Articles by Assem Assaniyaz

From Tokyo to San Francisco: Kazakh Citizens Cast Their Vote in Presidential Election

ASTANA – Kazakh citizens traveling or living abroad have demonstrated a high level of engagement in the Nov. 20 presidential election. As of 7 p.m. Astana time, the voter turnout abroad was 57.5 percent with nearly 7,400 people out of 12,841 registered casting their vote, according to the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Foreign embassies…

Kazakh National Military History Museum Hosts Art Exhibition in Astana

ASTANA – Amanat Nazarkulov, a member of the Kazakh Union of Artists, presented on Oct. 26 his art exhibition titled Menin Elim (My country) at the Kazakh National Military History Museum in Astana.  The exhibition, which will be open to the public until the end of this month, marks Republic Day in Kazakhstan and the…

It Is the Right Time to Screen Comics About Kazakh Legends, Says Marvel Comic Book Artist From Kazakhstan

ASTANA – A screen adaptation of comics about Kazakh legends would be timely and relevant, said Madibek Musabekov, a 30-year-old comic book illustrator from Kazakhstan, in an interview with The Astana Times. He now works for the world-renowned Marvel Comics entertainment company.  An Almaty native, Musabekov is an author of the “Yermek Batyr” and “Golden…

French Capital Hosts Fourth Kazakh Film Festival to Promote Local Cinema

ASTANA – The French Association of Kazakh Cinema hosted the fourth Kazakh film festival in Paris from Oct. 27 to 30 to introduce local cinema to the public, according to the association’s press service.  The film festival, organized with the help of the Kazakh State Center for Support of National Cinema, the Kazakh Ministry of…

Almaty to Host “Behind the Door” Art Exhibition to Raise Awareness About Domestic Violence

NUR-SULTAN – The art project against domestic violence titled “Behind the Door” will be unveiled at the Almaty-based Kazakh Central State Museum on Sept. 23, according to an Instagram post by Kazakhstan’s CITIX IT company. The exhibition, which will be held until Oct. 9, tells the real stories of victims of domestic violence through paintings,…

Kazakh Filmmaking Reveals Immense Potential With Worldwide Audiences

NUR-SULTAN – This year, films from Kazakhstan are picking up steam at international film festivals worldwide.  The film “Goliath” by Adilkhan Yerzhanov was presented at the 79th Venice International Film Festival on Lido Island from Aug. 31 to Sept. 10.  In May of this year, his other work titled “Shturm” (Assault) won the grand jury…

Mazhilis Approves Draft Amendments to Revive Day of Republic in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – The Mazhilis, a lower chamber of the Kazakh Parliament, has approved the draft amendments that revive the Day of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Oct. 25, reported the chamber’s press service on Sept. 7. The holiday was celebrated in Kazakhstan until 2009.  The proposal to revive the important date was put forward by…

Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions to Gather 100 Delegations From 50 Countries

NUR-SULTAN – More than 100 delegations from 50 countries will gather at the Seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, said Speaker of the Senate (an upper chamber of the Kazakh Parliament) Maulen Ashimbayev, during his Sept. 6 meeting with Kazakh President Kassym Jomart-Tokayev, reported the Akorda’s press service. According to Ashimbayev who…

Kazakh National Museum Hosts ARBA International Exhibition

NUR-SULTAN – The ARBA international exhibition by the TAMYR creative group was unveiled to the public on Sept. 2 at the Kazakh National Museum, according to Kazinform. TAMYR (“roots” in Kazakh) is a Shymkent-based group comprising 11 artists from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia. They have been collaborating for more than 40 years.    The artists reflected…

Kazakhstan, UNESCO Celebrate ‘Teacher of Nation’ Akhmet Baitursynov’s 150th Anniversary

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan marked the 150th anniversary of prominent Kazakh scholar, statesman, linguist, and poet Akhmet Baitursynov on Sept. 5 with a series of celebratory events under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).   Кnown in Kazakhstan as the Ult Ustazy (Teacher of the Nation), Baitursynov left a significant mark…

National Bank Keeps Base Rate at 14.5 Percent Amid Adverse Economic Conditions

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh National Bank’s monetary policy committee has decided to keep the base rate at 14.5 percent per annum with a corridor of +/- 1.0 percentage points amid an adverse economic situation in the region, reported the bank’s press service on Sept. 5. The decision is driven by the increasing prices of logistics…

President Tokayev Addresses Fire’s Aftermath in Kostanai Region

NUR-SULTAN – All measures are being taken to mitigate the consequences of the fires in the Kostanai Region, said Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev at the Sept. 5 meeting of the operational headquarters to battle fires in the region, reported the Akorda’s press service.   According to Tokayev, the situation in the region is under control.  The…

