Articles by Aibarshyn Akhmetkali

Immerse in Kazakh Folklore or Learn Kazakh Language: Qonzhyq App Ticks off Both

ASTANA – For those who want to make meaningful use of their screen time immersed in high-quality Kazakh folklore content, the Qonzhyq App offers an extensive collection of modern Kazakh and traditional music, gathers all pieces of Kazakh folklore in one place, and seeks to address the lack of a systematized folklore archive in the…

Kazakh and American Researchers from Oxus Society Collaborate to Address Energy, Social and Foreign Policy Issues in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – The leading researchers from the United States and Kazakhstan will collaborate to develop policies to address Kazakhstan’s challenges in climate change and green economy, migration, economic diversification, and foreign policy over the next six months under the auspices of the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs program, which was launched on Jan. 26…

Astana Opera Enters 10th Anniversary Season in 2023 With Impressive Repertoire

ASTANA – From the international tour performance of the Boris Eifman ballet to the premieres of Jiří Kylián’s “Petite Mort” and  Herman Severin Løvenskiold’s “La Sylphide,”  the Astana Opera’s tenth anniversary season lineup could be the theater’s most engaging yet. “This is an anniversary season for the opera house, so we have already held a…

On the Move With a Home in Tow – Nomadic Lifestyle Made Possible by Kazakh Yurt

ASTANA – For hundreds of years, the nomadic rhythm of life was defined by mobility and practicality even in the choice of dwelling. The Kazakh yurt, also referred to as kiyiz ui (felt home), is a portable, weather-resistant, eco-friendly house that enabled traditional Kazakh herders to maintain a nomadic lifestyle that had them spending winters…

Experts Discuss Challenges and Opportunities Facing Central Asia Through 2030 in Astana

ASTANA – Leading experts on strategic studies from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan discussed the challenges and opportunities the Central Asian states might face in this decade at the Central Asia 2030: Visions of the Future conference in Astana on Jan. 20. Kazakh Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Yermukhambet Konuspayev started the session by…

President Tokayev Announces March 19 as Mazhilis Election Day After Dissolving Lower Chamber

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced early elections to the Mazhilis, the lower chamber of the Parliament on March 19, after he dissolved the chamber and terminated the powers of the maslikhats, local administrative bodies, reported Akorda press service. Tokayev proposed holding elections to the Mazhilis and maslikhats in the first half of last year…

Respublica Party Seeks to Establish Effective Governance in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – The newly registered Respublica party will be advocating for a modern, high-tech national ecosystem and a more inclusive society made possible by the dawn of the era of digitalization and cognitive technologies, according to the party’s platform.  The party was founded by popular Kazakh entrepreneurs and public figures and announced its official registration…

Kazakhstan Wins Two Golds in Biathlon and Ski Jumping, Remains Unbeaten in Ice Hockey at FISU 2023

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s team continues its winning streak with two gold medals in biathlon and ski jumping, and an undefeated ice hockey team that is set for playoffs at the 2023 FISU (Federation Internationale du Sport Universitaire) World University Games, which runs from Jan. 11–22 in Lake Placid, the United States of America. Over 1400…

Uzbekistan to Showcase 17 Historical Exhibits at Islamic Arts Biennale in Saudi Arabia

ASTANA – Uzbekistan will display 17 exhibits reflecting the country’s cultural heritage at the First Islamic Arts Biennale in Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah for three months from Jan. 23 to April 23, reported the Uzbek Foreign Ministry press service. Organized by the Diriyah Biennale Foundation and the Ministry of Culture of Saudi Arabia, the biennale intends…

CEC Announces Preliminary Results of Senate Election in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Twenty senators representing 17 regions and three cities of national significance were elected on Jan. 14 to the Senate, an upper chamber of the Kazakh Parliament, according to the preliminary results announced by the Central Election Commission (CEC). This year, 55 candidates competed for the 20 open seats in the Senate. The elected…

Kazakh President Tokayev Addresses SDGs, Food and Water Security at Voice of Global South Summit

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev addressed the need to pursue the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), climate change, food and water security in a joint effort with other countries at the Voice of Global South virtual summit on Jan. 13, reported Akorda press service. India’s Voice of Global South summit on Jan. 12-13 brought together over…

New Book Explores History and Sights of Kazakhstan’s Abai Region Through Photos

ASTANA – The new book “Sacred Land of Abai,” written by renowned journalist Alla Belyakina, offers a visual exploration of the Abai Region, a land with rich history and the birthplace of great Kazakh figures, such as the poet Abai Kunanbayev and writer Mukhtar Auezov, reported the region’s press service on Jan. 10.  The book…

Lineup of International Musicians to Perform at Vienna Classics Festival in Astana Opera Revealed

ASTANA – Astana Opera will gather an impressive lineup of guest musicians from Japan, Mongolia, Israel, and Estonia at the Vienna Classics Festival, one of the few major cultural events set to go ahead this January in Astana starting from Jan. 13. The program for the classical music festival features the works of the great…

