Articles by Dilshat Zhussupova

220 tour operators from 60 countries gather for Pacific Asia travel expo in Kazakh capital

NUR-SULTAN – Approximately 220 tour operators and 250 travel content providers from 60 countries gathered Sept. 18-20 in Nur-Sultan’s Korme Exhibition Centre for the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Travel Mart. “We are excited to hold the first-ever PATA event in Central Asia in Kazakhstan. As the destination stands at the crossroads between Asia and…

Kazakh President reshuffles key government and ministry posts

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev made changes Sept. 18 to the leadership of some key government agencies and ministries. Tokayev appointed Roman Sklyar as Deputy Prime Minister, Beibut Atamkulov as Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development, Mukhtar Tileuberdi as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Krymbek Kusherbayev as Secretary of State and Yerlan Koshanov as Head…

Kazakh scientists study gamma-ray bursts in distant galaxies

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan will launch a new high-speed telescope to study gamma-ray bursts in distant galaxies, reports Nazarbayev University. Scientists recently assembled and conducted preliminary tests with the Nazarbayev University Telescope at the Assy-Turgen Observatory (NUTTellA-TAO), which enables them to measure the spectrum of optical radiation of the largest space explosions in the universe. “The…

Uzbekistan joins Turkic Council

NUR-SULTAN – Uzbekistan will become a member of the Cooperation Council of the Turkic-speaking States (CCTS), also known as the Turkic Council, reports Turkkon.org. Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed the agreement Sept. 14 and the Uzbek Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent the instrument of the country’s accession to the Secretariat the same day. “I welcome…

Kazakh industrialisation programmes create 11,000 jobs since 2010

NUR-SULTAN – One-hundred-fourteen projects worth approximately 276 billion tenge (US$715.07 million) were implemented and approximately 11,000 jobs created under national industrialisation programmes since 2010, said Kazakh Vice Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development Amaniyaz Yerzhanov at a Sept. 12 government press conference. Industrial development is a priority for the Kazakh government, which set out to…

Investors explore opportunities in Kazakhstan at Toronto Global Forum

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Invest officials presented investment opportunities in Kazakhstan to foreign companies Sept. 4-6 at the annual economic event Toronto Global Forum in Canada, reports Invest.gov.kz. Kazakh Invest officials and Kazakh Ambassador to Canada Akylbek Kamaldinov met with Canadian, Latin American and U.S. companies to present projects in agribusiness, energy, chemicals and mining and…

Kazakh, Chinese leaders agree to develop long-term strategic partnership

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed during a Sept. 11 meeting in Beijing to “develop a long-term, strategic and comprehensive partnership,” reports the Akorda. “We believe that China’s success is an important basis for the development of cooperation between our countries,” said Tokayev who paid his first state visit…

Kazakhstan attracts $330 billion FDI since 1991

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan has attracted $330 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) from more than 120 countries since its independence, said Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister Zhenis Kassymbek at a Sept. 5 government meeting. More than 50 percent of FDI in Kazakhstan was attracted from the European Union (EU), including 90.4 billion from the Netherlands, $25.8…

Kazakhstan’s e-sports AVANGAR CS:GO team wins $150,000 and second place at Berlin Major

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s AVANGAR Counter-Strike team finished in second place at the StarLadder Berlin Major 2019, having lost to Denmark’s Astralis 2-0 in the Sept. 8 grand final. “One step from the main goal. This time we finish second, but we’re really proud of our boys and (the) performance they did during the whole #BerlinMajor.…

Kazakhstan’s e-sports AVANGAR Counter-Strike team advances to Berlin Major’s semifinals

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s AVANGAR Counter-Strike team advanced Sept. 5 to the semi-final stage of the StarLadder Berlin Major 2019, taking down France’s Team Vitality 2-1 in the opening match of the playoffs. “The Kazakh team got off to a good start by winning the enemy’s pick Mirage 16-9, but (Team) Vitality managed to tie the…

Kazakh government explores structural changes to economic sectors to increase GDP growth

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh government and the Accounts Committee will examine state holdings and national companies to determine if structural changes are needed to increase GDP growth, said First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Alikhan Smailov at a Sept. 3 government meeting. The effort follows Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s call for structural transformations…

Public response generally positive to Kazakh President’s first state-of-the-nation address

NUR-SULTAN – People in Kazakhstan shared their thoughts online and with The Astana Times regarding President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s Sept. 2 first state-of-the-nation address. Tokayev was elected President June 9 in an early election and in his first state-of-the-nation address outlined his vision for “a state that listens” and responds to citizens’ constructive criticism. A complete…

Nur-Sultan Makeathon to build tech for people with disabilities

NUR-SULTAN – Creative innovators will attempt to solve challenges set by people with disabilities in just 72 hours at the capital’s Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM): Nur-Sultan Makeathon Oct. 25-28, reports the Nazarbayev University press office. TOM Makeathon is a 72-hour marathon that unites makers, such as engineers, programmers, craftspeople and doctors, to develop assistive technology…

