Articles by Aibarshyn Akhmetkali

Kazakhstan Marks 100 Years of Sagadat Nurmagambetov, Founding Architect of National Army

ASTANA – On May 25 Kazakhstan celebrates 100 years of Sagadat Nurmagambetov, the first Defense Minister of sovereign Kazakhstan, who laid the foundations of the national army force. His dazzling military career spanned over a remarkable epoch, from World War II to the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the establishment of an independent Kazakhstan’s…

Political Will is Key to Kazakhstan’s Green Economy Transition, Says Latin American Expert

ASTANA – Political leadership and effective policies could be pivotal in driving Kazakhstan’s transition to a green economy, similar to the successful approach in Latin America, said Andrés Rebolledo, the executive secretary of the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) and Honorary Consul of Kazakhstan in Chile in an interview with The Astana Times.  Lessons from…

China Seeks to Expand Agricultural Trade with Kazakhstan, Says Chinese FM

ASTANA – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi highlighted China’s interest in increasing investment and trade, particularly in agriculture, during the press briefing with Kazakhstan’s Deputy Prime Minister – Foreign Minister Murat Nurtleu on May 20 in Astana. “The two sides believe that the development of China-Kazakhstan relations meets the requirements of the times and the…

UNDP Advisor Proposes Flood Preparedness Strategies Amid Climate Change

ASTANA – Amid warnings of the effects of climate change, flood maps and early warning systems could be introduced to make Kazakh people safer from future flood disasters, said Hubert Lohr, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) international advisor for water resources management in an interview with The Astana Times. Vital steps such as reconstructing the…

Ust-Kamenogorsk – Gateway to East Kazakhstan’s Beautiful Nature

Editor’s Note: The Astana Times introduces a new series, Exploring Kazakhstan, City by City. We are setting out to unveil the rich diversity of Kazakhstan’s cities. Starting with Zhezkazgan, Shymkent,  Taldykorgan, and Karagandy we continue our journey in the glorious city of Ust-Kamenogorsk. By exploring each city’s unique history and culture, we aim to bring…

Malaysian PM Commits to Build on Existing Ties with Kazakhstan and Central Asia

ASTANA – Malaysia is committed to further enhance cooperation with Kazakhstan in priority areas of trade and investment, education and digitalization, said Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim in an exclusive interview with The Astana Times. The Malaysian Prime Minister arrived in Astana on May 16 for the start of his first official visit. He met…

Akmola Region with Diverse Nature Reserves Emerges as Prime Travel Destination

ASTANA – The Akmola Region is recasting itself as a promising travel destination, with its diverse landscapes and nature reserves, said its Akim (Governor) Marat Akhmetzhanov during the May 11 field trip to the region’s Korgalzhyn state nature reserve. Heads of the Astana-based diplomatic missions from European countries visited the village of Korgalzhyn on that…

Assyk – Great Kazakh Outdoor Game (Video)

ASTANA—Requiring good marksmanship and tactics, the Kazakh traditional game of assyk (knucklebone) is one of the oldest and most popular outdoor nomadic games. The Astana Times interviewed Zhomart Sabyrzhanuly, founding president and executive director of Kazakhstan’s Assyk Federation, about the game’s cultural significance and preparations for the upcoming fifth World Nomad Games. Sabyrzhanuly’s significant pioneering…

Kazakh National Flag Raised on Golan Heights

ASTANA – A solemn flag-raising ceremony of Kazakhstan’s flag took place at the Faouar peacekeeping base in the Golan Heights on May 7, reported the Kazakh Ministry of Defense’s press service. The event coincided with Defenders of the Fatherland Day and the formation of Kazakhstan’s Armed Forces. Earlier this year, Kazakhstan deployed its first independent…

Singapore’s MP Highlights Partnership with Kazakhstan for Southeast Asia Engagement

ASTANA – Kazakhstan has a good partner in Singapore as the nation looks towards engaging with Southeast Asia, said Seah Kian Peng, speaker of the Parliament of Singapore in an interview with The Astana Times. Kazakhstan has strong and longstanding relations with Singapore that date back over three decades. There had been a dynamic exchange…

Kazakh Animation on Rise Fueled by Devote Creators, Overcoming Financial Hurdles

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s golden age in animation lies ahead despite challenges such as the lack of adequate funding and commercial unfeasibility, according to the founders of Tasqyn Animation Studio. They attribute its success solely to the enthusiasm and innovation of idea-driven creators. In an interview with the Astana Times, the studio managers share what the…