Like Father, Like Son: Murat Auezov Was a Steward of His Father, Kazakh Classic Writer Mukhtar Auezov’s Literary Legacy

ASTANA – Last year was the 125th anniversary of writer Mukhtar Auezov, one of Kazakhstan’s greatest literary figures, followed by another anniversary this year – the 80 year celebration of his son, Murat Auezov, on Jan. 1, which gave Kazakh society another opportunity to explore the creativity of the former from his son’s perspective. No…

Orteke Kazakh Art: Strings That Tie Music and Puppetry Together (Video)

ASTANA – An interplay of musical performance and a tiny bit of puppetry magic is unveiled in the ancient Kazakh traditional orteke art form, which last month was included in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. In the hands of a skillful dombra…

Astana Opera to Premiere Kalkaman-Mamyr Love Story in New Opera-Ballet Genre

ASTANA – The Astana Opera is staging a premiere of “Kalkaman-Mamyr” in a new genre combining elements of opera and ballet, a few days ahead of the New Year celebration on Dec. 28 and 29, reported Astana Opera press service. The opera-ballet is an adaptation of a prominent Kazakh poet Shakarim Kudaiberdiuly’s tale of two…

Croatian Tourism and Sports Deputy Minister Reveals Ambitious Plans with Kazakhstan to Develop Tourism, Launch Direct Flight to Croatia

ASTANA – The launch of a direct flight between Kazakhstan and Croatia is among the key initiatives to enhance the cooperation in tourism between the two countries in the upcoming year, said the State Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Croatia, Tonći Glavina in an interview with The Astana Times, as part…

Kazakhstan Celebrates 100 Years of Kazakh Novelist and WWII Veteran Azilkhan Nurshaikhov

ASTANA – Kazakhstan celebrates a century since the birth of Azilkhan Nurshaikhov, a Kazakh writer and journalist on Dec. 15. His writing had a rare depth of vision and attentiveness to the characters around him, probably derived from his experience as a WWII frontline soldier. Nurshaikhov is best known for the novel “Years of Joy…

UNDP, Kazakh Association of Agro and Rural Tourism Conduct Training Seminars on Cultivating Tourism in the Regions

AKMOLA REGION – As interest in rural or agricultural tourism grows, the Kazakhstan Association of Agro and Rural Tourism (KAART) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a series of training seminars in rural areas to educate farmers about the advantages of sustainable agro and rural tourism.  More than 100 farmers participated in the…

Christmas Charity Bazaar Held By ASA in Astana Raises More Than $80,000

ASTANA – Good news and tidings from the Ambassadors Spouses Association (ASA), the organizers of the 13th Christmas Charity Bazaar, that raised 38.5 million tenge (US$81,500) at the charity event on Dec. 4. All proceeds will go to 35 charities in Kazakhstan. The Christmas bazaar filled the open space of the Radisson Hotel Astana with…

Astana Ballet Premiers “Snow Queen,” Festive Family Treat Ahead of Winter Holidays

ASTANA – The Astana Ballet theatre presented its last premiere for 2022, “The Snow Queen” – a ballet inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s much-loved fairytale that invited attendees to a winter wonderland on Dec. 3. The ballet begins with what promises to be one’s journey back to their childhood, where the icy queen meets the…

Shertpe Kui Festival of Kazakh Traditional Music Fathoms Heritage of Steppe Rhythms

ASTANA – Kazakh national music kui, traditionally played on dombra or kobyz, captivates fans from all over Kazakhstan. The music has become so popular that it prompted the Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sport to organize a festival of traditional music Shertpe Kui that took place in Almaty during Dec. 1-3, promoting the music genre…

Kazakhstan Celebrates 355 Years of Prominent Kazakh Judge and Mediator Kazybek Bi, Honors His Universal Relevance

ASTANA – Kazakhstan celebrates 355 years of arguably one of the greatest Kazakh judges and a master of the word, Kazybek bi (bi – noble judge), who used language to unite the Kazakh people under one ruler and settle cross-border, regional and local disputes.  Kazakhstan is home to several of the region’s greatest orators and…

Togyzkumalak World Championship in Aktobe Shines Light on Ancient Kazakh Board Game Where Intelligence and Tradition at Play

ASTANA – The sixth Togyzkumalak (nine pellets) World Championship started in Aktobe on Nov. 21 showcasing the traditional Kazakh board game also known as the “chess of the steppes” or the “algebra of the shepherds.” Spanning over a week until Nov. 27, the championship gathered 80 professional players from 20 countries, including the United States,…

Annual Christmas Charity Bazaar Back in Astana Celebrating the Spirit of Giving

ASTANA – After two years of social restrictions, coming together has never felt more vital for the Christmas Charity Bazaar, the largest charity event organized by the Ambassadors Spouses Association (ASA) on Dec. 4 at the Radisson Hotel in Astana. The ASA President Lenise Correa Barbosa spoke to The Astana Times about the history of…

