Articles by Alina Usmanova

Government Ponders Measures to Improve Kazakhstan’s Standing in Global Competitive Index

ASTANA – At a regular government meeting on Dec. 4 led by Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov, improving Kazakhstan’s standing in the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) was discussed. The discussion focused specifically on improvements needed to be done by the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. “The ministry has identified a set…

Aida Premieres at Astana Opera

ASTANA – Verdi’s masterpiece “Aida” premiered Nov. 19 on the stage of the Astana Opera. Preparation took just over a month, as the staging involved all the technical possibilities of the scenes. Important visual effects that created a colourful show were a big surprise for the audience at the end of the performance. Between the…

Expert-200-Kazakhstan Forum Takes on Economic Issues, Public Administration Reform

ASTANA – The Sixth Economic Forum of National Business Expert-200-Kazakhstan organised by the rating agency Expert RA Kazakhstan (RAEX) and the Expert Kazakhstan magazine was held on Nov. 14 in Astana. Its main topic was, “The reform of public administration: Centre – Regions – Business.” Speaking at the forum, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov…

Modernisation of Astana Airport to Be Part of President’s Infrastructure Plan

ASTANA – Nurly Zhol, a new economic policy, presented by President Nursultan Nazarbayev at the Nov. 11 meeting of the Nur Otan Political Council emphasised the infrastructure development over the next five years. The changes will affect large public facilities, including the main transport hubs. The President gave instructions to allocate 29 billion tenge (US$160.2…

Presidential Visit Draws Attention to Mangistau Region’s Assets

During his working visit to the Mangistau Region on Oct. 1, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev had a meeting with entrepreneurs and members of the public sector where he noted the positive dynamics of the development of the region, drawing attention to the implemented infrastructure projects aimed at using the benefits of the local area. “On…

Astana Opera Singers Train with La Scala Instructors in Milan

Leading Astana Opera soloists Zhupar Gabdullina and Dina Khamzina recently traveled to the legendary Theatre La Scala in Milan to train with renowned La Scala instructors and to learn more about opera. From Sept. 22 to Sept. 26, the singers were rehearsing their roles as Aida and Amneris from John Verdi’s opera “Aida,” which will…

Pavlodar, Omsk Administrations Sign Cooperation Agreement

A delegation from Kazakhstan’s Pavlodar region headed by akim (governor) Kanat Bozumbayev recently paid a two-day visit to the Omsk region of Russia, resulting in the signing of a protocol on mutually-beneficial cooperation between the Omsk government and the Pavlodar akimat (administration). Business people of the two regions signed a number of contracts. Over the…

Oncology Service Achievements, Tasks Discussed at KRIOR

ALMATY – Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister for human development Gulshara Abdykalikova and head of the Ministry of Health and Social Development Tamara Duyssenova made a working trip to the city Sept. 20 and toured the Kazakh Research Institute of Oncology and Radiology (KRIOR). Abdykalikova and Duyssenova met with the medical staff, discussed the problems of…

Chinese Troupe to Perform at Astana Opera

ASTANA – Artists from China will give a concert on the Astana Opera stage Sept. 25 within the Days of Chinese Culture in Kazakhstan. The programme will feature dances with elements of circus arts and songs performed by universal performers working in different genres, from original instrumental compositions to modern electronic music in conjunction with…

“Birzhan-Sara” to be Performed at Silk Road Festival

ASTANA – “Birzhan-Sara” by Mukan Tolebayev, will be performed as part of the Astana Opera’s new theatre season. The opera, which according to the company’s marketing research has become popular among young people, will be part of the Silk Road International Festival. Birzhan’s part will be presented by Akhmed Agadi, an outstanding tenor of our…