Kazakhstan’s Constitution Published in Braille for First Time

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Constitutional Court presented the Constitution in Braille for the first time on June 6, reported the court’s press service.  This project, supported by the Organization for...


Kazakh President Tours Capital’s Facilities

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev toured a sports center and two medical facilities to familiarize himself with the capital’s social infrastructure on June 5, reported the Akorda press service....


Kazakhstan, PACE Reaffirm Commitment to Shared Values of Human Rights, Democracy 

ASTANA — The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Theodoros Rousopoulos, and Chairman of the Senate, the upper house of the Kazakh Parliament, Maulen...


Kazakhstan’s Schools Lead Way with EU’s Energy Efficiency Labels

ASTANA – Two schools in Kazakhstan earned Energy Efficiency Labels during the second Interregional Forum of Environmental Initiatives, jointly organized by the ECOJER Association and the Sustainable Energy Connectivity...


State Counselor Karin Outlines Core Principles of Tokayev’s Political Vision

ASTANA — Kazakhstan’s State Counselor Erlan Karin unveiled the transformative vision of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s political course, emphasizing a bold new direction for the nation in an article published...


Astana to Host SCO Summit in July 

ASTANA — Astana will host the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on July 3-4, reported Akorda press service. The heads of the SCO member states will discuss political, trade, economic,...


Kazakhstan Partners with Netherlands and France to Tackle Water Issues

Water is a precious commodity, and due to climate change, population growth, and inter-state rivalries and tensions, access to water will become even more vital in the foreseeable future....


Kazakhstan, Egypt Focus on Development of Parliamentary Diplomacy

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Egyptian Speaker of the Senate Abdel Wahab Abdel Razeq focused on the development of parliamentary diplomacy and cooperation prospects in trade and culture...


Przewalski’s Horses Land in Kazakhstan, Mark New Chapter in Biodiversity Conservation

ARKALYK – In a landmark event for biodiversity conservation, the Czech Air Force aircraft delivered three Przewalski’s horses to Arkalyk city in northern Kazakhstan in the early morning on...


XXXIV Asian Road Cycling Championship Commences in Almaty 

ASTANA—The XXXIV Asian Road Cycling Championship commenced in Almaty and will be held from June 6 to 12, reported the Kazinform news agency.  The championship program includes competitions for...


Kazakhstan Offers to Act as Logistics Hub on Eurasian Transport Corridors

ASTANA—Kazakhstan offers to act as a reliable logistics hub on the Eurasian transport corridors. Introducing new opportunities will boost transport and economic connectivity, reduce business costs and increase population...


Kazakhstan Continues Compensating Flood-Affected Citizens

ASTANA—The Kazakh government continues to work to eliminate the consequences of floods and provide assistance to affected citizens, the Prime Minister’s press service reported on June 5. So far,...


Kazakhstan Launches Major Oil Projects in Caspian Sea

ASTANA — Kazakhstan’s national oil and gas company KazMunayGas and Russia’s Lukoil have commenced the implementation of Kalamkas-Sea and Khazar projects, reported the Kazakh Ministry of Energy.  The companies...


KazTransOil Boosts Tengiz Field Exports Via Aktau Port

ASTANA – KazTransOil, Kazakhstan’s national oil transporter, shipped 490,000 tons of Kazakh oil from the Tengiz field via the Aktau port to the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline in the first four...


Kazakhstan Supports US Middle East Peace Initiative

ASTANA – Kazakhstan strongly supports the international community’s efforts to stabilize the situation in the Middle East, reported the Kazakh Foreign Ministry on June 4 commenting on the United...


Green Economy is Key to Prosperity  

Editor’s note: The Astana Times continues its series of articles written by our readers. As a platform that values diverse perspectives and meaningful conversations, we believe this will serve...


Movie About Zhambyl Zhabayev Set to Release in June

ASTANA – The historical film “Zhambyl. A New Era,” which began filming in 2021 to mark the 175th anniversary of Kazakh poet Zhambyl Zhabayev, will be released on June...


