President Tokayev Arrives in Kostanai Region as Forest Fires Burn Record 43,000 Hectares

NUR-SULTAN – The Kostanai Region declared a state of emergency on Sept. 4 after forest fires burned a record 43,000 hectares (the size of Сarribean Barbados’ island) and forced...


Public and Experts Express High Hopes for Tokayev’s Address to Nation But Give Cautious Assessment

NUR-SULTAN – Every year, the presidential address to the nation kicks off the political season, but this year was unlike the others. The Sept. 1 state-of-the-nation address of President...


Kazakhstan Committed to Building Bridges, Not Walls

Kazakhstan aims to build bridges and work on the project of rapprochement of cultures and civilisations globally. The model for confessional relations in Kazakhstan has been defined by the...


Young Enthusiast Opens Inclusive Center for Children with Disabilities in Akmola Region

NUR-SULTAN – Purposeful, strong-willed, and determined. This is how one can describe Dinara Naumova’s personality. Her story proves that a diagnosis of cerebral palsy does not define one’s life,...


Out of the Dust: Kazakh Researchers Bring Back Manuscripts That Might Open New Pages of Kazakh History From World Archives

NUR-SULTAN – An ancient Quran gifted to a Golden Horde ruler called Uzbek Khan, fragments of Mahmud Churas’s history book, and medieval maps revealing the territories of Kazakhstan along...


Kazakh Blogger From Aktau Shares Video of Shallowing Caspian Sea (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – The well-known Kazakh blogger from Aktau city Azamat Sarsenbayev shared a video on Instagram, which demonstrates shallowing shores of the Caspian Sea, reported Zakon.kz agency. “The shallow-water...


President Tokayev’s Address to Nation Opens New Political Milestone in Kazakhstan’s History

Another Presidential Address opens a fundamentally new political milestone in the history of the country. The head of state is setting qualitatively different standards for the system of power....


Ambassador of Friendship from Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan Says APK Plays Invaluable Role in Rapprochement of Nations

NUR-SULTAN – The contribution of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan (APK) is invaluable and its activities play a major role in the rapprochement of nations and cultures,...


Afghanistan Receives Humanitarian Aid From Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan has delivered nine cargo wagons of food, medicines, and clothes to Afghanistan through the Termez Regional Humanitarian Logistics Hub, according to the United Nations press service...


Kazakhstan’s Population Reaches 19.6 Million

NUR-SULTAN –  The population of Kazakhstan has reached 19,644,067 people as of Aug. 1, reported the Bureau of National Statistics on Sept. 1.  Migration inflows, primarily from Russia, Uzbekistan,...


Kazakh President’s State-of-the-Nation Address As a Second Chance for Country

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s state-of-the-nation address is a unique combination of solutions for the country’s many problems. The key is democracy (hence the decision to conduct the pre-term elections...


Prominent Diplomats in Kazakh Capital Give Positive Assessment of President Tokayev’s Reforms Announced During Address to Nation

NUR-SULTAN – Members of the diplomatic corps in Kazakhstan expressed their support for President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s initiatives to ease investment procedures as well as his decision to call early...


Kazakh Coal Exports Grow by 21 Percent in First Seven Months of This Year

NUR-SULTAN – The volume of the country’s coal, lignite, and coal production has reached 66.4 million tons in seven months, a 5.8 percent increase over the same period in...


US Congress Members Commend Tokayev’s Efforts to Implement Major Reforms in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – United States Congress members James Panetta and Thomas Suozzi praised President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s efforts to implement substantial political and economic reforms in Kazakhstan during their Sept. 2...


President’s Amnesty Decision is Act of Humanity and Trust in Fellow Citizens, Says Human Rights Commissioner

NUR-SULTAN – The President’s amnesty decision is not simply a realization of his constitutional right but an act of humanity and faith in fellow citizens, Kazakhstan’s Commissioner for Human...


