Kazakh Reforms Well Received at World Economic Forum

A Kazakh delegation headed by Prime Minister Karim Massimov has traveled to Davos, Switzerland, to participate in the World Economic Forum and attend the 46th annual session. This four-day...


Development Bank of Kazakhstan Finishes Year in Black, Plans Changes for 2016, Says Chairman

The Development Bank of Kazakhstan (DBK), a subsidiary of JSC “Baiterek National Holding, closed the year in the black and with an increased rate in the industrial projects portfolio....


Kazakh Must-See Films

There are different types of films: the ones that you watch one time and then forget about. Then there are films that give you hope or teach you how...


Arslanbek Sultanbekov: Unique Musician with a Unique History

ASTANA – Arslanbek Sultanbekov is a renowned dombra player, performer and composer in the Turkic world. His song “Dombra” became so popular it was even used as the main...


Graffiti Makes People Smile, Street Artist Says

“Personage,” Almaty artist Darion Shabbash’s newest works, will be on display March 18-20 at the Art Who Art exhibition in Moscow. The plastic portrait series and antique figure paintings...


Danish Architect Jan Gehl Seeks to Make Almaty More Bicycle, Pedestrian Friendly

ASTANA – Copenhagen-based architect and urban design consultant Jan Gehl examined peculiarities of Almaty and has developed key recommendations on how to make the metropolis comfortable for Almaty’s residents...


Construction of Universiade Sports Facilities Ahead of Schedule

ALMATY – Akim (Mayor) of Almaty Baurzhan Baibek recently inspected the process of construction of sports facilities that will be used during the international student competition Universiade 2017, reported...


Kazakh Student with Disability Brings Her Inspiring Story to Norway

OSLO – The Norsk Kazakh Kultur Centre in Norway started 2016 with a very interesting acquaintance. We met Madina Karsakpayeva in her student dormitory room over steaming hot tea...


70,000 Brave Souls Nationwide Dive into Freezing Water to Celebrate Epiphany Day

ASTANA – In total, more than 70,000 people took part in the traditional Epiphany Day swim across Kazakhstan on Jan. 18-19, Tengrinews reported. The residents of the capital beat...


Air Astana Increases 2015 Net Profits by 144 Percent

ASTANA – Air Astana increased net, unaudited profits by 144 percent in 2015 over 2014 and posted its 13th profitable year in a row. Total net, unaudited profits were...


Kazakh Delegation Participates in World Energy Summits

A Kazakh delegation took part in the sixth Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the ninth World Future Energy Summit, which ended on January 21. The...


VTB Bank (Kazakhstan) Completes Capitalisation Process

ASTANA – The capitalisation of the VTB Bank (Kazakhstan) has been completed, Kazakhstanskaya Pravda newspaper reported Jan. 12 with reference to the bank’s press service. “We have completed the...


Almaty Approves 51-Point Action Plan to Reduce Pollution

ASTANA – The Almaty akimat (city administration) approved comprehensive action plan to improve the state of the air basin on Jan. 18, reported city’s official website. The plan shows...


Kazakhstan’s CEC Approves Election Schedule

ASTANA – The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Kazakhstan has approved a schedule of major activities for preparing and holding early parliamentary elections. According to the schedule, the nomination...


Almaty Gallery Displays Artist-Organised Exhibition of Works from Kazakhstan, Russia and Kyrgyzstan

An exhibition featuring paintings, installations, sculptures, graphics and other art objects related to food was held from Dec. 29 to Jan. 9 at the Tengri Umai Contemporary Art Gallery...


Violin Sound Comes from the Heart, Says Ordabek Duissen

Well-known Kazakh musicians Ordabek and Dina Duissen have announced plans to present a concert as the Duissen Duo during the 2016-2017 season in London. An honoured worker of Kazakhstan...


