Articles by AIDANA YERGALIYEVA

Famous Skaters Perform on Kazakhstan’s Lakes to Popularize Internal Tourism (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh professional figure skaters Elizabet Tursynbayeva and Kseniya Pankratova recently went viral on the Kazakh internet with their stunning performances on the frozen lakes of Kazakhstan. Tursynbayeva awed her instagram audience with a gentle dance on a lake in the Burabai district. She performed her dance to the accompaniment of a song titled…

Kazakh President Proposes to Reduce Threshold for Political Parties, Sets Priorities for 2021

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev proposed further political modernization and outlined his 2021 priorities for the Kazakh Parliament and government at the Dec. 15 opening of the first session of the Parliament of the seventh convocation. At the end of the last parliamentary elections, two Kazakh political parties were just a few percent away…

Kazakhstan to Manufacture Advanced Farm Technologies, Develop Sustainable Agriculture in Central Asia

NUR-SULTAN – The Valley Irrigation, a US-based global leader in irrigation technologies, inked an investment agreement with the Kusto Group, a Kazakhstan-based diversified international holding company, and the Kazakh Agriculture Ministry at a Jan. 12 video conference, primeminister.kz reported. Valmont Industries, which owns Valley Irrigation, has been in the field since 1954 and holds nearly…

International Observers Report Efficient Organization, Thorough Compliance With Democratic Norms During Kazakh Parliamentary Elections

NUR-SULTAN – International observation mission heads and delegates summed up their observations and recommendations on voting procedure and citizen participation in the Jan. 10 Kazakhstan’s parliamentary election at the Jan. 11 press briefings in Nur-Sultan. Similar to observers from foreign states, observation missions from the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), the Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic-Speaking Countries…

Majilis Elections: Foreign Observers Impressed By High Level of Preparedness at Polling Stations

NUR-SULTAN – Foreign observers reported high levels of preparedness at the polling stations and their compliance with democratic best practices during the Jan. 10 press briefings in Nur-Sultan. The Kazakh Central Election Commission accredited 398 foreign observers, of which 76 were from 31 foreign countries and 322 from ten international organizations. As the polling stations…

Top Pundits Share Insights, Commentary on Latest Parliamentary Elections in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh political analysts and experts commented on the progress and development of the Kazakh political environment, political competition and forecasts on the Jan. 10 regular parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan at a Jan. 8 press briefing. “The political system in Kazakhstan is developing into a stable political environment which is characterized by a multi-party…

Kazakh Central Election Commission Produces Explanatory Work on Electoral Legislation in Response to Numerous Appeals

NUR-SULTAN – As of Jan. 8, the Kazakh Central Election Commission (CEC) has received 104 appeals from individuals, legal entities, and press since the Oct. 21 announcement of the parliamentary elections. Most of the appeals requested clarification of the electoral legislation, the rest asked for information on electoral processes, offers, statements, among other issues. The…

Kazakhstan Expects Large Foreign Banks To Enter Kazakh Market, Eases Registration Procedures

NUR-SULTAN – Foreign banks will be able to open branches in Kazakhstan by submitting a single, simplified application. Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed a law on the restoration of economic growth, which included amendments regarding registration procedures of foreign banks on Jan. 2, the press service of the Kazakh Agency for Regulation and Development of…

Kazakh Central Election Commission Organizes 5,180 Training Events For Election Commission Members

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Central Election Commission (CEC) held 5,180 training events for election commission members and other participants integral to the electoral process during the campaign for the upcoming parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan, CEC Secretary Sabila Mustafina announced at a Jan. 5 CEC meeting. The CEC held the training in two stages – at…

Kazakhstan Registers 398 Foreign Observers for Upcoming Parliamentary Elections, Accreditation Wraps Up

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Central Election Commission (CEC) accredited a total of 398 foreign observers ahead of Kazakhstan’s Jan.10 parliamentary elections, CEC member Anastasia Schegortsova reported at the Jan. 4 commission meeting. The list included 322 observers from ten international organizations and 76 from 31 foreign countries. More than half of the observers from international…

Televised Debates in Kazakhstan: Kazakh Political Party Leaders Propose Measures to Improve Economy

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh political party leaders debated on Dec. 30 live on air on the Khabar national television channel with seats in the Majilis (lower house of the Parliament) at stake. The citizens watched the pre-election debates live unlike the last debates in 2016 that were pre-recorded. The televised pre-election debates featured the speeches…

Kazakhstan in 2020: A Collective Effort to Fight COVID-19

NUR-SULTAN – At the end of 2020, Kazakhstan’s epidemiological situation has become less stable along with many countries similarly affected worldwide in the run up to the New Year holidays. Yet the common effort of the government, citizens, and international cooperation helped to hold the situation under control. As of Dec. 28, Kazakhstan confirmed 152,460…

