Articles by Aidana Yergaliyeva

Kazakhstan Chairs Working Group of Preparatory Commission for Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

NUR-SULTAN – This year marks the 30th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.  The international community, recognizing the contribution of Kazakhstan in strengthening the non-proliferation regime of…

Famous Skaters Perform on Kazakhstan’s Lakes to Popularize Internal Tourism (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh professional figure skaters Elizabet Tursynbayeva and Kseniya Pankratova recently went viral on the Kazakh internet with their stunning performances on the frozen lakes of Kazakhstan. Tursynbayeva awed her instagram audience with a gentle dance on a lake in the Burabai district. She performed her dance to the accompaniment of a song titled…

Kazakh President Proposes to Reduce Threshold for Political Parties, Sets Priorities for 2021

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev proposed further political modernization and outlined his 2021 priorities for the Kazakh Parliament and government at the Dec. 15 opening of the first session of the Parliament of the seventh convocation. At the end of the last parliamentary elections, two Kazakh political parties were just a few percent away…

Kazakhstan to Manufacture Advanced Farm Technologies, Develop Sustainable Agriculture in Central Asia

NUR-SULTAN – The Valley Irrigation, a US-based global leader in irrigation technologies, inked an investment agreement with the Kusto Group, a Kazakhstan-based diversified international holding company, and the Kazakh Agriculture Ministry at a Jan. 12 video conference, primeminister.kz reported. Valmont Industries, which owns Valley Irrigation, has been in the field since 1954 and holds nearly…

International Observers Report Efficient Organization, Thorough Compliance With Democratic Norms During Kazakh Parliamentary Elections

NUR-SULTAN – International observation mission heads and delegates summed up their observations and recommendations on voting procedure and citizen participation in the Jan. 10 Kazakhstan’s parliamentary election at the Jan. 11 press briefings in Nur-Sultan. Similar to observers from foreign states, observation missions from the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), the Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic-Speaking Countries…

Majilis Elections: Foreign Observers Impressed By High Level of Preparedness at Polling Stations

NUR-SULTAN – Foreign observers reported high levels of preparedness at the polling stations and their compliance with democratic best practices during the Jan. 10 press briefings in Nur-Sultan. The Kazakh Central Election Commission accredited 398 foreign observers, of which 76 were from 31 foreign countries and 322 from ten international organizations. As the polling stations…

Top Pundits Share Insights, Commentary on Latest Parliamentary Elections in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh political analysts and experts commented on the progress and development of the Kazakh political environment, political competition and forecasts on the Jan. 10 regular parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan at a Jan. 8 press briefing. “The political system in Kazakhstan is developing into a stable political environment which is characterized by a multi-party…

Kazakh Central Election Commission Produces Explanatory Work on Electoral Legislation in Response to Numerous Appeals

NUR-SULTAN – As of Jan. 8, the Kazakh Central Election Commission (CEC) has received 104 appeals from individuals, legal entities, and press since the Oct. 21 announcement of the parliamentary elections. Most of the appeals requested clarification of the electoral legislation, the rest asked for information on electoral processes, offers, statements, among other issues. The…

Kazakhstan Expects Large Foreign Banks To Enter Kazakh Market, Eases Registration Procedures

NUR-SULTAN – Foreign banks will be able to open branches in Kazakhstan by submitting a single, simplified application. Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed a law on the restoration of economic growth, which included amendments regarding registration procedures of foreign banks on Jan. 2, the press service of the Kazakh Agency for Regulation and Development of…

Kazakh Central Election Commission Organizes 5,180 Training Events For Election Commission Members

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Central Election Commission (CEC) held 5,180 training events for election commission members and other participants integral to the electoral process during the campaign for the upcoming parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan, CEC Secretary Sabila Mustafina announced at a Jan. 5 CEC meeting. The CEC held the training in two stages – at…

Kazakhstan Registers 398 Foreign Observers for Upcoming Parliamentary Elections, Accreditation Wraps Up

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Central Election Commission (CEC) accredited a total of 398 foreign observers ahead of Kazakhstan’s Jan.10 parliamentary elections, CEC member Anastasia Schegortsova reported at the Jan. 4 commission meeting. The list included 322 observers from ten international organizations and 76 from 31 foreign countries. More than half of the observers from international…