Kazakhstan approves draft law to incentivise teacher development

NUR-SULTAN – The draft laws On the Status of the Teacher and On Amendments and Additions to Certain Legislative Acts on the Status of the Teacher and Reducing the Workload of Students and Teachers were approved at an Aug. 27 government meeting chaired by Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin. The draft laws, presented by Kazakh…

Kazakhstan’s AVANGAR Counter-Strike team advances to Berlin Major’s New Legends Stage

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s AVANGAR Counter-Strike team advanced from the Aug. 23-26 New Challengers Stage to the Aug. 28-Sept. 1 New Legends Stage in the StarLadder Berlin Major 2019. AVANGAR beat the Complexity Gaming team 16-13 in the first round, HellRaisers 16-8 in the third round and Syman Gaming 2-1 in the fifth round, losing to…

Capital implements Densaulyk state programme

NUR-SULTAN – Thirty-five of 39 target indicators of the 2016-2019 Densaulyk (Health) state programme were met in the capital from January-June, said the city’s Public Health Department Deputy head Aliya Rustemova at an Aug. 21 meeting on implementing the programme. Life expectancy has increased in the capital in recent years and mortality from leading causes…

Kazakhstan’s repair of Arys almost complete, new construction to continue

NUR-SULTAN – More than 7,000 of 7,613 damaged houses in Arys were repaired as of Aug. 21 by the Akmola, Atyrau, East Kazakhstan, Karaganda, Kostanai, Kyzylorda, North Kazakhstan, Turkestan and Zhambyl Regions. The homes were heavily damaged June 24 by a large explosion at a munitions warehouse nearby. The explosion and resulting fires, which authorities…

Singaporean investors hope to invest $200 million in constructing Nur-Sultan educational institutions

NUR-SULTAN – Singaporean investors hope to invest $200 million in constructing a kindergarten, schools and higher education institutions in the capital, reports the city akimat (administration). Singaporean company KinderWorld International Group signed an investment project roadmap for constructing kindergartens, schools, colleges and universities in Almaty, Nur-Sultan and Shymkent during the May 16-17 Kazakhstan Global Investment…

Nur-Sultan to host 2019 Senior Wrestling World Championships, winners to qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

NUR-SULTAN – Athletes from around the world will compete in the 2019 Senior Wrestling World Championships at the capital’s Barys Arena Sept. 14-22, reports United World Wrestling. Senior wrestling is the term for a competitive category that includes men’s Greco-Roman wrestling and women’s and men’s freestyle wrestling. It does not refer to the age of…

Kazakhstan finishes 97.4 percent of repairs to Arys damaged by munitions explosion

NUR-SULTAN – Ninety-seven-point-four percent of repair and reconstruction in Arys was complete as of Aug. 17, after the town was heavily damaged June 24 by a large explosion at a munitions warehouse nearby, reports Primeminister.kz. The explosion and resulting fires, which authorities determined was caused by fire safety violations during the warehouse’s construction and repair,…

International investors explore opportunities in Kazakhstan at Caspian Economic Forum

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Invest officials presented investment opportunities in Kazakhstan to foreign companies Aug. 11-12 at the first Caspian Economic Forum held in Turkmenistan, reports Invest.gov.kz. Kazakh Invest met with Turkish company Çalık Holding to discuss cooperation in the textile industry. Çalık Holding’s subsidiary, Gap Pazarlama, is one of the largest companies in the textile…

Kazakhstan digitises public procurement, move expected to increase transparency and competition

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s public procurement system is being digitised to increase transparency, promote fair competition, reduce corruption and improve the quality of goods and services in public procurement, said Vice Minister of Finance Ruslan Beketayev at an Aug. 14 government press conference. The government’s public procurement website will launch new services, such as a new…

Nur-Sultan launches new website to receive input from city residents

NUR-SULTAN – Information technology company BTS Digital and Nur-Sultan’s 24-hour city call centre iKOMEK109 recently launched an online platform to receive feedback from city residents, reports the city akimat (administration). People may submit inquiries on the akimat’s services and activities, housing and public utilities, capital house maintenance firms (KSK), public transport, road repairs, flooding, employment,…

Kazakh GDP grows 4.2 percent January to July

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew 4.2 percent in January-July, said Minister of National Economy Ruslan Dalenov at an Aug. 13 government meeting. GDP growth was 4.1 percent in January-December 2018. “(This year’s) GDP growth is driven by accelerated growth in industry, construction and services, as well as steady growth in agriculture and…

ATOM Project’s Honorary Ambassador remembers Hiroshima and Nagasaki victims, urges continued effort for nuclear weapon-free world

NUR-SULTAN – The ATOM Project and its Honorary Ambassador Karipbek Kuyukov called for renewed efforts to bring about a nuclear weapon-free world on the 74th anniversary of the atomic bombings of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Atomic Age arrived upon the United States’ bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Aug. 6 and 9,…

