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Kazakhstan central bank grapples with CDS headache

Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, lies thousands of miles from London's trading rooms - let alone the political lobbyists in Washington. This summer, however, Grigori Marchenko, the Kazakh central bank governor, has reason to follow the US and UK debate about the future of credit derivatives with particular interest.

17 2009 | Viewed: 815 | News / Theme of day | Read full
SK Telecom considering bid for Kazakhtelecom unit

SEOUL, July 14 (Reuters) - SK Telecom Co (017670.KS), South Korea's top mobile operator, said on Tuesday it was considering bidding for a 51 percent stake in Kazakhtelecom'sKZTK.KZ wireless unit Mobile Telecom Service.

16 2009 | Viewed: 697 | News / Theme of day | Read full
Lunch with the FT: Larry Summers

Larry Summers, director of the US president's National Economic Council, usually eats at his White House desk or sitting around a nearby table with other members of the economic team. But today, for Lunch with the FT, Summers' aides have persuaded him to walk down the stairs to the Ward Room, a windowless alcove near the White House mess.

13 2009 | Viewed: 967 | News / Review of Mass Media | Read full
Medvedev departs from party line on joining WTO

Russian president Dmitry Medvedev yesterday announced Moscow could still join the World Trade Organisation on its own, in his biggest policy clash in public with Vladimir Putin.

13 2009 | Viewed: 816 | News / Theme of day | Read full
Kazakhstan completes China gas link segment

BAISERKE, Kazakhstan, July 10 (Reuters) - China moved a step closer to securing a new source of gas supply on Friday when Kazakhstan finished building its segment of a pan-Central Asian gas pipeline designed to address China's growing energy needs.

11 2009 | Viewed: 731 | News / Theme of day | Read full
Kazakhstan wants to cut Kashagan cost by 30 pct

BAISERKE, Kazakhstan, July 10 (Reuters) - Kazakhstan wants to reduce the cost of developing its giant Kashagan oilfield by 30 percent, the chief executive of Kazakh state oil company KazMunaiGas [KMG.UL] said on Friday.

11 2009 | Viewed: 740 | News / Theme of day | Read full
UPDATE 1-Kazakh Alliance Bank agrees debt restructuring

ALMATY, July 8 (Reuters) - Kazakhstan's fourth-largest bank Alliance (ALLBq.L) said on Wednesday it had reached an agreement with creditors on restructuring its $4 billion debt, putting an end to months of uncertainty over its future.

10 2009 | Viewed: 853 | News / Theme of day | Read full
Former Kazakh Alliance CEO suspended from new job

ALMATY, July 7 (Reuters) - Kazakhstan's banking watchdog has suspended the former chief executive of Alliance bank (ALLBq.L) from his current job as head of Eurasian bankEUBN.KZ, another local lender, Eurasian bank said on Tuesday.

10 2009 | Viewed: 744 | News / Theme of day | Read full
Metallurgical plant will be established in Kazakhstan

The second in the world metallurgical plant based on the new steel-making process ITmk3 will be established in Kazakhstan. This project was supported by the President of the republic of Kazakhstan N.A.Nazarbayev at his meeting with the founders of the international Association of the Third Generation of Iron and Steel Technologies 3GIST.

6 2009 | Viewed: 1 041 | News / Theme of day | Read full
The video-bridge for journalists in Almaty

On July 1st, in Almaty, the Embassy of the USA in Kazakhstan has held the video-bridge for representatives of mass-media with Noam Scheiber, the senior editor of The New Republic magazine, where he covers economic and political themes.

3 2009 | Viewed: 756 | News / Theme of day | Read full
UPDATE 1-Kazkommertsbank says bought back $300 mln in bonds

ALMATY, July 1 (Reuters) - Kazakhstan's second-largest lender, Kazkommertsbank (KKGByq.L)KKGB.KZ, said on Wednesday it had bought back about $300 million in Eurobonds since October 2007.

2 2009 | Viewed: 818 | News / Theme of day | Read full
Goldman Sachs leaves as Kazakh BTA advisor

ALMATY, July 1 (Reuters) - Investment bank Goldman Sachs (GS.N) will no longer advise Kazakhstan's largest bank, BTABTAS.KZ, on the restructuring of its $15 billion debt, BTA said on Wednesday.

2 2009 | Viewed: 818 | News / Theme of day | Read full
Kazakhtelecom to sell 51 pct stake in GSM firm

ALMATY, June 29 (Reuters) - Kazakh state-controlled fixed line operator Kazakhtelecom KZTK.KZ plans to sell its 51 percent stake in small GSM provider Mobile Telecom Service, it said on Monday.

30 2009 | Viewed: 760 | News / Theme of day | Read full
The three steps to financial reform

The Obama administration is expected on Wednesday to propose a reorganisation of the way we regulatefinancial markets. I am not an advocate of too much regulation. Having gone too far in deregulating - which contributed to the current crisis - we must resist the temptation to go too far in the opposite direction. While markets are imperfect, regulators are even more so. Not only are they human, they are also bureaucratic and subject to political influences, therefore regulations should be kept to a minimum.

17 2009 | Viewed: 865 | News / Review of Mass Media | Read full
FT ad campaign draws on Barack Obama endorsement

The Financial Times has today unveiled a new advertising campaign featuring an endorsement from US president Barack Obama.

16 2009 | Viewed: 884 | News / Theme of day | Read full
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