Kazakhstan Affirms Nuclear Disarmament as Key Foreign Policy Focus at Conference in Geneva

ASTANA – Nuclear disarmament remains Kazakhstan’s top priority in foreign policy, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Murat Nurtleu at the high-level segment of...


Nomads’ Fire Concert Ignites Kazakh Traditional Music with Modern Flair

ASTANA – The State Academic Philharmonic, named after Erkegali Rakhmadiyev, delighted the Astana audience with traditional Kazakh musical pieces in modern processing at Nomads’ Fire concert on Feb. 26....


President Tokayev Chairs Key Meeting on Enhancing National Security Strategy

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Security Council discussed upgrading the main approaches to implementing the National Security Strategy at a Feb. 27 meeting chaired by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, reported the Akorda...


Four Teams to Represent Kazakhstan at FIRST Robotics World Championship in US

ASTANA – Following the Central Asia FIRST Championship in Astana, four Kazakh teams earned the opportunity to represent their country at the FIRST Robotics World Championship in Houston, Texas,...


Kazakhstan’s Foreign Policy Priorities and Democratic Processes in UN Spotlight

ASTANA – During his visit to Geneva on Feb. 26, Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Murat Nurtleu met with heads of international organizations to discuss Kazakhstan’s priorities...


QazTrade Reveals Key Non-Oil Exports of Kazakhstan in 2023

ASTANA – QazTrade Trade Policy Development Center has disclosed the primary goods of Kazakhstan’s non-oil exports in 2023, Kazinform reported on Feb. 26. Exports of inorganic chemical products, including...


Kazakhstan Exports One Million Tons of Cargo to China in January

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s cargo exports to China exceeded last year’s figure by 43% and reached one million tons in January, Samruk Kazyna Sovereign Wealth Fund’s press service reported on...


Cargo Transportation Through Middle Corridor Soars 147% in January

ASTANA – Cargo transportation via the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR) reached 274,200 tons in January, a 147% increase compared to last year, as was reported during a Feb....


Close-Up Look at Kazakhstan’s Foreign Trade: China Becomes Top Trade Partner, as Non-Commodity Exports to Asia Rise

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s foreign trade turnover reached $139.8 billion in 2023, an increase of 3.2% compared to the previous year. China has become the country’s largest trade partner with...


Kazakh FM Stresses Country’s Human Rights Progress at UN Council in Geneva 

ASTANA – Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Murat Nurtleu highlighted Kazakhstan’s achievements in improving its national human rights system and outlined further priorities at the High-level Segment...


President Tokayev Commends Advances in Healthcare, Industry During Visit to East Kazakhstan Region

ASTANA — President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev arrived on a working visit to the East Kazakhstan Region on Feb. 26, commencing his visit at the Center for Radiation Therapy...


Kazakhstan Showcases Agricultural Water-Saving Expertise at Global Exhibition 

ASTANA – Deputy Agriculture Minister Azat Sultanov discussed Kazakhstan’s advancements in water-saving technologies and sustainable water resource management at the Global Water international exhibition, reported the ministry’s press service...


Kazakhstan to Allocate Over $110 Million Investment in Renewable Energy in 2024

ASTANA – Kazakhstan plans to invest 50 billion tenge ($110.7 million) in renewable energy sources in 2024. This allocation includes nine billion tenge ($19.9 million) for wind power stations,...


Gennadiy Golovkin’s National Olympic Committee Presidency: Landmark Moment for Kazakhstan’s Sports Evolution

ASTANA – The appointment of legendary boxer Gennadiy Golovkin as President of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) marks a significant milestone in sports development in Kazakhstan. His candidacy garnered...


Dimash Kudaibergen to Perform in Istanbul in May

ASTANA – Kazakh pop star Dimash Kudaibergen announced the upcoming solo concert on May 24 in Istanbul, Türkiye, on his Instagram page on Feb. 19.  “I hope that on this...


UNICEF, EU, Kazakhstan Collaborate to Aid Children Returning from Conflict Zones

ASTANA – The first meeting of the coordination working group for the joint program of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the European Union (EU), and Kazakhstan took place...


