OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Praises Kazakh Social Development Efforts

ASTANA – Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) Astrid Thors travelled to Astana to participate in the conference dedicated to the...


‘Sleeping Sickness’ Mystery in North Kazakhstan (Almost) Resolved

ASTANA – Sergey Lukashenko, Deputy Director General of Kazakhstan’s National Nuclear Centre has unveiled some of the results of the research conducted regarding the “sleeping sickness” that has engulfed...


The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty Eager to Set New Trends in Kazakh Service Industry

General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty Joe Ghayad, 42, came to Kazakhstan with his own ambitions – to set new trends in the Kazakh hospitality industry. Almost two years...


IAEA LEU Bank Neither Environmental nor Security Threat, Kazakh Experts Say

ASTANA – Following the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) board approving an agreement with Kazakhstan on establishing a low-enriched uranium (LEU) bank in the country, a group of Kazakh...


Art Show Held at Almaty Metro Station

ASTANA – “Artists Go to the People,” an exhibit featuring works of new and seasoned artists, took place recently at the Abai station of the Almaty metro. Coordinated by...


IAEA Board Approves Agreement on Housing LEU Bank in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – The Board of Governors of theVienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) approved a host-state agreement on June 12 between the agency and the government of Kazakhstan on...


Nazarbayev Meets Leaders of Finland, Jordan

ASTANA – President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev met with President of Finland Sauli Niinistö and King Abdullah II of Jordan on June 10 and 11. The leaders had come...


Fifth Congress of Religious Leaders Closes With Calls for Ending Distrust and Sanctions

ASTANA – The fifth Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Astana completed its work on June 11 with the adoption of a final declaration based on...


Denis Ten and Friends Ice Show comes to Almaty

Kazakhstan-born figure skater and bronze medal winner at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games Denis Ten recently announced that his third “Denis and Friends Ice Show” will be held in...


Kazakh Female Parachutist Wins Russian Skydiving Competition

Kazakh parachute jumper Elena Borisova won gold at a recently held large-scale Russian competition on landing accuracy in Tumen. Borisova, who is an ex-servicewoman of the Karaganda airbase and...


Congress of Religious Leaders: Promoting Dialogue between Civilisations

Since its earliest days of independence, Kazakhstan has introduced numerous substantial legislative reforms focused on national policy and strengthening interethnic and interreligious harmony in society. Effective domestic transformation and...


UN Secretary-General Visits Kazakhstan for Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions

ASTANA – President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev met United Nations(UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Astana’s Palace of Peace and Harmony on June 10 to discuss the work of...


Almaty Hosts 12th IFSB Summit, Country Aims to Become Islamic Finance Centre

ASTANA – The Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) held its 12th summit in Almaty on May 18, the first time the summit was held in the Commonwealth of Independent...


Nobel Academy Representative Office Opens in Astana

ASTANA – A Representative Office of the Nobel Academy, a Swiss-based group of educational and research institutions offering online tuition accredited around the world, has opened in Astana, the...


Dialogue: Hope for Peace and Development

The term dialogue is used with meanings such as“to confer,”“to give,”“to meet,”“to exchange views” or “to negotiate.”In a religious context, this term implies the idea of reasoning upon the...


Congress of Religious Leaders Launches in Astana, Kazakh President Condemns Violence in Name of Religion

ASTANA – The fifth Congress of World and Traditional Religions launched June 10 in Astana with a focus on working together to prevent violence, and with Kazakhstan offered as...


Congress of Religious Leaders Is Result of Kazakh Leader’s Initiative

It is fair to say that each historical phase, every new historical epoch enriches humanity with new social and spiritual experience. The example of Kazakhstan, which is rightfully seen...


A Jump Start for Sustained Peacebuilding

For most Americans, Kazakhstan seems like a faraway place, indeed. But Americans can be quite myopic, blind to much of what goes on in the world beyond its borders....


PM Massimov Leads Presentation of Almaty’s 2022 Olympic Bid

ASTANA – Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov led a high-level Kazakh delegation at the technical presentation of Almaty’s bid to host Winter Olympic Games 2022 on June 9...


Dialogue Is The Way Forward

In 2003, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev introduced his initiative for dialogue of religious leaders. In 2008, the late Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz called for the need...


Religious Dialogue Is Needed for Peace and Development

As we look around our troubled world today, we see more intercultural and interfaith tensions in different parts of the world. Unfortunately, religious differences are often exaggerated and exploited...


Kazakhstan Provides Unique Opportunities for Religious and Cultural Communities

On June 10-11, Astana hosts the fifth Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions. Three years ago, I had an opportunity to take part in the fourth forum...


Almaty, Astana Mark Int’l Olympic Day as Bid Preparations Intensify

ASTANA – Tens of thousands of residents of Almaty, Astana, Oral and other cities enthusiastically took part in bike rides and other events May 23 to celebrate International Olympic...


Sweden Marks Its National Day in Astana, Seeks to Boost Economic Ties with Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Swedish companies have nearly dominated the telecommunications market in Kazakhstan since the early 2000s. Kcell, one of the top cell phone companies in the country and a...


From Dialogue of Religions to Mutual Understanding of Civilisations

This year is marked by several important events, among which are the 550th anniversary of the Kazakh Khanate, the 20th anniversary of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan...


Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions Is Sign of Hope for the World

“Kazakhstan, you are the land of a meeting, you are a bridge between Asia and Europe, between people of different nationalities and religions.” These and other similar words spoken...


Welcome, Congress!

In June, Astana for the fifth time will receive the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions. Of course, some questions arise and different opinions are being expressed...


Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions: New Horizons

To know the religion of another person means identifying oneself with the other person’s sense of being a Hindu, Muslim, Jew, Christian or whatever faith the person belongs to....


Kapshagai Segment of Almaty–Taldykorgan Road to be Opened by Year’s End

At the end of this year, the Kapshagai route from Almaty to Taldykorgan will be opened to traffic. Full commissioning of the road, which is about 260 kilometres long,...


Kazakh-Australian Women’s Doubles Team Reaches French Open Final, Loses in Three Set Match

The Kazakh-Aussie duo of Yaroslava Shvedova and Casey Dellacqua, ranked fifth in the world for doubles by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), reached the June 7 French Open doubles...


Astana Pro Team Wins Giro d’Italia

The Astana Pro team won the team category of the May 9-31 Giro d’Italia in Italy after two of the Astana Pro Team racers finished the 21-stage-race second and...


Business News in Brief

The Caspian lowland may contain 60 billion tonnes of hydrocarbon reserves, Kazakh Minister of Energy Vladimir Shkolnik told the Mazhilis (lower chamber) of Parliament on June 1, the Xinhua...


External News in Brief

A diplomatic mission of Kazakhstan has opened in Serbia, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan has announced. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan...


Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Vital to Achieving a Green Economy, Says Energy Minister

ASTANA – The Kazakh government has announced its intention to move to a green economy, with a primary goal of reducing carbon-emitting elements of its gross domestic product. That...


Economic News in Brief

Kazakhstan’s National Bank has the cash reserves it needs to support the national currency, the tenge, as the country begins taking measures to make its currency more flexible, the...


National News in Brief

Kazakhstan plans to open four new nuclear diagnostic centres in Semey, Almaty, Karaganda and Aktobe, it was announced during the first Central Asian Forum for Nuclear Medicine in Astana...


New EBRD Projects Reflect Progress in the EBRD, Kazakh Cooperation, Says Bank President

ASTANA – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) signed four more deals to cooperate on projects in public services and transport on June 3, during EBRD President...


Dr. Eric Maskin: Diversification as Mechanism to Tackle Economic Crisis

ASTANA – The Kazakh capital hosted another Astana Economic Forum, drawing the world’s attention and bringing together influential speakers from Europe, Asia, Africa and America. The 2015 Astana Economic...


Foreign Investment Council Focuses on Agro Sector Investment, Development

ASTANA – The 28th session of the Foreign Investors Council of Kazakhstan, focusing on the development of the country’s agricultural sector, was held on June 4-5 in the Kazakh...


Nurly Zhol Aspirations Complement Those of EDB, Bank Chairman Says

ALMATY – Two out of every five dollars that the Eurasian Development Bank invests in participating states go to Kazakhstan. The bank plans to further increase its investment portfolio...


Kazakhstan, Qatar Poised to Expand Economic Ties, Ambassador in Doha Says

ASTANA – In an exclusive interview with this newspaper, Askar Shokybayev, Kazakhstan’s recently appointed ambassador to the State of Qatar, shared his views on his country of appointment, its...


Growing International Religious Tensions Reinforce Need for Astana Religious Congress

We live, for good or bad, in an age of instant judgement. But whether an initiative has been necessary or successful often requires a significant amount of time to...


SCO Considers Expansion, Building Cooperation with Other States during Moscow Meeting

MOSCOW – Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov participated in the June 3 regular meeting in Moscow of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)....


Blogger Takes Conversation to Real World, Opens Community Gathering Place in Astana

ASTANA – Blogger Adlet Kumar has opened an island in the middle of landlocked Astana – a place he hopes will be an oasis for travellers, a meeting point...


Kazakh Artists Create Display Space on Sidelines of Venice Biennale

ASTANA – To counter what some believe to be an underrepresentation of Kazakh art internationally, the International Art Development Association (IADA) created an “Invisible Pavilion” entitled “Protagonists” on the...


Conference Remembers Victims of 20th Century Oppression, Starvation in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – A conference in memory of the victims of 20th century repression and starvation in Kazakhstan was held on May 31, Kazakhstan’s Day of Remembrance of Victims of...


Helping Kazakhstan’s Agriculture Blossom

One of the reasons I enjoy coming to Kazakhstan is its hospitality and especially the generous and delicious meals. I have personally enjoyed many examples of the local produce:...


UAE Embassy Donates Funds to Help Visually Impaired Children

The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Kazakhstan provided charitable assistance during the June 1 Children’s Day to the Ophthalmologist’s office in the Correctional Centre No. 2 (CC)...


Astana Akimat Issues Swimming Safety Guidelines as Beach Season Opens

ASTANA – The Akimat (city administration) of Astana has issued a list of safety guidelines to coincide with the official June 1 launch of swimming season, reminding local swimmers...


Kazakhstan Steps up Its Courtship of Africa

Kazakhstan has been laying groundwork aimed at taking its relationship with Africa to the next level. It obtained an important seat at the continent’s table by obtaining African Union...