Kuzin Wins First Speed Skating Gold for Country

ASTANA – One by one, Kazakhstan’s athletes are claiming their space on the world stage. The young nation’s newest sporting first comes in speed skating: for the first time...


The Kazakh Steppe: The Land Where the Horse was Tamed

Kazakhstan, believed to be the birthplace of the apple and the country from which the first man was sent into space, is now also thought to be the land...


“Red Carpet” Fashions Accessible to All at New Boutique

ASTANA – On February 27, the multi-brand boutique Red Carpet opened in one of Astana’s major malls, Sary Arka. The new boutique offers its customers collections by Aida Kaumenovа,...


Modern Day Batyrs: Ancient Kazakh Martial Art Survives

Kazakhstan is a modern, peaceful and peace loving nation. Its more than 130 ethnicities of multiple religions live side by side and its international relationships are equally weighed between...


EXPO news in brief

During the working visit, the delegation of the companies’ group of Samruk Kazyna, headed by the Chairman of the Board Umirzak Shukeyev, met with the UK business community on...


EXPO Commissioner Sees New Era Starting from 2017 Event

ASTANA – Last year, the capital of Kazakhstan was chosen as the venue for international exhibition EXPO 2017, to be held in 2017. The General Assembly of the International...


The aviation industry in Kazakhstan and making it better

Travelling across Kazakhstan is a lively affair, to say the least. To visit the family, attend a wedding, goon a business trip or simply for leisure, there are enough...


Economy News in Brief

Kazakhstan’s trade with its two Customs Union (CU) partners Russia and Belarus exceeded $1.6 billion in January, a rise of 7.7 percent on January 2012, the Kazakhstan Statistics Agency...


Business News in Brief

Kazakhstan will reimburse the fuel and lubricant shortages due to tolling operations in China, Prime Minister’s Serik Akhmetov’s official website announced on March 20. “We agreed on the need...


External News in Brief

Rapil Zhoshybayev, executive secretary of the Foreign Ministry and commissioner in charge of EXPO 2017, met with Chinese Deputy Foreign Ministers Cheng Guoping and Si Hanshen, director of the...


Foreign Minister Brings Green Economy Message to Northern Europe

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov last week wound up his tour of northern Europe in Oslo after sharing Kazakhstan’s plan for a green economy with the region....


Domestic News in Brief

President Nursultan Nazarbayev issued a decree on March 23 for the convocation of the 20th Session of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan in Astana. The session is scheduled...


Middle Class Families Optimistic about Future

PAVLODAR – AKTAU – KARAGANDA – Kazakhstan’s middle class – the main social base for further development of the country – is growing in strength. In Western countries, the...


Internet Association Chief Predicts Bright Online Future

ALMATY – With growing Internet penetration influencing all social spheres of life in Kazakhstan, the country is working to raise its online services to global standards. The Astana Times...


A Peek Into Kazakhstan’s “Protected Corners”

“Protected Corners of Kazakhstan,” a new book of photos by Vladislav Yakushkin and texts by well-known writer and naturalist Boris Shcherbakov, brings to vivid life some of Kazakhstan’s most...


Chevron in Kazakhstan Marks 20th Anniversary

This year, Chevron is celebrating 20 years in Kazakhstan in the remarkable partnership that began on April 6, 1993, when President Nursultan Nazarbayev and then Chevron Corporation Chairman and...


Kazakhstan’s First Full-Length 3D Animated Film Opens

ASTANA – The first full-length 3D animated film ever made in Kazakhstan premiered before the Nauryz holiday on March 21. The film, called “Er Tostik and Aydahar,” is based...


Paintball Warriors Invade Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Paintball has found a home in the capital of Kazakhstan. Paintball is a team game, where players are eliminated or “killed” when they are shot with gelatin...


Kazakhstan to Host Expo 2017 on Future Energy

In 2017 the world’s eyes will be on a young nation with a bright future—Kazakhstan. A former Soviet Republic turned engine of economic prosperity, Kazakhstan and its capital city...


Book discovers historical heritage of Zhetysu region

The book “Zhetysu. Monuments and Museums” is a complete and colourful edition of the history of Almaty region, which has not yet been published in the country before. Turning...


Cafés and Anti-cafés Create Communities in Astana

By Maral Zhantaykyzy ASTANA – Has the Internet become so dominant that face-to-face communication needs a comeback movement? The “anti-café” movement that has now reached Astana certainly suggests as...


New Project Will Increase Green Coke Production, Independence

PAVLODAR – The Units of Coke Calcination Refinery-Pavlodar (UCCR-PV) recently announced its readiness to launch a project with a production capacity of 280,000 tons a year of green coke....


Housing Programme to Take Effect in Pavlodar by 2014

PAVLODAR – The Affordable Housing 2020 programme has begun to be implemented in Pavlodar, where more than 560 families – 9,000 people – are on the regional centre’s waiting...


Iran, P5+1 Prepare to Hold April Nuclear Talks in Almaty

ASTANA – Iran and the P5+1 powers are preparing to hold the next round of their negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear programme in Almaty, which already hosted their talks in...


Domestically Produced Cars Gaining Popularity in Public Sector

Kazakhstan produced 21,236 vehicles, including trucks, commercial and passenger cars, in 2012. State agencies purchased 12 percent of the production—2,553 cars—and bought 1,365 units of imported transport. The list...


