Articles by Dmitry Lee

New media production company eager to take Kazakh market to new level

ASTANA – Tochka, a creative video production agency established in October, is trying innovative ideas and approaches in the business and launching several projects this year. In an exclusive interview with The Astana Times, CEO Galiya Tokareva, also known by her maiden name as Galiya Idoyatova from her years on television, discussed the new approaches…

MyBusiness: business without borders app to aid entrepreneurs doing business in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – The “MyBusiness: business without borders” app, developed and created by Chevron, the British Council and the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs, is a hoped-for way to protect the rights of entrepreneurs in the country. “The mobile application ‘MyBusiness: business without borders’ is a unique software product created for the business community of the…

Latest Astana Process Syria talks result in documents on confidence-building measures

ASTANA – The Dec. 22 8th rounds of Astana Process talks in the Kazakh capital to help de-escalate the conflict in Syria resulted in the adoption of a number of documents in the area of confidence building, as well as saw the reaffirmation of commitment of their participants to seek full elimination of terrorism and…

Barys loses to Dynamo Moscow 3:5 in rollercoaster game

ASTANA – In an away match on Dec. 21, Barys lost to Dynamo Moscow 3:5, but managed to at least shred the nerves of the home team in the rollercoaster game. Top scorer for both Barys and the league Nigel Dawes missed the game because of an injury. The match started with Dynamo’s Danil Tarasov…

Kazakh Prime Minister urges government officials to improve state services

ASTANA – State bodies should change their approach servicing the public, Kazakh Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev said Dec. 20 during a weekly government meeting. “Eighty-five percent of state services are transferred to the State Corporation ‘Government for Citizens’ – we have already reached a high mark. But there is a lot of work on the…

Barys continue losing streak after close game against Metallurg on home ice

ASTANA – Astana’s Hockey Club (HC) Barys lost to Metallurg Magnitogorsk 3-4, Dec. 3, at the Barys Arena in a desperate attempt to break the cold streak that now extends to seven games. A sold out Barys arena hosted nearly 10,000 fans hoping to see Barys stop its losing streak and it seemed the evening…

Zhetysu project to promote Almaty area tourist attractions

ASTANA – The Almaty regional communications service has launched a project to create a dozen short promotional videos to showcase regional tourist attractions, such as Kolsai Lake, Singing Dune and Charyn Canyon located at the Zhetysu. Photographer Mikhrat Tolkunov and INSPIRE CREATIVE GROUP team are leading the project titled Amazing Zhetysu, Kazinform reported. The videos…

New Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway route to transport up to 8 million tonnes of cargo by 2020

ASTANA – The new Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway is expected to transport up to eight million tonnes of cargo by 2020, said Kazakhstan Temir Zholy President Kanat Alpysbayev during a roundtable in Washington, DC, dedicated to continued development of the route. “Nearly 15,000 containers are to be transported from Turkey to Kazakhstan, Central Asia, China, the…

Satayev’s feature “Districts” snatches Asian Film Festival award

ASTANA – Critically-acclaimed director Akan Satayev, of Karagandy, known for his 2007 blockbuster “Racketeer,” has once again delivered a strong message. His 2016 feature “Districts” received the Best Cinematography Award (Panorama Section) at the Asian Film Festival, held Nov. 2-12 in Barcelona. The film revolves around the life of Arsen, an Almaty boy who had…

Kazakhstan to create conditions for bio products export

ASTANA – The Kazakh government focused on the importance of creating conditions to export bio products or organic food at the latest government meeting in the capital. Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev instructed his cabinet to improve export policies and develop mechanisms to support non-primary exports, according to the prime minister’s press service. First Vice Minister…