Leader of Kazakhstan’s Turkish Community: Day of Gratitude Will Reinforce Unity among Ethnic Groups

ASTANA – Kazakhstan recently added another important celebration to its calendar. The Day of Gratitude will mark the unity of the people of different ethnic groups living in the...


Home-Cooked Korean Salads Still in Vogue on Kazakh Dinner Tables

ASTANA – Would it be completely out of line to include fresh, homemade salads as a grocery item on your shopping list? No, not in a 130-nation country like...


Over $600 Million Allocated for Crisis Management Measures in 2016

ASTANA – As a backup for implementing crisis management measures for 2016, 225.5 billion tenge (US$624 million) has been allocated by the government, First Deputy Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev...


Some Thoughts from China’s EXPO Experience

Unlike many horror stories “expo-sceptics” in Kazakhstan post online, the EXPO 2010 in Shanghai was extremely successful, making $12 billion in direct profit. It had powerful multiple effects on...


China Invites Kazakhstan to G20 Summit in September

ASTANA – During a recent China-Kazakhstan conference in Astana, Ambassador of China to Kazakhstan Zhang Hanhuey reiterated his nation’s invitation for Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to participate in the...


Silk Road Renewed With Launch of New Commercial Transit Route

ASTANA – The first trial run of a container train following the Ukraine – Georgia – Azerbaijan – Kazakhstan – China route left the Odessa region in Ukraine on...


Kazakh Filmmakers to Showcase Works at 2016 Int’l Film Festivals

Young Kazakh director Medet Shayakhmetov will take part in the Sedona International Film Festival, presenting “Escape,” his first short documentary. The festival will be held in the U.S. from...


Kazakh President Sets March 20 as Date of Parliamentary Election

ASTANA – President Nursultan Nazarbayev set March 20 as the date for an early parliamentary election after meeting with top officials and appealing to the people of Kazakhstan concerning...


Kazakh Alpinist Plans to Climb South America’s Highest Peak

ASTANA – Maksut Zhumayev, Kazakhstan’s most prominent alpinist who has conquered the world’s 14 eight-thousanders without oxygen equipment, wants to continue his streak of victories this year. “Climbing the...


WBC Names Gennady Golovkin, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez Best Boxers of 2015

ASTANA – World Boxing Council (WBC) President Mauricio Sulaiman announced Jan. 12 Kazakh middleweight WBC interim champion, unified World Boxing Association (WBA), International Boxing Federation (IBF) and International Boxing...


Almaty, East Kazakhstan Ski Resorts among Best in Region

ASTANA – Even though it is already January, the snow in Kazakhstan does not usually disappear until late March. During the long winter, many people think about spending time...


Almaty Designer Reveals Women’s Clothing Line Made of Paper

An Almaty resident is reviving a short-lived 1960s fashion item. Stylist, makeup designer and artist Larisa Starodubtseva recently presented Four Seasons, a women’s clothing collection made entirely from paper....


President Consults with Mazhilis, Senate Speakers, and Prime Minister regarding Proposed Election

ASTANA – President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev consulted on Jan. 18 with the chairmen of both chambers of Parliament, as well as the prime minister and other top officials...


President Establishes Two New Professional Holidays

ASTANA – President Nursultan Nazarbayev recently signed amendments to the country’s laws on national holidays to make March 1 Day of Gratitude and the first Sunday of April Day...


Early Parliament Election Will Help Reforms, Says Director of Kazakh Think Tank

ASTANA – The director of the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of Kazakhstan (KazISS) Erlan Karin said recently dissolving the existing Mazhilis (lower chamber of Parliament)...


Early Parliamentary Elections to Advance Reforms, Safeguard Nation’s Progress

We have not reached the end of January, but it is already clear that 2016 is going to be another challenging year for the global economy. World stock markets...


Young Football Supporters Show Solid Devotion towards Foreign Football

ASTANA – Football is an integral part of modern life for most young Kazakh fans and supporters. The local football fan culture is not as consuming as in the...