Tokayev Announces Senate Election Date, Approves Agriculture Development Plan

ASTANA – Newly re-elected President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced the date of the Senate, the upper house of the Kazakh Parliament, election for Jan. 14, 2023, and approved the rural development plan for the next five years, following the inauguration ceremony on Nov. 26. “Now is not the time to celebrate the election victory, but to…

International Observers Commend Voter Turnout, Report No Violations

ASTANA – International observers highlighted a relatively high voter turnout and reported no serious violations that could impact the Nov. 20 election results. Almost all polling stations completed their mission in Kazakhstan at 8 p.m. Astana time.   This year, Kazakhstan’s CEC accredited 641 international observers, including 532 observers from 10 international organizations as well as…

New Documentary on Aral Sea to Explore Hope and Optimism Through People Devoted to Build Better Tomorrow (With Exclusive Film Stills)

ASTANA – From the fourth largest lake in the world to the youngest desert on earth the new documentary on the Aral Sea named “Mission: Find Aral” will take the viewers on a journey exploring the past, the struggles of the present, and the yearning for a brighter future of the Aral Sea. The Astana…

Monument and Complete Collection of Works Honor Legacy of Kazakh Nation’s Teacher Akhmet Baitursynuly

ASTANA – A monument in Almaty honoring the founding father of the Kazakh alphabet Akhmet Baitursynuly, and an extended 12-volume collection of his works were presented to a broad audience on Nov. 16, as the celebrations of Baitursynuly’s 150th anniversary continue across Kazakhstan. A titanic figure in the educational history of 20th-century Kazakhstan, Baitursynuly is…

Kazakhstan and EU Agree to Strengthen Cooperation in Trade, Energy, Digital, and Logistics During EU Top Official Josep Borrell’s Visit

ASTANA – Kazakhstan and the European Union (EU) plan to enhance cooperation in trade, digital, energy, and transport, announced Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mukhtar Tileuberdi and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell during a press conference on Nov. 17…

Experience Kazakhstan and Central Asia Like a Local: Indy Guide Showcases Hidden Gems Through Sustainable Tourism

ASTANA – Imagine being guided through the Altai mountains listening to local tales or learning about early trade and commerce at the site of an ancient city along the Silk Road from local travel experts. Indy Guide, the largest regional booking platform in Central Asia that connects guests with verified local hosts, might make this…

Kazakh Foreign Minister and Central Election Commission Chairman Brief Diplomatic Corps on Preparations for Presidential Election

ASTANA – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mukhtar Tileuberdi and Chairman of the Central Election Commission (CEC) Nurlan Abdirov presented a report on the preparation and conduct of the Nov. 20 presidential elections in Kazakhstan to the heads of diplomatic missions and representatives of international organizations at a briefing on Nov. 15…

Kazakh Writer Gabiden Mustafin Who Captured Essence of Soviet Working Class Turns 120 Years

ASTANA – Today on Nov. 13, Kazakhstan celebrates 120 years of Gabiden Mustafin, the leading Kazakh writer of the Soviet period who created outstanding stories on many aspects of Soviet life, with a focus on the working class. Through his writing, Mustafin represented a powerful image of the new things that the Soviet government brought…

Presidential Candidate Karakat Abden’s Campaign Focuses on Family and Traditional Values as Basis For Statehood

Editor’s note: As Kazakhstan heads to the presidential elections on Nov. 20, The Astana Times will contribute a series of articles in the format of reviews and interviews providing an outlook into the electoral programs of each of the candidates.   ASTANA – The presidential candidate Karakat Abden has promised to create decent living conditions for…

Presidential Candidates Continue Campaigning in Regions

ASTANA – The second week of the election campaign period gain more visibility as the six candidates Karakat Abden, Nurlan Auesbayev, Zhiguli Dairabayev, Meiram Kazhyken, incumbent Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Saltanat Tursynbekova and their representatives continue meeting with the voters in the regions.  With the election rules giving all six candidates an equal chance to be…

Kazakhstan Leads Central Asia and South Caucasus Region in UN E-Government Index, Says UN Chief of Digital Government

ASTANA – Kazakhstan ranked first in the Central Asian and South Caucasus region and 28th globally in the United Nations (UN) Global E-Government Development Index (EGDI) and its sub-indices, said Vincenzo Aquaro, UN Chief of Digital Government, during the briefing in Astana on Nov. 2. Aquaro said that the survey highlights that Kazakhstan continues to…

Otyrar Sazy Kazakh Folklore Orchestra Celebrates Four Decades Performing Timeless Tunes

ASTANA – An impressive lineup of musicians performed at an Oct. 28 concert of the Otyrar Sazy Kazakh Academic Folklore-Ethnographic orchestra that celebrated the four decades of the orchestra’s work with two hours of auditory and visual delights on stage at the Nazarbayev Center in Astana.    Founded in 1982 by a prominent Kazakh composer and…

