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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.

(From left to right) Kazakhstan’s president Nursultan Nazabayev, Russia’s then-president Dmitry Medvedev and Belarus’s president Alexander Lukashenko

Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus open economic borders

July 2, 2012

Closer economic integration of countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States has been discussed for many years without practical progress. The launch of a Single Economic Space between Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus may be about to change that.

Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan

New players capitalise on large bank woes in Kazakhstan

October 3, 2011

A deluge of non-performing loans and deleveraging paint a bleak picture of Kazakhstan’s banking sector. But it is against this backdrop that smaller, second-tier banks, which follow much less aggressive strategies and are therefore in much healthier positions, can excel.

Kairat Kelimbetov

Kazakhstan privatisation drive set to kick-start local capital markets

May 4, 2011

A promotion for the former head of Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund suggests there is momentum behind ambitious privatisation plans in the country that could transform the local capital markets. 

Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus dominate CIS banking landscape

May 4, 2011

In the past decade, foreign investment and natural resources wealth have transformed the banking landscape in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The Banker's latest ranking for the region shows which countries have benefited the most from this change.

Kairat Kelimbetov, CEO, Samruk-Kazyna

Samruk-Kazyna: from bailout to sale

December 8, 2010

Sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna became the main vehicle for the Kazakh government to rescue a distressed banking sector and ailing economy. Its CEO, Kairat Kelimbetov, explains the fund's next steps. Writer Philip Alexander

Grigoriy Marchenko

August 30, 2010

The lesson of the financial crisis for an emerging market such as Kazakhstan is that taking risks with financial stability for the sake of rapid short-term growth would be an inexcusable lack of foresight.

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