National news in brief

Nur-Sultan will host the third International Renewable Energy Summit Sept. 25 as part of Kazakhstan Energy Week Forum. The event will gather more than 300 delegates to discuss renewable energy sources and the best ideas for building a green future for the country. “The project also solves the strategic task of attracting international developers, investors and technology suppliers in the field of renewable energy sources, as well as leading experts from around the world to communicate and exchange experience in Kazakhstan. A special presentation of start-up projects in the field of renewable energy to potential investors will take place,” reads the release.

BI Group Holding will build a Hampton by Hilton hotel in Turkestan, reported Forbes.kz. The hotel will offer 120 standard rooms, a restaurant and commercial spaces. The average room cost will be 15,500 tenge (US$41) per day. The hotel will be in the historic centre. The main tourist and cultural attractions of the city will be within walking distance. A wedding palace will be built next to the hotel. BI Group Holding CEO Aidyn Rakhimbayev and Hilton President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa Simon Vincent have agreed to develop a network of hotels under the Hampton by Hilton brand in Central Asia. It is expected the network will produce more than 1,000 rooms within five years.

The EFES Kazakhstan company keeps its leading position with more than 51.9 percent of the domestic beer market share. The company’s market share in the total sales volume in Kazakhstan increased 1.6 percent compared with the same period last year. “Over the past period, the company signed import contracts with the AB InBev international brewing corporation. The first import supplies to Kazakhstan were implemented. The company initiates the campaigns on sustainable development and development of human resources to increase its leading position in the beer market. The volunteer, leadership and employee motivation programmes were launched,” said the company’s spokesperson.

The MOST Business Incubator completed July 23 its ninth session of the acceleration programme. Five teams attracted more than 26 million tenge (US$68,000) of investments from May to July. The jury selected 10 best start-ups to take part in the Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC) at the local level. In the case of selection at the international level, the start-ups will have the opportunity to get access to online trainings and consultations and prepare for the super-final in Riyadh Nov. 12. “This year, more than 100 start-up entrepreneurs from nine regions applied to the programme and only 47 of these were able to qualify. Twenty teams failed to demonstrate the necessary progress,” said MOST Business Incubator Director Alim Khamitov at a press conference.

The number of tourists increased by 50 percent over the past three years in the Naurzum State Nature Reserve in the Kostanai Region, reported Kazinform. Up to 1,000 people visit the reserve annually. The management of the conservation area believes agreements with travel agencies will attract more tourists. Two main routes through relict pine forest were developed. “The amateur ornithologists are especially interested in this area. For example, they come to see the black skylark, a symbol of our region and the central Kazakhstan. Family tourism and weekend tours are also popular. It is also planned to equip a beach,” said Deputy Director of Naurzum State Nature Reserve Kanat Batyrkhanuly.

The representatives from more than 40 countries will take part in the carnival of cultures and traditions and the I-Night as part of the Harvard College Project for Asian and International Relations Conference (HPAIR) Aug. 16-20 in Nur-Sultan. This will be the first time the event will be in Central Asia in the conference’s 28-year history. Its agenda includes six thematic areas and an extensive cultural programme. The events symbolise the cultural diversity of the world and strengthen cooperation between different nations. “We will also organise Kazakhstan Night to show the evolution of Kazakh culture over the centuries: from the ancient music of dombra and kobyz to the modern Q-pop culture. Our delegates will get unforgettable impressions of our country,” said Chairperson of the Organising Committee of HPAIR Asia Conference 2019 Leila Akhmetova.

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