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Kazakh organisations form Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Association

ASTANA – In the midst of the worldwide blockchain and cryptocurrencies craze, Kazakhstan has realised the relevancy of the trend like never before. In mid-November, the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Association applied for state registration as a legal entity to promote the technology’s ideas and draft legislation in the field. The association …

15,000 people recruited through electronic labour exchange since October

ASTANA – Fifteen thousand people have been employed through the electronic labour exchange platform that has been operating in Kazakhstan since October. The pilot project introducing the new mechanism for employment runs in Almaty, Astana, Shymkent and Pavlodar. Though the labour exchange will be put into operation nationwide starting...

EXPO site to host AIFC, educational centre

ASTANA – EXPO 2017 may have concluded, but that doesn’t mean the grounds have become a ghost town. Once the international pavilions have been reconstructed, the vacated premises will be occupied by various organisations, said Astana EXPO 2017 national company chair Akhmetzhan Yessimov. “For residents and guests of the...

Charity Bazaar to extend goodwill ahead of Christmas holidays

ASTANA – The Diplomatic Christmas Charity Bazaar, initiated by the Ambassadors’ Spouses Association (ASA), will gather the capital diplomatic community and city residents Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. till 6 p.m. for a shared moment of goodwill benefitting those in need through entrance fees, raffle tickets and sales. Celebrating...

EXPO 2017 to benefit Kazakhstan and world long term

The success of any major event is judged not only by the number of its visitors or how well it is organised, but also by its legacy. Major events can be a significant catalyst for positive change, elevating the host’s global stature and turbocharging its economic, political and social development. A truly successful international event…

“Flowering” Central Asia will build security and prosperity from within, expert on region says

ASTANA – In an exclusive interview with The Astana Times, Dr. Frederick Starr, founder and former chairman of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and currently distinguished fellow for Eurasia at the American Foreign Policy Council discussed the current situation in countries of the region and provided his outlook on the...

Kazakhstan to deliver 1,000 tonnes of fuel oil as humanitarian aid to Tajikistan

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is intending to supply Tajikistan with 1,000 tonnes of fuel oil as humanitarian aid. The 128.68 million tenge (US$387,712) in assistance will be allocated from an emergency reserve in the 2017 government budget, according to a Kazakh Ministry of Defence and Aerospace Industry press release. “The...

Kazakhstan to create conditions for bio products export

ASTANA – The Kazakh government focused on the importance of creating conditions to export bio products or organic food at the latest government meeting in the capital. Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev instructed his cabinet to improve export policies and develop mechanisms to support non-primary exports, according to the prime...

Stanimir Stoilov reflects on FC Astana’s 2017 success

ASTANA – FC Astana head coach Stanimir Stoilov is among those who stand behind the team’s achievements. The club, managed by the 50-year-old Bulgarian, won the national championship this year for the fourth consecutive time. No other Kazakh coach has managed the feat. Astana demonstrated decent play recently both...

Kazakh film director completes black comedy crime caper debut

ASTANA – Young Kazakh film director Olzhas Akhmetov is set to release his debut work “Nedelimoe” (“Undividable”), shot in famed US director Quentin Tarantino’s style, Dec. 14. The shooting of the movie lasted only two weeks, though work on the script took almost half a year, informburo.kz reports. Akhmetov’s...

Shchuchinsk-Borovoe resort reservoirs to be cleaned, sanitised

ASTANA – The Kazakh government has allocated 15.7 billion tenge (US$47.3 million) to clean and sanitise reservoirs the Shchuchinsk-Borovoe resort zone, including Shchuchye, Borovoe and Karasu lakes from 2017 to 2022. Approximately 1.2 billion tenge (US$3,619,000) will be used to plant 233 hectares of the resort zone near the...