Kazakh PM Pushes for Attractive Investment Conditions During Investment Headquarters Meeting

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov urged his government to focus on laying a solid foundation for positive investment dynamics in the coming years at a Sept. 10...


Chinese President Xi Jinping’s First International Visit Since Start of COVID-19 Pandemic to Take Place on September 14, Kazakhstan Confirms

NUR-SULTAN – President Xi Jinping will pay an official visit to Kazakhstan on Sept. 14, 2022, at the invitation of his Kazakh counterpart Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, in what would be...


Women of Kazakhstan Virtual Museum Celebrates Overlooked Kazakh Women in Arts and Culture

NUR-SULTAN – The Women of Kazakhstan project is the first virtual museum exploring the history and accomplishments of Kazakh women undertaken as part of an effort to broaden the...


Faithful Few: How Religious Minority Communities of Jews and Protestants Live and Practice Their Religion in Kazakhstan

Editor’s Note: In the run-up to the seventh Congress of Leaders of the World and Traditional Religions to be held on Sept. 14-15 in Nur-Sultan, The Astana Times has...


Ustyurt Nature Reserve Spots Caracal With Baby Kitten in Tow

NUR-SULTAN  – The Ustyurt Nature Reserve located in the Mangystau Region recently posted photographs of a caracal with her kitten on its Instagram account. The species is included in...


Young Kazakh Man Popularizes Kazakh Culture by Creating Music Boxes with Abai’s “Kozimnin Karasy” Song

NUR-SULTAN – Refrigerator magnets, mugs depicting famous attractions, and keychains are widely used as souvenirs but do not always evoke pleasant nostalgic feelings among the people. Adil Zakenov, a...


Swiss Researchers Come to Kazakhstan For Unique Opportunity to Learn Language, Explore National Cuisine

NUR-SULTAN – Zhetisu university seeks to expand cooperation with Switzerland’s largest university – the University of Zurich with the opening of the Center for Eurasian studies. This was announced...


Kazakhstan Becomes Observing Member of International Committee of Military Medicine

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan has become an observing member of the International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM), reported Sept. 9 Kazakh Foreign Ministry’s press service.  Established in 1921, the ICMM...


Kazakh President Outlines Measures of New Economic Policy During Meeting with Business Executives

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev recognized the role of entrepreneurship in economic growth during the meeting with the business executives at Akorda on Sept. 9. “In my address to...


Kazakh Capital Welcomes World and Traditional Religious Leaders with Creative Initiatives

NUR-SULTAN – The five-meter-tall Peace Tree will be built at the capital’s Palace of Peace and Reconciliation as a symbol of the upcoming seventh Congress of World and Traditional...


Kazakh National Museum to Host ART-EXPO International Exhibition of CIS Member States

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh National Museum presented the ART-EXPO international exhibition of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) member states on Sept. 8 in Nur-Sultan, reported the press service...


Kazakh Government Prioritizes Emergency Preparedness and Response After Wildfire Outbreaks in Regions

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has directed the Prime Minister to take all the necessary measures to prevent an emergency in connection to the recent wildfires in the regions...


Congress of World and Traditional Religious Leaders to Address Social Status of Women

NUR-SULTAN- The seventh Congress of World and Traditional Religious Leaders, scheduled for Sept. 14 – 15, will hold a special session devoted to the social status of women for...


Kazakh Foreign Minister Tileuberdi Visits Saudi Arabia to Enhance Economic Cooperation

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan is keen to cooperate with Saudi Arabia’s investors in the petrochemical industry, in mining and in agriculture, said Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs Mukhtar Tileuberdi during...


UN General Assembly Commends Kazakhstan’s Efforts Towards Nuclear Disarmament

NUR-SULTAN – The United Nations (UN), the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) praised Kazakhstan’s efforts to reach nuclear disarmament at a high-level...


President Tokayev Sends Condolences to King Charles III over Death of Queen Elizabeth II

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has sent a telegram of condolences to King Charles III of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on the death of his mother Queen...


