Articles by Galiya Khassenkhanova

Kazakhstan Leader in Fight For Gender Equality Among Central Asian States, Says Top Expert

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is a leader in gender equality progress among the Central Asian states, United Nations (UN) Women National Consultant Madina Jarbussynova told The Astana Times. She shared the progress Kazakhstan has made to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. “All Central Asian countries face similar problems in the field of gender equality and…

Tokayev Discusses Investment and Cooperation Opportunities with French Companies

ASTANA – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev paid an official visit to Paris on Nov. 29-30, where he met with heads of several French companies to discuss investment and cooperation opportunities, the Akorda press service reported. The President committed to deepening relations with France to advance common economic and political interests.  “The GDP grew 2.5 percent…

Kazakh Central Election Commission Approves Calendar Plan for Senate Election in January

ASTANA – The Central Election Commission (CEC) approved the calendar plan for the Senate elections scheduled for Jan. 14 during its Nov. 28 meeting. The candidates’ registration begins on Nov. 29 and ends on Dec. 24.  Following registration, the election campaign will run until midnight on Jan. 12. The following day, Jan. 13, is a…

Astana Joins Global Smart Centres Ranking

ASTANA – The Kazakh capital, for the first time, entered the list of the most investment-attractive cities, taking 64th place, ahead of Rome, Warsaw, and Moscow,  according to a Nov. 22 sixth edition of the Smart Centres Index (SCI 6) published by London-based commercial think-tank Z/Yen. “The SCI 6 rates the innovation and technology offerings…

Astana Process Participants Reaffirm Commitment to Syria’s Territorial Integrity, Pledge to Combat Terrorism

ASTANA – The representatives of Iran, Russia, and Türkiye, as guarantors of the Astana Format, reaffirmed their commitment to Syria’s sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity during the 19th international meeting on Syria in Astana on Nov. 22-23. The participants highlighted the role of the Astana Process in resolving issues within the Syrian crisis and…

Kazakhstan Uses Clean Uranium Extraction Method, Plans to Place Uranium Fund in IPO

ASTANA – Kazakhstan uses the most environmentally friendly method of uranium mining, said Kazatomprom national atomic company Chief Commercial Officer Askar Batyrbayev on Nov. 21 during the international Atomexpo-2022 forum in Sochi, Russia, the Kazinform agency reported. “Given that there is expected to be a large demand, a very large number of reactors are expected…

Kazakh Film “Poet” Wins Best Picture at Portuguese Film Festival

ASTANA – The Kazakh film “Poet” directed by Darezhan Omirbayev, won Best Picture at the Lisbon & Sintra Film Festival 2022 (LEFFEST) held on Nov. 10-20 in Portugal, reported the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sports. The annual film festival showcases the best films from Europe, Asia, and South and North…

Citizens Vote for President in Kazakhstan, Share Aspirations

ASTANA – The citizens of Kazakhstan are heading to polling stations on Nov. 20 to cast their vote for the new President. They can vote in more than 10,000 polling stations in Kazakhstan, including 68 stations abroad.  Astana city residents shared their expectations from the recent election experience.  Akmaral Tokbergenova, a 27-year-old resident of Astana,…

Almaty Embodies Kazakhstan’s Independence, Says President Tokayev

ASTANA – The city of Almaty embodies Kazakhstan’s independence, said Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during his meeting with the public of Almaty on Nov. 16, reported the Akorda press service. He emphasized that many significant events in the country’s history took place in Almaty, including the signing of the Sovereignty Declaration and the proclamation of…

We Are The World Children’s Artwork Exhibition Aims to Foster Creative Potential of the Youth

ASTANA – A children’s artwork exhibition titled We Are The World, held at the Astana Opera theater on Nov. 13, aims to promote children’s creative potential and provide them with opportunities to grow. “Cultural diplomacy aims to bring up children committed to culture, to preserve and amplify the cultural values. With the help of this…

Presidential Candidate Nurlan Auesbayev Stands Against Corruption and Oligarchic Rule

Editor’s note: As Kazakhstan approaches the presidential elections on Nov. 20, The Astana Times will contribute a series of articles in the format of reviews and interviews, providing an outlook into the electoral programs of each of the candidates. ASTANA – Nurlan Auesbayev, a candidate nominated to run in the upcoming presidential elections on Nov.…

Inflation Rate to Slow Down By 2023, Says Kazakh National Bank Chairman

ASTANA – The inflation rate in Kazakhstan is expected to slow down in 2023, said Chairman of Kazakhstan’s National Bank Galymzhan Pirmatov at a session of the Senate on Nov. 10, reported the Senate’s press service. “According to our forecasts, inflation will continue to rise, reflecting the sustained pass-through of external inflation into domestic prices,…