President Tokayev Arrives in Kostanai Region as Forest Fires Burn Record 43,000 Hectares

NUR-SULTAN – The Kostanai Region declared a state of emergency on Sept. 4 after forest fires burned a record 43,000 hectares (the size of Сarribean Barbados’ island) and forced an evacuation of 1,841 people.  President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev arrived in the region today. The President held a meeting with the operational headquarters, where he learned about…

Astana Ballet’s Tenth Season tо Kick Off with “The Silk Road” Ballet

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana Ballet Theater will stage “The Silk Road” ballet, choreographed by an honored worker of Kazakhstan Mukaram Avakhri, on Sept. 9-10, opening the tenth season, reported the theater’s press service.  The two-act performance, which premiered earlier in June, will unveil to the public the history of the emergence of the Great Silk…

Cholpon-Ata Meeting of Eurasian Intergovernmental Council Fortifies EAEU Industrial Cooperation

NUR-SULTAN – The heads of the governments of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) discussed the development of the common gas market at an Aug. 25 meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council in Cholpon-Ata, reported the Kazakh Prime Minister’s press office. Kazakh Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov, Kyrgyz Prime Minister Akylbek Japarov, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin,…

CPC Proceeds in Oil Shipment Using Only Single Point Mooring, Reduces Oil Delivery Volume

NUR-SULTAN – The Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) pipeline temporarily loads crude oil using only SPM-3 single point mooring, reported the CPC press service.  A diving survey of the SPM-3 was conducted at the CPC Marine Terminal on Aug. 24. The underwater equipment of the remote mooring device was recognized as suitable for the operation without…

Kazakhstan to Build Children’s Creative Center Named After Kurmangazy in Azerbaijan

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan will start the construction of the Children’s Center for Creative Development named after Kurmangazy next month in the city of Fizuli in Azerbaijan, said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during his official visit to Azerbaijan, reported the Akorda’s press service. Tokayev noted that the center, reflecting the two countries’ friendship, brotherhood, and mutual support,…

Kazakhstan Recognizes Women’s Political Engagement As a Pillar in Quality of Life Improvement, Says Senate Deputy at SCO Women’s Forum

NUR-SULTAN – There is a growing consensus in Kazakhstan that women’s political engagement improves the quality of life, said Deputy of the Senate, the upper chamber of the Kazakh Parliament, Lyazzat Suleimen at the Women’s Forum of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), reported the Senate’s press service. Suleimen said Kazakhstan has established a legislative and…

Tokayev, Aliyev Sign Key Agreements to Boost Kazakhstan-Azerbaijan Strategic Cooperation

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev signed the declaration on strengthening strategic relations and deepening allied interaction and the comprehensive program to develop bilateral cooperation, reported Akorda’s press service on Aug. 24. During President Tokayev’s first official visit to Baku, the Kazakh and Azerbaijani sides signed the government agreement…

Pope Francis to Hold Holy Mass for Catholics During His Visit in September

NUR-SULTAN – Pope Francis will conduct an open-air holy mass for Roman Catholics and representatives of other religions and confessions on Sept. 14 in Nur-Sultan, reported the press service of the seventh Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.  The mass will start at 4.45 p.m. Nur-Sultan time at the International Exhibition Center…

President Tokayev Pays First Official Visit to Azerbaijan to Fortify Bilateral Cooperation

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev met with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev during his first official visit to Baku as the head of state on Aug. 24, Akorda’s press service reports.    President Tokayev was greeted with an official welcoming ceremony, after which the presidents held bilateral talks. “Firstly, I would like to express my…

Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan Agree to Implement Logistics Projects Prior to President Tokayev’s Visit to Baku

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) national railway company and Baku International Sea Trade Port, the largest port of the Caspian sea, signed a memorandum of cooperation in logistics that envisions implementation of joint projects in the framework of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s official visit to Baku on Aug. 24, reported the company’s press service. The…

Kazakhstan’s Non-Primary Exports Rise to Nearly 34 Percent in Six Months

NUR-SULTAN – The export of non-primary goods from Kazakhstan increased by 33.5 percent in the first half of this year and topped out at $12 billion, according to QazTrade, the center for trade policy development under the Kazakh Ministry of Trade and Integration, reported the ministry’s press service on Aug. 17. Overall, the trade turnover…

Kazakhstan Ranks 73rd in Henley Passport Index 2022 Among 112 Countries

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan is ranked 73rd out of 112 countries with visa-free visits to 76 countries available to passport-holders, according to the Henley Passport Index (HPI) 2022 Global Ranking. Updated quarterly, the Henley & Partners research and consulting company forms the HPI based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA). The total…

