Kazakhstan Growth Seen As Model for Central Asia

Foreign experts are interested in Kazakhstan not only as a template of economic growth and political stability, but also as an important participant in the integration processes of the...


Romanian PM Visits Astana to Promote Economic, Culture Ties

ASTANA – Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta made his first official visit to Kazakhstan on June 27 and 28, resulting in agreements on cooperation in military training, as well...


InterNations Gathers Expats in Astana

ASTANA – On June 28, the InterNations Astana network held another one of its regular expatriate get-togethers, this time at Why Not Lounge Bar. The InterNations community in Astana...


Modern Astana Celebrates Anniversary with Traditional Festival

ASTANA — More than 500 performers and craftsman from around Central Asia converged on Astana this week to celebrate the city’s 15th anniversary as the nation’s capital. The artisans...


Kazakhstan Team Helps Competitors Extinguish Fire at Silk Way Rally

ASTANA – Members of Kazakhstan’s Mobilex Racing Team Kanat Shagirov and Alexander Moroz helped extinguish a fire in one of their competitors’ cars at the Silk Way Rally, losing...


New Train Service Connects Almaty with Alakol Lake

ALMATY REGION – A new passenger train service to Alakol Lake was launched on June 19. The train will run twice a week from Almaty to Dostyk until the...


New Botanical Garden to Beautify Astana by 2017

ASTANA – President Nursultan Nazarbayev recently approved plans to build a new botanical garden and park on the Left Bank. Construction on the project is set to begin by...


Café Scientifique Promotes Public Engagement With Scientific Issues

ASTANA – A year ago, Café Scientifique, a public initiative to create new ways of relating to science, appeared in Almaty. The initiative has been a great success here...


Researcher examines Kazakhstan’s role in World War II

ASTANA – Kazakhstan sent many of its sons and daughters to fight and die on the front lines of World War II. It also supplied food and ammunition in...


Classical Music Concerts Held on Yessil River

ASTANA – As they have been for the past five years, “River of Sound” evenings of classical music were once again held along the embankment of the Yessil River...


With National Award, Kazakhstan’s Pop Music Takes Big Step Forward

ASTANA – Astana’s Capital Day celebrations included the first awards ceremony of the new national music award, Astana Zhuldyzy (The Star of Astana), initiated by the Astana city administration....


Hero of Kazakh History Born 350 Years Ago

This year marks 350 years since the birth of the famous hero of Kazakh history, Tole-bi, a legendary figure who left a bright mark on the fate of his...


Violinist Zhamilya Serkebayeva Makes it to the Top

Zhamilya Serkebayeva is more than just one of the most acclaimed classical violinists in Kazakhstan. She bridges the gap between classical and rock, and even shows her skills at...


Astana Presidential Sports Club Launched

On the eve of the Capital Day of the, the new “Astana” presidential multi-sport club was launched. Stars of world sport Luis Figo, Oliver Kahn and Alexander Ovechkin came...


Regional Forum Examines Sustainable Energy Issues

ASTANA – The first regional forum, “The Covenant of Mayors – a Way to Sustainable Energy Development on Local, National and Regional Levels,” was held June 28 in the...


Marking Int’l Nelson Mandela Day, Globally and Locally

International Nelson Mandela Day is on 18 July 2013. The overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the...


KazISS Continues Critical Work, Afghanistan in Focus

The main objectives of the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies (KazISS) formulated at its creation are still relevant today: the development of theoretical foundations and practical recommendations in the...


Business News in Brief

The Hyundai AutoTrans company entered the Customs Union market. In 2012, about 250 trucks were exported to Belarus; this number will double in 2013. The company is supported by...


Economy News in Brief

Cooperation with more than 400 investors planning to finance several projects in Kazakhstan worth over $15.7 billion is being established presently in the country. The following projects are planned...


External News in Brief

Defence ministers and security officials of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) gathered in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, to discuss regional security issues. Reports from the June 26 talks said...


Domestic News in Brief

At an urgent meeting on July 2, Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov ordered the establishment of a government commission headed by Minister of Environmental Protection Nurlan Kapparov to study the...


Putin Comes to Astana to Discuss Ties, Integration

ASTANA – Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Astana on July 7 to discuss with his counterpart bilateral relations and Eurasian integration processes. He also used the occasion to...


FM Idrissov Visiting U.S. to Touch Base on Bilateral Relations, International Issues

WASHINGTON – Kazakhstan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Erlan Idrissov began his visit to Washington on July 8 and 9 to touch base with U.S. officials such as National Security...


President Leads National Flag Raising, Congratulates Military Academy Graduates

Astana – President Nursultan Nazarbayev took part in the traditional raising of the national flag on July 5 at the Atameken Ethno-Memorial Complex, celebrating the start of Capital Day...


Building a New Capital… and a New Nation

Astana celebrated its 15th anniversary as the capital of Kazakhstan on July 6. And what 15 years it has been… When President Nursultan Nazarbayev first presented the idea of...


Successful Implementation of Kazakhstan 2050 to Improve Technology, Economy and Lives of Citizens

President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s state-of-the-nation address, Strategy Kazakhstan 2050: a new policy of the established state, on December 14, 2012, highlighted the country’s achievements during its years of independence and...