Barys wins fifth Kazakh President’s Ice Hockey Cup

NUR-SULTAN – Nur-Sultan Hockey Club Barys won Aug. 11 the 2019 Kazakh President’s Ice Hockey Cup, reports Olympic.kz. “Congratulations to the players and coaches of the team with your great victory!” said Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in his Twitter account. Barys defeated Kazan’s Ak Bars 6:1 on Aug. 7, Nizhnekamsk’s Neftekhimik 5:3 on Aug. 8,…

Kazakh finance ministry aims to reduce the country’s shadow economy to 15-17 percent of GDP

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Ministry of Finance aims to reduce the country’s shadow economy to 15-17 percent of the gross domestic product, which is the level exhibited among Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development countries, said Kazakh First Vice Minister of Finance Berik Sholpankulov at an Aug. 8 government press conference. In addition to creating…

Kazakhstan urges United States, Russia to resolve INF Treaty issues

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan remains hopeful the United States and Russia will negotiate and resolve their problems concerning the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty through existing bilateral and multilateral platforms, said the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs in an Aug. 4 statement on the Aug. 2 withdrawal of the United States from the treaty. “The Kazakh…

Tiny house rental business in Kazakhstan emphasises design over size

NUR-SULTAN – The tiny house movement has reached the world’s largest landlocked country, enabling inhabitants of homes under 100 square metres to lead simpler lives. Although home sizes tend to grow with higher incomes, iHouse Almaty Founder Dinara Zhashibekova finds that true luxury is finding “a quiet spot where you can rest your mind, body…

Kazakhstan finishes 90 percent of repairs to Arys damaged by munitions explosion

NUR-SULTAN – Ninety percent of reconstruction and repair in Arys was complete as of Aug. 2, after the town was heavily damaged June 24 by a large explosion at a munitions warehouse nearby, reports Primeminister.kz. The explosion, which authorities have determined was caused by a violation of fire safety rules during the warehouse’s construction and…

$139 million in metallurgy, renewable energy projects launched in Karaganda Region

NUR-SULTAN – Two projects on metallurgy and renewable energy worth $139 million were launched in the first half of the year in the Karaganda Region with Kazakh Invest support, reports Invest.gov.kz. Four more Kazakh Invest-supported projects worth $438 million are under construction and installation, two of which will be completed this year. Among the projects…

5,051 families to return to repaired homes in Arys, says Kazakh Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development

NUR-SULTAN – Five thousand and fifty-one families may return to their repaired homes in the town of Arys, which was heavily damaged June 24 by a large explosion at a munitions warehouse nearby, reports the Kazakh Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development. The explosion and resulting fires killed two soldiers and a civilian, caused widespread…

Shymkent becomes 31st city to join EBRD Green Cities programme for urban sustainability

NUR-SULTAN – Shymkent recently became the 31st city to join the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s (EBRD) $1.11 billion Green Cities urban sustainability programme, reports mfa.gov.kz. The programme aims to preserve environmental resources, use resources sustainably, mitigate and adapt to climate change risks and ensure environmental policies contribute to social and economic well-being. It…

Nur-Sultan Mayor urges construction companies to follow safety procedures, pay employees and buy locally

NUR-SULTAN – Nur-Sultan Akim (Mayor) Altay Kulginov discussed safety compliance and the purchase of local materials July 16 with representatives of construction companies working in the capital, reports the city akimat (administration) press service. Kulginov urged construction workers to comply with safety procedures at construction sites by wearing protective hats and footwear. “I ask you…

Public-private partnerships contracts worth $3 billion concluded in first half of 2019

NUR-SULTAN – Five hundred and sixty-five public-private partnership (PPP) contracts worth 1.29 trillion tenge (US$3.35 billion) were concluded in Kazakhstan in the first half of 2019. Nine of the projects were national and the rest were local, said Vice Minister of National Economy Madi Takiyev at a July 22 government meeting. The development of PPP,…

KazUAV joins Terra Drone Corporation network to provide innovative drone services in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – Japan-based Terra Drone Corporation’s recent investment in KazUAV means the Kazakh drone company will join a global network of more than 25 companies to provide cutting-edge and cost-effective drone services in Kazakhstan, reports Terra-drone.net. “With 3 percent of the world’s total oil reserves in Kazakhstan, the production of oil and gas in the…

Nur-Sultan to incorporate President’s directives on improving living standards into capital’s social, economic development

NUR-SULTAN – The capital’s akimat (administration) will incorporate President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s call for government to improve living standards in the city’s social and economic development, said Nur-Sultan Akim (Mayor) Altay Kulginov at a July 17 meeting on the results of the July 15 expanded government meeting chaired by Tokayev. The First President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, tasked…

Kazakhstan hopes to complete main restoration of Arys by August, says Prime Minister