Kazakh Singers Perform Famous Disney Songs in Kazakh Language (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – ASTANA TV channel premiered the Zhuldyzdar Sherui (The March of the Stars) cinematic concert featuring songs from Disney animated films in Kazakh on Dec. 27. This is the third licensed cinema concert that the Bolashak (Future) Corporate Fund organized in partnership with the Disney company in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States…

Kazakh Capital Reopens Cinemas, Lifts Some Corona Restrictions on New Year’s Eve Holidays

NUR-SULTAN – Nur-Sultan Chief State Sanitary Doctor Zhanna Pralieva signed a Dec. 24 decree that allowed for the work of the capital’s cinemas and extended the working hours of supermarkets and restaurants to restock and prevent overcrowding during the week before the New Year holidays. The cinemas were out of work since mid-March in Kazakhstan.…

Kazakhstan Sends 100 Domestically Made Mechanical Ventilators to Tajikistan

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan sent 100 sets of Kokchetav-4P mobile mechanical ventilators as humanitarian aid on Dec. 22 to Tajikistan, the Kazakh Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development press service reported. The ministry sent humanitarian aid to Tajikistan as part of the Dec. 10 Kazakh government resolution and on a presidential order. The Tynys (Breathing) plant,…

Kazakh Central Election Commission Registers Assembly of People of Kazakhstan’s Nominees to Majilis Deputy Group

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Central Election Commission (CEC) discussed the registration, ballots, and expenses for Majilis (a lower house of the Kazakh Parliament) deputies nominated by the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan (APK) Council during the Dec. 24 commission meeting. The commission scheduled the elections of the APK deputy group, the assembly-nominated Majilis deputies, on…

WOMANi 2020 Annual Report Ranks Six Kazakh Professionals Among Most Influential Women In Islamic Business and Finance

NUR-SULTAN – The Cambridge International Financial Advisory (IFA) Board placed six Kazakh finance professionals in its WOMANi 2020 annual report, which features the 300 most influential women in Islamic business and finance. Madina Tukulova, Kuralay Yeldesbay, Gulnara Mukhanova, Alfiya Salikhova, Aigerim Marsali, and Aizhan Kuanysh – all made it to the top of the report.…

Astana Hub Introduces Ten Best Kazakh IT Startups of 2020

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana Hub, the Kazakh international technopark of IT startups, presented their annual rating of the ten best national IT startups. The technopark ranked the startups based on their market assessment, problem solving, innovativeness, go-to-market strategy, growth rate, and business development, teams, and social importance. The OrionM2M startup team led the list with…

Kazakh Central Election Commission Accredits 190 Foreign Observers, Discusses Voter Lists Procedure

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Central Election Commission (CEC) accredited 190 foreign observers and reported on the explanatory works regarding voter lists procedures to the upcoming regular parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan during the Dec. 22 commission’s meeting. As of Dec. 22, the CEC has accredited 276 international observers since the Oct. 22 opening of the Institute…

UNESCO Lists Kazakh Togyz Kumalak Board Game On Its Intangible Cultural Heritage List

NUR-SULTAN – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) decided to include Togyz kumalak (nine stones), a Turkic strategy board game, in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Humanity on Dec. 17, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry press service reported. The UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the ICH…

Kazakhstan Begins Vaccinating 3,000 Volunteers With Self-Made QazCovid-in

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Research Institute for Biological Safety Problems (RIBSP) began the third phase of clinical trials of QazCovid-in, the Kazakh inactivated vaccine on Dec. 19. The third phase presumes the vaccination of 3,000 volunteers. RIBSP vaccinated its first volunteers at clinics in Almaty and Taraz. The institute will complete the third phase by…

Kazakh Ecology Ministry Backs Kazakh Public in Moving Hotel Construction Further Away From Bozzhyra Gorge

NUR-SULTAN – The investors in a new hotel construction project in the Bozzhyra Gorge will move the construction site to the outer territory of the Zhabaiushkan reserve in the Mangystau Region, announced Magzum Mirzagaliev, the Kazakh Ministry of Ecology, Geology, and Natural Resources, on his twitter page. Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev instructed the Kazakh government…

Kazakh Post-Soviet Manufacturing Proves Its Resilience, Quick to Adapt to New Market Realities

NUR-SULTAN – The manufacturing industry was among Kazakhstan’s key growth sectors since achieving independence in the 1990s. Kazakhstan’s industrialization agenda gave rise to thousands of new modern high-tech industries creating jobs and new products. Kazakhstan expects the industry to keep pace during the coming years and revitalize the economy. Since 2000, the production volume of…

Kazakh Citizens Celebrate Independence Day By Proudly Displaying National Flag

NUR-SULTAN – The quarantine measures associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have canceled many of the festivities around celebrating Kazakhstan’s main state holiday – Independence Day on Dec. 16. Kazakhs still found ways to express and honor the long-awaited independence by proudly displaying the Kazakh national flag on their balconies, on their social media pages, among…

Kazakh Central Election Commission Chooses Khabar Channel To Stream Parliamentary Election TV Debates, Clarifies Absentee Certificates

