German Photographer Explores Kazakh Culture, Energy Plans

ASTANA – Photographer Dieter Seitz, whose work focuses on people and cultural issues, has chosen Kazakhstan to be the subject of a multi-year photo project exploring its blend of...


IOC President Calls Kazakh Olympic Hosting Bid ‘Strong’ During Almaty Visit

ALMATY – International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach called Almaty and Kazakhstan’s application to host the 2022 Winter Olympics “very solid and competitive” during an Oct. 11-12 visit to...


Environment Set to Be Major Project of 21st Century

TheUN Climate Summit in New York marked a high point in political mobilisation for climate, with over 120 countries represented at the highest level. The summit should lead to...


Kazakh Senate Elections Met International Standards, Say Int’l Observers

ASTANA – The regional administrations (maslikhats) of Kazakhstan elected 16 new senators on Oct. 1 in a process that unfolded largely without incident, reported Central Election Commission (CEC) member...


Shymkent Student Animations Gain Attention at International Festival

Students from Shymkent Aliya Tugelbai and Bakbergen Saparov were recognised among participants from 35 countries during the recent 18th To Save and To Reserve International Ecological Festival in Khanty-Mansiysk,...


Astana 2017

Students Present EXPO 2017 Astana-Related Inventions in Shymkent

SHYMKENT Scientific projects related to EXPO 2017 developed by students of Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools, including a playground that produces electricity, were presented during a recent festival in Shymkent. Students...


Pavlodar SEZ, Three New Chemical Companies to Further Kazakhstan 2050 Strategy

Cutout: Petrochemical cluster in region relies on foreign expertise and investments. PAVLODAR – Nurlan Kapparov, head of Kazatomprom, the national atomic company, and Kanat Bozumbayev, Akim (Governor) of the...


EU, Central Asian Cooperation Key to Security and Prosperity, Says Latvian Ambassador

ASTANA – Latvian Ambassador to Kazakhstan Juris Maklakovs will wrap up his embassy’s turn as NATO point of contact in Kazakhstan at the end of this year, but the...


Peugeot to Produce Two New Car Models in Kostanai

Peugeot plans to begin production on two new cars in Kostanai that will be available for sale as early as spring 2015, according to the website of the AllurGroup....


Kazakhstan Wins Gold, Overall Medal Count at Astana Judo Grand Prix

Kazakhstan’s former world champion and top judoka Maxim Rakov won gold in the men’s under 100 kilogrammes category at the season-ending Asian leg of the International Judo Federation’s (IJF) World...


Asian Games Victories Further Country’s Reputation as Sporting Nation

Kazakhstan’s performance at the 17th Asian Games in South Korea in early October was further evidence of the country’s growing reputation as a sporting nation. Of the 1,454 medals...


Kazakhstan, UNDP & Coca-Cola to Increase Rural Access to Safe Drinking Water

ASTANA – Earth is our Home, the programme for Kazakh water resources management, was launched on Oct. 8. As part of this project, international organisations represented by the United...


Almaty’s Medeo Skating Rink Opens for the Season

Almaty’s renowned outdoor skating rink Medeo opened its doors for the season on Oct. 4. Medeo is located 1,691 metres above sea level, which makes it the highest skating...


Astana Dombyra Party Highlights Kazakh Culture, Pride

ASTANA – Professional and amateur musicians participated in an Oct. 4 Dombyra party musical event at the new National Museum of Kazakhstan to promote the traditions of the Kazakh...


Kazakh Boxer Akberbayev Defeats American Sarran, Extends Winning Streak

Almaty boxer Isa Akberbayev knocked out Geovanni Sarran from Palmdale, California, in Santa Monica on Oct. 1 in round four to continue his professional 13-win career streak. With a...


Senator Suggests Housing, Social Support for Creative Professionals

Senator Nurlan Orazalin requested during an Oct. 2 plenary session with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan that social programmes and housing support be provided for young...


