Articles by ASSEM ASSANIYAZ

TechnoWomen Central Asia AI Forum: Gender Digital Divide, Energy Consumption, Practical Solutions

ASTANA – The TechnoWomen Artificial Intelligence (AI) Forum presented the key aspects of the AI development agenda on April 18 in Astana. On the second day of the forum, international experts and private sector representatives outlined the priorities of digital transformation. The high demand for AI in the market indicates the need to create a…

TechnoWomen Central Asia Forum on AI Development Kicks Off in Astana

ASTANA – The TechnoWomen Artificial Intelligence (AI) Forum kicked off on April 17 in Astana with a roundtable on opportunities and risks posed by the problem-solving systems. In a hybrid format, international experts, government officials, and private sector representatives reviewed the far-reaching implications of the use of modern technologies and addressed international practices in their…

Tracing Kazakhstan’s Seasonal Floods Through Time

ASTANA – The seasonal flooding in 2024 has escalated to become the most extensive in Kazakhstan for the last decades. The natural phenomenon occurred as a result of an intensive snowmelt and the government’s unpreparedness for its regulation. Meanwhile, this is not the first time Kazakh authorities have failed to prevent and address the water…

Google Picks Two Kazakh Startups for Advancing Sustainable Development Goals

ASTANA – Google has selected two startup projects from Kazakhstan to participate in accelerating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Kazakh students entered the list of the global 100 teams on April 5, reported the Google Developers website.  The competition was held following the Google Solution Challenge, an annual initiative that encourages the use of technologies…

Taldykorgan’s Growth Trajectory Prioritizes Sustainable Industrialization

ASTANA – Since gaining its regional status in May 2022, the Zhetisu Region has demonstrated an 18% economic growth rate. For the local authorities, the sustainability approach is becoming a guiding principle in modernizing industrial facilities and implementing greener solutions. Taldykorgan, the administrative center, is a central focus within the step-by-step transformation. Kazakhstan’s economic upturn…

TURKSOY’s Cultural Diplomacy: Large-Scale Projects, National Values, Focus on Youth 

ASTANA – Geopolitical shifts call for cultural diplomacy to foster interethnic understanding, a crucial component of maintaining stability. In this landscape, the Turkic world is on the rise, with culture standing at the forefront of its growing integration, said Secretary General of the International Organization of Turkic Culture (TURKSOY) Sultan Raev in an interview with…

President Tokayev Lays Out Instructions to Address Aftermath of Massive Floods

ASTANA – President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev convened a meeting of national headquarters on April 1 to discuss measures to address the aftermath of massive floods that affected at least seven regions of the country, reported the Akorda press service. Tokayev guaranteed financial assistance for all flood victims. The national headquarters, led by Kazakh Prime…

Swiss Journalist Discovers Kazakhstan’s Natural Wonders During Visit to Almaty

ASTANA – Almaty hosted the 69th meeting of the Ski Club of International Journalists (SCIJ) in early March. This was the first edition of the annual week-long meeting of the club in Central Asia. Swiss journalist and filmmaker Fritz Muri, one of the participants, shared impressions from his winter trip to Kazakhstan in an interview…

Kazakh-Swiss Inter-Parliamentary Dialogue Explores New Opportunities

ASTANA – This week, Mazhilis Chairman Yerlan Koshanov led a parliamentary delegation on an official visit to Switzerland. High-level discussions between the head of a lower house of the Kazakh Parliament and Swiss officials in Bern renewed mutual commitment to deepen political dialogue and enhance economic cooperation, reported the Mazhilis’ press service on March 26.…

New Approach to Nauryz Celebrations in Kazakhstan Bolsters National Identity

ASTANA – Nauryz celebrations in Kazakhstan serve as a cornerstone for strengthening the national identity. On this festive occasion, the Kazakh government puts forward new initiatives aimed to foster societal cohesion and bolster unity. Nauryz in Kazakhstan is a state holiday celebrated within three days, according to the country’s law on holidays.   This year, without…

Trans-Caspian Route to Become Game Changer in Asia-Europe Connectivity, Says Top European Official

ASTANA – The Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR) can be a game changer in the connectivity between Asia and Europe, said Henrik Hololei, Hors Classe Adviser, Directorate-General for International Partnerships, European Commission, in an interview with The Astana Times. This is the third time the top-ranked official has traveled to Kazakhstan within the last five…

AIF 2024: Uniting Nations, Sparking Conversations

ASTANA – This year, the Astana International Forum (AIF) on June 13-14 will reunite the global community by providing a dialogue platform for more than 5,000 attendees from over 50 countries, said AIF Executive Director Zhandos Imanaliyev at a press briefing on March 19. The mission of the forum, which is titled “Empowering People, Uniting…

