Uzbekistan’s Top Schools Embrace Kazakh Startup CodiPlay’s Innovations 

ASTANA — Leading schools in Uzbekistan are set to integrate cutting-edge programming and robotics innovations from the Kazakh startup CodiPlay, the startup’s press service reported on Jan. 25.  The...


Kazakh Government Provides Stable Business Environment for Attracting Investments, Says Official 

ASTANA – In recent years, Kazakhstan has showcased significant investment potential attributed to its strategic location, favorable business environment, effective investor rights protection, diverse incentives, political stability, and abundant...


Highlights from January’s Last Weekend Events in Astana

ASTANA — As January bids farewell, the Kazakh capital buzzes with diverse events, offering residents and visitors a cultural and entertaining weekend. From festivals and art exhibitions to sports...


Kazakh Senate Approves Law on Investment Cooperation With Qatar   

ASTANA – Deputies of the Senate, the upper house of the Kazakh Parliament, approved the law on ratifying the agreement between the governments of Kazakhstan and Qatar on the...


Samruk Kazyna, BAE Systems to Sell Their Shares in Air Astana IPO

ASTANA – The Samruk Kazyna Sovereign Wealth Fund and the BAE Systems (Kazakhstan) Limited, shareholders of Air Astana, plan to sell their shares at the upcoming initial public offering...


German Investor Plans to Build Waste Processing Plant in Taraz

ASTANA – Germany’s AMK Global GmbH company plans to build a waste processing plant in Taraz, reported the Zhambyl Region akimat (local administration) press service on Jan. 24. Akim...


Samruk Kazyna Sovereign Wealth Fund’s Net Profit Exceeds $4 Billion in 2023

ASTANA – In 2023, net profit of the Samruk Kazyna Sovereign Wealth Fund reached 1.9 trillion tenge (US$4.25 billion) according to preliminary calculations, said Samruk Kazyna Chairman Nurlan Zhakupov...


National Commission for Women’s Affairs, Family and Demographic Policy Wraps Up 2023, Sets Priorities for This Year

ASTANA – National Commission for Women’s Affairs, Family and Demographic Policy wrapped up the outcomes of their work in 2023 and set goals for this year during a Jan....


EDB Report: Kazakhstan Leads Regional Investment Activity in Eurasia

ASTANA – In a recent report released by the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB), Kazakhstan has emerged as a powerhouse in regional investment activity, reported EDB’s telegram channel on Jan....


Indian Ambassador Highlights Promising Partnerships in IT, Digitalization and Healthcare

ASTANA – Information technologies (IT) and digitalization, healthcare, tourism and education have been identified as key fields where Kazakhstan and India can expand and forge new partnerships, according to...


Kazakh President Arrives in Almaty for Working Visit

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev arrived in Almaty on a working visit on Jan. 24, reported the Akorda press service. Tomorrow, Tokayev will visit several infrastructure and social facilities....


KazAID Presents Projects for 2024 to Central Asian Embassies

ASTANA – Kazakhstan Agency for International Development (KazAID) presented projects for 2024 at a Jan. 22 briefing with the embassies of the Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, reported...


OTS Establishes Turkic States Competition Council

ASTANA – The Turkic States Competition Council was established in İstanbul on  Jan. 23 under the Organization of Turkic States (OTS) at the initiative of the Turkish Competition Authority, reported...


Kazakhstan’s Exports of IT Services Increase 12 Times Since 2020

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s exports of IT services have increased 12-fold since 2020, Yersultan Yermanov, Head of the IT Industry Development Department of the Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation and...


Kazakhstan’s Innovative Development Flourishes in 2023

ASTANA – The Kazakh Ministry of Digital Development, Innovations and Aerospace Industry outlined key achievements in technological sectors, following successful execution of tasks set for the country’s innovative advancement...


President Tokayev Meets Kazakh Statesman Ikram Adyrbekov

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev received Ikram Adyrbekov, a Kazakh statesman, diplomat, and member of the Council of Elders of the Organization of Turkic States (OTS) on Jan. 23,...


