World chess champion debuts how-to-play book in Kazakh language

ASTANA – World chess champion Dinara Saduakasova recently presented her debut book, “Learning to play chess,” in the capital. The volume, which shares her experience and skills, is the first on the topic written in Kazakh. “It was not easy for me to write a book, because there was no such …

First private employment agency opens in Akmola region

ASTANA – The Akmola region Chamber of Entrepreneurs has launched Kásip-kz, the first private employment agency, reported the regional city administration Dec. 6. The agency, in cooperation with its strategic partners, will hold a job fair in January in Shymkent. The regional administration signed memoranda of cooperation with the...

Astana finishes construction on 71 idle private housing projects

ASTANA – Astana officials have completed construction on 71 out of 100 residential housing projects in which construction began since 2015 but was never completed. “In early 2015, more than 100 incomplete objects were identified, for which there were complaints from residents who had purchased housing but did not...

Eurasian Economic Union leaders discuss trade, digital economy in St. Petersburg

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev participated in the Dec. 6 Supreme Eurasian Economic Council (EEC) and the informal summit of the leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in St. Petersburg, Russia. The group discussed Russia’s 2018 chairmanship of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and increasing cooperation...

Central Asian self-governance enabled by greater regionalism, say scholars

ASTANA – Central Asia is shedding its image as a mere domain of competition among great powers and increasingly asserting its agency, said a Swedish scholar in a recent visit to Astana. Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst Deputy Editor and Central Asia-Caucasus Institute (CACI) and Institute of Security and Development Policy...

Kazakh agriculture ripe for international investment, says official

ASTANA – The international food and agriculture sector is valued at approximately $7.8 trillion. With the growth of the world’s population and its living standards, Kazakhstan’s agricultural success and strategic location in the heart of Eurasia can help the nation to meet people’s everyday needs. Similar in size to...

Morocco seeks Kazakh tourists, tourism agency partnerships

ASTANA – Morocco sees the potential for cooperation in the Kazakh tourism market, said the country’s first Ambassador to Kazakhstan Abdeljalil Saubry at the Dec. 5 inaugural Moroccan tourism day in the capital. The event gathered approximately 50 local tour agencies, five Moroccan tour operators and representatives of the...

Astana Opera adds Chopiniana and Scheherazade ballets to its repertoire

ASTANA – Astana Opera made a gift to capital residents and guests, presenting the premiere of the one-act ballets Chopiniana (Les Sylphides) and Scheherazade by choreographic art reformer Michel Fokine.   The premiere, staged Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, was devoted to the Day of the First President and the capital’s 20th anniversary celebration...

Kazakh driver Sultan Ibragimov makes impressive Formula 4 test debut

ASTANA – Fourteen-year-old Sultan Ibragimov will take part in the 2019 Formula 4 South East Asia Championship after completing the first test on the Sepang International Circuit Nov. 26-28 in Malaysia. He ran with the MERITUS.GP team during three days of testing. The test races became the first stage...

Poet Saule Doszhan introduces Kazakh life stories

ASTANA – Writer and poet Saule Doszhan, named an Honoured Art Worker of Kazakhstan in 2015, is the author of books based on touching true stories that raise social issues. Her works have been translated into world languages and her growing international recognition has inspired her to continue writing....

A new look at Kazakhstan’s history builds bridges to the future

Winston Churchill is among those credited with the observation that it is the victors who write the history books. He was reminding us that the version of history with which we are most familiar has often been biased in favour of those nations or regions that have enjoyed not just military but also political and…

Ruhani Zhangyru: Nazarbayev’s Model

The recent article by the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, titled “The Seven Facets of the Great Steppe”, which is in the continuation of his earlier article “Ruhani Zhangyru (Modernisation of Kazakhstan’s Identity): Future Course” published last year, deliberates upon civilisation’s aspects of the great steppe within the framework of history and its origin. In…