January Riots in Kazakhstan: Police Discovers Only One-Third of Stolen Weapons

NUR-SULTAN – The police have found one-third of 1,259 service weapons, stolen from the law enforcement bodies during the January riots in Kazakhstan, including rifles, handguns and grenade launchers, said Deputy Head of the Criminal Prosecution Service of the General Prosecutor’s Office Yeldos Kilymzhanov at an Aug. 16 press briefing at the Central Communication Service…

Kazakh Mechanical Engineers Develop Electric Engine, Seek to Launch Mass Production

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh mechanical engineers from the city of Shymkent have invented their own electric motor for the car, reported the Khabar24 TV channel. Nursultan Seisenbay and Yerlan Rakhmatullayev, both experts with ten years of expertise, have created an electric engine prototype – a silent, ecologically friendly electric motor with fast charging capable of traveling…

David Charlin to Represent Kazakhstan at Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022

NUR-SULTAN – David Charlin, an 11-year-old Kazakh artist from Almaty, will represent Kazakhstan at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022 following the results of the Baqytty Bala 2022 (Happy Child) children’s vocal competition, reported dimashnews.com.   The 20th edition of the annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest is set to take place in Yerevan, Armenia on Dec.…

New Cargo Train to Connect East China and Central Asia

NUR-SULTAN – A new freight train route connecting China’s eastern province of Jiangsu with Central Asian countries began operating on Aug. 13, reported the Chinese Xinhua news agency.   The first cargo train departed from Wuxi, a city in southern Jiangsu province in East China. The shipment via rail track is projected to take nearly 20…

Kazakhstan Adjusts Oil Production Plan for 2022, Says Kazakh Minister of Energy

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Minister of Energy Bolat Akchulakov announced a planned reduction of oil production by two million tons during his working visit to the Atyrau Region on Aug. 11-12, reported Kazinform.   “The oil production plan has been adjusted. Our initial target was 87.5 million tons per year, but we revised it due to shipping…

Trade Turnover Between Kazakhstan, China Reaches Record-Breaking $11 Billion For First Half-Year

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s trade turnover with China topped out at $11.26 billion in the first half of this year, which is 36 percent higher than last year’s statistics, according to the Kazakh Economic Research Institute (ERI). According to ERI, both import ($4,63 billion) and export ($6,63 billion) data are at all-time highs, indicating a strong…

Budapest Hosts Book Presentation “Akhmet Baitursynuly and Alash” on Kazakh Alphabet’s Founder’s 150th Anniversary

NUR-SULTAN – The Turkic World Educational and Scientific Cooperation Organization (TWESCO) and the Organization of Turkic States in Hungary hosted a presentation of the “Akhmet Baitursynuly and Alash” book on Aug. 12, dedicated to the 150th birth anniversary of an outstanding Kazakh poet and public figure Akhmet Baitursynuly, as well as the book “Journey through…

Passenger Traffic Growth in Kazakhstan: 4.5 Million Passengers Travel in First Half-Year

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh airlines carried more than 4.5 million passengers in the first half of this year, indicating a 7 percent increase compared to the same period in 2021, reported the press service of the Civil Aviation Committee of the Kazakh Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development on Aug. 8. To date, Air Astana’s passenger…

Kazakhstan Enters Green Zone as Epidemiological Situation Improves Nationwide

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan has entered the low-risk green zone as the epidemiological situation improved across the country, according to the Aug. 12 matrix updated daily by the interdepartmental commission on the prevention and spread of coronavirus. The commission reported 1,643 new daily COVID-19 cases in Kazakhstan on Aug. 11. Most of them were registered in…

Acquittals Surge Sevenfold for Serious Criminal Acts, According to Supreme Court Chairman

NUR-SULTAN – Chairman of the Supreme Court of Kazakhstan Zhakyp Assanov noted a seven-fold increase in the number of acquittals for felonies and serious criminal acts during an Aug. 11 meeting with Kazakh President Kassym Jomart Tokayev, reported the Akorda’s press service. According to Assanov, in every fifth case, law enforcement authorities are denied an…

Kazakhstan to Export Meat to Saudi Arabia

NUR-SULTAN – Five Kazakh companies plan to export beef and lamb meat to Saudi Arabia as a result of bilateral cooperation between the Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture and the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA), reported the Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture on Aug. 8. The Kazakh meat-processing companies of Altyn Kazyk from the Akmola Region,…

Three Leading Kazakh Universities to Become Research Institutions, Develop Breakthrough Technologies

NUR-SULTAN – Three Kazakh universities will be transformed into research institutions to spur the development of breakthrough technologies, said Minister of Science and Higher Education Sayasat Nurbek at an Aug. 9 government meeting, reported the Prime Minister’s press service. The Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU) has obtained research university status. The L. N. Gumilyov Eurasian…