NUR-SULTAN – National and local officials hope to finish by Aug. 1 the most important repairs to the town of Arys, which was heavily damaged June 24 by a large explosion at a munitions warehouse nearby, Prime Minister Askar Mamin announced July 11 during a visit to the Turkestan Region. The explosion and resulting fires…

Kazakhstan seeks airline services expansion at Routes Silk Road 2019 forum

NUR-SULTAN – The forum Routes Silk Road 2019 gathered July 15-17 more than 250 people from business, government and aviation in panel sessions and 800 face-to-face meetings to discuss air services at the capital’s Palace of Independence, reports the city akimat (administration). “The Astana Convention Bureau is excited to host this prestigious event and welcome…

Children’s book series introduces Central Asia to readers of all ages, backgrounds

NUR-SULTAN – Author Marina Abrams is introducing Central Asia to people of all ages in the English and Russian-language illustrated book “Orange and Blue: The World of Barzu.” The story of a boy from the mountains and his family features a folkloric narrative and an educational section, all of which foster curiosity and discussion among…

Paralympians from 78 countries compete for 20 gold medals at Nur-Sultan’s World Para Powerlifting Championships

NUR-SULTAN – Four hundred and forty-one Paralympians from 78 countries are competing for the World Para Powerlifting Championships’s 20 gold medals in the capital’s Congress Centre July 12-20, reports the city akimat (administration). Powerlifters set a strong tone on the first day, with three-time Paralympic silver medallist Cui Zhe setting the first world record at…

Kazakhstan to develop state programme to better manage municipal solid waste

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources, government agencies and organisations are developing a state programme to better manage municipal solid waste (MSW), reports the Nur-Sultan Akimat (city administration) press service. State and local government funds as well as private investment will be used to develop the waste management industry and…

YARKOcross run emphasises fun, charity and health awareness

NUR-SULTAN – People will run five kilometres for charity at the seventh annual paint race YARKOcross in the capital’s Triathlon Park July 20, reports the city akimat (administration) press service. The race is organised by the Plant a Tree fund with the support of the akimat. With clean white shirts and a 10 a.m. start,…

Kazakhstan signs agreements on Abai, Dunga oil fields with foreign investors

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan recently signed agreements on the Abai and Dunga oil fields with foreign oil and gas companies, reports Primeminister.kz. Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin met July 4 with President of Total Exploration and Production Arnaud Breuillac to discuss cooperation in the oil and gas sector. They discussed oil and gas production, technology transfer,…

Kazakhstan ratifies Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed the law July 3 ratifying the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, reported Akorda.kz. Nuclear weapons, unlike chemical weapons, biological weapons, anti-personnel landmines and cluster munitions, are not comprehensively and universally prohibited. The treaty is the first legally-binding international agreement to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons, prohibiting their…

Yulia Putintseva defeats Naomi Osaka for third time, advances to Wimbledon second round

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva, ranked 39th by the World Tennis Association (WTA), defeated world number two player and U.S. and Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka of Japan, 7-6, 6-2, in the first round at Wimbledon. She advanced to the second round, where she will face Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland (WTA rank 81) on July…

KazakhExport to establish, strengthen Kazakh-Chinese business relations through new representative office in China

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s export insurance company will establish and strengthen business relations among Kazakh and Chinese firms through its new representative office in China, reports Inform.kz. “As part of the development programme for Kazakh companies, we planned to open two offices in China,” said KazakhExport Board Chairman Ruslan Iskakov at the recent signing of KazakhExport’s…

GPS tracking technology to prevent cattle loss, raiding in Almaty Region

NUR-SULTAN – Cattle in the Almaty Region are being tracked by Global Positioning System (GPS) as part of a $700,000 pilot project developed by South Korean companies Lives’Talk and Samsung Electronics and supported by Kazakh Invest. A GPS device costs less than $300 and consists of three transmitters and waterproof collars and a receiver for…

Kazakh physicists to participate in European Organisation for Nuclear Research projects

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh nuclear physicists, engineers and students will soon be able to participate in European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) scientific experiments and internships at CERN facilities, said Kazakh Minister of Energy Kanat Bozumbayev at a June 19 Kazakh Mazhilis (lower house of Parliament) plenary session. An agreement between Kazakhstan and CERN regarding scientific…

Kazakh President flies to Arys after deadly explosion at weapons depot, pledges full support to residents and restoration of town

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev visited the town of Arys June 24 shortly after an explosion at an ammunition depot on the same day killed two, injured dozens and resulted in the evacuation of tens of thousands of city residents. The explosion occurred on a military base just outside of Arys. The explosion sent…

Karaganda Region offers opportunities for multiple types of tourism, says deputy akim

NUR-SULTAN – The Karaganda Region’s convenient location, rich historical and cultural heritage, unique architectural monuments and sacred sites make it a unique tourist destination. Its diversity of attractions offer active, recreational, ethnographic and ecological tourism, said Karaganda Region Deputy Akim (Governor) Almas Aidarov at a recent tourism forum in Balkhash, reports Inform.kz. Tourism industry growth…

