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Kazakhstan’s fight against corruption aims to build a graft-free state, top official says

ASTANA – A Kazakh delegation recently attended the Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ACN) meeting in Paris. ACN, a regional programme established under the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), provides a forum to promote anti-corruption activities and exchange best practices. Kazakhstan reported on the progress …

Kazakh minister of information and communications addresses draft mass media law

ASTANA – Kazakh Minister of Information and Communications Dauren Abayev posted a video on his Facebook page Sept. 20 outlining the fundamental changes among the information and communications bill’s 200 proposed amendments. “In this video, I explained some norms of the bill in the field of information and communications...

Life after EXPO: What awaits buildings and infrastructure?

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev shared the future plans for the EXPO 2017 site during the event’s Sept. 10 closing ceremony. “Nur Alem and a number of other pavilions will be preserved as expo heritage. The completion of the exhibition will be the foundation for launching several new...

Astana to build enclosed pedestrian skyway system

ASTANA – The Astana city government plans to build a system of enclosed pedestrian footbridges connecting buildings two and three stories above the sidewalk, according to the akimat (city administration) press service. The announcement was made during a meeting with the participation of Akim (Mayor) of Astana Asset Issekeshev....

Kazakhstan’s experience shapes its actions on UNSC

As world leaders and foreign ministers prepare to fly to New York for United Nations General Assembly next week at a time of real challenge for the global community, we must hope the chance for formal and informal discussions can play its part in reducing tensions and divisions. There is no shortage of issues to…

At UN, FM Abdrakhmanov outlines Kazakhstan’s priorities and peacemaking initiatives

NEW YORK – In his first appearance before the United Nations General Assembly as Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister, Kairat Abdrakhmanov outlined his country’s view of the world and its many, varied problems and crises. Speaking in the Assembly’s grand hall at the UN’s New York headquarters on Sept. 21, he...

Kyrgyz election – what it could portend for Central Asia

ASTANA – Perhaps one of the most anticipated and unpredictable intrigues of the year in Central Asia is the Oct. 15 election in the Kyrgyz Republic, a country of slightly more than six million people. Fifty-nine candidates have been registered – 11 from political parties and 48 self-nominated, according...

ADB and WB to establish infrastructure fund in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank have proposed establishing a municipal infrastructure fund in Kazakhstan. ADB intends to facilitate financing small utility companies in the state, said bank representation director Giovanni Capannelli at a Central Communications Service briefing. “We, together with the World Bank,...

Anticipated Golovkin-Alvarez bout ends in controversial draw

ASTANA – Kazakh boxer Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KO) fought Mexican fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KO) to a controversial draw Sept. 16 at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas. The draw is considered controversial by many pundits and fans who have stated publicly that they believe...

Films in memory of Nelson Mandela shown in Astana

ASTANA – The South African Embassy in Kazakhstan with the support of Kinopark 8 IMAX Saryarka (Kazakhstan), Videovision Entertainment (South Africa) and the South African Honorary Consulate in Almaty presented free screenings Sept. 8-9 of the South African films “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and “More than Just a...

St. Regis opens hotel in Astana

ASTANA – Astana is becoming an attractive tourist destination, as the young and vibrant city has been recently hosting numerous international events and the Aug. 21 opening of the St. Regis in Astana makes the city an even more appealing destination for sophisticated travellers. With the first flagship St....