Dialogue and Tolerance are Nation-Building Framework for Kazakhstan, Says Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies Director

NUR-SULTAN – Agreement, dialogue, and tolerance are not just a foreign policy image, but the framework of Kazakhstan’s nation-building, said the director of the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies...


Kazakhstan: A Journey from Land-Locked to Land-Linked Destination

A land-locked country has a geographical limitation of not having its territory connected to the ocean. Kazakhstan is the largest land-locked country in the world that has the most...


A Fair State. One Nation. Prosperous Society

State-of-the-Nation Address by President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev delivered on Sept. 1, 2022 Dear Compatriots! Dear deputies, members of the Government! In accordance with Article 59 of the Constitution...


Kazakhstan to Lift Restrictions on Grain, Flour Exports in September

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan is set to lift restrictions on the export of grain and flour beginning Sept. 10. The decision was made at an Aug. 31 meeting of the...


Samruk Kazyna Fund to Undergo Major Transformation, says President

NUR-SULTAN – The Samruk Kazyna Sovereign Wealth Fund will be transformed into an investor holding only a controlling stake sufficient to control key sectors of the economy, said President...


Kazakhstan to Send Humanitarian Aid to Pakistan

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan will provide $400,000 to Pakistan as humanitarian assistance to address the consequences of heavy rains and floods, which led to numerous human casualties in the country,...


Tokayev Urges to Toughen Punishment for Domestic Violence in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – It is time to toughen the punishment for domestic violence, said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during his Sept. 1 State-of-the-Nation Address. According to Tokayev, society has debated whether...


Tokayev Declares Amnesty for Some January Riots Participants

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced a one-time amnesty for some January riots participants during his annual State-of-the-Nation address delivered on Sept. 1, reported the Akorda’s press service....


Early Presidential Elections Provide Enough Timeframe for Implementation of Major Reforms, According to Experts

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh political experts expect early presidential elections, announced by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during his address to the nation on Sept. 1, to provide enough time frame for...


Tokayev Instructs to Repair Roads in Kazakhstan by 2025

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev instructed to repair at least 95 percent of the country’s roads by 2025 in his State-of-the-Nation Address delivered on Sept. 1 at the...


Tokayev Proposes to Equalize Status of All Judges, Elect Supreme Court Judges Through Senate

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev stressed the need to increase judicial independence, proposed equalizing the status of all judges, and electing Supreme Court judges through the Senate in his...


Kazakhstan to Allocate Half of National Fund’s Annual Investment Income to Support Children Starting in 2024

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan will launch a new program called National Fund for Сhildren in 2024 that envisions allocating 50 percent of the National Fund’s annual investment income to support...


President Tokayev Promises Not to Raise Women’s Retirement Age Until 2028

NUR-SULTAN – Women’s retirement age will not be raised until 2028, staying fixed at 61 years, said Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Sept. 1, reported the Akorda press service....


Kazakhstan to Build Schools for 800,000 Children by 2025

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced the plans to create modern schools for 800,000 children by 2025 as part of the Comfortable School national project during his annual State-of-the-Nation...


Kazakhstan to Develop National Project to Meet the Needs of Rural Residents, Says President Tokayev

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan will develop a national project to meet the needs of rural residents in 2023, said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during his Sept. 1 State-of-the-Nation Address, reported the...


President Tokayev Highlights Water Shortage Issues in Agro-Industrial Sector in His Address

NUR-SULTAN – The water shortage in the agro-industrial sector has been among crucial issues raised by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in his state-of-the-nation address at the plenary session of the...


Shortage of Credit Resources is a Major Problem for Businesses, Says President Tokayev

NUR-SULTAN – The businesses face challenges due to the shortage of credit resources, said Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during his Sept.1 state-of-the-nation address. According to Tokayev, the underfunding of...


Tokayev Proposes to Hold Parliamentary and Maslikhat Elections in First half of 2023

NUR-SULTAN – Tokayev proposed to hold elections to the Kazakh Parliament and Maslikhat (local representative bodies) in the first half of 2023 in his Sept.1 State-of-the-Nation address, reported the...


