Articles by Nagima Abuova

Unity Dance Festival Unites 200 Dancers in Astana from Kazakhstan and Beyond

ASTANA – Unity Dance Event, an international dance festival, brought together dancers from around the world from April 12 to 14 in Astana. The local dance studio, DomDanceKz, organized the festival with the support of the United States Embassy in Kazakhstan. The festival featured dancers from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan, Russia, China and the…

Kazakh Film “Gorgon” Addressing Violence Surpasses One Million Views

ASTANA—The documentary film “Gorgon,” directed by Kazakh filmmaker Rinat Balgabayev, which focuses on the issue of sexual violence and supported by UN Women, has garnered nearly a million views since its premiere in early March, reported the Kazinform agency. A widespread social media trend in 2022 inspired the film’s concept. Thousands of girls globally shared…

Astana to Host TechnoWomen Central Asia Forum

ASTANA – Astana will host the three-day Technowomen Central Asia: AI Future Forum from April 17 to 19 at the Astana International Financial Center (AIFC). TechnoWomen is a non-governmental organization that brings together women working in tech industries to support the women’s community in tech, promote entrepreneurship among women, and empower women and girls to…

Kazakhstan, Macao Sign Visa-Free Agreement

ASTANA—Kazakh Ambassador to China, Shakhrat Nuryshev and Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) Secretary of Administration and Justice, Cheong Weng Chon, signed a 14-day mutual visa exemption agreement on April 9, reported the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs press service.  The document will come into force after the completion of domestic procedures. According to the Kazakh…

25,000 Volunteers Collect Over 500 Tons of Humanitarian Aid for Flood Victims in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Nearly 25,000 volunteers banded together and collected at least 553 tons of humanitarian aid from across the country. More than 370 tons have been delivered to the flood-affected regions as of April 8, reported the Ministry of Culture and Information press service. Volunteers continue to work in Aktobe, Kostanai, West Kazakhstan, Akmola, Atyrau…

Five Months to Go: Preparations for World Nomad Games Unveiled

ASTANA — With five months remaining until the start of the World Nomad Games in Kazakhstan, Nail Nurov, the head of the directorate for the preparation and organization of the World Nomad Games, discussed the scale of preparations, in a recent interview with Kazinform. “For the first time, we are hosting the World Nomad Games,…

Securing Investments in Kazakhstan’s Renewable Energy: Insights from Industry Player

ASTANA—What difficulties do companies face in developing renewable energy sources, and how can they attract investments to the sector? Zhomart Mominbayev, head of the supervisory board of Techno Group Service, spoke about making renewable energy the main source of energy in Kazakhstan in a recent interview with Kazakhstanskaya Pravda newspaper.  The company specializes in the…

20,000 Volunteers Band Together in Kazakhstan to Aid Flood Victims

ASTANA – More than 20,000 volunteers are involved in relief efforts following the massive floods that hit Kazakhstan last week, reported the Ministry of Culture and Information press service.  The National Volunteer Network has established call centers in all 20 regions, accessible via a single contact number, +7 708 706 4242, to coordinate volunteer efforts. …

UN SDG Accelerator Awards Highlight Sustainable Business Practices in Kazakhstan

ALMATY – The United Nations (UN) Global Compact SDG Ambition Accelerator Program has concluded with an award ceremony at the UN Plaza in Almaty on March 28, reported the UN in Kazakhstan press service. The six-month educational initiative, designed by UN experts aimed to expedite the integration of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals into the…

Kazakhstan to Revitalize Aral Sea with 1.1 Million Plantings by 2025

ASTANA – The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources plans to plant 1.1 million planting materials on a drained part of the Aral Sea by the end of 2025, reported Kazinform news agency. In March 2024, approximately 80 volunteers planted 5100 saxaul saplings on the dried seabed. According to Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources…

Aktau Welcomes Third Wave of Tourists from Iran 

ASTANA — Aktau has welcomed 14,000 foreign tourists since the beginning of the year, reported the Akimat of Aktau press service (governor’s office) on March 28.  With the beginning of the Nauryz holidays, a third wave of Iranian tourists has arrived in Aktau. Some 112 Tehran charter passengers were welcomed with traditional music and food.…

Kazakh Chess Champ Assaubayeva Triumphs in Swiss Queens Chess

ASTANA – Two-time blitz world champion Bibisara Assaubayeva secured first place at the ninth Swiss Queens Wednesday online chess tournament on March 27, reported the Committee of Sport and Physical Education of the Ministry of Culture and Sport of Kazakhstan.  Assaubayeva scored 10.5 points out of 11 possible and defeated her closest rivals, Teodora Injac…