IMF: Kazakhstan’s Economy Resilient, Albeit Facing Downside Risks

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s economy and financial sector have remained resilient, but downside risks to the outlook are substantial, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Mission Chief for Kazakhstan, Nicolas Blancher,...


Astana to Host Four-Day Comic Con 2024 in July

ASTANA – The third Comic Con Astana international festival will take place in the Kazakh capital on July 25-28, reported the festival’s press service. Comic Con Astana will last...


Tokayev Attends Flag Raising Ceremony on State Symbols Day

ASTANA—President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev attended the national flag-raising ceremony on June 4, the Day of State Symbols, reported the Akorda press service. Reflection of values and ideals “Our flag, soaring...


Middle Corridor: Secure Transportation of Kazakh Oil to New Markets

ASTANA — Due to geopolitical shifts, the increasing traffic volumes along the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR), also known as the Middle Corridor, have captured the interest of global...


Kazakhstan’s Population Grows by Nearly 85,000 People in Five Months

ASTANA – Since the beginning of the year, the number of Kazakh citizens has increased by 84,636 people, according to the statement of the Bureau of National Statistics, published...


Over Ten Low-Cost Airlines Operate Regular Flights in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – In Kazakhstan, over ten low-cost airlines operate regular flights, including Malaysia’s Air Asia X, India’s IndiGO, Kuwait’s Jazeera Airways, the United Arab Emirates’ Wizz Air Abu-Dhabi, Air...


Kazakhstan to Increase Exports of 105 Commodity Items to Belarus

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is ready to increase exports of 105 commodity items to Belarus, valued at approximately $265 million, Prime Minister Olzhas Bektenov said at a meeting with Prime...


Coventry University to Open Branch in Astana This Year

ASTANA – London-based Coventry University plans to open its branch in the Kazakh capital this September, offering Kazakh students an MBA Global Business course and eight undergraduate programs, reported...


Kazakh State Counselor Comments on Adopted Plan to Combat Gambling

ASTANA — The Kazakh government has adopted a Comprehensive Plan to Combat Illegal Gambling Business and Gambling Addiction for 2024-2026, another initiative of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, wrote Kazakhstan’s State...


President Tokayev Meets with WTO Director-General

ASTANA – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev met with Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on June 3 in Almaty, reported the Akorda press service. Welcoming Okonjo-Iweala,...


Beijing-Paris Classic Car Rally: Seventy Vintage Cars Arrive in Almaty

ASTANA — Seventy classic vintage cars arrived in Kazakhstan on June 2 as part of the legendary Beijing-Paris Classic Car Rally, reported Tengri Auto. On May 18, the brave...


Kazakh Capital to Host International Biology Olympiad Showcasing Global Talent

ASTANA – Astana will host the 35th International Biology Olympiad (IBO) on July 7-14, with an expected participation of 350 schoolchildren from 80 countries. More than 40 awards will...


Kazakhstan, US Committed to Deepen Strategic Partnership

ASTANA – Kazakh First Deputy Foreign Minister Akan Rakhmetullin and U.S. Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu held the sixth meeting of...


EU to Increase Schengen Visa Fees

ASTANA – The European Commission is set to increase short stay Schengen visa (visa type C) fees worldwide by 12% as of June 11, reported SchengenNews on May 20. ...


President Tokayev Explores Future Prospects of Orbis Kazakhstan Group

ASTANA – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev met with Farrukh Makhmudov, founder of Orbis Kazakhstan Group, a multi-profile Kazakh company operating in oilfield services, petrochemicals, authorized retail, agribusiness, agrochemicals, construction,...


Kazakhstan Hosts Landmark Roundtable on Central Asia’s Peacekeeping Role

ASTANA – The Center for Peacekeeping Operations of the Ministry of Defense (KAZCENT) hosted the first regional roundtable on the contribution of Central Asian countries to peacekeeping activities on May 31...


