Articles by Aigerim Bulambayeva

Astana knitting school stitches together learning, entrepreneurship, social connection

ASTANA – Aspiring young social entrepreneur Rakhima Mukusheva holds knitting classes in Astana, with the goal of helping her students master new skills, socialise and take baby steps into entrepreneurship upon the completion of the classes. Although Mukusheva has established knitting classes and launched a promising social project, she sees herself above all as a…

On first visit to Kazakhstan, GE Digital CEO says digital transformation transforms global industry

ASTANA – Bill Ruh, CEO of GE Digital and Chief Digital Officer (CDO) of GE, lectured at Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business Nov. 14 about the changes in the industrial due to the digital transformation and his company’s solution to the challenge. As part of his first visit to Kazakhstan, and the Commonwealth of…

Fifth Abai Keshi charity gala dinner raises funds for education

ASTANA – The life and works of Kazakhstan’s most famous poet were celebrated Oct. 29 as the Abai Social Trust Foundation held its fifth annual Abai Keshi (Abai’s Evening) charity gala dinner in Atyrau. Approximately 170 guests, including entrepreneurs, artists and sportsmen from different parts of the country, were in attendance. The event began with an exhibition…

Subsistence level and pension reform increases to be put into effect next year

ASTANA – Kazakh Vice Minister of Labour and Social Security Svetlana Zhakupova recently explained the upcoming changes in the country’s pension system. Solidarity pension will rise by 8 percent and basic pensions, as well as other types of benefits, by 6 percent. The increases will change the methodology of assigning basic pensions. All citizens currently…

Japanese Cultural Mission visits Astana, celebrates 25 years of diplomatic relations

ASTANA – Members of the Japanese Cultural Mission visited Astana Nov. 3-7 as part of a larger project commemorating 25 years of diplomatic and cultural relations between Kazakhstan and Japan. Led by Japan Foundation President Hiroyasu Ando, who works towards achieving cultural exchanges with countries throughout the world, the mission included prominent Japanese journalist Nobuhiko…

Policy would optimise procedure for PPP projects

ASTANA – Kazakh Minister of National Economy Timur Suleimenov spoke about the current state of private-public partnerships (PPP) and resulting policy measures during the Nov. 7 government meeting. He presented statistics indicating 116 contracts worth 139.5 billion tenge (US$418.6 million) have been concluded in compliance with PPP mechanisms, 53 of which worth 70 billion tenge…

Atyrau – oil capital of Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Founded as a small fishing village, Atyrau has developed into one of Kazakhstan’s biggest industrial cities and is now known as an oil capital of the country. History Atyrau was established on the shores of the Yaik River, renamed the Ural by Russian Empress Catherine the Great after the Pugachev Rebellion. The change…

Kazakhstan drops one spot on Doing Business report, shows progress in separate areas

ASTANA – Kazakhstan was ranked 36th on the Doing Business 2018 report released Oct. 31, one point lower compared with last year’s ranking. In separate instances, however, it showed definite progress. Although Kazakhstan’s overall rating dropped from its record high last year, the country was rated first among the 190 countries considered in “Protecting Minority…

Kazakhstan to switch to Latin alphabet by 2025

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a decree Oct. 26 to change the existing Kazakh alphabet to Latin-based script. The corresponding document was published Oct. 27 on the Akorda website. “In order to ensure the transition of the Kazakh alphabet from Cyrillic letters to Latin ones, I decree to approve the attached alphabet of…

World Bank organised storytelling event to raise awareness and address poverty

ASTANA – The World Bank marked International Day for the Eradication of Poverty Oct. 27 with the storytelling event “Talking for Change.” A number of compassionate speakers shared their personal experiences and life stories and described how those actions changed their way of thinking and improved the lives of others. They focused the audience’s attention…