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Monday, April 18, 2022 - 1:30am

Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, April 15, 2022 – Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Kazakhstan Rule of Law program organized an investment roundtable to discuss proposals for amendments and improvements to Kazakhstan’s investment legislation.  The program is implemented by the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI), in cooperation with both the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the National Company "KAZAKH INVEST" under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

More than 50 representatives from the government, judiciary, business community, investors, and international and local experts discussed international investment jurisdiction, proposals, and suggestions in clarifying the legislative terms of "investor" and "investment activity."  These recommendations will  enhance investment legislation and provide legal guarantees in court proceedings such as investor disputes in the local courts and in the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Lawrence Hardy II opens a virtual meeting
Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 7:00am

On October 27, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and international financial institutions (IFIs) co-hosted a virtual meeting to deepen cooperation and create new initiatives for a regional electricity market. During the meeting, participants discussed the status of the Central Asia Regional Electricity Market (CAREM) and proposed rules to guide operations. 

Monday, October 18, 2021 - 3:00am

Today, the United States—through the U.S. Agency for International Development—announced $2.4 million in COVID-19 assistance for Kazakhstan. This assistance will support evidence-based decision making for vaccine deployment; advance local capacity to respond to vaccine misinformation; strengthen laboratory systems to conduct COVID-19 gene sequencing; and strengthen Kazakhstan’s vaccine readiness and delivery.

Lawrence Hardy II Arrives as USAID Regional Mission Director to Central Asia
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 12:45am

The U.S. Mission to Kazakhstan is pleased to announce Lawrence Hardy II, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, has arrived in Almaty as the new Regional Mission Director for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Central Asia. Mr. Hardy will lead USAID’s regional programs across Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. USAID Administrator Samantha Power administered the oath of office at USAID Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

USAID announces New Central Asia Trade Activity
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 8:00am

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new $19 million five-year activity, USAID Trade Central Asia, that will be implemented in Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The new trade activity will build on USAID’s decades of achievements facilitating regional trade, enterprise development, and regional connectivity. USAID Trade Central Asia will take a facilitative approach towards three strategic objectives, providing the public and private sector with technical assistance to achieve these goals.

USAID's 11th Annual Central Asia Trade Forum
Monday, October 4, 2021 (All day)

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the eleventh annual Central Asia Trade Forum, an international event promoting regional trade and connectivity across Central Asia and beyond focused on post-COVID recovery and resilience in the region. This five-day virtual event includes over 80 distinguished speakers from around the world including Central Asia and the United States and 3,500 participants representing 42 countries.

Roundtable in Nur-Sultan
Friday, September 24, 2021 - 5:30am

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Kazakhstan Rule of Law Program, implemented by American Bar Association/Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI), in cooperation with the Committee for Civil Society Affairs under the Ministry of Information and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan (MISD), organized a roundtable in Nur-Sultan to discuss legal regulations pertaining to non-commercial organizations (NCOs) in Kazakhstan. The roundtable provided a platform to discuss the current MISD initiative to develop a new draft law addressing long-standing issues in the legislation governing the activities of NCOs in Kazakhstan.

Consequences of the drought in Kazakhstan
Friday, September 24, 2021 - 12:45am

Earlier this month, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $100,000 in immediate assistance to support people affected by the ongoing drought in Mangystau Oblast in Kazakhstan. USAID has provided a $100,000 grant to the Red Crescent of Kazakhstan to support the most vulnerable groups of the population affected by the drought in the Mangystau region.

Screenshot from the roundtable
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 4:45am

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) joined other international donor organizations active in Kazakhstan at a roundtable event hosted by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Murat Zhurebekov, First Vice Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Aliya Shalabekova, Vice Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Odile Renaud-Basso, EBRD President, and  Peter Young, USAID Acting Regional Mission Director, were among the participants in the roundtable. The event was conducted in a mixed online and in-person format.

Media
Friday, September 10, 2021 - 2:30am

From September 10 to 12, 2021 over 400 media specialists from countries across Central Asia are coming together for the third annual Central Asian Media Festival hosted by USAID-funded Central Asia Media Program. The online media festival enables local journalists to share ideas and discuss the most pressing issues and challenges faced by media in the region.

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Last updated: February 16, 2021

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