Northern Caspian May Contain Large, Unexplored Oil Reserves, Energy Ministry Says

The northern Caspian Sea may contain large amounts of previously unexplored oil reserves, the Kazakh Ministry of Energy announced on Oct. 1. “Computer simulations of 15 sedimentary basins were...


Armenia Joins Eurasian Economic Union, as Kyrgyzstan Edges Closer to Membership

MINSK – Illustrating the growing pull of the yet-to-be-launched Eurasian Economic Union, Armenia joined the group at a meeting of the leaders of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia...


Officials Unveil Details of Samruk Kazyna Transformation

ASTANA – The Samruk Kazyna Sovereign Wealth Fund officially unveiled its transformation programme Oct. 6. The programme is designed to help modernise Kazakhstan’s economy and bring an additional $11...


Regional Governments Possess All Components Necessary to Improve Public Services, Says Official

ASTANA – The governments in the region and Kazakhstan’s government, in particular, are working to improve service delivery and are reviewing European best practices, experts involved in reforming Kazakhstan’s...


Kazakhstan, EU Conclude Talks on Enhanced Partnership, Proving International Relations Aren’t “Zero Sum Game”

BRUSSELS – Kazakhstan and the European Union completed talks over an expanded Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) in Brussels on Oct. 9 during the visit of the President of...


Presidential Visit Draws Attention to Mangistau Region’s Assets

During his working visit to the Mangistau Region on Oct. 1, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev had a meeting with entrepreneurs and members of the public sector where he noted...


Almaty Art Exhibit Displays Hopes of Seriously Ill Children

“A Dream,” an art exhibition opened recently in Arman cinema hall in Almaty, displays paintings created by children who are suffering from leukemia and angiostaxis. The children attended workshops...


Kazakhstan Going Mobile, Announces Official During E-Government Forum

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s hosting of the recent third Global E-Government Forum under the auspices of the United Nations is part of the country’s effort to develop an effective and...


Stronger US-Kazakhstan Relations: Paving the Way along the New Silk Road

Kazakhstan is a country on the move. It is an unmistakable impression one gets from hearing scholars, diplomats and businessmen visiting Washington. Time and again one finds many opportunities...


Collection Boxes, Nationwide Programme to Address Problem of E-Waste

ASTANA – The government of Kazakhstan is moving to address the growing problem of electronic waste through training programmes, technology disposal receptacles and awareness-raising events, and private electronic recycling...


Adventurers Cross the Country to Promote Youth Patriotism

Twenty adventurers are in the midst of a cross-country expedition to increase patriotic feelings among Kazakh youth and popularise the beauty and distinctive character of the country. Kazakh President...


Kazakhstan Moves Forward with Setting up Development Assistance Agency

ASTANA – In an interview with this newspaper, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Rapil Zhoshybayev addressed a number of topics, including the process to create a...


Kazakh Negotiations to Join WTO Going Well, Should Conclude by Year’s End, Says Official

BRUSSELS –Kazakhstan’s government is committed to creating stable and predictable conditions for European investors that enhance the diversity of Kazakhstan’s economy while the country is in the final stage...


Almaty Food Festival Offers Taste of France

Almaty visitors and residents were able to sample some of the best of Frenchcuisine during the Sept. 26-28 Festival de la Gastronomie Francaise. The festival was held in Almaty...


Netflix Series ‘Marco Polo’ Shot in Kazakhstan to Premiere in December

ASTANA – An international television series that, in part, features Kazakhstan as the backdrop for the adventures of the great explorer Marco Polo is set to premiere in December....


Kazakh FM Backs New Asian Security Concept, Outlines Steps to Stronger CICA at Anniversary Event

ASTANA – Voicing support for the new Asian security concept proposed by China, Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov called for more contact between members, more organisational institutions and other...


The Redlights Shake Up Moscow Rock Music Festival

The Astana-based rock band, The Redlights, won the grand prix at Indyushata 2014, the rock music festival that took place in September. The musicians performed seven music tracks from...


