Articles by Aida Haidar

Kazakhstan Has Perfect Recipe for Renewable Energy Transition, Says ACWA Power’s Head for Central Asia

ASTANA — With abundant wind and sun resources, Kazakhstan has the perfect recipe for transitioning to renewable energy, said Abid Malik, the Geo Head of Central Asia at ACWA Power, during The Astana Times YouTube interview on the sidelines of QazaqGreenFest on May 30-31 in Burabay, the Akmola Region. Malik noted that based on a…

Kazakh-Hungarian Strategic Partnership Marked by Dynamic Cooperation, Says Kazakh Official 

ASTANA — We have every reason to take pride in the long journey we have shared with Hungary, said Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Roman Vassilenko in an interview with Hungary’s Mandiner weekly magazine during his working visit to Budapest earlier this month. In the interview, Vassilenko highlighted several key points of Kazakh-Hungarian cooperation, including the…

Roche’s Bold Vision: Revolutionizing Kazakhstan’s Pharmaceutical Landscape

ASTANA — Toylan Senel, the head of Roche in Central Asia, spoke about the company’s ambitious mission to maximize its influence, focusing on Roche’s commitment to providing the most significant impact in Kazakhstan’s pharmaceutical industry in an interview with The Astana Times. Notably, in October of last year, Roche and Kazakhstan forged a groundbreaking agreement…

Central Asia Trade Forum Promotes Regional Prosperity Through Collaboration

ALMATY — The 13th Central Asia Trade Forum kicked off in Almaty on May 14 with a resounding call to enhance trade across Central Asia to catalyze regional prosperity. The panel included Zeinah Salahi, the senior Deputy Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Asia Bureau in Washington, Kazakh Vice Minister of…

Turning Environmental Crisis into Opportunity: Inspiring Efforts of Aral Tenizi

ASTANA—The tragic tale of environmental devastation in the Aral Sea is well-documented, marking it as one of the most significant ecological disasters of the 20th century. However, amidst the desolation lies a beacon of hope in the town of Aralsk, where the Aral Tenizi (from Kazakh – Aral Sea)  public association spearheads remarkable initiatives to…

IMF Report for Central Asia: Uneven Recovery, Resilience, and Middle Corridor Opportunities 

ASTANA — Jihad Azour, the Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), emphasized the expectation of an uneven recovery among economies in the Central Asia and Caucasus (CCA) region amidst significant uncertainty during an April 18 press briefing in Washington D.C.. While inflation trends align with global…

USAID Expedition to Oasis Project on Aral Sea Marks Milestone in Ecosystem Restoration

ASTANA—The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will lead an expedition to the USAID Oasis project on the former shores of the Aral Sea in the Kyzylorda region of Kazakhstan from April 12 to 16, the agency’s press service reported.  Established through a collaborative effort between USAID and the Kazakh partners, the Oasis project…

Kazakhstan Expands GovTech Exports and Embraces Digital Nomads

ASTANA—During the Digital Almaty 2024 forum, which convened in February, Kazakhstan solidified its international outreach by signing multiple memorandums of understanding, particularly regarding the export of its government technology (GovTech). Notable among these agreements is the extension of Kazakhstan’s IT solutions for e-government development, including Smart Bridge, the Unified Platform for Internet Resources of Government…

Kazakhstan, South Korea Increase Weekly Air Travel Frequency

ASTANA — The aviation authorities of Kazakhstan and South Korea agreed to increase the total number of permitted flights between the countries from 10 to 42 per week on March 21, the Kazakh Civil Aviation Committee (CAC) reported.  The agreement, spearheaded by CAC Chairperson Saltanat Tompiyeva and the General Director of South Korea’s Civil Aviation…

Kazakhstan Stands Firm Against Terrorism Following Moscow Attack

ASTANA — President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has strongly denounced the recent terrorist attack targeting civilians in Moscow on March 22, following the terrorist attack in the Crocus City Hall, Akorda press service reported.  President Tokayev emphasized that terrorism in any form cannot be justified and urged all United Nations member states to unite in…

AirAsia X and Kazakh Tourism Forge Strategic Partnership

ASTANA — Following its successful inaugural flight celebration to Almaty, Kazakhstan, AirAsia X signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for strategic collaboration with Kazakh Tourism national company on March 15, reported the airline’s press service. The MOU encompasses greater commercial collaboration and partnerships between the airline and the organization to promote tourism between Kazakhstan and…

Tokayev Outlines Values Shaping Kazakh Identity at National Kurultai

ASTANA — President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev emphasized the significance of fostering a new social ethics and outlined pivotal values essential to shaping the identity of the Kazakh nation during his address on March 15 at the National Kurultai in Atyrau, reported the Akorda press service. “A nation aspiring to claim its rightful place in the global…

FM Nurtleu Stresses Importance of Regional Cooperation in Fighting Drug Trafficking

