AmCorners Debate Championship Engages Young People Across 10 Regions in Kazakhstan

ASTANA — The AmCorners Debate Championship engaged more than 400 people in the American Corners of 10 cities in Kazakhstan from April 27 to May 5, reported the American...


Kazakh Film Wins Two Awards at Hungary’s Film Festival

ASTANA — The Kazakh short film “Strawberry Princess” by Iliyas Antar Akhmet won two awards for Best Short Film and Best Actor at the Pápa International Historical Film Festival...


Kazakh Diaspora: Uniting Across Borders for Cultural Preservation and Solidarity

ASTANA – Kazakhs living abroad strengthen the unity of Kazakhstan’s people. Despite physical distance from their homeland, they play a significant role in the country’s development, prosperity, and cultural...


Kazakhstan, Türkiye Simplify Goods Transportation

ASTANA — President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev officially ratified an agreement on international combined transport of goods between Kazakhstan and Türkiye on May 6, Akorda press service reported.  The newly signed...


President Tokayev Approves Legislation to Enhance Science and Education

ASTANA — President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed the law “On introducing amendments and additions to some legislative acts of Kazakhstan on issues of science and education,” the press service of...


Netflix to Film Reality Travel Show in Almaty

ASTANA – Global streaming platform Netflix will shoot a reality travel show in Almaty from May 20 to 30, reported the city administration’s press service. Having opted for Almaty’s...


Almaty to Host Central Asia Trade Forum Next Week

ASTANA – The U.S. Agency for International Development will host the 13th Central Asia Trade Forum (CATF) on May 14-15 in Almaty, reported the USAID’s press service. The CATF,...


President Appoints New Minister of Digital Development, Innovations and Aerospace Industry

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev appointed Zhaslan Madiyev as a new Minister of Digital Development, Innovations and Aerospace Industry on May 6, reported the Akorda press service. In this...


Kazakhstan Increases Sunflower Seed Meal Exports to EU Over Twofold

ASTANA — Kazakhstan’s exports of sunflower seed meal to the European Union increased by 2.3 times to around 54,400 tons between July 2023 to February 2024, Kazinform reported on...


Tokayev Congratulates Citizens on Fatherland Defenders’ Day, Victory Day

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, congratulated citizens on Defenders of the Fatherland Day, celebrated on May 7, and Victory Day, observed on...


Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan, Armenia to Meet in Almaty This Week

ASTANA – The foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia will meet in Almaty on May 10 for peace treaty negotiations, Kazakh Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson reported on May 6. The...


Turkish Cargo Launches Flights Between Istanbul and Turkistan 

ASTANA — Turkish Cargo announced the launch of cargo flights between Istanbul and Turkistan, reported the Turkistan Region akimat (administration) on May 4. The first Airbus 330-200 departed from...


Nearly 50,000 Residents of Flood-Affected Regions Return Home

ASTANA – A total of 49,945 Kazakh citizens have returned to their homes in regions affected by flooding, the Ministry of Emergency Situations’ Spokesperson Askar Sharip said at a...


Discover Exciting Events for Holidays in May 

ASTANA — This weekend promises a plethora of activities as May brings celebrations like Defender of the Fatherland Day on May 7 and Victory Day on May 9. Explore...


Kazakhstan Honors Veterans Ahead of May 9

ASTANA – Kazakhstan allocated 187 million tenge (US$421,442.27) from local budgets to provide one-time payments to World War II veterans in all regions of the country and the cities...


Kazakhstan to Use Flood Water Collected in Reservoirs for Agricultural, Industrial Needs

ASTANA — Water collected in reservoirs will be used for agricultural and industrial needs, reported by the press service of the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation on May 3....


Chinese Companies Donate Funds for Flood Victims in Kazakhstan

ASTANA — The General Association of Chinese Entrepreneurs in Kazakhstan organized a fundraiser to help with flood relief and reconstruction work after a natural disaster, reported the Kazakh Invest...


Bear Awakens from Hibernation in Markakol Reserve in Eastern Kazakhstan (Video)

ASTANA – As spring arrives, nature gears up for a season of change and awakening. In the corners of Markakol Reserve, one of nature’s iconic symbols, the brown bear,...