Kazakhstan to Collaborate with Türkiye on Replacing KazSat Satellite

ASTANA – Kazakhstan and Türkiye announced plans to work on replacing the KazSat 3 satellite with KazSat 3R, said the Minister of Digital Development, Innovations and Aerospace Industry Bagdat Mussin on his Facebook page on Nov.4. “Before decommissioning KazSat 3, we need to build a more modern satellite to replace it and ensure the uninterrupted…

Alem Saz International Music Festival Brings Together Musicians from Seven Countries for Massive Event

ASTANA – The Alem Saz International Music Festival, which takes place from Nov. 7 to Nov. 16 in Astana, opened at the Qazaqstan Central Concert Hall. The festival brings together musicians from seven countries, including India, Italy, Germany, and Spain.  Musicians from India and Germany, as well as Kazakh government officials, took part in a…

Astana Ranks First in Global Green Finance Index Among Eastern European and Central Asian States

ASTANA – Astana, represented by the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC), ranked first in the tenth edition of the Global Green Finance Index (GGFI) among Eastern European and Central Asian countries, reported the AIFC press service on Oct. 31.  Astana’s global ranking is 54th. “Astana is the region’s obvious leader in green finance, standing 21…

Kazakh Enterpreneurs to Boost Skills Through TikTok StartUp Academy

ASTANA – Representatives of 218 startups in Kazakhstan will receive training at TikTok StartUp Academy, an educational platform launched by TikTok and Astana Hub, reported the Astana Hub’s press service on Oct. 28. The training for representatives of Fintech, E-com, Games&Apps, Foodtech, Edtech, Entertainment, Health&Wellness, and other spheres started on Oct. 31. The first 20…

Kazakh National Bank to Integrate Its Digital Currency with BNB Blockchain, Says Binance CEO

ASTANA – The National Bank of Kazakhstan intends to integrate its digital currency into Binance’s BNB blockchain, announced Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao on his Twitter on Oct. 26. “Our team met with the First Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Kazakhstan Berik Sholpankulov and Head of Payment and Technological Center Binur Zhalenov. We introduced…

Kazakhstan’s GDP Grows 2.8 Percent Over Nine Months

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s GDP grew by 2.8 percent between January and September, said Chairperson of Kazakhstan’s National Bank Galymzhan Pirmatov at an Oct. 26 press conference. According to him, this figure corresponds with the forecasts. “The slowdown in business activity is caused by slow growth dynamics in the mining industry. The repairs at the mining…

Kazakhstan is EU’s Crucial Partner in Central Asia, Says European Council President Charles Michel

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is a crucial partner for the European Union (EU) in Central Asia, said European Council President Charles Michel at an Oct. 27 meeting in Astana with Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, reported the Akorda press service. “Strong cooperation between Central Asian countries is key to the security and development of the region. Today’s…

Favoritism Has No Place in Just and Fair Kazakhstan, Says Tokayev

ASTANA – The economy of Just and Fair Kazakhstan will have no place for favoritism, said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev outlining plans to reboot key institutions of the country’s political system, reload the entire system of values and establish a long-term trajectory for state-building during a solemn Oct. 22 ceremony dedicated to the Day of the…

Republic Day Marks Kazakh Nation’s Dream for Freedom, Says President Tokayev

ASTANA – The Day of the Republic marks our ancestors’ dream for freedom, said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev at an Oct. 22 solemn ceremony dedicated to the re-established Day of the Republic, which celebrates the adoption of the country’s sovereignty declaration on Oct. 25, 1990, reported Akorda press service. The President said this holiday commemorates the…

Kazakh Mazhilis Endorses Amnesty Bill for Some Participants in January Unrest

ASTANA – The Mazhilis, the lower house of the Kazakh Parliament, endorsed a bill providing amnesty to some participants in the January unrest at an Oct. 19 session, reported the Mazhilis press service. According to member of the Mazhilis committee on legislation, judicial and legal reform Gulnara Bizhanova, who presented the bill, the amnesty will…

Top Kazakh and Russian Think Tanks Agree to Expand Cooperation

ASTANA – The Kazakh Insitute of Strategic Studies (KazISS) and the Russian Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) agreed to boost cooperation at an Oct. 18 expert forum titled, Central Asia – Russia: Agenda of Modern Development in Astana, reported the KazISS press service. The event was held as the two countries mark…

Kazakhstan’s Internal Affairs Minister Proposes to Toughen Legislation On Domestic Violence

ASTANA – Kazakh Minister of Internal Affairs Marat Akhmetzhanov proposed to amend the legislation to allow law enforcement officers to act without a victim’s statement to the police in domestic violence cases during the government meeting on Oct. 18, reported the Prime Minister’s press service. The minister also proposed to limit the number of times…