ASTANA – Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Murat Nurtleu took part in the High-level Segment of the 67th Session of the United Nations (UN) Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, reported the ministry’s press service on March 14. The minister emphasized Kazakhstan’s comprehensive efforts in combating drug addiction and trafficking. …

Kazakh FM Says OSCE Should Be Preserved and Strengthened

ASTANA – Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Murat Nurtleu underscored the pivotal role of multilateral institutions in addressing unprecedented global challenges and reiterated Kazakhstan’s dedication to upholding the functionality of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) during a March 14 meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in…

UNDP Report: Kazakhstan Ranks 67th in Human Development

ASTANA—Kazakhstan entered the Very High human development category, securing the 67th position out of 193 countries and territories globally, according to a recent report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released on March 13.  HDI overview The country reached a Human Development Index (HDI) value of 0.802 in 2022, a notable leap in its…

Exploring Law in Eurasia: Insights from IAC Eurasia Arbitration Week 2024

ASTANA — The Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) International Arbitration Centre (IAC) launched the Eurasia Arbitration Week 2024 (EAW24) on March 5. The session, Arbitration in Eurasia – Regional Perspectives, moderated by IAC Chairman Thomas Krümmel convened distinguished figures and experts to delve into the multifaceted arbitration landscape, highlighting regional perspectives and challenges. Dr. Ilia…

President Tokayev Commends Advances in Healthcare, Industry During Visit to East Kazakhstan Region

ASTANA — President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev arrived on a working visit to the East Kazakhstan Region on Feb. 26, commencing his visit at the Center for Radiation Therapy and Diagnostics. The center, established on the regional multidisciplinary Center for Oncology and Surgery foundation, showcases state-of-the-art medical equipment to advance cancer diagnosis and treatment, reported…

National Bank Chair Comments on Base Rate Reduction to 14.75% Amid Decelerating Inflation

ASTANA — National Bank Chairman Timur Suleimenov announced that the bank’s Monetary Policy Committee reduced the base rate to 14.75% on Feb. 23, the bank’s press service reported. In a press statement, Suleimenov noted that one of the pivotal factors driving this decision is the trajectory of annual inflation, which is exhibiting a deceleration despite…

Exploring Cosmos: Stardust, Magnetic Fields, and AI with Kazakh Female Astrophysicist

ASTANA — In the vast expanse of the universe, a realm of cosmic wonders captivates the imagination of scientists and dreamers alike. Dana Alina, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics at Nazarbayev University, delved into the intricate mysteries of space, shedding light on the enigmatic world of stardust, magnetic fields, and the evolving…

Benelux-Kazakhstan Trade Talks: Exploring Opportunities for Mutual Growth

ASTANA — The inaugural meeting of the BeNeLux-Kazakhstan Trade Talks on Feb. 15 at Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business marked a significant step to fostering closer ties and exploring new avenues for economic collaboration between the BeNeLux countries and Kazakhstan. Organized by BeNeLux Chamber of Commerce, uniting the trade circles of the Kingdoms of…

Astana Hub: Bridging Borders, Building Futures in Central Asia’s Tech

ASTANA — Nestled within the bustling EXPO district on the left bank of Kazakhstan’s capital, the Astana Hub stands as a beacon of innovation and progress in the heart of Central Asia. In the exclusive interview with The Astana Times, its founding CEO Magzhan Madiyev reflected on the hub’s journey, accomplishments, and ambitions moving forward. …

Trailblazing Kazakh Female Researcher Empowers Women in Tech, Innovation, and Accessibility in STEM

ASTANA — On Feb. 11, the world celebrates the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Smart Systems and Artificial Intelligence (ISSAI) at Nazarbayev University (NU) Zhanat Makhataeva, a trailblazer in the field of tech and research, shared insights into her journey as a woman in science in…

Nurturing Future Leaders: Insights into Kazakhstan’s Presidential Youth Personnel Reserve

ASTANA — In Kazakhstan, the pursuit of nurturing capable leaders is embodied in the Presidential Youth Personnel Reserve, an early public initiative spearheaded by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. Its inaugural selection took place in 2019, marking a significant milestone in its journey. Governed by the Agency for Civil Service Affairs, this initiative acts as a channel…

Bektenov’s Nomination for Kazakh PM: Catalyst for Reform and Anti-Corruption Drive

ASTANA — Olzhas Bektenov’s nomination for the position of Prime Minister of Kazakhstan by the Amanat party on Feb. 6 has sparked discussions among Kazakh political analysts. Kazakh experts have weighed in on the significance of his appointment and the potential implications for the country’s political landscape, reported Tengrinews news agency. “With a high level…

Kazakhstan and EU Ink 800 Million Euro Deals at Global Gateway Forum

ASTANA — Kazakhstan and the European Union (EU) signed four memorandums worth over 800 million euros (US$865.7 million) at the Global Gateway Investors Forum for the EU – Central Asia Transport Connectivity on Jan. 29 in Brussels. One of the signed agreements includes a memorandum of understanding between Kazakhstan and the European Investment Bank (EIB)…