Articles by Nagima Abuova

Seven Kazakh Startups to Study in Silicon Valley

ASTANA—The top ten Central Asian startups have been selected for the Alchemist Accelerator program, which will commence on Aug. 12 and grant them a unique opportunity to study in Silicon Valley. This five-month intensive program in Silicon Valley aims to support promising startups entering the American market. Participants will receive support in signing early contracts…

Kazakhstan Partners with Japan to Strengthen Hydraulic Infrastructure to Boost Flood Resilience

ASTANA—Japanese experts will assess 13 hydraulic structures in four regions of Kazakhstan to prepare for the 2025 flooding season.  According to the Kazakh Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, the specialists will inspect the country’s hydraulic infrastructure, focusing on facilities that have faced significant pressure during previous floods. Visual inspections of the facilities have been…

Kazakh Boxers’ Photos Adorn Paris Streets Ahead of 2024 Olympics

ASTANA — Photos of Kazakh boxers are displayed on the streets of Paris on the eve of the 2024 Olympics. According to the National Olympic Committee of Kazakhstan, the photos feature boxers, including Saken Bibosynov, Kamshybek Kunkabayev, Alibek Oralbay and Nurbek Oralbay. Final preparations are underway in the city, creating an Olympic atmosphere. The excitement…

Kazpost Integrates Digital Asset Transactions, Expands Financial Services

ASTANA—Kazpost, Kazakhstan’s national postal network operator, has enabled fiat transactions with digital assets, reported the Astana Financial Services Authority (AFSA) on July 22. This marks a crucial step in the country’s digital finance landscape.  The Astana International Financial Center (AIFC), in collaboration with the Kazakh National Bank and the Kazakh Agency for Regulation and Development…

Traditional Archery Team Intensifies Training for World Nomad Games in Almaty

ASTANA—Almaty is hosting a field training camp for the traditional archery (sadak atu) national team to prepare for the fifth World Nomad Games (WNG).  The training camp welcomed 12 athletes, including ten selected and two reserve athletes. Six are males, and four are females.  “Training is intense, with only a few days left before the…

Two-Year Progress: Development Milestones of Kazakhstan’s New Regions

ASTANA — Since the establishment of the Ulytau, Abai and Zhetysu regions in 2022, on the initiative of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, significant administrative and structural developments have occurred. The regions have witnessed improvements in the economy, investment profiles, infrastructure, agriculture, sports, culture, and education, according to an analytical article in Kazinfrom. The Abai Region …

Kazakh, Italian Companies Launch Educational Project for Furniture Design 

ASTANA — As European companies seek more trade and economic cooperation in Central Asia, Kazakh and Italian business people are launching educational projects for furniture design, with Astana as a focal point for regional expansion. In an interview with The Astana Times, Karlygash Baibachenova, the founder of the only certified Academy of Furniture in Kazakhstan and…

Kazakh Folk Dance Ensemble: Beacon of Cultural Diplomacy

ASTANA—The Kazakh folk dance ensemble Birlik (Unity), representing a unique combination of international folk dances and live music, aims to become a benchmark of excellence and professionalism in music and a symbol of harmony and cultural diplomacy, said Anel Marabayeva, the choreographer and artistic director of the ensemble, in an interview with The Astana Times. …

Kazakhstan Showcases Tourism Opportunities and Nomad Games to International Audience

ASTANA — The Directorate for the Preparation and Holding of the Fifth World Nomad Games hosted a special presentation for foreign diplomats and journalists on July 5 at the Qazaqstan athletics sports complex. The event, a part of the Sports – Ambassador of the World exhibition, also featured a discussion led by the Ministry of…

World Nomad Games Participants Showcase Equestrian Skills at International Festival 

ASTANA — The participants of the fifth World Nomad Games performed at the international festival in the Almaty Region on July 4.  According to Inbusiness.kz, equestrian competitions and demonstration performances of horseback riders shooting at targets while galloping with bows drew significant interest from the attendees. In the foothills of the Trans-Ili Alatau, riders showcased…

World Nomad Games Exhibition Introduces Event to SCO Summit Guests 

ASTANA —  The Directorate for the Preparation and Holding of the fifth World Nomad Games launched the Meeting in the Great Steppe exhibition at the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation to introduce the games to foreign guests attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit on July 4.  According to the Directorate’s press service, official promotional…

Kazakhstan’s Population Exceeded 20 Million 

ASTANA — The Kazakh Bureau of National Statistics released demographic data on July 3, stating Kazakhstan’s population has hit 20.1 million as of June 1.  The population increased by 106,072 people from January to June. At the beginning of the year Kazakhstan’s population was 20,033,841 and had grown to 20,139,914 by June 1. The urban…

Prominent Kazakh Soloists Perform at Concert for Kazakh, Chinese Presidents

ASTANA — Kazakh opera star Maira Mukhamedkyzy and world-famous Kazakh pop singer Dimash Kudaibergen made a short performance for Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the conclusion of official negotiations on July 3. According to Kazinform, the leaders of the two countries highly appreciated the performances of renowned Kazakh artists.