Kazakhstan Hands Over IOFS Chairpersonship to Tunisia

ASTANA – Kazakhstan handed over the chairpersonship at the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) to Tunisia during the fifth General Assembly on Oct. 10-11 in Tunis.  Opening the ministerial session on Oct. 11, Kazakh Minister of Agriculture Yerbol Karashukeyev, the chair of the fourth General Assembly held in September 2021, handed over the chairmanship…

Kazakh President Discusses Trade and Economic Cooperation With Delegations Arriving for CICA

ASTANA – President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev discussed the expansion of trade and economic relations with delegations that participated in the sixth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) on Oct. 12-13, reported the Akorda press service. Tokayev expressed gratitude to China for supporting Kazakhstan’s idea to transform the…

Two Female Candidates Nominated in Kazakhstan’s Presidential Elections For First Time

ASTANA – Human rights activist Saltanat Tursynbekova was nominated to run for the presidency by Qazaq analary – dasturge zhol (Kazakh mothers are a path to traditions) public association on Oct. 11, reported the association’s press services. Saltanat Tursynbekova is a member of the Public Council of Astana and founder of the Kazakhstan without domestic…

Kazakhstan’s Officials and Experts Advocate for More Cybersecurity Funding and Establishment of Cybersecurity Agency

ASTANA – Citizens of Kazakhstan have been experiencing problems with internet access starting Sep. 24 following several DDoS attacks on the Kazakh internet, with the State Technical Service, an agency responsible for maintaining the country’s information infrastructure, confirming the cyber attacks on Sept. 28 on its website.  According to the State Technical Service, nearly 20…

Kazakh Public Associations Nominate Kassym-Jomart Tokayev as Presidential Candidate

ASTANA – The National Volunteer Network, Kazakhstan’s Civil Alliance, Qazaqstan Team Youth Association, Organization of Veterans, and Kazakhstan’s Union of Athletes  nominated President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Oct. 5 to run in the upcoming presidential elections, reported the press services of the associations. “The country will see the implementation of new reforms initiated by President Tokayev,…

Another Three Candidates Named for Upcoming Kazakh Presidential Elections in November

ASTANA – Three candidates were nominated to run for president in the upcoming elections on Nov. 20, which brings the total number of candidates to four, including incumbent Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.  On Sept. 30, the Auyl Party (village in Kazakh) was the first to announce Zhiguli Dairabayev as their candidate. Dairabayev is the chair of the…

Kazakhtelecom, AzerTelecom to Install Fiber Optic Communication Lines Along Bottom of Caspian Sea

ASTANA –  The Kazakhtelecom and AzerTelecom companies signed a memorandum of a strategic partnership to install fiber optic communication lines (FOCL) along the bottom of the Capsian Sea on Sept. 28, reported Kazakhtelecom’s press service. “The cooperation between our companies as part of the Trans Caspian Fiber Optic (TCFO) project, a part of the Digital…

Kazakhstan Plans to Grant Visa-Free Regime to 100 Countries

ASTANA – The Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sports proposes to introduce a visa-free regime for 26 countries to increase tourism inflow, bringing the total number of visa-free countries to 100, said Dastan Ryspekov, Tourism Industry Committee Chair, at a Sept. 28 Central Communication Service (CCS) press briefing. Ryspekov said that Kazakhstan had resumed a…

Kazakhstan to Issue Special Permit to Ethnic Kazakhs Wishing to Open Businesses in the Country

ASTANA – Kazakhstan will issue a special permit dubbed the Card of Kazakh to encourage ethnic Kazakhs to start businesses in the country while maintaining their foreign citizenship, announced Kazakh Minister of Labor and Social Protection of Population Tamara  Duisenova at a Sept. 26 press briefing, reported the ministry’s press service. Nearly 100 ethnic Kazakhs…

Interior Ministry Reports on Migration Flow In and Out of Kazakhstan

ASTANA – The incoming and outgoing flow of migrants in Kazakhstan is under control, reported Acting Chair of the Migration Service Committee of the Kazakh Interior Ministry Aslan Atalykov at a Sept. 26 press briefing, reported the ministry’s press service. “Internal affairs agencies register immigrants, receiving the information from hosts and based on the data…

Kazakhstan Favors Neutrality in Current Geopolitical Situation, Says Tokayev

ASTANA – Kazakhstan chooses to stay neutral in the current geopolitical situation, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said during his meeting with the public on Sept. 27 as part of his working visit to the Turkistan Region, reported Akorda press service. “In this difficult situation, Kazakhstan takes a neutral position when voting in international organizations, primarily…

Kazakhstan’s Super Bol Social Project Helps Young People to Become Professional Football Players

