FG Presents Scorecard in Fight against Corruption

By Chuks Okocha

Ripples from the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index Report 2012, which ranked Nigeria as the 35th most corrupt nation out of 176 countries surveyed has forced the President Goodluck Jonathan government to release what could be described as the scorecard of the administration in its fight against corruption. READ MORE

Presidential Summit Drives Kazakhstani-French Relations Forward

By Richard Weitz

During his recent visit to France on November 21–23, Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev met with his counterpart Francois Hollande for the first time since Hollande became French president in May 2012. The successful encounter showed that Hollande wants to continue the high level of cooperation between the two countries that his predecessor, Nicholas Sarkozy, had initiated (Tengri News, November 22). READ MORE

Underground Oligarch’s Empire Destroyed

By Alina Kantor

The story of escaped oligarch from Kazakhstan Mukhtar Ablyazov is getting to its logical ending. Almost all his team has been arrested, and the criminal himself is hiding from British justice.  READ MORE

Kyrgyzstan and eurasian integration: minimizing the related risks


By Andrei Kazantsev

Currently Kyrgyzstan is working on joining both the Customs Union of the Eurasian Economic Community and the Common Economic Space of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan (Kyrgyzstan is a longstanding EurAsEc member). READ MORE

Kazakhstan isn’t changing priorities in its foreign policy: President Nazarbayev

Kazakhstan isn’t changing priorities in its foreign policy, President Nazarbayev stated  when speaking at a solemn meeting to celebrate the 21th anniversary of the nation’s independence. READ MORE

Participation of Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan in Southern Corridor for gas to Europe to bolster their sovereign independence – Congress

Participation of Turkmenistan and possibly Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in the Southern Corridor for gas to Europe would bolster their sovereign independence, according to a new report by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s GOP staff titled “Energy and Security from the Caspian to Europe”, reported Silk Road Newsline. READ MORE

What Do We Know About Janaozen Events?

By Victor Gott

December 16th, 2012 is the anniversary of sadly famous event in Kazakhstani city Janaozen, which gained broad fame, as on thoroughly developing island of peace and security unfavorable precedent took place.  READ MORE

Silk Wind Project in Central Asia and South Caucasus Gains Speed

By Richard Weitz

In recent months, Kazakhstan and Georgia have joined with Azerbaijan and Turkey to make considerable progress in their Silk Wind Project, which aims to construct a high-speed, multimodal container transportation system for freight shipments between the countries of Europe, the Caucasus and Asia. According to the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Kazakhstan, the participating countries plan to introduce a single tariff for the transportation of goods within the project as well as share more preliminary information between their customs authorities and rail operators (Trend, November 28).  READ MORE

Russia Eyes New Far Eastern Gas Export Hub, Reassesses Central Asia

By Sergei Blagov

The Russian natural gas monopoly Gazprom outlined ambitious and costly plans to develop new production and exports hubs in the country’s Far East. Meanwhile, the gas giant has also apparently begun reassessing its ties with Central Asia. READ MORE

Remarks by High Representative Catherine Ashton following her meeting with the President of Kazakhstan, Astana, 30 3ovember

The European Union is keen to deepen and strengthen the relationship with Kazakhstan through the new Partnership and Cooperation Agreement which will be the first of enhanced agreements in this region.