In line with the regulations in force within the Customs Union of Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus, Kazakhstan is supposed to fully shift to producing petrol meeting the Euro-4 and Euro-5 emission standards by January 1, 2016. However, the oil and gas ministry won’t be able to meet the deadline given that the country’s oil refineries are being overhauled.
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Institute of Political Solutions
Opinion survey in Kazakhstan into the situation in the Middle East and prospects of Eurasian integration.
The resignations and reappointments disturbed the balance of influence of unofficial groups of elite in Kazakhstan. President Nazarbayev’s efforts in the nearest months will be focused on forming new checks and balances inside the inner-elite standoff. It is likely that Nursultan Nazarbayev is interested in strengthening of several influence groups in Kazakhstan. Judging by the recent events, Akhmetov’s Karaganda group has been a priority.
Emergence of several groups of elite vested with certain powers by the President will doubtlessly trigger them into escalating their competition. It is not unlikely that a struggle between the Presidential Administration and the Parliament over control functions will unfold shortly.
Being a member of the Customs Union, Kazakhstan has to switch to production of Euro-4 and Euro-5 standards fuel by January 1, 2016.
Social networks do not spill into the real life and hardly an effective way to draw many people outside for rallies: only only 5 percent of participants of on-line communities are ready to make real contribution into resolution of problems they hotly discuss on the Internet.
67.7% believe that there is no threat to internal security of Kazakhstan, whereas every third thinks it is there. In 2006 only 7% were concerned about terrorist threat in Kazakhstan, now 31.3% are.
Rise of gasoline prices has become a tradition for the Kazakh market in recent years. During the first 8 months of this year the prices grew 21%.
Toll roads have long been discussed by the government of Kazakhstan and have long been a concern for the population. They may seem natural to many Westerners and Easterners, but Kazakhstan has never had a toll highways tradition.
61.1% of Astana residents think that tenge is stable. 40% of East Kazakhstan residents expect it to become a supranational currency. 79% of Almaty residents say it is instable or expect a devaluation.
In summer 2011 several oil and gas companies operating in Mangistau oblast in the west of Kazakhstan were hit by a series of protests.
Attitude towards religion, promotion of moderate Islam, Muslim clothes and possibility of terrorist acts in Kazakhstan.
Railway transport is the most promising type of transportation in Kazakhstan. It is responsible for 70% of all the foreign freights across the country.
The Institute of Political Solutions made a mass survey of the attitude towards People’s IPO in 16 largest cities of Kazakhstan. 2301 were polled on May 10-14, 2011.
The Institute of Political Solutions made a mass survey of interethnic relations in 16 largest cities of Kazakhstan. 2301 were polled.