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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 …

French photographer conducts workshops in Almaty for children with special needs

ASTANA – French photographer Erik Vazzoler visited Almaty May 28 to conduct a series of photography workshops for children with Down syndrome. The two-week event was organised by the Foundation of the First President and supported by the Kenes Social Adaptation and Labour Rehabilitation Centre. The 10 children taking...

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 National Bank approves Qazkom voluntary reorganisation

ASTANA – Kazakh National Bank approved June 14 the voluntary reorganisation of Qazkom, formerly known as Kazkommertsbank, through its accession to Halyk Bank. The permit issued by the country’s financial regulator also envisions the purchase of Qazkom subsidiaries by Halyk Bank, owned by Kazakh businessman Timur Kulibayev and Dinara Nazarbayeva....

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...

Kazakh artist exhibits work in Stockholm

ASTANA – Kazakh artist Hashim Kurbanov displayed his combination of painting and applied arts in a seven-day exhibition the last week of May at the Riddaren Gallery in Stockholm. The event was organised by the Kazakh Youth Association in Sweden. The exhibition displayed more than 40 works, including the...

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…