Cannes Lions Announces Kazakh Creator To Be Shortlisting Jury Member

ASTANA — Kazakh creator Nikita Yermolayev has been included in the line-up of global experts across the creative industries who will shortlist world-class creative work during the Cannes Lions...


Kazakh Invest Presents Investors’ Guide for Project Implementation

ASTANA – The Kazakh Invest national company presented a new methodological guide, which describes the investor’s path at a May 4 Investment Promotion Council, chaired by First Deputy Prime...


Washington Hosts Green 5+1 for Central Asia to Address Environmental Challenges

ASTANA – The Jamestown Foundation think tank hosted The Green 5+1 for Central Asia event on April 25 in Washington, D.C. to examine Central Asia’s environmental challenges and discuss...


News Digest: Foreign Media on Azerbaijani-Armenian Talks in Almaty, Kazakh-US Ties and More

ASTANA – The Astana Times has selected articles from global media outlets covering Kazakhstan. This week’s foreign media digest covers the Azerbaijani-Armenian talks in Almaty, Kazakh-U.S. cooperation, and more....


Residents in Affected Regions Return Home as Floodwaters Recede  

ASTANA – As of May 4, around 48,750 Kazakh citizens have returned to their homes in flood-affected regions, according to Askar Sharip, a representative of the Ministry of Emergency...


Tashkent Investment Forum Focuses on Central Asian Development

ASTANA – Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Nazira Nurbayeva took part in the Tashkent International Investment Forum, which focused on the development prospects of the Central Asian region and launched...


Singapore’s MP Highlights Partnership with Kazakhstan for Southeast Asia Engagement

ASTANA – Kazakhstan has a good partner in Singapore as the nation looks towards engaging with Southeast Asia, said Seah Kian Peng, speaker of the Parliament of Singapore in...


Methane Matters: Prioritizing Methane Reduction in Kazakhstan’s Climate Agenda

Editor’s Note: Hela Cheikhrouhou, International Financial Corporation (IFC) Vice President for the Middle East, Central Asia, Türkiye, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, paid an official visit to Kazakhstan on April 30....


Kazakhstan Showcases World Nomad Games at AIPS in Spain

ASTANA — The fifth World Nomad Games was presented at the 86th Congress of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) in Spain on May 2, reported Khabar 24 news...


Kazakhstan and Qatar Advance Key Gas Projects

ASTANA — QazaqGaz national company and UCC Holding, a part of Qatar’s Power International Holding, have reached a consensus on four major gas projects in Kazakhstan during a May...


ADB Urges Cross-Border Collaboration for Greener Trade in Central Asia

ASTANA – At the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) 57th annual meeting, officials stated that closer cross-border collaboration and trade policy reforms in Central Asia and its neighbors could reduce...


Almaty Hosts Course Focusing on Gender Aspects in UN Peacekeeping Operations

ASTANA — The Center for Peacekeeping Operations of the Ministry of Defense (KAZCENT) recently hosted a course in Almaty to raise awareness of gender issues and challenges, KAZCENT’s press...


Kazakhstan Directs One Billion Cubic Meters of Floodwater to Caspian Sea

ASTANA – The Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation diverted nearly one billion cubic meters of floodwater to the Caspian Sea along the Zhaiyk River, the ministry’s spokesperson Moldir...


65% of Annual Water Consumption in Kazakhstan Attributes to Agriculture

ASTANA—Annually, 20 cubic kilometers of water in Kazakhstan is directed to meet the needs of the economy, and 65% of it goes to agriculture, said Saule Temirbolatova, head of...


Almaty’s Economy Soars to Record $56 Billion in Decade

ASTANA – In 2023, Almaty’s Gross Regional Product (GRP) increased by 10.1% to 24.8 trillion tenge (US$56 billion), a record-breaking figure in a decade, the city administration’s press service...