A Close Look at the First Week of Kazakhstan’s Presidential Election Campaign

ASTANA – Less than a month ahead of the presidential election, the campaign of six registered candidates, including Karakat Abden, Nurlan Auesbayev, Zhiguli Dairabayev, Meiram Kazhyken, incumbent Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, and Saltanat Tursynbekova, starts to gain traction with candidates traveling across Kazakhstan to introduce their electoral programs.  The campaign period that will last till Nov. 18…

From Fireworks to Congratulations From Space: How Kazakhstan and World Celebrate Republic Day

ASTANA – Kazakhstan and the world celebrated Republic Day on Oct. 25 for the first time since 2009 with festive events that included the raising of the national flag and fireworks across the country and abroad, the display of the flag on the highest skyscraper in Dubai, and a space crew congratulations. The national flag…

Congress of Honorary Consuls Sheds Light on Kazakhstan’s Most Promising Investment Sectors, Says Belgian Honorary Consul

ASTANA – In the aftermath of the pandemic and amidst the complex geopolitical backdrop in the region, it was an opportune time to incentivize business representatives around the world to invest and do business in Kazakhstan, including in the promising sectors of agriculture and tourism, said Denis Van den Weghe, Honorary Consul of the Kingdom…

Heroism That Lasts Century: Kazakhstan Celebrates 100 Years of World War II Heroine Manshuk Mametova

ASTANA – Kazakhstan celebrates the 100th anniversary of a Kazakh heroine Manshuk Mametova, who mastered the Maxim machine gun during World War II and fought the Nazis till her last breath. Born in 1922 in Zhaskus village in the West Kazakhstan Region, Mametova was the fifth child in the family. At the age of five,…

Eleven ODIHR Observers Start Their Mission Ahead of Kazakhstan’s Presidential Elections

ASTANA – A core team of 11 international experts based in Astana and 30 long-term observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) will be deployed throughout the country from Oct. 26 to monitor the upcoming presidential elections in Kazakhstan scheduled for Nov. 20,…

CICA Secretary General Names Next Steps in Transformation of CICA into Full-Fledged Organization

ASTANA – Secretary General of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) Kairat Sarybay spoke on the first steps being made towards the transformation of CICA into a full-fledged organization that includes the institutionalization of the conference and pursuit of initiatives proposed by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during the sixth CICA summit…

Tourism and Renewable Energy Can Be Key Pillars of Cooperation Between Morocco and Kazakhstan, Says Moroccan Ambassador

ASTANA – Kazakhstan and Morocco could expand opportunities in trade and explore cooperation in emerging areas such as tourism and renewable energy, said Moroccan Ambassador to Kazakhstan Mohammed Rachid Maaninou in an interview with The Astana Times. As the two countries mark 30 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations, Ambassador Maaninou shared his insights…

Mars-alike Landscapes in Kazakhstan: Mangystau Region Offers Pristine Nature for Tourists Seeking Escape From Busy Cities

ASTANA – The Mangystau Region in western Kazakhstan with its picturesque valleys and landscapes that look so alien, one would think you were on Mars, attracted over half a million tourists over the last two years, reported the region’s Center for Public Communications (CPC). According to the CPC, in the next three years, the region…

Singapore and Kazakhstan’s Friendship Has Deep Roots, Says Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office

ASTANA – Singapore shares warm and long-standing relations with Kazakhstan, said Dr. Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Education and Foreign Affairs of Singapore, in an interview with The Astana Times.  Dr. Maliki paid a working visit to Kazakhstan on Oct. 11-14 ahead of 30-year-anniversary of diplomatic…

CICA Leaders Support Kazakhstan’s Extended Chairpersonship as Sixth Summit Concludes

ASTANA – The sixth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) summit talks held in the Kazakh capital Astana on Oct. 13 concluded with the adoption of the Astana Statement that launched the process of transformation of CICA and extension of Kazakhstan’s chairpersonship for 2022-2024 with a focus on expanding supply chains…

Sixth CICA Summit: Expectations and Retrospective

ASTANA – The sixth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) started today on Oct. 12 in Astana. This year the summit marks three major events: the 30th anniversary of CICA, the end of Kazakhstan’s two-year chairpersonship in the conference, and the objective to transform the conference into a full-fledged…

Traveling Exhibition of ALZHIR Museum Opens in Astana to Tell Stories of Soviet Union’s Imprisoned Women

ASTANA – The traveling exhibition of the ALZHIR museum and memorial complex of political repression and totalitarianism victims opened at the National Center of Manuscripts and Rare Books in Astana on Oct. 10. The exhibition will last till Oct. 28. The Akmola’s Camp for Wives of Traitors of the Motherland (known as ALZHIR for its…

Ode to Dombra, National Instrument Reinvigorating Kazakh Culture and Identity (Video)

ASTANA – If you have ever listened to traditional Kazakh songs, chances are you have heard the dombra with its intricate, but delicate tonality that produces magical sounds from the endless Kazakh steppe. Sometimes it soothes by its fragile tunes, sometimes it excites by resembling a herd of wild horses galloping across the wide prairie.…

