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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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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 Citizens Given Right to Withdraw Pensions, Reinvest Into Housing 

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s Unified Accumulative Pension Fund has started accepting applications for the withdrawal of eligible amounts of pension savings by citizens on Jan. 23. Kazakh citizens intend to address housing issues with 87 percent of withdrawn pension savings, said the Chairman of the Kazakh National Bank Yerbolat Dossayev at a Feb. 16 government meeting…

Kazakhstan’s third peacekeeping unit starts mission in Lebanon

NUR-SULTAN – The third consolidated unit of Kazakh peacekeeping forces started its operations Nov. 27 as part in the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon, reported the Ministry of Defence press service. The company consists of 120 military personnel from regional commands and the country’s Air Assault Forces. “The first and second rotation performed their…

PIAAC releases results of international survey of adult skills

NUR-SULTAN – The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) published Nov. 15 an update to its 2013 report as the results from the third round of its Survey of Adult Skills in “Skills Matter: Further Results from the Survey of Adult Skills” and in OECD Skills Outlook 2013. New data is included…

EBRD expands funding for renewable energy programme in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will provide additional funds of up to $328 million to support Kazakhstan as a regional leader in the development of renewable energy through the second phase of its renewable framework, reported the bank’s press service. The framework programme supports the implementation of projects in the…