Articles by Aidana Yergaliyeva

World Bank data suggests Central Asian poverty rate continues to shrink, pace slowing 

NUR-SULTAN – Central Asian poverty levels continue to decrease, but the pace has slowed, reported the World Bank press service in conjunction with the Oct. 17 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. “The good news is that Central Asia continues to make progress towards eliminating poverty,” said Lilia Burunciuc, World Bank Country Director for…

Salam Air to open direct flights between Omani capital and Almaty, Nur-Sultan

NUR-SULTAN – Omani low-cost carrier Salam Air plans to open Almaty-Muscat direct flights with a frequency of seven flights per week in March 2020 and Nur-Sultan-Muscat in autumn 2020. Kazakh and Omani aviation authorities inked a memorandum of understanding Oct. 8 that gives the right for air carriers of both countries to operate 14 passenger…

Turkic Council approves Uzbekistan’s membership, awards Nazarbayev Higher Order of Turkic World

NUR-SULTAN – Uzbekistan joined the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States (CCTS or Turkic Council) Oct. 15 during its seventh summit in Baku, Azerbaijan. The summit also featured the award ceremony to present Kazakhstan’s First President Nursultan Nazarbayev with the newly established Higher Order of the Turkic World. Uzbekistan approached CCTS regarding membership in April…

Kazakh economy grows 4.3 percent in first nine months of 2019

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan enjoyed a 4.3 percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth from January to September, announced Minister of National Economy Ruslan Dalenov at an Oct. 14 government meeting, reported primeminister.kz. Investments in fixed assets grew 9.7 percent. The growth mainly accounts for an increase in output of light industry at 19 percent, manufacturing at…

Kazakh economy attracts $900 million in investments during business forums in Berlin, Paris

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan reached approximately $900 million in investment project agreements with German and French companies during recent business forums in Berlin and Paris. The Kazakh delegation, led by Deputy Prime Minister Roman Sklyar, achieved approximately $700 million in agreements with German companies during meetings at the Oct. 7 Kazakhstan-German Business Forum, reported the Kazakh…

Kazakhstan’s third 100 New Faces project looks for young, successful role models 

NUR-SULTAN – The third annual 100 New Faces of Kazakhstan project has changed its application requirements and revised procedures to select the top 100 individuals whose contributions to the country’s social life deserve recognition. Application may be submitted through Oct. 20. The project requires participants to be under age 39 to find role models among…

National library for visually impaired puts young minds to challenge specialised libraries 

NUR-SULTAN – The National Library for People with Blindness and Visual Impairment gathered young librarians from all regional specialised libraries Sept. 26-27 for its first nationwide meeting in Almaty. The session encouraged participants to share their success stories and exchange experiences on developing library science. The two-day meeting was composed of lectures, seminars and master…

President urges acceleration of capital city development, calls for infrastructure improvements

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev outlined the most pressing challenges facing the Kazakh capital and directed city officials and other government bodies to fix them during a major Oct. 8 meeting on Nur-Sultan’s development. Tokayev said investment in Nur-Sultan has declined for the first time in 10 years and instructed the Nur-Sultan Akimat (city administration)…

Chechen-Ingush ethno cultural centre in Semei assists all minorities in preserving their identity

NUR-SULTAN – Vainakh (Our people) Chechen-Ingush ethno cultural centre in Semei helps all ethnic minorities to preserve their traditions and identity, said leader Sultan Kartoyev.  Under the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan (APK) initiative, Vainakh centres throughout the country have been registered since 1995. The centre in Semei was created in 2013. As a representative…

Kazakhstan grants visa-free status for 12 more countries to attract investment, tourists, businesses

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan has granted visa-free entrance to 12 additional countries – Bahrain, Colombia, Indonesia, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Oman, the Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, the Vatican and Vietnam – for up to 30 days. “Based on the political, economic and investment feasibility, as well as other interests of Kazakhstan, the list of countries with visa-free…