Nazarbayev University hosts forum on gender issues in Central Asia

NUR-SULTAN – Nazarbayev University’s (NU) First Annual Gender Forum gathered more than 100 researchers, policymakers and practitioners June 13-14 to discuss challenges and changes in gender in Central Asia, reports NU’s press service. Keynote speakers were Korean Institute of Advanced Technology’s Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy Director So Young Kim and Gulnara Ibrayeva,…

Kazakh Healthcare Ministry to set price ceilings for medicine in July

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Ministry of Healthcare will set price ceilings for wholesale and retail drugs in July, reports Primeminister.kz. “Price regulation rules were developed, an order was formed for the maximum wholesale and retail prices according to the procedure established by the legislation and prices will be approved in July,” said Ministry of Healthcare’s…

International investors explore Kazakh investment opportunities at St. Petersburg International Economic Forum

NUR-SULTAN – Investment opportunities in Kazakhstan were presented to foreign companies June 6-8 at Russia’s 2019 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), reports Invest.gov.kz. Since 1997, SPIEF has gathered more than 10,000 heads of state, political leaders, experts and Russian and international chief executives from more than 120 countries every year to discuss global challenges…

Kazakhstan beats San Marino 4:0, ranks third in Euro 2020 Qualifiers

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh national football team defeated the San Marino national football team 4:0 June 11 in the fourth matchday of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Euro 2020 Qualifiers at Astana Arena. Coached by Michael Bílek, football players Islambek Kuat, Maksim Fedin, Gafurzhan Suyumbayev and Bauyrzhan Islamkhan scored goals for Kazakhstan. “Kuat’s…

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev elected Kazakhstan’s president with 70.96 percent of the vote

NUR-SULTAN – Incumbent President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev won Kazakhstan’s June 9 presidential election, receiving 70.96 percent of the vote (6,539,715 votes), said Central Election Commission (CEC) Member Lyazzat Suleimen at a June 10 CEC briefing on election results. With more than 50 percent of the vote, he was recognised as the elected president by the CEC…

Golovkin returns to ring with fourth-round knockout of Rolls

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh professional boxer Gennady Golovkin (GGG) knocked out Canadian Steve Rolls in the fourth round of his June 9 DAZN debut in front of a crowd of 12,357 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. It was Golovkin’s left hook to the top of Rolls’ head, followed by another to the jaw, that…

Turkestan Region to run electric, double-decker tourist buses

NUR-SULTAN – The Turkestan Region government plans to soon launch a fleet of electric powered, double-decker tourist buses, reports the region’s akimat (administration). Double-decker buses, such as the iconic red London bus, have two storeys and are used for sightseeing and commuter transport in Asia, Europe and the United Kingdom. The 12-metre electric buses in…

Kazakhstan accredits 1,013 international observers for presidential election, accreditation concludes

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s Central Election Commission (CEC) has accredited 1,013 international observers, including 866 observers from nine international organisations and 147 observers from 41 foreign countries, to observe Kazakhstan’s June 9 presidential election, said CEC member Zauresh Baimoldina at a June 3 CEC meeting. Eleven observers from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) mission, two…

A’Studio introduces youth to its iconic hits with new musical

NUR-SULTAN – Pop music group A’Studio will premiere the “Soldier of Love” musical at the capital’s Palace of Peace and Harmony Nov. 15, reports the city’s akimat (administration). The musical was written by Yury Korotkov and Alexey Ivashchenko and features A’Studio’s greatest hits “Julia,” “Soldier of Love,” “Unloved” and “Stop, Night.” The plot centres on…

Nur-Sultan celebrates Global Running Day with IAAF Run 24-1

NUR-SULTAN – Approximately 3,000 runners, led by Kazakh track and field athlete Olga Rypakova, participated in a one-mile run in the capital June 2 as part of the second International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Run 24-1 to celebrate Global Running Day, reports the Nur-Sultan Akimat (city administration) press service. The IAAF Run 24-1 and…

Kazakhstan’s national mail carrier launches services to boost e-commerce

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan recently simplified export procedures to boost e-commerce and Kazakhstan’s national mail service, Kazpost, has also launched services to facilitate more e-commerce, said Kazpost Board Chairman Saken Sarsenov in a May 30 interview with Primeminister.kz. Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed a law in April simplifying the process of international customs documents, which will…

Kazakhstan to play in Group B with Finland, Russia, US at 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s national ice hockey team will play in Group B, including the reigning champions Finland, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Switzerland and the United States, at the 2020 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship. The matches will be held at Zurich’s 11,200-seat Hallenstadion May 8-24, reports IIHF.com. The IIHF announced the groups for…

