Articles by Aiman Nakispekova

Kazakhstan Honors International Day of Human Space Flight

ASTANA – Kazakhstan celebrates the International Day of Human Space Flight on April 12, a commemoration established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2011.  In Kazakhstan and neighboring countries, it is commonly referred to as Cosmonautics Day, celebrated since 1962. This date marks the historic flight of Yuriy Gagarin, a Soviet cosmonaut,…

Estonia Strengthens Ties with Kazakhstan Across Multiple Fronts 

ASTANA – Estonia views Kazakhstan as a significant player in Central Asia and aims to bolster cooperation in various sectors, including economy, education, and beyond, said Ambassador of Estonia, Toomas Tirs, in an interview with The Astana Times. Tirs elaborated on the historical connections between the two nations and the evolving dynamics of bilateral relations.…

Central Asia Faces Window of Opportunity Amid Population Growth

ASTANA – The population of Central Asia has surged over the last three decades, exceeding 79 million people, with an average annual growth of one million in the past ten years alone. Despite challenges such as low living standards and high mortality rates, experts anticipate continued growth, projecting a population exceeding 100 million by 2050,…

Young Kazakh Author Publishes Two Books in US

ASTANA – Eight-year-old Malika Kabdylkhak is the first and youngest Kazakh child author to have her books featured on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing in the United States (US). She has published two illustrated stories in English on the global platform. Her mother, Akmarzhan Kasmaganbetova, discussed her daughter’s journey in an interview with Zakon.kz news agency.…

Zhezkazgan: Kazakhstan’s Hub of Industry and History

Editor’s Note: The Astana Times introduces a new series, Exploring Kazakhstan, City by City. We are setting out to unveil the rich diversity of Kazakhstan’s cities, starting with Zhezkazgan. By exploring each city’s unique history and culture, we aim to bring you closer to the heart and soul of Kazakhstan. ASTANA – Two years ago,…

Qazaq Culture Platform Showcases Kazakhstan’s Heritage and National Identity

ASTANA—Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Culture and Information presented a project dubbed Qazaq Culture on March 29. The project aims to popularize Kazakhstan’s cultural heritage and promote the national brand, reported the ministry’s press service. The creation of the website represents a significant step in drawing global attention to Kazakh culture and its diversity. The platform encompasses…

Black Biotechnology Offers Eco-Friendly Solutions for High-Quality Livestock Products in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – The production of high-quality livestock products is directly linked to animal health, significantly influenced by environmental conditions. The use of environmentally friendly feed additives and fertilizers can promote sustainable agriculture practices in Kazakhstan, benefiting both animal and plant health. In an interview with Astana Times, Aizhan Kumisbekova, the operating director of Black Biotechnology,…

Kazakhstan Builds Just State, Empowering Inclusive Society

ASTANA – Lyazzat Kaltayeva, a member of Kazakhstan’s Senate, assumed the chairmanship of the Senate’s Council on Inclusion last year. In an interview with Kazinform news agency, she discussed the key aspects of an inclusive Kazakhstan and the recent advancements for people with disabilities. In 2023, Kazakhstan established the Inclusive Parliament parliamentary group and the…

Kazakh National Sports Day Honors Tradition and Unity

ASTANA – March 20 marks the celebration of National Sports Day in Kazakhstan, dedicated to promoting physical activity and a healthy lifestyle while showcasing its integral role in the Kazakh culture. As part of the Nauryznama Decade, specific events are organized nationwide to showcase the diversity of national sports and participants’ skills. A special celebration…

Kazakh Day of Culture and Traditions Highlights Its Rich Heritage 

ASTANA – Kazakhstan celebrates the Day of Culture and National Traditions on March 16, dedicated to promoting its culture, arts, and values. The day is part of the Nauryznama Decade, a new format of the Nauryz holiday celebration. Kazakhstan boasts a diverse population and cultural landscape, with various ethnic groups coexisting and contributing to its…

Kazakhstan’s CodiPlay to Collaborate with EdTech Company in Saudi Arabia

ASTANA – Kazakh Ed-Tech startup CodiPlay has signed a memorandum of strategic partnership with Artificially Intelligent Learning Assistant (AILA) to integrate advanced CodiPlay educational solutions into 200 schools in Saudi Arabia, reported the startup’s press service on March 11. The product’s introduction aligns with the key objectives of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 initiative, which aims…

Eco-Volunteer Project Contributes to Aral Sea Restoration 

ASTANA – The first eco-volunteer initiative, featuring the planting of saxaul seedlings on the Aral Sea’s bottom, took place in the Kyzylorda Region on March 1-3, reported the university’s press service.  The event was organized by the Almaty Management University (AlmaU) to revitalize the region’s ecosystem and protect it from the aftermath of the Aral…

Assembly of People of Kazakhstan Acknowledges Contributions on Gratitude Day

ASTANA – The Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan (APK) held a teleconference on Gratitude Day at the Friendship House in Astana. The event expressed gratitude to the citizens of Kazakhstan who contribute daily to civic and labor endeavors, fostering interethnic harmony, and advancing the country’s development. Addressing the participants, Murat Azilkhanov, the deputy chairman…

