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Officials and experts agree united efforts against corruption give positive results

ASTANA – More than 60 percent of Kazakhstan’s public services are provided in electronic format which has reduced the level of domestic corruption by two-thirds, said State Secretary Gulshara Abdykalikova at the Dec. 8 Modern Anti-Corruption Standards and International Cooperation Development conference in the capital. The event was held one …

Multiple arrests made in suspected laundering of more than $50 million

ASTANA – The interdepartmental investigative and operational group of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau and the National Security Committee apprehended Nov. 13 in Almaty Iskander Yerimbetov, Vasilina Sokolenko, Dmitriy Pestov and Mikhail Zorov on suspicion of embezzlement and money laundering. The Anti-Corruption Bureau reports that pre-trial investigations were requested by...

EXPO site to host AIFC, educational centre

ASTANA – EXPO 2017 may have concluded, but that doesn’t mean the grounds have become a ghost town. Once the international pavilions have been reconstructed, the vacated premises will be occupied by various organisations, said Astana EXPO 2017 national company chair Akhmetzhan Yessimov. “For residents and guests of the...

Diplomatic Christmas bazaar raises record funds for charity

ASTANA – The 10th Anniversary Diplomatic Christmas Charity Bazaar, organised by Ambassadors’ Spouses Astana (ASA), raised almost 42 million tenge (US$126,400), which is the record amount of money ever collected during these events. The bazaar took place Dec. 3 in Radisson Hotel, where 53 embassies offered their unique national...

Turning 20, Astana is the pride of Kazakhstan

When the settlement of Akmola was established on the banks of the Yessil River in 1830, perhaps few could have imagined that this place, which initially had a population of approximately 2,000 people, would one day become a major modern city and a transport and financial hub for Eurasia. Back in the 19th century, the…

Officials and experts agree united efforts against corruption give positive results

ASTANA – More than 60 percent of Kazakhstan’s public services are provided in electronic format which has reduced the level of domestic corruption by two-thirds, said State Secretary Gulshara Abdykalikova at the Dec. 8 Modern Anti-Corruption Standards and International Cooperation Development conference in the capital. The event was held...

Kazakhstan set to ease import restrictions at Kyrgyz border

President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov agreed during a Nov. 30 closed-door meeting in Minsk, Belarus that Kazakhstan would loosen border regulations on freight vehicles imposed during recent border tensions between the two countries. In October, Kazakhstan enforced strict controls on freight vehicles at the Kyrgyz border....

Largest Chinese bank considering opening subsidiary in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – China Construction Bank (CCB) is considering opening a subsidiary in Kazakhstan as a result of negotiations between the governments. The parties understand the important role of Kazakhstan as a link in China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the nation’s financial institutions. Kazakh Ambassador to China Shakhrat Nuryshev...

Win in Prague secures FC Astana’s historic progress to Europa League playoffs

ASTANA – FC Astana secured a 1-0 win away against SK Slavia Prague in the sixth round of the UEFA Europa League’s group stage Dec. 8, becoming the first Kazakh club to ever make it to the European Cup playoffs. Slavia was one point ahead before the match, so...

Astana Opera holds charity concert

ASTANA – Approximately 300 children from low-income families, those from large families and youngsters with disabilities attended the Dec. 3 Diversity of Musical Voices charity concert at the Astana Opera Chamber Hall. The opera house holds such events every year for children who otherwise would not have an opportunity...

Kazakh tourism industry on rise, figures show

ASTANA – A record number of foreign tourists visited Kazakhstan in the first nine months of 2017, according to finprom.kz analytical service, as the number traveling to the country from abroad grew 18 percent compared to the previous year. The domestic tourism sector followed the same trend, with the...