Kazakh, Kyrgyz Business to Implement Projects Worth $300 Million

ASTANA – Business leaders from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyz Republic signed commercial documents worth $300 million at an April 17 business forum, the Trade and Integration Ministry’s press service reported....


Kyrgyz Republic Sends Third Batch of Humanitarian Aid to Flood-Hit Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Kyrgyz Ministry of Internal Affairs sent more than 50 tons of humanitarian aid to Kazakhstan on April 18 amid large-scale floods, reported the ministry’s press service.   The...


Kazakhstan Develops Digital Tools to Improve Flood Forecasting

ASTANA – Kazakh Prime Minister Olzhas Bektenov reviewed digital tools to improve flood forecasting and instructed a swift launch of a service for accepting claims for compensation for damage...


Development Bank of Kazakhstan Issues Debut Sustainability Eurobonds

ASTANA – With the support of the Astana International Financial Centre’s (AIFC) and Green Finance Center, the Development Bank of Kazakhstan (DBK) launched its inaugural sustainability Eurobonds, raising 100...


TechnoWomen Central Asia Forum on AI Development Kicks Off in Astana

ASTANA – The TechnoWomen Artificial Intelligence (AI) Forum kicked off on April 17 in Astana with a roundtable on opportunities and risks posed by the problem-solving systems. In a...


Kazakhstan’s IT Exports Exceeds $Half Billion in 2023

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s exports of computer services reached $529 million last year, according to statistics on foreign trade in services published by the National Bank on April 10. Sales...


Kazakhstan, China Launch New Passenger Air Route

ASTANA – An international passenger air route was launched between the Chinese city of Yining in the Ili-Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and Kazakhstan’s...


EU Applauds Kazakhstan’s Crucial Step Towards Criminalizing Domestic Violence

ASTANA – The European Union (EU) welcomed President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s recent signature of key legislation largely criminalizing domestic abuse, EU’s Lead Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Peter...


Kazakh President Emphasizes Need for Strengthening Human Rights Protection

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev pointed out the need to strengthen guarantees for the protection of human rights at an April 17 meeting with Commissioner for Human Rights Artur...


International Support Flows to Kazakhstan Amid Devastating Floods

ASTANA – The unprecedented floods in Kazakhstan have garnered the attention of the world community. Foreign countries continue to extend support to Kazakhstan and express their willingness to assist...


Gratitude for Survival: Kazakhstan Evacuates Nearly 117,000 People 

ASTANA – With 116,949 people evacuated, Kazakh emergency officers continue to rescue citizens stuck in their homes during the floods. One of the victims in the North Kazakhstan Region...


Kazakh Government Rolls Out Comprehensive Support for Citizens Affected by Catastrophic Floods

ASTANA – In response to the devastating floods that have recently swept the regions of Kazakhstan, the government continues to roll out comprehensive measures aimed at assisting affected citizens...


President Shows Support to Residents of Flood-Hit Kostanai Region

ASTANA — President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev met with residents of the Kostanai Region and inspected the flooded areas to assess the damage caused by the emergency situation on April 16,...


Kazakh Investment Committee Concludes 29 Agreements Worth $973 Million

ASTANA – The Kazakh Foreign Ministry’s Investment Committee concluded 29 contracts worth 436.6 billion tenge (US$973.2 million) with investors from Cyprus, the Netherlands and Russia in the first three...


Kazakhstan Launches Healthcare Program for Central Asian Students

ASTANA – Kazakhstan Agency of International Development (KazAID) and the Astana Medical University launched Avicenna, a healthcare program for medical students from Central Asian countries, said Kazakh Foreign Ministry...


Foreign Ministry: Kazakhstan Maintains Contact with its Citizens in Iran, Israel

ASTANA – There are 123 Kazakh citizens registered with the Kazakh consulate in Israel and 104 people in Iran, said Kazakh Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Aibek Smadiyarov during a briefing...


