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Central Asian leaders attend Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) launch

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and leaders of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan toured the digitisation exhibition as part of the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) opening. “AIFC participants will have access to the capital not only of Kazakhstan and the region, but the whole world. Unprecedented conditions have been created …

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Kazakhstan remains undiscovered bird-watching destination

Kazakh Invest and UAE investors consolidate cooperation prospects

ASTANA – The head of Kazakh Invest and general secretary of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Association of Foreign Investors signed a bilateral cooperation agreement as part of Kazakhstan Global Investment Roundtable 2018 in early July. Saparbek Tuyakbaev and Jamal Saif Al Jarwan discussed cooperating and implementing current and...

Astana collects record high revenue in 2017

ASTANA – The Astana city government collected in 2017 the highest amount of revenue in 10 years, reported finprom.kz. The past year also witnessed greater investment into Astana’s fixed assets. “Astana’s budget revenue reached a record high of 469.4 billion tenge (US$1.37 billion) in the last ten years. Tax...

EU, Central Asian delegations hold political, security talks in Ashgabat

ASTANA – Delegations from Central Asian foreign ministries and from European External Action Service (EEAS) held the fifth annual High Level Dialogue (HLD) on Political and Security matters in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, on July 9. Central Asian authorities and the EU are working to present the updated EU Strategy on...

Almaty hosts Central Asia on Great Silk Road Conference

ASTANA – Scholars from 20 countries discussed the role of Central Asia on the Global Silk Road, the dialogue of cultures and confessions from antiquity to modernity at the June 13-15 Central Asia on the Great Silk Road International Scientific and Practical Conference in Almaty. The scientists paved the...

Kazakh banks to enter Uzbek market

ASTANA – Kazakh National Bank and Uzbek Central Bank signed July 10 an agreement to exchange information in the banking sector that will allow Kazakh banks to open subsidiaries and offices in Uzbekistan, said Kazakh National Bank Chair Daniyar Akishev at a press conference following the signing of the...

Atameken discusses prospects of affordable tourism

ASTANA – Enjoyable vacations are respites appreciated by all. To accommodate travelers, priorities of developing tourism infrastructure needs to consider the viewpoints of local industry associations, residents and entrepreneurs, and government projects must facilitate affordable, cost-effective and comfortable getaways, said Chair of Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs Timur Kulibayev....

Astana Opera to present open-air performance in Borovoye

ASTANA – Astana Opera will travel to Borovoye July 14 to present “Birzhan-Sara.” The open-air event is dedicated to the capital’s 20th anniversary and the directors feel the forest acoustics will bring fresh colour to the singing. “Birzhan-Sara” is the property of Kazakh opera art. To make the production...

Kazakh boxers win gold at Brandenburg Youth Cup boxing tournament in Frankfurt

ASTANA – The Kazakh boxing team took first place at the July 3-8 Brandenburg Youth Cup in Frankfurt, Germany. The team won seven gold, one silver and one bronze medals. The first gold was won by light flyweight Makhmud Sabyrkhan (49 kg), who secured a 3:2 victory over Adam...

Women’s Republican Council seeks international cooperation to improve women’s entrepreneurship

ASTANA – The Women’s Republican Council (WRC) joined with Kazakh State Secretary Gulshara Abdykalikova and a delegation from the UAE (United Arab Emirates) Businesswomen Council July 3 to discuss future cooperation. WRC Chairwoman Khanzada Baltayeva spoke about the meeting in an interview with The Astana Times. The international event...

Kazakh economic openness good for the country, good for global partners

Only a few years ago, it seemed that the argument of whether countries thrived best when they had economies open or partially closed to trade and investment was decided. Although there was still a vocal minority who doubted the benefits of removing barriers and focused on the draw-backs of globalisation, it had decreasing influence. Instead,…

New trends in global media reflected in Kazakh media development

Modern society’s intense technological development dictates new requirements in mass communication. Nurgul Mauberlinova, Kazakh Vice Minister of Information and Communications, spoke about the tasks currently facing the nation’s  media. Today, experts unanimously affirm that journalism will never be the same – the high data transfer speed, mass ‘gadgetisation’ of society and overall development of new…