President Tokayev Addresses Assistance for Flood Victims at Assembly of People of Kazakhstan

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev addressed the government’s efforts to aid flood victims at the 33rd session of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan (APK) on April 25 in Astana, reported the Akorda press service. It has been almost a month since Kazakhstan’s eastern, northern. and western regions were affected by massive floods.  Despite…

World Bank Identifies 10 Steps to Address Middle Corridor Bottlenecks

ASTANA – The World Bank has identified 10 critical actions that can address the most pressing short-term bottlenecks across the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR), also known as the Middle Corridor, according to a brief published on the bank’s official website. The solutions are based on a report presented by the World Bank last year,…

Cameron Wants Stronger Kazakh Ties, Promotes Britain as Partner of Choice for Region

ASTANA – The United Kingdom seeks enhanced partnership with Kazakhstan in education, business, economy, energy, and climate change, said David Cameron, the U.K.’s Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, during his visit to Astana on April 24. “What I want to mark is it’s been 11 years since my visit here as…

Rare Greig’s Tulip Blossoms in Turkistan Region

ASTANA – Bright colors are springing to life as Kazakhstan’s signature rare Greig’s tulip blooms near Temirlan village in the Turkistan Region, reported the Kazinform news agency. Spread over 100 hectares, tulips in intense shades of red attract travelers eager to capture stunning photographs. “Tulip fields in the region are increasing every year. I think…

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 be the time for celebrating Valentine’s Day, but since 2011, Kazakhstan has embraced Kozy Korpesh—Bayan Sulu Day in April as a distinctive alternative enriched with a…

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 open until July 31. Over the decade, the National Museum has accumulated a wealth of paintings and other art objects reflecting the rich Kazakh art history…

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 100,000 as of April 12. 100 dombra players of Alatau folklore ensemble came together in Almaty on April 11 to perform a kui (musical composition) thanking…

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 April 11, reported the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources. Other topics on the agenda were higher education, industry, geology, energy,…

Kazakhstan Marks 125 Years of Outstanding Geologist Kanysh Satpayev

ASTANA – Kazakhstan celebrates the 125th anniversary of the leading academic geologist and founder of the Kazakh Science Academy, Kanysh Satpayev, on April 12.  His research during the 1930s provided evidence of large copper deposits in Zhezkazgan, which played a key role in the growth of the industry, transforming Kazakhstan from an agrarian country into…

Three Premiers and Dozen Classics Shine at Astana Opera

ASTANA – Three premieres and a dozen of old favorites made for a memorable gala event, Dreams Come True, at Astana Opera on April 7. The program featured the debut of the Spanish dance “Panaderos” from Alexander Glazunov’s ballet “Raymonda” along with two one-act ballet premieres by Astana Opera’s emerging choreographers: Aidan Kalzhan’s “Temptation” to…

Sustainability Reporting Vital for Kazakh Companies’ ESG Compliance, Says Regional Expert

ASTANA – Sustainability reporting with broader value and upskilling is to play a key role in sustainable development of Kazakh companies in accordance with environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards, said Vikas Aggarwal, regional head of public affairs for Europe, Eurasia, Middle East and the Americas at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in…

Kyrgyz Cinema Days Open in Astana with Dazzling Mother-Son Pilgrimage Story

ASTANA – Days of Kyrgyz cinema opened on April 3 in Astana with “Beyish – Enenin Tamaninda” (Paradise – Under the Mother’s Feet), a heartfelt road movie that explores tender mother-son relationship on a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. The latest offering by director Ruslan Akun tells the story of Adil, a 35-year-old…

In Berlin, Experts Share Insights to Make Kazakhstan’s Green Hydrogen Ambition Reality

BERLIN – Experts discussed ways to realize Kazakhstan’s green hydrogen production ambitions by overcoming high production costs, market ambiguity, and water sustainability challenges in Central Asia during the 10th Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD) in Berlin on March 19-20.  Hydrogen, especially green hydrogen, is expected to be a critical fuel of the future, replacing natural…

Kazakh Art Pavilion Curators Reveal Plans for Venice Biennale

ASTANA – The curators of the Kazakh pavilion have unveiled details about Kazakhstan’s participation at the coming 60th Venice Biennale, which opens on April 20, in an interview with Kazinform news agency. Titled Jerūiyq (promised land): a Look Beyond the Horizon, the project will explore a utopia rooted in Kazakh legends, symbolizing a metaphor for…