KazTransOil to Send 120,000 Tons of Oil to Germany in April

ASTANA – KazTransOil national oil transporter plans to deliver 120,000 tons of Kazakh oil to Germany this month, reported the company’s press service on April 15. Between January and...


UK Extends Support to Kazakhstan Amid Devastating Floods

ASTANA – British Minister of State (Minister for Europe) in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Nusrat Ghani expressed support for everyone impacted by Kazakhstan’s severe floods. “The ongoing...


Kazakh Officials Reflect on New Law Toughening Domestic Abuse  

ASTANA – The state does not interfere in family matters and is committed to protecting a child’s rights when their life and health are at risk, said Kazakh Minister...


Kazakhstan Takes Part in Central Asia – Gulf Cooperation Council Strategic Dialogue Meeting

ASTANA – Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Alibek Bakayev took part in the second Ministerial Meeting of the Central Asia – Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Strategic Dialogue on April 15...


State Will Take Care of Every Citizen, Says Tokayev During Visit to Flood-Affected Region

ASTANA – The next 10 days will be critical for Kazakhstan, which has been grappling with floods since the end of March, said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during his meeting...


Mining in Kazakhstan: Digging Deep with Experts at Conference in Canada

Kazakhstan’s turquoise flag, featuring a golden eagle and bright sun, flew proudly in Toronto, Canada, from March 3 to 6 at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)...


UN Welcomes Kazakhstan for Passing a Significant Law That Criminalizes Domestic Abuse

ASTANA—The United Nations (UN) expressed appreciation to Kazakhstan on April 15 for enacting legislation to protect victims of domestic violence, reported the UN news service. “This is a significant...


Kazakhstan Pledges Active Engagement at COP29 in Baku

ASTANA – Kazakhstan will play an active role in the 29th Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP 29), scheduled for November in Baku, announced Zulfiya Suleimenova, advisor...


Kazakhstan Evacuates Over 111,000 People Since Beginning of Floods

ASTANA – Since the onset of the flooding, 111,194 people have been rescued and evacuated, with 39,222 of them being children, reported the Ministry of Emergency Situations on April...


Kazakh FM Participates in CIS Council of Foreign Ministers Meeting in Minsk

ASTANA—Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Murat Nurtleu led the delegation at the regular meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)...


Tokayev Stresses Urgent Need for Lasting Peace Between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Offers Kazakhstan as Negotiation Venue

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev emphasized the importance of quickly establishing a solid, long-term peace between Armenia and Azerbaijan and expressed Kazakhstan’s readiness to assist by providing a venue...


Kazakh Commissioner for Children’s Rights on New Law: ‘Victory for Every Child and Woman’

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev endorsed on April 15 the law on protecting women’s rights and enhancing child safety. The adoption of the law is a victory for every...


Boxing Champion Canelo Extends Support to Kazakhstan During Devastating Floods

ASTANA – Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez, a well-known professional boxer and key rival of Kazakh legend Gennady Golovkin, expressed support for the people of Kazakhstan amidst the devastating floods on...


Kazakhstan Set to Increase Exports to Armenia to $350 Million

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is ready to increase exports to Armenia to $350 million, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said during a joint media briefing with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on...


Kazakh President Endorses Law on Women’s Rights and Children’s Safety

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed laws amending penalties for violence against women and children on April 15, reported the Akorda press service. The President instructed to tighten responsibility...


President Tokayev Meets with Armenian PM, Signs 10 Documents

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan reaffirmed their strong commitment to enhancing multifaceted ties at an April 15 meeting in Yerevan, reported the...


Unity Dance Festival Unites 200 Dancers in Astana from Kazakhstan and Beyond

ASTANA – Unity Dance Event, an international dance festival, brought together dancers from around the world from April 12 to 14 in Astana. The local dance studio, DomDanceKz, organized...


