Articles by Amir Khaidar

EU, UNDP and Kazakhstan launch education programme to train Afghan women

ALMATY – The European Union, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Kazakhstan launched Oct. 18 an education programme to train and educate several dozen Afghan women in Kazakh universities over the next five years. The first group of thirty women were selected in September out of 535 initial applicants. The selected women passed a…

Kazakhstan’s external debt shrank by $2.2 billion

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s external debt decreased by $2.2 billion in the second quarter of 2018. As of July 1, the external debt is $164.4 billion, or 96 percent of GDP, reported the National Bank of Kazakhstan. The reduction was due to the balance of payments, in particular, through the repayment of foreign loans collected from…

Kazakhstan to ban plastic, paper and glass burying by 2019, construction and food waste by 2021

ASTANA – Kazakhstan will be employing sustainable waste management to reduce environmental pollution and increase the volume of recycling to 40 percent by 2030 and 50 percent by 2050, said Kazakh Minister of Energy Kanat Bozumbayev at an Oct. 2 cabinet meeting. Every year, more than five million tonnes of solid waste go to landfills…

Movie about kokpar premieres in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – The sports drama “Time of the Stalwarts” about kokpar, the game practiced by several Turkic peoples, premiered Sept. 20 in theatres across Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The screenwriter and director of the film is Ruslan Akun from Kyrgyzstan, known for the films “Salam,” “New York” and “Finding Mother.” “This is Ruslan Akun’s first work…

Astana basketball club presents new coach, players ahead of season opener

ASTANA – The Astana basketball team presented its new head coach and players ahead of the VTB United League season opener on Oct. 7 against CSKA Moscow. “We are starting the new season with a new coach, Emil Rajkovic from Macedonia. We invited new players; some of them are quite famous and talented. They are…

Astana Pro Team sweeps through Tour of Almaty 2018

ASTANA – Italian Davide Villella won the fifth consecutive Tour of Almaty for Astana Pro Team. The two-day race, part of the International Cycling Union Asia Tour, is the highest-ranking international cycling competition in Central Asia. Introduced last year, the race features two stages. The first is a 182-kilometre race through the streets of Kazakhstan’s…

Astana hosts international forum on cooperation, technological innovation in higher education

ASTANA – Higher education leaders, scholars and representatives of government bodies gathered June 7 in Astana for the annual Eurasian Higher Education Leaders Forum to share their ideas, expertise and experience in changing higher education to meet the challenges of the age of disruption. Kazakh Secretary of State Gulshara Abdykalikova in her welcoming address highlighted…

New Air Astana operations facility expected to cut maintenance costs

ASTANA – A new $19 million hangar will allow Air Astana to perform routine line maintenance and subsequent heavy checks at its hub in the capital. “This year the capital of Kazakhstan, in honour of which the company was named Air Astana, marks its 20th anniversary. The flag carrier marks its 16th year of operations.…

Promising Kazakh boxer to fight in Golovkin’s division

ASTANA – Kazakh boxer and 2013 world amateur boxing champion Zhanibek Alimkhanuly has signed up with well-known manager Egis Klimas and will fight professionally in the same division as world champion Kazakh middleweight Gennady Golovkin. He hopes to fight a championship bout in approximately two years. Alimkhanuly has earned a well-deserved reputation in amateur boxing,…

AIFC governor says global finance is shifting to Asia

ASTANA – Leading global economic experts and Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) executives outlined important changes in the global financial system and the role of financial centres in the rapidly changing financial environment of the 21st century at a May 18 panel session of the Astana Economic Forum dedicated to the new geography of finance.…