Zhambyl entrepreneurs to implement 62 projects creating nearly 2,000 jobs

NUR-SULTAN – Zhambyl Region entrepreneurs will be receiving more than 20 billion tenge (US$52.88 million) to start 62 projects as part of the Economy of Simple Things state programme. The Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs estimates the projects should create 1,845 jobs. The economic effect should reflect “an increase of production …

Mamin, Saparbayev hold meetings on preventing emergence, spread of coronavirus in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – In reaction to the outbreak of coronavirus in Asia, Prime Minister Askar Mamin organised a government meeting Jan. 26 on ways to prevent its spread and take precautionary measures in Kazakhstan. The following day, Deputy Prime Minister Berdibek Saparbayev chaired the first meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission...

Nur-Sultan history festival kicks off with architectural heritage exhibit, discussion

NUR-SULTAN – The capital’s local history festival kicked off Jan. 25 with a multimedia exhibition and public discussion of architectural heritage. “The festival was meant to be a dedication to the city and consisted of a discussion panel, where we tried to raise the questions and stimulate the dialogue...

International cooperation needed for secure, free digital world, says UN Special Advisor

NUR-SULTAN – International cooperation is required to realise the benefits of digital technology and new technologies, said Fabrizio Hochschild, special advisor on preparations for the United Nations (UN) 75th anniversary commemoration in a Feb. 1 interview with The Astana Times. Digital technology is transforming everything – the way people...

Central Asian country representatives discuss new extremism tendencies

NUR-SULTAN – Government, civil society and international organisation representatives from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan met in Dushanbe, Tajikistan Dec. 17-18 for the fourth New Tendencies in Violent Extremism and Preventive Measures regional dialogue, reported undp.org. “This dialogue serves as a platform for governments, experts and the research community...

AIFC, OneWeb to bring next generation satellite technology to Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) has announced plans to cooperate with London-based global communications company OneWeb to accelerate broadband connectivity in Kazakhstan, reported the AIFC press service Jan. 27. The agreement, signed by AIFC Governor Kairat Kelimbetov and OneWeb CEO Adrian Steckel at the World Economic...

‘Beautiful, amazing’: UNICEF volunteer from Hong Kong on six months in Nur-Sultan

NUR-SULTAN – Henry Liu came to Nur-Sultan in July 2019 for a six-month stint as a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) volunteer. Prior to coming to Kazakhstan, he had worked as a UNICEF volunteer in Hong Kong. “I did not know anything about Kazakhstan before arrival and did not...

Korean Cultural Centre in Nur-Sultan celebrates Lunar New Year

NUR-SULTAN – The Korean Cultural Centre in the capital celebrated the Lunar New Year Jan. 24, offering visitors the opportunity to learn about and participate in traditional festivities. The Lunar New Year, known in Korea as Seollal, falls on the first day of the first month of the Lunar...

Kazakh capital to host Olympics water polo Asian pre-qualification tournament

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh capital will host the Olympic men’s and women’s water polo Asian pre-Qualification Tournament Feb. 12-16, reported the National Olympic Committee. The participants will be vying for two licenses for the Tokyo Games. Four men’s teams from China, Iran, Kazakhstan and South Korea and six women’s...

Kazakh activist launches equal access project to improve entry to public spaces

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh activist Zhaslan Suleimenov launched the Equal Access project last year to improve accessibility to the nation’s public spaces. The operation received a four-month, $6,000 grant in June from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Central Asia Media Programme. The main goal is to draw...

Kazakhstan to be at centre of Fourth Industrial Revolution, battle against climate change

The World Economic Forum last week, as always, generated plenty of news and controversy. The main theme this year was the threat of climate change, although the discussions also underlined that powerful voices remain who believe the dangers are, at the least, exaggerated. But the week showed that many...

EU and Central Asia: new opportunities to work together for a green future

On 28 January 2020, friends from Central Asia, Afghanistan and the European Union will gather in Berlin for a conference organised by the German Foreign Ministry, entitled “Green Central Asia”. I was glad to accept the invitation and join foreign ministers from the region, for two main reasons. First,...