Uncertain Times, Unsettled Lives: Shaping our Future in a Transforming World

We are living in turbulent and uncertain times. The COVID-19 pandemic, the geopolitical crisis, the climate change, and ecological disasters threaten the world daily. Where do we go for...


KazMunayGas Chairman Discusses Measures to Stabilize Kazakhstan’s Fuel and Lubricants Market During Meeting With President

NUR-SULTAN – Chairman of the KazMunayGas (KMG) national oil and gas company Magzum Mirzagaliyev informed Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev about the measures undertaken to stabilize the fuel and lubricants...


Almaty to Host “Behind the Door” Art Exhibition to Raise Awareness About Domestic Violence

NUR-SULTAN – The art project against domestic violence titled “Behind the Door” will be unveiled at the Almaty-based Kazakh Central State Museum on Sept. 23, according to an Instagram...


Kazakhstan, Germany Explore Opportunities in Industry, Energy, and Logistics

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan hosted the Kazakhstan-Germany business forum on Sept. 6 gathering more than 150 delegates to explore opportunities in the industry, energy, and logistics, reported...


Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions is Important Kazakh Initiative for Promoting Peace and Interfaith Dialogue, Says Head of Royal Jordan Institute

In the run-up to the seventh Congress of Leaders of the World and Traditional Religions in Nur-Sultan, The Astana Times spoke with Renee Hattar, the Director of The Royal...


China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Railway Corridor to Boost Regional Cooperation

The China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Railway Corridor, generally referred as CKU, is expected to start in 2023 after completion of feasibility study this year. The project was dormant since 1997. However, amid...


Kazakhstan to Introduce Valuable Skills Visa As Part of New Migration Policy Concept

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan will introduce new visa categories – visas for valuable skills, scientific and educational visas – as part of the new migration policy concept developed by the...


Trans-Caspian International Transport Route Sees Triple Increase in Shipment Volume in 2022

NUR-SULTAN –  The volume of shipments along the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route has tripled in the first seven months of 2022, said KTZ Express Deputy General Director for Logistics...


Kazakh Filmmaking Reveals Immense Potential With Worldwide Audiences

NUR-SULTAN – This year, films from Kazakhstan are picking up steam at international film festivals worldwide.  The film “Goliath” by Adilkhan Yerzhanov was presented at the 79th Venice International...


Forest Fires Turn into Yet Another Stress Test for Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – 2022 has not been easy for Kazakhstan. A few days after massive fires were burning in the small Auliekol village of the Kostanai Region, it gives a...


Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi Discusses Multilateral Cooperation With Persian Gulf States

NUR-SULTAN – Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tileuberdi emphasized the importance of active political engagement between Central Asian and the Persian Gulf countries,...


30 Years of CICA: Executive Director Talks About Results of Kazakhstan’s Chairmanship, Milestones and Upcoming Sixth CICA Summit

NUR-SULTAN – As the sixth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) Summit draws near, Kairat Sarybay, executive director of CICA shared the details on the...


Nur-Sultan’s Population Doubles Since 2009 Census, Reaches 1.3 Million in August

NUR-SULTAN – The population of the Kazakh capital has more than doubled since the 2009 census (619,000), reaching 1.3 million people as of Aug. 1, reported the Bureau of...


Kazakhstan and Qatar to Increase Passenger Flights Next Year

NUR-SULTAN – The Qatar Airways air carrier plans to launch new flights between the cities of Nur-Sultan and Doha in the spring-summer period next year, reported the press service...


Mazhilis Approves Draft Amendments to Revive Day of Republic in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – The Mazhilis, a lower chamber of the Kazakh Parliament, has approved the draft amendments that revive the Day of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Oct. 25, reported...


AIFC Total Investments Reach $6.9 Billion, Says AIFC Governor Kelimbetov During Meeting with Tokayev

NUR-SULTAN – With nearly 1,500 companies from 65 countries, the Astana International Financial Center (AIFC) attracted a total of $6.9 billion in investments, said AIFC Governor Kairat Kelimbetov during...


Kazakhstan Sets Guinness World Record for Most Multinational Orchestra

NUR-SULTAN – Guinness World Records Adjudicator Jack Brockbank registered a new world record for the most multinational orchestra in Kazakhstan on Sept. 6 on the stage of the Kazakh...


