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ADB operations in Kazakhstan aim to help lessen the country’s dependence on commodity exports, reduce inequalities, and address vulnerabilities associated with climate change.

Kazakhstan Resident Mission: Activities

  • 17 September 2020 ADB and Kazakhstan sign a loan agreement for a road reconstruction project

    ADB and KazAvtoZhol signed a loan agreement for the Loan 3829-KAZ: CAREC Corridors 1 and 6 Connector Road (Aktobe-Kandyagash) Reconstruction Project in the total amount of KZT 64,025,854,400. The project will help upgrading the existing two-lane highway, which connects cities of Aktobe and Kandyagash, to a divided four-lane one equipped with climate-resilient features, while constructing gender-sensitive service facilities. The project will also facilitate road safety improvement. For detailed information, read news release.

  • 30 June 2020 ADB and UNDP join forces to support Kazakhstan’s sustainable medical waste management

    Country Director Giovanni Capannelli and UNDP Resident Representative Yakup Beris signed an administrative arrangement in Nur-Sultan to allocate additional $128 thousand for a joint project to support Kazakhstan in creating a sustainable medical waste management system in response to the COVID-19 situation. The project will strengthen the capacity of the country’s health system in responding to the pandemic through the development of harmonized medical waste treatment standards, the creation of an effective healthcare waste disposal database, and the provision of knowledge solutions to medical workers. 

  • 4 December 2019 ADB holds Hackathon in Kostanay region

    ADB organized a regional challenge for local tech entrepreneurs on 3-4 December in Kostanay region. The Hackathon’s main objective was to develop an innovative ecosystem in the region and find solutions in the areas of tourism, education and smart city through an active engagement of local authorities, academia, business and startup communities. 25 teams were established and 17 of them presented their innovative ideas. 5 ideas were selected as pilots to be jointly launched with the local administration and Smart City software developers. The Hackathon that gathered 130 participants from the region was organized under ADB’s TA for the development of small and medium enterprises and entrepreneurship in Kostanay region.   

  • 25 November 2019 Workshop on mitigating GHG emissions in oil and gas sectors held in Nur-Sultan

    Country Director Giovanni Capannelli and Deputy Director of Gas Sector Department of Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Energy Kuanysh Sarsekeyev opened the Workshop organized by ADB with the help of Carbon Limits. Discussions focused on emissions’ reduction opportunities, cost-effective strategies and the role played by climate finance to help countries progress along their path toward sustainable development. More than 30 representatives of government agencies, oil and gas companies, and IFIs participated in the workshop.

  • 16 November 2019 President Nakao meets with President of Kazakhstan, reaffirms strong support

    President Nakao met on 15 November with Kazakhstan’s President Mr. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in Nur-Sultan. His visit marked 25 years of ADB cooperation with Kazakhstan. President Nakao congratulated the Government on the successful partnership and reiterated ADB’s long-term commitment to supporting the country’s development. President Nakao also met with the Prime Minister Mr. Askar Mamin, Minister of National Economy and ADB Governor Mr. Ruslan Dalenov, and Governor of the National Bank of Kazakhstan Mr. Erbolat Dossaev. He witnessed the signing of a $100 million-equivalent local currency loan to the Housing Constructing and Savings Banks of Kazakhstan to promote gender equality in housing finance. The loan will be financed by issuing local currency bonds, introducing an innovation for the whole of ADB sovereign operations. Jointly with the Mayor of Nur-Sultan city Mr. Altay Kulginov, President Nakao launched an ADB-supported clean technology project.

  • 16 November 2019 ADB supports the First Regional SDG Summit in Kazakhstan

    The Ministry of National Economy of Kazakhstan jointly with ADB and UNDP organized the First Regional SDGs Summit: Mobilizing Finance for SDGs on 15-16 November at the UN House in Almaty. Kazakhstan First Deputy Prime-Minister, Mr. Alikhan Smailov opened the Summit. The SDG activist and former President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Ms. Roza Otunbayeva gave a keynote speech.  CWRD DG Werner Liepach participated in the Summit’s Strategic Policy Dialogue session, together with UNDP’s Regional Hub Manager of Bureau for Europe and CIS, Mr. Gerd Trogermann and high-level government officials from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic. In his remarks, DG Liepach highlighted ADB’s role in promoting SDG financing in the region. This year’s discussions focused on energy, water and climate resilience.

  • 31 October 2019 ADB supports the first PPP International Forum in Kazakhstan

    Kazakhstan’s Minister of National Economy Ruslan Dalenov and ADB Country Director for Kazakhstan Giovanni Capannelli opened the first PPP international forum themed “PPP and ESG Investment Factors” that was held in Nur-Sultan City on 30-31 October. The forum discussed how PPP improves infrastructure services' performance, the challenges in mobilizing private sector participation and ADB’s financing tools for PPPs, among others. The forum was jointly organized by ADB, the Kazakhstan Ministry of National Economy and the PPP Center. It gathered over 900 participants, including senior government officials and business community from Central and West Asia.

  • 26 September 2019 ADB pledges support to Kazakhstan’s energy sector

    Country Director Giovanni Capannelli participated in the Kazenergy Forum and the Renewable Energy Summit organized as part of the Kazakhstan Energy Week on 25-26 September in Nur-Sultan. In his remarks, he highlighted ADB’s commitment to financing climate mitigation and adaptation projects under Strategy 2030, and the bank’s support to promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy in Kazakhstan and the CAREC region. During the Forum Minister of Energy Kanat Bozumbayev and Giovanni Capannelli signed an MOU structuring ADB’s future support to the country’s energy sector.

  • 10 September 2019 ADB participates in the second Green Growth Forum in Nur-Sultan

    Kazakhstan’s Vice-Minister of Environment, Geology and Natural Resources Mr. Akhmetzhan Primkulov and ADB Country Director Giovanni Capannelli spoke at the first panel session of the second Green Growth Forum. Mr. Capannelli shared ADB’s experience in supporting green finance and low carbon development and discussed the country’s taxonomy implementation challenges. The event gathered about 200 representatives of financial institutions, government agencies, international organizations and private sector.     

  • 30 August 2019 ADB supports the first Light Industry Forum and Exhibition in Nur-Sultan

    Kazakhstan’s Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development Roman Sklyar and Country Director Giovanni Capannelli spoke in a panel session that launched the first Light Industry Forum and Exhibition held on 29-30 August. Mr. Capannelli discussed the role of the light industry in the economy of Kazakhstan and ADB’s financial and technical support to the sector. The exhibition featured products of about 80 domestic producers of garments, footwear, leather, fur, home textiles and accessories. The event was organized by ADB under TRTA 8918: KAZ  Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Development Project, in collaboration with Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development and National Chamber of Entrepreneurs Atameken.


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