Kazakh IT Specialists Find Success in Silicon Valley

ASTANA – Sergey Makagonov and Alibek Datbayev work for Ipsy, one of the most successful American start-ups in Silicon Valley. The company recently raised $100 million in investment and...


President Criticises Finance Minister, Says Crisis Also Presents Opportunities

ASTANA – The President of Kazakhstan was strongly critical of Finance Minister Bakhyt Sultanov in the enlarged meeting of the government he chaired Nov. 18, telling the minister, “if...


Astana Condemns Act of Terror on Downed Russian Plane, Offers Condolences to Russian People

ASTANA – “Kazakhstan strongly condemns the act of terrorism perpetrated on board the Russian A321 passenger plane of Kogalymavia Airlines flying from Sharm el-Sheikh to Saint Petersburg on Oct. 31, 2015,”...


Afghan President Speaks With Kazakh Journalists before Visit to Astana

ASTANA – Khabar Agency reporters visited Kabul Nov. 16 to interview President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on the eve of his official visit to Kazakhstan, discussing security, the...


Barys Makes Progress as KHL Season Enters Second Half

ASTANA – Having played 31 games by last weekend, Barys Astana has crossed the half-season mark in the eighth regular season of the Continental Hockey League (KHL). Only in...


Legalisation Campaign Seeks to Add Revenue to National Budget, Reduce Shadow Economy

ASTANA – Kazakhstan launched property and capital legalisation campaigns in September 2014 that are scheduled to run until Dec. 31, 2015. The campaigns include the approval of a law...


Kazakh Muslim Leaders Denounce Paris Attacks

ASTANA – The Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Kazakhstan condemned the terrorist acts in Paris in a statement issued Nov. 15, reported the official website of the association. “We...


Packaging Producers Discuss Market Issues

ASTANA – The conference of Kazakh packaging producers held in the capital Nov. 6 included discussions by representatives of domestic businesses who expressed dissatisfaction with the pricing policy for...


Karaganda Attracts International Operetta Stars

The Karaganda Theatre of Musical Comedy was the host Nov. 1 for DosStar, the fifth International Operetta Festival. The event opened with a Russian burlesque performance by the Omsk...


Sport in Kazakhstan: Good for the Nation’s Heart and Wallet

2015 has been one of the most successful years for sport in Kazakhstan. Thousands of loyal fans have been cheering on FC Astana as they have reached the unprecedented...


Kazakhstan Airlines Suspend Flights to Egypt

ASTANA – Kazakhstan has suspended tourist flights to Egypt due to safety concerns following the crash of a Russian passenger plane that killed 224 people Oct. 31. The Committee...


‘Kazakh Khanate’ Series and Film to Be Released during 2016 Nauryz Celebrations

ASTANA – The 10-episode “The Kazakh Khanate” cinematic series and a motion picture based on the series will be released during the spring 2016 Nauryz celebrations, said Arman Asenov,...


Domestic Alcohol Excise Taxes to Increase by 15 Percent

ASTANA – The Kazakh Mazhilis (lower house of Parliament) approved on Nov. 11 changes made by the Senate to the Law “On amendments and additions to some legislative acts...


Government to Sell Agricultural Lands for 600 Billion Tenge

ASTANA – Vice Minister of National Economy Kairbek Uskenbayev announced at a recent Central Communications Service (CCS) briefing amendments made to the Land Code of Kazakhstan and a government...


Turkmenistan’s Pipeline Strategy: Building a Diversified Export Infrastructure

Turkmenistan has huge mineral wealth, including reserves of natural gas that are estimated to be the fourth largest in the world. However, when the country became independent, it lacked...


Kazakh Symbol the Golden Eagle is Critically Endangered

The golden eagle, the symbol of Kazakhstan, is critically endangered. Although the bird was included 30 years ago on the Red List of Kazakhstan, an inventory of threatened species...


