Congress of World Religions adopts declaration to build peace

ASTANA – Religious leaders adopted a declaration on the role of religion in the modern context Oct. 11 on the second and final day of the Sixth Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions here. “We appeal to all people of faith and goodwill to unite in this difficult …

Kazakh President’s statement at ASEM Summit

Remarks by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev at the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Distinguished Chairman! Distinguished Summit Participants! Today the number of conflicts is growing in different corners of the world, due to sanctions and trade wars on the rise international politics have become tense. Therefore, we should use ASEM...

Astana’s school canteens to use video surveillance cameras to enhance food quality

ASTANA – The local government will be installing video surveillance cameras in school canteens and kitchens throughout the city next year in an effort to enhance food quality, said capital education department head Anuar Zhangozin at an Oct. 15 akimat (city administration) briefing. Parents suggested the initiative to observe...

Cairo University launches Kazakh language programme

ASTANA – Cairo University recently launched a Kazakh language programme, reported Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Egypt Arman Issagaliyev at an Oct. 12 briefing here. “This is an important event. The programme will start at the faculty of literature from the 2018-2019 school year. This is a result of the...

Kazakh, Uzbek close ties stand test of time, says Uzbek ambassador

ASTANA – Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, sharing not only the border, but culture, history and spiritual values, have enjoyed a dynamic partnership over the years, with the bilateral ties withstanding the test of time, said Uzbek ambassador to Kazakhstan Saidikram Niyazkhojaev in an interview with The Astana Times. The nations...

Kazakhstan retains position in World Economic Forum ranking

ASTANA – Kazakhstan ranked 59th, maintaining last year’s position, on the recently-published World Economic Forum (WEF) 2018 Global Competitiveness Index (GCI). The Centre for Strategic Initiatives (CSI) held a press conference Oct. 17 to elaborate on the report, with director Bakhytzhan Sarkeyev and senior partner Olzhas Khudaibergenov answering questions....

Kazakh Tourism promotes six travel directions in TV series

ASTANA – Journey to the Great Steppe, a July 18-Sept. 29 expedition organised by Kazakh Tourism, travelled in six different directions to visit fascinating destinations throughout the country. The trip, one of the stages in developing the nation’s tourism, has become a 60-show TV series. Kazakh Tourism met with...

Central Asian start-up offers designs inspired by nomadic history

ASTANA – ASHKA, a London-based start-up, promotes Central Asia through modern design and storytelling, whilst giving back to the community from which it draws inspiration. The online store offers unique creations of British and Central Asian designers inspired by Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan’s rich history. “ASHKA is...

Kazakhstan’s Lutsenko wins stage at Cycling Tour of Turkey

ASTANA – Alexey Lutsenko who rides for Astana ProTeam recently won 4th stage of the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey. Lutsenko got ahead of Italian’s Diego Ulissi, who rides for UAE-Team Emirates, and Spain’s Eduard Prades riding for Euskadi-Murias (second and third respectively) to the finish line of the...

Historical knowledge is key for civic solidarity and responsibility, emphasises Azerbaijani community leader

ASTANA – The Azerbaijani diaspora in Kazakhstan is a proud one, with a compelling history which ought to be shared, said its community leader Vidadi Salakhov. Approximately 100,000 Azerbaijanis live in Kazakhstan. The ethnic group also resides in the Russian Federation, Georgia, Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan. Among Azerbaijanis...

Remarks by Kazakh President at the opening of the Sixth Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions

Remarks by H.E. President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan at the opening of the Sixth Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions Palace of Peace and Harmony, Astana Dear participants of the Congress and guests! I am sincerely happy to welcome you to Kazakhstan Your Eminences and Congregations! Excellencies! Dear participants and guests of the…

President Nazarbayev’s address to Nation: New Developments

Kazakhstan’s President every year delivers his address to the nation where he mentions the development of the nation and also asserts the imminent policies for Kazakhstan. The President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, on Oct. 5 delivered his annual state of the nation address. He mentioned developments such as a progressive state with a dynamic economy, peace and…