wencai Zhang in Astana to discuss the country's development challenges and priorities. The Vice-President also met with National Economy Minister Kuandyk Bishimbayev, Finance Minister Bakhyt Sultanov, Investment and Development Minister Asset Issekeshev, and other senior officials to discuss the new Country Partnership Strategy currently being prepared. The Vice-President, in his statement at the Astana Economic Forum, stressed the importance of regional cooperation initiatives, private sector development, and diversification as drivers of sustainable growth. He also visited ADB-funded SME projects.
Urban Development Mission Visits Kazakhstan
The mission met with Mr. Krymbek Kusherbayev, Governor of Kyzylorda Region, other government officials, and development partners to discuss the preparations for ADB's technical assistance for integrated urban development in Kyzylorda Region, and other opportunities in urban sector. They also met with the Almaty city administration and Almaty Development Center to discuss potential urban projects under the CAREC program for the Almaty-Bishkek Economic Corridor Initiative.
Annual Portfolio Review Meeting
ADB and Ministry of National Economy held an annual portfolio review meeting to discuss the performance of the country portfolio in 2015, cross-sectoral issues, and measures to address them. Representatives of executing and implementing agencies participated in the meeting.