Yulia Putintseva wins first WTA singles title at Nuremberg Cup

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh professional tennis player Yulia Putintseva won her first Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) singles title May 25 at Germany’s Nuremberg Cup, reports Wtatennis.com. Top-seeded Putintseva defeated Slovenian professional tennis player Tamara Zidanšek 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in just under two-and-a-half hours. “It is unbelievable, honestly. I enjoyed myself and fought until the end. That’s…

Kazakhstan’s next president will have opportunity to advance country’s ongoing reforms

NUR-SULTAN – Presidential candidates Zhambyl Akhmetbekov, Amirzhan Kossanov, Toleutai Rakhimbekov, Amangeldy Taspikhov, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Sadybek Tugel and Daniya Yespayeva are competing for Kazakhstan’s highest office in the June 9 presidential election, and the candidate elected into office will have to address the most salient economic, social, regional and institutional issues to secure the country’s continued…

Eurasian Dance Festival to showcase international ballet in Nur-Sultan

NUR-SULTAN – Dancers from Berlin, Kiev, Nur-Sultan, Prague, Tokyo and Saint Petersburg will treat audiences to international ballet programmes at the third Eurasian Dance Festival June 4-16 at the capital’s Astana Ballet theatre. The annual festival exposes Kazakh audiences to the world’s dance schools to make ballet, in all its forms, more accessible, and gives…

Kazakhstan’s first female presidential candidate sees mass entrepreneurship as vehicle to improve lives

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s first female presidential candidate is a position that comes with great responsibility and important obligations, said Ak Zhol Democratic Party candidate Daniya Yespayeva May 4 upon being registered as a presidential candidate by the Kazakh Central Election Commission (CEC). Born in Zhaisan village of the Aktobe Region, 58-year-old Yespayeva is a member…

Samruk Kazyna’s privatisation programme to facilitate Kazakh national companies’ IPOs

NUR-SULTAN – Samruk Kazyna Sovereign Wealth Fund developed a privatisation programme to launch the initial public offerings (IPOs) of Kazakhstan’s major national companies and engage foreign investors, said its Assets Management Managing Director Almasadam Satkaliyev May 17 at the 2019 Kazakhstan Global Investment Roundtable (KGIR). Kazatomprom, the world’s largest uranium producer, placed 15 percent of…

Ak Zhol Democratic Party candidate Daniya Yespayeva’s platform addresses business environment, public trust

NUR-SULTAN – The campaign platform of Ak Zhol Democratic Party candidate for president Daniya Yespayeva centres on developing “a market economy, democracy and social justice” in Kazakhstan and identifies three key areas to improve citizens’ well-being. Founded in 2002, the Ak Zhol Democratic Party is a liberal political party with approximately 255,800 party members that…

Kazakh, foreign companies sign $9 billion in deals in Nur-Sultan

NUR-SULTAN – Forty-three agreements worth $8.7 billion were signed between Kazakh and foreign companies in agriculture, trade, mining and metallurgy May 17 at the capital’s 2019 Kazakhstan Global Investment Roundtable (KGIR). The event was organised by the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Kazakh Invest national company. The third annual KGIR, headlined by Kazakh…

Nur-Sultan to host 2021 World Combat Games

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh capital has been chosen to host the 2021 World Combat Games, the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) announced recently. The games usually feature 15 Olympic and non-Olympic sports, such as aikido, boxing, fencing, judo, ju-jitsu, karate, kendo, kickboxing, Muay Thai, pankration, sambo, savate, sumo, taekwondo, wrestling and wushu. The…

New master plan to make Nur-Sultan more pedestrian-friendly

NUR-SULTAN – The capital’s Urban Centre is developing a master plan to make the city more pedestrian-friendly, reports the Nur-Sultan akimat (administration). “Before, the main document for developing the city was a general plan. Today, we have high expectations for the new format, the ‘Master Plan for the City of Nur-Sultan – 2030.’ It is…

Kazakhstan accredits 22 long-term ODIHR observers for June 9 presidential election

NUR-SULTAN – The Central Election Commission (CEC) recently accredited 22 long-term observers from the Election Observation Mission of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to observe Kazakhstan’s June 9 presidential election, said CEC Member Zauresh Baimoldina at a May 13 meeting. Having…

International Finance Corporation investments in Kazakhstan seek to transform stressed assets

NUR-SULTAN – Stressed assets are a strong indicator of the banking system’s health and are thus closely followed around the world, including in Kazakhstan, International Logistics Parks (ILP) Group Managing Director Alibek Arystanov told The Astana Times. “In the United States, investment and insurance funds specialise in identifying banks’ stressed assets, buying them out at…

UK to support Kazakhstan’s development, strengthen relations throughout country’s political transition, says British envoy

NUR-SULTAN – As Kazakhstan enters a new period in its history, the United Kingdom seeks to continue supporting the country’s development and maintaining and strengthening relations, British Ambassador to Kazakhstan Michael Gifford told The Astana Times. Former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev resigned March 19 and President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who stepped in to serve the remainder…

