Articles by Assel Satubaldina

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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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

Close to 1.8 Million People Immunized Against COVID-19 in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – As of May 14, 1,790,356 people in Kazakhstan have received at least one dose of the vaccine against COVID-19, according to the data updated daily by the Kazakh Ministry of Healthcare. 722,504 of them have been fully vaccinated against the virus.  Almaty city, Almaty Region and the Turkistan Region are leading in terms…

Kazakhstan Allows More International Travel, Launches Flights to Montenegro 

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan has allowed more international air travel as it launches and increases flights to Montenegro, the United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and the Netherlands, announced the country’s Civil Aviation Committee.  From May 15, flights will be launched on the Almaty – Podgorica – Almaty route with a frequency of five flights a week…

Kazakhstan Sees Positive Economic Growth For First Time Since Pandemic Outbreak

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan saw its gross domestic product growing 0.7 percent from January until April – positive for the first time since March 2020, said Kazakh Minister of National Economy Aset Irgaliyev at a May 11 government meeting.  The growth was driven by increased production in the real sector of the economy.  “Growth in the…

Kazakhstan Celebrates Eid al-Fitr, End of Holy Month of Ramadan

NUR-SULTAN – As the Holy Month of Ramadan came to an end, Muslims around the world, and in Kazakhstan, celebrated Eid al-Fitr, also known as Oraza Ait, on Thursday, May 13. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the Ramadan month, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of…

Kazakhstan Ranks 67th in 2020 Social Progress Index, Ahead of Its Neighbors

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan ranked 67th in the 2020 Social Progress Index that evaluated 163 countries on the non-economic dimensions of their social performance.  Kazakhstan scored 72.66 points out of a possible 100 surpassing its neighboring countries – Russia (69th with 72.56 points), Kyrgyzstan (89th with 68.65 points), and Uzbekistan (102nd with 64.98 points).  The index…

Turkish Airlines to Launch Flights to Turkistan in May

NUR-SULTAN – Turkish Airlines will launch flights along the Turkistan – Istanbul route on May 22, reports the Kazakh Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development.  The launch of flights became possible based on the decision of the nation’s interdepartmental commission on the prevention of the spread of the coronavirus infection. The flights will be operated…

Kazakhstan is Firmly Committed to Constructive Cooperation with EU, Says Kazakh FM in Brussels

NUR-SULTAN – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mukhtar Tileuberdi participated in the 18th EU-Kazakhstan Cooperation Council May 10 in Belgium that focused on next steps concerning the EU-Kazakhstan Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.  The EPCA was signed in 2015 and entered into provisional application on May 1, 2016, and entered into force…

Skiers Mount Elbrus to Celebrate Victory Day

NUR-SULTAN – An international group of skiers mounted Elbrus to celebrate Victory Day marked on May 9 as part of the Red Fox Elbrus Race international extreme sports festival. The festival, which has been held since 2008, will take place through May 8 incorporating running, snow-shoeing and ski-mountaineering races.  Victory Cup is held on the…

Kazakh Economy Resilient to 2020 Shocks, Says Fitch Ratings Agency

NUR-SULTAN – At the end of 2020, Kazakhstan demonstrated a robust economic performance that supported the nation’s economy in addressing the 2020 shocks – coronavirus pandemic and oil price plunge, says the latest Fitch Ratings presentation on Kazakhstan.  “Despite the country having the second-highest commodity export dependence in the ‘BBB’ rating category, its fiscal and…

47,000 SME Projects to Receive Preferential Lending in 2021

NUR-SULTAN – In 2021, 47,000 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will receive preferential lending, said Kazakh Minister of National Economy Aset Irgaliyev at a May 4 government meeting. Irgaliyev spoke about the measures being passed to support SMEs amid the pandemic.  “For the first quarter of this year, more than 16,000 SMEs received support as…