Bloomberg: Kazakhstan May Become Eurasian Development Bank’s Major Shareholder

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan might become the Eurasian Development Bank’s largest shareholder (EDB), as Russia plans to give up its majority stake to reduce the chance of the institution being sanctioned, according to Bloomberg’s data. Bloomberg assumes that Russia seeks to reduce its combined stake with Belarus to less than half to protect the country’s institutions…

Kazakhstan Celebrates Abai Kunanbayev’s 177th Anniversary

NUR-SULTAN – On Aug. 10, Kazakhstan celebrates the 177th anniversary of the prominent poet and writer Abai Kunanbayev. The Kazakh capital will host a series of cultural events to commemorate the date, reported the Nur-Sultan Akimat’s (city administration) press service on Aug. 9. The Central Library gathers citizens, as well as literary scholars to hear…

Digital Family Map Pilot Project Kicks Off Next Month

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Ministry of Labor and Social Protection will launch the digital family map’s pilot project on Sept.1, reported the Central Communications Service (CCS). The digital family map is an automated system that will help identify families in difficult life situations to provide timely social assistance without the need for citizens to appeal…

Contest Launched in Nur-Sultan For New Public Space Design to Symbolize Spiritual Unity

NUR-SULTAN – A new public space will be opened in the capital that will symbolize spiritual unity. This was announced on Aug. 7 on the eve of the seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, reported the Central Communication Service (CCS). Nazym Zhangazinova, the official representative of the Congress, invited all architects, landscape…

Vietnam and Kazakhstan to Resume Direct Air Traffic in September

NUR-SULTAN – Vietnamese VietJet Air low-cost airline plans to resume regular passenger flights between Kazakhstan and Vietnam next month, according to an Aug. 8 announcement of the Civil Aviation Committee of the Kazakh Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development. Vietjet Air plans to launch the air communication on the Kamran – Nur-Sultan and Kamran –…

Government is Open for Business Community’s Input in Forming New Economic Policy, Says Kazakh PM

NUR-SULTAN – The government will consider proposals from businesses while drafting a new economic policy, said Kazakh Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov at an Aug. 5 meeting with the council of domestic entrepreneurs and representatives of Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs, the Prime Minister’s press service reports. The draft strategy, developed at the initiative of the…

Number of Foreign Tourists in Almaty Projected to Reach Pre-Pandemic Level By 2022

NUR-SULTAN – The number of tourists in Almaty totaled 842,900 people (a 64.9 percent increase), foreign tourists – 95,700 people (a 8.2 percent increase), and domestic tourists – 747,200 people (a 76.8 percent increase), according to the report of the city’s department of tourism for the third quarter of 2021. “The country had more flights…

President Tokayev Congratulates Bibisara Assaubayeva For Receiving Outstanding Asian Chess Player Award

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev congratulated 18-year-old Bibisara Assaubayeva on receiving the Outstanding Chess Player of Asia 2021 title on Aug. 5, according to the president’s press service. “Bibisara Assaubayeva has achieved tremendous success. FIDE [International Chess Federation] recognized a young talented Kazakh player as the best in Asia. President Tokayev, who is an…

Gulf Cooperation Council of Arab Countries Commends Multilateral Cooperation with Central Asia, Expands Investment Partnership with Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf expressed readiness to hold the first ministerial meeting of the Central Asia – GCC dialogue platform at the Aug. 5 meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tileuberdi, reported the ministry’s press service. Speaking about the…

Kazakhstan to Develop Medical Protocol for Monkeypox Treatment

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan is developing clinical guidance for the treatment of the monkeypox infectious disease, said Kazakh Minister of Healthcare Azhar Giniyat at the Central Communications Service (CCS) press briefing on Aug. 4. “Every piece of information from the World Health Organization (WHO) is being reviewed. Vaccination, according to the organization, is not required. We…

Kazakhstan and Turkey to Expand Industrial and Technical Partnership

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Minister of Industry and Infrastructural Development Kairbek Uskenbayev invited the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) aircraft manufacturer to take an active part in the construction of an aviation industrial park in Nur-Sultan during the Aug. 4 meeting with the top management of leading Turkish conglomerates, reported the ministry’s press service. At the meeting,…

Seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions to Focus on Spiritual Development in Post COVID-19 Period

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh capital will host the seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions on Sept.14-15. Considering the geopolitical situation and the post–pandemic crisis worldwide, the role of religious leaders in conflict resolution is more relevant than ever, says Chair of Nazarbayev Center for Development of Interfaith and Intercivilization Dialogue Bulat Sarsenbayev…