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Central Election Commission (CEC) discussed the terms around pre-election televised debates and absentee certificates ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections during a Nov. 15 CEC meeting. The CEC scheduled the pre-election debates on Dec. 30.  The commission adopted a resolution to conduct a television debate on the Khabar national TV channel…

Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan Nominates Nine Candidates For Deputy Group in Majilis

NUR-SULTAN – The Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan (APK) nominated nine candidates for its deputy group in Majilis (lower house of Parliament) during the Dec. 11 APK council meeting, the press service of the assembly reported. Since 2007, the APK has had the right to appoint a deputy group of nine people that represents…

Pop Star Dimash’s Digital Show Tickets Go on Sale

NUR-SULTAN – The tickets for the Jan. 16 Dimash Digital Show went on sale recently, Dimash News reported. This will be the first concert during the pandemic of world-famous Kazakh singer Dimash Kudaibergen. The virtual format makes the concert truly global as anyone can get a ticket to watch Kudaibergen perform live on the Tixr…

Kazakh Central Election Commission Sums Up Registration of Party Lists to Maslikhat Elections

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Central Election Commission (CEC) summed up the results of the nomination and registration of party lists of candidates for deputies of the maslikhats (local representative bodies) during the Dec. 11 meeting of the commission. The nomination, confirmation and registration of party lists took place for maslikhat deputy elections from Nov. 10…

Kazakh Political Parties Begin Their Campaigns As Elections Kick Off

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh political parties were off to the races at 6 p.m. on Dec. 10 working on their pre-election campaigns. The campaign period will last until 12 a.m. sharp on Jan. 9. Nur Otan, the Kazakhstan’s ruling party, gathered Dec. 10 in their first meeting to discuss their pre-election campaign. The party plans…

Kazakh Animated Movie ‘Muzbalak’ Wins Best Animated Film Awards at International Film Festivals in Sweden, India

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakhfilm studio’s full-length animated film titled “Muzbalak” recently won the nomination of the Best Animation Film at two international film festivals – the Swedish Stockholm Film & Television Festival and the Indian Golden Bee international children’s film festival, the Kazakhfilm studio reported on their instagram page. “Muzbalak” narrates the story of a…

Kazakh Central Election Commission Finalizes Party Lists, Welcomes Foreign Observers

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Central Election Commission (CEC) summed up the results of the nomination and registration of the official party lists, and addressed appeals from public organizations on the foreign observers of the upcoming parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan during a Dec. 10 commission meeting. The nomination process lasted through Nov. 10-30. The CEC registered…

FDI to Central Asia Reached 378.2 billion Over Past 13 years

NUR-SULTAN – The Central Asian region has been swiftly developing between 2007 and 2019 thanks to foreign direct investments (FDI), the gross inflow of which totaled $378.2 billion. The countries of the European Union (EU) invested 40 percent of total FDI in Central Asia, energyprom.kz reported. A significant part of them fell on the development…

Kazakh Central Election Commission Registers Delegate List of People’s Party, Accredits 62 International Observers

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Central Election Commission (CEC) adopted a resolution to register the People’s Party of Kazakhstan and delivered an update on the registration status of foreign observers to the upcoming parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan during the Dec. 7 commission’s meeting. The People’s Party of Kazakhstan presented a party list of 114 people Nov.…

EDB Forecasts Kazakhstan To Recover First Among Post-Soviet countries

NUR-SULTAN – Analysts at the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) projected a 3.2 percent increase in the aggregate gross domestic product (GDP) of its member countries in 2021, after 3.8 percent drop in 2020. The forecast assumes that the COVID-19 spread will slow down and countries globally will lift restrictions in the first half of 2021.…

Golovkin To Return To Ring, Defend His Title For 21st Time (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – English DAZN sports streaming service recently presented a promo video about Kazakh middleweight boxer Gennady Golovkin also known by his nickname GGG or Triple G. This is a promo for Golovkin’s upcoming fight against Polish professional boxer Kamil Szeremeta on Dec. 18. For Golovkin, it’s a chance to make the 21st successful title…

Nur-Sultan’s Annual Christmas Charity Bazaar Forced By Covid to Close, Become a Charity Drive Instead

NUR-SULTAN – The Ambassadors Spouses Association in Kazakhstan (ASA) in Kazakhstan has been organizing Christmas Charity Bazaars for the past twelve years. These events used to gather thousands of people each year. This year the association introduced the ASA Charity Drive 2020 to replace the old format and continue spreading the spirit of goodwill despite…

Kazakh Central Election Commission Confirms Party Lists, Adopts Resolution on Foreign Observers

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Central Election Commission (CEC) has adopted resolutions on the registration of the party lists of the Adal (Honest) political party and the Ak Zhol (White Way) Democratic Party at the upcoming parliamentary elections during the Dec. 4 meeting of the commission. The commission also adopted a resolution that clarifies the rights…