NUR-SULTAN – The Super Bol social project gives an opportunity for talented young people to start their professional football career. The project, televised in a reality show format on QazSport TV Channel, started in early June and finished with a match against Kazakhstan’s Zhenis FC in August. It should be noted that the name “Super…

European Parliament Voices Support For Kazakhstan’s Measures in Fight Against COVID-19

The Chair of the European Parliament Delegation to the countries of Central Asia and Mongolia and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Fulvio Martusciello spoke highly of the measures Kazakhstan undertook to fight the spread of the COVID-19 infection, as Kazinform news agency reported.  The Italian politician said that the measures Kazakhstan took were timely…

Korean Cultural Centre in Nur-Sultan celebrates Lunar New Year

NUR-SULTAN – The Korean Cultural Centre in the capital celebrated the Lunar New Year Jan. 24, offering visitors the opportunity to learn about and participate in traditional festivities. The Lunar New Year, known in Korea as Seollal, falls on the first day of the first month of the Lunar Calendar. Because the calendar has only…

Award-winning Kazakh film ‘Shyraqshy’ premieres in Nur-Sultan

NUR-SULTAN – The award-winning Kazakh film “Shyraqshy” premiered in the capital Jan. 20 followed by a press conference featuring lead actor Muratzhan Mukazhanov and scriptwriter and director Yermek Tursunov. “Shyraqshy” tells a story of a soldier who returned from World War II with an old movie projector, a gift from a German man he rescued.…

Kazakhstan’s Shymbulak Mountain Resort ranks first in Commonwealth of Independent States

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s Shymbulak Mountain Resort ranked first on the list of the best ski resorts in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), according to Russian tourism and sport website turstat.com. The rating highlights the best CIS resorts for winter vacations, especially January and February. The website notes the best skiing and snowboarding spots are…

Three Kazakhs reach third round of Australian Open for first time

NUR-SULTAN – For the first time, three Kazakh tennis players reached the third round of Australian Open women’s singles, reported liter.kz. Yelena Rybakina, the country’s number one player and 26th in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) ranking, beat the United States’ Bernarda Pera (65th) in the first round, 6-3, 6-2. She then defeated Belgian Greet…

Russian TV channel releases documentary about Denis Ten

NUR-SULTAN – Russian television channel Match TV released the documentary “Denis Ten. Thirteen” Dec. 23, 2019 about the Kazakh figure skater, reported zakon.kz. The film was written and produced by sport journalists Sergei Railyan and Konstantin Stolbovski. The documentary gathered videos from the Ten family’s personal archives and interviewed Russian Olympic and world figure skating…

Kazakhstan, UAE have unique cooperation opportunities, says UAE Ambassador

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have unique opportunities for cooperation, said UAE Ambassador to Kazakhstan Mohamed Ahmed bin Sultan Al Jaber in an exclusive interview with The Astana Times. Kazakh and UAE diplomatic relations have been growing at a dynamic pace since being established in 1992. The countries continue to build…

AIFC to establish Fourth Industrial Revolution affiliation centre

NUR-SULTAN – As part of the 50th annual World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos (Switzerland), the Kazakh government, Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) and WEF signed a tripartite letter of intent to establish a Fourth Industrial Revolution affiliation centre this year based in the AIFC, reported inbusiness.kz Jan. 23. The centre will bring together…

Abai’s 175th anniversary to be celebrated throughout 2020

UR-SULTAN – The Central Communications Service held a briefing Jan. 16 outlining preparations for poet Abai Kunanbayev’s 175th anniversary, reported the Ministry of Culture and Sport website. The 82-point plan was approved in 2019, noted Vice Minister Nurgisa Dauyeshov. More than 500 regional, national and international events are scheduled. “We plan to hold major events…

National Museum holds designer meeting, fashion shows

NUR-SULTAN – The Eurasian Designers Union held an open meeting Jan. 15-18 at the Kazakh National Museum, reported the museum press service. Participants were involved in seminars and lectures by renowned designers and architects, saw a fashion show by both professional and young designers and received a guided tour of the museum. “The tendencies we…

Asset Isekeshev appointed Security Council Secretary

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev appointed Jan. 16 Asset Isekeshev Assistant to the President and Secretary of the Security Council, reported akorda.kz. Isekeshev, 48, replaced Kalmukhanbet Kassymov, who had previously served as Minister of Internal Affairs from 2011 to 2019. In the reshuffle, Kassymov was appointed head of the Kazakhstan State Guard Service that…

Epiphany bathing scheduled in Nur-Sultan, safety measures to be taken

NUR-SULTAN – The capital akimat (city administration) is preparing for Epiphany bathing Jan. 18-19, reported its press service. It is insisting people follow safety measures and consider weather conditions. Special bathing ice holes for all to use will be equipped on the right bank of the Yessil River near Makhambet Otemisov Schoolchildren’s Palace and the…

