OCE - Country Strategy and Policy Pillar - Lead Regional Economist

EBRD to continue supporting Kazakhstan in economic endeavours, says EBRD official

ASTANA – The Kazakh capital is readying to host the June 22 annual Foreign Investors’ Council (FIC), chaired by President Nursultan Nazarbayev and co-chaired by the president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Sir Suma Chakrabarti. The city has enjoyed the spotlight in early to mid-June as it …

Nazarbayev opens World Kurultai of Kazakhs in Astana

ASTANA – Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev opened June 23 the fifth World Kurultai of Kazakhs in Astana, which takes place in the capital within the framework of EXPO 2017. Nearly 850 delegates and guests, including 350 ethnic Kazakhs from 39 countries, arrived in Astana to take part. “I want...

American gives impressions of EXPO 2017 and personal ideas behind power of blogging

ASTANA – What is this trend known as blogging? What is its main aim compared to how corporate journalists write on a day-to-day base? Are they the independent media or a little bit more? Some say bloggers are simply writers who have a yearning for uncensored self-expression of their...

New street named after Tatar Queen unveiled in Astana

ASTANA – President of Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov and Astana Akim (Mayor) Asset Issekeshev participated in the June 12 opening ceremony of the street named after Kazan Khanate’s Queen Sujumbike in Astana. The new street is in cottage town in Family Village and is the second street...

EXPO 2017 opens to success, offers path to the future

With EXPO now well under way, there are clear signs of lessons from the past few decades underpinning the objectives of this event. Hosting EXPO has, for instance, enabled our government to particularly focus on infrastructural progress, the improvement of education and the promotion of Kazakhstan’s culture to international audiences in time to mark its…

Eurasian Media Forum discusses media’s role in a changing world

ASTANA – More than 600 delegates from 60 countries gathered June 22-24 near the site of EXPO 2017 for the 14th Eurasian Media Forum (EAMF) to discuss the media’s role in a turbulent world. “When the world undergoes dramatic changes, the demand for dialogue platforms inevitably increases. The media...

Afghanistan, security challenges discussed at EU-Central Asia Political and Security Dialogue in Bishkek

ASTANA – Representatives from Central Asian countries, Afghanistan and the European Union discussed at the June 8 EU-Central Asia High-Level Political and Security Dialogue in Bishkek existing agreements, security challenges, and joint efforts in fighting radicalisation, drug trafficking and terrorism. “Kazakhstan, like the entire international community, is committed to...

ASTANA TOWER Business Center awarded BREEAM In-Use Excellent rating

Astana Tower Ishletme LLP announces that the ASTANA TOWER Business Center has obtained a BREEAM In-Use certification applied to existing non-residential buildings. The first A class office building met high international technical standards to achieve the highest BREEAM ratings: “Very Good” in Asset (performance characteristics of the building) and “Excellent” in Building...

Astana basketball club hires new coach with NBA experience

ASTANA – Kostas Flevarakis has been hired as the new coach of BC Astana, Kazakhstan’s premier basketball team. He will replace Greek compatriot Ilias Papatheodorou, who guided the team to the national championship and VTB United League playoffs in the 2016-2017 season. The Kazakh club delivered a decent overall...

Akan Satayev’s film named Best Feature Film at New York Eurasian Film Festival

ASTANA – “Road to Mother” directed by Akan Satayev won the Best Feature Film award at the June 16-18 fifth New York Eurasian Film Festival. The competition brought together 33 films from 18 countries. “I am pleased to announce that our film “Road to Mother” was named best feature...

Finnair launches direct Helsinki-Astana flights

ASTANA – Finnair launched June 19 direct Helsinki-Astana-Helsinki flights. The flights will be Mondays and Fridays on modern Airbus 319 airliners. The new flights initiate a partnership between the Astana airport and the national carrier of Finland – Finnair and are the result of cooperation between the countries, Astana...