Articles by Assel Satubaldina

Dimash Kudaibergen’s Online Concert Attracts Viewers From 100 Countries 

NUR-SULTAN – World famous Kazakh pop singer Dimash Kudaibergen has once again stunned the world. Kudaibergen’s online concert, his first during the pandemic, has gathered viewers from 100 countries worldwide.  The concert was streamed live Jan. 16 on the Tixr American streaming platform that previously hosted virtual large-scale concerts with millions of people for celebrities…

Kazakhstan to Hit Coronavirus Peak in March, Says Kazakh Healthcare Minister

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan may reach a coronavirus peak in the end of March, said Kazakh Healthcare Minister Alexey Tsoy at a Jan. 19 government meeting. The ministry’s working group has been dealing with forecasting different scenarios of how an epidemiological situation may unfold. It has prepared the projections through the end of 2021 given the…

Kazakh Capital Introduces New COVID-19 Restrictions Amid Surge in Cases, Cancels Epiphany Bathing Holiday 

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan is witnessing a surge in coronavirus cases and to address the spike, the nation saw another tightening of COVID-19 restrictions. Starting Jan. 18, the Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan restricted operating hours for cafes, and restaurants, according to a new decree of the city’s chief doctor Sarkhat Beisenova.  With the new rules in place,…

New Kazakh Parliament Has Pressing Responsibility to Implement Tokayev’s Reforms, Say Political Experts

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev addressed the first session of the newly elected Kazakh Parliament Jan. 15. Political experts believe the Kazakh legislative body has a huge responsibility to ensure the reforms announced by Tokayev will come into effect. Among the initiatives voiced by Tokayev were introducing a five percent electoral threshold for parties…

Epidemiological Situation in Kazakhstan Worsens, Says Vice Healthcare Minister

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s Vice Healthcare Minister and Chief Sanitary Doctor Yerlan Kiyasov reported on the worsening epidemiological situation in Kazakhstan at a Jan.13 press briefing at the Central Communications Services. As of Jan. 15, Kazakhstan had 166,146 coronavirus cases and 2,386 deaths. 835 new cases were recorded over the past day.  Kazakhstan also confirmed 46,666…

Kazakhstan Completes Five-Year Privatisation Plan, Says Kazakh Finance Minister

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan successfully completed its privatization plan for 2016-2020, said Kazakh Minister of Finance Yerulan Zhamaubayev at a Jan. 12 government meeting.  In 2015, Kazakhstan developed a privatisation plan to decrease the participation of the state in the country’s economy – up to 15 percent of the gross domestic product.  Despite the big plans,…

Kazakh GDP Shrinks By 2.6 Percent in 2020, Says Kazakh Economy Minister

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh economy shrank by 2.6 percent in 2020 as it takes a heavy hit from the coronavirus pandemic, said Kazakh Minister of National Economy Ruslan Dalenov.  State support measures, growing investment activity in the non-extractive sectors, real sector growth and increasing in lending supported the economy throughout 2020, said the minister.  “The…

Turkish Company Invests $5.2 Million in Wood Processing Plant in Northern Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – A wood processing plant opened in Petropavlovsk in the North Kazakhstan Region, Kazakh Invest press service reported. Turkish company Butuğ İnşaat headquartered in Ankara invested in the project.  The opening ceremony was attended by North Kazakhstan Regional Governor Kumar Aksakalov, Atamaken Regional Chamber of Entrepreneurs Head Arman Urazgulov and Kazakh Invest Regional Director…

Exit Poll Confirms Nur Otan Party Lead in Kazakh Parliamentary Elections

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s ruling Nur Otan Party is leading in the election to Majilis – the lower house of the Kazakh Parliament – with 71.97 percent of votes, according to exit poll results announced at midnight on Jan. 11 by the head of the Qogamdyq Pikir (Public Opinion) Research Institute Ainur Mazhitova. The Ak Zhol…

Party Leaders Vote, Express Hope Elections Will Be Fair, Transparent 

NUR-SULTAN – Election day continues in Kazakhstan and the leaders of the parties participating in the parliamentary elections also voted. This year, five political parties are competing for seats. Together they are the Nur Otan ruling party, People’s Party of Kazakhstan, Auyl (Village) democratic patriotic party, Ak Zhol (White Way), and Adal (Faithful) parties.  Kazakhstan’s…