ZETA Company Makes Furniture, Creates Jobs

ALMATY – The ZETA Company is expanding to take opportunity of growing markets for its furniture at home and abroad. The government has approved a 75 million tenge grant...


Kazakhstan, Japan Launch New Projects Beyond Energy

ASTANA – Kazakhstan and Japan have agreed at a recent Tokyo meeting to dramatically expand their industrial cooperation and launch a new series of joint ventures beyond the energy...


New Tourist Routes in Eastern Kazakhstan

EAST KAZAKHSTAN – East Kazakhstan is a land of peaks and valleys, with heights ranging from 145 to 4,500 metres above sea level. The highest point is the peak...


Women’s Chess Sees Boost as Young Talent Grows Up

ASTANA – In the midst of the Fourth FIDE Women’s World Team Championship held in Astana, The Astana Times met International Grandmaster Konstantin Landa, who, along with coach Pavel...


Kazakhstan Participates in Fifth Forum of UN Alliance of Civilisations

ASTANA – A delegation from Kazakhstan, headed by Chairman of the Senate and Head of the Secretariat of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions Kairat Mami,...


EU 3+3, Iran Agree to New Nuclear Talks in Almaty in April

ALMATY – High-level talks held this week between EU3+3 representatives and Iran over Iran’s nuclear program resulted in an agreement to continue negotiations April 5-6 in Almaty. That meeting...


Time for Energy of the Future Is Now

In four years, Astana will host the international exhibition EXPO 2017, which is a symbol of industrialisation and represents a platform from which to demonstrate technical and technological achievements....


First Day of Iran Nuclear Programme Talks Ends With No Significant Results; Talks to Continue on Feb. 27

ALMATY – Negotiators from China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States gathered here on Feb. 26 for talks with Iran aimed at finding a solution...


Toyota Signs Deals to Make SUVs in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Kazakhstan has signed an agreement with Toyota Motors to make its first-ever SUV in the country. On Feb. 12, the government and Toyota signed a Memorandum of...


A Question of Humanity

Those who forget the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them. We are the Hibakusha, survivors of the nuclear bombs used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and people harmed...


New Motorways, High-Speed Rail Links, Train Station Planned for EXPO 2017

ASTANA – It’s about to get a lot easier to drive between Almaty and Astana, Kazakhstan’s two main business and government hubs. Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Transport and Communications plans...


Kazakh Teams Play in Winter Special Olympics

ASTANA – Seven teams from across Kazakhstan took part in the World Special Olympics Winter Games, held from Jan. 29 to Feb. 5, in the South Korean city of...


Seven Children Get Expensive Care Abroad

Seven children were able to get expensive treatment abroad thanks to Alexandre Vinokurov, who put up his champion’s bike for a charity auction, and raised money amounting to 230,000...


NGOs, Government Tackle Problems Related to Youth Migration

The Soros Foundation Kazakhstan recently presented in Almaty a study on the problem of mass youth migration trying to draw additional attention to the problems remaining in this area....


Turkish Expat Sees Astana as Depiction of Country’s Future

ASTANA – Tarik Volkan Oskay, director general of Sembol Investment and Development came to Kazakhstan for the first time at the end of 1996 to meet the family of...


EU and Kazakhstan: Twenty Steps Towards Each Other, Twenty Years of Comprehensive and Vibrant Partnership

This year, the European Union and Kazakhstan celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. On the eve of the anniversary, on 29 January, Foreign Minister Idrissov...


Fighting for the Rule of the People

The Communist People’s Party’s faction in the Mazhilis of the Parliament of Kazakhstan was not built from scratch: We have been involved in national politics for a long time....


Expanded Microcredit Programmes to Boost Farming

ASTANA – Kazakhstan has vast opportunities and resources for agricultural development. It is already one of the world’s top 10 wheat producers and a global leader in exporting flour....


Social Media: Shaping The Way We See the World or Shaping the New World Itself?

The rise of the Internet has spurred the development of web-based communication platforms. Digital platforms have been growing stronger throughout the last decade, facilitating the exchange of information. Online...


Economy News in Brief

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (ERBD) has predicted that, in 2013, the Kazakhstan economy will grow by six percent, confirming its forecast of October 2012. In 2012,...


Business News in Brief

Kazakhstan has allocated 1 billion tenge ($6.7 million) for people needing organs transplants abroad this year, Azhar Tugaliyeva, director of medical aid organisations at the Health Ministry, said. “Our...


Major Transport Corridor to Connect Kazakhstan, Russia, China by 2015

ASTANA – Russia, China and the European Union have signed new agreements with Kazakhstan giving the go-ahead to complete the Western Europe-Western China international transport corridor by 2015. The...


External News in Brief

Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov spoke on the phone with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Feb. 19 to discuss bilateral relations, the upcoming talks over Iran’s nuclear...


Domestic News in Brief

The working population of Kazakhstan will grow to 9.5 million by 2017, the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection said in a statement. However, the ministry said the working...


Book Explores Kazakhstan’s Oil and Gas Industry History

Oil and politics go hand in hand. Most significant events in world politics from the second half of 20th to the beginning of the 21st centuries – coups, military...


