Estonian Prime Minister’s visit to Kazakhstan focuses heavily on digital agenda

ASTANA – Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas paid a Nov.5-6 official visit to Kazakhstan for the first time. He was invited to take part in the Digital Bridge Forum and the presentation of the Astana Hub – International IT and Startup Hub. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev discussed prospects for strengthening cooperation …

Kazakh Majilis adopts health legislation amendments

ASTANA – The Kazakh Majilis, the lower house of the country’s Parliament, recently endorsed changes to 11 legislative documents, including the Health Code, Criminal Code, Criminal Procedure Code and Administrative Offences Code. The amendments cover several areas, said Minister of Healthcare Yelzhan Birtanov. The changes include a new model...

Kazakh government approves draft roadmap to ensure domestic food supply to Astana

ASTANA – Government officials approved Nov. 6 a 2018-2021 roadmap draft to ensure a domestic food supply for the nation’s capital. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev directed the Ministry of Agriculture to develop the stable supply of domestic food products to Astana, for which a two-year road map was initially...

Transporting two Kazakh satellites aboard Falcon 9 will cost $1.3 million

ASTANA – The price tag for Kazakhstan to launch two of its satellites aboard the Falcon 9 launch vehicle will be $1.3 million, said Minister of Defence and Aerospace Industry Beibut Atamkulov at the Nov. 6 government meeting. The satellites are scheduled for take-off Nov. 19 in California, Vice...

Gender-based violence does not have national borders, says Kyrgyz official

ASTANA – More than 60 government, parliamentary and civil society representatives and experts from Central Asia and beyond gathered in Bishkek Nov. 5 for the United Nations (UN) conference on Turning Policies into Action: Eliminating Gender-based Violence against Women and Girls in Central Asia. “Gender-based violence is a phenomenon...

Kazakhstan will support and incentivise IT innovation, says President

ASTANA – Kazakh innovators in information technology (IT) are to be incentivised and supported, said Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev Nov. 6 at the Astana Hub opening ceremony. The President said the Astana Hub is to become Kazakhstan’s centre of innovation. To facilitate this, users of the hub’s technopark will...

BBC, National Geographic broadcast films about Kazakhstan’s sacred places

ASTANA – Thirty short videos and several documentaries produced by the Kazakh government to showcase the country’s sacred geography as tourist destinations have been shown on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), National Geographic, Viasat history and Discovery channels. The videos and documentaries were produced by the Kazakh Ministry of...

Film director brings domestic violence against women into spotlight

ASTANA – Kazakh independent film director Zhanna Issabayeva’s latest film, “Rejected,” was presented in late October and distributed nationwide on the Chaplin Cinema Network. The film is a portrayal of attitudes and beliefs about infringing on women’s rights and domestic violence among those residing in rural and remote areas....

Kazakh skater wins silver at World Short Track Cup in Calgary

ASTANA – Kazakh athlete Abzal Azhgaliyev finished second in the 500 metres at the season-opening World Cup Short Track Nov. 2-4 in Calgary, Canada. Finishing the race in 40.136 seconds, Azhgaliyev placed second after Wu Dajing, China’s 24-year-old champion and gold medal winner at the Winter Olympics in South...

Kazakh entrepreneur seeks new ways to make movement more accessible for people in wheelchairs

ASTANA – Kazakhstan 100 New Face’s entrepreneur and Paralympic sportsperson Shahan Zholdasbayev directs all of his power and will towards creating an inclusive society by constructing ramps that allow people with limited mobility to easily move around the city. He expanded the social Pandus-Ok project into a company and...

Latest World Bank Doing Business Index affirms Kazakhstan’s measures to improve business environment

As we have pointed out before, having the courage to set big ambitions is vital whether you are an individual, business or country. Without such goals, there is a big danger that efforts will be unfocused and results disappointing. But it is also absolutely critical that these ambitions are backed by the practical and effective…

Kazakh-Russian economic cooperation is strong and developing, says Russian trade rep in Kazakhstan

In this interview, Trade Representative of the Russian Federation in Kazakhstan Alexander Yakovlev discussed new opportunities the strengthening of trade and economic relations that the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) offered to the two countries. Looking at a new history of relations between Russia and Kazakhstan, what factors, in your opinion, played the most important positive…