Navigation Menu+

Minister of economy Kazakhstan

UPDATE 1-Kazakhstan creates giant energy ministry as economy falters

3 Introduction In addition to

* Devoted presidential loyalist takes control of new ministry

* Energy sector drives Kazakhstan's economy

* Growth to be hit by slowdown in Russia this year (Adds Nazarbayev quotes, detail, background)

ALMATY, Aug 6 Kazakhstan has created a new super size energy ministry as its economy suffers from the shutdown of a giant oilfield and the collapse of exports to Ukraine and sanctions-hit Russia.

President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Wednesday appointed 65-year-old close ally Vladimir Shkolnik, a two times former energy minister, to head the former oil and gas ministry combined with the industry and new technologies ministry and the environmental protection ministry.

"Generally speaking, our energy sector is in disarray, " Nazarbayev told a government meeting.

"It is hard to understand, why one government body must be responsible for oil and gas, while another one deals with solid energy resources, the third department controls the power grid and the fourth one the nuclear industry, " said the 74-year-old former steel worker whose word is final in Kazakhstan.

"This is why I believe it is time to concentrate the entire energy sector in the hands of one person."

Until Wednesday, Shkolnik was in charge of national uranium company Kazatomprom. Kazakhstan is the world's largest producer of uranium. It is also Central Asia's largest economy and the second-largest ex-Soviet oil producer after Russia. Economic growth accelerated to 6 percent last year after a 5-percent rise in 2012.

But this year's growth is likely to be slower as oil production will remain stagnant due to halted output at the Kashagan oilfield, the world's biggest oil find of recent time, and because of economic slowdown in close trade partner Russia due to several rounds of U.S. and European Union sanctions imposed on Moscow over Ukraine.


Kazakhstan's central bank devalued the national tenge currency by 19 percent in February to ease speculative pressure on the domestic foreign exchange market, support exporters of oil and industrial metals and sustain economic growth.

Economy and Budget Planning Minister Yerbolat Dosayev told the government meeting, however, that due to Western sanctions imposed on Russia, Kazakhstan's exports there had fallen by 21.7 percent in January-May year-on-year. Exports to Ukraine shrank by 31.1 percent in the same period.

You might also like
Meeting with Prime Minister of Pakistan
Meeting with Prime Minister of Pakistan
Joint Media Interaction- Visit of Foreign Minister of
Joint Media Interaction- Visit of Foreign Minister of ...
Kazakhstan Prime Minister: We have low oil prices for a
Kazakhstan Prime Minister: We have low oil prices for a ...
Ardea Wildlife Pets Framed Print of SM-2098 Kazakhstan - Snow covered mountain landscape
Home (Ardea Wildlife Pets)
  • FRAMED PRINT You are purchasing one 32x22 inch (81x56cm) Framed Print with Black Satin with White Digital Mat. Estimated image size 580x388mm
  • Wooden frame and print with digital mat. Overall outside dimensions are 32x22 inch (813x559mm). Finished back features brown backing paper, hanging bracket and corner...
  • Artwork Description SM-2098Kazakhstan - Snow covered mountain landscapeTienschanStefan MeyersPlease note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may...
  • For any queries regarding this choice of artwork please contact Ardea Wildlife Pets. Image (c) Stefan Meyers/ardea
  • To view this image on other products please search for code 3755492


I would like to have/create a map of Kazakhstan in the same way as in the attached picture (grey map of UK and Irland) using QGIS? I don't know what kind of map is this, what its name and where I can get it? And how to have it in this small size with a point on it?

This looks like a political map to me (just country outlines). If I was going to make a map like the one in your photo, I would start with data from Natural Earth Data Then you can select the countries you are interested in to make a new data layer and digitize a point where you want it.

Related Posts