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Nazarbayev, Trump elevate strategic partnership during Washington meeting

WASHINGTON – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev met Jan. 16 with U.S. President Donald J. Trump at the White House during Nazarbayev’s two-day official visit to the United States, the first such visit at the invitation of the country’s leader since 2006. After the pomp, ceremony and protocol at noon, the two …

Green energy to satisfy electricity demand in East Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Solar installations, wind generators and a hydroelectric power station will be launched this year in the East Kazakhstan region. “These projects are implemented to develop the green economy, one of the main aspects of EXPO 2017.  The idea of constructing such power stations is particularly relevant in...

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...

New Astana pay-to-park system will increase available parking, decrease traffic, says passenger transport department chief

ASTANA – A new pay-to-park system to be launched in Astana this month should increase access to parking spaces, improve traffic flow and help create a culture of legal, systematic parking, said head of the city’s Passenger Transport Department Bekmyrza Igenberdinov. Nearly 9,000 toll parking spaces have been put...

Kazakhstan’s UNSC presidency gives voice to modern security, geopolitical realities

Kazakh citizens are justifiably proud that this month the country is chairing the United Nations Security Council. It is a special moment in our country’s history – another symbol of how far Kazakhstan has come as well as recognition of the growing importance of Central Asia. The presidency is, of course, taken in turns by…

Nazarbayev at UN Security Council: binding system to safeguard denuclearisation needed

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev chaired high-level briefing of the UN Security Council on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and related confidence-building measures on Jan. 18 in New York. He started his opening speech by thanking the international community for its confidence in Kazakhstan and in...

Kazakh expert weighs in on Central Asia’s top 10 foreign policy events in 2018

ASTANA – The first 2018 meeting of the Kazakhstan Council on International Relations (KCIR), held  Jan. 8, involved a discussion by experts of the top 10 significant events which will have important implications for the political and economic development, stability and security of Central Asia in 2018. Council Chair...

Kazakh National Bank lays out strict rules for collections agencies’ behaviour

ASTANA – The National Bank of Kazakhstan has announced what will be considered legal methods of interaction between collection agencies and debtors. On Jan. 9, representatives of the National Bank met with employees of collection agencies and public associations, the press service of the regulator reported. Representatives of the...

Museum dedicated to boxer Gennady Golovkin opens in Karaganda

ASTANA – A museum commemorating beloved Kazakh boxer Gennady “GGG” Golovkin opened in the sports complex also named after him in Maikuduk, the district in Karaganda where he was born. The museum showcases trophies, diplomas, boxing gloves, sneakers and other belongings of the undefeated champion. “It has been planned...

Astana to celebrate 20th anniversary with grand cultural events

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is planning a rich, year-long cultural programme to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its capital. Performances and exhibitions by the Vienna Opera, New York City Ballet, Grand Palais in Paris and British Museum and numerous events from 20 world capitals will enrich the festivities. Minister of...

Shymkent – the city of medieval culture and vibrant modern lifestyle

ASTANA – Warm weather, relatively cheap prices and hospitable people is how one would describe Shymkent, the third largest city in Kazakhstan and the largest in terms of land area. The city has grown significantly in the last decade and, as of 2017, the population was estimated at 943,000....