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Nazarbayev proposes CIS modernisation, notes need for EAEU digitisation at Sochi summits

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev proposed measures to modernise the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) organisation during the Oct. 11 CIS Council of Heads of State meeting in Sochi, Russia. Nazarbayev also proposed during the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council (SEEC) meeting a gathering in 2018 to discuss digitisation of member …

Education Minister reports on State Programme for Education and Science Development

ASTANA – Kazakh Minister of Education and Science Yerlan Sagadiyev reported on the status of the State Programme of Education and Science Development (SPESD) for 2016-2019 during an Oct. 17 government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev. Sagadiyev reviewed the programme results for 2016, noting the positive assessment from President Nursultan Nazarbayev. “The state...

French artist incorporates renewable energy concept into Nur Alem sculptures

ASTANA – Contemporary French artist Mickael Obrenovitch created five amazing sculptures for the giant Nur Alem sphere at EXPO 2017. Many visitors saw the works, but few know the ideas and processes behind them. “My goal was to create accessible and attractive artwork that can talk to anyone simply with a relative...

We celebrate life, learning and success every day, says QSI Astana director

ASTANA – With the new school year in full swing, The Astana Times interviewed Quality Schools International (QSI) Astana director Jay Loftin about mastery learning, teaching in multicultural classrooms and why accreditation matters. Founded in 2005, QSI International School of Astana offers a mastery-learning programme with a curriculum similar...

Kazakh government needs to continue consolidating its strategy of attracting more foreign investment

Nearly a decade after the 2008 global financial crisis, the global economy is improving. The most recent International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecast, issued in July, projected global growth at 3.5 percent this year and 3.6 percent in 2018, up from 3.2 percent in 2016. Unemployment in the world’s biggest developed economies has been falling. Despite…

President Nazarbayev congratulates Kyrgyz president-elect

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev congratulated via telegram Sooronbay Jeenbekov on his election as President of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Akorda press service reported. Nazarbayev said he believes Jeenbekov’s presidency will be good for the Kyrgyz Republic and that Kazakh-Kyrgyz Republic cooperation will continue under Jeenbekov’s leadership. “I...

Kazakh Senate Chairman, Uzbek President praise bilateral relations

ASTANA – Kazakh Senate Chairman Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and a parliamentary delegation met with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev during a Sept. 25-27 official visit to Tashkent. Tokayev praised bilateral relations and said parliamentarians from the two countries could work to implement initiatives presented by the two presidents at their meeting...

Investments in Kazakh livestock sector grow

ASTANA – The focus of investment interest in agriculture is increasingly shifting towards livestock, as the investment growth rate in cultivating seasonal crops has slowed compared to the previous year, reported finprom.kz. Investment in livestock has hiked almost 15 billion tenge (US$44.49 million), or 51 percent, since January. “Over...

Barys fifth in Eastern Conference following one third of KHL matches

ASTANA – Following two games played last weekend, HC Barys Astana has completed 22 matches or more than one third of the scheduled matches of the regular Continental Hockey League’s (KHL) Championship. Barys had an impressive start this season and even occupied the first position in the KHL’s Eastern...

Young Kazakhs perform at UNESCO headquarters

ASTANA – Eight young Kazakhs performed at United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO headquarters in Paris as winners of the nation’s second Children in the Rhythm of the World Creative Youth Festival. More than 2,000 children from all regions submitted videos of their performances this summer. Twenty-four...

Expedition to Zhetysu’s sacred places documents history, promotes tourism

ASTANA – To raise awareness of the sacred and cultural sites of the Zhetysu region – and the tourism potential they represent – an expedition travelled one by one to the significant sites in the region between Sept. 18 and Sept. 23. “he rector of Zhetysu State University Kuat...