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Kazakhstan announces support for inter-Korean summit

ASTANA – Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov expressed support for the upcoming summit between the Republic of Korea and North Korea at an April 17 joint press briefing here with his Korean colleague Kang Kyung-wha. Abdrakhmanov said he hopes the April 27 summit provides a breakthrough for …

New report reviews religion and secularism in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Kazakhstan can offer the world a completely different model of state secularism and may serve as an example for other Muslim-majority states, according to a recent study published by the Stockholm-based Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP). After the fall of the Soviet Union, independent Kazakhstan,...

Astana to build waste recycling plant using French technology

ASTANA – Astana plans to build a garbage recycling plant using French technology by September 2019 that will use wet and dry fractions technology to process up to 75 percent of the city’s waste. The technology was presented at the recent EXPO 2017. “The construction of the plant worth...

Kazakhstan, UNDP organise seminar for Central Asian journalists and political scientists at UN headquarters

NEW YORK – The Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs organised a seminar April 9-13 in New York to acquaint journalists and political scientists from Central Asia with the work of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and Kazakhstan’s activities as a non-permanent member of the council. Kazakhstan organised the...

Kazakhstan resolves all Central Asian border issues, announces Kazakh President

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s national borders with all bordering Central Asian nations have been legally delineated and all border issues have been resolved, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced after a recent meeting of five Central Asian nation presidents. “The key point is that Kazakhstan finally finished the agreement on demarcation...

New favourable home loan programme to begin in second half 2018

ASTANA – The National Bank’s  7-20-25 mortgage programme to provide favourable loans for Kazakh citizens to buy homes will begin in the second half of this year, Kazakh National Bank Chairman Daniyar Akishev announced recently. “We need to change the legislation to make it work correctly. We will launch...

Three nature reserves to open as part of Sacred Kazakhstan initiative

ASTANA – Kazakhstan plans to open three new nature reserves, Sacred Kazakhstan Science and Research Centre Head Berik Abdygaliuly announced at a recent exhibit dedicated to the one-year anniversary of Kazakhstan’s National Identity Programme or Rukhani Zhangyru, inform.kz reports. “Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev initiated the idea and his administration...

Seven Veils of Eurasia exhibit reveals magical world of ballet

ASTANA – “Seven Veils of Eurasia,” an exhibit dedicated to the work of Russian photographer Alexei Kritsov and Belarusian sculptor Andrej Ostashov, opened April 12 in the ForteBank Kulanshi Art Space. The event includes more than 30 sculptures and 45 pictures reflecting the most important themes of our lives...

Traditional Kazakh belt wrestling tournament to be held in Almaty

ASTANA – Khalyk Barysy, the first national traditional Kazakh belt wrestling tournament, will be held May 7 as part of the Rukhani Zhangyru programme at the Sunkar International Ski Jumping centre in Almaty. The tournament is an effort to revive beldesu, Kazakh traditional belt wrestling, one of the oldest...

Hungarians, Kazakhs are almost relatives, says Hungarian cultural centre head

ASTANA – The people of Hungary and Kazakhstan, who share a nomadic past, are almost like relatives, said Hungarian Cultural Centre Head Aleksandr Papp. In a recent interview with The Astana Times, he marked common roots and historical circumstances among the key factors explaining their similarity. Uniting the small...

Rukhani Zhangyru – National Identity Programme: one year on

The health and strength of a nation, as we have witnessed repeatedly across the world, depends on more than just its economy. In fact, a clear, secure yet forward-looking sense of national identity and purpose can instead be the difference between those societies which struggle in testing economic times or fracture when faced with natural…

Belt and Road Initiative: One Vision of Justice

In 2017, the United Arab Emirates and Kazakhstan celebrated 25 years of friendship and diplomacy. The UAE is Kazakhstan’s largest Arab trade partner, with close to $643 million in bilateral trade recorded in 2017. Over the last decade, the UAE has made substantial investments, exceeding $2 billion in a wide array of economic sectors in…