Kazakhstan exempts micro and small businesses from taxes for three years

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed a law exempting micro and small businesses from taxes for three years Dec. 28. The law, “On introducing amendments and additions to some legislative acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on improving the procedures for rehabilitation and bankruptcy, budget, tax legislation and legislation on railway transport,” frees certain taxpayers…

Kazakhstan’s passport ranks 67th for visa-free travel

NUR-SULTAN – Henley & Partners, a global citizenship and residence advisory firm, has ranked Kazakhstan 67th on its 2020 Henley Passport Index. The report, released Jan. 7, rates 199 countries on their passports according to the number of destinations holders can access without a prior visa, reported inform.kz. The rating is based on a point…

Kazakhstan’s Aleph Jewish Ethno Cultural Centre organises Hanukkah celebration

NUR-SULTAN – The Aleph Jewish Ethno Cultural Centre organised a celebration of Hanukkah, the eight-day festival of renovation and light, Dec. 29 in Friendship House. The centre was kind enough to invite a reporter from The Astana Times to talk about the holiday and community. The main event was lighting the candles representing each day…

Kazakhstan ratifies agreement with GRECO, becoming its 50th member

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev ratified his country’s agreement with the Council of Europe on immunities and privileges for Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) representatives Jan. 4, according to the akorda.kz. The agreement was signed Oct. 15 in Strasbourg, France, by Kazakh Anti-Corruption Agency Chair Alik Shpekbayev and by Council of Europe Deputy…

Kazakh tennis player wins ITF tournament in Hong Kong

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh tennis player Zarina Diyas won the International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournament held in Hong Kong Dec. 30 to Jan. 5, reported prosports.kz. This is her first victory of the 2020 season. In the final match, Diyas beat Chinese player Zhu Lin, who occupies the 72nd place in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA)…

Aviation Administration to modernise Kazakhstan’s aviation standards

NUR-SULTAN – The Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan (AAK), which began engaging in technical control and supervision Aug. 1, will modernise the country’s aviation regulations within two years. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Kazakhstan Director General Peter Griffiths spoke with The Astana Times about the details of its work. “The purpose of the AAK is to take…

Astana Pro Team’s Gorka Izagirre wins three races

NUR-SULTAN – Astana Pro Team rider Gorka Izagirre won the Basque Country Cyclocross Championship Dec. 29, reported prosports.kz. The top finish complimented his two previous wins in the last six weeks. Izagirre, a native of Spain, took first place Nov. 24 in the CX Garai Bizkaia Championships in Basque Country, overtaking his younger brother, Ion,…

Kazakhstan to spend $23 million on EXPO 2020 pavilion in Dubai

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan has allocated 8.8 billion tenge (US$23 million) for its pavilion at EXPO 2020 in Dubai, reported zakon.kz. “First of all, the government has set the goal of increasing the investment volume in fixed assets, including foreign direct investments, from $24 billion this year to $34 billion by 2025. That is, we plan…

Golovkin ranks among top 10 boxers in world, fights among best of decade

NUR-SULTAN – U.S. website Business Insider ranked Kazakhstan’s Gennady Golovkin ninth on its list of the 15 best boxers in the world right now. The list was released Dec. 25. “Before Golovkin turned professional, he was a wildly decorated amateur fighter with a 2003 World Amateur Championships gold medal and a silver at the 2004…

Kazakh government reviews 2019 legislation results, sets plan for 2020

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh government reviewed Dec. 30 the results and implementation of the legislation plan for 2019, including tightening several crime punishments and determined the plan for 2020. The legislation plan for 2019 initially envisaged 27 bills, but taking into account the developer bodies’ proposals and the amendments introduced during the year, the plan…

‘Cinderella’ premieres at Astana Ballet

NUR-SULTAN – Astana Ballet premiered “Cinderella” Dec. 20-22, a two-act ballet based on the music of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev. “Cinderella” is the second fairy tale in the theatre’s repertoire, following “The Nutcracker,” and tickets sold out a month before the programme. The ballet will perform the work again Jan. 7-8, then tour to Almaty…

Winter family recreation site opens in Nur-Sultan’s Botanical Garden

NUR-SULTAN – NS Family WinterFest, a recreational ice town, has opened in the capital’s Botanical Garden, reported the city akimat (city administration). “The Botanical Garden is a special place for the city. We tried to make the design as comfortable as possible for people to spend time here with their families. We also tried to…

Le Shapalaque Comics achieves new heights, plans growth 

NUR-SULTAN – Le Shapalaque Comics is a growing project that seeks to influence its audience and attract attention to social and political problems. “Since the last interview [with The Astana Times], a lot has changed politically in Kazakhstan and on our team. Last time, we had around 10,000 followers; since then, it has grown almost…

