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Nazarbayev calls for greater multilateral economic cooperation within SCO

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev addressed the 18th Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) June 9 in Qingdao, China calling for greater multilateral economic cooperation among its eight member states. Nazarbayev told the gathering the recent addition of India and Pakistan has increased the organisation’s international influence. “After the accession …

Kazakhstan to allocate $69 million to develop areas surrounding Almaty

ASTANA – Kazakhstan will allocate 23.6 billion tenge (US$69.38 million) to develop the areas around Almaty until 2020, Minister of National Economy Timur Suleimenov announced during a recent government meeting. Development of the Almaty agglomeration that occupies 9,400 square kilometres is envisioned in the interregional plan until 2020, said...

Astana reads: local book clubs get on same page

ASTANA – Amidst the hustle and bustle of the capital, some residents are setting aside time to read books and discuss them in small communities. Founded in 2011, Astana Book Club allows book lovers to gather, read and talk about the same work. Club members have an opportunity to...

Kazakhstan, Brazil sign agreements on extradition, legal cooperation

ASTANA – Kazakh and Brazilian officials signed June 20 in Astana a treaty on mutual legal assistance on criminal matters, extradition and the transfer of convicted persons. “Kazakhstan and Brazil need legal cooperation in criminal and civic matters, particularly in issues like extradition, recovering assets, exchange of prisoners, and...

Almaty hosts Central Asia on Great Silk Road Conference

ASTANA – Scholars from 20 countries discussed the role of Central Asia on the Global Silk Road, the dialogue of cultures and confessions from antiquity to modernity at the June 13-15 Central Asia on the Great Silk Road International Scientific and Practical Conference in Almaty. The scientists paved the...

Kazakh government to change method of assigning basic pensions

ASTANA – Beginning July 1, the Kazakh government will change the method of assigning basic pension payments. The figure will depend on the duration of the individual’s participation in the pension system, reported the Government for Citizens press service. The base pension will be appointed only if a citizen...

Kazakhstan has ‘enormous opportunities’ to develop tourism, expert says

ASTANA – Tourism is undoubtedly one of the most important sectors of any economy, accounting for a significant share of income into the state budget of many countries. In Kazakhstan, the industry is only beginning to gain momentum. A lot has been done for the development of the tourist...

Minhwa Korean folk art exhibit opens in Astana

ASTANA – A display of Minhwa Korean folk art opened at the Library of the First President June 13 within its international project Dialogue through Culture. The exhibit presents 57 works including paintings, sculptural compositions and household items like dishes and furniture. The exhibition is a vivid example of...

FC Astana to face Montenegro team in early UEFA Champions League match

ASTANA – The Swiss city of Nyon recently held a toss-up of the first qualifying round of the 2018/19 season UEFA Champions League. Kazakhstan’s champion FC Astana will face Montenegro’s champion FK Sutjeska Niksic. The first match will be July 10-11 in Astana, and a return match will be...

Talented scientist, dedicated mayor, caring mother among nation’s 100 New Faces

ASTANA – Bella Gazdiyeva, the 35-year-old akim (mayor) of the rural Rodina district, candidate in philological sciences, associate professor, member of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan and mother of two has been named one of the country’s 100 New Faces. For her, it is a great responsibility...

Astana at 20: the reality exceeds the vision

There is a great deal to celebrate as Astana marks its 20th anniversary this year. It has, by any measure, been an extraordinary journey. In just two decades, the city has become not just the vibrant, contemporary capital of a modern, energetic country but one that is well on the way to achieving a high…

Responsibility. Initiative. Intermediation. Kazakhstan’s efforts in European security matters and OSCE

Kazakhstan’s engagement in European security matters is a remarkable story of taking responsibility, demonstrating initiative and taking on a moderating role in Central Asia, between the East and West of Europe and beyond the European continent. Kazakhstan has performed impressively in the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Kazakhstan’s 2010 OSCE Chairmanship set…