Articles by Aida Haidar

Tokayev, Macron Sign Joint Statement, Demonstrate Readiness to Foster Peace and Security at Global and Regional Levels

ASTANA – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and French President Emmanuel Macron underlined their mutual willingness to contribute to the strengthening of peace, security and stability at the global and regional levels in a joint statement published on Nov. 30, the Akorda press service reported.  They emphasized their steadfast adherence to international law and the core…

Seventh Meeting of Astana Club Puts Global Relations into Spotlight

ASTANA – De-globalization and regionalization go hand in hand with the deepening of global relations, said Director of the Institute of World Economics and Politics Yerzhan Saltybayev during the seventh meeting of the Astana Club in Paris dedicated to the theme of Greater Eurasia: Building Dialogue in the Age of Uncertainty.  “The trend towards globalization…

Tileuberdi, Blinken Discuss Bilateral Cooperation, Address Democratic Reforms

ASTANA – Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister – Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi had a phone conversation on Nov. 26 with the United States Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken upon the initiative of the U.S. side, reported the ministry’s press service on Nov. 29.  The sides discussed bilateral and multilateral collaboration between Kazakhstan and the US…

US to Support Regional Stability and Economic Diversification in Kazakhstan, UN Charter Principles, Says US Ambassador

ASTANA – The United States and Kazakhstan are interested in regional stability and peaceful development as nothing is possible without them, said U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan Daniel Nathan Rosenblum during a meeting with Kazakh media representatives on Nov. 25. According to Rosenblum, the US believes a newly re-elected President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev will put…

Foreign Observers Comment on Outstanding Organization of Presidential Election

ASTANA – Foreign observers noted the outstanding level of organization of the Kazakh presidential election and praised the country’s reforms during a press briefing at the Center for Assistance to International Observers on Nov. 20.  Secretary-General – Head of Secretariat of the Council of the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Dmitry…

President Tokayev Addresses Foreign Policy, Nation’s Brand New Reforms and Women’s Status in Society During His Visit to Almaty

ASTANA – Kazakhstan pursues a foreign policy that aims to preserve national interests while promoting peace, trust, and cooperation, said Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during a Nov. 16 meeting with the public of Almaty, reported Akorda press service. Tokayev reaffirmed that Kazakhstan’s foreign policy aims to strengthen the nation’s security, attract investments, develop transportation and…

Presidential Candidate Meiram Kazhyken Addresses Fair Pay, New Economic Model, and Kazakhstan’s Existing International Agreements in His Election Program

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 – Meiram Kazhyken, 61, is among six candidates running for the presidency in the…

President Tokayev Announces Plans to Turn Atyrau Region Into Petrochemical Center, Addresses Environmental Issues

ASTANA – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev set forward the task of making the Atyrau Region the country’s leading center for the deep processing of oil and gas, stressing the importance of the region’s economic diversification, at a Nov. 8 meeting with the region’s public, reported the Akorda press service. Tokayev’s visit to the Atyrau Region…

President Tokayev Highlights Investment and Transit Potential of Mangystau Region

ASTANA – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev emphasized the need to rationally leverage the Mangystau Region’s advantageous geographical location to turn it into a worldwide transportation and transit center during his Nov. 7 meeting with the region’s public, reported the presidential press service.  “The port city of Aktau is rightfully known as Kazakhstan’s sea gate. The…

SANTO Plans to Expand Its R&D Hub in Shymkent, Become Leader in Central Asia

ASTANA – The SANTO company, a leader in Kazakhstan’s pharmaceutical market, revealed plans for its research&development (R&D) hub, the company’s scientific laboratory and the plant, which manufactures a diverse range of medicines up to par with European standards of quality, the company’s press service reported on Nov. 2.  According to SANTO Director of Research and…

Germany to Open Hydrogen Diplomacy Office in Kazakhstan, Says Foreign Minister Baerbock During Her Visit to Astana

