Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina Pushes Hard at Australian Open Final, Yields to Aryna Sabalenka

ASTANA – Reigning Wimbledon champion and Kazakhstan’s top seed Elena Rybakina yielded to Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus 6-4, 3-6, 4-6 in the women’s singles final on Jan. 28 at...


Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs Announces Best Education Programs

ASTANA – The Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs (NCE) and the Kazakh Science and Higher Education Ministry announced the list of the 2022 Best Higher Education Programs in Kazakhstan...


Enthusiasts Open Tazy Fan Club to Popularize Unique Breed in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – The people from the Kenshoky village in the Karagandy Region recently initiated a Kazakh tazy breed fan club to preserve and popularize the nation’s unique breed, according...


Kazakhstan to Boost Nuclear Energy Cooperation with French EDF

ASTANA – Kazakh Energy Minister Bolat Akchulakov and Électricité de France (EDF) Senior Vice President Vakis Ramany agreed to continue negotiations on nuclear power cooperation on Jan. 26 in...


Kazakh Foreign Ministry Announces Media Accreditation for Early Parliamentary Election

ASTANA – The Kazakh Foreign Affairs Ministry announced the start of the accreditation period for foreign journalists, who will cover the March 19 early elections to Mazhilis, the lower...


Kazakh Chess Champion Bibisara Assaubaeva Defeats Famous Grandmaster Sergey Karyakin in Sensational Match

ASTANA – Two-time blitz world champion Bibisara Assaubayeva defeated one of the world’s strongest grandmasters, Sergey Karyakin, in the rapid chess format at the International Chess Stars Tournament in...


Editor’s Pick: What to See in Astana Upcoming Weekend

ASTANA  – We do not always have the opportunity to spend time doing the things that we enjoy without work obligations or commitments intruding on our busy schedules. The...


First Inter-Parliamentary Forum of Central Asian Countries Opens Media Accreditation Applications

ASTANA – The accreditation of foreign journalists to cover the Feb. 9-10 First Inter-Parliamentary Forum of Central Asian countries in Turkistan is now open, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry’s press...


Kazakhstan Creates National Council for Science and Technology

ASTANA – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed a decree on Jan. 26 to establish the National Council for Science and Technology, according to the Akorda press service. “The council...


Government Considers Draft Law on Repatriation of Illegally Withdrawn Assets

ASTANA – The Kazakh government hosted a economic policy council meeting to discuss the draft law on the repatriation of illegally withdrawn assets, reported the Prime Minister’s office on...


KazMunayGas, Eni to Build Hybrid Power Plant in Mangystau Region

ASTANA – The KazMunayGas (KMG) National Company and Eni, an Italian multinational energy company, agreed to build a hybrid power plant in the Mangystau Region, as Chairman of KMG...


Kazakhstan’s Tennis Star Elena Rybakina Reaches Australian Open Final

ASTANA – The 2022 Wimbledon Champion and the first Kazakh racket Elena Rybakina made it to the finals at the 2023 Australian Open in Melbourne on Jan. 26. Rybakina...


Maulen Ashimbayev Voted as Kazakhstan’s Senate Chairperson

ASTANA – Maulen Ashimbayev, 51, was unanimously voted by the deputies of the Senate on Jan. 26 as Kazakhstan’s Senate Chairperson after President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev proposed his candidacy for...


President Tokayev Calls to Strengthen Principles of Democracy at Senate Meeting

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev called for unity and strengthening the principles of democracy for effective governance in his address to the Senate, the upper chamber of the Kazakh...


Kazakhstan, Council of Europe to Bolster Cooperation

ASTANA  – Kazakhstan is interested in strengthening cooperation with the Council of Europe, said Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Roman Vassilenko during his visit to the headquarters of the Council...


Kazakh and American Researchers from Oxus Society Collaborate to Address Energy, Social and Foreign Policy Issues in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – The leading researchers from the United States and Kazakhstan will collaborate to develop policies to address Kazakhstan’s challenges in climate change and green economy, migration, economic diversification,...