Oskars Bartulis: I Don’t Mind Being Called Askar

Latvian hockey star and Astana Barys player Oskars Baruis recently played his first match with Barys against Metallurg from Novokuznetsk. Following the match, Bartulis spoke with The Astana Times...


Officials Support Breeding of Tazy Hunting Dogs

More than 150 dogs from eight regions were inspected for their hunting merits on Sept. 22 in the Malaya Timofeevka village near Astana. The inspection was  organised by the...


British-Kazakh Legal Cooperation Should Be Enhanced

I am delighted to be making my first visit to Kazakhstan, a country with which the U.K. has a rapidly growing bilateral relationship. It is also my first opportunity...


Kazakhstan’s Market Economy: Key Milestones and Achievements

In my new book, “Kazakhstan’s Emerging Economy: Between State and Market,” I study the type of market economy that has evolved in Kazakhstan since 1991 by focusing on the...


Kazakhstan, Russia Launch Hydrocarbon Initiative, Move Forward with Plans to Build Nuclear Power Plant

The presidents of Kazakhstan and Russia launched a new hydrocarbon development initiative as they met in Atyrau, Kazakhstan on Sept. 30. President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev met with Russian...


Kazakhstan Increases Funding for UN-Managed Civil Service Hub

ASTANA – The Kazakh government has agreed to provide $14 million in funding over the next three and a half years to support the Regional Civil Service Hub that...


Erlan Idrissov and John Kerry Met in New York to Discuss Key Issues, Situation in Ukraine and Afghanistan


Caspian Summit in Astrakhan Makes ‘Breakthrough’ on Road to Convention

The presidents of the five Caspian littoral states reached several important agreements, including an agreement on the conservation of marine resources, on their way to settling the legal status...


EBRD Arranges $200 Million for Environmentally Friendly Technology for Private Sector Oil Company

ASTANA – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has arranged a financing package of $200 for private oil company KOM Munai to finance new environmentally technologies and...


Samruk Kazyna Privatisation Drive Offers New Investment Opportunities

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Samruk Kazyna Sovereign Wealth Fund is moving forward with its plans to sell a sizable part of the enterprises it controls to the private sector. Both...


Largest Landlocked Country

Kazakhstan Overcomes Challenges Facing Landlocked Nations

The recent commissioning of the Zhezkazgan-Beineu and Arkalyk-Shubarkol railways, as well as the upcoming launch of the Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran railroad, draw a line under the key stage of the transport...


President’s Strategic Vision Delivers Connectivity

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s recent interview with Khabar TV at the foothills of Ulytau, a sacred mountain in Kazakh lore, covered a broad and in-depth list of topics critical...


Kazakh Traditions

New Institute Seeks to Develop Well-Rounded Kazakh Women

ASTANA – Qazaq qyzy (Kazakh girl), the first women’s institute of cultural and moral education, opened its doors on Sept. 18. The institute aims to provide behavioural education, teaching...


Young Archeologists Uncover Ancient Finds

EAST KAZAKHSTAN REGION – Unique archaeological findings of the early nomads epoch discovered in recent years in the Altai mountains have substantially raised the prestige of the archaeologist’s profession...


Pakistan Ambassador Hopes to Increase Trade, Urges More Regional Cooperation on Afghanistan

ASTANA – Ambassador of Pakistan to Kazakhstan Shaukat Ali Mukadam wants to make the trade and economic cooperation between the two countries more indicative of their warm and long-standing...


Healthcare Professionals from 15 Countries Attend Astana Zdorovie Exhibition in Capital

More than 100 doctors, nurses and healthcare experts from 15 countries gathered in Astana Sept. 25-27 for the Astana Zdorovie 2014 international healthcare exhibition. The exhibition showcased the latest...


Business New in Brief

– “Entrepreneurship is a quarter of the economy of the East Kazakhstan region. The number of active small and medium-sized business entities is presently 67,000. Almost every third...