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...


The Time for Courage and Vision for Middle East Peace Is Now

The search for peace in the Middle East is, once again, at a crossroads. Negotiations on the two-state solution have stalled. The region, meanwhile, is threatened by violent confrontation...


Kazakh Consortium to Produce Energy-Saving, Eco-Friendly Lightbulbs

ASTANA – The SuluNur Kazakhstan scientific-technological consortium has begun production of energy-saving light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs, which are as effective as 250-watt glow bulbs, but require only 40 watts...


Building Reading Culture in Kazakhstan One Book Club at a Time

ASTANA – Amid modern Kazakhstan’s ubiquitous gadgets and the increasingly slivered style of communication everywhere, some of the country’s urban residents are taking the time to step out of...


Second Phase of Kazakh-World Bank Commercialisation Project Announced at AEF

ASTANA – A new phase of the multi-million dollar commercialisation collaboration between Kazakhstan and the World Bank was announced this week at the Astana Economic Forum during a panel...


Report Says Kazakhstan’s Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts Should Redouble

ASTANA – Kazakhstan, a country that is a source, a destination and a transit country trafficking in persons has done a lot to combat this problem, yet it should...


‘Good Life’ Food Festival Organised by Ritz-Carlton Brings Together Int’l Chefs to Almaty

Almaty residents will have a rare chance to try various international cuisines, take part in master classes and simply enjoy good company at The Ritz Carlton, Almaty on May...


Capacity Building, Investment, Local Partnerships Among Opening Topics at AEF

ASTANA – At the initial side event panel on official development assistance (ODA) at the Astana Economic Forum, international aid experts called for a post-Millennium Development Goals ODA programme...


World Bank Updated Forecast Predicts 2016-17 Kazakh Economic Growth Recovery

ASTANA –The spring 2015 edition of the biannual Kazakhstan Economic Update of the World Bank titled “Kazakhstan – Low Oil Prices; an Opportunity to Reform” forecasts a positive economic...


Almaty Honours Kazakh Historian Persecuted Under Stalin with Memorial Plaque

On May 15 in Almaty, a memorial plaque was dedicated to prominent Kazakh historian Ermukhan Bekmakhanov, who would have turned 100 this year. Bekmakhanov was repressed under Stalin, standing...


Cossacks Ancestry of Astana: Guarding Identity, Shielding Customs

ASTANA – To this day, Kazakhstan has numerous descendants of Cossacks who became part and parcel of the multi-ethnic fabric of the country’s society. They mostly hail from those...


Cooperation of Islamic Nations Key for Peace and Regional Prosperity

At a time of great tension in the Middle East, the international community is facing an extraordinary test of our values and collective resolve. Whether in Syria, in countering...


Atyrau Airport to Be Re-Named for Kazakhstan’s only WWII Female Fighter Pilot

The Atyrau International Airport will be re-named for Hiuaz Dospanova, the only Kazakh female pilot and navigating officer who participated in the Great Patriotic War. “We have received a...


Almaty 2022 Olympic Hosting Bid Includes Thousands Ready to Volunteer

“Most other competitions are individual achievements, but the Olympic Games are something that belongs to everybody,” Scott Hamilton,  American figure skater and Olympic gold medalist, is quoted to have said. Eric Schwartz, a senior...


AEF to Feature High Level Conference on Economic Challenges

ASTANA – The high-level conference “Economic, financial and monetary changes in the world economy” will be held on May 21 within the Astana Economic Forum in the Kazakh capital...


International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East to be Held in Astana

ASTANA – Astana is planning to host the 23rd International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East on May 26–27. The event is sponsored by the Ministry of...


Research Reactor to Restart in January 2016 Following Switch to LEU

The light water research reactor at the Institute of Nuclear Physics (INP) in Alatau, a suburb of Almaty, will reopen in January 2016 following a switch to less proliferation-sensitive...


Air Astana Adds Summer Flights

ASTANA – On June 2, Air Astana will perform its maiden flight to Georgia on the Astana-Tbilisi-Astana route, one of several flights the airline is adding to its summer...


Kazakhstan Ranks 17th in Latest National Hockey Teams Ranking

ASTANA – On the heels of Kazakhstan’s return to the top echelon of hockey with its performance in Group A of the Ice Hockey World Championships earlier this month,...


National News in Brief

“It is necessary to create incentives for employers in Kazakhstan to hire people with disabilities, ”Chairman of the Committee for Socio-Cultural Development and Science of the Senate (upper chamber...


External News in Brief

The European Commission is providing 127,427 euros in humanitarian aid to assist those most affected by the April floods that hit Central and Northern Kazakhstan. The funding supports the...


Economic News in Brief

Due to the implementation of the state programme of preferential car loans, sales of domestic car assembly rose by almost one third in April, according to the Association of...


Business News in Brief

Nasdaq Dubai and the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) May 12 to explore collaboration possibilities and exchange information about their markets. Under the MoU,...


Kazakhstan Moves up Eight Spots in WEF Human Capital Report

ASTANA – A report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) outlining the current status of human capital in countries around the world came out on May 13, updating the...


Innovators Welcomed in Early Childhood Education

ASTANA – Early age education is a sensitive issue in the state, but the government is searching for remedies, such as inspiring business people to establish new kindergartens and...


Astana Jazz Scene Seeks its Groove

ASTANA – It has never been easy to find live jazz in the Kazakh capital, but with the launch of the Ubuntu Art Club monthly jazz nights, residents may...


Astana Gets in on CrossFit Craze, Hosts Competition Honouring WWII Victory

A CrossFit festival that took place in Astana on May 10 gathered 80 participants from Russia and Kazakhstan and was dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the victory in...