Kazakh, Chinese leaders agree to develop long-term strategic partnership

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed during a Sept. 11 meeting in Beijing to “develop a long-term, strategic and comprehensive partnership,” reports the Akorda. “We believe that China’s success is an important basis for the development of cooperation between our countries,” said Tokayev who paid …

Kazakh draft law would toughen penalties for rape, child sexual abuse

NUR-SULTAN – A draft law is being developed to make penalties more stringent for rape and child sexual abuse, Deputy Prosecutor General Murat Akhmetzhanov said at a Sept. 11 press conference. “The draft law is being prepared to further improve the Criminal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure....

Apartment with yurt room for rent in Nur-Sultan

NUR-SULTAN – Capital residents may have noticed an unusual advertisement posted on the real estate website krisha.kz about a five-bedroom apartment in the Skazochnyi Mir (Wonderland) residential complex. Large groups of travellers now have the option of residing in an apartment with a yurt room. The rental offers the...

Kazakhstan’s history of peace, denuclearisation are valuable in time of global risks, says President

NUR-SULTAN – As the role of international law and global institutions in maintaining peace and security diminish, Kazakhstan’s history of peace and denuclearisation can serve as a valuable model, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev told the Sept. 11 gathering of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. “Our country...

Kazakhstan shows positive model of integration, says OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities

NUR-SULTAN – How can a country ensure social integration for national minorities? Why is a state language key for integration? How do digital media help to ease inter-ethnic tensions? The Astana Times exclusively interviewed Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) Lamberto...

Kazakh industrialisation programmes create 11,000 jobs since 2010

NUR-SULTAN – One-hundred-fourteen projects worth approximately 276 billion tenge (US$715.07 million) were implemented and approximately 11,000 jobs created under national industrialisation programmes since 2010, said Kazakh Vice Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development Amaniyaz Yerzhanov at a Sept. 12 government press conference. Industrial development is a priority for the...

Kazakh government to allocate nearly $59 million to develop Imantau-Shalkar mountain lake resort

NUR-SULTAN –The Kazakh government is planning to direct 22.8 billion tenge (US$58.73 million) to develop the Imantau-Shalkar mountain lake resort in the North Kazakhstan region, said Entrepreneurship and Tourism Department head Kuralai Zharova at the Aug. 27 North Kazakhstan Region akimat (administration) meeting. The state’s tourism development programme estimated...

Kazakh artist exhibits Tengrianism-inspired paintings

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh artist Nazym Rakhimberdiyeva presented her Tengrianism-inspired (ancient Turkic faith) paintings Aug. 20 at her individual “Tengri of three worlds” exhibition in Almaty, reported mix.tn.kz. “I got interested in Tengrianism when I was wondering what our deities looked like. But it turned out that this is an...

Astana Pro Team’s Jakob Fuglsang wins Vuelta a España 16th stage

NUR-SULTAN – Astana Pro Team’s Jakob Fuglsang won the 16th stage of the Vuelta a España Sept. 10 atop Alto de la Cubilla, reported KazInform.kz. “I am super happy with my win! Finally, I’ve got a Grand Tour stage victory! It is a great continuation of my best season...

Expats give Kazakhstan high marks in new InterNations report

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan has shown the biggest improvement in the 2019 InterNations Business Solutions Expat Insider report, moving 27 ranks up to 22nd place from 49th spot in 2018. Along with Kazakhstan, Indonesia and Qatar have also shown huge improvements with respective 21 and 20 points up comparing to...

Kazakh President’s state-of-the-nation address sets right course for country’s future

The first state-of-the-nation address Sept. 2 from President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev underlined how Kazakhstan is confidently beginning the next stage of its development. On the economy, public services, quality of life and political reform, there were ambitious plans to drive the country forward. There was a commitment – backed by...

European Union and Central Asia: New Partnership in Action

The European Union (EU) has been engaged with the five countries in Central Asia from the very moment they gained their independence in the early 1990s. During that period the EU, as the biggest donor in the region, played an important role in supporting sovereignty and independence of the...