Astana Ballet To Premiere ‘Sultan Beibars,’ Debuts First TV Ballet In Kazakhstan (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana Ballet theater is set to premiere “Sultan Beibars” Dec. 4-5 in Nur-Sultan. According to the creative team behind the ballet, “Sultan Beibars” is an important piece of history for Kazakhs and a new milestone in Kazakh ballet history as it introduces a new genre for Kazakhstan, the television ballet. Sultan Beibars…

Kazakhstan Is Determined To Have Fair, Transparent Parliamentary Elections, Says Kazakh President

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan will run deputy elections for the Majilis (a lower house of the Kazakh Parliament) and the Maslikhats (local representative bodies) on Jan. 10, 2021. Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev stressed that the elections will be fair and transparent during the Dec. 2 virtual session of the council for the Collective Security Treaty Organization…

Kazakh National Commission For UNESCO and ISESCO Summarizes 2020 Achievements

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) summed up the results of 2020 during the Nov. 27 virtual regular meeting, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry’s press service reported. The commission revised the results of its thematic committees, clubs, and…

Young Kazakh Singer Wins Silver With Special Song Dedicated to Deceased Father At Junior Eurovision 2020 (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – Rising young Kazakh signer Karakat Bashanova, 12, won second place at the 2020 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Bashanova captivated millions of viewers with her spectacular and emotional performance of the song titled “Forever” that she dedicated to her deceased father. “When I met the composer. I found the courage to tell him that…

Kazakhstan Reaffirms Commitment to Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Yerzhan Ashikbayev reaffirmed Kazakhstan’s commitment to supporting the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia during the Nov. 26 high-level virtual meeting discussing the results of the United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP’s) violent extremism prevention project in Central Asia. He also stressed the importance of promoting the Code of…

Kazakh National Aitys Contest: Impromptu Poets Mark Abai’s Anniversary (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – One of the core forms of entertainment for Kazakhs from times immemorial was something called the Akyndar Aitysy, which is a contest of improvised oral poetry spoken or sung to the accompaniment of traditional musical instruments. Since Kazakhstan’s independence, the Kazakh government has revived the ancient tradition and brought them to the national…

South Korean Experts Consult Kazakhstan’s Denuclearization Experience to Form Own Strategies in Central Asia 

NUR-SULTAN – The South Korean Embassy in Kazakhstan has organized a Nov. 25 webinar to discuss the security situation on the Korean Peninsula and Kazakhstan’s experience in nuclear disarmament. The South Korean experts stressed the value of Kazakhstan’s experience in voluntarily renouncing its nuclear potential. Cheon Myeong Guk, a research fellow at the Korea Institute…

Majilis and Foreign Parliamentary Guests Commend Nazarbayev’s Role in Developing Modern Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – The Majilis (a lower house of the Kazakh Parliament) organized a Nov. 26 International Parliamentary Conference dedicated to the Day of Kazakhstan’s First President in Nur-Sultan. The participants commended the role of Kazakhstan’s First President Nursultan Nazarbayev in the formation and development of parliamentarism in Kazakhstan. The representatives of the parliaments of Vietnam,…

Kazakh Foreign Minister Participates In 13th Central Asia – South Korea Cooperation Forum 

NUR-SULTAN – A Kazakh delegation led by Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi met with their South Korean and Central Asian counterparts to discuss the possibility of cooperation in the area of improving healthcare, distance education, standardization, and the environment during the Nov. 25 13th meeting of the Central Asia – Republic of Korea Cooperation Forum in…

Second Day of Kazakh Civil Forum Week Begins: Participants Discuss Ways to Better Communicate With Youth

NUR-SULTAN – Members of the Presidential youth reserve discussed approaches by the Kazakh government that could help in reaching out to young people and getting them involved in Kazakhstan’s development at the Millenials and Social Change discussion panel on the second day of the Nov. 23-27 ninth Civil Forum in Nur-Sultan. The Kazakh government should…

Kazakh Information Ministry Gives Green Light  To Ninth Civil Forum

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Ministry of Information and Public Development gave start to the ninth Civil Forum week on Nov. 23 in Nur-Sultan. The forum will offer 12 virtual meetings between heads of ministries and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The forum will last through Nov. 27. The forum is themed “Society and the State:…

Taurus Goes To ‘Tomiris!’ Nomad Stunts Wins Industry Oscar For Excellence in Stunts

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Nomad Stunts founder, director and performer Zhaidarbek Kunguzhinov received the US Taurus World Stunt Award for best action in a foreign film, Nomad Stunts said in a facebook post. The Taurus is an equivalent to an Oscar award for stunt performers. This is a historical moment for the Kazakh movie industry…

Kazakhstan Trains Fifth Peacekeeping Unit For UN Mission in Lebanon

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan plans to deploy another unit of 120 Kazakh peacekeepers for a six-month UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon. The Kazakh soldiers will join the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) to patrol a 16-kilometer section of the Lebanese-Israeli border in February of 2021, Channel One Eurasia reported. The Kazakh contingent will serve…