ASTANA –  Germany will open the Hydrogen Diplomacy Office in Astana to institutionalize interaction between the governments and experts of Kazakhstan and Germany to create a stable fuel energy cycle, announced German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock during her visit to the Kazakh capital on Oct. 31. During his meeting with Baerbock, Kazakh Prime Minister Alikhan…

President Tokayev Outlines Priorities for Almaty Region Development, Emphasizes Opportunities in Manufacturing, Energy and Tourism Fields

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev outlined six priorities for the Almaty Region’s development during his visit to the region on Oct. 19, reported Akorda press service.  According to the President, the decision to divide the Almaty Region into two – the Almaty Region with its administrative center in Konaev city and the Zhetisu Region with…

Kazakhstan Promotes Peace and Cooperation, Demonstrates Its Position As Trustworthy Ally on Global Stage, Says President Tokayev During His Visit to Almaty Region

ASTANA – Kazakhstan consistently and effectively promotes the values of peace, cooperation, and mutual trust, achieving high worldwide esteem and demonstrating itself to be a progressive and responsible state, said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during an Oct. 19 meeting with the Almaty region’s public, reported the Akorda press service.  According to the President, Kazakhstan’s strategic course…

World Benefits from Peaceful and Prosperous Asia, Says UN Secretary-General in Video Address to Sixth CICA Summit

ASTANA – The world benefits come from a peaceful and prosperous Asia, said United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres in his video address at the plenary session of the sixth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) on Oct. 13 in Astana. “I am grateful for our partnership in…

President Tokayev Outlines Five Priority Areas of Kazakhstan’s Upcoming Two-Year CICA Chairmanship

ASTANA – Speaking at the opening of the plenary session of the sixth CICA summit on Oct. 13 in Astana, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev outlined five priority directions for Kazakhstan’s next two-year chairmanship at the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA). He said the country sets ambitious goals for this mission, including the…

Upcoming Weekend in Astana: ATP 500 Tennis Tournament, Ballet “Cinderella,” Eco-action and Art

ASTANA – The weather in the capital promises to be pleasant this weekend, and it won’t last long, so take advantage of the events the Kazakh capital has to offer. Attending a ballet event at the main theater will feed your soul, while eco-action in the green belt of Astana will clear your mind.  The…

Kazakhstan Improves Its Position in UN E-Government Development Index

ASTANA – Kazakhstan moved up one spot to occupy the 28th place in the United Nations (UN) Global E-Government Development Index (EGDI) for the development of electronic government, according to a Sept. 29 Facebook post of the Minister of Digital Development, Innovation, and Aerospace Industry Bagdat Mussin.  Previously, Kazakhstan reached its highest position – 28th…

Kazakhstan’s Continues to Adhere to Balanced Foreign Policy, Says President Tokayev During His Visit to Shymkent

ASTANA – A balanced and constructive foreign policy for Kazakhstan is in the nation’s best interests, said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in his address to the public in Shymkent during a Sept. 27 working visit to the city, reported the Akorda press service.  According to Tokayev, the country will develop “allied relations with Russia, the eternal…

One Presidential Term is Bold Step Toward Building Democracy, Says President Tokayev During His Visit to Turkistan Region

ASTANA – The introduction of a single presidential term is a bold step toward greater democratization, said Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during a Sept. 27 meeting with the civilians of the Turkistan Region, reported the Akorda press service.  On Sept. 17, Tokayev signed a series of constitutional amendments into law, including the initiative to limit…

President Tokayev Calls on Peacemaking Potential of Religions as Contributors to Long-Term Stability, Wraps Up Religious Congress

NUR-SULTAN –  It is vital to put to good use the peacemaking potential of religions and unite the efforts of spiritual leaders to pursue long-term stability, said President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev wrapping up the seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions on Sept. 15.  President Tokayev thanked the spiritual leaders who attended…

UN Secretary-General Guterres Commends Kazakhstan for Hosting Congress of World and Traditional Religion Leaders

NUR-SULTAN – Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) António Guterres praised the government of Kazakhstan for hosting the seventh Congress of Leaders of the World and Traditional Religions in his video address to the congress participants on Sept. 14. In the address, Guterres underlined that congress provides a place of interaction for state actors and…

