Kazakh President establishes National Council to strengthen public’s engagement in reform agenda 

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev established July 17 the National Council of Public Trust to make government more responsive to the people.  The National Council is an advisory body to the President and will make public policy recommendations after broad discussion with representatives of the public, political parties and civil …

Advanced technology surgery centre opens in Semey

NUR-SULTAN – A new surgery centre opened July 14 in Semey. This centre uses hybrid surgery technologies that are unique to Kazakhstan and corresponds to international joint commission accreditation standards for hospitals, reports KazInform. “Today, I enjoyed working with modern, high-class equipment in the new surgical room, which has...

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev elected Kazakhstan’s president with 70.96 percent of the vote

NUR-SULTAN – Incumbent President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev won Kazakhstan’s June 9 presidential election, receiving 70.96 percent of the vote (6,539,715 votes), said Central Election Commission (CEC) Member Lyazzat Suleimen at a June 10 CEC briefing on election results. With more than 50 percent of the vote, he was recognised as...

Nur-Sultan to incorporate President’s directives on improving living standards into capital’s social, economic development

NUR-SULTAN – The capital’s akimat (administration) will incorporate President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s call for government to improve living standards in the city’s social and economic development, said Nur-Sultan Akim (Mayor) Altay Kulginov at a July 17 meeting on the results of the July 15 expanded government meeting chaired by Tokayev....

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan agree to bring trade turnover by $1 billion in 2020

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan agreed to bring their trade to $1 billion in 2020 during the recent visit of Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin to Bishkek and his meeting with Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov. In 2018, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan traded approximately $850 million, a 13 percent year-on-year increase.  ...

Children’s book series introduces Central Asia to readers of all ages, backgrounds

NUR-SULTAN – Author Marina Abrams is introducing Central Asia to people of all ages in the English and Russian-language illustrated book “Orange and Blue: The World of Barzu.” The story of a boy from the mountains and his family features a folkloric narrative and an educational section, all of...

Kazpost delivers cutting-edge services after five-year transformation 

NUR-SULTAN – Kazpost, which began updating all of its services and processes five years ago, has seen a tremendous spurt in development. Kazpost Chair Saken Sarsenov spoke with The Astana Times about the company’s achievements in e-commerce, privatisation in 2020, using drones to reach remote villages and efforts to...

Alakol Lake officials announce $78 million tourism infrastructure investment

NUR-SULTAN – Thirty billion tenge (US$78.3 million) will be invested in the next four years in infrastructure projects at Alakol Lake, a popular beach vacation destination between the East Kazakhstan Region and Almaty. A working group was created to plan and monitor the projects. The lake, among the national...

Astana Opera Ballet performs in Lithuania

NUR-SULTAN – Astana Opera Ballet staged a gala programme July 9 in Kaunas, Lithuania. The performance received high praise from both local critics and the audience, reported zakon.kz. The programme included classic and contemporary pieces. Altynai Assylmuratova started the concert with the pas de deux from “Giselle” by Adolphe...

Kazakh children win medals at Winners Games for cancer survivors

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh children won medals at the July 3-8 World Children’s Winners Games for cancer surviving children in Moscow. Expenses for some of the participants were paid by the Young Talents Samruk Kazyna programme. “I really enjoyed the games, where more than 500 people from 15 countries took...

All ethnicities have equal rights in Kazakhstan, says Tatar community leader

NUR-SULTAN – The Bulgar Tatar ethno cultural association in Aktau (Mangystau Region) assists those who wish to know and preserve Tatar culture, traditions and customs. The ability to maintain one’s identity and share it with others is welcome, noted association head Fandal Sakhibgareyev. “Far from the historical homeland, few...

Kazakhstan can become one of global leaders in investment attractiveness

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, during his inauguration speech last month, stated that one of the key priorities for Kazakhstan is to create new jobs and provide people with good wages. One of the ways to achieve this objective is to attract more foreign investment to Kazakhstan. This is why...

In today’s world, we need a stronger partnership between the European Union and Central Asia

In our highly interconnected world of today, where closer regional and inter-regional cooperation is essential for peace and prosperity, Europe and Central Asia have never been so close. Neither have the potential benefits of working even more closely together been so evident. We are witnessing a time of important...