Kazakh President Outlines MDG Successes, Calls for Portions of Defence Budgets to be Diverted to Development

NEW YORK – President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan took the floor at the UN Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda on Sept. 27, describing his country’s...


In Multilateral Meetings in New York, Kazakh FM Promotes Regional Approach to Regional Challenges

NEW YORK – In numerous multilateral meetings that Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov attended in New York as part of the 70th United Nations General Assembly he sought to...


Astana Street Names Provide Historical Guide for Residents

ASTANA – Small and big, central and distant, old and new, Astana’s streets hold lessons in history and geography for those who recognise their names. According to Zakon.kz, before...


Kazakh Medical System Serves Citizens, Medical Tourists

ASTANA – Around 5,000 citizens from more than 30 countries received medical treatment in Astana clinics over the last three years. The Chairman of the Board of the National...


At UN, Nazarbayev Proposes Developing Global Strategic Initiative to Be Implemented by 2045

NEW YORK – President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev took part in the General Debate of the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UN GA) in New York...


Insurance Fund Created to Ensure Kazakh Travelers are Able to Return from Abroad

Vice Minister of Investment and Development Albert Rau recently announced the creation of a new insurance fund for Kazakh tourists travelling abroad at the beginning of next year. The...


Almaty City Instagram Account Seeks to Improve Public Services

The Almaty city akimat (city administration) recently created an Instagram account to respond to citizens’ complaints about issues including trash collection, fallen trees, open sewers and clogged ditches. The...


The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty Announces Club for Newlyweds

ALMATY – The Ritz-Carlton Almaty launched its new Wedding Club on Sept. 1. Club members – couples who have held a wedding in the hotel – are given access...


Kitschy Soviet-Era Restaurant Popular in Astana

ASTANA – Capitalism has been moving quickly around Astana since the city became the capital 17 years ago. Many things have changed as a result, including the food enjoyed...


Foreign Tourism Partners Optimistic about Kazakh Tourism Market

ASTANA – Despite the unstable economic situation that resulted from the devaluation of the tenge, Kazakhstan’s tourism sector is supported by optimism and hope from foreign tourism partners offering...


Annual National Cuisine and Culture Festival Kicks Off in Almaty

ASTANA – The third annual Festival of Kazakh National Cuisine and Traditions and Cultures of the Peoples of Kazakhstan called Toi Kazan was held recently at Almaty’s Alatau Skiing...


Almaty Hosts 2015 Capital of Islamic Culture Int’l Artistic Festival

ALMATY –  Prior to the city day celebrations, the Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sports treated citizens to a festival of artistic groups and individual performers from the Organisation...


Government, NGOs, Universities Unite to Help Trafficking Victims in Astana

ASTANA – Makhabat Sadykova, a 20-year-old student in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nazarbayev University, was introduced to the disturbing criminal activity of human trafficking in...


Mare’s Milk Producers Confident about Drink’s Domestic, Int’l Future

ASTANA – Businessmen and scholars of the Zhambyl region promote Kazakh nano kumis and are confident that the traditional beverage of nomads will conquer the entire world. The realisation...


‘One Belt, One Road’ Initiative Will Extend Regional Prosperity

Even a generation ago, the Silk Road would have seemed to most people little more than a fascinating, if long-lasting, episode in history. It may have been the route...


EBRD Launches Women in Business Programme, Offers Credit to Female Entrepreneurs

ASTANA – The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has launched a 3.7 billion tenge (US$14.1 million) credit line for women entrepreneurs in Kazakhstan, the bank announced Sept....


Brazil, Argentina, Chile Say Ready to Participate in EXPO 2017

SANTIAGO – Some of South America’s largest nations, including Brazil, Argentina and Chile, announced this month that they will participate in EXPO 2017 in Astana. The announcements followed a...


Turning Grey into Gold

Just a few decades ago, the population of the Asia-Pacific region was dominated by the young. Now, as birth rates have dropped and life expectancies improved, the population is...