CICA Offers Security System For Rapidly Developing Asian Countries, Says KazISS Expert

ASTANA – The Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) may offer a new course for promoting security systems for rapidly developing Asian countries, says Bulat Auelbayev, the chief expert at the Almaty branch of the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies (KazISS) in an interview with Zakon news agency on Oct. 4.…

CICA Member States Draft Transformation Road Map Ahead of Sixth Summit in October

ASTANA – The Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) Special Working Group (SWG) meeting conducted on Sept. 28-29, has made a major advance in preparing draft documents to be adopted at the upcoming sixth CICA Summit on Oct. 12-13 in Astana, reported CICA Secretariat on Twitter. The main document includes a…

World Petroleum Council Youth Forum Kicks Off in Almaty, Gathers Leading Oil and Gas Specialists from 37 Countries

ALMATY – The seventh World Petroleum Council (WPC) Youth Forum opens on Sept. 29 in Almaty with the goal of expanding the discussions around energy transition and adoption of sustainable technologies gathering over 700 delegates from 37 countries.   Among the honorary participants of the forum are the heads of the largest Kazakh and foreign oil…

Shymkent Has Potential to Become Major Southern Hub, Says Kazakh President

ASTANA – Shymkent has the potential to become a major southern hub, said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during the meeting with the city’s public on Sept. 27, reported the presidential press service.   The city has attracted over 1.5 trillion tenge ($3.1billion) in investments since it gained the status of a city of national significance in 2018,…

Mukhtar Auezov’s Masterpiece on Abai Remains Showcase of Kazakh Culture to World, 125 Years Since Author’s Birth

ASTANA – On the 125th anniversary of a great Kazakh literary figure Mukhtar Auezov, whose talent transcended national borders, it is worth exploring his contribution to the Kazakh and world literature. Through Auezov’s works, the reader is able to discover the Kazakh culture, understand the mentality and overcome existing prejudices. Auezov is best known for…

Kazakh Central Election Commission to Ensure Barrier-Free Access at Polling Stations for People with Disabilities

ASTANA – The Central Election Commission (CEC) approved a document that outlines measures to ensure unhindered and barrier-free access to polling stations for citizens with disabilities during their meeting on Sept. 26.  The document ensures that people with disabilities can register to vote and take part in elections with no hindrance. According to the decree,…

A Man of Many Talents: Kazakh Writer Mukhtar Auezov’s Underrated Contribution to Kazakh Theater

ASTANA – Kazakhstan celebrates 125 years since the birth of renowned Kazakh writer Mukhtar Auezov on Sept. 28 .  Famous for his book, “The Path of Abai,” which tells the story of the prominent poet and thinker Abai and which has transformed the way generations perceive the wisdom of the life of a 20th century…

Kazakhstan’s Unique Story of Building Interfaith Dialogue and Co-existence Must Be Told, Says US Rabbi

ASTANA – With rising geopolitical confrontations around the world, the seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions that took place in Astana on Sept. 14-15 could not have been more timely. Attended by high-level religious leaders, such as Pope Francis and Grand Imam of al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the congress claimed to be…

Exhibition Dedicated to Shining Light on History and Consequences of Nuclear Testing Opens in Astana

ASTANA – An exhibition drawing on the international experience with nuclear testing and armaments, titled Everything You Treasure – For a World Free From Nuclear Weapons, opened in Astana in the Keruen shopping center on Sept. 16. The exhibition, which runs until Sept. 30, depicts over 70 years of nuclear history from the Hiroshima explosion…

Kazakhstan Celebrates 100 Years of Syrbay Maulenov, Great Patriotic War Poet and Warrior

NUR-SULTAN – Syrbay Maulenov, one of the few Kazakh poets and writers, whose life was devastated by World War II, was born 100 years ago on Sept. 17. His works derived from his love for his homeland and embraced a wide range of topics from sharp depictions of war to tender praise of homeland scenery…

Three Events Highlight Final Day of Seventh Congress of World and Traditional Religions Leaders

NUR-SULTAN – Over the past two days the Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan once again served as the platform for dozens of religious leaders to engage in dialogue and seek ways to promote peace and tolerance amid rising tensions in the world.  The Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, which the country has hosted…

Religion in a Post-Pandemic World Panel and Holy Mass Mark First Day of Congress of World and Traditional Religions Leaders

NUR-SULTAN – The first day of the seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions started with an organized panel on the role of religious leaders in the spiritual and social development of humankind in the post-pandemic period followed by an award ceremony dedicated to the contribution to interfaith dialogue and concluded with Pope…

Tokayev Stresses Role of Religious Principles in Building New System of International Security at Congress of World and Traditional Religions

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev proposed to build a new international security system based on humanistic ideals using world religions as a template as he addressed the seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Nur-Sultan on Sept. 14. The two-day congress, convened for the first time in 2003, brought some of…

Nazarbayev Center Chair Briefs Foreign Journalists on Agenda and Peacebuilding Contribution of Congress of World and Traditional Religions Leaders

