Articles by Chris Stanton

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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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

Winners named in International Tchaikovsky Youth Competition in Astana

ASTANA – Approximately 125 pianists, violinists and cellists from 20 countries demonstrated their accomplishments June 15-25 at the 10th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. The event, held for the first time in Kazakhstan as part of EXPO 2017, offered musicians up to age 17 the opportunity to declare themselves the best of the best…

Ukrainian business people show investment interest in Yereimentau wind farm

ASTANA – Kazakhstan has the potential for renewable energy throughout its sprawling land, especially in the form of wind and small hydro power plants. As a result, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has launched a 50 million euro (US$56.7) financing programme for projects that meet specified criteria, especially in either field. Ukrainian…

UN opens EXPO 2017 pavilion during UN Day celebrations

ASTANA – The United Nations opened its EXPO 2017 pavilion during the expo’s recent UN Day celebrations. Kazakhstan was named in January a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. “Today, we are witnessing a great event. The expo has become an important event. For Kazakhstan, this organisation is of paramount importance. We will do…

EXPO 2017 features nightly music, laser shows and dancing

ASTANA – EXPO 2017 features nightly music, laser shows and dancing featuring more than 150 performers. All of the artists are local and were chosen during a casting call in April. Each performance incorporates an electronic vehicle in keeping with the Future Energy theme of the expo. Each vehicle required more than two months to…

Italian engineering companies eye benefit of EXPO 2017 meetings

ASTANA – Italy and Kazakhstan have been loyal trade partners for more than 25 years and the business council established in 2007 provided insight into the economies and needs of each nation. A fruitful relationship has slowly developed and a regular exchange of cultural events and days, concerts, cinema and exhibitions has only strengthened the…

Kazakhstan continues with green energy investments

ASTANA – Kazakhstan has continued investments in renewable energy sources and will to expand these volumes as it moves forward. So far, the investment share does not exceed 1 percent, according to an alternative energy study completed by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and the International Energy Agency. The study was conducted in…

Kazakh ethno village opens doors to EXPO 2017 tourists

ASTANA – EXPO 2017 guests will have a unique opportunity to explore the ancient culture of nomadic civilisation, as Ethno Auyl (which stands for Ethno Village), an unusual cultural complex, has opened in the capital’s suburbs. Organisers intend for the space to acquaint visitors with the rich history, art, traditions, rituals and national cuisine of…

Part of Chinese Terracotta Warrior Army on display at National Museum of Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Astana visitors and residents have the opportunity to see a part of a unique historical monument that originates from the Chinese Qin dynasty. Four statues of the world-known Terracotta Army are being exhibited until Sept. 10 at the National Museum of Kazakhstan. The statues are among more than 80 items on display, including…

American gives impressions of EXPO 2017 and personal ideas behind power of blogging

ASTANA – What is this trend known as blogging? What is its main aim compared to how corporate journalists write on a day-to-day base? Are they the independent media or a little bit more? Some say bloggers are simply writers who have a yearning for uncensored self-expression of their surroundings, as well as a personal,…

Kieli Kazakhstan expedition to country’s sacred places takes off

ASTANA – The Kieli Kazakhstan (Sacred Kazakhstan) trip to the steppe country’s sacred places began from Nazarbayev University June 10. University Vice President Kanat Baigarin and General Director of the Kazakh Research Institute of Culture Andrey Khazbulatov gave a parting address to the 25 expedition participants. “This is the first expedition along this route, but…