World Bank Approves $92.43 Million for Kazakhstan Digital Acceleration Project

ASTANA — The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a $92.4 million financing package for Kazakhstan Digital Acceleration for an Inclusive Economy (DARE) Project, according to a Feb....


Kazakhstan at Crossroads: Insights From Experts 

Kazakhstan is a land with a proud history stretching back thousands of years to nomadic herders and brave warriors on horseback. It is also, however, a very modern state...


National Bank Chair Comments on Base Rate Reduction to 14.75% Amid Decelerating Inflation

ASTANA — National Bank Chairman Timur Suleimenov announced that the bank’s Monetary Policy Committee reduced the base rate to 14.75% on Feb. 23, the bank’s press service reported. In...


Trusted Financial Source: Kazatomprom Claims Top Spot Among Global Uranium Producers 

ASTANA – Kazatomprom National Atomic Company claims top position among the leading global uranium producers, according to Insider Monkey, a financial website specializing in insider trading and hedge fund...


Global Environment Facility CEO Calls for Comprehensive Action in Central Asia

ASTANA — In an exclusive interview during his official visit to Kazakhstan, Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, the CEO and Chairman of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), shared insights into the...


Kazakhstan Welcomes First Wave of Starlink Equipment 

ASTANA – The first batch of 500 pieces of SpaceX Starlink equipment has arrived in Kazakhstan, wrote Bagdad Mussin, the Kazakh Minister of Digital Development, Innovations and Aerospace Industry,...


Green Hydrogen Project to Transform Energy Landscape in Mangystau Region

ASTANA – The implementation of a green hydrogen production project will occur in the Mangystau Region, chosen for its exceptional wind conditions at altitudes greater than 100 meters, as...


Magic Behind Curtains: Kazakhstan’s Theater Guide Offers Insightful Backstage Tours

ASTANA – A glimpse behind the scenes of a theater revealing the craft that goes into bringing any performance to the stage is what makes the Theater Guide project...


Photo Exhibition Sheds Light on Kazakh Nomadic Well Construction

ASTANA — Kazakh scientists have recently uncovered techniques used to build ancient nomadic wells. These wells, found in the Kazakh steppe, were sophisticated underground structures constructed for varying water...


Year of Kazakhstan Tourism in China to Explore New Trends in Outbound Tourism

ASTANA – More than 25 events will be held to mark the Year of Kazakhstan Tourism in China. The opening ceremony is scheduled for the end of March, reported...


Kazakh Site Constructor Startup Announces Plans to Go Global

ASTANA – Last year, Kazakh entrepreneur Madat Karimov introduced the Qtap startup, a multifunctional platform that integrates social networking, website building, and online payment capabilities. Currently, the platform boasts...


Conference Honors Hungarian Turkologist Mándoky and Poet Petőfi’s Legacy in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – A conference in Astana celebrated the legacy of  Hungarian Turkologist István Mándoky and poet Sándor Petőfi with the presentation of the collection of Petőfi’s poems in the...


President Tokayev Signs Law on Child Safety and Education

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed the law on introducing amendments and additions to some legislative acts on education, mentoring and child safety on Feb. 23, reported the Akorda...


Kazakhstan’s Multi-Identity Foreign Policy: Path to Win-Win Relationships

ASTANA — In a world marked by turmoil and shifting geopolitical landscapes, Kazakhstan stands as a testament to the art of diplomatic maneuvering. Standing at the crossroads of Russia...


Kazakhstan to Compete at Sanremo Junior Contest in Italy

ASTANA – Nine Kazakh children will participate in the final show of the Sanremo Junior international vocal competition in Italy. The grand prix winner will represent Kazakhstan at the...


Astana Conference Unveils Key Insights in Mining Investing Activities

ASTANA – Astana hosted a conference on Feb. 22 focusing on enhancing investment attractiveness in Kazakhstan’s mining industry. The participants discussed a range of topics relevant to the country’s...


Kazakhstan to Produce Modern Solar Panels

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is set to launch a solar panel production line following the delivery of equipment within 1-1.5 months, Kazinform reported on Feb. 13, citing the Kazakh Ministry...