Kazakh Singer Dimash Kudaibergen Inspires Foreign Vocalists, Composers To New Musical Heights

 NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh pop singer Dimash Kudaibergen’s voice touches the souls of millions around the world. Professional vocalists translate and cover his songs, while Russian composers gladly gift him new ones. Talented Chilean vocalist Jonathan Donoso, 32, has been creating covers for the singer’s songs for more than a year. Donoso has been following Kudaibergen’s…

Kazakh Central Election Commission Accredits 29 Foreign Observers, Registers Two Newly Rebranded Parties

NUR-SULTAN —  The Kazakh Central Election Commission (CEC) commented on the status of accreditation of foreign observers to deputy elections in the Majilis (lower chamber of Parliament) and the Maslikhats (local representative body) during the Nov. 20 virtual meeting of the commission. The commission scheduled the election for Jan. 10, 2021. As of Nov. 20,…

G-Global To Introduce Global Silk Road Prize, Create Permanent Organizing Committee

NUR-SULTAN —  The G-Global International Secretariat announced the introduction of the Global Silk Road Prize to the agenda of 2021 G-Global and proposed to create a permanent organizing committee for the congress during the Nov. 19 virtual plenary session of the 2020 G-Global. 21st Century international congress. The proceedings started Nov. 18.  The G-Global congress…

Lonely Planet Travel Guide Highlights Kazakhstan As 2021 Travel Destination With Best Authentic Accommodation

NUR-SULTAN – The Australian-based Lonely Planet travel guide book listed Kazakhstan among its 2021 Best in Travel destinations. The travel giant also placed Central Asia at the top of 2020 Best in Travel regions in January. The list usually includes the Best in Travel cities, countries, and regions. The 2021 travel guide split the single…

Kazakhstan To Supply Kyrgyzstan With 400 Medical Ventilators, 2 Million Masks

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan will provide Kyrgyzstan with 400 sets of mobile medical ventilators for intensive care units and two million medical masks produced at Kazakh enterprises, the prime minister’s press service reported. The Kazakh government will render humanitarian assistance on behalf of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev as part of the fight against coronavirus, the press…

Kazakh FM Stresses Kazakhstan’s Commitment To Establishing Interfaith Dialogue

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi participated in the Nov. 16-17 third Ministerial Conference to Advance Religious Freedom, the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign affairs press service reported. Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau and US State Secretary Mike Pompeo co-chaired the videoconference. Tileuberdi stressed Kazakhstan’s efforts in ensuring religious freedom of citizens, as well as…

Dimash Kudaibergen Shares Glimpse Into His Personal Life With Muz TV

NUR-SULTAN – World-famous Kazakh singer Dimash Kudaibergen spoke about his childhood, the aftereffect of fame, day-to-day life, his creative team, his music, and his future in an interview with the Muz-TV channel general director Arman Davletyarov. While many people jump from occupation to occupation interchangeably throughout their lives, Kudaibergen knew that he wanted to pursue…

Kazakhstan Substantially Lowers Its Vulnerability To Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing

NUR-SULTAN – The annual report of the 2020 Basel AML Index ranked Kazakhstan 73rd among 141 countries in terms of the level of risk in the area of illegal money laundering and terrorist financing (ML/TF). This is a significant improvement for Kazakhstan as it jumped up by 45 points compared to its 2019 ranking. This…

Kazakh Animators To Produce Cartoons About Kazakh Culture, Promote Them On Netflix, ivi

NUR-SULTAN – Although quarantine restrictions paralyzed the Kazakh cinema industry for months, the industry has recently started to revive. Kazakh animators have high ambitions and confidence in streaming their cartoons on the world’s biggest streaming entertainment services such as Netflix, ivi, and Amediateka. In July, the Kazakh National Cinema Support Center approved funding of 1.1…

Ancient Kazakh Board Game Gains Popularity Among Top Intellectual Schools Students

NUR-SULTAN – The students of Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools (NIS) all over Kazakhstan have recently got the hang of Togyz Kumalak (nine stones). It is an ancient two-player strategy board game that is played in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Scientists estimate that the game might date back 4,000 years ago. Kyrgyzstan even included it in its program…

Turkish Business Circles To Invest $160 Million Into Kazakh Economy

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh government and Turkish business circles signed five preliminary agreements on a number of projects worth $160 million during the Nov. 9 Kazakh government’s visit to Istanbul, Kazakh Invest reported. The parties expect to begin new investment projects in infrastructure, machinery building, food processing, and woodworking by the end of 2020. The…

Nur Otan Maslikhat Party Lists Get Younger Delegates, Multiple Female Representatives

NUR-SULTAN – Nur Otan, Kazakhstan’s ruling party, with branches in Shymkent, and Almaty finalized party lists for their maslikhats (local representative bodies) and party lists of candidates for the Majilis (lower chamber of Parliament) during the Nov. 10-11 extraordinary conferences. The Shymkent and Almaty maslikhats selected 60 and 78 candidates, respectively, depending on their branch…