Kazakhstan Allocates $312 Million in 2023 to Modernize Rural Areas

ASTANA – Kazakhstan will spend 143 billion tenge (US$311.5 million) in 2023 to implement 1,500 projects in 736 villages across the country as part of the Auyl – El...


Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan to Resume Baku-Astana, Baku-Almaty Flights

ASTANA – Azerbaijan’s air carrier Azərbaycan Hava Yolları is set to resume passenger flights on the Baku-Astana, and Baku-Almaty routes in March this year, the Kazakh Civil Aviation Committee’s...


Regional Court in Atyrau Announces Verdict on January Events Participants

ASTANA – Atyrau court announced the verdict in the trial against 27 participants of the riots in January 2022, the court’s press service reported on Jan. 23.  The special...


Kazakh Bolashak Scholarship Graduates Enter World’s Top Two Percent of Premier Scientists

ASTANA – Three Kazakh Bolashak scholarship graduates entered the Stanford University list of the World’s Top Two Percent Scientists, reported the Kazakh Science and Education Ministry’s press service on...


Kazakhstan National Chamber of Entrepreneurs Reports on Country’s Business Activity

ASTANA – The Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs (NCE) presented the state of the nation’s business report to Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, reported the Akorda press service on Jan....


Kazakhstan to Promote Expansion of Cooperation Between ECO and CICA

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is ready to contribute to the development of interaction between the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-building Measures in Asia (CICA),...


Kazakhstan and US to Cooperate on Human Rights and Democratic Reforms

ASTANA – Kazakhstan and the United States adopted a Joint Statement on Human Rights and Democratic Reforms in Washington on Jan. 24 at the second meeting of the annual...


Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev Appoints Ten New Senate Deputies

ASTANA – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev appointed ten new deputies to the Senate, an upper house of the Kazakh Parliament on Jan. 24, reported the Akorda press service.  The...


Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan to Strengthen Interparliamentary, Interregional Cooperation

ASTANA – Chairperson of the Senate, the upper chamber of the Kazakh Parliament, Maulen Ashimbayev, met with the Chairman of the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) of Kyrgyzstan Nurlanbek Shakiyev on...


What You Need to Know About Upcoming Election in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Central Election Commission compiled a list of eligible voters for the Mazhilis and maslikhat election, including 11,976,406 citizens with the active right to vote, reported the...


Kazakhstan to Promote Domestic Entrepreneurs on International Markets

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Export Acceleration 2023 program, which brings domestic producers to the international trade market, commenced its implementation on Jan. 23, reported the Kazakh Trade and Integration Ministry’s...


Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister, Top EU Officials Review Progress in Key Areas of Cooperation in Brussels

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Roman Vassilenko held meetings with top European Union (EU) officials on Jan. 23 in Brussels to address the effective and full implementation of...


UNICEF and Kazakh World Chess Champion Launch Children Charity Campaign in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Kazakh citizens have an opportunity to help the country’s children through the new charity campaign launched by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Kazakhstan with UNICEF...


Political Reset in Kazakhstan Designed to Promote Economic and Social Reforms, Says KazISS Director

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s political reset is not just for the sake of novelty, but for the implementation of important economic and social reforms this year, said Director of Kazakhstan...


Nearly 60 Afghan Women Pursue Higher Education in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – At least 56 Afghan women are continuing their studies in Kazakhstan’s universities as part of Kazakhstan’s year-long efforts to support Afghan nationals whose country is now in...


Rybakina is First Kazakhstan Female to Reach Australian Open 2023 Semifinal

ASTANA – Reigning Wimbledon champion, world No. 25 Elena Rybakina, 23, became the first woman from Kazakhstan to reach the semifinal of the Australian Open 2023 after a decisive...


UN Deputy Secretary-General Pays Visit to Kazakhstan to Discuss 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

ASTANA – First Deputy Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Kairat Umarov met with the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) Amina J. Mohammed on Jan. 22 as part of...


Kazakh Singer Dimash Kudaibergen Performs at CCTV New Year’s Gala

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s famous pop singer Dimash Kudaibergen took part in the CCTV New Year’s Gala, also known as the Spring Festival Gala, commonly abbreviated in Chinese as Chunwan,...


