Kazakhstan

Afghan president reported to have fled with helicopters full of cash amid chaotic scenes at airport

Ben Aris in Berlin August 16, 2021

Taliban appear to be standing back to allow the evacuation effort, while fear grips Kabul.

Russian e-commerce major Ozon signs agreement with Kazpost to deliver parcels

bne IntelliNews August 16, 2021

Russian e-commerce major Ozon is expanding its presence in Kazakhstan. In August, Ozon began delivering orders to 2,000 post offices around the country in a partnership with Kazpost that will increase pick-up 20-fold.

President flees as Kabul falls to Taliban

Ben Aris in Berlin August 15, 2021

Kabul fell to Taliban forces on August 15 with almost no fighting, completing the Islamic fundamentalists' recapture of Afghanistan in just six weeks since the US pulled out.

The Taliban's resurgence in Afghanistan is headache for China

Ben Aris in Berlin August 14, 2021

The rapid recapture of almost all of Afghanistan by the Taliban only weeks after the US pulled out is a major headache for China, but Beijing has already moved to recognise the fundamental Islamic movement in an effort to quickly end the fighting.

Kazakh retail sales up 7.2% y/y in Jan-July

bne IntelIiNews August 12, 2021

Kazakh retail sales jumped by 7.2% y/y in January-July, reaching a value of Kazakhstani tenge (KZT) 6,482.8bn ($15.28bn), according to latest data published by Kazakhstan's State Statistics Committee.

Kazakhstan suffers from acute shortage of doctors

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet August 10, 2021

The COVID-19 outbreak has compounded a problem caused by low salaries.

Climate change is shortening Central Asia’s growing season – study

Eurasianet July 27, 2021

It’s bad news for plans to expand farming, but even worse for herders.

bneGREEN: EU takes carbon pricing initiative with CBAM

bne IntelliNews July 27, 2021

The EU on 14 July unveiled the details of its proposed Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, which aims to protect EU CO2 emitters from carbon leakage by making exporters to the EU market pay for the CO2 they produce.

Kazakhstan bans agro exports amid drought

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet July 27, 2021

The measure may help herders suffering a massive die-off, but will disrupt supply chains that local farmers have been building for years.

bneGREEN: Global investors turn to green energy and away from fossil fuels

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 21, 2021

The world’s largest global debt and equity investors are continuing to invest in renewable energy despite the pandemic, driven by the wealth of investment opportunities, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis said.

CONFERENCE CALL: Afghanistan crucial to rebuilding ties between Central and South Asia

Clare Nuttall in Tashkent July 16, 2021

There is strong political will to forge trade, transport and energy links between Central and South Asia, but achieving this depends on restoring peace in Afghanistan.

bneGREEN: Drought causes mass livestock die-offs and irrigation water shortages in Central Asia

bne IntelIiNews July 15, 2021

Studies detect shifts in precipitation patterns in the Tian Shan mountains that supply region with much of its freshwater.

bneGREEN: BlackRock raises $250mn to fund climate transition in emerging markets

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 13, 2021

BlackRock has raised $250mn from a consortium of ten institutional investors, governments and charities for its flagship blended finance fund, which aims to help emerging market economies reduce carbon emissions.

bneGREEN: EU carbon pricing set for radical reforms

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 13, 2021

The European Commission is to publish legislation on July 14 that will detail the EU’s plans, dubbed “Fit for 55,” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% from 1990 levels by 2030 as part of wider reforms to European energy and climate laws.

Kazakhstan unveils ambitious green-hydrogen project

Zholdas Orisbayev for Eurasianet July 9, 2021

Kazakhstan hopes to build the world’s largest green-hydrogen project, which could – in the distant future – help Nur-Sultan meet its clean-energy promises.

Kazakhstan’s golden man gets the Oliver Stone treatment

Joanna Lillis for Eurasianet July 9, 2021

From the man who brought you Platoon, Wall Street and Born on the Fourth of July comes a blockbuster, new eight-part documentary series about… the former president of Kazakhstan.

bneGREEN: CEE surfs the green bond wave

Robert Anderson, and bne IntelliNews reporters July 9, 2021

Issuance has been impressive but in some countries green bonds are still to get off the ground, while in others there is a shortage of high-yield, local currency or 'dark green' issues.

Kazakh annual CPI inflation at 7.9% in June

bne IntelliNews July 7, 2021

Analysts predict bank could intervene in second half to bring inflation closer to its 4-6% target corridor.

bneGREEN: What is green?

bne IntelliNews July 6, 2021

Defining green energy and indeed green investments is not an exact science, Determining just how green each of the various energy sources are gets complicated once you start digging into the details.

ING: OPEC+ fails to come to a deal

Warren Patterson ING’s Head of Commodities Strategy July 6, 2021

The standoff between the UAE and the rest of OPEC+ continues, with Monday’s meeting cancelled. In theory this means that OPEC+ output will remain unchanged in August, which would be bullish for prices in the short term.

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