Articles by Frol Leandoer

Phased plan developed to transfer Kazakh alphabet to Latin script

ASTANA – A draft action plan has been developed detailing the phased transfer of the Kazakh alphabet to Latin script by 2025. Sacral Geography of Kazakhstan, a special project within the Ruhani Janghyru (Modernisation of Kazakhstan) programme, is also being implemented. Vice Minister of Culture and Sports Yerlan Kozhagapanov reported on the progress to execute…

First virtual museum launches in Taldykorgan

ASTANA – The first virtual museum in Kazakhstan recently launched in Taldykorgan, 24.kz reported. A group of young artists created the “Zhetysu 360” project under the Digital Kazakhstan programme. It will be possible to see the unique places of the region on different digital media, at any time and free of charge. The main requirement…

History of dombra exhibition opens in Atyrau

ASTANA – An exhibition recently opened in Atyrau’s local history museum on the history of the Kazakh folk instrument, dombra. A dombra is a round and flat two-stringed instrument made of pine, maple, hazel and oak. The exhibit includes 65 dombras and discusses the evolution of the instrument and how it is made. “Dombra is…

Almaty hosts International Digital Kazakhstan summit

ASTANA – Investments in human capital play a key role in developing the digital industry. State officials, businesspeople and scientists at the Feb. 2 International Digital Kazakhstan summit in Almaty discussed IT trends, focusing specifically on the Digital Kazakhstan programme and biometrics. They noted the dual approach is an effective strategy in creating business IT…

Kazakh bank loan portfolios decline for fourth straight year

ASTANA – The loan portfolio among Kazakh banks declined 12 percent, and assets 5 percent, in 2017. Fifteen of 32 banks operating in the country had a negative return on assets, reported finprom.kz. By the end of 2017, the assets of the 32 banks reached 24.2 trillion tenge (US$75.02 billion), 0.2 percent more than in…

Kazakhstan launches sales of uniquely numbered, lettered license plates

ASTANA – Drivers in Kazakhstan can now reserve and purchase uniquely numbered license plates through the Government for Citizens Corporation front offices. This service was launched by the state corporation jointly with the Ministry of Internal Affairs on Jan. 15, the press service of the company reported. “You can buy ‘beautiful’ license numbers, not only…

All restrictions dropped on Kazakh airline flights to EU

ASTANA – All restrictions have been dropped on Kazakh airline flights to European Union (EU) countries, according to Minister for Investment and Development Zhenis Kassymbek. Five domestic carriers (Air Astana, Comlux, KazAirJet, Prime Aviation and SCAT) are cleared for take-off. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) commission audited aviation security Nov. 22-30, completing a comprehensive…

Kazakh universities must provide highly-qualified human capital

ASTANA – Kazakh universities should provide a new quality of human capital, a task President Nursultan Nazarbayev set for the schools during his recent state-of-the-nation address. Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU) is already implementing the model of a new generation university, which rector Galym Mutanov reported during a discussion of the talk with university activists,…

Atyrau refinery launches production of K4, K5 diesel standards

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Atyrau refinery has switched to K4 and K5 diesel fuel production that meets ecological standards, Kazinform reported. “The Atyrau refinery began shipping diesel fuel of ecological classes K4 and K5 (equivalent to Euro-4, Euro-5) from Jan.1. This became possible after a major overhaul in the diesel section of the KU HBD, where…

Kazakh National Bank lays out strict rules for collections agencies’ behaviour

ASTANA – The National Bank of Kazakhstan has announced what will be considered legal methods of interaction between collection agencies and debtors. On Jan. 9, representatives of the National Bank met with employees of collection agencies and public associations, the press service of the regulator reported. Representatives of the National Bank announced legally permitted ways…