Development Bank of Kazakhstan Gives 11 Billion Tenge to Support Nation’s Car Industry

Within the framework of Nurly Zhol, the nation’s new economic policy, the Development Bank of Kazakhstan (DBK) will be allocating 11 billion tenge (US$30.1 million) given to it from...


Public Service Centres Reduce Kazakh Bureaucracy, Help Investors

ASTANA – In the next few years, Kazakh citizens will receive all needed public services, which total more than 700, through public service centres. The newly established one-stop shops...


Cadet Corps Future Graduates Start Military Internships in Armed Forces

ASTANA – About 200 cadets who will graduate this year started their internships in military units and formations of Kazakh Armed Forces on Jan. 11, according to the Ministry...


Kazakhstan Welcomes Lifting of Sanctions on Iran

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on January 17, welcoming the EU and US announcements on lifting economic sanctions imposed on Tehran in 2005. The...


Top Kazakh Think Tank Anticipates 10 Most Important Events in Central Asia in 2016

ASTANA – The Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of Kazakhstan (KazISS) presented Jan. 14 an overview of the ten most important events in 2016 which are...


UNDP Helps Find Solutions in Afghanistan, the Region

ASTANA – Afghanistan has long suffered from chronic instability and conflict during its modern history, depriving its economy and infrastructure of opportunities to grow and causing many of its...


Nazarbayev, Poroshenko Discuss Situation in Ukraine, Bilateral Ties

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev spoke by telephone Jan. 12 with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, the Akorda press service reported. The presidents exchanged opinions on the situation in...


Deputy FM Promotes Presidential Initiatives, UN Security Council Bid in New York

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Yerzhan Ashikbayev promoted the international initiatives of President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Kazakhstan’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council...


Kazakh NGOs Support Initiative to Dissolve Mazhilis, Hold Early Election

ASTANA – The Jan. 13 initiative of the deputies of the Mazhilis (lower chamber of Parliament) to ask President Nursultan Nazarbayev to dissolve the chamber and set early parliament...


Astana Condemns North Korea’s Nuclear Test

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry moved quickly to deplore the announcement by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) that it had successfully conducted a hydrogen bomb test on...


Once Again, An Idea for Former Semipalatinsk Test Site to Become Tourist Attraction

ASTANA – Kurchatov, a formerly secret town in the East Kazakhstan region that was the administrative centre for the adjoining Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site, is seeking new ways to...


Win Streak Puts Barys within Shot at Playoffs, Team Ranks Seventh in Eastern Conference

ASTANA – The last week of 2015 and the first one of 2016 saw the Barys Astana hockey club winning five out of its six encounters in the regular...


Mazhilis Asks President to Dismiss Chamber, Set New Parliamentary Election

ASTANA – The deputies of the Mazhilis (lower chamber) of Kazakhstan’s Parliament voted unanimously Jan. 13 to ask President Nursultan Nazarbayev to dissolve the chamber and set early parliament...


Regions of Kazakhstan Join Construction of EXPO 2017, As Medical Staff Learn English

ASTANA – The government administrations and a number of district manufacturers from the Kostanai, Pavlodar and Karaganda regions signed memorandums of cooperation with the Astana EXPO 2017 national company...


Plan of the Nation – the Path to the Kazakhstan Dream

On Jan. 1, the practical phase of the implementation of the Plan of the Nation “100 concrete steps on the implementation of the five institutional reforms” was launched. Fifty-nine...


Issekeshev Appointed Investment Ombudsman, One Stop Shop for Investors Expands

ASTANA – In connection with Kazakhstan’s aim to become one of the top 30 most developed countries in the world, the government is striving to ensure effective efforts to...


Astana Opera Stages Sold Out Shows in Italy

Tickets quickly sold out for the Astana Opera’s recent performances of “La Boheme” at the Carlo Felice ancient Italian theatre, reported the press service of the Astana-based opera house....