National news in brief

Kazinform reports that 192,658 children were born in Kazakhstan in the first half of 2018, which is 3,409 children more than in the same period last year. Some 112 projects for family planning and maternal and child healthcare were implemented with the participation of 60 nongovernmental organisations. Preventive supervision of children under five is being conducted and more than 600 children’s medical offices were opened. “Positive statistics confirm the effective measures aimed at supporting motherhood and childhood. Measures are also set to strengthen the reproductive health of citizens. As a result, maternal mortality decreased by 1.5 percent and infant mortality by 7 percent in 2017,” said Kazakh State Secretary Gulshara Abdykalikova at a Sept. 6 meeting on modernising the role of the family.

A plant providing round-the-clock power to railway enterprises was launched in Ekibastuz. Siemens developed the station, with a capacity of up to 80 megavolt-amperes, taking into account the specific climate of the region. The 2.5 billion tenge (US$6 million) project will develop high-tech railway machinery and ensure the transport system has quality infrastructure. “The Ekibastuz railway cluster… requires an uninterrupted and high-quality power supply, which meets the needs of modern and innovative enterprises. Now the railway cluster has the potential for twice as much growth. The Kazakh government supported the local producer as part of a public-private partnership,” said First Deputy Akim (Governor) of Pavlodar region Ulan Zhazylbek.

The Densaulyk and Salamatty Kazakhstan medical trains started their tour to the rural areas of the country Sept. 3, according to the press service of the Samruk Kazyna Trust. The first train will travel through the Atyrau, Mangistau, Kyzylorda, Turkestan and Almaty regions and visit 82 stations. The second train will cover 57 stations in remote areas of the East Kazakhstan, Pavlodar, Karaganda and Kostanai regions. “Residents will receive medical care, including small surgical operations and dental treatment. The trains are equipped with modern diagnostic equipment, including a computer spirometric system; an echoencephalograph; a cardiac monitoring system; and X-ray, dental and ophthalmology equipment,” reads the release.

The Astana city administration and the company BI group will open Seedstars, the first international technological start-up incubator in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Dec. 1, reports the press service of the Almaty mayor’s office. The centre will be located on an area of 1,000 square metres at the Hilton Astana hotel. Participants will have the opportunity to gain unique experience and implement their own projects in the field of new technologies. It will be the only co-working centre in the CIS run by Seedstars. Residents will have access to a global network of mentors, consultants, technical specialists, business angels and investment projects. Strengthening youth potential is a priority area. “Development of a global city is impossible without creative industries such as digital technologies, architecture and design, modern media, art and culture. We create sites that will form the basis of creative clusters. The innovative ecosystem of the capital will be formed here,” said Astana Akim (Mayor) Asset Issekeshev.

More than 60 art objects will be installed by the end of September in Almaty, reports Kazinform. The works will be selected from among the 500 monuments created as part of the Park Fest International Festival of Sculptures and Small Architectural Forms. The works were presented in three categories – foreign sculptor artists, national and historical themes and local artists. “The festival is held for the first time. We want to open an open-air museum. International experts noted the importance of art in the city at the symposium in August. We will organise a picnic with a cultural programme and master classes on Sept. 9. Artists from Belarus, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan will create sculptures in front of the audience,” said organiser of the festival Olga Sultanova.