Articles by Assel Satubaldina

Kazakhstan abolishes mandatory registration for tourist visits up to 30 days

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan has cancelled mandatory registration for foreign tourists staying in the country up to 30 days, as President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed the law Dec. 30. Foreign citizens were previously required to register at the migration office within five days of crossing the border. Those staying more than 30 days will need temporary registration. …

Kazakhstan to increase social sector support in 2020

NUR-SULTAN – The government hosted a press conference Dec. 25 to share the country’s plans for next year, including increasing support for entrepreneurs and the social sector, reported the prime minister’s press service. Deputy Prime Minister Berdibek Saparbayev, Minister of Healthcare Yelzhan Birtanov and Minister of Labour and Social Protection Birzhan Nurymbetov were in attendance. …

Kazakh President announces major political reforms package

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced a package of significant political reforms, including on sensitive topics like public assembly, during the second meeting of the National Council of Public Trust, held Dec. 20 in the capital. The 44-member council was established July 17 to tackle some of the country’s most acute issues. The first…

Kazakhstan marks Industrialisation Day, awards best producers

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan celebrated Industrialisation Day and honoured the country’s best domestic producers Dec. 13 during the Altyn Sapa annual awards ceremony, reported the prime minister’s press service. The award was established in 2006 in an effort to encourage industrial development and increase the quality of goods and services produced in the country. More than…

Processing industry, services, construction drive Kazakh economic growth in 2019

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh economy grew 4.4 percent in the first eleven months of 2019, driven primarily by the country’s processing industry, services sector and construction, said Minister of National Economy Ruslan Dalenov at the Dec. 13 government meeting. The 3.8-percent increase in the processing industry was stimulated by growth in car manufacturing (19.2 percent)…

Kazakh capital hosts latest round of Astana Process talks on Syria

NUR-SULTAN – The latest round of the Syrian talks, hosted Dec. 10-11 in Nur-Sultan, focused on the recent escalation of violence in Idlib in north-western Syria, emphasised the need to increase humanitarian assistance and ensure safe return of refugees and internally displaced people to their original place of residence in Syria. The talks organised in…

Kazakhstan celebrates Day of First President

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan celebrated the Day of the First President Dec. 1 with concerts, thematic exhibitions and firework displays. The holiday, established in recognition of Nursultan Nazarbayev’s achievements, has been commemorated annually since 2012. The day marks the date in 1991 when he was elected by popular vote in the country’s first-ever presidential election. Twenty-eight…

Kazakhstan repatriates 14 children from Iraq

BAGHDAD – Kazakhstan returned 14 children from Iraq Nov. 27 after a nearly nine-month-long effort by the Kazakh government with the support of Iraqi officials. The mission, which included representatives of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry, doctors, social workers and the media, travelled to Baghdad to pick up the youngsters on a chartered flight. The children…

Almaty Airport may be sold to Turkish-French TAV Airports Holding

NUR-SULTAN – Istanbul-based TAV Airports Holding may purchase Almaty Airport, currently owned by private company Venus Airport Investment B.V, said Kazakh Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development Beibit Atamkulov. The airport, built in 1935, is the largest in Kazakhstan. It accounts for half of the country’s passenger and 68 percent of its cargo traffic.  The…

Kazakh Tourism takes 22 tour companies on informational tour of the country  

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Tourism, which oversees the nation’s travel industry, has made another push to bolster domestic tourism. Its second information excursion ended Nov. 9, reported the company press service.  The tour, which started Oct. 30, was part of a cycle of similar trips conducted in an effort to stimulate and tap into the potential…