Articles by Aibarshyn Akhmetkali

Panel in Astana Unveils Influential Stories of Women in Diplomacy

ASTANA – Breaking Barriers: Women in Diplomacy panel discussion at Maqsut Narikbayev University (MNU) in Astana on June 21 uncovered the stories of women who sought influence and were great female agents in diplomacy. The event took place ahead of the International Day of Women in Diplomacy, which is celebrated every year on June 24.…

Scientists Warn About Glacier Melt from Aral Sea Sand Storm on UN Desertification and Drought Day

BONN—Altai glacier melting is worsened by sand and dust storms blown thousands of kilometers from the Aralkum desert, scientists say at a seminar for journalists in Bonn dedicated to the United Nations (UN) Desertification and Drought Day, marked annually on June 17. Scientists studying Eurasia’s vast glaciers and salt and dust portable from Central Asia…

Responsible Statecraft Key to Future of US-Central Asia Relations, Says Expert

ASTANA – Bilateral and multilateral relations between the United States and the Central Asian republics will prosper over the next several years as long as all sides engage in diplomacy with mutual respect, common sense and business acumen, said Javier M. Piedra, specialist in international development, financial consultant and former Deputy Assistant Administrator for South…

Kyrgyz Republic Warns of Melting Glaciers at UN Climate Meetings in Bonn

BONN—The Kyrgyz President’s Special Representative for mountainous regions revealed how melting glaciers in the Kyrgyz Republic are affecting the population of the whole Central Asian region at the June United Nations (UN) Climate Meetings on June 3-13 in Bonn, Germany. The link between climate change and melting glaciers is becoming ever more visible. Dinara Kemelova,…

COP29 Preview: Kazakh Ecology Ministry Shares Goals and Expectations at Bonn UN Climate Meetings

BONN — Climate financing, mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, Kazakhstan’s part in the global methane pledge, and loss and damage fund were among the key topics discussed by the Kazakh Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources during the June United Nations (UN) Climate Meetings, which took place on June 3-13 in Bonn, Germany. June UN…

Taraz City – Cradle of Islamic Civilization and Trade with Great Artisan Past

Editor’s Note: The Astana Times continues its series of articles, Exploring Kazakhstan, City by City, this time focusing on Kazakhstan’s oldest city Taraz. We are setting out to unveil the rich diversity of cities to bring you closer to the heart and soul of Kazakhstan. ASTANA – The once-mighty city of Taraz, the cradle of…

Experts Warn of Growing Threat to Khoja Ahmed Yassawi Mausoleum

ASTANA – Increased moisture from the irrigation of lawns around Kazakhstan’s architectural heritage, the Khoja Ahmed Yassawi mausoleum in the Turkistan Region, might threaten its integrity, according to architectural experts, reported Kazinform news agency on May 2. Their warnings come as the Azret Sultan state historical cultural and natural museum-reserve shares the results of a…

Kazakhstan Welcomes Leonardo da Vinci’s La Bella Principessa for First Time

ASTANA – Leonardo da Vinci’s La Bella Principessa has settled into its temporary new home at the National Museum of Kazakhstan for the first time in the country, where the masterpiece will be on display for the next two months from June 7 till Aug. 4. Da Vinci’s genius is reflected in his La Bella…

Kazakhstan’s Critical Minerals Landscape Explored at AMM Congress

ASTANA – The prospects, challenges and the current state of critical minerals and mining sectors in Kazakhstan were discussed at the 14th Astana Mining and Metallurgy (AMM) congress in Astana on June 6. AMM is one of the large-scale events of the mining and metallurgical complex, hosting platforms for dialogues, an exhibition, and networking. The…

Kazakhstan Holds Potential for Unique UNESCO Heritage Nominations, Archeologist Says

ASTANA – With millenia of human and natural history coupled with the ninth largest territory in the world, Kazakhstan holds significant potential for unique nominations for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List due to their value to humanity, said Dmitriy Voyakin, an expert in archaeology and monument preservation in…

Kazakh and US Scientists to Study Human Nutrition of Bronze Age

ASTANA—Kazakh and U.S. scientists will collaborate on a project analyzing human and animal bones to discover the details of nutrition during the bronze era, the Kazakh Ministry of Science and Higher Education’s press service reported on May 20. Bone remains containing the tartar of a people who lived in the bronze age might reveal the…

Kazakh Board Game Togyzkumalak Gains Popularity Among Youth

ASTANA – The old tradition of board games revives with rising popularity among youth to play togyzkumalak (nine pellets) ahead of the fifth World Nomad Games in the Kazakh capital on Sept. 8 – 14. The traditional Kazakh board game togyzkumalak is also known as the “chess of the steppes” or the “algebra of the…

Kazakh National Bank Unveils New 10,000 Tenge Banknote Design

ASTANA – The National Bank of Kazakhstan revealed the new design of 10,000 tenge (US$22) banknotes that will enter circulation starting from June 28, reported the National Bank’s press service. The banknotes will enter mass circulation in September, as additional time is required for delivery to all regions of the country and adaptation of equipment…