Kazakh Artists Participate in Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival in India

ASTANA – Some 80 Kazakh artists took part in the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival in India, highlighting the rich culture of the two countries, reported Kazinform news agency on...


Chevron Direct Investment Fund Allocates $41 Million to Two Kazakh Companies

ASTANA – In 2023, Chevron Direct Investment Fund (CDIF) made direct equity investments worth $41 million into the managed service marketplace for businesses Top Cleaning Kazakhstan and Orhun Med...


Kazakhstan Gears Up for Spectacular World Nomad Games, Welcoming 107 Nations in Astana

ASTANA – The directorate for preparation and hosting of the World Nomad Games has approved all protocols for the competition’s fifth edition, scheduled from Sept. 8 to 15 in...


Kazakhstan Presents Top Five Tourist Destinations of 2023

ASTANA – The Kazakh Ministry of Tourism and Sports offered the list of the top five tourist destinations in 2023, revealing the most popular places travelers chose in Kazakhstan....


President Tokayev’s First Visit to Italy Reflects Kazakhstan’s Multi-Vector Foreign Policy, Broader Engagement with EU

ASTANA – This year, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s diplomatic schedule began with the first official visit to Italy, Kazakhstan’s strategic partner and third largest trading partner. This visit should be...


Kazakhstan Attracts $4.1 Billion in FDI in First Half of 2023

ASTANA – In the first half of 2023, Kazakhstan surged $4.1 billion in net inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI), 86% more than in the previous year, Acting Chairman...


Kazakhstan Publishes Khoja Ahmed Yasawi Manuscript Copy Discovered in US

ASTANA – The National Center for Manuscripts and Rare Books published a copy of the manuscript of the great philosopher and scientist, Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, found in the United...


Kazakhstan’s Sergek Service Starts Applying Amazon Web Services Cloud Solutions

ASTANA – Sergek, Kazakhstan’s leading platform for monitoring and analyzing traffic offenses on city roads and streets, completed a pilot project based on Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud solutions,...


President Tokayev to Visit Almaty This Week

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is set for a scheduled working trip to Almaty on Jan. 24-25, said Tokayev’s spokesperson Berik Uali on his Instagram page. The President will...


Kazakh Officials Confirm No Casualties in Almaty Earthquake

ASTANA – Almaty city witnessed an earthquake on Jan. 23 at 12.09 a.m. Astana time, causing no fatalities or severe damage, said Kazakh Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov, according to...


Tokayev Addresses Legal Literacy, Crime Prevention, Building Trust with Public at Interior Ministry Board Meeting

ASTANA – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev held an expanded meeting with the Ministry of Internal Affairs on Jan. 22, reported the Akorda press service.   Addressing the meeting participants, Tokayev...


Air Astana Takes Flight: IPO Roadshow Set for Jan. 29 Following Public Listing Announcement

ASTANA – Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s national carrier, to start its initial public offering (IPO) roadshow on Jan. 29 after announcing its intention to float on the London Stock Exchange,...


Kaspi.kz Joins Nasdaq, Prices IPO at $92 Per Share

ASTANA – Kaspi.kz, one of the region’s leading banking and fintech companies, announced on Jan. 18 the pricing of the U.S. initial public offering (IPO) of 11.3 million American...


Kazakhstan Boosts Prestige and Combat Proficiency Through UN Peacekeeping Mission Deployment

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s engagement in the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission enhances the country’s prestige and augments its proficiency in combat, according to State Counselor Erlan Karin. Last week,...


SCO RATS Committee Director Highlights Achievements in Security Collaboration, Cooperation Program

ASTANA – Over the last year, the authorities of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) states suppressed the activities of 73 clandestine cells of international terrorist organizations and prevented 69...


Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan Collaborate to Boost Pilgrimage Tourism

ASTANA – Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan have signed a roadmap for cooperation in pilgrimage tourism, reported the Uzbek Committee on Tourism under the Ministry of Ecology and Environmental Protection on...