Border Protection Services Training Held in Aktau

NUR-SULTAN – More than 100 service officers, including personnel of Kazakhstan’s Naval Forces and the National Security Committee’s Border Service, participated in comprehensive exercises on Aug. 2 at the Aktau garrison, reported the Kazakh Ministry of Defense. The exercises focused on the organization of anti-aircraft, anti-ship, anti-submarine and anti-sabotage defenses of the ship station. “The…

Kazakhstan to Launch 40 Renewable Energy Projects By 2025

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan plans to launch 40 renewable energy projects by 2025, said Kazakh Minister of Energy Bolat Akchulakov at the Central Communications Service (CCS) press briefing on Aug. 3. This year, the ministry plans to launch 11 renewable energy projects creating more than 900 workplaces. Three solar power plants and two wind farms will…

Astana Hub and Google for Startups Announce Second Cohort of Silkway Accelerator Program

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana Hub International Technopark of IT startups is accepting applications for the second cohort of the Silkway Accelerator program for tech companies until Aug. 21, reported the Astana Hub’s press service. The second cohort of the partnership training with Google for Startups (GfS), a program with hands-on lessons from the top Google…

Half-Year Tax Revenues to Kazakhstan’s Consolidated Budget Achieve Record-Breaking Growth Over Past Five Years

NUR-SULTAN – Half-year tax revenues to Kazakhstan’s consolidated budget reached a five-year record high, largely driven by high energy prices, according to the review published by the Association of Financiers of Kazakhstan (AFK) on Aug. 3. As a result, the budget surplus reached 1.4 trillion tenge (US$ 2.9 billion). Considering the increase in oil prices…

Kazakhstan to Increase Digital Mining Tax Next Year

NUR-SULTAN – The tax on digital mining will be increased starting January of next year and will depend on the cost of electricity consumed in Kazakhstan, reported the State Revenue Committee press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Finance. The revisions to Kazakhstan’s Tax Code announced last month call for a progressive scale of tax…

Investigation of January Riots in Kazakhstan: 474 Cases Sent to Courts’ Review So Far

NUR-SULTAN – As the investigation into the tragic January events continues, 92 persons were sentenced to prison for felonies and serious criminal acts, said Mukhtar Kozhayev, deputy head of the investigative department of the Kazakh Ministry of Internal Affairs at the Central Communication Service press briefing on Aug. 1. “In total, the police investigated 4,642…

Astana Hub Launches Scalerator-2022 Free Acceleration Program for IT Startups

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana Hub International Technopark of IT startups and the Kazakh Ministry of Digital Development, Innovations and Aerospace Industry have launched the Scalerator-2022 acceleration program for tech companies to increase their exports, reported the Astana Hub’s press service on July 29. Following the objective outlined by Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to increase IT…

Daily Trading Volume at Kazakhstan Stock Exchange Reaches $118.6 Million in July

NUR-SULTAN – The average daily trading volume increased from $96.4 million to $118.6 million for the month at the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE), reported the bank’s press service on July 1. According to the bank, the total trading volume in July reached $2.4 billion. “By the end of the month, the tenge exchange rate changed…

Kazakhstan to Take Part in TT Warsaw International Tourism Fair in November

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan will present its products and services in the tourism industry at the TT Warsaw international tourism fair on Nov. 24–26 in the Polish capital, reported the Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sport’s press service. TT Warsaw, a prestigious event in Europe, has been held annually starting from 1993 with the support of…

SCO Remains a Space For Stability and Development, Says Kazakh Foreign Minister in Tashkent

TASHKENT – Kazakhstan intends to continue cooperation with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states in all areas, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tileuberdi at the SCO Foreign Ministers Council meeting on July 29, reported the ministry’s press service.   “Over the course of our work, we have…

Kazakhstan’s Deaf Dance Ensemble Reaches Finals at US World Championships of Performing Arts

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s “Sensitive” Ballroom Dance Ensemble, which is also known as the Theater of Deaf Dancers, has made it to the finals at the 25th World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in the United States, according to the ensemble’s Instagram. The dancers are the graduates of a special boarding school for children with hearing…

National Bank’s Gold Reserves Experience Slight Decrease in June

NUR-SULTAN – For June this year, the gross international reserves of the National Bank of Kazakhstan decreased by 2.3 percent reaching $32 billion, reported the bank’s press service on July 28. According to preliminary data, the decrease was caused by a withdrawal of client funds from the bank’s foreign currency accounts, as well as a…

Two Million Tourists to Visit Kazakhstan’s National Parks This Year

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sport expects 2 million people to visit national parks in Kazakhstan this year, reported the ministry’s press service on July 27. According to the ministry, 550,000 people have visited the Burabay National Park for the first half-year, which is two times more than for the same period…

