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Prague, 30 January 1997 (RFE/RL) - Our Almaty correspondent reports Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev left yesterday for Switzerland, where he is scheduled to attend the world economic forum in Davos. Nazarbayev will report in Davos on the economic situation in Kazakhstan and its plans for future economic development. Nazarbayev is expected to meet UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Polish President Alexander Kwasniewski, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and leaders of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Kazakhstan Second To Hungary in Foreign Investments

The Kazakh Prime Minister's press-secretary says among former socialist countries Kazakhstan is second only to Hungary in volume of foreign investments. At a news briefing yesterday Amirjan Qosanov said that in the past two years Kazakhstan has received 3,500 million dollars in foreign investments.

Kazakh Ministries To Move To Aqmola This Year

Our correspondent reports that several Kazakh Ministries will move fully to the new Kazakh capital Aqmola as soon as this year. Before the move however the staff of the Ministries of Internal Affairs, Justice, Agriculture and of the National Bank of Kazakhstan will be reduced. The cuts will throw 500 people out of work, joining the army of almost 1,300 central government servants sacked last year.