President Tokayev Announces Early Presidential Elections Scheduled for This Fall

NUR-SULTAN – President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev called for extraordinary presidential elections during his Sept.1 State-of-the-Nation Address. “A new trust mandate of the people is needed for the successful...


President Tokayev Announces Plans to Develop New Tax Code for 2023

NUR-SULTAN – The country needs to expand the use of retail tax with adequate rates and simple procedures to encourage trade, said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during his Sept.1 state-of-the-nation...


Kazakh President Addresses Major Economic Challenges in State-of-the-Nation Address

NUR-SULTAN – The basic goal of the economic policy remains unchanged: qualitative and inclusive growth in the well-being of our citizens, said Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in his Sept....


Mukhtar Auezov’s “Impressions of America” Grows in Significance 60 Years Later

NUR-SULTAN – In 1960, the idea of four Soviet writers traveling to the United States to spend a month traversing the country, meeting public officials, artists, and writers would...


Khabar TV Channel to Present Traditional Music Contest for Talented Aitys Performers This Week

NUR-SULTAN – Some 60 akyns (impromptu poets or singers) will compete for a unique dombyra encrusted with precious stones in the “Asyl Dombyra” (Sacred Dombyra) project, aimed at revealing...


Kazakh Pop Star Dimash Kudaibergen Captivates Fans by Playing Drums (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh pop star Dimash Kudaibergen shared a video of playing the drum kit while rehearsing for his solo concert on his Instagram page on Aug. 29. Singer’s...


Presidential Initiatives Serve as Foundation For Future Reforms, Says State Counsellor Karin

NUR-SULTAN – Initiatives proposed by the President form the basis for further reforms, said Kazakhstan’s State Counselor Erlan Karin on his Telegram channel on Aug. 31. On the eve...


President Tokayev and Qatar’s Deputy PM Al Thani Discuss Trade and Economic Cooperation

NUR-SULTAN –  Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani discussed trade and economic cooperation during an...


Almaty to Host Exhibition in Memory of Muralist Vladimir Tverdokhlebov

NUR-SULTAN – The Winter Garden in the National Academy of Science in Almaty will host an exhibition in the memory of monumental artist Vladimir Tverdokhlebov, who passed away on...


President Tokayev’s State-of-the-Nation Address to Broadcast Live on National TV Channels on September 1

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s fifth state-of-the-nation address will be broadcast live on Sept. 1 at 11 a.m. Nur-Sultan time, reported Akorda’s press service on Aug. 31. It will...


Catholic Community in Kazakhstan Becomes More Ethnically Diverse, Says Head of Kazakhstan’s Catholic Church

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 started...


Kazakh Monument Art Founder’s Lost Tapestries Uncovered in Almaty

NUR-SULTAN – Almaty residents will certainly remember August 2022 as an incredible month of lost masterpieces of monumental art are being found one after another. Following his earlier statement...


Kazakhstan Sees Increased Interest in Domestic Travel

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan is observing an increase in domestic tourism demand in recent years primarily influenced by the pandemic-related restrictions, reported the press service of the Prime Minister. The...


Astana Ballet’s Tenth Season tо Kick Off with “The Silk Road” Ballet

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana Ballet Theater will stage “The Silk Road” ballet, choreographed by an honored worker of Kazakhstan Mukaram Avakhri, on Sept. 9-10, opening the tenth season, reported...


New Amendments to Kazakhstan’s Constitution: Transformation of the State Model

August 30 is a special day for every Kazakh citizen. The nation commemorates its Constitution Day, the supreme law approved by referendum on Aug. 30 in 1995. The Constitution...


Construction Process of New Kazakhstan

Еditor’s Note: AT continues its series of publications of articles by the winners of the Seventh International Contest “New Kazakhstan through the Eyes of Foreign Media” established by the...


Delegates from More Than 50 Countries to Take Part in Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh capital is entering its final stages of preparation for the seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, which will be held on Sept....