Articles by Kseniya Voronina

Air Astana Wins Pulkovo Airport Award

ASTANA – Kazakh airline Air Astana was named the most dynamically developing carrier of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) at the Pulkovo Saint Petersburg Airport in its LED Together competition. The sixth annual ceremony LED Together brought together representatives of airlines, tourism and cultural industries of Saint Petersburg and North-West Russia. Pulkovo is the…

eGov.kz Used More Than 40 Million Times in 2016

ASTANA – Kazakh citizens used electronic government services nearly 40 million times in 2016, with the total number of services rendered at 160 million, according to the National Information Technologies company. The most popular services provided by eGov.kz in 2016 included address references, a fact sheet of registrations, creation of charges on real estate and…

Air Astana Named Best Foreign Airline by Sheremetyevo Airport

ASTANA – Air Astana recently won the Sheremetyevo Airport Award for the first time in the category “Best Foreign Airlines – Passenger Choice.” The award was based on votes cast via the airport’s social media, according to the press service of the airline. Sheremetyevo Airport’s SVO Awards was established two years ago to encourage the…

More than 10,000 Vehicles Produced in Kazakhstan in 2016

ASTANA – More than 10,000 vehicles valued at 61.5 billion tenge (US$185 million) were produced in Kazakhstan during the first 11 months of 2016. The government aims to achieve 50-percent localisation in vehicle production and increase the export of Kazakh cars to 40 percent of total production volume by 2018. “Technically, Kazakhstan’s car industry is…

Twenty-Three Major Projects Launch on Industrialisation Day

ASTANA – The presentation of existing facilities and launch of the largest projects as part of the Industrialisation Map programme were held during a Dec. 6 teleconference with the participation of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Twenty-three industrial projects have been launched, including modernised blast furnace number 4 at the ArcelorMittal Temirtau, the second route on the…

Kazakh National Bank Lowers Base Rate to 12 Percent

ASTANA – The National Bank of Kazakhstan has reduced the base interest rate to 12 percent with a corridor of plus or minus 1 percentage points, according to its Chairman Daniyar Akishev. The liquidity provision operations rate is now 13 percent with the liquidity withdrawal operations rate at 11 percent. The Bank lowered the rate…

Finnair to Add Direct Flights from Helsinki to Astana

ASTANA – Finnair, the national flag carrier and largest airline of Finland and member of the Oneworld international alliance, has announced it will offer direct flights from Helsinki to Astana in time for the opening of EXPO 2017. “Adding the Helsinki – Astana route will be a great asset to our growing network for summer…

$63 Million Invested into Almaty’s Leisure Infrastructure this Year

ASTANA – Twenty-two billion tenge (US$63.7 million) was invested in Almaty’s city leisure infrastructure in the first nine months of this year, according to Energy.kz. The biggest investment attractions for the southern capital were real estate operations and trade and transport infrastructure, which make up 51 percent of the city’s entire investment portfolio for nine…

UN Secretary-General Envoy Values Astana Regional Hub’s Work

ASTANA – Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Regional Hub of Civil Service in Astana Alikhan Baimenov recently met with Jorge Chediek, Envoy of the UN Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation to discuss cooperating in the field of public service, according to the press service of the Regional Hub of Civil Service in Astana. During…

Up to 800,000 Containers to Be Shipped from China to Europe through Kazakhstan by 2020

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is working to increase the volume of container shipments along the Western Europe – Western China route and through the country’s territory. Up to 800,000 containers are to pass through Kazakhstan in 2020, Kazakhstan’s Minister of Investment and Development Zhenis Kassymbek announced at a Nov. 1 government meeting. Kazakhstan’s Ministry of National…