NUR-SULTAN – Bulat Sarsenbayev, chairman of the board of the Nazarbayev Center for the Development of Interfaith and Inter-Civilization Dialogue, briefed foreign media on the main agenda and the contribution that the seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions could offer to peacebuilding on Sept. 13, a day ahead of the congress. The…

Congress of World and Traditional Religions Leaders to Address Social Topics Beyond Religion, Says Senate Chairman Maulen Ashimbayev

NUR-SULTAN – Discussions at the seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions will range from religious education and combating extremism to strengthening the status of women and promoting peace and religious dialogue, said Maulen Ashimbayev, chairperson of the Senate and head of the Secretariat of the Congress  an upper chamber of the Kazakh…

Women of Kazakhstan Virtual Museum Celebrates Overlooked Kazakh Women in Arts and Culture

NUR-SULTAN – The Women of Kazakhstan project is the first virtual museum exploring the history and accomplishments of Kazakh women undertaken as part of an effort to broaden the picture of women’s important, yet historically overlooked roles in driving the cultural and historical changes in Kazakhstan. In an exclusive interview with The Astana Times, the…

Faithful Few: How Religious Minority Communities of Jews and Protestants Live and Practice Their Religion in Kazakhstan

Editor’s Note: In the run-up to the seventh Congress of Leaders of the World and Traditional Religions to be held on Sept. 14-15 in Nur-Sultan, The Astana Times has started a series of articles on the diversity of spiritual life in Kazakhstan. The first three articles focused on Kazakhstan’s Muslim, Orthodox Christian, and Catholic communities.…

30 Years of CICA: Executive Director Talks About Results of Kazakhstan’s Chairmanship, Milestones and Upcoming Sixth CICA Summit

NUR-SULTAN – As the sixth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) Summit draws near, Kairat Sarybay, executive director of CICA shared the details on the preparation for the summit and the results of Kazakhstan’s chairpersonship of CICA from 2020 to 2022 during his meeting with President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Sept. 7,…

Researchers Inaugurate New Academic Journal on Central Asian Studies to Offer Insider Approach to Regional Studies

NUR-SULTAN – A group of leading scholars from Central Asia launched an open access peer-reviewed journal titled Ketmen International Journal for Central Asian Voices on Aug. 26 to challenge the existing dominant perspectives on Central Asian studies.  The first special issue of the journal is titled Autoethnography of Spiritual Practices in Central Asia and includes…

Out of the Dust: Kazakh Researchers Bring Back Manuscripts That Might Open New Pages of Kazakh History From World Archives

NUR-SULTAN – An ancient Quran gifted to a Golden Horde ruler called Uzbek Khan, fragments of Mahmud Churas’s history book, and medieval maps revealing the territories of Kazakhstan along with thousands of pages of other ancient manuscripts discovered in the largest archives of Russia, Türkiye, and Hungary could “open new pages of history,” said Zhandos…

Prominent Diplomats in Kazakh Capital Give Positive Assessment of President Tokayev’s Reforms Announced During Address to Nation

NUR-SULTAN – Members of the diplomatic corps in Kazakhstan expressed their support for President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s initiatives to ease investment procedures as well as his decision to call early presidential elections which was announced during the address to the nation on Sept. 1. European Union Ambassador to Kazakhstan Kestutis Jankauskas addressed Tokayev’s social and economic…

Dialogue and Tolerance are Nation-Building Framework for Kazakhstan, Says Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies Director

NUR-SULTAN – Agreement, dialogue, and tolerance are not just a foreign policy image, but the framework of Kazakhstan’s nation-building, said the director of the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies Yerkin Tukumov in an interview with Kazakhstanskaya Pravda newspaper, emphasizing the importance of the seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, which will be…

Early Presidential Elections Provide Enough Timeframe for Implementation of Major Reforms, According to Experts

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh political experts expect early presidential elections, announced by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during his address to the nation on Sept. 1, to provide enough time frame for thorough implementation of presidential reforms. President Tokayev announced his plans to hold extraordinary presidential elections in the coming months with major revisions to the presidential terms.…

Catholic Community in Kazakhstan Becomes More Ethnically Diverse, Says Head of Kazakhstan’s Catholic Church

Editor’s Note: In the run-up to the seventh Congress of Leaders of the World and Traditional Religions to be held on Sept.14-15 in Nur-Sultan, The Astana Times has started a series of articles on the diversity of spiritual life in Kazakhstan. The first two articles focused on Kazakh Muslim and Orthodox Christian communities. This week…

No Limits to Trade and Cooperation Potential with Azerbaijan, Says President Tokayev

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said Kazakhstan will work very productively in promoting trade and logistics with Azerbaijan and that there would be “no obstacles from our side”, addressing President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev during his official visit to Baku on Aug. 24, reported Akorda’s press service. In his opening remarks, Tokayev highlighted the long…

Russia’s Chief Mufti Expects Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions to Offer Solutions to Ongoing Conflicts