Kazakh Diaspora Chooses Unique Ways to Maintain Identity

ASTANA – Kazakh diaspora in diverse parts of the world chose different ways of maintaining their identity and traditions. Associations and student communities organise various events to celebrate Nauryz...


Silicon Valley Companies Demonstrate Strong Interest in EXPO 2017, UNDP Confirms Participation

SAN FRANCISCO –EXPO 2017 Commissioner and Kazakh First Deputy Foreign Minister Rapil Zhoshybayev completed his ten-day trip to the U.S. with visits to New York and San Francisco. If...


Kazakhstan Addresses Security Challenges through Collective Efforts, Top Official Says

How would you describe the level and the focus of cooperation within the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) for that matter, in fighting...


Kazakhstan’s Nurly Zhol and China’s Economic Belt of the Silk Road: Confluence of Goals

Modern Kazakhstan, located in the central part of Eurasia, is a transit link in the system of multilevel interconnections of Asia and Europe. It is known that the internal...


Energy Ministry Decreases Five-Year Oil Production Forecast

The Kazakh Ministry of Energy has decreased its oil production forecast through 2020 by 11.5 percent. The new forecast has production reaching 92 million tonnes in 2020. “Oil production...


Kazakh Businessmen Wary of Changes in Tax Laws

ASTANA – The head of Kazakhstan’s Lawyers and Entrepreneurs Association Munavara Paltasheva proposed to suspend changes in the tax regime for Kazakhstan’s small and medium businesses for the coming...


Barys Starts 8th KHL Similar to Previous Early Season Efforts

Twelve games into the Continental Hockey League’s (KHL) eighth season and with 60 games to play, the Astana Barys hockey club’s early performance has been similar to the 2014...


Successful Italian Restaurateur Sees “Enormous Potential” for Business in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – The mentality of the people and the enormous potential were the two big reasons that compelled Enrico Nappini to do something he has not regretted: to found...


Country Advances Green Energy Movement with Solar, Battery Projects

ASTANA – Two major renewables projects have been announced recently in Kazakhstan: the provision of solar panels to a 50 megawatt solar power plant and a project to test...


General Director of KING: Race for Efficiency has Started

In this exclusive interview, General Director of the Astana-based Kazakh Institute of Oil and Gas (known by its Russian acronym KING) Dastan Kozhabekov discusses the challenges the oil industry...


Astana Improves Transport System, Introduces Innovations

ASTANA – As Astana expands, traffic jams are becoming routine and trips through the small but growing capital are taking longer and longer. With the city’s population increasing, a number of...


Astana, Almaty Among Top 10 Most Visited Cities by Russian Tourists

ASTANA – Almaty and Astana have been among the top 10 most visited cities by Russian tourists this year, according to a survey by Russian website Travel.ru. Minsk, Kiev,...


Astana Pro Team Rider Wins Vuelta a España

ASTANA – Astana Pro Team’s Fabio Aru recently won the 70th Vuelta a España. It was the first grand tour win for the 25-year-old, who finished second behind Alberto...


Kazakh Weightlifters Win Six Medals at Senior Asian Weightlifting Championship

ASTANA – Kazakh weightlifters earned three gold and three bronze medals at the recent 26th Senior Women’s and 45th Senior Men’s Asian Weightlifting Championships in Phuket, Thailand. Kazakh athletes Yermek...


Vietnam Considers Visa-free Regime for Citizens of Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Vietnam’s Tourism Association President Nguen Huu Tho announced during a recent meeting with Kazakhstan’s Ambassador in Vietnam Beketzhan Zhumakhanov that Vietnam is considering introducing a visa-free regime...


Qatar to Build Rehabilitation Centre for the Victims of Nuclear Testing in Semey

ASTANA – Director of the Nursultan Nazarbayev Fund for Education, Culture and Social Programmes and Mazhilis (lower house of Parliament) Deputy Kanat Saudabayev and Qatar Minister of Foreign Affairs...


