Kazakh doctors transplant artificial heart with donor

ASTANA – Kazakh doctors marked a historic moment in cardiac history Aug. 1 by successfully performing the world’s first orthotopic heart transplant on a patient with an artificial heart implant. “This is a new milestone in the development of cardiac surgery,” said Vice Minister of Healthcare Alexei Tsoi at a press …

Kazakh tenge hits record low, as National Bank says slide due to geopolitical tensions, emerging markets volatility

ASTANA – The Kazakh tenge continued to lose its value against U.S. dollar as it hit its all-time low Aug. 13, valuing 363.15 per $1. That number represented a 1.8 percent decrease overnight. Kazakh National Bank cited geopolitical tensions and U.S. protectionist policies and sanctions levied on neighbouring Russia...

Fighting brain drain: Ukrainian investors envision innovation park in Astana

ASTANA – Ukrainian investment group Ufuture plans to build an “Innovation Park” in Astana with the help of the Kazakh government and local businesses. The park is intended to be a small “city within city” that creates an environment for innovation and development that will propel the region’s economy...

Caspian Sea nations sign historic convention laying solid framework for use of resource-rich sea

AKTAU – After two decades of diplomatic efforts, the five Caspian Sea nations signed the convention on the water reservoir legal status that had been in the works since 1996. In addition, six more documents were signed on various aspects of cooperation. The convention and the agreements were signed...

Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan strengthen economic ties

ASTANA – An agreement between the Kazakh Chamber of Commerce and Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs to open a Kazakh trade house in Turkmenistan was reached during a trade and economic mission to Ashgabat. The mission, set up with the assistance of the Kazakh Embassy in Turkmenistan, was attended...

Kazakhstan launches a multimodal transport hub on Caspian shores

AKTAU – President Nursultan Nazarbayev officially inaugurated the ferry complex of the Kuryk Port – a multimodal hub on the shore of Caspian Sea on Aug. 11. The port will link several Eurasian highway and railway transit corridors to the sea and is part of the country’s Nurly Zhol...

American businessman boosts tourist flow to Kazakhstan

ASTANA – American businessperson David Valera seeks to develop tourism in Kazakhstan by opening the country as a cultural and tourist destination for foreign visitors. “I am proud to say that I am the only New Yorker, the only American, who has his company 100 percent dedicated to promoting...

Astana Opera’s fifth season ends with fanfares

ASTANA – Astana Opera’s fifth season coincided this summer with the capital’s 20th anniversary, and world opera and ballet masterpieces filled the halls of Kazakhstan’s largest opera house. The theatrical season saw 126,217 visitors. Grand premieres included operas (Georges Bizet’s “Carmen,” Giacomo Puccini’s “Turandot” and Mukan Tulebayev’s “Birzhan –...

Kazakh youth judo team wins bronze, individuals win gold at European Championships in Berlin

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s youth judo team placed third at the recent European Judo Championships in Berlin. Individual team members also two gold medals and five medals total. Damir Bolatbekov and Zhanbolat Bakytbergenov won gold in the 55kg and 73kg categories. Arslan Yesengel and Galiya Tynbayeva won silver medals and...

Evangelical Lutheran Archbishop: Religious harmony in Kazakhstan means respecting our faith, respecting others’

ASTANA – Yuri Novgorodov, Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kazakhstan and representative of the World Lutheran Association, discussed church activities, the role of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions and relations with the other confessions in Kazakhstan with The Astana Times. “The mission of...

Regional, international cooperation key to preserving trans-boundary rivers, lakes

Whatever the extraordinary progress of the last century, it was also an era in which the reckless exploitation of natural resources and casual damage to the environment took place at an unprecedented speed and scale. Man’s deliberate and accidental actions have altered our planet in ways which we are only now beginning to fully comprehend.…

Historic Caspian Sea convention caps decades of negotiation

Followers of international politics will know the complex challenges of negotiating to resolve issues affecting several countries, where each side is understandably looking to protect its national interest. Yet on Aug. 12,  the world witnessed a major diplomatic breakthrough, when the leaders of Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Russia, and Turkmenistan signed the Convention on the Legal…