By Georgiy Voloshin (the 02/10/2013 issue of the CACI Analyst)
On September 10 and 11, Kazakhstan’s capital hosted the annual meeting of the Eurasian Forum of Emerging Markets. This non-profit organization was founded in 2005 and aims to facilitate a direct dialogue between governments and the private sector in order to establish socioeconomic conditions favorable to growth and shared prosperity. While the plenary session of the Forum was attended by such prominent world leaders as the former Prime Ministers of Italy and Israel, Romano Prodi and Ehud Olmert, as well as the former President of Poland, Alexander Kwasniewski, it was Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev who chaired the high-level meeting.
By Richard Weitz (the 18/09/2013 issue of the CACI Analyst)
The latest Steppe Eagle annual multilateral military exercise in Kazakhstan occurred from August 10-23, at the Illisky Training Center near Almaty. The exercise, held under NATO auspices, confirms that the Kazakhstani national security community wants to retain defense ties with Western countries despite their country’s deep military relations with Russia. This goal should grow in coming years as NATO winds down its combat operations in Afghanistan. In this context, sustaining Kazakhstan’s Airmobile Forces Brigade (KAZBRIG) is important for promoting interoperability between NATO and the rest of Kazakhstan’s military.
By Rafis Abazov and Arystanbek Mukhamediuly (the 04/09/2013 issue of the CACI Analyst)
Kazakhstan plans to host World EXPO under the theme “Energy of the Future” in 2017 as part of its ambitious Innovation Strategy, designed to develop skill-intensive sectors and to promote innovative businesses, especially in the alternative energy sector. In preparation for the event, the Kazakh government plans to spend between US$ 3 and 5 billion on alternative energy development and infrastructure, respectively. Opinions in the country are deeply divided. Some believe that this is an excellent opportunity to promote targeted industries and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the alternative energy sector. Others are very skeptical, considering it likely to become another white elephant with little impact on Kazakhstan’s national economy.
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