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...


CIS Prime Ministers Meet in Burabai, Sign Economic, Transport, Cultural Agreements for Coming Years — Vietnam Becomes First Country to Sign Free Trade Agreement with EAEU

ASTANA – The Burabai resort area 200 kilometres north of Astana hosted the meeting of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Council of Heads of Government as well as...


Int’l Seminar Examines History of Kazakh Nuclear Disarmament Efforts Under Nunn-Lugar Programme

ASTANA – An international seminar on the oral history of the Nunn-Lugar weapons of mass destruction decommissioning programme launched in Astana on June 1 with statements from Russian, American...


Kazakh FM Idrissov Visits Russia’s Altai Region for Talks with Lavrov

GORNO-ALTAISK, RUSSIA – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov paid a working visit to Gorno-Altaisk, Russia, on May 29–30, where he met with his Russian counterpart, Sergey...


FIC to Be Held June 4-5 as Country Ponders Expanding Visa-Free Regime to 35 More Countries

ASTANA – On June 4-5, Astana will host the 28th plenary meeting of the Foreign Investors Council under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan (FIC) devoted to the...


Almaty Dolphinarium Launches with Charity Show

Approximately 700 children attended the grand opening of the new Almaty dolphinairum on May 12 that was accompanied by a charity show, Tengrinews.kz reported, citing Vitaly Staragin, public relations...


National Council for Combating Corruption Reviews Progress, New Approaches Discussed

A May 20 meeting of the Nur Otan Party’s National Public Council for Combating Corruption, chaired by Member of the Mazhilis (lower house of Parliament) Kairbek Suleimenov, was convened...


Astana Event Celebrates Poetry of Rena Zhumanova

The Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Astana hosted a poetry evening of Rena Zhumanova’s work on May 25 to mark the launch of her new book “Pin...


Kazakhstan to Supply Housing for Orphans

One hundred apartments will be purchased for orphans in the Almaty region. The decision was made during the regular session of the regional maslikhat (city administration) on May 20,...


Kazakhstan, Int’l Partners Launch Five-Year Project to Spur Eco-Friendly Urban Development

ASTANA – The UN Development Programme and the Kazakh government have launched a five-year, $71.3 million project to generate and support Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) for Low-carbon Urban...


Food Professionals from 12 Countries Attend Industry Event in Almaty

ASTANA – Hundreds of food industry professionals gathered May 20-22 at the Foodweek International Exhibition in Almaty’s International Cultural & Sport Centre named after Baluan Sholak. More than 50...


Magzhan Sagimbayev Successfully Completes Bike the Earth Project

More than a year after leaving Almaty, Magzhan Sagimbayev returned to the city’s Republic Square May 16 where he started his 380-day, 22-country solo bicycle tour. Sponsored by the...


Syrian Opposition Meeting in Astana Makes Tentative Headway in Finding Way Forward for Peace Process

ASTANA – The majority of 30 Syrian opposition figures who met in Astana on May 25-27 issued a joint statement on May 28, in which they appealed for a...


Historians Collect Documents of Kazakh Khanate from Foreign Archives

ASTANA – Issues of the formation and genesis of the Kazakh Khanate were reviewed May 22 during the international scientific-practical conference “From the Kazakh Khanate to independent Kazakhstan” hosted...


New App Allows Viewers Learn Kazakh Language on Smart.tv

A mobile application for the study of the Kazakh language developed by Soyle.kz has been adapted for Smart.tv televisions, according to a May 20 announcement by Director of the...


Astana Hosts UN Media Seminar on Middle East Peace

ASTANA – The United Nations (UN) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Kazakhstan held the 23rd International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East on May...


ECE Explains Work of EAEC Antimonopoly Body

ASTANA – Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) member Minister Nurlan Aldabergenov explained the work of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) antimonopoly body at a May 20 antimonopoly regulation meeting of...


Forum Empowers ‘Soft Power’ of Female Entrepreneurs

ASTANA – The International Women’s Forum organised by the Kazakh Association of Business Women (ABW) was held May 21 as part of the Astana Economic Forum. The session, titled...