Kazakhstan Weightlifters Win Six Medals at Asian Championship

ASTANA – The Kazakhstan National Weightlifting Team won three gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the June 20 Asian Championship held in Astana. “The Asian continent dominates...


Astana Opera House Premieres Sleeping Beauty Ballet

ASTANA – Petr Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet Sleeping Beauty premiered on July 3 at the Astana Opera and Ballet Theater. This latest incarnation of the classic ballet was choreographed by...


Reshuffle in Oil and Gas Sector Leadership

ASTANA – Uzakbai Karabalin was appointed by decree of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev on July 3 as Kazakhstan’s new Minister of Oil and Gas. Karabalin replaces outgoing minister Sauat...


Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Holds First Twitter Chat

ASTANA – Kazakhstan Minister of Foreign Affairs Erlan Idrissov helped mark the country’s Day of Diplomatic Service on July 2 by conducting his first live Twitter chat. The session...


Parliament Tallies up Recent Legislative Work

ASTANA – A joint session of the Kazakhstan’s two houses of Parliament chaired by Senate Speaker Kairat Mami and Mazhilis Speaker Nurlan Nigmatulin on June 28 tallied up the...


Horses Help Sick Children in Semey

SEMEY – Children in the Semey area battling psycho-neurological diseases were given access during their summer holidays to therapeutic horse riding sessions as a form of rehabilitation and treatment....


How Rural Akims Are Elected in Kazakhstan

During the first 20 years of Kazakhstan’s independence, the leaders (akims) of oblasts, districts, cities, auls (aul is a village in Kazakh) have been appointed by the central government...


National Chamber of Entrepreneurs Aims to Improve Business Environment

The National Chamber of Entrepreneurs is encouraging small and rural businesses to join this business association in order to better keep up with changing laws and new technologies. Most...


International Western Europe-Western China Highway Section Opens

SOUTH KAZAKHSTAN – On July 1, the press service of the Western Europe–Western China International Transit Corridor announced that the first section of an international highway in southern Kazakhstan...


In Atyrau, British PM Attends Launch of Major Oil and Gas Plant

ASTANA – Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev met with British Prime Minister David Cameron on June 30 in Atyrau, the so-called oil capital of the country. The meeting was part...


UK Prime Minister’s Visit Produces Multiple Agreements, Business Deals Worth $1.1 Billion

ASTANA – Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev on July 1 welcomed British Prime Minister David Cameron to the presidential Akorda residence as part of the first visit by a serving...


Astana Supports Helsinki+40 Initiative at OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Istanbul

Speaker of the Senate of Kazakhstan’s Parliament Kairat Mami took part in the 22nd session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE),...


Kazakh-British Business Forum Identifies Hurdles, Areas of Cooperation

ASTANA – The Kazakh-British Business Forum held on July 1 at the Palace of Independence saw the signing of ten memoranda of understanding or cooperation agreements between Kazakh and...


Future for Kazakhstan-UK Relations Remains Bright

Kazakhstan has come a long way in a short time. In 21 years, we have moved from a Soviet republic with no private sector to a sovereign state with...


Ambassador Who Established Finnish Embassy Ends Mission

Finnish Ambassador Mikko Kinnunen may be wrapping up his mission in Kazakhstan on July 12, but Finland and Finnish business are here to stay. It’s been an eventful four...


Religious Affairs Agency Works to Protect Freedoms, Stop Extremist Ideologies

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union and Kazakhstan’s independence in 1991, the religious sphere in this country has seen a major revival as people became free to believe...


First National Sports Channel Launches July 1

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s first national sports channel KazSport will begin broadcasting sporting events and news on July 1. Minister of Culture and Information Mukhtar Kul-Mukhammed reported that the channel...


Macklin Admits Golovkin Is Toughest He Ever Faced After KO in Round 3

LEDYARD, Connecticut, USA, June — Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, with an excruciating left into Macklin’s lower body, knocked him out in third to defend his middle weight WBA title. Golovkin...


Gov’t, Samruk Kazyna Continue Work to Provide Affordable Housing

ASTANA – The need for more available and affordable housing in Kazakhstan was the subject of a meeting of the discussion club of the National Welfare Fund Samruk Kazyna...


Seven Days of Industrialisation Examine Country’s Industrial Progress

Astana – As Kazakhstan seeks to expand and diversify its economy, a campaign, “Seven Days in the Industrial Life of Kazakhstan,” was held June 29-July 5 in Astana to...


Kazakh Foreign Minister Calls PM Cameron’s Trip “Milestone Visit”

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov has called the trip by British Prime Minister David Cameron to Kazakhstan on June 30 – July 1 a “milestone visit” and...


UK Prime Minister’s Visit to Boost Kazakh-British Ties

The visit of British Prime Minister David Cameron to Kazakhstan on June 30 – July 1 comes at the invitation of President Nursultan Nazarbayev, extended during the London Olympics...


Shymkent Rowers Win World Cup Gold and Other Medals

SHYMKENT – Rowers from Shymkent won an unprecedented number of gold and silver medals in May at the World Cup of Rowing and Canoeing in the Czech Republic and...


Public Rides with Cycling Champions in Astana, Almaty

A two-day public bicycle ride with Astana Cycling Team stars Alexander Vinokourov, the recent London 2012 Olympic champion, and the recent Giro d’Italia 2013 winner Vincenzo Nibali took place...