Articles by Elya Altynsarina

Kazakh, Belarusian presidents agree to enhance long-term trade cooperation

NUR-SULTAN – The Presidents of Kazakhstan and Belarus oversaw the signing of five bilateral agreements and held a joint press conference Oct. 25, concluding a two-day official visit by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to the Kazakh capital. Lukashenko’s visit was his first to Kazakhstan since the election of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. The sides discussed economic,…

Tokayev outlines Asia strategy, promises multilateral approach to global issues at Valdai Meeting

NUR-SULTAN – Positioned as a transit and trade bridge between Europe and Asia, located at the crossroads of Islamic, Confucian and East Christian civilizations, Kazakhstan plans to optimise the opportunities coming up with the age of Asia, said Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, outlining core economic and foreign policy trajectories of his country at the Valdai…

President Tokayev calls for removal of trade barriers within EAEU, as union signs FTA with Singapore

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev called for a removal of trade barriers within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) during the Oct. 2 Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Yerevan, Armenia. “In difficult global conditions it is extremely important for us to support sustainable economic growth of our nations. This is possible only through real and…

Kazakhstan to launch compulsory health insurance 10 years in the making

NUR-SULTAN – After almost a decade’s effort, Kazakhstan plans to launch in January 2020 a new system of compulsory insurance. The system is meant to lower the cost of healthcare and expand the number of Kazakhs who have access to healthcare through compulsory contributions by citizens and businesses to the national healthcare system. Government officials…

Kazakh FM visits South Korea on 10th anniversary of strategic relations 

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Foreign Minister Beibut Atamkulov discussed bilateral relations, international issues and the situation on the Korean Peninsula with South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon and other top officials and business leaders in Seoul on Sept. 16.  “The Republic of Korea is one of the key strategic partners in Asia, and our political interaction…

Kazakhstan and China: strengthening friendship and partnership in a new era

NUR-SULTAN – Beibut Atamkulov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, gave an exclusive interview to Kazakhstanskaya Pravda newspaper explaining the results of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s Sept. 11-12 state visit to China. Here’s the translation. Please tell us about the state visit with the President to China.   This visit was historical, and built upon the…

Expats give Kazakhstan high marks in new InterNations report

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan has shown the biggest improvement in the 2019 InterNations Business Solutions Expat Insider report, moving 27 ranks up to 22nd place from 49th spot in 2018. Along with Kazakhstan, Indonesia and Qatar have also shown huge improvements with respective 21 and 20 points up comparing to their 2018 scores – thus being…

Kazakh FM discusses cooperation with UAE officials, attends IGC meeting in Abu Dhabi

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Foreign Minister Beibut Atamkulov and United Arab Emirates Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan discussed cooperation and investment during Atamkulov’s visit to Abu-Dhabi for the Sept. 8-9 7th meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission (IGC). “The UAE is our key strategic partner in the Middle…

Nazarbayev opens Kazakh pavilion at exhibition hall in Moscow, meets with Putin

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s First President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and attended the opening ceremony of Kazakhstan’s pavilion at the VDNH exposition, museum and recreational complex in Moscow. Nazarbayev was visiting Moscow for the city’s 872nd anniversary. Kazakh artists and musicians welcomed pavilion visitors who were presented with Kazakh agricultural products, organic…

Kazakh FM makes first trip to Berlin, discusses economic and political ties

BERLIN – Kazakh Foreign Minister Beibut Atamkulov discussed ways to strengthen economic, political and humanitarian ties with German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas during Atamkulov’s Aug. 19 first visit to Berlin in his capacity. The Kazakh delegation headed by Atamkulov also met with high-level German officials, including Head of the Office of the…