External News in Brief

Zhas Otan, the youth wing of Kazakhstan’s Nur Otan ruling political party, participated June 27-30 in the Central Asian Youth Forum in Tashkent and Samarkand. The forum participants sought solutions to achieve sustainable social and economic development of the region, cultural cooperation, tourism development and the role of youth in preventing and countering violent extremism and radicalisation. The participants also suggested establishing the Central Asian Youth Council that will take part in the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum next year in New York. The next gathering of the Central Asian youth is slated for 2019 in Kazakhstan’s Turkestan region.

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Kazakhstan’s mission to the United Nations in New York joined the celebrations of Astana’s 20th anniversary. Heads of different UN bodies and agencies, international organisations and NGOs, representatives of UN member states and journalists attended the event. Kazakhstan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Kairat Umarov told guests about the history of Astana and its development. Umarov said Astana is earning international reputation and global influence with its hosting of large international events and important negotiation processes, including the Syrian peace talks. “Astana’s peacebuilding efforts are reflected in the work of Kazakhstan as a UN Security Council non-permanent member. Our capital is open for cooperation with all UN member states,” said Umarov.

A Kazakh delegation headed by Kazakh Invest Deputy Chair Marat Birimzhan took part in the Belt and Road Summit international investment forum in Hong Kong organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). Gathering more than 5,000 representatives of governments and businesses from 55 countries, the summit explored opportunities in the Belt and Road project that is currently in its fifth year seeking to strengthen regional cooperation, stimulate connectivity and infrastructure development. The Kazakh Invest representatives briefed the participants on investment opportunities across mining, infrastructure and energy. During the meeting with the HKTDC management, the delegation discussed the preparation for the visit of the expanded trade and investment mission, including leading companies from Hong Kong and mainland China, to Astana scheduled for September.

“Legend of the Golden Man: Secrets of the Steppes” documentary telling a story about one of the most prominent archaeological discoveries in Kazakh history aired July 7 on BBC World News channel covering Europe, Asia-Pacific region, the U.S., Central Asia, Middle East, Latin America and South Africa. The Golden Man, a noble warrior of ancient Saka tribes once inhabiting the territory of Kazakhstan, was discovered in 1969 in the Issyk burial mound approximately 50 kilometres east to Almaty by a group of archaeologists headed by eminent Kazakh archaeologist Kemal Akishev. The finding dates back to the fourth-third centuries BC. The documentary features materials produced last year with the Shaken Aimanov Kazakhfilm Studio as part of the Legends of the Great Steppe campaign that showed Kazakh sacred sites, including the famous Aisha-Bibi mausoleum and Khoja Ahmed Yassawi mausoleum.

Kazakhstan presented innovation services and technologies, smart home and smart city solutions as well as projects in the Internet of Things (IoT) technology during the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai in its effort to keep up with global trends. Kazakhtelecom, national telecommunications operator, represented the country at the event. Among the projects introduced to the participants were the company’s M2M/IoT network utilising LORA, Zigbee and LTE technologies, the largest in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) that recently completed its first stage, initiatives in info communication technologies (ICT), e-commerce and FinTech. As part of the congress, the company signed contracts with Mobile International Limited (CMI), China Unicom Global and China Telecom Global.

 

Kazakh scientists, engineers and students will be taking part in the activities of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN). The document signed June 29 in Geneva between the organisation and the Kazakh Ministry of Energy is meant to strengthen cooperation and expand access of Kazakh academic community to the CERN database and research. As part of the agreement, more than 50 graduate students and PhD students will have a chance to pass an internship at the CERN and take part in experiments conducted on its installations, including the large hadron collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator introduced in 2008.