Kazakh Athlete Tsyrulnikov Empowers Rural Youth Through Sports and Philanthropy

ASTANA – Novorybinka village in the Akkol district of the Akmola Region has become part of the unique 100 Villages project initiated by Sergey Tsyrulnikov, a Kazakh athlete with four Guinness World Records and an ambassador for the Ministry of Tourism and Sports. In 2023, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev recognized Tsyrulnikov’s philanthropic efforts because they were…

Kazakhstan Celebrates Gratitude Day, Honoring Country’s Diversity and Hospitality 

ASTANA – Kazakhstan celebrates Gratitude Day on March 1, emphasizing the importance of fostering unity among its diverse population. This day serves as an occasion for ethnic groups to express gratitude to one another and the Kazakh people for their hospitality, support, mercy, and compassion during the years when numerous populations were forcibly relocated to…

Kazakhstan Showcases Agricultural Water-Saving Expertise at Global Exhibition 

ASTANA – Deputy Agriculture Minister Azat Sultanov discussed Kazakhstan’s advancements in water-saving technologies and sustainable water resource management at the Global Water international exhibition, reported the ministry’s press service on Feb. 25. Sultanov emphasized the pressing need for water-saving technologies to enhance the efficiency of irrigated agriculture. These technologies are vital in reducing water consumption…

Kazakhstan to Allocate Over $110 Million Investment in Renewable Energy in 2024

ASTANA – Kazakhstan plans to invest 50 billion tenge ($110.7 million) in renewable energy sources in 2024. This allocation includes nine billion tenge ($19.9 million) for wind power stations, 13 billion tenge ($28.7 million) for solar power stations, and 28 billion tenge ($62 million) for hydroelectric power stations, reported Kazinform news agency on Feb. 26,…

Gennadiy Golovkin’s National Olympic Committee Presidency: Landmark Moment for Kazakhstan’s Sports Evolution

ASTANA – The appointment of legendary boxer Gennadiy Golovkin as President of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) marks a significant milestone in sports development in Kazakhstan. His candidacy garnered support during the committee congress on Feb. 26 in Astana, reported Sports.kz Golovkin succeeds Timur Kulibayev, who chaired the committee since 2015 and was re-elected in…

Dimash Kudaibergen to Perform in Istanbul in May

ASTANA – Kazakh pop star Dimash Kudaibergen announced the upcoming solo concert on May 24 in Istanbul, Türkiye, on his Instagram page on Feb. 19.  “I hope that on this evening we will become one and sing together with everyone who is passionate about creativity and whose beautiful hearts are full of kindness and light! I…

UNICEF, EU, Kazakhstan Collaborate to Aid Children Returning from Conflict Zones

ASTANA – The first meeting of the coordination working group for the joint program of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the European Union (EU), and Kazakhstan took place on Feb. 23, focusing on the second component of the EU and United Nations’ support to Central Asian states and their citizens returning from conflict zones,…

Trusted Financial Source: Kazatomprom Claims Top Spot Among Global Uranium Producers 

ASTANA – Kazatomprom National Atomic Company claims top position among the leading global uranium producers, according to Insider Monkey, a financial website specializing in insider trading and hedge fund data, on Feb. 23. As Kazakhstan’s national operator for uranium export and import, nuclear power plant fuel, and related technologies, the company contributes 23% to the…

Kazakhstan Welcomes First Wave of Starlink Equipment 

ASTANA – The first batch of 500 pieces of SpaceX Starlink equipment has arrived in Kazakhstan, wrote Bagdad Mussin, the Kazakh Minister of Digital Development, Innovations and Aerospace Industry, in his Telegram channel on Feb.24.  Distribution to specific schools in the Turkistan and Akmola Regions, fully prepared for Starlink installation, will commence next week. The…

Green Hydrogen Project to Transform Energy Landscape in Mangystau Region

ASTANA – The implementation of a green hydrogen production project will occur in the Mangystau Region, chosen for its exceptional wind conditions at altitudes greater than 100 meters, as reported by Mangystaumedia.kz news agency in early February.  Hydrogen production in this region will utilize electrolysis of water powered by electricity generated from solar and wind…

Kazakh Site Constructor Startup Announces Plans to Go Global

ASTANA – Last year, Kazakh entrepreneur Madat Karimov introduced the Qtap startup, a multifunctional platform that integrates social networking, website building, and online payment capabilities. Currently, the platform boasts over 42,000 registered users, including individuals from the United States, where the team aims to expand soon. In an interview with the Astana Times, Aidyn Aidyngali,…

Astana Conference Unveils Key Insights in Mining Investing Activities

ASTANA – Astana hosted a conference on Feb. 22 focusing on enhancing investment attractiveness in Kazakhstan’s mining industry. The participants discussed a range of topics relevant to the country’s mining sector, encompassing legislative frameworks, operational processes, and geological opportunities. Addressing the participants, Kanat Sharlapayev, Kazakhstan’s Minister of Industry and Construction, underscored the mining sector’s pivotal…