NUR-SULTAN – Chairman of Russia’s Muftis Council and the Spiritual Administration of Muslims Mufti Sheikh Ravil Gainutdin said that the upcoming seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions would offer solutions to countries in conflict in an interview with Kazakh journalists, reported Kazinform news agency. According to him, the role of the world…

Orthodox Christian Community in Kazakhstan Emerges Strong in the Midst of Islam and Soviet Period Atheism

Editor’s Note: In the run-up to the seventh Congress of Leaders of the World and Traditional Religions to be held on Sept.14-15 in Nur-Sultan, The Astana Times has started a series of articles on the diversity of spiritual life in Kazakhstan. The first one focused on Islam. This week we profile the second-largest religious group…

Kazakh Language is Gaining Increasing Popularity, But Needs Greater Support to Sustain Interest, Says Expert

NUR-SULTAN – People in Kazakhstan are increasingly becoming more interested in learning the Kazakh language in the aftermath of recent political events in Kazakhstan and in the world, says Kanat Tasibekov, a Kazakh language advocate and the author of the “Situational Kazakh” series of self-tutorials, in an interview to the Kazakhstanskaya Pravda newspaper. After the…

Evolution of Islam in Kazakhstan: How Modern Kazakh Muslims Balance Their Religious Identity, the Soviet Legacy and National Traditions

Editor’s Note: In the run-up to the seventh Congress of Leaders of the World and Traditional Religions to be held on Sept.14-15 in Nur-Sultan, The Astana Times starts a series of articles on the diversity of spiritual life in Kazakhstan. We shall profile different religions and denominations starting with the most practiced one in the…

UN GA President Welcomes Kazakhstan’s Contribution to Providing Peace and Achieving SDGs During Visit to Nur-Sultan

NUR-SULTAN – President of the 76th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly (GA), Abdulla Shahid voiced a positive evaluation of Kazakhstan’s  commitment to UN principles and confirmed further cooperation in building regional peace and security, sustainable development, climate crisis, food security, and human rights during his first official visit to Kazakhstan that took…

Elders Advise on Preparation for Organization of Turkic States Summit

NUR-SULTAN – The Council of Elders, an advisory body of the Organization of Turkic States (OTS), discussed the development of logistics and tourism, as well as the preparation for the upcoming OTS Summit at the 13th meeting in Bishkek on Aug. 8, reported the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry’s press center. The Council of Elders was established…

Wild Tiger Population Could Be Reintroduced in Kazakhstan by 2025, Says Expert

NUR-SULTAN – Wild tigers may be reintroduced to Kazakhstan’s biosphere as early as 2025, said Olzhabek Kholov, the lead expert of the forestry and wildlife committee of the Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of Kazakhstan in an interview with The Astana Times. The government of Kazakhstan and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) signed…

Kazakhstan Urges to Expand Nuclear-Free-Zones at Tenth NPT Review Conference in New York

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan has undertaken a deliberate policy to strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation regime and make efforts toward the universal goal of total elimination of nuclear weapons as well as expanding nuclear-weapon-free zones, said Akan Rakhmetullin, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs during the Tenth Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear…

Kazakhstan Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Fighter Pilot Begeldinov Who Flew 300 Combat Missions During World War II

NUR-SULTAN – Today, on Aug. 5, Kazakhstan celebrates the 100th anniversary of Talgat Begeldinov, a ground attack pilot and two-times Hero of the Soviet Union, who flew 305 combat missions during World War II. Born to a Kazakh peasant family in the village of Maybalyk in the Akmola Region, Begeldinov was sent to the war…

Kazakhstan’s Trap Shooting Team Wins 11 Medals at Asian Championship in Almaty

NUR-SULTAN – It was a successful start for the 10th Asian Shotgun Championship for the Kazakh shooting team in trap discipline with 11 medals won, including five gold, four silver and two bronze medals overall, reported the National Olympic Committee. The championship that started on July 28 in Almaty will continue till Aug. 8. Participants…

Neemble Streaming Startup from Kazakhstan Joins 25 Finalists of AppWorks, Largest Tech Accelerator in Southeast Asia

NUR-SULTAN – Neemble, a Kazakh streaming startup founded by Adilkhan Rashit and Kuanysh Kair, became one of the 25 finalists at AppWorks, the largest Southeast Asian startup accelerator, after competing with nearly 2,000 applicants at the initial stage. The Astana Times spoke to co-founder Adilkhan Rashit to learn about their preparation for the program and…

Kazakh Figure Skater Denis Ten’s Film “Blind Love” Premieres in Cinemas, Four Years After His Death

NUR-SULTAN – “A talented person is talented in everything” – with this saying an evening dedicated to the “Blind Love” film premiere written by Kazakh figure skater and 2014 Winter Olympics bronze medal winner Denis Ten kicked-off in Nur-Sultan on July 28, four years after his tragic death. “Blind Love” is a story of two…

Kazakhstan Has Potential to Attract New Businesses, Says Kazakh Foreign Investors’ Council Association Chairman