Kazakhstan’s Wimbledon Champion Rybakina Visits UEFA Headquarters

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina has visited the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) headquarters in the city of Nyon in Switzerland, according to her Instagram account. UEFA, a governing body of football in Europe, unites 55 national football associations across the continent. Its headquarters in Nyon is located 25 kilometers northeast of…

Kazakhstan Boosts Coal Exports to EU and Switzerland

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan exported 2.85 million tons of coal and coke to the European Union (EU) countries since the beginning of this year, as its coal is suitable for their power plants, according to the July 25 S&P Global Commodity Insights report. For comparison, Kazakhstan exported an average of 0.81 million tons of coal to…

Honeywell to Introduce Plastic Recycling Projects and Carbon Capture Technologies in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – President of Global High Growth Regions at Honeywell Ben Driggs shared the company’s plans for the introduction of carbon capture technology and plastic processing, as well as the production of green jet fuel and diesel fuel in Kazakhstan at the July 26 meeting with Kazakh Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov, reports the Prime Minister’s…

Kazakhstan to Host Its First-Ever ATP 500 Tennis Tournament in October

NUR-SULTAN – This year, the Kazakh capital will host its first-ever Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour 500 tournament on Oct. 9-10, announced the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation’s (KTF) press service.   The ATP Tour 500, also known as the ATP World Tour 500 tournaments, ATP International Series Gold, and ATP Championship Series, represents the fourth highest…

Three COVID-19 Vaccines Now Available in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh people now have access to three COVID-19 vaccines including the QazVac, Sinopharm, and Pfizer vaccines, reported Roza Kozhapova, the head of the department for epidemiological monitoring of infectious diseases of the Kazakh Health Ministry at a July 22 Central Communications Service (CCS) press briefing.     The COVID-19 vaccination and revaccination effort are ongoing…

EBRD Provides $25 Million Loan to SMEs in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a $25 million loan to the micro, small, and medium-sized businesses in Kazakhstan, reported the bank’s press service. The main objective is to help the national business sector to overcome the ongoing macroeconomic downturn amid geopolitical tensions and numerous after-effects of the COVID…

Kazakhstan Increases Car Exports, Expands Vehicle Production

NUR-SULTAN – Domestic auto production increased by one-third in the first half of this year contributing to the growth of exports by 23 percent, reported the press service of the Ministry of Trade and Integration. Overall, domestic mechanical engineering grew by 37.5 percent, against the background of an increase of the production of cars, trailers,…

Kazakhstan Plans to Expand Air Fleet to Meet Growing Demand

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s air carriers are acquiring new aircraft due to the increase in the passenger air traffic by 10 percent over a six-month period this year, according to the July 18 statement of the Civil Aviation Committee of the Kazakh Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development.  This year, 75 domestic aircraft have transported 4.6…

Kazakhstan – EAEU Trade Turnover Reaches $10 Billion in Five Months

NUR-SULTAN – The trade turnover between Kazakhstan and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) countries in January – May this year reached $10 billion, which is 4.8 percent higher than in the same period of the previous year ($9.5 billion), reported the Kazakh Ministry of Trade and Integration press service on July 19. In five months,…

Kazakhstan’s Airfares Rated Affordable Compared to Foreign Airlines

NUR-SULTAN – National air carriers’ ticket prices are competitive and affordable compared to foreign airlines, reports the Kazakh Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development press service on July 20. The conclusions are based on a comparative analysis of the domestic and foreign air carriers’ price policy, conducted by the ministry after receiving numerous complaints from…

Kazakhstan’s Wheat Sales Grow Dramatically as Non-Primary Foreign Exports Boosted by Nearly 35 Percent in Five Months

NUR-SULTAN – The trade turnover of non-primary goods of Kazakhstan in January – May this year reached $25.3 billion, which is 20.4 percent higher than in the same period of the previous year ($21.0 billion), reported the Kazakh Ministry of Trade and Integration press service. According to QazTrade, center for trade policy development under the…

Public Officials Visit Remand Prisons to Cultivate Zero Tolerance Policy to Corruption

NUR-SULTAN – Civil servants visit the pre-trial detention centers in the Mangystau Region as part of Kazakhstan’s anti-corruption policy concept for 2022–2026, reports the press service of the region’s Department of the Anti-Corruption Service. Employees of state institutions, including high-level personnel, had an overview of the offices where investigations were being held, prison cells and…

COVID Cases Surge 3.2 Times in Week as Kazakh Officials Call for Revaccination and Inspection of Healthcare Facilities

NUR-SULTAN – The rapid increase in the number of COVID infections by 3.2 times in one week in Kazakhstan was announced at the July 19 meeting of the interdepartmental commission on the prevention and spread of coronavirus, reported the Prime Minister’s press service. Among infected citizens, 89 percent are unvaccinated and have not been revaccinated…