Foreign Media Contest Winners Receive Awards in Kazakh Capital

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the country’s Chief Editors Club, and Kazakh Tourism national company presented awards on Sept. 13 to the winners of the seventh contest – New Kazakhstan Through the Eyes of Foreign Media. This year, the systemic changes taking place in the country since the beginning of 2022, including…

Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions Kicks Off in Kazakh Capital

NUR-SULTAN – The Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, Kazakhstan’s major international event since the pandemic, started its work on Sept. 14 in the Kazakh capital. With more than 100 delegations from more than 50 countries, the congress will focus on the role of religious leaders in spiritual and social development in…

President Tokayev Meets With Delegates Arriving for Congress of World and Traditional Religions

NUR-SULTAN – President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev met with representatives of international organizations, religious leaders, and heads of religious universities on Sept. 13 on the eve of the upcoming seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, reported the Akorda press service. During the meeting with the High Representative for the United Nations Alliance…

Kazakhstan to Welcome 44 Foreign Companies Relocating from Russia

NUR-SULTAN – More than 40 foreign companies are relocating to Kazakhstan from Russia, said Deputy Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Almas Aidarov on the sidelines of the Kazakh-German business forum in Nur-Sultan on Sept. 6, Kazinform reported.  According to Aidarov, Kazakhstan is interested in 300 foreign companies from more than 20 countries, with the majority coming…

Kazakh PM Smailov Discusses Government’s Efforts to Make Concept of New Kazakhstan Reality in His Latest Interview

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov spoke about the concept of a New Kazakhstan entails as well as the government’s efforts to make this concept a reality in his Aug. 25 interview with Tenginews. According to Smailov, a New Kazakhstan offers a favorable investment policy that promotes entrepreneurial freedom and competitiveness, among other principles,…

Kazakhstan to Export Only Surplus Oil Volumes Through Azerbaijan, Says Minister of Energy

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan will ship only excess oil volumes through Azerbaijan, said Kazakh Minister of Energy Bolat Akchulakov during an Aug. 25 online briefing. According to Bolat Akchulakov, oil output will be increased in the next two years by expanding the country’s main fields while establishing new smaller fields. In general, growth is anticipated to…

This Year’s Volumes of Wheat Allow Kazakhstan to Maintain Its Strong Trading Position, Says Kazakh Minister of Agriculture

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan has sufficient wheat for export, allowing it to preserve its trading position in its traditional markets, said Kazakh Minister of Agriculture Yerbol Karashukeyev at an Aug. 23 government meeting, reported the ministry’s press service. “The gross grain harvest is expected to reach 18.3 million tons, with wheat accounting for more than 13.4…

Kazakhstan’s Internal Affairs Ministry Changes Restrictive Procedures for 421 Suspects Involved in January Events

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Ministry of Internal Affairs changed the restrictive measures for 421 suspects with no criminal record to non-custodial measures, said the ministry’s head of the investigative department Sanzhar Adilov at the Central Communication Service press briefing on Aug. 23. The suspects were subject to no-leave obligations, bail, home arrest, and personal guarantees.…

US Mission in Kazakhstan and AIFC Team Up to Foster Women’s Entrepreneurship in Southern Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – The U.S. Mission in partnership with the Astana International Financial Center (AIFC) launched the Academy of Women Entrepreneurs program (AWE) on Aug.18 to support women entrepreneurs in southern Kazakhstan. Judy Kuo, Chargé d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy Nur-Sultan, virtually welcomed the 100 participants from the Turkistan, Zhambyl and Almaty Regions, encouraging them to…

General Prosecutor’s Office Publishes List of 238 People Who Died During January Riots in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – The General Prosecutor’s Office has published a list with the names of 238 people who died during the January riots in Kazakhstan, while still investigating more than 200 criminal cases linked to their deaths, said Yeldos Kilymzhanov, deputy head of the Criminal Prosecution Service of the General Prosecutor’s Office at an Aug. 16…

