Articles by Jan Furst

Australian Duo Bikes across Eurasia for Charitable Cause, Stop in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Two Australian cyclists, Dan Rule, 26, a sports coach and sport developer from Creswick, Victoria, and Jess Mumford, 26, a science teacher from Murwillumbah, New South Wales, have embarked upon a type of journey that most people never will and that is a 23,000-kilometre bicycle trip across 23 countries, lasting over 15 months…

Tourism Concept Seeks to Attract Neighbours, Create Tourism Clusters

ASTANA – As Kazakhstan works to diversify its economy, the development of tourism has become a national priority. Chairman of the Tourism Industry Committee of the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies Marat Igali spoke about Kazakhstan’s efforts to ramp up tourism in an exclusive interview with The Astana Times. Which countries or regions should…

One company’s IT solutions generate positive change, prosperity and access to progress

Ranked as one of the ‘50 most influential women in Romania’ by Forbes Romania magazine, Irina Socol is the President and CEO of SIVECO Romania, the leader of the Romanian IT market. She founded the company in 1992 and has led it to become one of the major European players in eLearning, eHealth, eAgriculture, eCustoms,…

InterNations Unites Astana Expats

ASTANA – Regulars and newcomers had a chance to test their salsa moves recently thanks to the expatriates organisation InterNations’ Salsa event at the RBG restaurant at the Park Inn Hotel. InterNations Astana ambassador Anara Zhabaginova recently told The Astana Times what InterNations stands for and why it is important to have such organisations in…

Belgian Embassy Active in Cultural Events in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Belgium and Kazakhstan have been publicly matched a few times recently – at the Davis Cup world group match in February of this year, when Kazakhstan ousted Belgium in the first round only to be knocked out by Switzerland, and in the bidding for EXPO 2017 in 2012, when Astana won the honour…

Triple Celebrations Start the Month of May in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – The beginning of the month of May in Kazakhstan is, perhaps, some of the most anticipated period in the country as it brings together three celebrations, each being important and carrying special meaning in their own right. On May 1, Kazakhstan celebrates the Day of the Unity of the People. On May 7,…

ADB President: Learn From Past Financial Crises to Strengthen Economic Fundamentals

ASTANA – High-level policymakers and market experts at the governor’s seminar, “Reducing Vulnerability: Learning From Past Crises,” during the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) 47th annual meeting in Astana’s Palace of Independence on May 3 addressed the importance of a fundamentally sound economy in a crisis. “Regardless of the level of development, a country risks being…

New Book Looks at What It Will Take Kazakhstan to Reach 2050 Goals

ASTANA – “Kazakhstan 2050: Toward a Modern Society for All,” a seminal 400-page book about the projected trajectory of development of Kazakhstan’s economy and society, was presented at the May 2-5 47th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank in Astana. Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov and a group…

Astana to Host ADB 47th Annual Meeting, Gathering Seeks to ‘Connect Asia With Changing World’

ASTANA – More than 3,000 international finance ministers, central bank governors, business leaders, investors, journalists and civil society representatives are expected to gather in Astana May 2-5 for the 47th annual meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The meeting is being held under the heading, The Silk Road –…

World Class Colleges to Focus on Six Strategic Sectors

ASTANA – A network of colleges featuring finely tuned specialisations, including tourism and hospitality, construction and housing, energy, engineering, design and information technology and communications is being developed with campuses under construction in the capital Astana and also in the country’s business heartland of Almaty. Under the banner World Class Colleges, the learning institutes are…