Articles by Assel Satubaldina

Nur-Sultan hosts UN urban tourism summit

NUR-SULTAN – Nur-Sultan hosted Oct. 9-10 the United National World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Summit on Urban Tourism. More than 700 delegates from 30 countries gathered to explore the definition of smart cities and smart destinations and the role of tourism in the development of cities. The two-day event, which also included the adoption of the…

One million trees to be planted in Kazakhstan as part of nationwide campaign

NUR-SULTAN – One million trees will be planted in Kazakhstan as part of the nationwide environment campaign #Birge #JasylQazaqstan (which means Together and GreenKazakhstan).  The campaign started Oct. 12 and was initiated by the Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources and personally Minister Magzum Mirzagaliyev.  “We launch #Birge #JasylQazaqstan campaign. We organise a mass…

Kazakhstan ranks 55th in Global Competitiveness Index, moves up four spots

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan moved up four spots to 55th out of 141 countries in the Global Competitiveness Index published Oct. 9 by the World Economic Forum. The report assesses drivers of productivity and long-term economic growth.  Kazakhstan, with a score of 63 points, is positioned between Uruguay and Brunei Darussalam.  The report, in its 40th…

US-based Valley Irrigation expands to Kazakhstan, seeks to introduce new irrigation technologies

NUR-SULTAN – Valley Irrigation, the U.S.-based world leader in irrigation technologies, is seeking to help Kazakhstan ensure the efficient use of water resources, share advanced technologies with local farmers and maximise yields for the country’s agricultural sector, said Valmont Industries Regional Head for Europe and Eurasia Ruediger Claas.  Valmont Industries, which owns Valley Irrigation, has…

Kazakh airlines carry 5.6 million passengers in first eight months of 2019

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh airlines carried 5.6 million passengers in the first eight months of 2019, showing a 1.8 percent increase over 2018, said Kazakh Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development Beibit Atamkulov at an Oct. 7 government session, reported primeminister.kz. The growth is attributed to the launch of new routes and of the FlyArystan low-cost…

Hong Kong business delegation visits Shymkent, expresses interest in partnerships 

NUR-SULTAN – A business delegation of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council visited Shymkent, Kazakhstan’s third largest city, Sept. 18-19 to set up partnerships and expand bilateral ties. The companies are leading producers of electronic goods, household appliances, interior design, cosmetics, health products, food and chemical goods. Hong Kong is ranked among the top three…

ADB celebrates 25 years of partnership with Kazakhstan, invests over $5 billion 

NUR-SULTAN – As the Asian Development Bank (ADB) celebrates 25 years of its partnership with Kazakhstan, the bank has invested more than $5 billion in sovereign loans, non-sovereign loans and guarantees to support the country’s development since its independence. These include nearly 30 projects in sovereign loans, ten projects in the private sector and nearly…

More than 77,000 participate in Bastau Business, Zhas Kasipker programmes

NUR-SULTAN – More than 77,000 individuals have graduated from the Bastau Business (Start Business) and Zhas Kasipker (Young Entrepreneur) programmes since their launch in 2017, said Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs Chair Ablai Myrzakhmetov at a Sept. 23 government meeting. The chamber runs the programmes, which provide one-month training to future entrepreneurs across different areas…

Nazarbayev urges Eurasian parliaments to be more active in policy decisions and international cooperation during parliamentarians meeting in Nur-Sultan

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s First President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, urged the national parliaments of Eurasia to be more involved in shaping their nations’ policies and in strengthening international cooperation during the opening session of the Sept. 23-24 Fourth Meeting of Speakers of the Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments. Parliamentary delegations from 65 countries, including 41 led by the speakers…

World Wrestling Championship finishes in Nur-Sultan, as Kazakhstan secures eight Olympic licenses

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh wrestlers secured eight Olympic licenses for the country’s team at the senior World Wrestling Championship that ended Sept. 22 in the capital. The competition, organised in the city for the first time, gathered approximately 1,000 athletes from 105 countries. The championship was an opportunity for the top six finishers – gold, silver,…