Kairat wins Kazakhstan Futsal Cup

NUR-SULTAN – Almaty Futsal Club (AFC) Kairat defeated Taldykorgan FC Jetisu 4-3, Dec. 18, to win the Kazakhstan Cup 2019, reported prosports.kz. “A tough match, very interesting for the fans. I believe finals should be like that. By now, all the teams are already equal in level. We prepared very hard emotionally. Though not with…

Kazakhstan allocates 10 scholarships for Uzbek students

NUR-SULTAN – Maksut Narikbayev KAZGUU University has allocated 10 scholarships to secondary school graduates from Uzbekistan, KAZGUU CEO Talgat Narikbayev announced Dec. 6. “These scholarships show that higher education in Kazakhstan opens itself to the Uzbek education market. Considering that Uzbekistan has been closed up in this regard, this is another proof of warming up…

Kazakh President reshuffles key government positions

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev Dec. 18 signed several decrees relieving some politicians and senior officials from their posts and appointing others, reported akorda.kz. The President’s decree relieved Darkhan Kaletayev, 47, from the position of the First Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, which he occupied since March. Maulen Ashimbayev, 48, who occupied the…

SCAT Airlines launches flights to Medina and Jeddah

NUR-SULTAN – SCAT Airlines has initiated its first regular flights connecting Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia. Trips from Almaty to Medina and Jeddah launched Nov. 30. “SCAT Airlines has operated flights to Jeddah and Medina for more than three years. Before this, flights were carried out on a charter programme and passengers could purchase a flight…

Kazakhs returned from Syria convicted of terrorism, sentenced to years in prison

NUR-SULTAN – On Dec. 11, Nur-Sultan Specialised Inter-District Criminal Court convicted 14 Kazakh men returned from Syria of working for terrorist organisation, the Islamic State or DAESH, and sentenced them to eight to 14 years in prison. These 14 men were returned to Kazakhstan as part of the national Jusan (Butter Wormwood) Operation, conducted from…

Kazakh PM visits US and UK, oversees signing of multiple agreements

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin recently visited the United States and the United Kingdom to negotiate agreements on venture capital, digital technologies and healthcare, reports primeminister.kz. Mamin, as part of his visit to the United States, met Dec. 11 in San Francisco with the heads of global innovation, digital development, venture financing and…

UNICEF launches training for working with HIV-infected children

NUR-SULTAN – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Kazakh Ministries of Healthcare and Labour and Social Protection of the Population opened a three-day training programme Dec. 9 which they developed to teach medical and social workers the proper interaction with children infected with HIV and other chronic diseases. “The programme helps children with chronic diseases.…

Tokayev calls for comprehensive national policy to improve the lives of Kazakh youth

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev urged during a December 10 ceremony marking the end of the Year of Youth and the start of the Year of Volunteer the formation of a new national youth policy to more actively help steer the nation’s young people toward productive activities, reported Akorda.kz “Less than a quarter of…

New Hungarian ambassador in Nur-Sultan continues strong relations

NUR-SULTAN – Newly-appointed Hungarian Ambassador to Kazakhstan Antal Heizer is continuing the embassy’s work to strengthen political, economic and cultural cooperation between the nations. “The relations between our countries are really excellent. Kazakhstan at this moment is the only strategic partner of Hungary in Central Asia and Hungary is the only such partner in Central…

Nazarbayev named honorary chair of Central Asian Consultative Meeting, proposes solidifying cooperation

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s First President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, attended the second Consultative Meeting of the Heads of State of Central Asia in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Nov. 29, where he was named Honorary Chair. Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Zheenbekov, Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon and Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimukhamedov bestowed the title on Nazarbayev. “Nursultan Nazarbayev,…

Center for Research and Consulting seeks to make Kazakhstan attractive to talented individuals 

NUR-SULTAN – The Center for Research and Consulting (CRC) is a relatively young and growing company with the vision of a better Kazakhstan. Its specialisation lies in strategic consulting for public sector. It strives to make the country more competitive and attractive for talented people.  “The key here is for Kazakhstan to determine what proposition…

EU launches three new programmes in Central Asia

NUR-SULTAN – Three programmes promoting regional integration in Central Asia were launched at the EU’s regional conference on Enhanced Integration for Prosperity in Central Asia Nov. 28. “We are very optimistic and looking forward to the implementation of these programmes, which relate to the rule of law, trade and investment. Very much of it is…

Tokayev signs law making ministers and governors responsible for corruption among subordinates 

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed a law making ministers and akims (governors) responsible for corruption among their direct subordinates Nov. 28. The law introduces amendments that will oblige ministers and governors to resign if the top officials in their institutions are found guilty of corruption. “If we seriously want to eradicate corruption, then,…