US and Kazakhstan to Minimize Highly Enriched Uranium in Kurchatov

NUR-SULTAN – The United States National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) representatives visited the National Nuclear Center in Kurchatov, a city in the East Kazakhstan Region, and addressed the processes of minimizing highly enriched uranium on July 15, reported the Kazakh Ministry of Energy press service. One of the major accomplishments of the cooperation between the…

Dimash Kudaibergen Announces First Solo Concert ‘Stranger’ in Almaty

NUR-SULTAN – In just the first 15 minutes, fans from 36 countries purchased tickets for Dimash Kudaibergen’s first long-awaited solo concert “Stranger” in Almaty on Sept. 23 this year, reported dimashnews.com. “After my announcement of the start of ticket sales, within 15 minutes, dears [the name of Dimash’s fans] from 36 countries bought the tickets.…

National Security Committee Prevents Outflow of $8 Million from Kazakhstan in Six Months

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s Border Service of the National Security Committee (NSC) averted the outflow of more than $8 million in cash from the country in the first six months of 2022, reported the committee’s press service on July 18. All attempts to carry the cash out of the country were revealed in Almaty by the…

Prosecutor General’s Office Returns $473 Million from Overseas, Develops Website for Citizens to Submit Proposals

NUR-SULTAN – The interdepartmental commission on counteraction of the illegal concentration of economic resources will launch a website to keep the public informed of the commission’s work on asset recovery, reported the Prosecutor General’s Office press service on July 14. The website will contain a special section where citizens will be able to send messages…

SCO Countries to Expand Share of National Currencies in Trade

NUR-SULTAN – The members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) announced the development of a roadmap for expanding the share of national currencies in mutual settlements at the July 15 meeting of the SCO countries’ industry ministers in Tashkent, Kazinform agency reports. This measure will contribute to the stability of monetary systems and the security…

Kazakhstan’s Rybakina Enters Best Tennis Players Ranking by Income

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina has entered the ranking of the world’s 16 best tennis players by income this year, both men and women in singles, according to the rating compiled by the Relevant | Tennis Stats & Info Twitter account for statistics in world tennis. Rybakina took seventh place with total earnings…

President Tokayev Prepared to Launch Digital Family Map and Social Wallet Program by Year-End

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev instructed the government to launch a digital family map and introduce a social wallet program by the end of the year at the July 14 expanded government meeting, reported the presidential press service on the Telegram channel. “The family social map must be accomplished so that it finally becomes…

Kazakh President Sets Course for Road Sector Development

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev proposed to establish a single road company in Kazakhstan by merging the KazAvtoZhol and KazAvtodor state-owned road companies at the July 14 expanded government meeting, reported the presidential press service on Telegram channel. He said that following the merger of the two main operators with the same functional responsibilities,…

Inflation in Kazakhstan Surpasses 2015 Levels, Says President Tokayev

NUR-SULTAN – Inflation has reached 14.5 percent and exceeded the level of 2015, says Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev at the expanded government meeting on July 14, reported the presidential press service on the Telegram channel. According to the half-year results, Kazakhstan’s economy grew by 3.4 percent, and the real sector – by 4.1 percent. The…

National Bank Chairman Remains Confident About Stability of Kazakhstan’s Financial System

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s National Bank Chairman Galymzhan Pirmatov confirmed the bank’s readiness for economic challenges, reports the bank’s press service. “We face some challenges, but the financial system withstands and successfully overcomes them. Our measures allowed us to maintain financial stability during the events that shocked the whole world in February. No one can say…

First Round of Europe – Asia International March for Peace Visits Taraz

NUR-SULTAN – The participants of the first round of Europe – Asia international march for peace and accord visited the city of Taraz in southern Kazakhstan on July 10 with a rich program, including concerts, an arts and crafts exhibition, and competitions in national games, according to Khabar 24. The main goal of the march,…

Kazakhstan Reopens 12 Border Crossing Points With Russia and Uzbekistan

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan has resumed the work of 12 border crossing points with Russia and Uzbekistan from July 12, reported the Interdepartmental commission on the prevention of the spread of the coronavirus infection on its Telegram channel.  This month, Kondybai, Akbalshyk, Kyzylzhar, Naiza, Zhezkent, Baitanat, Koyanbai, Orda, Shagan, Karashatau will start working across the border…

US Releases List of Countries Through Which Restricted Exports Сould Reach Russia

NUR-SULTAN – The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) have included Kazakhstan in the list of countries through which sanctioned goods can be imported to Russia and Belarus, says the joint alert.  Along with the Central Asian countries such as Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and…

