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1 New deadline for registration for fact-finding mission to Osh is 31 January!

The Netherlands Embassy in Kazakhstan kindly reminds you about an upcoming Fact-finding agricultural mission to Osh (Kyrgyzstan) that will take place within the framework of the 13th Fergana Valley International Agricultural Exhibition “Silk Road 2017”. The deadline to register for participation was extended and is now 31 January 2017.

2 Vacancy announcement Senior Economic policy officer / Government relations

The Embassy announces the vacancy opening for the position of Senior Economic policy officer / Government relations. To apply for this position, e–mail your CV (maximum 2 A4 pages) and a motivation letter (maximum 1 A4 page) to AST@minbuza.nl no later than Wednesday, 25 January. Both documents must be in English.

3 Fact-finding agricultural mission to Osh (Kyrgyzstan)

The Netherlands Embassy in Kazakhstan is pleased to announce an upcoming Fact-finding agricultural mission to Osh (Kyrgyzstan) that will take place within the framework of the 13th Fergana Valley International Agricultural Exhibition “Silk Road 2017”. The Fact-finding mission to Osh will be held on 1-3 March 2017 and will include the following activities: - Participation in the 13th Fergana Valley International Agricultural Exhibition “Silk Road 2017” (a Holland stand will be organized by the Embassy); - Meetings (matchmaking) with local farmers and agribusinesses in Osh (meetings will be organized with assistance of the Chamber of Commerce of Kyrgyzstan and/or Agribusiness Association of Kyrgyzstan “Jer Azygy”).

4 5th edition of the brochure on Dutch agricultural technologies to be published soon

The Netherlands Embassy is pleased to announce the publication of the 5th edition of its brochure “Dutch Agricultural Technologies for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan”, which presents information on Dutch suppliers to agriculture active in a wide range of sectors, including dairy, poultry, seeds, vegetables production, greenhouses, fruit and vegetables stores and agricultural consultancy.

5 Response Dutch PM Rutte on first results criminal investigation MH17

This morning the families of the victims of the MH17 disaster were briefed by the Joint Investigation Team on the initial findings of the criminal investigation into the downing of flight MH17. These findings concern the weapon used to down flight MH17, the location from which it was fired and the Buk missile system’s route of transport.

6 Joint Statement to Mark the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT)

Astana, 17 May 2016 - On the occasion of the 2016 celebration of May 17th, the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), we express our support for, and solidarity with, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in Kazakhstan.

7 Dutch greenhouse technology in Kazakhstan

The Embassy pursues in developing a broader cooperation between Kazakhstan and the Netherlands in the important field of agriculture. Taking the advantage of the annual greenhouse exhibition “Greenhouses. Vegetable Stores. Drip Irrigation”, held every spring in Almaty the Embassy organized this year a seminar “Dutch greenhouses and Dutch greenhouse technologies” in the framework of the fair.

8 Call for Proposals from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan for Accountability Fund 2016 – 2018

The Netherlands Embassy in Astana, Kazakhstan is pleased to announce a call for proposals for a newly established programme called the Accountability Fund. The programme is open to local NGO’s in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

9 Advisory referendum – reaction Dutch government

On 6 april 2016 an advisory referendum was held in the Netherlands on the EU-association agreement with Ukraine.

10 Brussels attacks: Netherlands stands side by side with Belgium

Following a number of attacks in Brussels on Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders have been in contact with their Belgian colleagues. Both sent their condolences, expressed the Netherlands’ solidarity with Belgium and offered practical support.