National Bank to Keep Base Rate at 16.75 Percent

ASTANA – The monetary policy committee of the National Bank of Kazakhstan (NBK) has decided on Feb. 24 to keep the base rate at 16.75 percent, according to the...


Kazakh FM Meets with UN Officials in Almaty, Reaffirms Country’s Commitment to Multilateralism

ASTANA – Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi congratulated the United Nations on the 30th anniversary of UN presence in Kazakhstan during his meeting with representatives...


Finland to Open Visa Hub for Central Asian States in Astana

ASTANA – Finland is set to open a visa hub for citizens of Central Asian states at the Finnish Embassy in Astana, said Finland’s Minister for Development Cooperation and...


Kazakh Startup 1Fit Announces Launch in UK

ASTANA – The 1Fit mobile application for unlimited fitness membership, founded by a Kazakh developer, announced its launch in the United Kingdom (UK) on its LinkedIn page on Feb....


Kazakhstan Sends First Batch of Oil to Germany via Druzhba Pipeline

ASTANA – The system of main oil pipelines of the KazTransOil national company started receiving Kazakh oil for transportation to Germany on Feb. 23, said Shyngys Ilyasov, director of...


Kazakh Family Survey Explores Gender Roles, Institution of Fatherhood and Women’s Role in Preventing Corruption

ASTANA – Kazakh families maintain traditional gender roles in the family, there is prevalence of civil partnerships over official marriages, and parents have less time to spend with their...


Kazakh Eagle Hunting Festival Spreads its Wings to Celebrate Noble Tradition

ASTANA – Eagle hunting has been central to the Kazakh nomadic life for generations, and it remains as popular as ever in Kazakhstan, as the country hosts the 16th...


EU-Central Asia Conference Focuses on Climate Action and Green Transition Efforts

ASTANA – Rome hosted the seventh European Union – Central Asia High-Level Conference on Environment and Water Cooperation on Feb. 23-24 under the auspices of the EU-Central Asia Platform...


US Secretary of State to Visit Kazakhstan, Participate in C5+1 Meeting

ASTANA – US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will pay his first official visit to Kazakhstan on Feb. 28, according to the U.S. Department of State statement. Blinken...


British Fans of Dimash Kudaibergen Mark International Mother Language Day, Donate Money to Kazakh Orphans

LONDON – The Kazakh Embassy in London held a cultural program for British fans of world-renowned Kazakh singer Dimash Kudaibergen on Feb. 17 to mark International Mother Language Day,...


Kazakhstan’s Top International Tourist Arrivals Hail from Germany, Türkiye, UK, and US in 2023

ASTANA – Germany, Türkiye, the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States (US) have entered the top ten countries of tourist arrivals to Kazakhstan since the beginning of this...


Kazakhstan Attracts $14 Billion in Investments Through Sovereign Financing Since 2008, EFSD Reports

ASTANA – Kazakhstan attracted $14.2 billion in sovereign financing operations to invest in development projects through 271 transactions since 2008, the Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and Development’s (EFSD) press...


Kazakhstan Approves Occupation Lists for Foreign Workers

ASTANA – Kazakhstan approved the list of 21 professions in the healthcare, science, engineering, and IT sectors set to employ foreign specialists, reported the Ministry of Labor and Social...


‘I Started to Believe in Miracles:’ Kazakh Rescuers Share Stories of Resilience from Türkiye Earthquake

ASTANA – After 12 consecutive days of digging through rubble to find survivors in Nurdağı town in Türkiye, 15 rescuers from the Karagandy Region Department of Emergency Situations shared...


Last Weekend of Winter Promises to Be a Packed One

ASTANA – The last month of the winter season has almost come to an end and there are still many interesting events to attend in the capital. The Astana...


USAID Deputy Administrator Visits Central Asia Region, Affirms Enduring Support

ASTANA – Deputy Administrator for Policy and Programming at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Isobel Coleman emphasized the United States’ commitment to each of the Central...


National Kurultai Facilitates Dialogue Between President and Society, Says State Counselor

ASTANA – The National Kurultai, a key presidential consultative and advisory body, has developed the practice of direct communication between the President and social activists and experts, Kazakhstan’s State...