New Houses to Be Built After Wildfires in Kostanai Region

NUR-SULTAN – The construction of new houses for fire victims has started in the Auliekol village, reported Sept. 7 Kazinform. The duration of the project is expected to be...


Kazakhstan to Welcome 44 Foreign Companies Relocating from Russia

NUR-SULTAN – More than 40 foreign companies are relocating to Kazakhstan from Russia, said Deputy Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Almas Aidarov on the sidelines of the Kazakh-German business forum...


Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions to Gather 100 Delegations From 50 Countries

NUR-SULTAN – More than 100 delegations from 50 countries will gather at the Seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, said Speaker of the Senate (an upper...


Kazakh National Museum Hosts ARBA International Exhibition

NUR-SULTAN – The ARBA international exhibition by the TAMYR creative group was unveiled to the public on Sept. 2 at the Kazakh National Museum, according to Kazinform. TAMYR (“roots”...


ArcelorMittal to Invest $1 Billion in Kazakhstan, Says Executive Chair During Meeting with President Tokayev

NUR-SULTAN – ArcelorMittal Executive Chair Lakshmi Niwas Mittal said the company will invest $1 billion in Kazakhstan to modernize production during his meeting with Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on...


Kazakh Government Approves National Action Plan to Implement Tokayev’s State of Nation Address

NUR-SULTAN – The draft National Action Plan to implement President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s Sept. 1 state-of-the-nation address was approved during the Sept. 6 government meeting, reported the Prime Minister’s Office. ...


Kazakhstan, UNESCO Celebrate ‘Teacher of Nation’ Akhmet Baitursynov’s 150th Anniversary

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan marked the 150th anniversary of prominent Kazakh scholar, statesman, linguist, and poet Akhmet Baitursynov on Sept. 5 with a series of celebratory events under the auspices...


No More Fire Threat in KostanaI Region, According to Emergency Situations Ministry

NUR-SULTAN – The settlements of the Auliekol district in the Kostanai Region are no longer under the threat of fire, according to the Kazakh Ministry of Emergency Situations, reported...


President Tokayev Discusses Economic and Investment Cooperation with German Partners

NUR-SULTAN – Germany is Kazakhstan’s most important European Union partner, with more than 600 companies with German capital successfully operating in the country, said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during a...


Kazakhstan Receives Oil Production Quota for October After OPEC+ Meeting

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan will produce 1,706 million barrels per day as part of the virtual meeting decision of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), reported the Kazakh Energy...


National Bank Keeps Base Rate at 14.5 Percent Amid Adverse Economic Conditions

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh National Bank’s monetary policy committee has decided to keep the base rate at 14.5 percent per annum with a corridor of +/- 1.0 percentage points...


IOFS Implements Proactive Measures to Address Food Security Challenges

NUR-SULTAN – The Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) aims to take decisive actions to address food and nutrition issues in line – all in line with its strategic...


Six Kazakh Films Enter Kazan Muslim Film Festival

NUR-SULTAN – Six Kazakh films entered the program of the 18th Kazan International Muslim Film Festival held in the capital of Tatarstan on Sept. 7 – 11, reported the...


Food Security in Kazakhstan Will Not Be Affected By Forest Fire in Kostanai Region

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture announced that the forest fires in the Kostanai Region will not affect the country’s food security, the projected yield, and the export...


Kazakh Citizens and Government Unite to Help Victims of Kostanai Forest Fires

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s citizens and the government join efforts to provide help to victims of the forest fires that broke out on Sept. 3 in the Kostanai Region in...


President Tokayev Addresses Fire’s Aftermath in Kostanai Region

NUR-SULTAN – All measures are being taken to mitigate the consequences of the fires in the Kostanai Region, said Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev at the Sept. 5 meeting of...


Researchers Inaugurate New Academic Journal on Central Asian Studies to Offer Insider Approach to Regional Studies

NUR-SULTAN – A group of leading scholars from Central Asia launched an open access peer-reviewed journal titled Ketmen International Journal for Central Asian Voices on Aug. 26 to challenge...