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Nazarbayev calls for greater multilateral economic cooperation within SCO

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev addressed the 18th Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) June 9 in Qingdao, China calling for greater multilateral economic cooperation among its eight member states. Nazarbayev told the gathering the recent addition of India and Pakistan has increased the organisation’s international influence. “After the accession …

Shymkent declared city of national significance, South Kazakhstan region gains new name and administrative centre

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev on June 19 declared Shymkent city in Southern Kazakhstan a city of “national significance,” as it joined the other two cities with such status in the country, Astana and Almaty. Another presidential decree, signed publicly at the Akorda presidential residence, changed the name...

New bike lanes to open in Astana

ASTANA – Fifty-six kilometres of bike lanes will be introduced for the capital’s 20th anniversary as part of its environmental protection and nature use management, reported the akimat (city administration) press centre. Cycling routes will be created in the Yessil district starting from Central Park to Mangilik El Street,...

Nazarbayev visits Tatarstan, meets with president

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and President Rustam Minnikhanov of Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan discussed bilateral ties during Nazarbayev’s June 14-15 visit to Kazan, Akorda reports. Nazarbayev praised Tatarstan’s social development and economic growth and outlined areas to increase bilateral cooperation. The Kazakh President also praised the close...

Kazakh-Uzbek trade grows 50% in Q1 2018, could reach $3 billion by year end, Mamin says

ASTANA – Kazakh-Uzbek trade grew 50 percent in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same period last year and the countries are working to grow trade to $3 billion by the end of the year, said Kazakh First Deputy Prime Minister Askar Mamin during a May 4...

Kazakh-owned bakery brings new flavour to sourdough bread in Newcastle

ASTANA – What are the benefits and challenges of running your own business? How do you find the way to your customers’ hearts? The Astana Times interviewed Shynara Bakisheva, owner of Fresh Artisan Bread (FAB) Bakery, to learn about her company and the perfect dough recipe. Started in early...

Kazakhstan has ‘enormous opportunities’ to develop tourism, expert says

ASTANA – Tourism is undoubtedly one of the most important sectors of any economy, accounting for a significant share of income into the state budget of many countries. In Kazakhstan, the industry is only beginning to gain momentum. A lot has been done for the development of the tourist...

Minhwa Korean folk art exhibit opens in Astana

ASTANA – A display of Minhwa Korean folk art opened at the Library of the First President June 13 within its international project Dialogue through Culture. The exhibit presents 57 works including paintings, sculptural compositions and household items like dishes and furniture. The exhibition is a vivid example of...

Weightlifter Ilya Ilyin announces return after two-year doping ban

ASTANA – Kazakh weightlifter Ilya Ilyin recently announced his return after a two-year doping ban from the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) at a June 11 press conference at the Central Communications Service in the capital. “I was waiting for this day. I am so excited. I return to my...

Talented scientist, dedicated mayor, caring mother among nation’s 100 New Faces

ASTANA – Bella Gazdiyeva, the 35-year-old akim (mayor) of the rural Rodina district, candidate in philological sciences, associate professor, member of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan and mother of two has been named one of the country’s 100 New Faces. For her, it is a great responsibility...

Astana at 20: the reality exceeds the vision

There is a great deal to celebrate as Astana marks its 20th anniversary this year. It has, by any measure, been an extraordinary journey. In just two decades, the city has become not just the vibrant, contemporary capital of a modern, energetic country but one that is well on the way to achieving a high…

AIFC: local operations and international cooperation

The changing dynamic in current economic trends indicates major shifts in the level of emphasis put upon conventionally known development frameworks. Emerging markets are gaining greater dominance in shaping global economic growth. Kazakhstan has great potential showcasing its competitiveness and attractiveness on the regional and global stage. The geographic and socio-economic aspects of the country…