Chess In Kazakhstan Experiences Revival, Says Multiple World Chess Champion Dinara Saduakasova

NUR-SULTAN – The sport of chess is experiencing a revival in Kazakhstan due to the victories at World Championships, said an international grandmaster and multiple world chess champion of Kazakhstan Dinara Saduakasova at an Aug. 15 press conference, dedicated to the commencement of the International Chess Festival to be held for the first time in…

Foreign Internet Companies in Kazakhstan Have Paid Nearly $6.3 Million in Digital Taxes Since Beginning of This Year

NUR-SULTAN – Foreign Internet companies operating in Kazakhstan have paid three billion tenge (US$6.3 million) in digital taxes since the beginning of the year, said head of the Digital Assets Department of the State Revenue Committee Nurzhan Kuandykov during an Aug. 11 live press briefing on the committee’s official YouTube channel. According to Kuandykov, only…

TURKSOY Promotes Legacy of Kazakh Writer Auezov Among Türkiye’s Audience on Eve of His 125th Anniversary

NUR-SULTAN – On the eve of the 125th anniversary of Kazakh writer Mukhtar Auezov, the novel essay “Menin Auezovim” (My Auezov) was translated into the Turkish language with the assistance of the TURKSOY international organization of Turkic culture, the Central Communication Service’s press service reported on Aug. 9. The novel essay was written by Kazakh…

Kazakhstan and Türkiye Expand Cooperation in Military Intelligence Information Sharing

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan and Türkiye will exchange intelligence, military information, and expert assessments, according to a protocol signed by the governments of Kazakhstan and Türkiye and ratified by the Kazakh government decree on Aug. 5. The protocol becomes effective on the date it is signed. The protocol states that the countries will jointly monitor the…

Air Astana Announces Plans to Open New Pilot Training Center Worth $10 Million in Nur-Sultan by Year-End, Addresses Recent Flight Delays

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s national air carrier Air Astana is set to open a new training facility worth US$10.4 million in the capital by the end of this year, said CEO of the company Peter Foster at an Aug. 5 press conference dedicated to outlining the development plans of the company. As specified by Foster, the…

Kazakhstan Ranks 79 Among 132 Economies Featured in Global Innovation Index 2021

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan is ranked 79th out of 132 economies for its innovation capabilities, taking third place among the 10 economies in Central and Southern Asia, according to the Global Innovation Index 2021. The top three economies by income group are Switzerland, Sweden and the United States of America (High-income); China, Bulgaria, Malaysia (Upper middle-income);…

Kazakhstan Invests $54 Million in 2022 to Develop Single-Industry Towns

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan allocated 25.8 billion tenge (US$54 million) in 2022 to develop its single-industry towns, announced Minister of National Economy Alibek Kuantyrov at an Aug. 2 government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov and reported by the ministry’s press service. The measures to develop single-industry towns are included in the roadmap that the…

Kazakh Ministry of Healthcare Calls for Timely Vaccination and Revaccination Among Population

NUR-SULTAN – The fact that 80 percent of COVID-19 positive tests occur in unvaccinated people or those who were vaccinated six months ago confirms the need for timely revaccination against COVID-19, said Minister of Healthcare Azhar Giniyat at Aug. 2 government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov, the Prime Minister’s press service reports. According…

Pope Francis Confirms Visit to Kazakhstan in September to Attend Religious Leaders Congress

NUR-SULTAN – Pope Francis will make his 38th Apostolic Journey to Kazakhstan on Sept. 13-15, 2022 at the invitation of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the presidential press service reported on Aug. 1.  The Pope is scheduled to meet with the country’s senior leadership and participate in the VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional…

Emigration from Kazakhstan Declines for Third Consecutive Year

NUR-SULTAN – The number of people who are leaving Kazakhstan has decreased for a third consecutive year as the country is witnessing a decreasing gap between the number of people leaving and entering the country, Ranking.kz reported. Emigrants from Kazakhstan favor moving to Russia and Germany, while most immigrants enter the country mainly from neighboring…

