Kazakhstan to conduct population census in October 2020

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan will conduct a comprehensive population census in October 2020. The nationwide survey will be the third since the country’s independence in 1991, with the others conducted in 1999 and 2009. As of November, the population is 18,580,330, with the biggest increases recorded in the capital; Almaty, the country’s …

National news in brief

The government will submit 16 draft laws to Parliament in 2020, according to Primeminister.kz. The draft plan was developed taking into account the strategic objectives of Kazakhstan’s First President Nursultan Nazarbayev and instructions of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. The laws are focused on further developing the social sector, physical education...

From Sultan to Nur-Sultan: public talk series on Kazakh capital history kicks off with Altynov lecture 

NUR-SULTAN – A series of capital history public talks, organised by the Fading.TSE Nur-Sultan history project, started Oct. 25 with a guest lecture by regional historian Assylbek Altynov. “We thought about the topic of the debut Talking.TSE talk for a long time and decided that it should be connected...

Astana Club discusses Eurasian region’s role in future of global security

NUR-SULTAN – The fifth annual Astana Club meeting started Nov. 11 with the “World (Dis)Order: Who writes the history of the future” discussion of international politics and Eurasia and Central Asia’s place in it. “If you look at the geography of the most acute global conflict nodes of recent...

Shymkent to host ninth Central Asia Trade Forum 

NUR-SULTAN – Shymkent will host the ninth Central Asia Trade Forum Nov. 12-13. Kazakhstan’s third largest city will welcome more than 450 business executives, government officials, small and medium-sized enterprises, international organisations and civil society leaders to explore horticulture innovation and investment, make trade deals and forge new partnerships. ...

Business news in brief

The Ministry of Finance has discussed the possibility of introducing fiscal transaction registration with the National Bank and Kaspi Bank, reported vlast.kz. The Kaspi Gold bankcard offers the option of directly transferring money to other Kaspi clients without commissions using a mobile phone number. The ministry, however, is concerned...

Qatar Airways to launch flights to Kazakhstan in December

NUR-SULTAN – Qatar Airways is set to launch direct flights to Kazakhstan connecting the Kazakh capital, Almaty and Qatar capital Doha under the open skies regime introduced Nov. 1 at the country’s 11 airports, reported sputniknews.kz. Negotiations between the countries’ civil aviation authorities concluded Nov. 8. Qatar Civil Aviation...

Almaty hosts fourth European Film Festival 

NUR-SULTAN – The European Union Delegation to Kazakhstan presented the fourth European Film Festival Nov. 5-7 in Almaty. The programme included 16 films produced by European Union (EU) member states. Special guests included directors Caroline Thirion (Belgium) and Renars Vimba (Latvia), who taught master classes on pitching ideas and...

Kazakh legionnaire’s hat trick helps his club win Norway’s cup

OSLO – Kazakh athlete and national team member Iskander Nugmanov, playing this season for Oslo’s Ready club, completed a hat trick in the club’s win over Ullern. The capital clubs were playing for the Kretsmestere Cup in anticipation of the regular Norwegian Ice Hockey Championship.  Nugmanov’s three goals iced...

Shalabai breeding farm renews Akbas cow breed line, boosts local welfare 

NUR-SULTAN – Shalabai breeding farm has resurrected the Kazakh Akbas cow breed in the namesake village of its origin and rejuvenated life in the dying town through many farm projects. General Director Kuanysh Suleimenov built the farm almost from scratch, driven by, as he put it, a sense of...

Improvement in rankings no reason for complacency

In the first years after independence, Kazakhstan made major strategic decisions which, with hindsight, can be seen to have had a huge role in shaping the history of the country. The very early decision, for example, to renounce nuclear weapons did much to define Kazakhstan’s relationship with the world...

All goods produced in Kazakhstan can be very competitive internationally, minister says

NUR-SULTAN – In his recent wide-ranging interview with the Kazakhstanskaya Pravda newspaper, Bakhyt Sultanov, Minister of Trade and Integration of Kazakhstan since June 2019, shared his views on efforts to regulate domestic trade with a view of stimulating it, the country’s export potential and measures to support it, as...