Karaganda Region offers opportunities for multiple types of tourism, says deputy akim

NUR-SULTAN – The Karaganda Region’s convenient location, rich historical and cultural heritage, unique architectural monuments and sacred sites make it a unique tourist destination. Its diversity of attractions offer active, recreational, ethnographic and ecological tourism, said Karaganda Region Deputy Akim (Governor) Almas Aidarov at a recent tourism forum in Balkhash, …

Kazakh President flies to Arys after deadly explosion at weapons depot, pledges full support to residents and restoration of town

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev visited the town of Arys June 24 shortly after an explosion at an ammunition depot on the same day killed two, injured dozens and resulted in the evacuation of tens of thousands of city residents. The explosion occurred on a military base just...

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev elected Kazakhstan’s president with 70.96 percent of the vote

NUR-SULTAN – Incumbent President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev won Kazakhstan’s June 9 presidential election, receiving 70.96 percent of the vote (6,539,715 votes), said Central Election Commission (CEC) Member Lyazzat Suleimen at a June 10 CEC briefing on election results. With more than 50 percent of the vote, he was recognised as...

New storm drain systems in Nur-Sultan will mitigate recurring flooding

NUR-SULTAN – Parts of the Kazakh capital with insufficient stormwater drainage systems will see that change in the next two years. The Nur-Sultan akimat (administration) website provides more details on the projects. According to new Nur-Sultan Akim (Mayor) Altai Kulginov, three areas marked for upgrades are Uly Dala Street...

International simulation seminar on fighting human trafficking launches in Kazakh capital

NUR-SULTAN – The five-day International Simulation Training organised by the Kazakh Academy of Law Enforcement Agencies in the nation’s capital drew 120 participants from 17 countries to practice new skills, gain experience and enhance cooperation to address human trafficking along migration routes. The course, which will use trainings that...

ICD seeks to increase Central Asian participation in Islamic finance through developing local SMEs, says company chair

NUR-SULTAN – Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) seeks to advance the private sector in Central Asia through funding agricultural and transport infrastructure projects, thus hoping to include them in the Islamic Finance market, ICD CEO and General Manager Ayman Sejiny told The Astana Times....

S&P affirms Kazakh Bank RBK credit ratings at B-/B, kzBB at national scale

NUR-SULTAN – Standard and Poor’s (S&P) financial service company affirmed recently Kazakh Bank RBK’s long-term and short-term credit ratings at the level of B-/B with a stable outlook. S&P also confirmed the bank’s national scale rating at kzBB. “The affirmation of ratings reflects our view that last year Bank...

Karaganda Region offers opportunities for multiple types of tourism, says deputy akim

NUR-SULTAN – The Karaganda Region’s convenient location, rich historical and cultural heritage, unique architectural monuments and sacred sites make it a unique tourist destination. Its diversity of attractions offer active, recreational, ethnographic and ecological tourism, said Karaganda Region Deputy Akim (Governor) Almas Aidarov at a recent tourism forum in...

International Eurasian Film Festival to feature awards ceremony, master classes, promote Kazakh filming locations

NUR-SULTAN – The International Eurasian Film Festival to be held in Nur-Sultan from June 30 to July 6 will include the usual film screenings and award ceremonies, as well as master classes and promotional events to Kazakh filming locations, the festival press service reports. Films from China, France, Russia,...

Maria Agapova to be first Kazakh woman to compete in UFC world promotion 

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s first amateur mixed martial arts (MMA) world champion Maria Agapova has been invited to the second main fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series July 30 in Las Vegas. The winner will sign a contract with the world promoter. Agapova...

All ethnicities have equal rights in Kazakhstan, says Tatar community leader

NUR-SULTAN – The Bulgar Tatar ethno cultural association in Aktau (Mangystau Region) assists those who wish to know and preserve Tatar culture, traditions and customs. The ability to maintain one’s identity and share it with others is welcome, noted association head Fandal Sakhibgareyev. “Far from the historical homeland, few...

Newly elected Kazakh President to focus on economic prosperity, multi-vector foreign policy and fight against corruption 

With the election over and a strong mandate won for his leadership, newly elected Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has wasted no time in setting out his vision for the country. His inaugural address on June 12 was both comprehensive and ambitious, underlining his determination to build on his predecessor’s...

Consistent, systematic change necessary for Kazakh education system to achieve goals of Bologna Process

As the 10th anniversary of joining the Bologna Process approaches, the Kazakhstan government shall take stock of its progress and address two main questions. Have we achieved our goals? Where do we go from here and how? The answers to both these questions depend on who you ask. For...