Nauryz Celebration Spotlights Kazakh Traditional Attire 

ASTANA – The new format of the Nauryz celebration in Kazakhstan has introduced the National Clothing Day on March 18 with a wide range of festivities aimed at popularizing traditional attire of the Kazakh nation, leaving space for modern interpretation of centuries-old patterns. As part of the third meeting of the National Kurultai (Congress) on…

Kazakhstan’s First Independent Peacekeeping Mission Reaches Golan Heights

ASTANA – Kazakhstan has deployed its first independent peacekeeping contingent to the Golan Heights under the United Nations (UN). Upon reaching the Syrian capital on March 15 the convoy, escorted by a UN special unit and Syrian police, proceeded to Camp Faouar, the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) headquarters, according to the Kazakh Defense Ministry.  …

Kazakhstan Celebrates Mercy Day with Nauryz Charity Endeavors

ASTANA – Kazakh citizens are celebrating Kaiyrymdylyk (the Day of Mercy) on March 15, as part of the Nauryz festivities nationwide. The day symbolizes values of generosity, compassion, and benevolence, fostering a spirit of empathy and goodwill among the people. In 2024, the Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Information introduced a new format of the…

Tokayev Shares Insights on Transport Cooperation, Environmental Agenda Ahead of Baku Visit

ASTANA – President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev highlighted the prospects for bilateral cooperation in a March 10 interview with the Azerbaijani Press Agency (APA) ahead of the state visit to Baku. Tokayev emphasized the common cultural heritage of the two nations, the growing role of strategic initiatives in transport and transit cooperation, as well as…

From Paper to Action: National Commission’s 25-Year Campaign for Women and Children’s Rights

ASTANA – It has been 25 years since the establishment of the National Commission for Women’s Affairs, Family and Demographic Policy in Kazakhstan. The institution made significant steps in the protection of women and children through hundreds of projects, going beyond its designated role as the advisory and consultative body under the President of Kazakhstan.…

UNDP, UN Women Research Public Perception of Gender Equality in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kazakhstan and the UN Women Kazakhstan, presented the results of sociological research on public perception of gender equality and female empowerment in the country on March 5. The report delves into the examination of gender stereotypes, sex-based discrimination in education, employment, and family relationships. The data…

Anniversary Forum of National Commission Marks Progress in Female Empowerment

ASTANA – The National Commission for Women’s Affairs, Family and Demographic Policy in Kazakhstan held its 25th anniversary forum in Astana on March 6. The discourse covered the key results of the activities carried out by the advisory and consultative body under the President of Kazakhstan. Opening the event, Kazakh Minister of Culture and Information…

New Frontiers in Kazakh-UK Cooperation: Opening of Center, Oxford Qazaq Dictionary and Educational Projects 

ASTANA – Education and culture have long been central pillars of the enduring partnership between the United Kingdom and Kazakhstan. The latest developments in cooperation between the two nations underscore a shared commitment to further enhancing collaboration.  In a short space of time, the agenda included the opening of the Kazakh Centre in the United…

Google Training in Almaty Provides Central Asian Youth with Tech Opportunities

ASTANA – More than 1,000 young people from Central Asian countries completed the Google Cloud and Machine Learning training program in Almaty. As a result, 20 students were offered an internship at the Kazakh-British Technical University (KBTU), according to the press service of Google Developer Groups (GDG) Cloud Almaty. GDG Cloud Almaty is an independent…

KMG’s Production Highlights in 2023: New Fields, Enhanced Shipments, Sustainable Growth

ASTANA – The KazMunayGas (KMG) national oil and gas company published production results over the past year on the company’s official website in late February. Recent accomplishments include the opening of new fields, the increase in the shipment and diversification of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR), and the implementation of sustainable development projects.  “Looking…

SCO Roundtable in Nairobi: Kazakhstan Leads Environmental Security Discussion

ASTANA – The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Secretariat held a roundtable discussion under Kazakhstan’s chairmanship on environmental security in Nairobi, Kenya, on Feb. 26, reported the SCO press service.  The Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan organized the event for the SCO Secretariat as part of the 2024 Year of Ecology. The meeting occurred within the implementation…

Kazakhstan and US Bolster Cooperation in Energy and Mining Sectors

ASTANA – Kazakh Minister of Industry and Construction Kanat Sharlapayev paid a working visit to the United States to expand cooperation with the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and leading companies in energy, geology, and mining, reported the ministry’s press service on Feb. 29.  On the first day, the minister met with DFC Deputy…

Kazakh PM Briefs President Tokayev on Socio-Economic Development 

ASTANA – Prime Minister Olzhas Bektenov presented a report on the socio-economic situation in Kazakhstan and plans for ensuring the country’s economic growth during a meeting with President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on March 1, reported the Akorda press service.  According to the Kazakh PM, the government has initiated measures to strengthen support for domestic producers. It…