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Tumbling Oil Prices, Global Economic Uncertainty Could Draw Kazakhstan and Iran Closer

ASTANA – Headlines with the word “oil” often steal clicks these days, especially in oil-exporting Kazakhstan, as commodity prices and its national currency are directly correlated with global crude oil prices. Now, another headline-making word and nation has become especially important for Kazakhstan: Iran. Ambassador of Iran to Kazakhstan Mojtaba Damirchiloo, …

Birlik (Unity) Party Announces Participation in Early Mazhilis Election

ASTANA – On Feb. 5, the second extraordinary congress of Birlik (Unity) announced the party’s intention to run in the upcoming election for the Mazhilis (lower house of Parliament) and approved an eight-point electoral programme under the slogan “Clean intentions, clean actions, clean environment.” The list of Birlik candidates...

Nazarbayev Urges Intensification of Foreign Economic Activities

ASTANA – President Nursultan Nazarbayev placed great emphasis on strengthening the economic component in the work of Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry and its missions abroad at an extended board meeting on Feb. 3. Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov, Minister of Investment and Development Asset Issekeshev, Chairman of Astana EXPO 2017 Akhmetzhan...

Astana Key Maker Discusses Keys for Survival in Turbulent Times

ASTANA – Small businesses can be hard to maintain during unstable economic periods, and Astana’s key makers are feeling the same pinch as the rest. The Astana Times continues its conversations with small-business operators, this time talking to key makers in the city to try and understand how the...

Giant Robots – Pavlodar’s New Landmark

Iron giants created by a group of car mechanics are now guarding one of Pavlodar’s auto repair shops. The idea to creatively convert waste parts into robots came to garage owner Andrey Sukhonosenko, reported Tengrinews.kz. “This happened spontaneously. We tried making small iron figures, such as hedgehogs, dogs, mannequins...

Emerging Kazakh, Silk Road Musical Talents Being Discovered Internationally

ASTANA – CNN.com, an American news network, published a list Jan. 27 of the emerging music artists of the modern Silk Road countries. It featured Azerbaijani jazz singer from Turkey Sanam Abdolazimzadeh, Chinese-American producer, musician and DJ Jeff Liang, Mumbai-based singer and songwriter Sohrab Nicholson, Desert Heat, a rap...

Kazakh Privatisation Will Help Cushion the Impact of Current Economic Slowdown

The current economic turmoil, which we see played out daily on our TVs and in newspapers and stock markets across the world, is setting new challenges for every country. In an interconnected global economy, no one is immune. World leaders must decide how best to lead their countries through the turbulence: adopt a business as…

National Universiade to Check Readiness for Winter Universiade 2017

Kazakhstan’s National Universiade, a nationwide university sport competition taking place Feb. 6–13 in Almaty, will help test out preparations for the 2017 World Winter Universiade also to be held in that city, said Director of the Winter Universiade Organising Committee Asset Abdualiyev. Abdualiyev stressed that one of the main...

Almaty, Astana Flights to Balkhash and Alakol Resorts to Begin in Summer

ASTANA ­– The Kazakh Ministry for Investment and Development announced recently that twice-weekly flights will begin from Astana and Almaty to the Balkhash and Alakol resorts in the summer. According to the ministry, citizens of Russia, China, India and Iran are particularly interested in visiting Kazakhstan as tourists. Therefore,...