Articles by Aizada Arystanbek

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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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…

Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan: A Vibrant City That Honors its Past

NUR-SULTAN – On July 6, Kazakhstan’s capital Nur-Sultan celebrates its 23rd birthday. The young rapidly growing city sprung into existence around the small town of Akmola back in 1998. The city’s Soviet past, new 21st-century landscape and diverse makeup caused by the intense migration of young people from all over the country make Nur-Sultan the…

Kazakh National Museum Opens Intangible Cultural Heritage Hall

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh National Museum in Nur-Sultan opened on June 29 the new Intangible Cultural Heritage hall dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Kazakh Independence and the upcoming Capital Day, reported the press service of the museum. The hall is dedicated to the preservation of the intangible cultural heritage of Kazakhstan. The museum seeks…

Kazakhstan’s Commitment to Low Carbon Future Ranked 33rd by Green Future Index

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan has been ranked 33rd out of 76 in the Green Future Index that evaluates countries’ commitment to a low carbon future, reported the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Technology Review, the Index author, on July 1. The Green Future Index conducts cross-country comparisons and generates scores across the following five pillars, including…

Kazakhstan Assesses Progress Made Registering Undocumented Citizens

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan shared the work done in the country to protect civil registration rights during the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) presentation of the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Decade’s midterm report on July 1, reported the press office of the UN ESCAP. The report…

Kazakhstan Makes Gains in 2020 UN Global Cybersecurity Index Report

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan has been ranked 31st out of 182 countries in the 2020 Global Cybersecurity Index by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nation’s (UN) information and communication technologies initiative, reported the press service of the ITU on June 28. Kazakhstan now occupies the second position in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)…

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Projects Robust GDP Growth Rate for Kazakhstan in 2021

NUR-SULTAN –  The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) adjusted the forecast of Kazakhstan’s real GDP growth rate for 2021 from the previous 3.0 percent to 3.6 percent in its biweekly review on June 28, reported the press office of the EBRD. The EBRD’s forecast for Kazakhstan’s real GDP Growth in 2022 has also…

World Bank Report Highlights Importance of Structural Reforms for Kazakhstan’s Economic Growth, Predicts 3.2% Increase

NUR-SULTAN – The World Bank shared its latest report on the economy of Kazakhstan on June 28 predicting a modest growth of 3.2 percent by the end of the year and emphasized the need for effective structural reforms to facilitate the country’s economic recovery. In May 2020, the World Bank pledged approximately $500 million of…

Almaty Economy Continues to Grow As Anti-Crisis Measures Implemented

NUR-SULTAN – The Akim (Mayor) of Almaty Bakytzhan Sagintayev reported that the economic growth indicator of the largest city in Kazakhstan reached 107.8 percent due to the implementation of anti-crisis measures, such as tax and lease payment exemptions and subsidized interest rates on loans at the June 25 briefing in Almaty. Fixed capital investments in…

Kazakhstan Reaches Near Total Broadband Internet Access Across Country

NUR-SULTAN – Broadband internet access is available in 118 cities and 4,500 villages, which in total have a population of 18.2 million people or 97.2 percent of the total population of Kazakhstan, reported the Kazakh Bureau of National Statistics. As of June 1, there are 2.7 million fixed broadband subscribers in Kazakhstan who use high-speed…

New Education Legislation Signed by President Tokayev Promotes Inclusivity in the Classroom

NUR-SULTAN – A new law on inclusive education, signed by Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on June 26, requires all educational organizations with students with special needs to adapt inclusive educational programs to all students, reported the Akorda press service. President Tokayev noted that the number of children with special educational needs in the country continues…