Articles by Maryam Turezhanova

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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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…

Government Allocates Record Funding for Jobs Programme

ASTANA – The Kazakh government is continuing its focus on job creation by allocating a total of 110.6 billion tenge ($731.2 million) in 2013 for the country’s Road Map of Employment 2020 programme. The programme includes provisions to respond to additional global economic crises, as well as measures to spur domestic employment. According to the…

Gov’t Seeks Ways to Support Citizens with Disabilities

ASTANA – The issue of supporting the equality of citizens with disabilities was discussed at the sitting of the government chaired by Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov on May 31. “In general, due to consistent social policy and attention given the disabled, important progress is traceable over recent years,” Head of the Shyrak Association of Women…

PAIID Programme Results Examined

ASTANA – The massive State Programme of Accelerated Industrial-Innovative Development (PAIID) for 2010-14 has had significant progress over the more than three years of its implementation and has the potential to further change the overall economic structure of the country contributing to its diversification and jobs creation, the Government was told on April 30. Industrial…

PM Visit Expands Ties with Ukraine

KIEV – Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov on April 4 signed an agreement in Kiev to expand ties with Ukraine. The prime minister signed a new Kazakhstan-Ukraine Joint Action Plan (JAP) for 2013-2014, also known as Roadmap-4, with Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov on the first day of his visit. The two countries also agreed…

Major Transport Corridor to Connect Kazakhstan, Russia, China by 2015

ASTANA – Russia, China and the European Union have signed new agreements with Kazakhstan giving the go-ahead to complete the Western Europe-Western China international transport corridor by 2015. The new transportation corridor is the largest project of its kind ever undertaken in the history of Central Asia. The total length of the route – St.…

Domestic Auto Industry Seeks to Expand Local Presence

Kazakhstan’s economic and industrial expansion has now extended into the automobile industry, and domestically manufactured cars have become a reality. The domestic share of the automobile industry is steadily increasing and the growth of market indexes in the past year show a positive trend compared to 2011. Qncepto Consulting Group analysed sales in August 2012.…

Cabinet Chaired by Akhmetov Passes 100-Day Mark

ASTANA – On Sept. 24, 2012, President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a decree appointing Serik Akhmetov Prime Minister of Kazakhstan. His cabinet has now been working for slightly more than 100 days, the period traditionally taken as indicative of the initial performance and prospects of a government. Overall, Kazakh experts have positively assessed Akhmetov’s first significant…

Major Transport Corridor to Connect Kazakhstan, Russia, China by 2015

ASTANA – Russia, China and the European Union have signed new agreements with Kazakhstan giving the go-ahead to complete the Western Europe-Western China international transport corridor by 2015. The new transportation corridor is the largest project of its kind ever undertaken in the history of Central Asia. The total length of the route – St.…