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Kazakhstan, China Partner to Revitalize Aral Sea Bed with Artificial Forest

ASTANA – Chinese scientists are ready to support Kazakhstan in establishing artificial forest plantations on the dried bottom of the Aral Sea, as was reported during a July 23 meeting between Kazakh Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Yerlan Nysanbayev and scientists from the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography of the Chinese Academy of…

Nielsen’s Gracenote Predicts Kazakhstan to Win Ten Medals at Paris Olympics

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is forecasted to win ten medals, including two gold, three silver, and five bronze, at the Paris Olympics 2024, scheduled from July 26 to Aug. 11, according to the recent final Virtual Medal Table released by Nielsen’s Gracenote. Gracenote, a leading entertainment data and services company under Nielsen, expects the United States,…

Kazakh Horseback Archery Athletes Near Final Preparation Stage for World Nomad Games

ASTANA – Two teams of Kazakhstan’s top zhamby atu (horseback archery) athletes are currently 70-80% ready at the third stage of their training camp, with one more stage to go before the fifth World Nomad Games, said Yeldos Badashev, head coach of the national team, the National Sports Association’s press service reported on July 24.…

Kazakhstan Expects 17 Million Tons of Wheat Harvest by Year-End

ASTANA – The Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture forecasts a wheat harvest of 17 million tons by the end of 2024, Kazinform reported on July 23. These volumes are sufficient to fully cover the needs of the domestic market and ship specific volumes for export. In comparison, Kazakhstan’s gross wheat harvest was 16.4 million tons in…

Organ Transplants at UMC Offer New Life to Patients

ASTANA — University Medical Center (UMC) specialists conducted organ transplants on three patients in need on July 17. The operations, which took place at UMC clinics, utilized organs from a generous donor, a 44-year-old woman who tragically suffered a hemorrhagic stroke resulting in brain death. Her family consented to organ donation, providing a new life…

Bulgarian Tennis Player Wins President’s Cup in Astana

ASTANA – Dimitar Kuzmanov, a 30-year-old tennis player from Bulgaria, triumphed at the President’s Cup of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Astana Challenger 50 tour on July 21. According to the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation’s press service, Kuzmanov ranked world no. 356, defeated Saba Purtseladze of Georgia 6-4, 6-3 in the singles final on Sunday.…

Dimash Kudaibergen Announces Solo Concert in Astana

ASTANA – World famous Kazakh pop star Dimash Kudaibergen has announced his solo concert “Stranger,” scheduled for Sept. 13 in Astana, on his Instagram page. The show will take place at the Astana Arena stadium. Ticket sales start today on the ticketon.kz website. The concert will coincide with the final day of the World Nomad…

Kazakhstan Sends 40 Tons of Humanitarian Aid to Kyrgyz Republic After Mudflows

ASTANA – On July 19, the Biz Birgemiz Qazaqstan fund sent 40 tons of humanitarian aid to the Kyrgyz Republic, which had recently been struck by devastating mudflows, reported the Kyrgyz Ministry of Emergency Situations. The humanitarian cargo carrying flour, sugar, as well as hygiene products and essential goods crossed the Ak-Tilek Kyrgyz-Kazakh border and…

50 Days Left Until Kazakhstan Hosts Fifth World Nomad Games

ASTANA — Just 50 days remain until the grand start of the Fifth World Nomad Games (WNG) in Astana from Sept. 8-13. This prestigious international event, renowned for showcasing traditional sports rooted in the nomadic cultures of Central Asia, aims to promote ethnic sports and celebrate their profound cultural significance. According to WNG’s press release,…

KazMunayGas and Italy’s Eni Start Hybrid Power Plant Construction in Zhanaozen

ASTANA — KazMunayGas (KMG), the national oil and gas company, and Italian energy company Eni have initiated the construction of a 247-megawatt hybrid power plant in Zhanaozen on July 16. The plant will utilize solar, wind, and gas energy sources. According to KMG’s press release, the project, developed by Eni Plenitude, will combine renewable energy…

Mads Mikkelsen to Headline Comic Con Astana, Confirms Visit with Exclusive Video Message

ASTANA — Renowned actor Mads Mikkelsen has confirmed his participation at this year’s Comic Con Astana, which will take place between July 27 and 28. Known globally for his memorable roles in blockbuster films like Doctor Strange and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as well as his acclaimed portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in the…

National Bank Chairman Reports Inflation Slowdown to President Tokayev

ASTANA — President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev received a comprehensive briefing from the Chairman of the National Bank Timur Suleimenov on the current economic situation and the outcomes of the monetary policy implemented from January to June 2024. During a July 16 meeting, Suleimenov provided insights into the economic developments within Kazakhstan and globally. He highlighted the…

