ADB supports regional workshops for rural women entrepreneurs across Kazakhstan
ADB and Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs successfully organized workshops on development of women entrepreneurship in five regions of Kazakhstan starting from 23 May 2019. Similar workshops aimed at improving the financial, legal and business literacy of rural women entrepreneurs will be held in nine other regions of the country until the end of the year. The workshops are financed by ADB's technical assistance project Strengthening Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Finance Project.
ADB speaks on renewable energy development in Kazakhstan
In his speech at the Solar Fest Qazaqstan, Country Director Giovanni Capannelli shared ADB’s views on measures required for scaling up investments in solar and other renewable projects in Kazakhstan, in particular stressing the need to bring the power purchasing agreement closer to international standards. Solar Fest Qazaqstan is an international forum on renewable energy organized by Ministry of Energy and Solar Power Association of Kazakhstan.
ADB and UNDP agree to scale up joint support to SDGs in Kazakhstan
Country Director Giovanni Capannelli and UNDP Resident Representative Yakup Beris,signed a $200,000 administrative arrangement in Nur-Sultan aimed at supporting the nationalization and localization of SDG in Kazakhstan. ADB and UNDP are also assisting the government prepare its SDGs’ Voluntary National Review to be presented at the United Nations’ High-Level Political Forum in July 2019 in New York. The new arrangement scales up to $600,000 an ongoing ADB-UNDP ongoing collaboration in helping the country create a national platform for SDG implementation.
ADB signs the first Knowledge Partnership Agreement in Kazakhstan
Country Director Giovanni Capannelli and the Corporate Fund “NAC Analytica” Chairperson Aktoty Aitzhanova signed a Knowledge Partnership Agreement (KPA) in Nur-Sultan. It is the first ADB’s KPA in Kazakhstan, which is aimed to help promote high-quality research and policy dialogue on entrepreneurship and SME development. “NAC Analytica” is a non-profit think-tank established within Nazarbayev University to carry out research and analytical work on topical issues for Kazakhstan and Central Asia.
Strategic Planning Workshop held in Nur-Sultan
ADB jointly with Kazakhstan’s Ministry of National Economy organized a Strategic Planning Workshop in Nur-Sultan as the first of the key events to commemorate the 25th anniversary of ADB-Kazakhstan partnership. Director General of Strategy and Policy Department Tomoyuki Kimura introduced ADB’s Strategy 2030, Vice-Minister Madina Zhunusbekova gave an overview of Kazakhstan's Strategy 2025, and Country Director Giovanni Capannelli spoke about ADB's role in supporting innovation and knowledge in Kazakhstan. About 30 high-level representatives of government and quasi-public sector agencies participated in the workshop.
ADB conducts country portfolio review
ADB organized a country portfolio review meeting with the representatives of Ministry of National Economy, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development and Damu Entrepreneurship Development Fund. The parties discussed the main performance indicators such as contract awards and disbursements and the status of 2018 action plan implementation, and agreed on suggested actions for 2019.
Promoting women's economic empowerment in Kazakhstan
A workshop on Women's Economic Empowerment was held through ADB's partnership with the State Commission on Women and UN Women. The event, supported by regional technical assistance on Strengthening Gender-Inclusive Growth in Central and West Asia, discussed challenges and opportunities in women's employment and entrepreneurship. ADB Kazakhstan Resident Mission Country Director Giovanni Capannelli gave the opening remarks. The Kazakhstan Country Gender Assessment was launched during the event in Nur-Sultan.
ADB joins the discussion on improvement of Kazakhstan’s investment policy
Сountry Director Giovanni Capannelli participated in the meeting organized by the Ministry of the National Economy on the improvement of state investment policy. The representatives of international development institutions, state agencies, and research institutions shared ideas and proposals on improving the investment climate in Kazakhstan. Ministry of National Economy briefed the participants about the new initiatives to improve the investment policy, including the establishment of a permanent Investment Council within the Ministry to be headed by the First Vice-Minister of National Economy Ruslan Dalenov.
ADB holds anticorruption training in Kazakhstan
About 50 representatives of anticorruption agencies from Asia and the Pacific learned about preventing corruption in public procurement on 6-8 November in Astana. Conducted under the Anticorruption Initiative, the training covered corruption-free procurement, integrity risks, and technologies to prevent corruption. Kazakhstan State Secretary Gulshara Abdykalikova and Minister of Finance Alikhan Smailov welcomed the delegates.
ADB speaks about the role of microfinance in Central Asia
ADB Country Director Giovanni Capannelli gave a keynote speech on the role of microfinance institutions in developing a sustainable finance sector at the 8th Central Asian and Caucasus Microfinance Forum held in Almaty. He shared the ADB’s experience and perspective under Strategy 2030 and discussed challenges and opportunities in strengthening the microfinance sector in Kazakhstan.