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Profile: Kazakh PM Karim Masimov


10:24, March 30, 2012

BEIJING, March 30 (Xinhua) -- Kazakhstan's Prime Minister Karim Masimov will start an official visit to China on Friday at the invitation of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

During his four-day visit, Masimov will co-chair with Wen the first regular meeting between the two countries' prime ministers.

Born in 1965, Masimov graduated from Beijing Language and Culture University, Wuhan University's Law School and Kazakhstan's State Academy of Management.

He studied economics and international law, and earned a doctorate of economics. Aside from his mother tongue, he also speaks English, Chinese and Arabic.

Masimov started his career as a senior economist in Kazakhstan's Ministry of Labor, and had worked as specialist in the China office of the Kazakh Ministry of External Economic Affairs based in Urumqi, the capital city of China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

He had also held positions such as managing director of the Kazakh Trading House in Hong Kong, chairman of the Board of Almaty Trade and Finance Bank and chairman of the Board of the People's Savings Bank of Kazakhstan.

Masimov served as Minister of Transport and Communications and adviser to the president before becoming deputy prime minister in January 2006. Three months later, he also took the portfolio as Minister of Economy.

Masimov first became prime minister in January 2007 and started his second term in April 2011.


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