Experts See No Military Solution to Afghan Conflict

ASTANA – On April 11, an international conference on “Regional Security and the Situation in Afghanistan” took place at the Center for Military and Strategic Studies here. The conference...


Inter-Parliamentary Union to Focus on Nuclear Disarmament

The Inter-Parliamentary Union is going to focus on global nuclear disarmament at its next assembly in 2014. The decision was taken when nearly 1,000 parliamentarians from 150 countries met...


Protecting Teenagers on the Internet

Today, Internet penetration in Kazakhstan has reached almost 50 percent. There are 49.5 internet users for every 100 citizens, compared to only 15 users per 100 in 2008. This...


Regional Integration Seen as Economic Priority

BAKU – Kazakhstan’s first deputy prime minister and minister for regional development Bakhytzhan Sagintayev, attended the World Economic Forum Strategic Dialogue on the Future of the South Caucasus and...


Head of Tennis Federation Sees Kazakh Players Winning Grand Slam Titles in Future

ASTANA – In 2007, the Head of state assigned Bulat Utemuratov the task to develop Kazakhstan’s tennis. As head of the national Tennis Federation, Utemuratov has done much for...


Kazakh Climber Successfully Ascends Highest Volcano of North America

ASTANA – Andrey Gundarev is known as the first citizen of Kazakhstan to ascend the highest volcano in the world called Ojos del Salado (6,893m) as part of the...


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....


Country hosts festival of French-speaking nations

ASTANA – From March 15 to April 6, the Alliance Française (the French Alliance) and the embassies of five French-speaking nations are holding a cultural festival in Kazakhstan, called...


Singing ABC introduced in Astana

ASTANA – A rather fascinating educational guide “Danalyk alіppesі” (“ABC of Wisdom” in Kazakh) was recently presented at the Kazmediacenter here. This series include instructions, 12 magazines and an...


Capital’s ballet dancers score double success at international competitions

ASTANA – The soloists of the Kulyash Baiseitova National Opera and Ballet Theatre continue on promoting the capital of Kazakhstan abroad with their new victories. One soloist, Balkiya Zhanburchinova,...


Pink Flamingos Find Prairie in the North

ASTANA – Every April, pink flamingos flock to the heart of Kazakhstan, settling in the Korgalzhyn State Nature Reserve near Astana, where they stay until late fall. The Korgalzhyn...


Country and People Share Same Destiny

ASTANA – “Motherland is not an empty word for me,” said Serik Rustambekov, chairperson of the Board of the Union of Architects of Astana, Honoured Architect of Kazakhstan and...


A Model for Curtailing Nuclear Proliferation

In February, Kazakhstan hosted a fresh round of talks between Iran and the group of six countries (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany) on...


Regional Cooperation Key to Peace and Stability

The most recent war in Afghanistan, known as Operation Enduring Freedom, has been going on since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.,...


Economy News in Brief

• A conference entitled “Building a Green Economy in Kazakhstan” will be held on April 12, Central Communications Service Spokesman Altay Abibullayev said. Cabinet members, ambassadors and European Bank...


Business News in Brief

A three-day exhibition on modern building technology in Astana was held at the Korme complex in Astana from March 27 to March 29. It displayed construction techniques, finishing materials,...


Kazakh Pharmaceuticals Market Booms

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s domestic drug market experienced booming growth of up to 15 percent last year. Fueled by demand from a rapidly expanding middle class and a general rise...


External News in Brief

President Nursultan Nazarbayev paid an official visit to China on April 5 and held talks with new President Xi Jinping. They discussed the strategic partnership between the two countries...


Domestic News in Brief

On April 3, Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov reported to President Nursultan Nazarbayev on the country’s development in the first quarter of 2013. The president said the country needed to...


Iran Nuclear Talks in Almaty End Without Breakthrough, Parties Agree to Stay in Touch on Future Steps

ALMATY – Saturday, April 6, saw the end of the second round of talks on Iran’s nuclear programme held here, in Kazakhstan’s largest city. Though the first round of...


Exhibition Shows Space History, Ambitions

ASTANA – On April 9, a weeklong exhibition “Kazakhstan: A Space Harbour” opened at the Nazarbayev Center. The exhibition is timed to coincide with UN International Space Day marked...


Trilingual Education Touted as Right Way Forward

ASTANA – On April 4, Kazakh Humanities and Law University (KazHLU) in Astana held a roundtable discussion on the theme “Multilingualism in the educational environment: problems and prospects” with...


Aral Sea Rescue Fund Celebrates 20th Anniversary

ASTANA – The International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS) is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The anniversary marks two decades of mixed success in restoring ecological life and...


Of Astana, Its People and Beshparmak

Gareth Stamp is an expatriate citizen of the United Kingdom who has been living in Astana for two years. The Astana Times had the pleasure to talk to Mr....


Kazakhstan, Chevron Celebrate 20 Years of Partnership

ASTANA – On April 3, Chevron Oil celebrated the 20th anniversary of its operations in Kazakhstan at the Palace of Independence in the capital. “I would like to take...


National Day of Lovers to Recall Legendary Romance

ASTANA – On April 15, Kazakhstan will celebrate the National Day of Lovers as a tribute to the history and traditions of the Kazakh people. The holiday is named...


