Articles by Abira Kuandyk

Tsin-Kaz witnesses tremendous breakthrough over 20 years, and offers reasonably priced, high quality products

ASTANA – Tsin-Kaz LLP, a major Kazakh company with an established name, has been specialising in processing and canning fruits and vegetables for two decades. The company’s main mission is to produce high quality products at a reasonable price and contribute to people’s health and well-being. During the past 20 years, Tsin-Kaz has evolved from…

First Almaty Film Festival seeks rapprochement of cultures, international cooperation

ASTANA – The first Almaty International Film Festival, held Sept. 15-19, achieved its goals of developing Kazakh cinema, increasing the public’s interest in film art and strengthening international cooperation. The festival, which will become an annual event, presented the opening ceremony at the Palace of the Republic with the film “Ayka” directed by Sergei Dvortsevoy.…

Company offers turnkey tours around Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan

ASTANA – Explore Kazakhstan, an Almaty-based tourism agency, offers fully organised tours of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan ranging from helicopter tours to nature trips with tents. Founder Chingiz Shulanbayev, who aspires to promote domestic tourism, spoke about the company and its current activities in an interview with The Astana Times. “EXPO 2017 had a favourable effect…

Astana Akim reports on capital’s transport, engineering, social facilities development plan

ASTANA – Astana Akim (Mayor) Bakhyt Sultanov reviewed the comprehensive plan for the capital’s development of engineering and transport infrastructure for 2019 to 2023 at a Sep. 18 government meeting. Sultanov identified five promising development zones in the capital: Mynzhyldyk Alley and the Nurly Zhol railway station, Mangilik El Avenue, Turan Avenue’s West, Telman Suburb’s…

Kazakhstan joins countries with very high human development

ASTANA – Kazakhstan ranked 58th among 189 countries and territories in the latest human development index (HDI) released Sept. 14 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The nation is on the list of countries in the very high human development category. HDI is a summary measure for assessing long-term progress in three basic dimensions…

Kazakh Invest increases foreign investment inflow, creates jobs, says board member

ASTANA – François Bernard, an independent member of the Board of Directors of the Kazakh Invest national company and the chairman of its Investment Attraction and Support Committee, recently discussed investing in Kazakhstan and the country’s foreign investment climate in an interview with The Astana Times. Bernard has experience promoting investment opportunities to the global…

Kazakh e-commerce market reaches $422.9 million

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s e-commerce market volume has reached 159 billion tenge (US$422.9 million) since the beginning of the year. The figure refers to the concept of the draft law on amendments and additions to certain legislative acts on developing the business environment and regulating trade activities. E-commerce, the activity of buying or selling products online,…

100 New Face’s pediatrician conducts complex surgeries, changes children’s lives

ASTANA — Paediatric orthopaedist and traumatologist Isamdum Haramov is a real saviour and hero who gives children a chance to live full and happy lives. His diligent hands correct physiological deformities in dozens of Kazakh youngsters every year. “Why did I become a doctor? Looking back, I think the main reason was my father’s illness.…

Miras International School, Astana students show competing results, receive offers from top world universities

ASTANA – The IB (International Baccalaureate), which is celebrating its 50th anniversary of delivering education for a better world, established the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) at Miras International School, Astana in 2011. The IBDP graduates of 2018 demonstrated excellent results, remaining higher than the world average in diploma score and securing places at the best…

Outdoor adventure, cycling tours in Kazakhstan have great potential, says bicycle adventure club founder

ASTANA – Alexander Gabchenko has visited 34 countries, at least 200 cities and more than 150 unique destinations – many on two wheels. The founder of Almaty’s Bicycle Adventure Club sat down with The Astana Times to talk about cycling, cycling tours, the club he founded and outdoor culture in Kazakhstan. “Kazakhstan is a very…