Proposed Changes to Oralman Legislation to Relax Some Settlement Rules

ASTANA – Kazakhstan may once again adjust legislation relating to ethnic Kazakhs wishing to immigrate to Kazakhstan (called oralmans, “returnees,” in Kazakh) in response to the country’s demographic goals...


Kulan Settlement Added to UNESCO World Heritage List

ZHAMBYL – The Kulan settlement, located on the Silk Road and dating to the sixth century, has been added to in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Archaeological research of...


National Beef Export Programme Yields Positive Results

The regions of the country under the development programme for the export potential of beef cattle have actively formed a complete cycle for the processing of agricultural products with...


Kazakhstan’s Southern Border Holds Hidden Tourism Potential

On Kazakhstan’s southern border high in the Tien Shan Mountains lies an enchanting paradise home to rarely seen petroglyphs, majestic ibex, brown bears and a myriad of wildflowers that...


Young Artists Exhibition “Colourful Rain” Showcased in Almaty

ALMATY – Young artists recently presented “Colourful Rain,” an exhibition of paintings, graphics and art photography, in the Central Exhibition Hall, a branch of the State Kasteyev Museum. Yasmin...


Pilot Medical Information System Launched in Stepnogorsk

STEPNOGORSK – A pilot project for the creation and introduction of Medicon.kz, a medical information system (MIS), is being implemented in the city’s central hospital and municipal polyclinic. According...


Event Celebrating Kazakh Mythology Introduces Yurt to Young People

ALMATY – The Central State Museum of Kazakhstan here recently held an event celebrating Kazakh mythology, history and folklore. At the event, the fantasy novel, “In Search of the...


Thousands Still Flock to Korkyt Ata Mausoleum

In talking about Kazakhstan’s riches, many forget about all but oil and natural gas, completely disregarding the country’s culture. One of these overlooked treasures is a monument in the...


Shakarim Kudaiberdiyev’s Manuscripts Returned to Kazakhstan

ASTANA – After 80 years, the manuscripts of poet and thinker Shakarim Kudaiberdiyev were returned to Kazakhstan, according to channel 24.kz. Despite the fact that his name was only...


Competition Reviews Innovations in East Kazakhstan

UST-KAMENOGORSK – A group of professionals organised under the auspices of a project initiated by the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies and the National Agency for Technological Development...


Conserving, Increasing Kazakhstan’s Forests are Priorities

One of the important government tasks in Kazakhstan is improving the environmental situation, including increasing the percentage of forestland. The main ecological function of forests is sanitary, water and...


Kazakhstan Takes 8th Place in International Physics Olympiad

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s team has come in eighth out of 85 countries in the unofficial results of the 45th International Physics Olympiad (IPHO), held at Astana’s Nazarbayev University from...


Kazakhstan’s ‘Best Family’ to be Announced in September

ASTANA – The “best family of Kazakhstan” within the competition Mereilі Otbasywill be determined Sept. 12, announced Makhabbat Bekbossynova, chairwoman of the National Commission for Women, Family and Demographic...


Kazakhstan Improves Position in Global Innovation Index

In comparison to 2013, Kazakhstan improved its position by five points in the Global Innovation Index (GII) ranking, reported the press service of the Economic Research Institute of the...


Knowledge-Based Economy Key Component of Kazakhstan 2050

The sixth technological revolution is the main trend of development for the nation designated by the President Nursultan Nazarbayev in Kazakhstan 2050 Strategy 2050. In the next 10-15 years,...


Industrial Production of Coalbed Methane Discussed at International Forum

KARAGANDA — The technology of industrial development of coalbed methane in coalmining field was the main topic of a June 20 international forum. Representatives of large companies from Russia,...


Mangistau Sturgeon Farm to Produce 60 Tonnes of Fish per Year

AKTAU – A new sturgeon farm in Akshukur Village in the Mangistau region will produce up to 60 tonnes of sturgeon per year, its executives say. There are currently...


East Kazakhstan Rallies Youth to Green Cause

UST-KAMENOGORSK – To promote its City of Youth project, a multifunctional youth complex that is to become a centre of energy-saving technologies in East Kazakhstan’s Natural Landscape Preserve,  Association...


Soft Power Can Unite Nations, Ambassador to Hungary Says

ASTANA – Kazakh Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Hungary Nurbakh Rustemov recently discussed Kazakhstan’s relationship with that nation, focusing on reviving cultural and promoting economic ties. Hungary recently erected...


US Ambassador-Designate Tells Senate Committee He Will Lead Growing Engagement in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – “As Kazakhstan increases its role and voice in regional and international affairs, the United States wishes to be Kazakhstan’s trusted strategic partner,” George Krol, U.S. President Barack...


Visit Increases Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Cooperation

BISHKEK – Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs Erlan Idrissov paid an official visit to the Kyrgyz Republic, July 15-16, where he was received by President Almazbek Atambayev and interacted...


Kazakh FM Participates in Central Asia+Japan Dialogue, Meets with Counterparts

BISHKEK – Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov joined his counterparts from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Japan, July 16, to review 10 years of cooperation within the Central Asia+Japan...


Kazakh Foreign Ministry Expresses Condolences over Flight #MH17, Calls for “Most Thorough Investigation”

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued its first comments on the loss of the Malaysian jet and the perishing of around 300 people on board on July...


Almaty Hosts Retreat for Landlocked Nations’ UN Representatives

ALMATY – Kazakhstan’s largest city located in the picturesque foothills of the Tien Shan mountains hosted a retreat July 14-16 for the permanent representatives to the United Nations from...


