Kaza­khstan eyes Euro­pean min­ing, en­ergy pacts

Ex-soviet state vul­ner­a­ble po­lit­i­cally

The Washington Times Daily - - World - BY JOSIE LE BLOND

for in­dus­trial pro­cesses al­ready are “on tap,” Mr. Cut­ler said, adding that Kaza­khstan now wants part­ners to help mine its uranium and rare earth.

In turn, “com­pa­nies from de­vel­oped cap­i­tal­ist economies have been lin­ing up to try and ne­go­ti­ate deals,” he said.

On Feb. 8, Kaza­khstan and Ger­many signed trade and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment agree­ments worth a to­tal of $4 bil­lion, which Mr. Nazarbayev de­scribed as a “break­through” in a joint press state­ment with Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel.

Over the past year, Kaza­khstan has re­newed eco­nomic and trade ties with France, Italy, Bri­tain, Aus­tria and Switzer­land. In Septem­ber, Mr. Nazarbayev vis­ited Paris to over­see the sign­ing of agree­ments on min­ing, en­ergy and avi­a­tion be­tween France and Kaza­khstan.

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