Nazarbayev Visits French Embassy in Astana, Expresses Condolences

ASTANA – President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev visited the Embassy of France in Astana Nov. 16 and left a note in the book of condolences opened after the Paris...


The Great Gain Not the Great Game: How Kazakhstan is Charting its Own Course in the World

It is a sign of Central Asia’s and Kazakhstan’s increasing role and importance in the world that more and more is written about our region. But what is striking –...


Astana Media Forum Discusses Complexities in Reporting on Ethnic Issues

ASTANA – The second Media Forum of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan (APK) on Nov. 12 covered important issues regarding Kazakhstan’s inter-ethnic unity and the quality and...


Kazakh YouTube Channel Gains Success

ASTANA – Saspens, Kazakhstan’s biggest YouTube channel, is the creation of Andrey Burnyakov. The 23-year-old from Karaganda launched his channel in November 2014 and now has more than 840,000...


Almaty Tech Garden CEO Shares Prospects for Kazakh Startups at TechConnect Forum

ASTANA – Almaty Tech Garden CEO Sanzhar Kettebekov shared the prospects for developing Kazakh startup projects Nov. 12 during TechConnect Astana, the first major tech forum in Central Asia....


Minister of Agriculture Proposes Measures to Protect Domestic Market

ASTANA – The Mazhilis (lower house of Parliament) held Nov. 9 a governmental hour on the topic of improving the efficiency of subsidisation in the agricultural complex. Minister of...


Almaty Approves Construction of Modern Art Museum

ALMATY – Local patrons from the Museum of Modern Art Public Foundation received approval from the Almaty Planning Council for the construction of a modern art museum in the...


Kazakhstan’s Largest Transport, Logistics Centre Presented in Astana

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s largest transport and logistics centre (TLC) was launched with an official presentation Nov. 12 attended by city Akim (Mayor) Adilbek Dzhaksybekov, Minister for Investment and Development...


Astana Condemns Terror Attacks in Paris, Offers Condolences to French People

ASTANA – Kazakhstan strongly condemns the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris and declares the unacceptability of terrorism in all its manifestations, the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said...


President Signs Five New Laws: Local Police Forces to Be Established, Agricultural Lands to be Privatised

ASTANA – President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev signed five legislative acts as part of the implementation of the 100-step Plan of the Nation that is the vehicle for enacting...


Kazakh PM, FM Address Newly Established Astana Club, Stress Commitment to Win-Win Cooperation in Central Asia

ASTANA – Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov and Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov addressed Nov. 11 the closing session of the first meeting of the Astana Club,...


Tenge Devaluation Benefits Major Kazakh Exporters

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s switch to a free-floating exchange rate – and, thus, a weaker tenge – will help Kazakh companies stay competitive against Russia and China, the nation’s biggest...


Biofuels and Climate Change: Challenges of Paris Conference

On the eve of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP-21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to be held in November-December 2015...


Moscow Holds Abai Reading

The Moscow House of Veterans of Wars and Armed Forces recently held “The Binding Time Thread,” a literary and musical evening dedicated to the 170th anniversary of the birth...


Kazakhstan’s Top Skier Eager to Start New Season

ASTANA – The International Ski Federation (Fédération Internationale de Ski or FIS) World Cup will begin Nov. 27-29 in Ruka, Finland. On the threshold of the new season, The...


EXPO 2017 Expands Country Participation List

A Kazakh delegation led by First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and EXPO 2017 Commissioner Rapil Zhoshybayev paid a working visit to Jordan Nov. 2, Saudi Arabia Nov. 4-5...


Annual Diplomatic Christmas Charity Bazaar Opens Ticket Sales

ASTANA – Astana’s annual Diplomatic Christmas Charity Bazaar will have more embassies than ever participating this year – 52 in all – and hopes to top the 19 million...


London Stock Exchange to Help KASE Create Financial Hub in Astana

ASTANA – During the official visit of the Kazakh delegation led by President Nursultan Nazarbayev to London on Nov. 3, the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE) and the London Stock...