Kazakh Economy Records Growth in Real Sector, Says Economy Minister

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh government summed up social-economic development from January to October during the Nov. 10 government meeting. The real sector of the economy demonstrated growth dynamics in almost all sectors despite the global slowdown, said Minister of National Economy Ruslan Dalenov. The Kazakh economy observed the biggest growth in its automotive industry, which…

Turkish Manufacturer MFA Mask to Build Plant Worth $9 Million in Nur-Sultan

NUR-SULTAN  – MFA Mask, one of the largest Turkish respiratory masks manufacturers, will build a plant producing respiratory masks on the territory of Astana – in the New City special economic zone (SEZ) in Nur-Sultan. The project will cost approximately $9.3 million. The enterprise will produce respirators of the FFP2 and FFP3 class, gas masks,…

Kazakh Student Orchestra Brings Kazakh Sound to Famous Songs, Instills Love to National Compositions (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – Before the pandemic, Nazarbayev University students and faculty would book the biggest 1,000 seat-capacity hall in the first three minutes when tickets went on sale – all to listen to the NU Orchestra covering famous songs with classical and Kazakh national instruments. The orchestra always sandwiches popular modern themes such as the one…

Kazakh Hyperrealist Sculptor Creates Silicone Rubber Dummy of Abai

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh self-taught hyperrealist sculptor Aidos Yesmagambetov created a realistic sculpture of Kazakh poet and philosopher Abai Kunanbayev to commemorate his 175th anniversary. The sculpture has even the tiniest details such as blood vessels in the eyes and hairs on the hands. According to Yesmagambetov, the sculpture is “the result of four months of…

International Community Expresses Interest In Kazakhstan’s Experience With Jusan Operation

NUR-SULTAN – The international community has again expressed interest in Kazakhstan’s experience in the rehabilitation and adaptation of believers who have suffered from radical ideologies, according to zakon.kz Alim Shaumetov, the director of the Aqniet information-propaganda and rehabilitation center, spoke about Kazakhstan’s experience at a recent virtual conference with diplomats from more than 30 foreign…

Kazakhstan Finalizes Plan to Restore Native Turanian Tigers In Ile-Balkhash Region

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Ministry of Ecology, Geology, and Natural Resources finalized the restoration plan for Turanian tigers in Central Asia, the ministry’s press service reported. The ministry designated a 15-year long program for the restoration of a tiger in the southern shore of the Balkhash Lake and the region of the Ili River delta.…

Kazakhstan To Tap Into Vast Potential In Developing Organic Agriculture

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan has ample opportunities to develop the country’s own organic agriculture, said Kazakh Minister of Agriculture Saparkhan Omarov at the Nov. 3 virtual meeting of the 32nd session of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO’s) regional conference, the ministry’s press service reported. Kazakhstan will focus efforts on improving product quality, as well as…

ATP 250 Astana Open Tennis Tournament Participants Bring Their Best With Intense Matches

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s first ATP 250 Astana Open Tennis tournament ended Nov. 1 at the National Tennis Center in Nur-Sultan. The pandemic cut down the tournament draw, which made the participation in Astana Open a lucky opportunity to gain additional points in the rankings. The contestants played long and intense games. Australian tennis player John…

Kazakhstan Leads in Post-Soviet Space in Security Rating, Strives For More Improvement

NUR-SULTAN – The Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP) placed Kazakhstan 70th in the Global Peace Index (GPI) ranking, the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness, inform.kz reported. “Kazakhstan entered the list of states with a fairly reliable level of security, taking 70th place out of 163. Kazakhstan according to these findings came out on…

Kasteyev Museum To Put On Fourth International Doll Expo Dedicated to Fairytale Heroes

NUR-SULTAN – The fourth international Vmeste Navsegda (Together Forever) exhibition of art dolls will showcase 100 art dolls depicting mystical creatures and heroes of Kazakh, Russian, and the world’s tales and legends. Fifty Kazakh doll artists and 20 foreign artists from France, Belarus, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia will gather in Almaty. The works of both…

Two Kazakh Nature Parks Join UNESCO’S World Network of Biosphere Reserves

NUR-SULTAN — The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO’s) Man and the Biosphere (MAB) program added the Almaty and West Altai natural reserves to 25 new sites part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. The International Co-ordinating Council of UNESCO’s MAB approved the additions during a virtual meeting Oct. 27-28, the UNESCO…

Kazakh President Praises South Korea’s Northern Policy Progress

NUR-SULTAN — Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev praised the South Korean government’s Northern Policy program during the Oct. 30 video address at the International Forum for Northern Economic Cooperation 2020 in Seoul, the Akorda press service reported. The 2020 forum theme is Global сhanges after COVID-19 and the Future of Northern Economic Cooperation. The Korean trade…

Kazakhstan Plans to Launch Electric Car Production by 2021

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin recently reviewed a few models of domestically produced electric vehicles, including electric busses, at the National Automobile Pavilion in Nur-Sultan. The prime minister reviewed electric crossovers of Chinese brands: the JAC (IEVS4, IEV7S), and NIO (ES6, ES8). The Association of the Kazakhstan AutoBusiness (AKAB) President Andrey Lavrentiev and…