Young Violinist Brings Victory from Moscow

MOSCOW – Kazakh musician Ruslan Turuntayev was the winner in the category “Violin” at the recent VIII International Tchaikovsky Youth Competition. He opened the gala concert in the Great...


UNESCO Tackles Earthquake Mitigation, Makes Recommendations for Kazakhstan

ALMATY – For the first time in the history of Central Asia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, UNESCO held an international conference on the problem of earthquake mitigation...


Kazakhstan Works to Balance Public-Private Partnerships

A lack of understanding is fueling skepticism concerning cooperation between the public and private sectors in provincial Kazakhstan. For example, few businessmen know that such cooperation allows them to...


Japanese Embassy in Kazakhstan Strongly Supports KazAID Initiative, Sees No Limit to Future Cooperation

ASTANA – Building on their long history of international cooperation, including in nuclear weapons nonproliferation, Japan is voicing strong support for Kazakhstan’s new Agency for International Development, KazAID, which...


Kazakhstan Plans to Remain World Uranium Leader, Says Official

KYZYLORDA REGION – Kazakhstan’s share in world uranium production over the past year reached 38 percent, landing the country in first place. A recent meeting in the village of...


Pharmacy Company, Government Seek to Increase Domestically Produced Pharmaceuticals

PAVLODAR – One Kazakhstan-based pharmaceutical company has partnered with 120 companies around the world in manufacturing medicine. President of the Pavlodar-based pharmaceutical holding Romat, Turarbek Rakish, academician and doctor...


Mining and Metallurgy Seen As Actively Growing

The mining metallurgical complex (MMC) is one of the key sectors of the economy, the development of which directly affects the level of GDP growth. First Vice-Minister of Industry...


Visa-Free Travel as Way to Stimulate Investment, Tourism

Citizens of 10 countries that have either invested the most or have the potential to invest the most in Kazakhstan have been granted visa-free travel to the country in...


Rare and Endangered Birds Are Bred in Almaty Nursery

ALMATY – The Sunkar nursery in Almaty, that has bred more than 1,000 birds, recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. This falcon house breeds rare and endangered birds and keeps...


Kazakhstan Approves General Gasification Scheme

ASTANA – “The Kazakh government has approved a general scheme for the gasification of the country. This policy document defines economically sound strategic directions to ensure reliable gas supply...


Sixteen Grants to be Awarded to Innovative Entrepreneurs through Technology Commercialisation Centre

ASTANA – Sixteen projects have been approved for funding through the Innovation Grant Programme run by Astana’s Technology Commercialisation Centre (TCC), the TCC announced on July 9. Grants will...


Government Boosts Medical Tourism Efforts in North Kazakhstan

The industry of pantotheraphy, the use of an extract from the horns of the maral, will develop in northern Kazakhstan and the Aiyrtau area will see a new tourism...


Mezzoforte, Level 42 Bring International Jazz to Astana

ASTANA – Residents and visitors to Astana were treated to music by some of the best international jazz bands during this year’s Astana Day celebrations. Iceland’s Mezzoforte and British...


Business news in brief

“About 56,000 entrepreneurs are registered in Astana,” Director of the Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Astana Meirbek Mazhitov told a July 3 Central Communications Service (CCS) media briefing. “Presently, more...


Economic news in brief

Kazakhstan will spend about 500 billion tenge (US$2.72 billion) to ensure economic growth this year, Minister of Economy and Budget Planning of Kazakhstan Yerbolat Dossayev said at a July...


External news in brief

Turkmenistanhas completed construction of part of the new Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran railway, the Turkmen government reported after a government inspection of the railway project on July 4. The total length of...


National news in brief

“3D-copies of artifacts relating to the history of Kazakhstan being kept in museums in other countries may appear in the National Museum of Kazakhstan,” Director of the new National...


World Cup of Inflatable Sailboats Held in Kazakhstan

Balkhash-2014, the World Cup race of collapsible and inflatable sailboats, was held recently for the first time in Kazakhstan. The event was organised by the Marins International Association of...


Kazakh, Austrian Climbers Plan Khan Tengri Expediton

Maksut Zhumaev, the famed Kazakh alpinist who conquered all of the world’s highest peaks, is going to ascend Khan Tengri, the highest point in Kazakhstan, and he recently outlined...


Kazakhstan, UNDP Work on Developing Country’s Aid Agency

Kazakhstan has been a member of the United Nations for more than 22 years, and almost just as long the country has been cooperating with numerous UN agencies. In...


Swiss Finance Minister Advances Ties on Visit to Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Several meetings were conducted with Kazakh ministers during the recent official visit by the head of the Swiss Federal Department of Finance and Federal Councillor Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf....


Kazakhstan stands tall in Washington

The moment one entered the Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, on July 3, 2014, it felt that something magical was going to...


16th Astana Day Marked with Days of Events, Launch of New Facilities

ASTANA – The nation’s capital celebrated Astana Day on July 6 with several days of festivals and concerts by world renowned and national singers and bands, including Akon, A’STUDIO,...


Kazakhstan, Ecuador Find More than Politics in Common

ASTANA – Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov met with his counterpart, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador Ricardo Patiño, who arrived in Astana on his first official visit...


EU Civil Service Reform Project Brings Kazakh Civil Servants, Journalists to European Public and Media Institutions

ASTANA – Representatives of Kazakhstan’s Agency for Civil Service Affairs and the Presidential Administration, as well as journalists covering civil service reform issues, visited Brussels and Paris from June...


Pastry Artists Awarded at Capital Day Confectioners Festival

ASTANA – Astana’s sweets shops were honoured and assessed in a morning sugar rush on July 4 at Congress Hall at the second Astana Confectioners’ Festival, a celebration of...