Latest articles from Kazakhstan

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Tough talk from Kazakhstan’s central bank governor

December 1, 2016

Kazakhstan’s central bank governor outlines his strategy to Nick Kochan, which include a free-floating tenge, tackling high dollarisation levels and non-performing loans.

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The sovereign wealth fund behind Kazakhstan's privatisation drive

November 1, 2016

Kazakhstan’s reorganised sovereign wealth fund is spearheading the privatisation of the country’s major assets. Stefanie Linhardt finds out how the fund is planning to make privatisation pay for the Kazakh economy. 


Will China's New Silk Road progress smoothly?

September 1, 2015

China's One Belt, One Road initiative – building a new Silk Road between western Europe and China's east coast as well as improving the Maritime Silk Road – will be a major game changer for international trade. Stefania Palma assesses its possible impact.

Kazakhstan turns a page

Kazakhstan's banks turn a page

January 5, 2015

With consolidation under way, non-performing loans finally showing a downward trend and banks readying for the implementation of Basel III, Kazakhstan’s banking sector finally appears to be in recovery mode after a difficult period.

Kazakhstan enters into the unknown

Kazakhstan enters into the unknown

July 1, 2014

International sanctions against Russia and uncertainty over commodity prices have had an impact on Kazakhstan and its banking sector. However, the country's central bank governor tells Nick Kochan of his plans to smarten up the country's financial landscape, starting with targeting unacceptably high NPL levels.

New entrants drive Kazakhstan’s bid to consolidate

New entrants drive Kazakhstan’s bid to consolidate

April 1, 2014

Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund is in the process of extricating itself from banks it rescued during the crisis, but poor asset quality is posing a serious challenge to the new owners. 

Kairat Kelimbetov

Building financial architecture for Kazakhstan

January 2, 2014

The recently appointed National Bank of Kazakhstan governor, Kairat Kelimbetov, tells Philip Alexander that he is focused on stepping up the quality of corporate governance in the country's banking sector and financial markets.

NPL woes continue for European lenders

July 1, 2013

Asset quality in Greece deteriorated sharply, while remaining weak in Spain, Ireland and Slovenia. By contrast, non-performing loans are falling steadily in the US.

Government backs Kazakh capital markets revival

Government backs Kazakh capital markets revival

June 3, 2013

Led by innovative deals from development banks, Kazakh bond markets are enjoying a dynamic spell, but pension reform casts uncertainty over the equity markets.


Renaissance Capital investment bank head seeks emerging market niche

August 1, 2012

After leading Morgan Stanley’s equities business outside the Americas, John Hyman is working to position Renaissance Capital as a focused player in a number of very different markets across emerging Europe and Africa.

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