Kazakh communist party nominates Zhambyl Akhmetbekov to run for president

NUR-SULTAN – Communist People’s Party of Kazakhstan (CCPK) unanimously nominated April 26 CCPK Central Committee Secretary and Mazhilis (lower house of Parliament) Deputy Zhambyl Akhmetbekov as the party’s candidate for Kazakhstan’s June 9 presidential election. “Thank you to the congress for placing your confidence in me. I must justify it,” said Akhmetbekov at the 14th…

Nur-Sultan launches effort to attract another year of record foreign direct investment, says city administration

NUR-SULTAN – The Nur-Sultan Akimat (city administration) aims to build last year’s record amount of foreign direct investment (FDI) this year, reports its press service. Nur-Sultan attracted more than three trillion tenge (US$7.91 billion) in FDI last year, a record amount for the city. “Investment growth was achieved through construction [last year],” said Nur-Sultan Akim…

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Astana Comic Con!

NUR-SULTAN – The first Comic Con in Central Asia will gather creators and fans of the vast comic book universe in the capital’s EXPO 2017 Congress Centre May 31-June 2, reports the city akimat (administration). “Comic Con is an annual pop culture festival adored worldwide. These will be three fun days of plunging into the…

Kazakh trade union federation nominates Amangeldy Taspikhov to run for president

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Federation of Trade Unions (KFTU) nominated April 24 Chairman of the Territorial Association of the West Kazakhstan Region’s Trade Unions Amangeldy Taspikhov as its candidate for Kazakhstan’s June 9 presidential election, reported its official website. The KFTU Executive Committee put forward Taspikhov and KFTU Deputy Chairman Mukhtar Tinikeyev as potential nominees…

Golovkin returns to ring June 8 at Madison Square Garden against Rolls

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh professional boxer Gennady Golovkin (GGG) will meet Canadian Steve Rolls at New York City’s Madison Square Garden June 8 to kick off his six-fight deal with subscription video streaming service DAZN, reported DAZN. The 12-round fight will be at a contract weight of 164 pounds. Golovkin, 37, with a 38-1-1 (34 by…

Belgian travel company offers insights, experiences beyond clichés

NUR-SULTAN – The Caravanistan travel company is often the first stop for first-time and experienced travelers seeking visa, transportation, tour, lodging and attractions information about Central Asia. The company provides well-rounded information on all aspects of travel in Kazakhstan and other Central Asian nations. Visitors to their website www.caravanistan.com can also find local tour operators…

Almaty’s Esentai Mall seeks to go tax-free for tourists

NUR-SULTAN – Almaty’s Esentai Mall will be offering a system for value-added tax (VAT) refunds on purchases made by foreign citizens, said marketing director Olga Komissar at an April 15 meeting with journalists, reported Forbes.kz. Kazakhstan’s VAT rate is 12 percent and applies to revenues derived from the sale of goods and services within the…

Key Kazakh sectors see first-quarter growth

NUR-SULTAN – Construction and trade were among the key sectors in Kazakhstan which experienced first-quarter growth, said Kazakh Minister of National Economy Ruslan Dalenov at an April 16 government meeting. January through March, growth was 8.9 percent in construction, 7.2 percent in trade, 4.4 percent in transport, 3.6 percent in agriculture, 3.2 percent in industry…

Athletes to run for charity in annual BI Marathon May 26

NUR-SULTAN – Professional and amateur athletes will run for charity in the capital’s annual BI Marathon May 26, reports the Nur-Sultan Akimat (city administration) press service. The event aims to develop sports in the country, familiarise people with physical education, popularise a healthy lifestyle and support charity and social responsibility. Funds raised from the event…

Content creators to share their experiences at festivals in Nur-Sultan, Aktobe, Shymkent

NUR-SULTAN – The festival The Art of Content will gather storytellers and their audiences at the capital’s Astana Hub April 24-25, Aktobe’s Capital Plaza April 26 and Shymkent’s co-working space Scrum April 27. Every year, online magazine Vlast.kz delivers an event in which audiences are exposed to diverse, high-quality content from leaders in the media…

Television series on Kazakh boxer Bekzat Sattarkhanov to air this spring

NUR-SULTAN – Khabar Agency’s biographical television series “Bekzat,” commemorating the late Kazakh professional boxer Bekzat Sattarkhanov, will air this spring, reports the National Olympic Committee. Filming of the six-episode series recently wrapped up. Its plot centres on the 2000 Summer Olympic Games, and its characters are former International Boxing Association Vice President Beket Makhmutov, former…

Astana Art Show 2019 to kick off June 7

NUR-SULTAN – The capital will once more become a hub for contemporary art during Astana Art Show 2019 at the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation and Palace of Independence June 7-Aug. 10, reports the city akimat (administration) press service. To mark the Year of Youth in Kazakhstan, young artists will attend master classes, meet artists…

Kazakh government to spend nearly $250 million for targeted social assistance in 2019

