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Kazakh, Chinese and Russian Companies Unite on Polyethylene Production Plant

On April 19, a meeting was held between Magzum Mirzagaliyev, Chairman of the Board of KazMunayGas, Zhao Dong, President of the China Petrochemical Corporation (SINOPEC), and Mikhail Karisalov, Chairman of the Board of Russia’s SIBUR LLC. In the presence of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Olzhas Bektenov, the parties signed a tripartite protocol officially finalizing SINOPEC's entry into the joint construction of the first integrated gas chemical complex for polyethylene production in Kazakhstan’s Atyrau region. Costing around $7.7 billion, comprising investments of 40%, from KazMunayGas, 30% from SINOPEC 30%, and 30% from SIBUR, the plant will have the capacity to manufacture 1.25 million tons of polyethylene per year, equivalent to 1% of that produced globally. Speaking at the event, Bektenov emphasized the importance of the project due to its focus on the production of high value-added products. According to a report issued by his press office, a gas separation complex (GSC) will be built in Tengiz to supply ethane via pipeline to Karabatan in the Atyrau region to enable the new plant to produce 22 grades of polyethylene using Chevron, Phillips and Univation’s. licensed technology. The use of polyethylene is expansive ranging from medicines, prosthetics and syringes, to plastic wear-resistant pipes, construction materials, car parts, bulletproof vests and clothing for astronauts. It is also commonly employed in the food industry. Scheduled for completion by 2029, the plant’s target markets include Kazakhstan, CIS countries, China, Turkey, and Europe.

Kazakhstan To Increase Number of Female Police Officers

Kazakhstan's Ministry of Internal Affairs plans to increase the number of female police officers in the country to 750, to support the adoption of new laws on domestic violence. Commented the deputy minister for internal affairs Igor Lepekha: "We have female investigators specialized in investigating violence against girls and women. They conduct the initial inquest. We have studied international experience in this matter, we were supported by regional akims [regional administration]. Unfortunately, there are questions about the financing of the program." Earlier this year the police created a special unit to combat domestic violence. It is into that unit that the additional female officers will be recruited. Kazakhstan has adopted a new law on domestic violence, which toughens liability for criminal acts of domestic violence committed against women and children.

Carlsberg Expands Production in Kazakhstan

Kazakh Invest has announced that Danish company Carlsberg is to open a new factory in Almaty to produce non-alcoholic beverages worth $50 million. In preparation of its launch, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Nazira Nurbayeva, Chairman of Kazakh Invest, Yerzhan Yelekeyev, and First Vice President for Central and Eastern Europe of the Carlsberg Group, Lars Lehmann met on 18 April. During the meeting, Lars Lehmann thanked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan for its support at all stages of the project and pledged the company’s commitment to furthering cooperation with Kazakhstan. Outlining the benefits afforded by the initiative, he reported that the new production facility in Almaty will help ensure 100% localization of brewing and non-alcoholic products for the Kazakh market and in addition, create opportunities for export to Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Armenia. Regarding the company’s existing business in Kazakhstan, Lehmann stated, "Over the past years, Carlsberg Kazakhstan LLP has been consistently included in Kazakhstan's Top 50 largest taxpayers. Our regional hub is also located here. Over the past two years, the share of local raw materials used in our products has increased from 30% to 65% and in the future, should rise to 80%." Carlsberg Kazakhstan currently provides jobs for some 500 employees in Almaty and over 2,000, in distribution companies across Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan Seeks EU Assistance in Sustainable Water Management

On April 18, Kazakh Prime Minister Olzhas Bektenov chaired the 14th meeting of the Kazakhstan-European Union dialogue platform attended by heads of diplomatic missions of EU member states and top managers of several European companies. Referencing the country’s devastating spring floods and the importance of expanding partnership with EU countries for the development of a sustainable water infrastructure, Bektenov stated, "The scale and consequences of the natural disaster require from us radically new approaches for the proper use of resources and avoidance of similar incidents in the future.” Bektenov emphasized that Kazakhstan is especially interested in the best practices of European countries and companies, and welcomed discussions in which delegates shared their experience in the introduction of water-saving technologies and the development of the agro-industrial sector. In turn, Ambassador of the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan, Kestutis Jankauskas, reported, "The water issue is a priority of our cooperation with Central Asia. Like other natural resources, water must have its price in order to be used efficiently. This will stimulate the introduction of more efficient technologies, and many European companies are ready to work in this direction." Having confirmed the EU’s readiness to transfer knowledge and technologies in the field of sustainable management of water basins and rivers, Mr Jankauskas announced that cooperation on agriculture and water management will be a focus of this year’s bilateral agenda.