National Tennis Federation Wants to Breed Future Grand Slam Winners

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s national tennis team achieved a significant victory on their home court in the first round of the latest Davis Cup World Group competition. In the wake...


Astana Exhibition Celebrates Kazakhstan-France Relations

ASTANA – From the Louvre to the cuisine to the language, Kazakhstan has declared 2013 the Year of France in Kazakhstan and has 12 months of events planned to...


Let Us Act before It Is Too Late

I want to address the Government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea as a survivor of nuclear weapons testing with the words of Kazakhstan’s writer Rollan Seysenbayev: “Pursuing...


Almaty Becoming Central Asia’s Financial Hub

Almaty is establishing itself as Central Asia’s business, tourism and transportation hub. “Kazakhstan today has a thriving economy, governed by consumers, not plans. With material improvements, the city has...


Curling Comes to the Capital

ASTANA – This year, one of the most modern ice rinks on the continent hosted the first curling tournament in the history of Kazakhstan’s capital city Astana. Managers of...


Almaty Readies to Host Int’l Powers for Talks over Iran’s Nuclear Programme

The world’s powers, including Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United States, are set to meet with Iran in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Feb. 26, for a new round...


Astana Condemns North Korean Nuclear Test

ASTANA – Kazakhstan, which experienced firsthand the devastating effects of nuclear weapons testing under the Soviet Union, has joined other nations in condemning the latest underground nuclear test conducted...


Ecotourism Growing in South Kazakhstan

SOUTH KAZAKHSTAN – Ecotourism could become a profitable part of the South Kazakhstan region’s budget. The number of domestic and foreign tourists eager to summit the snowy mountain peaks,...


Almaty Region’s Nature Has Much to Offer Tourists

ALMATY REGION – The Almaty region’s unique mix of natural beauty and resorts attracted a total of 167,000 tourists last year, according to records, and the services offered to...


Kazakhstan Broadens Scope of Space Programme

ASTANA – Many changes and upgrades are being planned for Kazakhstan’s National Space Programme. First, changes will be implemented in the multi-vector development of space infrastructure, including the creation...


Akbulak Mountain Resort: A Winter and Summer Destination

The Akbulak Mountain Resort in the foothills of the Zailiysky Alatau Mountains is a picturesque place for family holidays, corporate events, business meetings, parties and training camps for athletes....


Journalist Asks Obama to Intervene with AES on Water Crisis

ASTANA – Fedor Kovalev, a Kazakh journalist from Pavlodar, published at open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama calling on him to press the AES Corporation to fulfil its...


Kazakhstan’s Culture on Display in Prague

ASTANA – The rich culture of Kazakhstan has gone on display in one of Europe’s most ancient and fabled cities. A new exhibition called “Kazakhstan – the Heart of...


Kazakhstan’s Fashion: Young, Unique and Diverse

ASTANA – Fashion week has returned to Kazakhstan, prompting fashionistas in the country to scope out what’s happening in design both within the country and abroad. The development of...


New Border Law Passed to Boost Security

ASTANA – The government of Kazakhstan has introduced a new border security law for the first time in 20 years. It came into force on January 16. The new...


Women’s Tennis Team Makes Fed Cup Playoffs

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s national women’s tennis team has won its way into the playoffs of the international Federation Cup. After previous victories over Thailand and India, the team won...


PM Supports Multiple Legal Reform Efforts

ASTANA – Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov has given the green light to an ambitious programme of law reforms this year. The prime minister participated in a planning conference at...


Astana on Ice: City Offers Winter Fun

ASTANA – Winter in Astana has its charms: fresh cold air, sun and deep blue skies, all of which call residents and visitors outdoors despite the cold. Now the...


Life Expectancy Grows, Mother and Child Mortality Decreases

ASTANA – There are now more people living in Kazakhstan than in the past few years, and they live longer and have healthier lives than before, Minister of Healthcare...


Kazatomprom Reports Year of Achievements

ASTANA – On January 24, the Kazatomprom National Atomic Company reported its production activities in 2012. The company’s work has been conducted within its development strategy, aimed at keeping...


Pope Welcomes Kazakhstan’s Efforts to Promote Inter-Religious Understanding

Pope Benedict XVI welcomed the efforts of President Nursultan Nazarbayev to promote inter-religious and inter-cultural understanding on Feb. 6 and gave his apostolic blessing to Kazakhstan’s initiatives in this...


Hollywood’s Russell to Make Kazakh-Russian Comedy Thriller

ASTANA – Famous Hollywood director Chuck Russell who made the hugely popular films “The Mask,” “Eraser” and “The Scorpion King” will make the joint Kazakh-Russian film “Politsioner” (a tongue-in-cheek...


New Astana E-Ambulance Service Improves Survival Rates

ASTANA – After its first year in operation, Astana’s new E-ambulance service is proving its worth. The service was introduced as part of the Smart Astana programme in December...


Kazakhstan to Launch New Generation Green Smart Mine in 2015

ASTANA – In keeping with the global trend for saving energy and resources, the Kazatomprom National Atomic Company (Kazatomprom) announced the development of a smart uranium mine project at...


State Policy to Unlock Women’s Potential

The role of women in building a strong society was reflected in the president’s state-of-the-nation address, Kazakhstan-2050 Strategy: A New Policy of the Established State, which also focused on...