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Government has provided social assistance for 282,000 people totaling 9.3 billion tenge (US$24.44 million) this year and plans to spend another 83 billion tenge (US$218.12 million) to assist 821,000 more people by year’s end, said Kazakh Minister of Labour and Social Protection Berdybek Saparbayev at an April 9 government meeting. Since…

Nur-Sultan Akimat officials available for prompt responses on social media

NUR-SULTAN – The Nur-Sultan Akimat (city administration) recently published the phone numbers and social media accounts of akims (mayors) of districts and the city akimat’s department heads on its official website so that they may be more accessible to the public. Nur-Sultan Akim (Mayor) Bakhyt Sultanov instructed akims of districts and the city akimat’s department…

Golovkin to make his DAZN debut June 8, opponent to be set

NUR-SULTAN – American professional boxer and “The Contender” winner Brandon Adams chose to fight American professional boxer Jermall Charlo over an offer to face Kazakh professional boxer Gennady Golovkin, reports ESPN.com. Adams and Charlo will fight on American television network Showtime in Houston, Texas June 15. Thirty-six-year-old Golovkin has 38 wins, 34 wins by knockout,…

National aerospace competition opens registration for young innovators

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s secondary school students will soon face off in the national aerospace-themed competition Nazarbayev Fund Schools Challenge – 2019 organised by Air Astana, Cranfield University, the Foundation of the First President, the Ministry of Justice, National Institute of Intellectual Property, Nazarbayev University (NU) and Samruk Kazyna Trust Social Projects Development Fund, reports the…

Astana road mortality rate twice as low in 2018 as in 2017

ASTANA – The capital’s roads are the country’s safest, reports the Astana Akimat (city administration). According to a 2015 World Health Organisation Global Status Report on Road Safety, Kazakhstan’s road mortality rate per 100,000 people per year was 23.2. The rate was 11.5 per 100,000 people per year in 2018, said Astana Akimat Department for…

National Olympic Committee, UNESCO strengthen cooperation to promote Olympic Movement

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s National Olympic Committee and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) will cooperate in promoting sport and physical education in the country, said National Olympic Committee Secretary General Saken Mussaibekov and UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office Head for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan Krista Pikkat at a recent meeting in Almaty’s National…

Golovkin signs six-fight DAZN deal, plans to return to ring in June

ASTANA – For the next three years, Kazakh professional boxer Gennady Golovkin will fight twice a year exclusively on the world’s largest sports streaming platform in a six-fight deal between GGG Promotions and subscription video streaming service DAZN, reports DAZN’s press service. No longer appearing on pay-per-view, the former middleweight world champion’s fights will be…

California native preserves Almaty’s Soviet monumental art through research, advocacy

ASTANA – California native and Kazakh TV’s Discovering Kazakhstan host Dennis Keen has lived in Almaty for six years. It was in his adopted city that Soviet monumental art first caught his eye. Keen, who spoke about the country and its art in an interview with The Astana Times, was just three years old when…

Kazakhstan, Tajikistan to increase airline flight frequency

ASTANA – The number of flights between Kazakhstan and Tajikistan will increase from 18 to 32 per week this year, reports the Kazakh Ministry for Investment and Development’s Civil Aviation Committee press service. The countries’ aviation authorities and representatives from airlines Air Astana, SCAT Airlines, Tajik Air and Somon Air recently signed a protocol and…

Municipal solid waste recycling may partially meet Astana’s energy needs, say Nazarbayev University researchers

ASTANA – Thirty percent of municipal solid waste in the capital has the potential to be recycled and another 10 percent has the potential to be sorted to derive solid fuel for the city’s energy needs, reports the Nazarbayev University press service. Researchers at Nazarbayev University’s School of Engineering and National Laboratory Astana’s Laboratory of…

Galysheva wins gold in moguls at Freestyle Ski World Cup in Almaty

ASTANA – Kazakh professional freestyle skier Yulia Galysheva won a gold medal March 2 in moguls at the 2018-2019 International Ski Federation (FIS, Fédération Internationale de Ski) Freestyle Ski World Cup stage in Almaty, reports the National Olympic Committee press service. She earned first place in the moguls final stage with 79.69 points, followed by…

Nomad Fortress serves as filming location, unique tourist attraction

ASTANA – Nomad Fortress, a medieval-looking site built on the Ili River bank for the 2005 Kazakh historical epic film “Koshpendiler” (Nomad: The Warrior), indulges tourists’ imaginations of a bygone era of steppe warriors. The fortress, located approximately 30 kilometres from Kapchagai city, is not a historic site but, walking through it, visitors feel as…

Documentary screening commemorates Nevada-Semipalatinsk anti-nuclear movement anniversary

ASTANA – Achieving the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) remains a global priority 22 years after its introduction, said speakers at the Feb. 26 film screening and discussion of André Singer’s documentary “Where the Wind Blew” that commemorated the Feb. 28 anniversary of the Nevada-Semipalatinsk International Anti-Nuclear Movement. “Where the Wind…