Articles by Galiya Nurzhan

Hungary, Kazakhstan share “common past, dynamic present, promising future,” envoy says

ASTANA – This March, Kazakhstan and Hungary marked the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations. The common roots and historical ties between the two nations have always served as a firm basis for mutual sympathy and trust. Today, a real boost in the bilateral cooperation is observed with significant growth in trade turnover, promotion of fruitful…

Kazakhstan, Indonesia to Mark 23rd Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations

Kazakhstan and Indonesia. What can be the common ground between these countries? Island and equatorial Indonesia, with a population more than 14 times greater than that of continental Kazakhstan, would seem to have nothing in common with its Central Asian counterpart. For the last 23 years, however, these two states have found points of contact…

National Nature Park to be Established in Karaganda Region

ASTANA – On May 30, the 2030 Master Plan was discussed at the Akimat of the Karaganda region (the regional government of Karaganda) with the participation of representatives of the Ministry of Regional Development, the Astana branch of the Kazakh Research and Design Experimental Institute of Earthquake-Resistant Construction and Architecture (RSE KazNIISSA), deputies of the…

Astana Invest 2013 Draws Investment, Enhances Astana’s Brand

ASTANA – On May 24, the fourth international investment forum Astana Invest 2013 took place within the framework of the Sixth Astana Economic Forum (AEF) at the Palace of Independence in Astana. The event was organised by the akimat (city government) of Astana and JSC Astana Innovations with the support of the government of Kazakhstan.…

ASTEX Brings Smart Technologies to Astana

ASTANA – On May 21-22, the first International Astana Smart Technologies Exhibition and Conference (ASTEX 2013) took place within the framework of the Sixth Astana Economic Forum (AEF) at the Palace of Peace and Harmony in Astana. The event was organised by the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Zerde National Info-Communications Holding and the Info-Communication…

German Writer Has Tough, Yet Wise Words of Love for Kazakhstan’s Tourist Future

ASTANA – Dagmar Schreiber, a native of Germany, arrived in Kazakhstan for the first time in the early 1990s, fell in love with the country at first sight and decided to dedicate the rest of her professional life to it. During numerous far-reaching trips, she became aware of its potential for tourism and has devoted…

Air Astana Takes Delivery of its First Sharklet-Equipped A320

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s international flagship carrier, Air Astana, is celebrating its 11th year in the skies. On May 15, 2002, Air Astana completed its first flight from Almaty to Astana. Currently, Air Astana’s network of flights includes 63 destinations in Kazakhstan and abroad and its fleet consists of 26 modern, Western-built aircraft. In the 11…

First Full-Cycle LED Device Production Plant Opens in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Last month, Chairman of the Board of Samruk Kazyna Umirzak Shukeyev took part in the opening ceremony of a new plant for the production of lighting devices based on light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in the Astana-New City Special Economic Zone. The LED System Media plant was built pursuant to the 2010-14 State Programme for…

Environment Minister Spells Out Green Economy Plans

ASTANA – In April, Environment Protection Minister Nurlan Kapparov spelled out government strategy on the transition to a green economy at a conference in Astana U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Fairfax also attended the conference entitled “Building a Green Economy in Kazakhstan.” It was organized by the American Chamber of Commerce for Economic Policy in Astana. The…

Astana Joins New World Tourism Cities Group

ASTANA – On April 12, Astana joined the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) at the invitation of Beijing Mayor Wang Anshun. The WTCF is one of the largest groups of its kind in the world. It comprises 56 major cities including Los Angeles, Rome, Berlin, Macau, Beijing, London and Vienna. Astana is only the third…