Astana Economic Forum discusses urbanisation trends

NUR-SULTAN – Almost 5,500 delegates from 74 countries gathered May 16 for the first day of the two-day 12th Astana Economic Forum (AEF). The annual forum is considered a key economic event in Eurasia and the theme of this year’s forum was “Inspiring growth: people, cities, economies.” “By 2030, 5.1 billion …

Ak Zhol Democratic Party candidate Daniya Yespayeva’s platform addresses business environment, public trust

NUR-SULTAN – The campaign platform of Ak Zhol Democratic Party candidate for president Daniya Yespayeva centres on developing “a market economy, democracy and social justice” in Kazakhstan and identifies three key areas to improve citizens’ well-being. Founded in 2002, the Ak Zhol Democratic Party is a liberal political party...

Co-working space for children with special needs opens in capital

NUR-SULTAN – The Karabekov Foundation opened May 7 a children’s inclusive co-working space in the Kazakh capital as a part of its Pryanik project to socialise children with special needs. The space welcomes children to participate in master classes in arts and cooking as well as in movie nights....

Online poll asks public to choose murals to display on Nur-Sultan buildings

NUR-SULTAN – The Urban Art Astana Festival is conducting a public vote to choose which murals to display on Nur-Sultan buildings, reported urbanfest.kz. “An international jury pre-selected 52 works that are available for voting in a public poll. Overall, we received 200 works from all around the world. The...

European Commission adopts strategy to deepen relations with Central Asia

NUR-SULTAN – The European Commission adopted May 15 a new strategy on relations with Central Asia meant to deepen relations and capitalise on the region’s growing influence. “Central Asia has always been a key region: for its history, for its culture, and for its role of connecting East and...

Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan hope planned border trading centre will boost trade to $5 billion by end of 2020

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are planning to open the Central Asia international centre for trade and economic cooperation on their shared border. The countries have set a goal to increase bilateral trade to $5 billion by the end of 2020, said Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev at the April...

China-Europe railroad shipment route through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus exceeds expectations in 2019, says UTLC President

NUR-SULTAN – The China-Europe railroad shipment route that crosses Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus has become more popular due to the efforts of the United Transport and Logistics Company (UTLC) and participating countries, said President Alexey Grom at the company meeting with the press. “When it comes to reverse (from...

Kamystybas Lake emerges as an eco and medical tourism destination

NUR-SULTAN – The Kyzylorda Region has long been associated with one of the region’s main products, Syr Marzhan rice, and the birthplace of Korkyt Ata, the Turkic songwriter and composer from the ninth century. But now the region is becoming more attractive as a tourism destination because Kamystybas Lake,...

Kazakh National Museum participates in a ‘Night at the Museum’ May 18

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh National Museum marked International Museums Day and its fifth anniversary joining worldwide event Nights at the Museum May 18. In addition to the museum’s displays, the museum organised activities for its visitors to immerse them in Kazakh history, culture, traditions and customs. The night included workshops,...

Nur-Sultan to host 2021 World Combat Games

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh capital has been chosen to host the 2021 World Combat Games, the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) announced recently. The games usually feature 15 Olympic and non-Olympic sports, such as aikido, boxing, fencing, judo, ju-jitsu, karate, kendo, kickboxing, Muay Thai, pankration, sambo, savate,...

Each of us writes our common Kazakh history, says German community leader

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan is a multinational state, where more than 130 ethnicities live in peace. Each group has the right to learn its own language and create communities that help to preserve its traditions and customs and pass them to the next generation. Through this, the people of Kazakhstan...

June 9 presidential election set to be most competitive in Kazakhstan’s history

When the presidential elections were announced last month, analysts and experts began to actively speculate about who would run to become Kazakhstan’s head of state. As the campaign has just formally begun, we now have the answer to that question. A total of seven candidates have been registered by...

Economic integration: a driving force for sustainable development

Leading thinkers from the world over gather at the Astana Economic Forum this week. Their focus is on the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and how it should shape long-term economic growth and social development strategies in Kazakhstan and Central Asia. As international best practice and practical...