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    Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Highlights

  • American Business and Government: Partners in Central Asia; Evan A. Feigenbaum, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State South and Central Asian Affairs; As Prepared Remarks to the U.S.-Kazakhstan Business Association and the American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce; Washington, DC
  • A Regional Overview of South Asia; Richard A. Boucher, Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs; Before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; Subcommittee on Middle East and South Asia; Washington, DC
  • Interview with Maria Kosygina of Vremya Newspaper; Richard A. Boucher, Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs; Astana, Kazakhstan

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    Ambassador John Ordway
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    Ambassador Ordway Delivers Speech at International Cooperation Conference Organized by Kazakhstani Senate

    On March 13 Ambassador Ordway spoke at a conference organized by Kazakhstan's Senate, "International Cooperation of the Republic of Kazakhstan: Reality, Objectives and Prospects". He provided an overview of 15 years of bilateral history and highlighted achievements, common goals, issues, and the 21st century challenges of our strategic partnership. “We in the United States believe that Kazakhstan has the potential to play an even larger role in Central Asia and beyond, with its dynamic economy, and the excellent example it sets in areas such as ethnic and religious tolerance. Kazakhstan is now a strong contributor to the economic development of Central Asia, the Caucasus, and beyond as a result of its strong banking system and it growing potential to invest abroad.”     Full text


    Kazakhstan's Minister of Culture and Information Ermukhamet Ertysbayev addresses the guests in a hall of the Astana’s National Archive, March 2, 2007
    Kazakhstan's Minister of Culture and Information Ermukhamet Ertysbayev addresses the guests in a hall of the Astana’s National Archive, March 2, 2007.

    U.S. Embassy and Almaty's Film Archive Screen Historic Kazakhstani Documentaries

    On March 2, the U.S. Embassy in Astana, in cooperation with Almaty’s Central State Archive of Film and Photo Documents, screened nine historical documentaries culled from the more than 100,000 meters of film negatives and magnetic films restored through the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation.
    Speaker of the Senate Kassymzhomart Tokayev, U.S. Ambassador John Ordway, and Minister of Culture and Information Ermukhamet Ertysbayev were among the guests.
    The films, shown at Astana’s National Archive, cover the period of Kazakhstani history from 1920-1970. Because these works have been saved, the public and scholars, both in Kazakhstan and abroad, have gained a valuable window and a particular perspective on the culture of two significant historical periods.    


    Minister of Health Anatoliy Dernavoi and Ambassador John Ordway at the Birth Preparedness School opening in Astana, the City Perinatal Center, March 2, 2007
    Minister of Health Anatoliy Dernavoi and Ambassador John Ordway at the Birth Preparedness School opening in Astana, the City Perinatal Center, March 2, 2007.

    Birth Preparedness Schools Enhance U.S.- Kazakhstani Cooperation in Perinatal Care

    On March 2, a new phase of a program on safe motherhood was launched in Astana, including the official opening of three birth preparedness schools.  The ZdravPlus II program of the U.S. Agency for International Development implements the program, in cooperation the Kazakhstani Ministry of Health and with additional funding support from ExxonMobil. Kazakhstani reporters intently covered the remarks of Minister of Health Anatoliy Dernavoi, U.S. Ambassador John Ordway, and ExxonMobil representative Patricia Graham. During the ceremony, Minister Dernavoi said that protecting the health of mothers and children is one of the priorities of the Government of Kazakhstan. Ambassador Ordway emphasized U.S.-Kazakhstani cooperative efforts in meeting challenges in the areas of infection control and evidence-based practices during pregnancy and delivery.    


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