On UN Peacekeepers Day, Kazakh Contingent Share Stories of Service and Dedication

ASTANA – On international day of United Nations (UN) peacekeepers observed on May 29, The Astana Times interviewed members of the Kazakh contingent to tell their stories on what it means to be a peacekeeper. What follows are some insightful and candid responses detailing their daily routine, the lessons learnt and first-hand stories of the…

Kazakhstan Marks 100 Years of Sagadat Nurmagambetov, Founding Architect of National Army

ASTANA – On May 25 Kazakhstan celebrates 100 years of Sagadat Nurmagambetov, the first Defense Minister of sovereign Kazakhstan, who laid the foundations of the national army force. His dazzling military career spanned over a remarkable epoch, from World War II to the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the establishment of an independent Kazakhstan’s…

Central Asian Hydrogen Prospects Unveiled at Hydrogen Diplomacy Forum

ASTANA – The Central Asian hydrogen development potential along with pilot projects was explored at the Central Asian and European Hydrogen Diplomacy Forum on May 23 in Astana. The forum was organized by the Hydrogen Diplomacy Office Astana, serving as an international exchange platform between Kazakhstan and Germany on green hydrogen in cooperation with the…

Political Will is Key to Kazakhstan’s Green Economy Transition, Says Latin American Expert

ASTANA – Political leadership and effective policies could be pivotal in driving Kazakhstan’s transition to a green economy, similar to the successful approach in Latin America, said Andrés Rebolledo, the executive secretary of the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) and Honorary Consul of Kazakhstan in Chile in an interview with The Astana Times.  Lessons from…

China Seeks to Expand Agricultural Trade with Kazakhstan, Says Chinese FM

ASTANA – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi highlighted China’s interest in increasing investment and trade, particularly in agriculture, during the press briefing with Kazakhstan’s Deputy Prime Minister – Foreign Minister Murat Nurtleu on May 20 in Astana. “The two sides believe that the development of China-Kazakhstan relations meets the requirements of the times and the…

UNDP Advisor Proposes Flood Preparedness Strategies Amid Climate Change

ASTANA – Amid warnings of the effects of climate change, flood maps and early warning systems could be introduced to make Kazakh people safer from future flood disasters, said Hubert Lohr, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) international advisor for water resources management in an interview with The Astana Times. Vital steps such as reconstructing the…

Ust-Kamenogorsk – Gateway to East Kazakhstan’s Beautiful Nature

Editor’s Note: The Astana Times introduces a new series, Exploring Kazakhstan, City by City. We are setting out to unveil the rich diversity of Kazakhstan’s cities. Starting with Zhezkazgan, Shymkent,  Taldykorgan, and Karagandy we continue our journey in the glorious city of Ust-Kamenogorsk. By exploring each city’s unique history and culture, we aim to bring…

Malaysian PM Commits to Build on Existing Ties with Kazakhstan and Central Asia

ASTANA – Malaysia is committed to further enhance cooperation with Kazakhstan in priority areas of trade and investment, education and digitalization, said Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim in an exclusive interview with The Astana Times. The Malaysian Prime Minister arrived in Astana on May 16 for the start of his first official visit. He met…

Akmola Region with Diverse Nature Reserves Emerges as Prime Travel Destination

ASTANA – The Akmola Region is recasting itself as a promising travel destination, with its diverse landscapes and nature reserves, said its Akim (Governor) Marat Akhmetzhanov during the May 11 field trip to the region’s Korgalzhyn state nature reserve. Heads of the Astana-based diplomatic missions from European countries visited the village of Korgalzhyn on that…

Assyk – Great Kazakh Outdoor Game (Video)

ASTANA—Requiring good marksmanship and tactics, the Kazakh traditional game of assyk (knucklebone) is one of the oldest and most popular outdoor nomadic games. The Astana Times interviewed Zhomart Sabyrzhanuly, founding president and executive director of Kazakhstan’s Assyk Federation, about the game’s cultural significance and preparations for the upcoming fifth World Nomad Games. Sabyrzhanuly’s significant pioneering…

Kazakh National Flag Raised on Golan Heights

ASTANA – A solemn flag-raising ceremony of Kazakhstan’s flag took place at the Faouar peacekeeping base in the Golan Heights on May 7, reported the Kazakh Ministry of Defense’s press service. The event coincided with Defenders of the Fatherland Day and the formation of Kazakhstan’s Armed Forces. Earlier this year, Kazakhstan deployed its first independent…

Singapore’s MP Highlights Partnership with Kazakhstan for Southeast Asia Engagement

ASTANA – Kazakhstan has a good partner in Singapore as the nation looks towards engaging with Southeast Asia, said Seah Kian Peng, speaker of the Parliament of Singapore in an interview with The Astana Times. Kazakhstan has strong and longstanding relations with Singapore that date back over three decades. There had been a dynamic exchange…