Astana Opera Theater Shows Iconic Costume Design Process 

ASTANA – Costume designer Dariga Taishikova spoke about the secrets behind the costume and decoration design at Astana Opera ahead of the Nauryz celebration, reported the theater’s press office on March 11.  National productions serve as the centerpiece of the repertoire at the theater. Music, talented performers, stunning scenery and costumes demonstrating the rich culture…

Manuscripts About Kazakh History Found in UK 

ASTANA – The experts of the National Center for Manuscripts and Rare Books have retrieved 15 manuscripts and approximately 500 archival documents in London, Oxford, and Manchester, reported the Ministry of Culture and Information on March 18.  The artifacts, related to Kazakhstan’s history, were obtained during a research expedition to the United Kingdom. Kazakh specialists…

Air Astana Releases 2023 Annual Results

ASTANA – Kazakh national carrier Air Astana observed strong growth amid volatile market conditions with a total revenue increase of 13.8% last year, according to the company’s report featuring its full-year results. “In 2023, the company made progress in its strategy to deliver profitable growth in its domestic, near-home and international markets. It capitalized on…

Kazakh Startup CerebraAI Wins LEAP Award in Saudi Arabia

ASTANA – The Kazakh startup CerebraAI, specializing in timely stroke recognition, secured a $150,000 LEAP award at the annual Rocket Fuel Startup Pitch Competition in Saudi Arabia, reported by the Ein Presswire on March 8. LEAP, held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is the world’s most visited tech event. It is organized by the National Technology…

Kazakhstan’s Space Communication Center Celebrates 20th Anniversary

ASTANA – The Republican Space Communications Center (RSCC), recognized as the nation’s pioneer in establishing ground-based space infrastructure, celebrates its 20th anniversary this March, reported Kazinform agency. Kazsat communications and broadcasting satellites are managed from the main object of the RSCC – the Akkol Space Communications Center (SCC), located in the Akkol district of the…

National Equestrian Sports Team to Participate in World Nomad Games

ASTANA — Representatives from Kazakhstan’s Turkistan Region are set to participate in the World Nomad Games. Saken Sultankhanov, the Otyrar district akim (Governor), and Zhumabai Sarsenbayev, the chairman of the regional Kokpar federation, discussed the development of equestrian sports, as reported by Vecher.kz on Feb. 27.  Fifteen teams from various locations in the region participated…

Kazakhstan Presents National Model of Continuous Inclusive Education in Geneva 

ASTANA – More than 86 percent of schools in Kazakhstan have created conditions for inclusive education, Vice Minister of Education Yedil Ospan said at the 30th Session of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in Geneva, reported the ministry’s press service on March 5.  According to Ospan, inclusive education is…

Year of Kazakhstan Tourism in China to Explore New Trends in Outbound Tourism

ASTANA – More than 25 events will be held to mark the Year of Kazakhstan Tourism in China. The opening ceremony is scheduled for the end of March, reported Kazinform on Feb.19.  Kazakh Minister of Tourism and Sports Yermek Marzhikpayev and Chinese Minister of Culture and Tourism Sun Yeli discussed cooperation and a preliminary plan…

Kazakh Experts Discuss Fintech Trends 

ASTANA – What are the trends in digital and open banking? How does artificial intelligence (AI) contribute to market development? What sectors need new IT solutions the most? CEO of TipTop Pay Kazakhstan Vladimir Dzhabarov and IT expert Agiis Konkabayeva spoke about the fintech trends in a recent interview with Digital Business IT-focused media outlet…

Kazakh Company Launches Blockchain Copyright Protection Platform

ASTANA – The Kazakh company Future Nft Technology limited launched a blockchain copyright protection platform dubbed Central Asian Intellectual Property Registry (CARRIP) that registers intellectual property rights and monitors transfer transactions, reported Kazinform on Jan. 31. The platform was launched at the end of 2023 and is gaining popularity among users, said company’s advisor Temirlan…

Graduate of Astana Opera Academy to Perform in France

ASTANA – Azat Malik, a graduate student of Astana Opera Academy, will perform with leading Astana Opera soloist Bibigul Zhanuzak in Belfort, France, on Jan. 26, reported the press service of the Ministry of Culture and Information. The concert program includes works by Giacomo Puccini, Ferenc Legara, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold, among other composers.  The…