Kazakhstan Embraces Love with Kozy Korpesh – Bayan Sulu Day

ASTANA – Kazakhstan celebrates the Day of Lovers on April 15, also called Kozy Korpesh – Bayan Sulu Day, in honor of the iconic Kazakh love epic. February may...


Kazakh President to Pay Official Visit to Armenia Today

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev will pay a one-day official visit to Armenia on April 15, reported the Akorda press service. He is expected to meet with President Vahagn...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the Situation in the Middle East

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan expresses deep concern over the sharp escalation of tensions between Iran and Israel and calls on the parties to...


NextGen TechCamp Advances Women and Girls Across Central Asia in STEM 

ASTANA – The NextGen TechCamp of Central Asia, dedicated to strengthening the role of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), took place in the Kazakh capital on...


Rare Manuscripts and Books from 18th-20th Centuries Discovered in Kyzylorda Region

ASTANA — Researchers from the National Center of Manuscripts and Rare Books discovered valuable artifacts spanning the 18th to 20th centuries during a recent expedition to the Kyzylorda Region...


Kazakh Film “Gorgon” Addressing Violence Surpasses One Million Views

ASTANA—The documentary film “Gorgon,” directed by Kazakh filmmaker Rinat Balgabayev, which focuses on the issue of sexual violence and supported by UN Women, has garnered nearly a million views...


President Tokayev Cancels 2024 Astana International Forum Amidst Massive Floods

ASTANA – In an unexpected move, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has announced the cancellation of the Astana International Forum (AIF) scheduled for June 13-14, 2024.  Such a decision was made...


Amazon Prime to Film Travel Show in Almaty

ASTANA – Amazon Prime’s Travel by Dart show will film its next adventure in Almaty, the show’s press service reported on April 5 on its Instagram page. Travel by...


National Museum of Kazakhstan Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Vibrant Exhibition

ASTANA – A new exhibition offering a true visual feast opened at the National Museum of Kazakhstan on April 5, celebrating the museum’s 10th anniversary. The exhibition will remain...


Tokayev Outlines Priorities for Kazakhstan’s Science, Technology Development

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev set goals for the advancement of science and technology in Kazakhstan during an April 12 meeting of the National Council for Science and Technology,...


Kostanai Region Recovers After Flood: Residents Share Personal Experience

ASTANA – Residents of the Kostanai Region, which has been in meltwater since the end of March, are gradually recovering after experiencing the first massive floods in three decades....


Kazakh Artists Rally Support for Flood Rescuers (Video)

ASTANA – Dombra performance and meet-ups with people: artists are expressing their support for the rescuers and people affected by the flood, which resulted in the evacuation of nearly...


Kazakhstan, Belarus Set to Foster Cooperation

ASTANA – Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Murat Nurtleu and Belarusian Foreign Minister Sergei Aleinik expressed intention to foster cooperation during an April 11 meeting in Minsk,...


Kazakhstan, Georgia to Enhance Cooperation in Trans-Caspian International Transport Route

ASTANA – Chairman of the Georgian Parliament, Shalva Papuashvili, supported the initiative of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on the joint development of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR) during...


Kazakhstan, Finland Strengthen Trade and Transport Ties at Commission Meeting

ASTANA – The 13th meeting of the Kazakh-Finnish Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation was held in Astana to discuss prospects of cooperation in transport and trade on...


News Digest: Foreign Media on Trans-Caspian International Transport Route, Critical Raw Materials and More

ASTANA – The Astana Times has selected articles from global media outlets covering Kazakhstan. This week’s foreign media digest covers the European Union-Kazakhstan’s cooperation on critical raw materials, the...


Brussels Meeting Focuses on Kazakhstan-EU Trade, Investment Ties

ASTANA – Brussels hosted the seventh meeting of the Kazakhstan-European Union (EU) Committee in trade configuration on April 9, chaired by Kazakh Deputy Minister of Trade and Integration Kairat...