IMF Mission Concluding Statement Finds Countercyclical Policies, Work With Multilateral Development Banks Laudable; Urges More Structural Reforms

ASTANA – The Concluding Statement by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation that visited Kazakhstan from May 13–26 found slowing growth and tightening financial conditions in the country, according...


Supreme Court Revises Educational, Training Requirements for Judges

ASTANA – Requirements for judges were revised recently by the Kazakh Supreme Court with due consideration of five institutional reforms of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The new standards were sent...


Kazakhstan Unveils 100 Concrete Steps to Implement Institutional Reforms

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is embarking on some of the most ambitious reforms in its independent history as President Nursultan Nazarbayev moves to implement his election campaign platform of five...


EBRD Finances Modern Trams in Pavlodar

ASTANA – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has provided a 2.5 billion tenge (US$13.4 million) loan to replace obsolete rolling stock in the city of Pavlodar,...


Kazakhstan Opening Itself to Africa

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is working to expand its cooperation with African nations across the board, Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs Erlan Idrissov told  a number of African journalists who...


UNDP Seeks Stronger Kazakh Partnership, Says Country Key to South-South Cooperation

ASTANA – The UN Development Programme is pursuing a stronger partnership with Kazakhstan, believing that the country can be a strong player in south-south cooperation and an important proponent...


Kazakh Literature Needs English Translations, Says Kazakhstan PEN Club President

WASHINGTON – Bigeldy Gabdullin, president of the PEN Club of Kazakhstan, arrived in the United States recently with a special mission. He says he wants to open the heart...


11 Transplants Conducted in Kazakhstan this Year As Doctors Urge Societal Change

Four heart transplant operations have been conducted in Kazakhstan this year, said Director General of the National Scientific Medical Centre Abai Baigenzhin at the First Congress of the Turkic...


Astana Arlans Oust Russian Boxing Team to Advance to WSB Finals

ASTANA – The Astana Arlans beat the Russian Boxing Team 5:0 and 4:1 (9:1 on aggregate) in two encounters at the Daulet National Tennis Centre in Astana on May...


Kazakhstan Eyes New Opportunities in Africa

ASTANA – More than 20 permanent representatives to the United Nations (UN) from Africa arrived recently from New York to discuss cooperation between Kazakhstan and African states at a...


Almaty, Astana Mark International 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...


Renowned British Composer Performs Kazakh Pieces in Almaty, Astana

The Almaty Symphony Orchestra, directed by well-known virtuoso violinist Marat Bisengaliev, recently performed Abai, Shakarim and Tlep by Karl Jenkins, a British composer named one of the most famous...


Roadmap 2020 Continues to Create Jobs in 2015

The intermediate results of the Road Map 2020 programme’s implementation were announced during a recent Central Communication Service press conference in Astana, including the funds allocated for various projects...


Kazakhstan to Provide $200,000 in Humanitarian Aid to Nepal

ASTANA – Kazakhstan will provide $200,000 in official humanitarian assistance to Nepal, as decided May 25 by the commission on international humanitarian aid chaired by First Deputy Prime Minister...


Mexico to Open Embassy in Kazakhstan in 2015

Mexico plans to open its embassy in Kazakhstan this year, according to a May 20 announcement during the presentation of credentials to Secretary of State of Kazakhstan Gulshara Abdykalykova...


ICRC Seeks Increased Dialogue with Kazakhstan on KazAID, Humanitarian Work

ASTANA – As Kazakhstan develops as a regional player and establishes its national development aid agency as a donor, international development and aid organisations are keen to establish more...


Syrian Opposition Groups Meet in Kazakhstan’s Capital

ASTANA – Representatives of some Syrian opposition groups began their talks in Kazakhstan’s capital on May 25, the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on May 25, saying the...


Nazarbayev Announces Astana International Financial Centre, Addresses Economic Challenges at AEF

ASTANA – President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev made a few bold announcements to the delegates of the Astana Economic Forum (AEF) at the forum’s main plenary session on May...


Kazakhstan Strives for Stability in Afghanistan

Following political consultations held in Kabul May 9 between the foreign ministries of Kazakhstan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (IRA), Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani is expected to...


UN Rights Report Positive, Says Culture Ministry Official

The freedom to openly express your beliefs and adhere to your chosen faith is a fundamental human right. The United Nations Special Rapporteur gave his report on these issues...