Connectivity and Collaboration are Key Within Each of Central Asian Countries, Says Expert 

ASTANA – Enhancing intra-regional connectivity among Central Asian countries depends on strengthening connections within each of the five countries, said Kamran Bokhari, the senior director of the Eurasian Security...


Exploring Cultural Events in Astana and Almaty

ASTANA — An unforgettable weekend filled with exciting events and impressions will be held in lively cities. From interesting lectures to fests and concerts, everyone will find something interesting...


President Tokayev Outlines AIFC’s Key Role in Region’s Development

ASTANA — President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev noted the critical role of the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) in attracting green funding for the region and developing the Trans-Caspian International Transport...


Kazakhstan Prioritizes Development of Special Economic, Industrial Zones

ASTANA – Kazakhstan intends to allocate more than 70 billion tenge (US$157.7 million) to construct missing infrastructure at the special economic (SEZ) and industrial zone (IZ) sites, said Kazakh...


Shymkent to Launch New Agriculture Production Facilities

ASTANA – Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister Serik Zhumangarin visited Shymkent on May 1 to take a closer look at the progress of construction and the work of existing large...


Kazakhstan to Boost Investments in Rare Earth Metals Production 

ASTANA – Kazakhstan intends to increase investments in the production of rare and rare earth metals, said Kazakh Minister of Industry and Construction Kanat Sharlapayev at an April 29...


Enhancing Relations with Afghanistan Offers Mutual Benefits, Says Kazakh Official

ASTANA – A top-level Kazakh delegation, led by Deputy Prime Minister Serik Zhumangarin, visited Kabul last week to forge closer trade ties with Afghanistan. Kairat Torebayev, Kazakhstan’s Vice Minister...


Kazakhstan Marks 130 Years of Renowned Poet Ilyas Zhansugurov

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is commemorating the 130th anniversary of Ilyas Zhansugurov, a distinguished Kazakh poet, writer, and the first chairman of the Union of Writers of Kazakhstan. Zhansugurov made...


Kazakh Business Leaders to Assist State in Eliminating Flood Aftermath

ASTANA – Leaders of Kazakhstan’s major businesses announced their readiness to assist the state in eliminating the consequences of floods in the Kostanai Region during an April 30 meeting...


Kazakhstan at Arab-Central Asian Forum: Strengthening Interregional Cooperation

ASTANA – Kazakh delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister Alibek Bakayev took part in the third session of the Arab Economy and Cooperation Forum with Central Asian states and...


Kazakhstan Establishes National Hydrogeological Service to Boost Water Resource Management

ASTANA – Kazakh Prime Minister Olzhas Bektenov signed a government resolution to create the Kazhydrogeology national hydrogeological service on April 30, reported the Prime Minister’s press service. The new...


Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Uzbekistan Sign Agreement on Energy Interconnection

ASTANA — The energy ministries of Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Uzbekistan signed a historic memorandum at the Tashkent International Investment Forum on May 1, marking a significant step towards interconnecting...


Kazakhstan Plans to Sink 80 Exploration Wells Amidst Investment Surge

ASTANA — Kazakhstan is set to sink 80 exploration wells across various sites this year, said Vice Minister of Energy Askhat Khasenov on April 25 to Kazinform news agency. ...


Kazakhstan To Boost Gas and Oil Production

ASTANA — Kazakhstan maintained its robust global market position in 2023, producing nearly 90 million tons of oil and nearly 60 billion cubic meters of gas. This year, gas...


Central Asia is Region that Needs to Be Addressed by Itself, Says Researcher

ASTANA—Central Asia is a region with its own dynamics and should be addressed by itself rather than simply as a secondary concern related to conflicts in neighboring areas, said...


President Tokayev Welcomes Azerbaijan-Armenia Peace Treaty Negotiations in Almaty

ASTANA – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has welcomed the agreement between Azerbaijan and Armenia to hold talks at the foreign ministers’ level to prepare a peace treaty between the...


Air Astana Resumes Astana-Seoul Flights, China Southern Boosts Almaty-Beijing Route

ASTANA – Air Astana is set to recommence flights between Astana and Seoul starting June 15, reported the Civil Aviation Committee on April 29.  The flights will operate twice...