NUR-SULTAN – Despite an economic slowdown caused by the global pandemic and the recent geopolitical events in Central Asia and Russia, Kazakhstan remains firm in its goal to provide a favorable investment climate and attract more investors. The role of the Foreign Investors’ Council (FIC), a Kazakh advisory and consultative body for investment, remains as…

Kazakh Delegation Urges Greater International Effort to Stabilize Situation in Afghanistan at International Conference in Tashkent

NUR-SULTAN – The Ambassador-at-Large of the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs Talgat Kaliyev invited participants of the Afghanistan: Security and Economic Development conference in Tashkent to make joint efforts to ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan calling the country a “bridge between Central and South Asia” on July 26, reported the Kazinform news agency. The…

Kazakhstan and Georgia Discuss Trade Prospects and Expansion of Middle Corridor As Georgian PM Irakli Garibashvili Visits Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan and Georgia reviewed prospects for cooperation in trade, and logistics with an emphasis on the Trans-Caspian international transport route (TITR) during the meeting of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev with Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili on July 27, as Garibashvili paid his official two-day visit to Kazakhstan on July 26-27, reported the…

President Tokayev Highlights Key Areas for Investment at Saudi-Kazakhstan Investment Roundtable

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev participated in Saudi-Kazakhstan investment roundtable with Saudi Arabian business leaders on July 24 in Jeddah, where two sides discussed bilateral trade, expansion of transit, real sector of economy, space exploration, agriculture, and tourism as high potential sectors for investment, reports the President’s press office. While speaking at the investment…

Kazakh and Ukrainian Leaders Discuss Cooperation in Economic and Humanitarian Areas On Telephone Call

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev had a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to discuss bilateral relations, reports the President’s press service. Both leaders exchanged congratulations on the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, marked on July 23. Tokayev gave his positive evaluation of the results of…

Traceability of Laundered Money Increases Fourfold, Says Financial Monitoring Agency Chairman at Eurasian Group Forum

NUR-SULTAN – As a result of the “follow the money” mechanism of using parallel financial investigations the traceability of laundered money cases increased fourfold, said Zhanat Elimanov, chairman of the Financial Monitoring Agency (FMA) at the International Forum of the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism that took place in Nur-Sultan…

Honeywell Opens Its First Assembly Plant in Kazakhstan as Part of New Localization Strategy

NUR-SULTAN – The United States Honeywell company opened its first assembly plant for advanced automation and safety equipment in Almaty on July 20, reports the Kazakh Invest press service. The opening of the plant is part of a strategy to expand localization and strengthen its presence in Central Asia. The launch was the result of…

Man Who Saved Three Children From Drowning in Irtysh River, Rewarded With Keys to New Apartment

NUR-SULTAN – Three young brothers were saved from drowning after being caught in the current of Irtysh River by Andrey Karandashov, who had been fishing that day by the river. His noble act was recognized by Pavlodar Region Akim (governor) Abylkair Skakov who presented the keys to a new apartment to the hero, reports the…

Kazakhstan is Open for Foreign Companies Planning to Relocate, Says Deputy Foreign Minister

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Kazakh Invest national investment company are conducting negotiations with 43 foreign companies that plan to relocate their businesses to Kazakhstan, said Kazakh Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Almas Aidarov in an interview with The Astana Times. “To date, 43 companies have an interest in either relocating production…

Celebratory Events Across Kazakhstan Mark 150th Anniversary of Prominent Kazakh Scholar Akhmet Baitursynuly

NUR-SULTAN – This year, on Sept. 5, Kazakhstan will celebrate the 150th anniversary of a prominent Kazakh teacher, scholar, poet and public figure Akhmet Baitursynuly (1872 – 1937), who left a significant mark in the history of Kazakh literacy and linguistics, being the founder of the first Kazakh alphabet and establishing the first national newspaper.…

Kazakhstan Presents Second Voluntary National Review of UN SDGs in New York

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Minister of National Economy Alibek Kuantyrov presented the second Voluntary National Review (VNR) on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development during his visit to UN headquarters in New York on July 14, reported the ministry’s press service. The second VNR…

Legendary 20th Century Diplomat Nazir Torekulov’s Legacy Honored as Kazakh Diplomatic Service Turns 30 Years

NUR-SULTAN – As Kazakhstan celebrated the 30th anniversary of its diplomatic service on July 2, many prominent political figures who have contributed to the establishment of diplomatic relations over the years of independence and before have been called to memory. Among them is Nazir Torekulov, the first Kazakh diplomat to travel to Saudi Arabia to…

Coronavirus Cases Increase 2.5 Times in One Week, But Hospitalization Rates Remain Low, Says Kazakh Minister of Healthcare

NUR-SULTAN – The number of coronavirus cases has increased 2.5 times compared to the previous week due to the overall spread of the coronavirus around the world, said Kazakh Minister of Healthcare Azhar Giniyat during a press briefing on July 15. According to statistics provided by her, the number of coronavirus infections has been increasing…