Central Asia’s Scorecard on Women’s Rights and Welfare

Women's rights differ significantly around the world, with progress varying greatly from one country to another. Some states have advanced gender equality significantly through strong legal systems and policies while others are hindered by cultural norms and a lack of political commitment. In Central Asia, each of the young nations has shown a different level of progress on women's rights and welfare, which requires consideration in individual, regional and global contexts. Kazakhstan’s new and comprehensive law on strengthening protections for women and children’s rights, adopted on April 15 to international fanfare,  highlighted the larger issue of women’s status in Central Asia. The legislation was driven by a 2023 Presidential Decree for a Human Rights Action Plan that brought Kazakhstan in compliance with OECD standards. Another piece of relatively recent positive news from the region came in April 2023 when Uzbekistan’s parliament passed new legislation specifying domestic violence as a criminal offense under the law and strengthening 2019 provisions that indirectly address domestic violence. Yet even when there are laws in place to protect women, ensuring their implementation remains critical. For this to happen, laws should first clearly define what constitutes domestic violence so that crimes can be classified and prosecuted as such. As a benchmark, OECD standards close gaps in legally prosecuting such violence by encompassing this classification to include domestic violence against women and children. Kazakhstan has conformed to this norm in its new legislation and thus holds the best practice in the region. Furthermore, to facilitate enforcement and implementation, Kazakhstan’s recent efforts include placing women in key administerial positions in the police force dealing with violent crimes against women. At a larger scale, the country’s Family and Gender Policy foresees increasing the share of women at decision-making levels across the public and private sectors to 30%. Backing this narrative on Kazakhstan’s upward trajectory from a cultural and social perspective, UNDP’s Gender Social Norms Index Report in 2023 found that Kazakhstan has the lowest levels of gender bias in the region (and incidentally was ranked above the United States in the Gender Inequality Index, which utilized 2021 data as shown below).   The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2023 also shows significant progress in women’s empowerment in Kazakhstan, which jumped 18 positions in one year to 62nd place globally, particularly through eliminating gender gaps in education levels and increasing women’s political and economic participation.   Two other Central Asian countries have some form of legislation concerning domestic violence against women on paper, but progress on their implementation has not always been encouraging.  Kyrgyzstan, for instance, adopted legislation on domestic violence in 2003 as well as a new law on this issue in 2017, which has strengthened protection for victims and sought to improve enforcement mechanisms. But according to reports, the legislation has proven difficult to enforce, and perpetrators may still avoid punishment. In 2013, Tajikistan also passed a law that specifically addressed domestic violence and included measures for its prevention, protection, and punishment. This, too, appears to...

Kazakh Military to Receive Transport Plane From Airbus

The world's largest aerospace company Airbus is preparing to deliver its first military transport aircraft to Kazakhstan. The A400M Atlas aircraft will be used by the Ministry of Defense. Airbus recently published a video on its website which shows how the aircraft has been painted for the Kazakh Ministry of Defense. The airliner will begin test flights in the near future. In 2021 Kazakhstan placed an order for a pair of four-engine military transport aircraft. It was subsequently reported that the country intends to use these airliners together with other vessels from the military fleet. Kazakhstan will become the ninth country to operate this type of aircraft -- and the first foreign customer since 2005.  The A400M is already in use in Turkey, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Malaysia and Luxembourg. The first of the two airplanes, bearing tail number MSN139 and service number 21, is intended to be delivered to the country by the end of this year. The second airliner is scheduled for delivery in 2025. The A400M can carry 116 fully equipped paratroopers and 37 tons of cargo at a time. It quickly transforms into a flying hospital with accommodations for 66 stretchers.

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