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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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

Kazakhstan Has Right Fundamentals to Become Regional Powerhouse, Says StartX Business Development Director

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan has all the right fundamentals to become a powerhouse in the region, Head of Business Development and Partnerships at StartX Darsh Mann told The Astana Times. He was on a one-week visit to Kazakhstan to meet with the country’s entrepreneurs in Nur-Sultan and Almaty to build solid partnerships and understand the country’s…

Kazakhstan’s Foreign and Domestic Trade Shows Positive Dynamics

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s foreign and domestic trade has demonstrated a positive trend, said Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Trade and Integration Bakhyt Sultanov during the ministry’s board meeting on July 29, the press service of the ministry reported. Summing up the results of the ministry’s work in the first half of 2022, Vice Minister…

Seven Months Since January Riots Investigation Continues

NUR-SULTAN – Seven months since the January riots shocked the country, the investigation is still ongoing. The press briefing on Monday convened representatives of the Prosecutor General’s office and the Ministry of Internal Affairs to disclose some details of the month-long investigation. What happened in January? Peaceful protests broke out on Jan. 2 in the…

Our Economies Are Complementary, Says Israeli Ambassador to Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – The economies of Kazakhstan and Israel do not compete, but complement each other, Israeli Ambassador to Kazakhstan Edwin Nathan Yabo Glusman told The Astana Times. As the two countries mark 30 years of diplomatic relations this year, the Ambassador of Israel spoke about the dynamics in the bilateral ties and how Israel sees…

President Tokayev’s Visit to Saudi Arabia Opens New Chapter in 28 Years of Bilateral Relations

NUR-SULTAN – This past weekend, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev paid an official visit to Saudi Arabia, one of Kazakhstan’s strategic partners. Just a month after Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud visited Nur-Sultan, the high-level visit ushered in a new chapter in 30 years of diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia.  From the…

Cholpon-Ata Meeting Opens Up Opportunities For Central Asia Amidst Increasing Geopolitical Tension

NUR-SULTAN – The fourth consultative meeting of Central Asian leaders in Cholpon-Ata on July 21 was indeed a milestone for regional cooperation as current geopolitical developments open up new opportunities for Central Asia, a huge region of nearly 80 million people with potential that is yet to be discovered. Addressing the meeting on Thursday, President…

Kazakh Foreign Minister Commends Central Asian Cooperation During Ministerial Meeting in Cholpon-Ata

NUR-SULTAN – Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tileuberdi addressed the meeting of the foreign ministers of the Central Asian states commending the current five-sided cooperation, reports the ministry’s press service. The ministers discussed the preparation for the upcoming fourth consultative meeting of the heads of Central Asian states scheduled…

January Riots in Kazakhstan: 429 Criminal Cases Sent to Court, 545 Suspects Convicted

NUR-SULTAN – As the General Prosecutor’s Office of Kazakhstan continues its investigation into the tragic January events, 429 criminal cases have been sent to court and 545 suspects have been convicted, said Yeldos Kilymzhanov, deputy head of the Criminal Prosecution Service of the General Prosecutor’s Office at a July 18 press briefing at the Central…

Central Asian Leaders to Meet in Cholpon-Ata This Week Amid Increasing Geopolitical Uncertainty

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is expected to participate in the fourth consultative meeting of the heads of states of Central Asia on July 20-21 in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan, the presidential press service announced on Monday. All Central Asian leaders confirmed their attendance. The leaders are expected to sign the agreement on friendship, good neighborliness and…

Expanded Government Meeting: Addressing Rising Inflation, Food Security and Investments

NUR-SULTAN – The expanded government meeting with President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on July 14 put in the spotlight the many challenges and problems the country is facing after it committed to large-scale reforms. Rising inflation, food security and competition for foreign investments are just a few of the problems. Inflation While the economy grew steadily by…