Articles by Malika Rustem

Kazakhstan Chairs Working Group of Preparatory Commission for Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

NUR-SULTAN – This year marks the 30th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.  The international community, recognizing the contribution of Kazakhstan in strengthening the non-proliferation regime of…

Kazakh National Business ‘Champions’ to Discuss Expanding Exports to Iran

ASTANA – A Kazakh-Iranian business forum will be held Feb. 7 in Tehran, Iran, according to the Baiterek National Holding press service. Organised by Baiterek, the meeting is supported by the Iranian Ministry of Industry, Trade and Mines, as well as the Kazakh Embassy in Iran. A memorandum of understanding between Baiterek and the National…

Nazarbayev, Business Leaders Visit UK, Ink $5 Billion in Agreements

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s visit to London on Nov. 3-4, resulted in agreements worth more than $5 billion across fields such as energy, pharmaceuticals, aviation and financial consulting. During the visit, the President met with Her Majesty the Queen, Prime Minister David Cameron and business leaders. The Kazakh President was greeted by Prime Minister Cameron…

Kazakhstan Joins International Community to Mark UN’s 70th Anniversary

ASTANA – A range of international activities and events were organised Oct. 24 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. More than 200 landmarks in 60 countries, including the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids in Egypt, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Empire State Building in New York, were lit in the…

Astana, Almaty ‘Go Blue’ as Part of Global Effort to Mark UN’s 70th Anniversary

ASTANA – A range of international activities and events were organised Oct. 24 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. More than 200 landmarks in 60 countries, including the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids in Egypt, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Empire State Building in New York, were lit in the…

Putin’s State Visit Reconfirms Kazakh-Russian Strategic Partnership

ASTANA – Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a state visit to Kazakhstan Oct. 15 at the invitation of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The two leaders met in the Akorda Presidential Residence, participating in one-on-one and extended-format sessions. Nazarbayev noted that he and Putin regularly “coordinate positions” and try to quickly find solutions to issues of bilateral…

900 People Evacuated after Mudslide Hits Almaty Outskirts

More than 900 Almaty residents have been evacuated following a mudslide that hit the city early on July 23. No fatalities have been reported, however, homes in the mudslide area are reported to have been flooded. Experts believe the slide is a result of hot weather that melted portions of the Kargalinka Glacier near the…

Kazakhstan, UN Sign Partnership Framework for Development

ASTANA – On July 22, Kazakhstan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Yerzhan Ashikbayev and UN Resident Coordinator in the country Stephen Tull signed a Partnership Framework for Development for 2016-2020 (PFD), reported the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The document was also signed by representatives of 21 UN entities, including ILO, OHCHR, UNAIDS,…

Nazarbayev University Holds Training for African Healthcare Officials

ASTANA – A fortnight-long international seminar on public health for specialists from Africa began July 20 at Nazarbayev University (NU), reported the university’s press service. Scholars from the Centre for Life Sciences (CLS) National Laboratory Astana at NU will hold courses for 24 professionals from eight countries on issues of epidemiology, biomedicine and public health.…

Kazakh PM Treks to Kyrgyzstan, Discusses EAEU, Tourism

ASTANA – On Sunday, July 19, Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov paid a one-day visit to Kyrgyzstan where he discussed bilateral cooperation with his counterpart Temir Sariyev, as well as issues related to Kyrgyzstan’s accession to the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). Massimov announced he walked to Cholpon Ata, a town on northern shore of the…

Poll Finds 71 Percent Approval Rating of Kazakh Judges

ASTANA – A new study by the UN Development Programme in Kazakhstan in cooperation with the Centre for Legal Policy Research and the Centre for Public Opinion Research found that 71.3 percent of those polled approve of Kazakhstan’s court judges, 80 percent trust them and 90 percent consider those judges competent, according to information released…