Articles by Lyazzat Shatayeva

New Silk Road will become mutual aid system benefiting all players, expert believes

ASTANA – Wade Shepard, the author of “Ghost Cities of China,” is currently working on his new book about the New Silk Road, China’s effort to strengthen trade ties with Europe and Central Asia. He sat down with The Astana Times to talk about Kazakhstan’s role in the trade development and geopolitical changes in the region. Shepard is…

Kazakh government intends to take action to resolve problem loans

ASTANA – The Kazakh government is trying to relieve banks of non-performing loans by transferring bad debts from the National Bank of Kazakhstan, the country’s central bank, to the government. To put the necessary legal framework in place, the Senate, the upper house of Parliament, has approved the first reading of a new draft law.…

Non-profit launches to assist, promote Kazakh-language journalists

ASTANA – A new non-profit organisation launched in January to help journalists working in Kazakh-language media improve their professional skills. More than 70 people attended the Feb. 11 first meeting of the Kazakh-speaking Professional Journalists public association, during which the group identified the key work areas, brainstormed on the priority activities, outlined the action plan…

Kazakh-French business ties strong at 25-year mark in relations

ASTANA – In the past two and a half decades, Kazakhstan and France, though separated by a great distance, have maintained friendly, cordial and cooperative relations. This has allowed the two states to build strong and solid business ties. Jean-Yves Kozak, vice president for Astana of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry France Kazakhstan (CCIFK) sat down with…

Kazakh finance minister pledges to cut red tape for business

ASTANA – The Kazakh Ministry of Finance is planning to reduce inspections and ease the bureaucratic pressure related to doing business in the country. The information came from Finance Minister Bakhyt Sultanov. At a government meeting in February, he spoke about the measures aimed at reducing red tape for business owners. “The following measures will…

Philanthropy indicator of society’s maturity, say corporate charity forum participants

ASTANA – The Kazakh capital hosted the first corporate charity forum Feb. 24-25 organised by Samruk Kazyna Trust social development foundation. The event served as a unique dialogue platform for activists, public authorities and businesspersons to exchange experiences in promoting philanthropic initiatives and strengthening social responsibility. Samruk Kazyna head Umirzak Shukeyev welcomed the forum participants and noted…

Participants upbeat about EXPO 2017 preparation progress

ASTANA – The Kazakh capital brought together delegations from more than 100 countries Feb. 22-23 to touch base on the preparation progress for EXPO 2017, the international specialised exposition. The final participants’ meeting helped the national expo teams to address last-minute enquiries, dwell on details and agree on deadlines in the run-up to the three-month…

Kazakh stuntmen to star in new Russian historical film

ASTANA – Members of Kazakhstan’s famous Nomad Stunts will star in the Russian historical film “Tobol.” The acrobats recently visited the city of Tobolsk to see the set and scenery. The movie will narrate the events that occurred under the rule of Peter the Great, according to producer Oleg Urushev. Filming will start in March…

‘Technovation Challenge’ seeks to build new generation of women leaders

ASTANA – Technovation Challenge is bringing together young girls from across the country to learn to solve real-world problems through technology. Founded in San Francisco, the annual international competition for girls aged 10-18 was introduced in Kazakhstan in 2016. Shortly after attending the 2015 TechWomen programme, Diana Tsoy launched Technovation Challenge in her home country…

New online store seeks to change Kazakh attitudes towards e-commerce

ALMATY – Two young Kazakh entrepreneurs have launched a home appliances and electronics store called Talapai.kz, which they hope will improve the quality of Kazakhstan’s e-commerce industry. “Our main mission is rather grand; it is to develop the intellectual capital of our country. We were concerned that there were very few successful online stores that…