Pension System Modernization to Promote Reliability and Efficiency

Pension savings, which can only be claimed after 45 years of work, are long-term investments that can, therefore, be used for large infrastructure projects, such as the construction of...


PM Visit Expands Ties with Ukraine

KIEV – Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov on April 4 signed an agreement in Kiev to expand ties with Ukraine. The prime minister signed a new Kazakhstan-Ukraine Joint Action...


Aral Sea Rescue Fund Celebrates 20th Anniversary

ASTANA – The International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS) is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The anniversary marks two decades of mixed success in restoring ecological life and...


Nazarbayev Urges Greater Pan-Asian Cooperation on Visit to China

SANYA, BOAO – During his official visit to China last weekend, President Nursultan Nazarbayev held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping to advance ties on a wide range of...


Government Seeks Tourism Sector Innovations

ASTANA – “There is a need to create national brands and innovative approaches to attract foreign tourists to Kazakhstan,” the country’s Minister of Industry and New Technologies Asset Issekeshev...


Experts: Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan Have Lots in Common, Will Benefit from More Coop

The recent World Economic Forum in Baku was attended by experienced senior Kazakh executives in the fields of oil and gas and banking, including Sabr Yessimbekov and Aidan Karibzhanov....


Kazakh-Language Bloggers Discuss Prospects for Kaznet

SHYMKENT – Shymkent hosted on March 23-24 the third kurultai of Kazakh-language bloggers to discuss the development of the domestic blogosphere and Kaznet in the state language of the...


KIMEP Alumni Bring Nauryz Joy to Elderly

ASTANA – On March 31, KIMEP Alumni Association in Astana organized a charity concert for the residents of the state Home for the Elderly and Disabled to commemorate the...


Golovkin KO’s Challenger, Retains World Middleweight Title

On March 30, Kazakhstan’s middleweight World Boxing champion Gennady Golovkin knocked out Japan’s Nobuhiro Ishida to retain his crown. Golovkin won the fight, which took place in Monaco, in...


Master Jeweler Displays Work at Museum of First President

ASTANA – On March 27, the first personal exhibition from famous jeweler Yestay Daubayev opened at the Museum of the First President of Kazakhstan in Astana. Daubayev has become...


Youth Parliaments Forge Ties in CIS

ASTANA – The first meeting of the Youth Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States was held on March 29 in St. Petersburg, Russia.The assembly served as a...


Short Videos Highlight Kazakh Culture

ASTANA – A new series of short videos called “Opening Kazakhstan” hopes to educate and entertain visitors and the people of Kazakhstan alike with facts about this country. The...


Mangistau Centenarian Celebrates 103rd Birthday

MANGISTAU REGION – Nesip Erimbayeva recently celebrated her 103rd birthday with a party that included five generations of her descendants. Her seven children gave birth to 31 grandchildren, who...


First Regional Cattle Auction Raises 12 Million Tenge

NORTH KAZAKHSTAN – At North Kazakhstan’s first auction of breeding cattle, 30 yearling bulls of the elite Aberdeen-Angus breed, received from the United States through the KazAgroFinance Company, were...


Employment 2020 Programme Starts Strong

ASTANA – The Employment 2020 Programme got off to a strong start last year. Minister of Labour and Social Protection Serik Abdenov said that in 2012 the number of...


Quality of Education Is Government’s Top Goal

The first two years of the State Programme for Education Development for 2011-2020 have been completed and it’s time to assess its first challenges and achievements. All the initiatives...


Kazakhstan, Russia Advance Cooperation at Baikonur

KYZYLORDA REGION – The first meeting of the Kazakh-Russian Intergovernmental Commission for the Baikonur complex held on March 28 and chaired by Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Kairat Kelimbetov...


Air Astana expands network across Eurasia

ASTANA, April 3 – Kazakhstan’s leading airline company, Air Astana, has launched two new international direct flights from Astana and Almaty to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. An Embraer...


Violin maestro Bisengaliev wins Elgar Award

On March 15, Kazakhstan’s violin virtuoso Marat Bisengaliev received the first Elgar Proliferation Award in Paris. The award was given by the American Elgar Foundation (AEF) for Bisengaliev’s contribution...


KEGOC to launch IPO by End of June

ASTANA – KEGOC, the Kazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Company, will issue its Initial Public Offering (IPO) of shares by the end of June, a press conference was told on...


Kazakh Culture Festival Held in Italy

ASTANA – To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and Italy, festivals called Days of Culture of Kazakhstan are being held in Rome,...


Kazakhstan, Germany Build Strategic Partnership

ASTANA – Kazakhstan and Germany are entering their third decade of mutually beneficial partnership after having celebrated in 2012 the 20th anniversary of their bilateral diplomatic relations. Diplomatic ties...


Kazakhstan Rises in Global Tourism Rankings

ASTANA – Kazakhstan has improved its position as a global tourist destination in a new report issued March 7 by the World Economic Forum. The biennial Travel and Tourism...


Prime Minister Assesses Business Progress in Almaty

ASTANA – On March 14, Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov visited Almaty and met with local businessmen to review progress in implementing the 2020 Business Road Map and the 2020...