Kazakhstan, China Sign Agreement for Copper Smelter Construction

ASTANA – Kazakhstan and China signed an agreement to construct a smelter with a capacity of 300,000 tons of copper per year during a June 3 meeting between Kazakh...


OPEC+ Members Extend Voluntary Oil Production Cut Until September

ASTANA — The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC partners, a group of oil exporters called OPEC+, decided to extend their additional voluntary cuts of 2.2 million...


Latest AIFC Report Delves into Regional Transport Infrastructure, Trends

ASTANA – Although the majority of trade between Asia and Europe relies on maritime routes, several inland routes could help diversify risks associated with geopolitical tensions in the Red...


Almaty: Gateway to Kazakhstan’s Natural Wonders

ASTANA—Almaty is one of Kazakhstan’s most captivating destinations, and for good reason. Just a couple of hours of driving from the country’s greenest city takes you to diverse natural...


Eight-Year-Old Kazakh Chess Prodigy Aims for International Success

ASTANA — Iman Nabiyev, an eight-year-old chess prodigy from Kostanai, winner of numerous regional and international championships, is gaining recognition on the world stage. In a recent interview with...


Kazakhstan Holds Potential for Unique UNESCO Heritage Nominations, Archeologist Says

ASTANA – With millenia of human and natural history coupled with the ninth largest territory in the world, Kazakhstan holds significant potential for unique nominations for the United Nations...


Kazakh and US Scientists to Study Human Nutrition of Bronze Age

ASTANA—Kazakh and U.S. scientists will collaborate on a project analyzing human and animal bones to discover the details of nutrition during the bronze era, the Kazakh Ministry of Science...


Kazakhstan Celebrates Children’s Day

ASTANA – Kazakhstan marks the International Children’s Day with major events nationwide on June 1.   President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev congratulated the Kazakh people on this day. “Children are the future...


Kazakh Board Game Togyzkumalak Gains Popularity Among Youth

ASTANA – The old tradition of board games revives with rising popularity among youth to play togyzkumalak (nine pellets) ahead of the fifth World Nomad Games in the Kazakh...


Kostanai, Small Green Town in Northern Kazakhstan, Where History is Evident at Every Turn

Editor’s Note: The Astana Times continues its series of articles, Exploring Kazakhstan, City by City, in the beautiful town of Kostanai. We are setting out to unveil the rich...


Kazakh National Bank Unveils New 10,000 Tenge Banknote Design

ASTANA – The National Bank of Kazakhstan revealed the new design of 10,000 tenge (US$22) banknotes that will enter circulation starting from June 28, reported the National Bank’s press...


Astana to Host Qualifying Competition for World Nomad Games

ASTANA – The Kazakh capital will host a competition among strength athletes in Triathlon Park on June 2 to qualify participants for the fifth World Nomad Games, scheduled for...


President Tokayev Outlines Vision for Kazakhstan’s Scientific Revolution

ASTANA — President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev emphasized the importance of increasing Kazakhstan’s scientific potential to transition from a follower to a leader among countries, as he addressed the science community...


Italian Companies Seek More Cooperation with Kazakhstan

ASTANA—Italian companies expressed their interest in developing investment, trade, and economic cooperation with Kazakhstan during the meeting with Kazakh Foreign Minister Murat Nurleu on May 30, which was held...


Tokayev Addresses Environmental Issues, Road Infrastructure in Almaty

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev addressed the development of environmental culture and the broad involvement of citizens, non-governmental organizations, and businesses in solving environmental problems at a meeting with...


News Digest: Foreign Media on Kazakhstan’s Constitutional Court, Middle Powers’ Role in Tackling Challenges, and More

ASTANA – The Astana Times has selected articles from global media outlets covering Kazakhstan. This week’s foreign media digest covers Kazakhstan’s Constitutional Court, role of middle powers in resolving...


Kazakhstan Commemorates Day of Remembrance of Victims of Political Repression

ASTANA – On May 31, Kazakhstan pays tribute and memory to the victims of political repression and famine of the last century, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev wrote on his X...