Kazakh athlete wins gold medal at UAE Jiu-jitsu Championship 

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh athlete Moldir Mekenbayeva won a gold medal at the World Professional Adult and Para Jiu-jitsu Championship Nov. 16-24 in Abu Dhabi.  “This year, the world championship’s organisation was in the hands of the Jiu-Jitsu Federation of the United Arab Emirates. Who else but Arabs knows how to conduct competitions at the highest…

Astana Ballet finishes first California tour

NUR-SULTAN – Astana Ballet performed for the first time on the United States West Coast Nov. 19-22, reported its press service. Three California cities – Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco – were struck by the Kazakh national art and work of modern choreographers. “The national dance had a colossal impact on me. It…

Bashkir Ethno-Cultural Centre promotes Bashkir culture

NUR-SULTAN – Akbuzat Bashkir Ethno-Cultural Centre in the capital, though relatively new, is active and motivated to promote its culture and traditions, especially among the youth. In an exclusive interview with The Astana Times, Chairperson Ural Aznabayev talked about the centre’s events and activities and how they attract the younger generation. Although just three years…

Kazakh, Swiss presidents discuss cooperation opportunities

NUR-SULTAN – Swiss President Ueli Maurer and Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev discussed international and business cooperation opportunities Nov. 22 during the former’s visit to the Central Asian country.   “The two nations have maintained international relationships for a long time, both politically and economically. More than 40 Swiss companies work in Kazakhstan and they feel comfortable…

Kazakh PM reviews pilot project launching medical insurance 

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin reviewed the results of the pilot implementation of Mandatory Social Medical Insurance (MSMI) in Karaganda Region Nov. 18, according to his office. “[Kazakhstan’s First President] Nursultan Nazarbayev set the task of ensuring complete readiness for the introduction of the MSMI. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in his state-of-the-nation address noted…

PetroKazakhstan commits to employ health and safety, environmental protection

NUR-SULTAN – PetroKazakhstan Oil Products (PKOP) reaffirmed its commitment to the safety and health of its employees as well as to protecting the environment, putting these outcomes among its top goals in a conversation with The Astana Times. The company shared its efforts and achievements in these fields. Environmental issues are concerning the world more…

Kazakh-Italian business forum generates investment interest from Italian businesspeople

NUR-SULTAN – The Nov. 13 Kazakh-Italian Business Forum demonstrated the interest among Italian businesspeople in investing in the Central Asian country. “I am very happy that the Kazakh business community is very attracted by the Italian economy, by Italian businessmen and businesswomen. Today, we were so successful to have more than 100 representatives of different…

Naming children after events is trend in Kazakhstan, say researchers 

NUR-SULTAN – Researchers curious about trends in Kazakh baby names have determined national events play a significant role when parents make their choices, reported factcheck.kz. Using data from the Statistics Committee of the Ministry of National Economy, they concluded cultural, political and religious events in the past 30 years have been quite influential. The researchers…

Kazakhstan to tighten hiring practice for foreign workers, counter wage imbalance 

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan will tighten the laws regulating the process of hiring foreign workers, after inspections led by the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection identified labour and migration legislation violations at 63 large enterprises, including disproportionate salaries between the foreign and local workforces, reported tengrinews.kz Nov. 3. The ministry reported on the legislation violations,…

Astana Club presents top 10 risks for Eurasia in 2020

NUR-SULTAN – International experts presented the report on global risks in 2020, which assesses and attempts to forecast the most essential dangers for Eurasia, Nov. 11 as part of the fifth annual Astana Club session. The report lists ten possible global problems that could occur in the upcoming year. “The security horizon globally has been…

Kazakh chess players take fourth place at World Youth Olympiad 

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh national chess team took fourth place at the 2019 FIDE (Fédération Internationale des Échecs or International Chess Federation) World Youth Under 16 Chess Olympiad, its best result to date, according to a Kazakh Chess Federation press release. Çorum (Turkey) hosted the games Oct. 28-Nov. 5. Forty-eight teams from 38 nations participated…

SOS Children’s Village celebrates 25th anniversary 

NUR-SULTAN – SOS Children’s Village will celebrate its 25th anniversary Nov. 29 and share its achievements. “The work on decreasing the number of orphaned children and making life of the current ones more comfortable will continue. We did not notice [how] the 25 years [flew by], but we can see the result of the decision…

Kazakh President visits textile, sewing equipment factory that employs socially vulnerable

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev visited the Astana Utaria production and innovation company Nov. 1, noting the quality and relevance of their products and the company’s social impact, reported total.kz. Astana Utaria, established in 2002 by Saule Shauyenova, assembles and supplies professional sewing equipment and manufactures work wear and household and technical products. The company…