News Digest: Foreign Media on Kazakhstan’s Trade Partners, Tourism, Middle Corridor and More

ASTANA – The Astana Times has selected articles on Kazakhstan that have been published in international media. This week’s foreign media digest covers the Kazakh trade mission in Dubai,...


President Tokayev Meets with Constitutional Court Chairwoman

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev commended the Constitutional Court’s effectiveness in ensuring the supremacy of the Constitution and protecting citizens’ rights and freedoms at a Feb. 23 meeting with...


Kazakh Tourism Opens First International Office in India

ASTANA – Kazakh Tourism national company opened its first international office in India during South Asia’s largest international tourism exhibition, SATTE, on Feb. 22 in New Delhi, reported the...


Social Entrepreneurship Conference Unites Experts in Astana

ASTANA – Nazarbayev University (NU) in Astana hosted on Feb. 22 an international conference that gathered researchers and practitioners in social entrepreneurship to discuss how social enterprises can work...


Kazakhstan Presents Ongoing Reforms to Protect Children’s Rights at Int’l Conference

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Commissioner for Children’s Rights Dinara Zakiyeva addressed the ongoing reforms in the country to protect children’s rights at the international conference on children’s rights in the...


Qazaq Air to Launch Turkistan-Samarkand Flights in March

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s airline Qazaq Air plans to launch flights on the Turkistan-Samarkand route from March 15, reported the Civil Aviation Committee’s press service. Flights will be operated twice...


Kazakhstan’s National Bank Lowers Base Rate to 14.75%

ASTANA – The National Bank announced plans to reduce the base rate by 50 basis points to 14.75% per annum, with a corridor of +/- 1 percentage point, the...


Last Weekend of February: Unforgettable Experiences in Astana and Almaty

ASTANA — Astana and Almaty, the pulsating cultural hearts of Kazakhstan, are buzzing with a rich array of events to suit every taste. Whether you’re drawn to mesmerizing art...


Trans-Caspian Route, Private Sector: EBRD Director for Kazakhstan Shares 2023 Highlights

ASTANA – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has signed 21 projects worth more than $450 million in Kazakhstan in 2023, said EBRD Director for Kazakhstan Hüseyin...


Kazakhstan Plans to Restore Water Institute in Taraz 

ASTANA — Kazakhstan plans to restore the Zhambyl Irrigation Institute, which will specialize only in water resources, said Advisor to the Kazakh President Kanat Bozumbayev at the Feb. 22...


Kazakhstan to Launch Irbis GPT Kazakh Language Model Based on AI

ASTANA — The MOST Holding is launching Irbis GPT, a ground-breaking project to develop the Kazakh language using artificial intelligence, reported holding’s press service on Feb. 22. “We are...


Italian Company to Launch Snail Production in Zhambyl Region 

ASTANA — Lumacheria Italiana, the world leader in snail production, plans to launch snail farming on an industrial scale in the Zhambyl Region this year, reported the region’s akimat...


Kazakhstan Initiates Special SCO-UN Event for Environmental Sustainability

ASTANA — At the initiative of Kazakhstan, a significant high-level event titled One Planet, One Future: Joining Efforts for Environmental Sustainability is set to take place from Feb. 26...


Kazakhstan to Open Trade House in Dubai Next Week

ASTANA — Kazakhstan will open a trade house at the national pavilion at the Expo City Dubai next week, said Kazakh Minister of Trade and Integration Arman Shakkaliyev, reported...


Kazakh Foreign Minister Sets to Present Nuclear Disarmament Priorities at UN

ASTANA — Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs Murat Nurtleu will present the country’s priorities on nuclear disarmament at the high-level segment of the United Nations (UN) Conference on Disarmament...


Business Forum: Women’s Leadership Drives Kazakhstan’s Economy

ASTANA – The creative principle of women’s leadership has been transforming various aspects of the economic and everyday life of Kazakhstan for many years, Ayala Charitable Foundation President Aidan...


Kazakh Folk Dancer Claims Gold at International Dance Festival in Berlin

ASTANA – Akkanat Smagulova, an artist from the Kazakhconcert state musical organization named after Roza Baglanova, clinched the first prize in the Folk Dance Solo category at the Tanzolymp...