The challenges and implementation of the industrial Internet were the main topics of discussion June 28 during a conference at the Nazarbayev Centre. The conference, titled “At the crossroads – the role of digitalisation in the energy sector and its importance for the economic transformation of Kazakhstan”, allowed participants to learn about current trends in the development of digital technologies in the energy sector and consider the ways and possibilities of using renewable energy sources in the country.
““Ventspils Nafta” Terminals” Ltd CEO: “Local obstacles not beneficial to Latvia's transhipment sector”
With a steep dip in Latvia’s cargo volumes this year, Lars Pantzlaff, the managing director of ““Ventspils Nafta” Terminals” Ltd (VNT), one of the largest taxpayers in Ventspils and Latvia, warns that local authorities have to rethink policies towards the sector and VNT. “It is very unfortunate that for several years we have been experiencing a ban imposed by local authorities regarding the development of the terminal. And recently Ventspils Freeport Authority has been inexcusably slow or not-forthcoming in granting us needed approvals for the construction of a Vapour Recovery Unit, a condition set by Ventspils City Council to lift the ban, which, once implemented, will ensure stable, efficient, and environmentally-friendly operations and minimise the environmental footprint in the areas of emissions,” Pantzlaff, who is also a member of VNT Management Board, told The Baltic Times.
Iran needs to think hard about how the country wants to grow their hydrocarbon market share, and Brexit give the Islamic Republic a huge opportunity, Sam Barden, the director of SBI Markets, an international commodity trading and advisory company believes.
Extremely rapid developments have taken place in the last couple of days regarding Turkish-Russian relations. Letter diplomacy, which commenced on the 12th of June with the letters send by the Turkish President Erdoğan and Prime Minister Yıldırım to their Russian counterparts, was followed by a letter sent to President Putin by President Erdoğan on the 27th of June. This step seems to have paved the way for the process of overcoming the warplane crisis, which has dramatically affected bilateral relations over the past seven months.
Iran has filed a draft containing the entire negotiations with China and attended by other 5+1 members (the US, UK, France, Russia, and Germany) on redesigning the Arak reactor and has sent it to China for consideration, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran spokesman Behrooz Kamalvandi said.
The meeting of the heads of states of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member states has been gaining momentum in recent years as a regional – and indeed global – discussion platform. This is testament to the growing potential and credibility of the organization. In the rapidly changing global environment, and amidst new challenges and threats, it is imperative that the SCO develop a coordinated position on the key issues of security and international development, not only so that it can determine its own activities going forward, but also in the context of the entire Eurasian space.
Latvia is ready for bilateral talks with Great Britain to ensure the protection of the Latvian nationals residing in the country, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (Unity) told the press after a closed meeting with Saeima European Affairs Committee Tuesday.
Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán today (29 June) blamed the British vote to quit the European Union on the EU’s inability to handle the refugee crisis.
The 2016 Warsaw Summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on July 8–9 will address a range of issues that have direct security implications for the post-Soviet space. Chief of them is whether the security architecture built in Europe after 1991 will be preserved.
The obvious lies to discredit opponents easily read by many of today's media. But in most cases this does not entail any legal consequences. And some, learning democracy in a number of Western countries, meanwhile, accused the same country in the absence of democracy. For example, the right to enter Paris and London as they need to understand human rights, in particular, their venality in the context of the fate of the fugitive oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov from Kazakhstan. So some Petrushova was seen in the media of their hyperactivity. Moreover, included in this process, violating all possible norms of journalistic ethics, blatantly distorting the facts, exposing judges whether as bribes, or simply stupid people are not capable of critical thinking.
The Association Agreement between the EU and Georgia has fully entered into force July 1, according to the press release of the European Commission posted on its website.
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker sought to downplay the impression that tensions are building as a result of the push of member states, under the leadership of the Slovak presidency which started today (1 July), to repatriate powers at the expense of the Union’s institutions.
Britain, I believe, had the best of all possible deals with the European Union, being a member of the common market without belonging to the euro and having secured a number of other opt-outs from EU rules. And yet that was not enough to stop the United Kingdom’s electorate from voting to leave. Why?
In the longer term, there are more options for Turkey to buy non-Russian gas, whether it is from Israel, maybe Cyprus, or Egypt, Iraq, Northern Iraq, Turkmenistan - there are lots of alternatives, Matthew Bryza, former US Assistant Secretary of State for South Caucasus and former US ambassador to Azerbaijan, told
Kazakhstan, Sweden, Bolivia and Ethiopia were elected on June 28 to serve a two-year stint on the UN Security Council, with the Netherlands and Italy sharing the remaining spot.