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UAPF head cautious about applying Singapore pension system in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – Unified Accumulative Pension Fund (UAPF) head Zhanat Kurmanov, speaking during the second Strategic Initiatives Forum Nov. 20 in the capital, suggested the Singapore pension system example should be viewed with caution. “There are countries with rich experience in pension system functioning and one of them is Singapore. It should be noted that there…

Kazakh government increases budget expenditures $106 million for 2020-2022 

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh government will add 40.8 billion tenge (US$105.5 million) to its budget expenditures for 2020-2022, made possible by redistributing budget programme expenses, said Minister of National Economy Ruslan Dalenov in introducing the draft budget during the Senate plenary session. “Expenses increased by 40.8 billion tenge (US$105.5 million), including 15 billion tenge (US$38.81…

EBRD to finance Kurty-Kapshagai highway reconstruction

NUR-SULTAN – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and KazAvtoZhol have signed a 34.5 billion tenge (US$89 million) loan agreement for the Kurty-Kapshagai road project. The signing ceremony was held at the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development. Authorities plan to use the funds to reconstruct the 67-kilometre (km) section connecting the two…

Almaty city authorities present urban greening draft master plan 

NUR-SULTAN – Almaty Akim (Mayor) Bakytzhan Sagintayev reviewed a draft master plan on urban landscaping Nov. 13 based on the results of expert studies. The plan involves planting millions of trees and shrubs in the city in the next three years to provide citizens with fresh air and well-maintained recreational zones. “All the works on…

Kazakh Ministry of Internal Affairs seeks volunteers to help keep public order, search for missing persons

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Ministry of Internal Affairs is working to increase citizen involvement in protecting public order. The effort includes creating a volunteer law enforcement movement and optimising search measures and help for local police inspectors to prevent crime, reported its press service. Police plan to increase the number of special volunteer legal groups…

Three Kazakh films featured at Asian World Film Festival 

NUR-SULTAN – Three Kazakh films, “The Golden Throne” by Rustem Abdrashov, “The Guardian of the Light” by Yermek Tursunov and “The Secret of a Leader” by Farkhat Sharipov, were featured Nov. 6-14 at the 9th Asian World Film Festival in Los Angeles (U.S.), reported Kazinform. “The Golden Throne” is the film version of the second…

Kazakhstan’s digital transformation has a $578 million positive effect 

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s digital transformation has had a $578 million positive economic effect, reported the Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry press service. As a result of the changes, information and communications technology (ICT) costs have decreased 13 percent per year. Digital transformation is one of the country’s main goals. The nation adopted…

Russian, Kazakh and US scientists publish study showing how to save $3 billion per year on electricity 

NUR-SULTAN – Russian, Kazakh and U.S. scientists published a joint study on the causes of electricity losses Nov. 14 that aims to save up to $3 billion per year on electricity costs. “We were able to reduce losses on corona discharges by 20-40 percent due to the application of a hydrophilic porous nanocomposite coating containing…

Kazakhstan, EAEU to tighten control over dairy production in 2020

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh government will tighten controls over dairy production starting Jan. 1 as part of the new Eurasian Economic Union Technical Regulation on the safety of milk and dairy products.  The requirements introduce new maximum quantitative indicators of mesophilic aerobic and facultative anaerobic microorganisms and somatic cells for raw milk, skimmed milk and…

National Security Committee releases film about Kazakh citizen who returned from Syria

NUR-SULTAN – The National Security Committee released the film “Accusation and Regret” on its YouTube channel about a Kazakh citizen who returned from Syria. Bakhtiyar Ibrayev tells the story of the way he fought for terrorist groups prohibited in Kazakhstan. A native of the Akmola Region, Ibrayev studied in Egypt in 2007, then joined the…