Kazakhstan’s Business Activity Index Remains Stable

NUR-SULTAN – In June this year, the Business Activity Index (BAI) remained stable at 49 points slightly over 48.9 points in May, according to the results of a monthly survey of 469 real sector enterprises, reported the National Bank of Kazakhstan. The BAI is a composite indicator that includes the aggregate of enterprises’ surveys regarding…

Kazakh Prime Minister Calls to Reduce Formal Requirements for Businesses

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov instructed the executive bodies to reduce excessive requirements for entrepreneurs by revising the regulatory framework at a July 7 meeting on business regulation, reported the Prime Minister’s Office. Delivering his report at the meeting, Kazakh Minister of National Economy Alibek Kuantyrov outlined unnecessary and overlapping requirements that were…

Kazakh President Calls for Enhancing Transport Potential, Diversifying Oil Export Routes

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev outlined measures to develop alternative cargo delivery chains and diversify oil export routes at the July 7 government meeting in the Akorda, reported the presidential press service. Tokayev emphasized the need to enhance the country’s transport and transit potential and ensure safe and uninterrupted export of domestic products amid…

Kazakhstan Invites Religious Associations to Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions

NUR-SULTAN – Chair of the Nazarbayev Center for the Development of Interfaith and Inter-civilizational Dialogue Bulat Sarsenbayev spoke about the preparations for the seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions at the June 27 roundtable titled New York Celebrates Kazakhstan in New York, reports the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs.    The congress is…

Out-of-Country Voting in Kazakhstan’s Referendum Shows 73 Percent Voter Turnout

NUR-SULTAN – Voting abroad in the national referendum on constitutional amendments at 65 polling stations in 52 countries has finished with a 72.95 percent voter turnout, reported the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   The last ballots were cast at polling stations in Washington and New York in the United States, and…

Kazakh Citizens Participate in Referendum in 53 Countries

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh citizens cast their votes in the national referendum on constitutional amendments in Kazakhstan and abroad on June 5.  Foreign embassies and consulates of Kazakhstan opened 65 polling stations for living and traveling Kazakh citizens to take part in the country’s major event.  Kazakhs living in Japan and Korea were among the…

Great Kazakh Poet Abai Commemorated in India to Mark 30 Years of Diplomatic Relations

NEW DELHI – A sculpture of the great Kazakh poet and philosopher Abai Kunanbayev was unveiled June 2 in New Delhi to mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and India, reports the Kazakh Foreign Ministry press service. Deputy Prime Minister – Kazakh Minister of Trade and Integration Bakhyt Sultanov, who visited India…

OPEC+ Countries to Increase Oil Production in July

NUR-SULTAN – The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) member states announced plans to adjust oil production upward in July by 0.648 million barrels per day at the 29th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting on June 2, reports the organization’s press service.  Kazakh Vice Minister of Energy Asset Magauov participated in the meeting via…

Kazakhstan Doubles Traffic Volume Through Caspian Sea

NUR-SULTAN – The Aktau Sea сommercial port, Kuryk port, and Aktau marine north terminal, key points in the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR), have doubled their volume of shipping, reports the Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) national company.   Since the beginning of this year, more than 1.2 million tons of cargo have been loaded in the…

Kazakh Foreign Ministry Announces Call for Applications in Contest for Foreign Journalists

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in partnership with Kazakhstan’s Chief Editors’ Club, and the Kazakh Tourism National Company, announced the call for applications for the seventh New Kazakhstan through the Eyes of Foreign Media international contest for foreign journalists. The contest seeks to reward original articles, video stories and blog posts about…

Eighty-Four Percent of Kazakh Citizens Support National Referendum on Constitutional Amendments, Opinion Poll Shows

NUR-SULTAN – Some 83.92 percent of Kazakh citizens support the presidential initiative to hold the June 5 national referendum on amendments to the Constitution, according to the Central Communications Service (CCS) online survey conducted from May 24 to May 29.  This means an increase by 12 percent as compared with the previous poll results provided…

EU Air Safety Committee Commends Kazakhstan’s Accomplishments in Aviation Security

NUR-SULTAN – According to the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) audit results of 2021, Kazakhstan’s aviation safety score remains at 84 percent. The country’s rate is 15 percent higher than the global average. This data was presented by the Kazakh delegation at the May 17 meeting of the European Union Air Safety Committee (ASC) in…

Kazakh Oil and Gas Industry Attracts $121.6 Billion Since 1996

NUR-SULTAN – Since 1996, 52.2 trillion tenge (US$121.6 billion) of investments, were allocated for the development of the oil and gas sector, said Geology Committee Chair of the Kazakh Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources Talgat Satiyev at a May 17 Central Communications Service (CCS) briefing.  This accounts for 70 percent of the total…