Articles by Assel Satubaldina

Kazakhstan Welcomes Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan welcomes the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that came into effect Jan. 22, said the Kazakh Foreign Ministry in a statement.  “The Treaty, adopted on July 7, 2017, with the support of 122 United Nations Member States, is an important step towards the complete elimination of nuclear weapons. Kazakhstan took…

Expanded Government Meeting Outlines Priorities for 2021

NUR-SULTAN  – The expanded government meeting chaired by Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokaeyv identified seven priority areas for the year ahead, the Kazakh Prime Minister’s press service reported.  This is the first expanded meeting for the new government following the January 10 parliamentary elections, as required by the constitution.  The government identified seven priority areas. These…

Kazakhstan Allows Citizens to Withdraw Pensions Savings as Part of Broader Pension System Reform

NUR-SULTAN – Starting January 23, Kazakh citizens are able to withdraw part of their pension savings to improve their housing conditions on an online platform run by the Otbasy Housing Construction and Saving Bank, a subsidiary of the Baiterek national holding.  The savings can be used to pay back a mortgage loan, buy new housing,…

Kazakh Capital Nur-Sultan to Focus on Becoming Greener, Pedestrian Friendly

NUR-SULTAN – A large green urban area will be built in the Kazakh capital of Nur-Sultan that will include seven city parks, the city’s press service reported. It is part of the effort to make the capital more pedestrian friendly and people-oriented. The new urban space will have bike lanes and pedestrian walkways, a skatepark,…

Investments in Turkestan Region Grow 60 Percent in 2020, Reach $1.6 Billion

NUR-SULTAN – The Turkestan Region in southern Kazakhstan attracted 703.3 billion tenge of investments (US$1.68 billion) in fixed capital, a 60 percent growth compared to 2019, the Kazakh Prime Minister’s press service revealed. The region is among the country’s leaders in terms of investment growth rate and growth of gross regional product. The region’s social…

Kazakhstan Extends Permitted Period of Departure for Foreign Nationals Amid Increased COVID-19 Restrictions

NUR-SULTAN – All foreign nationals whose legal permitting documents have expired or will expire until June 5, 2021, will be able to leave the country without an administrative fine, according to the recent decision of the interdepartmental commission on the prevention of coronavirus spread, said Sabyrzhan Seitzhanov, deputy chair of the migration committee at the…

Fitch Remains Optimistic, Forecasts Kazakhstan’s Budget Deficit to Narrow in 2021

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s fiscal deficit is expected to narrow to 2.1 percent of the country’s gross domestic product from the current 6.4 percent, said Fitch Rating analysts in their latest report devoted to the recent parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan.  The forecast along with a balanced budget, they explained, is due to the “tapering down of…

Kazakh Feature Film “The Crying Steppe” Selected as Kazakhstan’s Entry For the Oscars (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh feature film “The Crying Steppe” directed by Marina Kunarova has been included in the long list as Kazakhstan’s entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards scheduled for April 25 this year.  The film tells the story behind real events that happened in Kazakhstan in 1931-33, when…

Kazakh Capital Nur-Sultan Attracts Record $2.6 Billion Investments in 2020

NUR-SULTAN – The year 2020 was harsh for many economies worldwide with capital cities everywhere going into lockdowns. For the Kazakh capital of Nur-Sultan, however, the last year has become a record one, as it attracted 1.1 trillion tenge (US$2.6 billion) of investments in 2020, according to the city’s press service.  It is 20 percent…

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…