Kazakh Ministry of Healthcare Expects COVID-19 Surge in August

NUR-SULTAN – Over the past week, the COVID-19 incidence increased by 1.9 times, compared with the previous week, said Vice Minister of Healthcare, Chief State Sanitary Doctor Aizhan Esmagambetova at a July 27 Central Communications Service (CCS) press briefing. “We revise the forecast of the epidemiological situation every two or three weeks. The incidence of…

Hong Kong Hosts Photo Exhibition to Commemorate Thirty Years of Diplomatic Relations Between Kazakhstan And China

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan and the entire region of Central Asia are becoming increasingly popular among tourists from Hong Kong, said Secretary for Justice of Hong Kong Paul Lam at the opening ceremony of a photo exhibition honoring the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and China, reported the Kazakh Foreign Ministry press service on…

Kazakh Film “Goliath” Enters Program of Venice Film Festival

NUR-SULTAN – The noir film “Goliath” by Adilkhan Yerzhanov will be shown as part of the Orizzonti Extra (New Horizons) competition program at the 79th Venice International Film Festival, which will take place on Lido Island from Aug. 31 to Sept.10, the Kazakhfilm press service reported on July 26. The Orizzonti Extra program highlights trends…

President Tokayev Announces Major Initiatives at Consultative Meeting of Central Asian Leaders in Cholpon-Ata

NUR-SULTAN – During the July 21 consultative meeting of the heads of states of Central Asia in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev put forward several major initiatives, reported the presidential press service. Here are the main highlights: Treaty of Friendship, Good Neighborliness and Cooperation for the Development of Central Asia in the 21st century…

Astana Opera Closes its Season With Nearly 60,000 Spectators Coming to See the Shows

NUR-SULTAN – The ninth theatrical season of the Astana Opera was vibrant and rich with shows pulling in more than 60,000 spectators, with 200 events and more than 45 exhibitions dedicated to legendary artists and directors of the theater, reports the Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sports. Among the most anticipated premiers were Tibor Kocsák’s…

Sixteen Kazakh Universities Enter QS World University Rankings 2023

NUR-SULTAN – Sixteen Kazakh universities made it into the QS World University Rankings 2023 which includes more than 1,500 institutions around the world, finprom.kz reports. Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, L. N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Satbayev University, Auezov South Kazakhstan State University and Kazakh National Agrarian Research University are in the top 500 seats of…

UAE Company to Build $2 Billion Multifunctional Grand Mosque Residences Complex in Nur-Sultan

NUR-SULTAN – The United Arab Emirates Ayana Holding expressed interest in the construction of a multifunctional residential and commercial соmplex dubbed The Grand Mosque Residences in the Kazakh capital during the July 19 meeting of the Kazakh Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi and Ayana Holding Chairman Abdullah bin Lahej, reports the Kazakh Foreign Ministry press service.…

US to Assist Kazakhstan in Recovery of Criminal Assets

NUR-SULTAN – The United States’ juridical and investigative agencies confirmed their readiness to assist in tracing and recovering assets illegally withdrawn from Kazakhstan to the United States during a July 18 visit of the delegation of the General Prosecutor’s Office of Kazakhstan to the United States, reports the General Prosecutor’s Office of Kazakhstan. The Kazakh…

Kazakhstan to Widen Export Routes for Its Grain

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture is looking for ways to open new markets for Kazakh grain export, Kazinform reports. Traditional importers of Kazakh wheat and flour are the countries of Central Asia and Afghanistan. “The ministry of agriculture is working to increase exports to China, the countries of the Caucasus (Azerbaijan, Georgia), Pakistan,…

Kazakhstan’s National Bank Implements Measures to Balance Exchange Rate Amidst Geopolitical Risks and High Volatility of Russian Ruble

NUR-SULTAN – The National Bank of Kazakhstan took measures to balance the foreign exchange market to ensure financial stability and prevent fluctuations of the national currency, reported Chair of the National Bank Galymzhan Pirmatov at the July 14 expanded government meeting headed by President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev. “Targeted foreign exchange interventions of the National Bank contributed…