Kazakhstan to Establish Special Islamic Financial Company

ASTANA –A special Islamic financial company is to be established in Kazakhstan to issue sukuk – Islamic bonds, according to interfax.kz. “The National Bank has developed amendments to the...


Flydubai to Service Astana, Increases Flights to Central Asian Destinations

ASTANA – United Arab Emirates (UAE) airline Flydubai will increase the number of its flights to the Central Asian region. The Dubai-based airline will be Kazakhstan’s first two-flight-per-week UAE...


FC Astana Fights to Second Consecutive Kazakhstan Championship, Beats Aktobe at Home 1:0

ASTANA – The Astana Football Club (FC) beat Aktobe 1:0 on Nov. 8 to win its second consecutive national championship in Astana. FC Astana bombarded Aktobe with attacks from...


Media Executive Says Freedom, Diversity of Talents Key for Society to be Creative

How do governments encourage creativity to promote innovation-oriented policies? How do businesses advance in technology-driven economies? These questions are frequently asked by Kazakhstan’s private and public sector professionals in...


Nauryz Taikazany Monument to be Constructed on Nazarbayev Street in Kazan

A monument representing a huge taikazan, or cup, may be constructed on Nazarbayev Street in Kazan, a large port on the Volga River and the capital of the Republic...


My Brother, Dias Omarov

Prominent Kazakh sports journalist Dias Omarov turned 75 in October. The Astana Times offers a short, firsthand essay about this personality prepared by his brother, Timur Omarov, a professor...


Nazarbayev, Business Leaders Visit UK, Ink $5 Billion in Agreements

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s visit to London on Nov. 3-4, resulted in agreements worth more than $5 billion across fields such as energy, pharmaceuticals, aviation and financial consulting. During...


Health Technology Assessment to Promote More Effective Budgetting, Says Expert

ASTANA – A meeting of the council of international experts held Nov. 2-3 at the World Health Organisation (WHO) headquarters in Geneva served as an opportunity to discuss the...


New EBRD Regional Report Predicts Lower Economic Growth for Much of Central Asia

ASTANA – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is predicting lower growth for most of Central Asia in its most recent Regional Economic Prospects report, forecasting average...


Nazarbayev Visits France, Improves Business Ties, Addresses 38th UNESCO Conference

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev paid an official visit to France Nov. 5-6 to meet French President François Hollande and hold talks with representatives of French business and political circles,...


Astana’s Citylove Does What It Does Best and Encourages All Do the Same

ASTANA – When The Astana Times covered the city’s live music scene in its previous issue, the band Citylove stood out. Compared to the average Kazakh or Russian pop...


Online Registration Opens for Almaty Marathon

ASTANA – The Almaty Marathon, the annual charity marathon, which is to be held in Almaty Nov. 21 starting from the Park of the First President and finishing at...


International Association of Public Transport Opens Its Liaison Office in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Chairman of Astana LRT (Light Rail Transportation) Talgat Ardan and Deputy Secretary General of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) Mohamed Mezghani signed an agreement during...


Tenge Falls to 300 per Dollar, No Intervention from National Bank

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s currency, the tenge, fell to 300 per dollar in trading Nov. 5, reaching the low previously set in mid-September after the currency was allowed to free-float...


Four Kazakh Cities Join UNDP-GEF Sustainable Cities Project

ASTANA – The akims (mayors) of Taraz, Shymkent, Temirtau and Lisakovsk cities of Kazakhstan officially signed memoranda of understanding with the UNDP-Global Environmental Facility (GEF) project Nationally Appropriate Mitigation...


Kazakh Senate Passes Law Bringing Astana Int’l Financial Centre Closer to Reality

ASTANA – The Kazakh Senate passed a draft constitutional law Oct. 5 “On International Financial Centre Astana.” The bill is focused on establishing the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC), which...