Kazakhstan Switches to UTC+05.00 Time Zone From March 1

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is set to switch to a single fifth time zone (UTC+05.00) from March 1 according to the Jan. 19 government decree, reported the Ministry of Trade...


New International Trade & Logistics Center Opens on Kazakh-Chinese Border

ASTANA – A new international trade and logistics center opened on Jan. 19 on the Kazakh-Chinese border, near the village of Dostyk, reported the Transport Ministry’s press service. The...


Astana to Host International Meeting on Syria This Week

ASTANA – The 21st international meeting on Syria in the Astana format will be held in the Kazakh capital on Jan. 24-25 following the collective appeal of the guarantor...


Interactive Museum Celebrates Rich History of Kazakh Musical Instruments

AKMOLA REGION – A beguiling new museum in the Kosshy village, a 20-minute drive from Astana, is showcasing an excellent collection of over 1,600 Kazakh and Turkic instruments in...


Almaty’s Shymbulak Ski Resort Secures Top Five Winter Destinations in Condé Nast Italia

ASTANA –  The Shymbulak Mountain Resort’s tourist potential gained recognition in Condé Nast Italia, the Italian edition of the renowned magazine. It was ranked among the top five places...


French Traveler Explores Kazakhstan’s Rich and Diverse Culture

ASTANA – Richard Martin, a French engineer, shifted from a full-time job in the United States during the pandemic in 2020 to become a traveler. He has recently arrived...


President Tokayev Meets With UN Top Officials, Addresses Global Food Security

ASTANA – The President met with the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) Qu Dongyu on Jan. 19 at Rome’s headquarters, reported...


News Digest: Foreign Media on President’s Visit to Italy, European Commission Vice President’s Tour to Central Asia and More

ASTANA – The Astana Times has selected articles on Kazakhstan published in international media. This week’s foreign media digest covers Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s official visit to Italy and...


Ilya Mizernykh Wins Kazakhstan’s First Gold at Gangwon 2024 Winter Youth Olympics

ASTANA – Kazakh ski jumper Ilya Mizernykh, 16, wins Kazakhstan’s first gold in the Gangwon 2024 Winter Youth Olympics, reported the press service of the country’s National Olympic Committee...


All Roads Lead to Rome: Legendary Almaty Aport Apple Hits Global Spotlight

ASTANA – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev presented Almaty Aport apples to Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) Qu Dongyu in the Italian...


EU Report Signifies New Chapter in Regional Cooperation

ASTANA – The European Parliament (EP) approved a resolution on the assessment of the European Union’s (EU’s) strategy for Central Asia on Jan. 17. It marks a significant milestone...


Nearly 30 State-Supported Kazakh Films Set to Illuminate Big Screens in 2024

ASTANA – Lights, cameras and action are anticipated in the Kazakh film industry in 2024 as around 30 national films supported by the State Center for Support of National...


Kazakh President Holds Talks With Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher in Vatican

ASTANA – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev held talks with Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See, on Jan. 19 in the Vatican,...


Kazakhstan Joins Leading Italian Tour Operator’s Network

ASTANA – Major Italian tour operator Alpitour has added Kazakhstan to its catalog, marking a significant move to spotlight the country’s cultural and natural diversity on the global stage,...


Kazakhstan to Send Up to 430 Peacekeepers to Middle East, Africa

ASTANA – The Kazakh Parliament approved the deployment of up to 430 peacekeepers to participate in United Nations missions at a Jan. 19 joint meeting of the houses of...


Kazakh President Meets with Pope Francis in Vatican

ASTANA – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev met with Pope Francis at the Vatican, as he made his first official visit to the Holy See on Jan. 19, reported the...


New Flights, Energy, Agriculture: President Tokayev Meets Top Italian Businesses

ASTANA – Air travel, oil and gas sector, petrochemicals and agriculture were on top of the agenda during President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s meetings with Italian senior executives in Rome on...


Trading Volume on KASE Nears $910 Billion in 2023

ASTANA – The trading volume on Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE) totaled 410.7 trillion tenge (US$909 billion), increasing by 57.0% or 149.1 trillion tenge (US$330 billion) last year compared to...