Kazakhstan’s Golden Man shines in Athens 

NUR-SULTAN – The Epigraphic Museum in Athens, Greece, will present The Procession of Altyn Adam (Golden Man) Nov. 11-Dec. 11 through the World’s Museums, reported tengrinews.kz. The display, organised by the Kazakh National Museum, is part of The Great Steppe: History and Culture exhibition. Since May 2018, the exhibit has travelled throughout the world, visiting…

Entrepreneur turns exploration of Alatau Mountains on motorbike into business 

NUR-SULTAN – The Alatau Mountains, the great mountain range near Almaty, is the pride of the city and a popular destination not only for tourists, but for locals as well. While some enjoy a relaxed walk or cableway ride, others go for more active recreation. Temirlan Sali liked hiking in the area and after several…

Kazakhstan celebrates Saken Seifullin’s 125th birthday 

NUR-SULTAN – Cities across Kazakhstan celebrated the 125th birthday Oct. 15 of poet, enlightener and politician Saken Seifullin. Karaganda, Kokshetau and the capital hosted the biggest events. The three cities held conferences, aityses (traditional improvisational composing contests) and concerts to commemorate his life and work. His descendants attended festivities dedicated to their well-known ancestor. “This…

Training, lecture series launches to help Kazakh parents with sex education

NUR-SULTAN – Karlygash Kabatova, the founder of UyatEmes.kz (Not Shameful), and her colleagues, speaking at an Oct. 29 press breakfast, announced the launch of new training and lectures for parents to aid them in dealing with questions of sex education and their children’s health. Uyat Emes began last year as a website with articles for…

Kazakh National Bank to introduce 200 tenge coin

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh National Bank announced Oct. 17 the release of a new 200 tenge coin in 2020 to increase the life span of lower denominations, reported tengrinews.kz. “Lower denomination banknotes wear out in one or one and a half years. To compare, banknotes of higher denominations serve much longer. The life span of…

Kazakh PM instructs government to prioritise development of public-private partnerships 

NUR-SULTAN – Prime Minister Askar Mamin directed government agencies Oct. 22 to prioritise the development of private-public partnerships (PPP). “The development of PPP is one of the priorities in the work of the government. The most significant projects belong to the transport, infrastructure, energy, housing and communal services, education and healthcare sectors,” the prime minister…

Kazakh doctors to start issuing drugs using electronic prescriptions in January 

NUR-SULTAN – The Ministry of Healthcare announced Oct. 8 it will introduce a paperless system for issuing prescriptions beginning in January, reported Kazinform. The ministry’s Committee for Quality Control and Safety of Goods and Services noted 35 percent of all prescriptions are currently issued electronically. The Atyrau, East Kazakhstan and Karaganda regions have transferred to…

Astana Ballet presents night of one-act plays

NUR-SULTAN – Astana Ballet theatre presented the one-act plays “Salome” choreographed by Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan Mukaram Avakhri and “In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated” by William Forsythe Oct. 12, reported its press service. Oscar Wilde’s unexpected and shocking interpretation of the famous biblical story inspired Avakhri to create the play, which was first staged in…

Kazakh shoe dryer interests foreign investors

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh entrepreneur Kairat Nurlybekov has signed an agreement with Dutch company KYLLA for a $5.6 million investment in his invention, a shoe dryer. He will be travelling to the Netherlands to discuss the details of the agreement, including the option of KYLLA purchasing a share of the enterprise. “Aside from the Dutch, other…

Saryarqa pipeline finishes, completing first stage of providing Kazakh cities with gas

NUR-SULTAN – The last joint of the Saryarqa pipeline outside the capital, also called the “golden joint,” was ceremoniously welded Oct. 9, signifying completion of the first stage to provide gas there and to other Kazakh cities, reported inform.kz. The 1,061-kilometre pipeline stretches from Kyzylorda through Zhezkazgan, Karaganda and Temirtau, ending at the capital. Construction…

Daneliya Tuleshova becomes Kazakhstan UNESCO Club ambassador 

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh singer Daneliya Tuleshova has been named one of the nation’s United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Club ambassadors. She received a badge and certificate to verify her status during the Kazakhstan National Federation of UNESCO Clubs reporting conference, noted inform.kz Oct. 9. “I was surprised when I found out about…

Kazakh figure skaters win bronze medal, secure spot in World Championship 2020

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh figure skaters Maxine Weatherby and Temirlan Yerzhanov took the bronze at the Denis Ten Memorial Challenge, scoring enough points to participate in next year’s Four Continents and World figure skating championships, reported zakon.kz Oct 14. Their medal was the only one for the country at the event, which closed Oct 12in Almaty.…