Articles by Arsen Omarkulov

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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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

Astana is great achievement of the entire nation, President Nazarbayev says

In a recent interview with prominent journalist Sauytbek Abdrakhmanov, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev talked about the birth, formation and development of Astana and the capital’s 20th anniversary, which the country will celebrate in the coming days. Our capital’s anniversary is approaching. It’s time to tell us about the unique history of Astana. How was this…

KABC, AIFC to cooperate on green finance, blockchain technology and crowdfunding

ASTANA – The Kazakhstan Association of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency (KABC) and Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) signed Dec. 11 a memorandum of cooperation covering fintech, green finance, asset management, development of a crowdinvesting environment, ICO and crowdfunding, as well as the blockchain technology. This is definitely an important milestone for KABC and for the entire…

S&P gives Tengri Bank B+ rating

ASTANA – On Dec. 13 the international rating agency S&P Global Ratings confirmed the long-term credit rating of Tengri Bank at the level of B+. That rating reflects the high level of the capital adequacy, credit portfolio quality and substantial financial position of the bank, according to the S&P agency, the bank said. Tengri Bank is…

Shymkent refinery completes first stage modernisation

On June 30, the Shymkent Refinery commissioned a large process facility, which is the isomerisation unit for light gasoline fractions with a pre-hydrotreating block and produced the first certified batch of motor gasolines as per K4 and K5 emission standards. This ended the first stage of the Shymkent Refinery Modernisation and Reconstruction Project. Akim (Governor)…

UN Central Asia regional centre’s goal is to help build trust, its head says

This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the UN Regional centre for preventive diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) in Ashgabat. In an interview with this newspaper, Petko Draganov, Head of UNRCCA and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, discusses the achievements so far and the goals for the future. Please tell…

Book by Bolashak Alumnus Presented at Cambridge

ASTANA – Kanat Auyesbay is the first Kazakh journalist trained through the Bolashak programme. His book, “Looking West. A Kazakh’s view of Great Britain,” was published recently by Cambridge International Press (United Kingdom) in the Kazakh and English languages. It was presented at Cambridge University Dec. 15 and the Kazakh National Academic Library organised the…

Kazakhstan Flag Raised at UN Security Council as Country Assumes Membership

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s flag was raised in a special ceremony in front of the hall of the UN Security Council in New York on Dec. 31, 2016, signifying the assumption by the country of its duties as a non-permanent member of the body for 2017-2018. The plates with the name of Kazakhstan were also set…

Kazakh President Explains Commitment to Nuclear Disarmament

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev took questions from the international media on Aug. 29, the 25th anniversary of the closing of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site where the Soviet Union conducted more than 400 nuclear weapons tests. The anniversary was marked by an international conference on the need to work toward a nuclear-weapons-free world.…