Taraz Fashion Show Introduces New Names

TARAZ – On March 14 and 15 young fashion designers from Kazakhstan, Russia, China, Spain and other countries showed their collections at the first Aspara International Fashion Festival, organised...


“Kazakhstan’s story is so important, because it disproves the notion that nuclear weapons are important”

OSLO – At a recent major international conference in Oslo called “Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons”, The Astana Times talked to Ward Wilson, a famed scholar on the subject...


Silicon Production Grows in Karatal District

ALMATY REGION – The Kaz Silicon Plant, which reopened in April 2012, is planning to increase its production volume of high-quality refined silicon up to 10,000 tons per year....


Bananas, Pomegranates Flourish in South

SOUTH KAZAKHSTAN – Fruit trees bananas, persimmons and pomegranates are flourishing at the Saryagash Zher Syiy plant nursery in southern Kazakhstan. “This year we anticipate the first crop of...


Efforts to Modernise National Media Gain Pace

Progress has been made in modernising the media and its interaction with the state, the need for which was pointed out by State Secretary Marat Tazhin at a Feb....


Ten Makes Kazakhstan Figure Skating History with Silver

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Denis Ten won the silver medal at the figure skating World Cup held in London, Canada from March 11-17. On his Facebook account, Ten thanked his...


Nauryz Celebrations Start across Nation

ASTANA – Nauryz is celebrated in countries of Central Asia on the day of the astronomical spring equinox. In Kazakhstan, it’s an official public holiday, so the celebrations were...


“Green Energy” Kicks Off Production in Pavlodar; Country Prepares for EXPO 2017

PAVLODAR – The production team of the Television and Radio Complex of the President of Kazakhstan and Pavlodar National Company have started to shoot a documentary film under the...


EXPO Complex May Become Cultural Centre

ASTANA – Public hearing took place in Korme exhibition centre on March 19 regarding the use of EXPO 2017 objects after the exhibition. The hearing held in the form...


Kazakh Cinema Remembers a Famous Father

ASTANA – This year marks the 90th anniversary of the birth of the famous Kazakh film director, Sultan-Ahmet Khodzhikov. On March 11, an evening commemorating the memory of this...


Annual Charity Fair Provides Tradition of Giving

ASTANA – With the relocation of the capital from Almaty to Astana back in 1997, ambassadors and diplomatic missions moved to the new political centre of the country. Over...


Demography Crucial for National Progress

President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s state of the nation address on December 14 laid great importance on state support for mothers and children. This is a crucial issue for our society....


National Bank’s Coins Are Works of Art, Investment Vehicles

ASTANA – On March 1st the National Bank of Kazakhstan issued a commemorative coin to mark the 100th anniversary of People’s Artist of the USSR, Kazakh composer Mukan Tolebayev....


Kazakhstan Businessman Finds Hi-Tech Success

ALMATY – Serikbai Bisekeyev has become the first Kazakhstan businessman to win the Ernst & Young Company’s prestigious “Entrepreneur of the Year” award. Bisekeyev who is based in St....


Author-Fighter to Shoot Series about Kazakhstan’s Olympians

ASTANA – The well-known Kazakhstan’s and Dutch director Peter Berman is to begin shooting a television series titled “The Olympians.” The series will focus on the stories of three...


UN to Launch Human Rights Project in Central Asia

ASTANA – A new project, “Human Rights Protection in Central Asia,” has been launched by the Central Asia Regional Office of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner...


Government Launches Major Civil Service Reform

ASTANA – Astana has hosted two high-level meetings to launch a wide-ranging programme of civil service reform in Kazakhstan. On March 15, Alikhan Baimenov, the chairman of the Agency...


Government Forecasts 6 Percent 2013 Growth

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s economy is projected to grow by a robust 6 percent this year, the government and the National Bank announced March 13. In a statement, the government...


Kazakhstan Becomes Green Energy Leader

Kazakhstan is forging ahead to become a regional and global leader in developing solar power and other sustainable energy technologies. On March 7, a pilot line for the production...


Ski Champion Vladimir Smironov Gives Nod to Successor

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s best skier Alexey Poltoranin is having a remarkable season with victories in the World Cup, International Ski Federation (FIS) competitions, and winning two bronze medals at...


State Language Reaches a New Stage of Development

In the strategy Kazakhstan 2050, President Nursultan Nazarbayev called the expansion of the state language use one of the priorities for further development of the country. Stressing the importance...


Poetry Masters Perform in Folk Festival

SHYMKENT – The best akyns, or traditional folk poets in Kazakhstan participated in the national aitys, or folk poetry and music festival this week to celebrate the 350th anniversary...


Samruk Kazyna Sets 2013 Goals

ASTANA – The Samruk Kazyna National Sovereign Fund is embarking on a massive programme of railway and port construction this year, its chairman Umirzak Shukeyev told an expanded meeting...


Iran Celebrates No-Rooz, Spring New Year, As Others Join Holiday Mood

Happy New Year! March 21, the first day of spring, is traditionally No-Rooz (also called Nawruz), the Iranian New Year. Its customs have spread throughout Central Asia and beyond,...


First Kazakh Kures Championship Held in Africa

ASTANA – The first championship tournament of the Kazakh traditional wrestling called Kazakh kures took place under hot South African skies from Feb. 26 to March 3. The host...