Kazakh Prime Minister Reports Half-Year Socioeconomic Development Results

NUR-SULTAN – Social payments were indexed twice this year with the measure affecting 4.1 million people, including 2.2 million pensioners, Kazakh Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov told the July 14 expanded government meeting with Kazakh President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev. Smailov also said that a step-by-step wage increase will soon affect 1.2 million civil servants. “In education and…

Astana Opera to Stage Contrabass Parade Concert This Weekend

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana Opera’s symphony orchestra will present the concert “Guys With Contrabass” at the Kulyash Baiseitova Chamber Hall on July 16, reported the theater’s press service. The musicians will demonstrate the virtuosity of the sound of the orchestra’s musical ‘giant’ – contrabass. The concert will showcase works by foreign composers including Gioachino Rossini,…

Kazakhstan’s Foreign Trade Demonstrates Steady Growth, Reaches $51 Billion in Five Months

NUR-SULTAN – The country’s foreign trade turnover between January and May increased by 41 percent compared to the same period last year and reached US$51.3 billion, according to the Kazakh Bureau of National Statistics. Exports increased by 59 percent and reached US$34.2 billion, while imports rose by 14.4 percent and reached US$17.1 billion. This significant…

ACRA Rating Agency Affirms Kazakhstan’s Credit Rating at ‘BBB+’ Stable Outlook

NUR-SULTAN – ACRA analytical credit rating agency has affirmed the long-term credit rating of Kazakhstan both in foreign and in national currency at the ‘BBB+’ level with a stable outlook.  According to the agency, the forecast assumes that the rating will most likely remain unchanged within the next year. “Among the fundamental factors that support Kazakhstan’s…

CPC Oil Еxport in First Half of 2022 Exceeds Last Year`s Level

NUR-SULTAN – For the first half of 2022, the export of Kazakh oil through the oil pipeline system of the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) reached 28.75 million tons, and nearly 97 percent of it was shipped through Russian seaports, reports the Kazakh Ministry of Energy. Last year, the export of Kazakh oil through the CPC…

Russian Court Lifts Suspension on Caspian Pipeline Consortium

NUR-SULTAN – The regional court of the city of Krasnodar, Russia, overturned the earlier decision of Primorsky District Court in the southern Russian city of Novorossiysk to suspend the operations of the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC), reports the CPC press service. The month-long suspension will be replaced by a 200,000 roubles fine (US$3,300). The new…

Astana Hub and Google for Startups Silkway Accelerator Program Announces Its First Cohort of Startups

NUR-SULTAN – Fifteen promising startups will fine-tune their projects under the Silkway Accelerator program launched by the Astana Hub International Technopark of IT Startups and Google for Startups (GfS), reports the Astana Hub’s press service.  Fifteen startups that are at the Product/Market Fit stage will participate in the three-month acceleration program in an offline format…

Flights Cancellations Are Not Expected Due to Shortage of Jet Fuel, Says Kazakh Civil Aviation Committee

NUR-SULTAN – Flight cancellations are not expected in connection to the decrease of jet fuel production at the Pavlodar petrochemical plant (PPCP), reported the Civil Aviation Committee (CAC) of the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development of Kazakhstan on July 8. Earlier the administration of the Almaty International Airport announced that it suspended refueling of…

President Tokayev Extends Condolences to Family of Japan’s Former PM Shinzo Abe

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev expressed his condolences to the family of Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who had been shot while delivering an election campaign speech in the city of Nara on Friday.  Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, died at the age of 67 succumbing to his wounds.  Police say a 41-year-old…

Kazakhstan Оffers the West Strategic Opportunity: Will It Seize It?

