Kazakh President reviews 2019 socio-economic development efforts, seeks more jobs, aid to most vulnerable, better conditions for business and investment

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev reviewed July 15 Kazakhstan’s 2019 socio-economic development efforts as he chaired the expanded session of the Government, the first under his presidency. He directed government agencies to increase incomes, create jobs, improve land use, and work on better investment climate, among other actions. “Increasing the …

Kazakh students to pay part of tuition by volunteering with social organisations

NUR-SULTAN – Starting in September, Kazakh students will be able to pay a part of their tuition by volunteering, said Director of the Department of Higher and Postgraduate Education of the Ministry of Education and Science Adlet Toibayev at a July 7 press conference. The programme will be available...

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev elected Kazakhstan’s president with 70.96 percent of the vote

NUR-SULTAN – Incumbent President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev won Kazakhstan’s June 9 presidential election, receiving 70.96 percent of the vote (6,539,715 votes), said Central Election Commission (CEC) Member Lyazzat Suleimen at a June 10 CEC briefing on election results. With more than 50 percent of the vote, he was recognised as...

YARKOcross run emphasises fun, charity and health awareness

NUR-SULTAN – People will run five kilometres for charity at the seventh annual paint race YARKOcross in the capital’s Triathlon Park July 20, reports the city akimat (administration) press service. The race is organised by the Plant a Tree fund with the support of the akimat. With clean white...

UN agency, Kazakh government host Arms Trade Treaty workshop in Nur-Sultan

NUR-SULTAN –The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD) and the Kazakh Government hosted July 3-4 in Nur-Sultan the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) workshop for Central Asia and Mongolia. The workshop sought to promote the universalisation and implementation of the treaty and...

Children’s book series introduces Central Asia to readers of all ages, backgrounds

NUR-SULTAN – Author Marina Abrams is introducing Central Asia to people of all ages in the English and Russian-language illustrated book “Orange and Blue: The World of Barzu.” The story of a boy from the mountains and his family features a folkloric narrative and an educational section, all of...

Meat processing plant opens in Akmola Region

NUR-SULTAN – KazBeef Group opened a meat processing plant July 11 in Schuchinsk in the Akmola Region, reported the Kazakh Invest press service.   The company is the country’s only producer of marbled beef using U.S. technologies, with a full production cycle of high-quality meat products from feed cultivation...

Altyn Adam World exhibition tour opens in North Macedonia

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh National Museum opened The Great Steppe: History and Culture exhibition July 11 at the Macedonian National Archaeological Museum in Skopje. The display, part of the Altyn Adam (Golden Man) World international exhibition, will afford residents an opportunity to see the mysteries of the vast area....

Astana Opera Ballet performs in Lithuania

NUR-SULTAN – Astana Opera Ballet staged a gala programme July 9 in Kaunas, Lithuania. The performance received high praise from both local critics and the audience, reported zakon.kz. The programme included classic and contemporary pieces. Altynai Assylmuratova started the concert with the pas de deux from “Giselle” by Adolphe...

Paralympians from 78 countries compete for 20 gold medals at Nur-Sultan’s World Para Powerlifting Championships

NUR-SULTAN – Four hundred and forty-one Paralympians from 78 countries are competing for the World Para Powerlifting Championships’s 20 gold medals in the capital’s Congress Centre July 12-20, reports the city akimat (administration). Powerlifters set a strong tone on the first day, with three-time Paralympic silver medallist Cui Zhe...

All ethnicities have equal rights in Kazakhstan, says Tatar community leader

NUR-SULTAN – The Bulgar Tatar ethno cultural association in Aktau (Mangystau Region) assists those who wish to know and preserve Tatar culture, traditions and customs. The ability to maintain one’s identity and share it with others is welcome, noted association head Fandal Sakhibgareyev. “Far from the historical homeland, few...

Kazakhstan can become one of global leaders in investment attractiveness

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, during his inauguration speech last month, stated that one of the key priorities for Kazakhstan is to create new jobs and provide people with good wages. One of the ways to achieve this objective is to attract more foreign investment to Kazakhstan. This is why...

In today’s world, we need a stronger partnership between the European Union and Central Asia

In our highly interconnected world of today, where closer regional and inter-regional cooperation is essential for peace and prosperity, Europe and Central Asia have never been so close. Neither have the potential benefits of working even more closely together been so evident. We are witnessing a time of important...