Kazakhstan’s CICA Chairmanship Prioritizes Enhancing Connectivity in Asia

ASTANA – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Kanat Tumysh and Secretary General of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) Kairat Sarybay signed a Roadmap...


Kazakh Para-Athletes Win 187 Medals in International Competitions in 2022

ASTANA – Kazakh para-athletes won 187 medals at international competitions in the past year, bringing Kazakhstan 62 gold, 63 silver and 62 bronze medals, reported the Kazakh Culture and...


Kazakh Government, People Stand in Solidarity with Türkiye After Deadly Earthquake, Says Turkish Ambassador

ASTANA – Turkish Ambassador to Kazakhstan Ufuk Ekici commended Kazakhstan’s assistance to Türkiye, highlighting the support of Kazakh citizens following the deadly earthquake. “President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev called...


Slave Boy Who Became Ruler of Mamluks: Kazakhstan Celebrates 800 Years of Sultan Beibars

ASTANA – From humble beginnings as a slave boy to becoming one of the most eminent Mamluk sultans, the extraordinary story of Sultan Beibars is celebrated in Kazakhstan 800...


Türkiye Earthquake Disrupts Tengiz Oil Shipment Through Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline

ASTANA – The Feb. 6 devastating earthquake in Türkiye damaged the Ceyhan oil terminal, hampering the start of the planned shipment of Kazakh oil through the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan route, said...


Dimash Kudaibergen Introduces American Colleagues to Kazakh Traditional Musical Instruments

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s most famous modern singer Dimash Kudaibergen introduced his American colleagues to the sounds of the kobyz, a traditional Kazakh musical instrument.  A video posted on his...


Kazakh Authorities Detain 18 People for Committing Illegal Acts Against Journalists

ASTANA – Some 18 people have recently been detained for committing illegal acts against journalists and bloggers carried out over the last six months in Astana and Almaty, reported...


Kazakhstan Takes Part in African Union Summit in Ethiopia as Observer State

ASTANA – Kazakh Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union (AU) Barlybai Sadykov participated in the annual 36th African Union summit in Addis Ababa, the capital...


Bundestag Delegation Visits Astana to Promote Ties, Receives Warm Welcome

ASTANA – A German delegation from the Bundestag, headed by Chairman of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with the States of Central Asia Eugen Schmidt, arrived in Astana...


Kazakhstan Is Czech Republic’s Major Partner in Central Asia, Says Ambassador Hykl

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is a key business partner for the Czech Republic in Central Asia, Rudolf Hykl, the Czech Ambassador in Astana, said in an exclusive interview for this...


Kazakhstan Ranks 48th Out of 192 Countries in Open Data Inventory Ranking

ASTANA – Kazakhstan jumped six spots up and ranked 48th out of 192 countries in the latest Open Data Inventory (ODIN) ranking by Open Data Watch, reported the Bureau...


New Atlas-Book Containing Early Kazakh State Names: Must Read on Kazakhstan’s Uninterrupted History of Statehood

ASTANA – A new atlas-book with a remarkable collection of 130 European and American maps dated from 1562 to 1879 and the names of the early Kazakh state displays...


Kazakhstan’s Parliamentary Election: Hope For Real Change

Kazakhstan is preparing for an important political event – a parliamentary election planned for March 19.  This date is already significant to the Kazakh people because it was on...


Uzbekistan to Increase Exports to EU via Aktau Seaport in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Uzbek exporters are set to increase freight shipments to European markets through the Aktau seaport, the Uzbek Foreign Ministry’s Dunyo media agency reported. Aktau seaport President Abai...


Kazakhstan Sees Unprecedented Political Engagement One Month Before Election

ASTANA – One month before the parliamentary election in Kazakhstan, political engagement has reached an unprecedented level, the result of changes the nation has implemented over the past year...


Kazakhstan Prepares to Take over SCO Chairmanship This Year

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is preparing to take over the chairmanship of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), reported the National Coordinator of Kazakhstan on the activities of the SCO and...


