External News in Brief

A delegation of Kazakh Supreme Court judges and representatives of the country’s judicial board and economic courts led by Deputy Minister of Economy Serik Zhumangarin met in Berlin with representatives of the German Federal Ministries of Economy and Justice and Berlin trade and industry chamber to study the latter nation’s methods of developing anti-trust legislation. The agenda included business mergers, protecting consumer rights and investigating antitrust law violations. Zhumangarin said Kazakhstan has introduced “very serious changes in legislation.” “They [the German side] are interested, because courts are a continuation of the investment climate. They are also interested in our Astana International Financial Centre that is based on English common law,” he added.

Abai State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre received standing ovations during its three-day gala programme at Tbilisi’s Zakaria Paliashvili Opera and Ballet Theatre. The ballet dancers, soloists, symphonic orchestra and choir performed Akhmet Zhubanov and Latif Khamidi’s opera “Abai,” “The Fountain of Bakhchisaray” and works of European, Georgian and Kazakh composers, including “Daisi,” written by Georgian Zacharia Paliashvili, and “Song about Tbilisi.”

Tashkent recently hosted a business forum focusing on the role of women in economic development and gathering Kazakh and Uzbek businesswomen in a joint effort by both countries to support female entrepreneurship. Opening the forum, Secretary of State Gulshara Abdykalikova briefed the participants about Kazakhstan’s initiatives in the area and called for strengthening partnerships. “Regular business forums might serve as a powerful platform for expanding business contacts between businesswomen. Second, development of inclusive trade with a focus on digital technologies can advance our efforts in reaching a $5 billion trade turnover by 2020,” she said.

The “Post Nomadic Horizons” exhibition opened Sept. 18 in London displaying the works of 32 Kazakh artists who present postmodernism art through different methods, including fine art, photography, sculpture, installations and video. British artists and culturists and representatives of the political and academic communities attended the opening ceremony. The exhibit, which will continue through Oct. 16, demonstrates the “roots and course to the future,” said Kazakh Ambassador to the United Kingdom Erlan Idrissov. “I am particularly proud that more than 30 Kazakh contemporary artists came to London and brought these wonderful pieces of art. They are here to show how our ancestors lived and perceived the world,” he added.

Kazakhstan presented the nation’s tourism potential at the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Travel Mart Sept. 12-14 on the Malaysian island of Langkawi. The event gathered more than 1,400 delegates from 70 countries. Kazakh tourism companies displayed the country’s culture, nature, historic sites, national cuisine and popular destinations. The delegation, headed by Kazakh Tourism Deputy Chair Kairat Sadvakassov, met with PATA’s top management and signed an agreement making the company an association member.

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