NUR-SULTAN – In today’s world marked by a geopolitical power shift, the collective West should see Kazakhstan as an opportunity. That was a cross-cutting theme of the conference at Brussels Press Club dedicated to the release of a new report titled Kazakhstan Offers the West a Strategic Opportunity authored by Dr. John C. Hulsman, a…

A Conversation with President Tokayev: Kazakh Leader Addresses Special Session at Qatar Economic Forum

NUR-SULTAN – “Even during the Cold War, the United Nations was much more united than now,” said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during a special panel session titled “In Conversation” with President Tokayev at the Qatar Economic Forum on June 21.  In a candid Q&A session with Bloomberg’s co-anchor Manus Cranny, the Kazakh President gave comprehensive answers…

The Beauty of Mangystau in the Palm of Your Hand (Video)

NUR-SULTAN  – Nurken Tazhibay, a blogger from Aktau, shared a video with scenic destinations of the Mangystau Region on Instagram, reports Zakon.kz news website. In just one minute the video brings nine most marvelous touristic locations of the Mangystau Region. Among them are Karynzharyk valley, a desert steppe located between Mangystau peninsula and Ustyurt plateau,…

Outcome of Referendum Reinforces Kazakhstan’s Position Both in Region and in the World, Says SCO Secretary-General

NUR-SULTAN – The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) mission recognizes the referendum in Kazakhstan as open, transparent, and democratic, said SCO Secretary-General Zhang Ming at a press briefing on June 6.  According to the preliminary results, 77.18 percent of citizens voted in favor of the Constitutional amendments. The overall turnout was more than 68 percent. The…

International Observers Recognize Outcome of Constitutional Referendum

NUR-SULTAN – On the day following Kazakhstan’s national referendum on the proposed Constitutional amendments, international observation mission heads and delegates shared their views on the voting procedure and citizen participation.  This year, the country’s Central Referendum Commission (CEC) accredited 272 foreign observers representing 25 countries and 11 international organizations. Among the international organizations are the…

International Observers Note High Voter Turnout as Vote on Constitutional Amendments Continues

NUR-SULTAN – International observers note a high turnout at the polling stations across Kazakhstan. Vice President of the International Turkic Academy Fuzuli Majidli says the turnout at the polling stations in Nur-Sultan is quite high.  As of 12 p.m. today, 43.7 percent of citizens eligible to vote participated in the referendum.  “The Central Election Commission…

Constitutional Referendum Witnesses Strong Political Engagement Among Young People

NUR-SULTAN – The national referendum on constitutional amendments displayed an impressive level of political engagement among young people, said Faizullo Barotzoda, the group coordinator of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). For many young people in Kazakhstan, this is the first referendum that they are eligible to participate in. The last…

Referendum Will Determine Trajectory for Kazakhstan’s Future, Says Kyrgyz Central Election Commission Member

NUR-SULTAN – As of 12.00 a.m., over 40 percent of Kazakh citizens received their ballots to vote. According to the member of Kyrgyzstan’s Central Election Commission Abdyzhappar Bekmatov, the people of Kazakhstan realize the importance of this referendum, as it will determine the future trajectory of the country’s development. Bekmatov noted that Kazakhstan has done…

Businesses and Citizens Must Have Stable and Fair Rules, Says Chairperson of Agency for Strategic Planning and Reforms

NUR-SULTAN – Chairman of Kazakhstan’s Agency of Strategic Planning and Reforms Aset Irgaliyev met with foreign media to discuss the upcoming national referendum and the economic policy of the New Kazakhstan platform.  This year marks the change in the paradigm of the country’s development. President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has announced unprecedented political and economic…

Kazakhstan’s Central Election Commission Wraps Up Preparation for Constitutional Referendum

NUR-SULTAN – The Central Election Commission of Kazakhstan announced that in the upcoming referendum approximately 12 million citizens are eligible to vote, with the Almaty Region having the highest number of eligible citizens, the commission told foreign journalists at the June 3 briefing. Kazakh citizens will be able to exercise their voting rights at more…

Kazakh Foreign Minister Tileuberdi Visits Rome to Reinforce Cooperation with Italy

NUR-SULTAN – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tileuberdi paid a working visit to Rome on June 1 to strengthen bilateral relations with Italy across many areas, reports the Kazakh Foreign Ministry’s press service.  Tileuberdi held talks with Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luigi Di Maio. The…