Kazakh Military Demonstrates Remote Firing System at Russian Arms Expo

Representatives of the Kazakh military-industrial complex took part in the Sept. 9-12 10th Russia Arms Expo 2015, an international arms, military equipment and ammunition exhibition in Nizhny Tagil, reported the...


EBRD Urges Region-Specific Diversification of Kazakhstan’s Economy

ASTANA – Whiteshield Partners, under a programme of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Kazakhstan government, presented a report Sept. 17 with consultancy analyses of...


FM Takes to Twitter to Tempt Kerry with Kazakhstan’s Apples

ASTANA – Kazakhstan and the U.S. engaged in a bit of “treatplomacy” on Sept. 18, with Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry...


Tenge Rallies Against Dollar Following National Bank Intervention

ASTANA – After sliding to nearly 300 tenge to the dollar on Sept. 16, the National Bank of Kazakhstan intervened and the tenge has rallied to trade at 267...


Nazarbayev Visits Sochi, Attends Russia-Kazakhstan Interregional Cooperation Forum

ASTANA – President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev visited Sochi, Russia, on Sept. 15–16 to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and attend the 12th Forum of Interregional Cooperation between...


Top UN Officials: Global Nuclear-Test Ban Urgently Needed

NEW YORK – An informal meeting of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly marked the 2015 observance of the International Day against Nuclear Tests on Sept. 10 and highlighted...


Kazakhstan Brings Message of Dialogue, Pragmatic Solutions to Int’l Issues, Says Deputy FM

ASTANA – Kazakhstan brings to the international stage – and soon, it hopes, to the UN Security Council – an ethos that eschews conflict, that is always ready to...


Kazakh Cardiac Surgeons Share Experience with European Colleagues

ASTANA – The unique surgical methodology to implant Heart Mate 3, a left ventricular assist device, was shown Sept. 2-3 during master classes at the National Research Cardiac Surgery...


Start-up Initiative Brings Kazakh Apps to Market

Young and talented programmers Arman Suleimenov, Almas Tuyakbayev and Zhanserik Kenes are enlarging their business after the team received a $20,000 grant in February as the winners of the...


Astana Opera to Premiere ‘Abai’ This Month

ASTANA – A grand début of “Abai,” the story of Kazakh poet and philosopher Abai Kunanbayev, will be held Sept. 25-26 at the Astana Opera. The modern interpretation of...


CSTO Member State Presidents Discuss Regional Security in Dushanbe

DUSHANBE­ – The presidents of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) Council member states met in Dushanbe Sept.15 to discuss regional security, organisational operations and the results of exercises...


Kazakh Energy Minister Praises IAEA, Notes Kazakhstan’s Global Noproliferation Work at IAEA 59th General Conference

ASTANA – Kazakh Minister of Energy Vladimir Shkolnik told the Sept. 14-18 59th session of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference in Vienna that Kazakhstan is thankful...


Invataxi Marks Progress, Introduces Future Plans

Invataxi, a special free taxi service for passengers with disabilities, was established in Almaty in 2009 after the Sabi charity fund purchased 14 specially-equipped Volkswagen Caddys and Transporters and...


Instagram – Astana’s Online ‘Yellow Pages’

ASTANA – The addiction of social media is not lost on Kazakhstan. Among all popular social platforms in the country, the highest growth rate is among Instagram users. Even...


Kazakhstan, Tajikistan Sign Agreement on Strategic Partnership

DUSHANBE – President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev paid an official visit to Dushanbe, Tajikistan on Sept. 14, during which several cooperation agreements between the two countries were signed. During...


Kazakhstan Increases Crime Fighting Cooperation with the Nations of the Americas

ASTANA – The Kazakh Senate recently passed the law “On ratification of the Inter-American Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters.” This law is meant to improve the effectiveness...