Astana Opera Enters 10th Anniversary Season in 2023 With Impressive Repertoire

ASTANA – From the international tour performance of the Boris Eifman ballet to the premieres of Jiří Kylián’s “Petite Mort” and  Herman Severin Løvenskiold’s “La Sylphide,”  the Astana Opera’s...


President Tokayev Congratulates Kazakh Student Team on Eleven Medals at World Winter Universiade

ASTANA – President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has congratulated the Kazakh student team on winning 11 medals at the 31st World Winter Universiade in Lake Placid (USA) on Jan....


Kazakhstan Attends EU and Central Asia Special Envoys Meeting for Afghanistan

BRUSSELS – The European Union and the Central Asia Special Representatives for Afghanistan convened for their third meeting in Brussels on Jan. 20, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of...


Indonesia Eases Entry Requirements, Introduces Visa on Arrivals for Kazakh Citizens

ASTANA – Kazakh citizens will be able to get a visa on arrival to Indonesia due to the efforts of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Indonesia, reported the Ministry...


Fifth International Digital Forum to Take Place Next Week in Almaty

ASTANA – Almaty will host the fifth International Digital forum, “Digital Almaty: a digital partnership in a new reality,” on Feb. 2-3, reported the press service of the Kazakh...


International Tourism to Return to Pre-Pandemic Levels This Year

ASTANA – The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) released projection scenarios for 2023 in which international tourist arrivals could reach 80 percent to 95 percent of pre-pandemic levels...


Korean Musician Conquers Kazakh Audience With Acoustic Cover of Famous “Dozhd” Composition

PANAJI – Korean YouTube vlogger Song Won Seob stunned Kazakh audiences with his cover of the renowned local singer’s Batyrkhan Shukenov’s composition “Dozhd” (Rain) that he performed in Korean....


Breathtaking Video Shows Aerial View of Grand Mosque in Kazakh Capital

PANAJI – The capital-based Grand Mosque’s spectacular winter view was recorded on video and published on El.Info Telegram channel on Jan. 18. Central Asia’s highest mosque and one of...


On the Move With a Home in Tow – Nomadic Lifestyle Made Possible by Kazakh Yurt

ASTANA – For hundreds of years, the nomadic rhythm of life was defined by mobility and practicality even in the choice of dwelling. The Kazakh yurt, also referred to...


Kazakh Artist Releases Book Dedicated to 150 Anniversary of Legendary Amangeldi Imanov

ASTANA – Kazakh artist Almas Syrgabai released a brand book dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Kazakh hero Amangeldi Imanov on Jan. 18, the Kazinform news agency reported. “As...


Kazakh Foundation to Provide Academic Support For Children Victims of Tragic January Events

ASTANA – The  Qazaqstan Halqyna Foundation will cover higher education fees for children wounded during the January events and those whose parents died during the riots. This decision was...


Experts Discuss Challenges and Opportunities Facing Central Asia Through 2030 in Astana

ASTANA – Leading experts on strategic studies from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan discussed the challenges and opportunities the Central Asian states might face in this decade at...


Astana to Host FIDE World Championship Match 2023

ASTANA – The Kazakh capital will host the FIDE World Championship 2023 from April 7 to May 1 this year, the FIDE’s press service reported on January 19. “As...


Kazakh Government Plans to Continue to Reduce State Share in Economy

ASTANA – The Kazakh Ministry of Finance held an expanded meeting chaired by Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov on Jan. 19 to address the results of 2022 and outline the...


Kazakh Composer’s Music Enters Cannes Short Film Festival Nominee List

PANAJI – Kazakh composer from Petropavlovsk David Litvinov has been nominated for Best Composer award for his music for the “Victoria” short film at the Cannes Shorts Film Festival....


Five Exciting Activities to Do After a Busy Week in Astana

ASTANA – Once again, the Astana Times has put together some tips to help our readers make plans and better enjoy the weekend. A two-day tour to Burabai national...