Articles by Akerke Khassanova

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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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

Life Expectancy Grows to 70 Years Though Key Problems in Healthсare Remain

ASTANA – Life expectancy in Kazakhstan has increased to more than 70 years on average as the government continues efforts to improve the healthcare system, the country’s Minister of Healthcare Salidat Kairbekova told a Mazhilis hearing on Feb. 17. Chair of the Mazhilis Committee on Socio-Cultural Development Dariga Nazarbayeva levelled criticism in response, however, highlighting…

Baiterek Holding Increased Activity, Saw Major Growth in 2013

ASTANA – Last year, the newly established, state-owned Baiterek National Holding, through its 10 constituent companies, accumulated four times more in profits than was expected. It is also expected to show strong growth this year, its director announced at the Feb. 6 expanded meeting of the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies and the holding.…

First Reading of Draft Penal Code Approved by Mazhilis

ASTANA – At its Feb. 5 plenary session, the Mazhilis (lower house of Parliament) approved the first reading of the draft Penal Code. Mazhilis Speaker Nurlan Nigmatulin chaired the session and summed up the assessment of the bill, noting the importance of this new legislation. “The new Penal Code offers mechanisms that should certainly contribute…