Articles by Assel Satubaldina

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…

Kazakh, Turkish businesses ink deals worth $1.5 billion

NUR-SULTAN – Istanbul hosted the Kazakh Turkish Business Forum Nov. 10, where companies from the two countries signed 18 documents worth $1.5 billion to develop infrastructure, industry, transport and logistics, healthcare, public and private partnerships and the financial market.  Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin, as part of his official visit to the nation, and Turkish…

Kazakhstan to conduct population census in October 2020

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan will conduct a comprehensive population census in October 2020. The nationwide survey will be the third since the country’s independence in 1991, with the others conducted in 1999 and 2009. As of November, the population is 18,580,330, with the biggest increases recorded in the capital; Almaty, the country’s largest city, and Turkestan.…

Kazakhstan to allocate more than $1 billion to support businesses through 2025

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh government will commit 421 billion tenge (US$1.08 billion) to support businesses as part of Business Road Map 2025, said Minister of National Economy Ruslan Dalenov, reported the Prime Minister’s press service. The new programme, regulating business development and state support measures in this area, will be adopted by the end of…

Five trade deals reached during Kazakh-Dutch Business Council

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan and the Netherlands concluded five trade deals in The Hague during the Oct. 30 Kazakh-Dutch Business Council meeting. Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and other officials attended the meeting. The Netherlands is Kazakhstan’s largest foreign investor, injecting more than $92 billion in Kazakhstan since 1991. Investments from…

Shymkent to host ninth Central Asia Trade Forum 

NUR-SULTAN – Shymkent will host the ninth Central Asia Trade Forum Nov. 12-13. Kazakhstan’s third largest city will welcome more than 450 business executives, government officials, small and medium-sized enterprises, international organisations and civil society leaders to explore horticulture innovation and investment, make trade deals and forge new partnerships.  The two-day forum, organised by the…

Kazakhstan to introduce tax-free system, bed tax, among other measures to increase tourism 

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sports presented amendments to the law on tourism Oct. 10 at the plenary session of the Kazakh Mazhilis (lower house of Parliament). The bill includes 60 amendments, including the introduction of a tax-free system and bed tax for foreign tourists.  The introduction of a tax-free system is…