UN Secretary-General Meets with IOM Goodwill Ambassador Dimash Kudaibergen

ASTANA— UN Secretary-General António Guterres met with Dimash Kudaibergen, the Goodwill Ambassador for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) – UN Migration Agency in Astana on July 4.  Kudaibergen, a renowned Kazakh pop singer and composer, was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the IOM—UN Migration in the Asia region and beyond on Feb. 15.…

Kazakh Foreign Ministry Briefs International Journalists Ahead of SCO Summit

ASTANA—The Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted a briefing for international journalists to discuss Kazakhstan’s foreign policy, bilateral and multilateral cooperation, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit on July 3. Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Roman Vassilenko welcomed journalists from the Czech Republic, Germany, India, Italy, Lebanon, Malaysia, Serbia, South Korea, and Spain. He discussed…

Kazakh Service Officers Complete French Language Course for UN Peacekeeping Missions

ASTANA —  Seven service officers of the country’s armed forces completed the three-month French language course based on the Center for Peacekeeping Operations of the Kazakh Ministry of Defense (KAZCENT) on June 25.  According to KAZCENT, the course was a collaborative effort between the defense departments of Kazakhstan and France. Its primary purpose is to…

Kazakhstan, China Enhance Trade Links with Middle Corridor Agreement

ASTANA — President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed a law on the ratification of the agreement between the government of Kazakhstan and China governments to develop the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR), also known as the  Middle Corridor on July 1. According to Kazinform, Tokayev also signed the law on the ratification of the agreement with China…

Kazakhstan’s Strategic Investment Plan to Boost Economic Growth, Attract Global Brands

ASTANA — Gabidulla Ospankulov, the chairman of the Investment Committee of the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs, recently spoke about the nation’s ambitious strategies to attract investments, identify promising investor countries, and leverage leading companies to meet Kazakhstan’s economic growth targets in an interview with Kazinform news agency. With a goal to elevate the national…

Save Berkuts: Kazakhstan Joins Forces to Protect Golden Eagle Population

ASTANA—The Kazakh Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources and Efes Kazakhstan signed a memorandum of intent on June 19 to implement the social project Save the Berkuts. The project aims to preserve and restore the golden eagle population in Kazakhstan. The golden eagle, among the most renowned birds of prey of the hawk family and…

President Tokayev Signs Law on Cargo Transportation Between Turkic Countries

ASTANA — Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed a law ratifying the agreement on international combined freight transport between the governments of the Organization of Turkic States (OTS) member states on June 27. According to Kaazfinorm, the agreement aims to enhance the transit and transport potential and trade and economic relations among OTS member states. “The…

Zhas Qazaq Summer Camp Welcomes Over 250 Ethnic Kazakh Children

ASTANA — The Zhas (young) Qazaq summer ethno-camp for ethnic Kazakh children living abroad commenced at the IQanat High School of Burabay and will run until July 7. According to Kazinform, children will study the Kazakh language, history, traditions and national games. They will also attend musical instrument lessons, learn horseback riding, experience yurt installations…

Over 68% of Kazakh Citizens Reflect Optimism About Future

ASTANA — The Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies (KazISS) released results from a sociological survey conducted from May 11 to June 22, indicating 68.3% of citizens are optimistic about the future. According to KazISS, a public opinion poll showed that 37.6% anticipate significant improvements, and 30.7% expect slight enhancements in living conditions. Sociological analyses attribute…

Kazakhstan to Launch Industrial Development of Tungsten Ore Deposits

ASTANA—Kazakh First Deputy Prime Minister Roman Sklyar discussed a $350 million project to launch the industrial development of a tungsten ore deposit with executives of Jiaxin International Resources Investment on June 26. According to the Prime Minister’s press service, the meeting was conducted to oversee joint investment projects under Kazakh-Chinese industrial cooperation. The project aims…

Kazakh PM Assesses Small Aral Sea Conservation Efforts

ASTANA — Kazakh Prime Minister Olzhas Bektenov assessed advancements in water-saving technologies and infrastructure development efforts to preserve and expand the Small Aral Sea during his visit to the Kyzylorda region on June 27. According to the Prime Minister’s press service, Bektenоv also inspected the progress of the Karazek reservoir construction and reviewed the pace…

ITC Ready4Trade, OECD Central Asia Invest Projects Showcase Cooperation Achievements 

ASTANA—Two regional Central Asian projects funded by the European Union (EU) showcased their achievements in Almaty on June 26. These initiatives have supported Central Asian countries’ efforts to advance trade reforms, enhance competitiveness, foster connectivity and strengthen regional cooperation. According to the EU delegation in Kazakhstan’s press team, the event united policymakers and key stakeholders…