Astana Opera Conductor Astonishes Kazakh Audiences with New Art Form

NUR-SULTAN – Alan Buribayev, the principal conductor of the Astana Opera house, blew away Nur-Sultan’s audience with the opera and symphony concert titled “Molière, Voltaire, and Beaumarchais, or the Fathers of the French Comedy” on Oct. 17 and 18 in Nur-Sultan. The audience gave standing ovations, the Astana Opera press service reported. “The maestro once…

British All-Party Parliamentary Group for Kazakhstan Celebrates 5th Anniversary

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Embassy in the U.K. celebrated the fifth anniversary of the establishment of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Kazakhstan with an Oct. 19 celebratory virtual event. The British Parliament first registered the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Kazakhstan in the autumn of 2015 to develop inter-parliamentary dialogue. Representatives of the group are…

Kazakhstan Completes Pilot Canal Project in Turkestan, Says Ecology Minister

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan completed a pilot project for the digitization of a canal in the Maktaaral district of the Turkestan Region, which significantly reduced water consumption in the region, Kazakh Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources Magzum Mirzagaliyev said in an Oct. 20 report to Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. “The process of providing water…

Kazakhstan Increases Gasoline Exports During Lockdown To Compensate For Low Domestic Demand

NUR-SULTAN — Over the first eight months of 2020, the Kazakh petroleum producing companies exported 362,100 tons of motor gasoline worth $125.6 million compared to only 6,300 tons in the same period in 2019, reported energyprom.kz. Kazakhstan exported 103,300 tons of gasoline worth $36.7 million to the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States. The…

Abu Nasr Al-Farabi’s 1150th Anniversary Celebrations Wrap Up in Almaty

NUR-SULTAN – The Al-Farabi International Center in Almaty gathered leading national Farabi scholars to the closing event of the 1150th anniversary of medieval philosopher and scientist Abu Nasr Al-Farabi on Oct. 16. Abu Nasr Al-Farabi is a figure equally important to the west as he is important in Kazakhstan and other Turkic countries. Jewish medieval…

Semei Begins Implementing 2025 Socio-Economic Development Plan

NUR-SULTAN – Semei has begun to implement the 2025 comprehensive plan of socio-economic development, reported Kazakh Prime Minister’s press service. In October of 2019, the Kazakh government allocated 260.2 billion tenge (US$606.00 million) to complete 56 projects in the city. Semei’s renovations began with the housing and social facilities. In 2020, the government commissioned seven…

Abai’s Legacy About to Be Brought to Japanese Audience (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh cultural diplomacy continues to make great strides with the 175th anniversary of Kazakh poet and philosopher Abai Kunanbayev. Japanese readers can now get a closer connection with Kazakh culture in their native language through books on Abai’s works at national libraries and educational institutions in Japan. The Kazakh Embassy in Japan presented…

Kazakh Archaeologists Discover Artifacts With Potential to Rewrite Entire History of Golden Horde

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh scientists have recently found archaeological artifacts that can complete or rewrite the established history on the Kazakh Khanate. The excavation complex in the North Kazakhstan Region just 300 kilometers away from Nur-Sultan can become “a new political and cultural center,” the region’s Deputy Akim (Governor) Gani Nygymetov said in a facebook post.…

Central Asia + Russia Foreign Ministers Reaffirm Commitment to Strengthen Interstate Relations

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Russia reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen interstate relations and ensure sustainable growth in the region during the Oct. 15  Central Asia + Russia virtual ministerial meeting, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry’s press service reported. This is the third meeting of the heads of the foreign affairs agencies. The…

Kazakhstan Ranks 53rd in Health Care Index, First in Post-Soviet Space

NUR-SULTAN – Numbeo, a crowd-sourced global database, placed Kazakhstan 53rd in the health care index ranking among 93 countries’ mid-year results. The rating calculated an index for health care quality based on online surveys about the overall quality of the health care system, health care professionals, equipment, staff, doctors, and cost among other factors. Kazakhstan…

Pavlodar Region Akimat and Halyk Bank Launch Unique Lending Program For Young Entrepreneurs

NUR-SULTAN – Halyk Bank and the Pavlodar Region Akimat (local administration) launched Zhas-Halyk.Ertis, a special lending program to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Pavlodar Region and to mitigate the consequences of the strict quarantine regime, the akimat’s press service reported. The young entrepreneurs, all aged 21 to 30, can get a loan…

Kazakhstan, UAE Ink $6.1 Billion Agreement to Develop 21 Joint Projects

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh government’s delegation headed by Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin signed a $6.1 billion agreement on investment cooperation with the Emirati government during their Oct. 12 working trip to Abu Dhabi. The document envisages the implementation of 21 projects. Kazakhstan proposed projects that will create new industries with high added value and…

