Kazakhstan Promotes, Protects Women’s and Children’s Rights

ASTANA – On January 24, a panel discussion on the implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan of the Republic of Kazakhstan 2009-2012 took place in Astana. The...


Japanese Ministop Combo-Store Brand to Enter Kazakh Market

ASTANA – On January 17, The RTS Ministop Kazakhstan-Japanese joint venture opened its first combo-store under the Ministop trademark in Almaty. The joint venture plans to establish a convenience...


Tatar, Bashkir Groups Join ATOM Project

ASTANA – The Tatar and Bashkir cultural groups in Kazakhstan are backing The ATOM Project, a global initiative to abolish nuclear weapons testing, and ultimately, abolish nuclear weapons. Taufik...


Kazakhstan to Unify Global Sports Promotion Under Astana Brand

ASTANA – A new Astana Presidential Professional Sports Club (PPSC) has been opened to integrate and coordinate in a single organization all of Kazakhstan’s leading sports projects. The new...


Unified Professional Sports Club Will Seek More Victories

The Samruk-Kazyna National Welfare Fund has long funded various sports projects. This funding has been provided either directly by the Fund, such as the funding of the Astana cycling...


Investments Revitalise Zhanaozen

The small provincial city of Zhanaozen is attracting a massive amount of investments and attention from the central government, which is paving roads and constructing buildings. Houses and strategic...


Astana Arlans Knock Out German Eagles, Ukraine Otamans

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s undefeated boxing club, the Astana Arlans, remains the leader of Group B in the third season of the World Boxing Series (WBS) after defeating the German...


Kazakh School Opens Doors in Houston, Texas

ASTANA – With the assistance of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United States and the international cultural and educational organization Raindrop, the children of our...


Modern Kazakh Writers Gain Domestic, Global Popularity

ASTANA – On January 9, President Nursultan Nazarbayev, in his Almaty residence, awarded presidential and state grants in literature and art to writers and artists. More than 100 writers...


Youth Choose Books to Be Translated into Kazakh

ASTANA – In the National Academic Library, the youth wing of the Nur Otan political party, Zhas Otan, has announced the launch of a nationwide Internet campaign among the...


President Outlines Domestic, Foreign Policy Priorities in Meeting with Ambassadors to Kazakhstan

ASTANA – On January 18, President Nursultan Nazarbayev held his annual meeting with the representatives of the foreign diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited to Kazakhstan in the Akorda...


Ambitious Aral Sea Revival Project Fuels Regional Development

KYZYL ORDA REGION – The ambitious project, Regulation of the Syr Darya River and Preservation of the Northern Aral (known as RRSSAM), initiated by President Nursultan Nazarbayev, has brought...


Reshuffle Marks Transition to Gradual Change

First, it should be noted that the current reorganization of the government and related personnel changes demonstrate the new style of presidential politics. Its essence lies in the rejection...


Nazarbayev Addresses Regional Development in Government Reshuffle

ASTANA – On January 16 and 17, President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed numerous decrees reshuffling the Kazakh government and making several appointments in his administration and among regional governors. The...


The Myth of Nuclear Necessity

This article first appeared in print on January 13, 2013 in The New York Times with the headline “The Myth of Nuclear Necessity” and is reprinted in The Astana...


A New Vision Lays Groundwork for Future

2012 was one of the most fruitful years in the history of Kazakhstan in almost every sphere. A successful start was made by an event that was historic in...


Cabinet Chaired by Akhmetov Passes 100-Day Mark

ASTANA – On Sept. 24, 2012, President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a decree appointing Serik Akhmetov Prime Minister of Kazakhstan. His cabinet has now been working for slightly more than...


Mercy Society Serves People in Need

ASTANA – The People’s Favorites-2012 has recognized Aruzhan Sain as a Tireless Social Activist. Sain is a director and co-founder of the charity fund of the Mercy Voluntary Society...


Kazakhstan on Fast Track to Join WTO

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is close to joining the World Trade Organization. The road has been a long one. Kazakhstan’s accession negotiations with the WTO have now gone on for...


Getting Together on Fryday: Online Social Network Transforms Virtual Communication Into Real Experiences

ASTANA – Today, almost every second resident of Kazakhstan uses the Internet, and one in three has a presence on a social network. Communication through social networks is sneakily...


Astana Begins EXPO 2017 Preps

Everybody gets excited when guests come to their home, and the hospitality of the Kazakh people has been legendary for ages. However, the hosting of the specialized international exhibition...


Kazakhstan Pursues Significant Industrial Growth

ASTANA, January 3 – On December 25, as part of the Industrialization Day a new wave of major investment projects around the nation were launched as President Nursultan Nazarbayev...


Kazakhstan Wants to Develop Space Tourism

ASTANA, December 29 – President Nursultan Nazarbayev has called on the government to develop a space tourism programme that will draw upon the legendary achievements and global reputation of...


Bone Marrow Transplants Now Available in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – As a result of the Unified National Health System implemented in 2010, important strides have been made in healthcare provision in Kazakhstan. Recently, the nation has seen...


Kazakh Language to Use Latin Alphabet by 2025, President Says

ASTANA –The Kazakh language will switch to the Latin alphabet by 2025 rather than the current Cyrillic one, President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced in his annual state of the nation...