Kazakhstan Grants Citizenship to More Than 22,000 People in 2022

ASTANA – Kazakhstan granted citizenship to more than 22,000 people last year, reported the Ministry of Internal Affairs on Feb. 20. Of them, 17,676 applicants were kandas, a term...


Nearly 72 Percent of Citizens Say Kazakhstan Moving in Right Direction, Survey Says

ASTANA – Some 71.7 percent of Kazakh people believe the country is on the right track, according to the results of a regional monitoring effort conducted by the Kazakhstan...


Condé Nast Traveler Magazine Spotlights Most Breathtaking Places in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – The Condé Nast Traveler magazine published an article titled “The Most Breathtaking Places to Visit in Kazakhstan” on its website, describing the beauty of Kazakh cities and...


Kazakhstan’s CEC Wraps Up Registration of Candidates for Parliamentary Election, Expects High Competition

ASTANA – Two hundred and eighty-one candidates from party lists and 435 candidates from single-mandate districts will run in the March 19 elections to the Mazhilis, the lower chamber...


Kazakhstan Calls For Solidarity Among ‘Global Middle Powers’

In a February 7 op-ed in The Astana Times, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the President of Kazakhstan, announced that his country will be hosting the Astana International Forum on June 8-9....


Astana to Host ITF Women’s World Tennis Tour Next Week

ASTANA – Astana will host the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Women’s World Tennis Tour from Feb. 27 to March 12, the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation’s press service reported. The series...


Kazakh Startups Attract $130 Million in Investments in 2022

ASTANA – Astana Hub, an international technopark of IT startups, attracted $130 million of startup investments while exporting $165 million worth of digitally-delivered services in 2022, said Yersultan Yermanov,...


Team Kazakhstan Wins Quebec International Peewee Hockey Tournament

ASTANA – A team of young hockey players from Kazakhstan participated in the Quebec International Peewee Hockey Tournament for the first time in history and became champions in the...


Kazakhstan Experiences Surge in FDI Inflows

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s gross inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) grew by 17.8 percent to $22.1 billion over nine months of last year, said Kazakh Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov...


Kazakh Rescue Teams Return from Quake-Hit Türkiye

ASTANA — Nearly two weeks later, the Kazakh rescuers who went on a mission to help Türkiye cope with the aftermath of the Feb. 6 deadly earthquake returned home,...


Kazakhstan Accredits 82 International Observers For Parliamentary Election

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Central Election Commission (CEC) accredited 82 international observers from 10 foreign countries and 3 international organizations, announced CEC Secretary Mukhtar Yerman at a Feb. 19 CEC...


Tapping Transport and Transit Potential of Kazakhstan

Transport routes run like blood in the veins of an economy. Therefore, an efficient transport system with a geostrategic layout is all the more important for a country like...


Kazakh Designer Presents National Hats at New York Exhibition

ASTANA – Kazakh accessories designer Aliya Zhamantayeva presented her new designs of the Kazakh traditional hat, the saukele, at a New York LOVE.MAKE.LOVE pop-up store exhibition on Feb. 9-16,...


Norway’s Artist Performs Kazakh Songs at Music Festival in Fredrikstad (Video)

OSLO – A 17-year-old Norwegian musician Felix Ulrik Motzfeldt (FUMA) performed the Kazakh song “Airport” of popular singer Yerke Yesmakhan at the UKM Ung Kultur Møtes music festival on...


New State-of-the-Art Center to Attract Tourists to Unique Saraishyk Museum

ASTANA – The construction of a visitor center in the Makhambet district of the Atyrau Region on the territory of the Saraishyk State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve will soon...


Kazakhstan’s Foreign Trade Reaches Record-High Level in 2022

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s foreign trade turnover hit a record high of $134.4 billion in 2022, a rise of 82 percent over 2021 and four times that of 2020, reported...


De Montfort University Kazakhstan Serves as Bridge-Builder between UK and Kazakhstan in Education, Says University Chair

ASTANA – De Montfort University Kazakhstan (DMUK) seeks to deliver quality British education in support of both countries’ knowledge and technology transfer goals and employment competitiveness targets, said Mike...