Kazakh PM Proposes New Set of Initiatives To Increase EAEU Competitiveness

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin proposed a number of initiatives on strengthening the competitiveness of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), in an Oct. 9 offline meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council (EIC) in Yerevan, Armenia. To ensure the effective functioning of free markets, Mamin proposed to form a tax and customs space in…

Kazakh Government Adopts Comprehensive Plan Through 2025 To Develop Domestic Pharmaceutical Industry

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh government has adopted a Comprehensive Plan for the Development of the Pharmaceutical Industry through 2025 in a Sept. 6 government meeting. As part of the plan, the government will launch more than 30 new large pharmaceutical industries for 77.8 billion tenge (US$181.64 million). The projects will double the medicine production to…

Kazakhstan Introduces Ban On Gifts To Civil Servants To Reduce Corruption

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed a law amending the work of civil servants on Oct. 6, the Akorda press service reported. The amendment introduced a complete ban on gifts, material rewards, and services of any value to civil servants and their families for actions in favor of the donor. The anti-corruption legislation also…

Nazarbayev Publishes Article On Abai’s Influence On His Own Life and In Shaping Contemporary Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s First President Nursultan Nazarbayev wrote an article titled the “Spiritual Legacy of Abai” on Sept. 7 where he narrates his experience with Abai’s life and the influence it had on his personality and his life. According to Nazarbayev, Kunanbayev is a “phenomenon” and a milestone connecting the past with the future. Abai…

EIB Lends $30 million To Support Kazakh SMEs

NUR-SULTAN – The European Investment Bank (EIB) provided KazMicroFinance (KMF), the largest microfinance organization in Kazakhstan, with $30 million to provide affordable lending to Kazakh small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), reported forbes.kz. The KMF will allocate the funds to Kazakh self-employed entrepreneurs and micro-enterprises in urban and rural areas. “The EIB continues to support…

AFSA Launches Third Virtual World Investor Week in Kazakhstan to Increase Financial Literacy

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana Financial Services Authority (AFSA) launched on Oct.5 the third Virtual World Investor Week in Kazakhstan to give lectures on the basic principles of investing, consumers’ rights, and financial services at the Astana International Financial Center (AIFC). The online event will last through Oct. 9. World Investor Week is an annual international…

WHO Launches Project to Improve Gender Equality in Kazakh Healthcare Model

NUR-SULTAN – The World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office in Kazakhstan has launched a one-year project to study and provide recommendations to improve gender equality in the healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic, the country office reported. The WHO will run a cross-sectional survey as part of the project to study the degree of and…

Aspan Gallery Paves Way For Kazakh Contemporary Artists in London

NUR-SULTAN – The Almaty-based Aspan Gallery recently became a member of Cromwell Place, a brand-new hub for the arts located right in the heart of London’s museum district. The partnership will allow Aspan Gallery’s artists to regularly organize exhibitions at the Cromwell Place. “New places, new spaces, and contexts force artists to look at their…

Kazakh Capital to Unveil New Arbat Pedestrian Promenade

NUR-SULTAN – What is a weekend in the Kazakh capital like? One of the best ways to find out is to visit the city’s arbat, a pedestrian promenade. The capital’s arbat is located along the Yessil River. It is a stage for street performers, a point for street food trucks, outdoor cafes, and a bazaar…

EU Diplomats Symbolically Plant 27 Trees in Nur-Sultan

NUR-SULTAN – The European Union (EU) Delegation to Kazakhstan and the EU member states planted 27 trees at the EXPO site in Nur-Sultan as part of the European Union Climate Diplomacy and the #EU4GreenKZ campaign, the delegation’s press service reported. The diplomats planted 15 Christmas trees and 12 oak trees. The Nur-Sultan Akimat (city administration)…

Kazakh Government, EDB to Strengthen Cooperation in Trade and Eurasian Integration

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin and Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) Board Chair Nikolai Podguzov met Sept. 30 to discuss prospects for the bank’s involvement in the implementation of the Kazakhstan-Russia Cross-Border Cooperation Program in Kazakhstan, primeminister.kz reported. On the same day, Podguzov also met with Kazakh Minister of Trade and Integration Bakhyt Sultanov.…

Kazakhstan, Tatarstan Lay Foundation Stone For Two Plants In Automotive Industry, Begin Tire Production

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin and President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov launched the construction of two plants in Kostanai and a tires production operation in the Karaganda Region during a Sept. 27 meeting in Kostanai. The three projects are worth 261 billion tenge (US$609.37 million) in total. The plants in Kostanai will produce…

Jackie Chan Movie Featuring Kazakh Singer Dimash’s Original Soundtrack To Premiere Sept. 30

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh pop singer Dimash Kudaibergen sang the original soundtrack “Happy For A While” to the upcoming Jackie Chan movie “Vanguard.” The movie release date is set for Sept. 30. “This movie teaches us that we shouldn’t give up on humanity, our dreams, and kindness. I have been a Jackie Chan fan for a…