New Ski Facilities Open on Shymbulak Resort Near Almaty

ALMATY, December 28 – A new ropeway opened at the Shymbulak Ski Resort near Almaty city in December. The new aerial ropeway is just one kilometer long, but it...


Five Star Hotel Opens at Lake Shchuchye

SHCHUCHINSK, KOKSHETAU REGION – A new five-star hotel was formally opened on the coast of Lake Shchuchye in the Burabay resort district on December 21. The hotel, designed to...


Efforts to Promote Greener Economy, Solar Energy Under Way

ASTANA, Dec. 25 – In the years of national independence, Kazakhstan has made significant economic and social progress and has positioned itself as a leading state in addressing national,...


Highvill Astana Luxury Complex Sets a New Standard

ASTANA, December 14 – The Highvill Construction Company of South Korea has been building a million square metre residential complex in the heart of Astana’s government area on the...


Global Shapers Community Opens Hub in Astana

ASTANA – On December 20, 2012, the Senate room of the Nazarbayev University was filled with buzz and excitement as young activists gathered for the opening of the local...


Kazakhstan Earns Trust of Global Society

During my first visit to Kazakhstan in 1991, I met a group of ethnic Germans who had lived in Kazakhstan for many years. These people told me that even...


Economy News in Brief

Animal breeders plan to bring about 40 thousand brood cows to Kazakhstan. The purpose of such a plan is to arrange the export of inexpensive but good meat into...


Business News in Brief

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. has announced the expansion of its luxury hotel chain in the CIS with the development of the first hotel in Kazakhstan, an oil-rich post-Soviet...


External News in Brief

Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Kairat Kelimbetov will head Kazakhstan’s delegation and deliver his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Last year, Kazakhstan was not represented among...


What Awaits Afghanistan and Central Asia after 2014?

The consequences of the withdrawal of the international coalition forces from Afghanistan, which is to be completed by the end of next year, cause concern in the international community....


Domestic News in Brief

The Government of Kazakhstan will hold an extended meeting chaired by President Nursultan Nazarbayev on January 23. The president will announce important changes in national policies in light of...


Personal Exhibition of Young Kazakhstan Artist Takes Place in Paris

ASTANA-PARIS – The CROUS gallery in Paris is hosting a personal exhibition of a young Kazakhstan artist Kamilla Gabdullina titled “Knots and hands”. “I am interested in the phenomenon...


Things to Watch in January – February

Kazakh Music and Drama Theatre named after Kairat Kuanyshbayev January 26 at 18.30 Comedy “Red Apple” by Khushvaktov January 27 at 18.30 Drama “The Day Lasts More Than a...


Customs Union Boosts Mutual Trade

The Eurasian Economic Commission (EAEC) in its new form has been working for only nine months, but it has already achieved good results. Increased integration between EAEC member nations...


Kazakhstan’s Journey to Social Modernisation

In 2012, BG Kazakhstan in partnership with Civil Alliance of Kazakhstan completed a pilot social investment project titled “Capacity Building of Non-Commercial Organisations (NCO) in Western-Kazakhstan Region aimed at...


Personnel Assessment Spurs Reform Process for Law Enforcement Agencies

ASTANA – In his state-of-the-nation address in January 2012, President Nursultan Nazarbayev attached great importance to reforming the nation’s law enforcement bodies and special services. Part of that reform...


Fans in Almaty, Astana Celebrate Beatles Day

ASTANA – January 16 is declared as the World Beatles Day. This holiday was set in 2001 by UNESCO and is timed to the opening date of the Cavern...


Local Boxers Continue Kazakhtan’s Global Winning Streak

Kazakh boxer Gennady Golovkin defended his World Boxing Association (WBA) World Middleweight Champion title on January 19 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The 30-year-old Kazakhstani boxer...


President Approves New Laws to Fight Terror

ASTANA – President Nursultan Nazarbayev has signed new amendments to laws on combating terrorism, the president’s press office announced January 4. The reforms expand the scope of preventive measures,...


Major Transport Corridor to Connect Kazakhstan, Russia, China by 2015

ASTANA – Russia, China and the European Union have signed new agreements with Kazakhstan giving the go-ahead to complete the Western Europe-Western China international transport corridor by 2015. The...


EBRD Lends $196.5M for Shymkent-Uzbekistan Border Road

ASTANA, January 14 – On January 9, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved a loan of $196.5 million to Kazakhstan to rebuild and expand the road...


Kashagan Giant Oil Field to Begin Production over Next Six Months

ASTANA, January 11 – The Kashagan giant oil field is set to enter commercial production in the first half of this year. The field is located in Kazakhstan’s offshore...


Kazakhstan’s Alexey Poltoranin Wins Tour de Ski Victories

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s skiing ace Alexey Poltoranin has won two major races in Italy in the World Cup Tour de Ski tournament. Poltoranin first triumphed in the individual five-kilometre...


Kazakhstanis Getting Ready to Celebrate New Year

ASTANA – Along with the rest of the world observing the Gregorian calendar, the people in Kazakhstan are getting ready to celebrate New Year’s Eve, buying gifts and finding...


Fairytale Show Delights Nation’s Children

ASTANA – The main children’s New Year’s show on behalf of President Nursultan Nazarbayev was held on December 26 in the new building of the Palace of Scholars on...