Kazakhstan’s Aluminum Exports Grow 4.7 Times in Four Months

ASTANA – The volume of aluminum exports in Kazakhstan increased 4.7 times from 16,000 tons to 75,400 tons from January to April, the Industry and Construction Ministry’s press service reported on July 12. The growth was driven by an eightfold increase in demand from Azerbaijan, which jumped from 5,500 tons to 43,100 tons. Uzbekistan’s demand…

Kazakhstan Wins 21 Licenses for 2024 Paralympic Games

ASTANA – Kazakhstan has secured 21 licenses to participate in the 2024 Summer Paralympics, the Tourism and Sports Ministry’s press service reported on July 11. Kazakh para athletes will compete in eight sports, including para powerlifting (5), para athletics (3), para swimming (4), sitting volleyball (1), para table tennis (1), para taekwondo (3), para canoe…

Dimash Kudaibergen Headlines Festival in Serbia Celebrating Nikola Tesla’s Anniversary 

ASTANA – Kazakh pop star Dimash Kudaibergen headlined the EXIT Festival, the largest festival in Southeastern Europe, celebrating the birthday of the famous inventor Nikola Tesla in Novi Sad, Serbia, on July 10, reported DimashNews.com. Kudaibergen shared the stage with Burak Yeter, one of the top 100 DJs in the world. Together, they performed their…

Kazakhstan Highlights Afforestation Efforts at Global Conference

ASTANA — Advisor to President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Special Representative on International Environmental Cooperation Zulfiya Suleimenova emphasized Kazakhstan’s commitment to biodiversity and ecosystem preservation, essential for sustainable development, at the first International Conference on Afforestation and Reforestation (CIAR-1).  Held in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, the conference highlighted Kazakhstan’s achievements, including increasing forest cover from 3%…

SCO Welcomes Belarus As Its 10th Member State

ASTANA – The 24th summit of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) began with a signing ceremony to admit Belarus as a full member state of the organization. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev congratulated Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on this occasion. “The SCO has become an important mechanism in the international…

SCO Summit Kicks Off in Astana

ASTANA — The 24th summit of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), chaired by Kazakhstan, commences today at the Palace of Independence in the capital. Titled “Strengthening Multilateral Dialogue – Striving Towards a Sustainable Peace and Prosperity,” the summit will see the adoption of the Astana Declaration, 20 resolutions,…

Chinese Global Leader in Clean Energy Signs Multimillion-Dollar Agreements for New Kazakh Projects

ASTANA — Kazakh business representatives and the Power Construction Corporation of China (POWERCHINA), a global leader in clean and low-carbon energy, water resources, and environmental construction, signed several significant projects worth $165 million at a July 2 meeting of the China-Kazakhstan Entrepreneurs Committee. POWERCHINA has signed 23 projects in Kazakhstan, covering hydropower, thermal power, renewable…

UN Secretary-General Arrives in Kazakhstan to Attend SCO Summit, Hold Talks  

ASTANA – UN Secretary-General António Guterres has arrived in Almaty with an official visit on July 3. Guterres was greeted by Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Akan Rakhmetullin, Permanent Representative to UN Kairat Umarov and UN Resident Coordinator for Kazakhstan Michaela Friberg-Storey.  Earlier, Guterres spoke about the agenda of his visit,  the resolution adopted last September…

QazaqGaz, Chevron to Cooperate on Potential Geological Exploration at Kazakh Zhalibek Site

ASTANA — QazaqGaz national company and Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiary Chevron Munaigas Inc., signed a cooperation agreement on July 1 regarding potential geological exploration at the Zhalibek site in the Aktobe Region, near the Zhanazhol and Urikhtau fields. According to the QazaqGaz press service, negotiations and technical preparations for this project have been ongoing…

Kazakhstan Becomes Popular Destination for Chinese Travelers

ASTANA – This summer, Kazakhstan is expected to be a key lure for Chinese tourists, alongside traditional destinations like Japan and Thailand, reported Kazinform on June 24. According to Cirium, an aviation analytics website, Kazakhstan, one of Asia’s fastest-growing destinations, benefits from its inclusion in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, enhancing its appeal to the…

Kazakhstan Clinches Gold at Cannes Lions for First Time

ASTANA – For the first time in the history of Kazakhstan’s advertising and creative industries, the GForce advertising agency has won a gold award in the Social and Influencer Lions category at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2024, reported the festival’s press service. The event takes place from June 17 to 21 in…

China Plans to Build Large Multifunctional Complex in Astana

ASTANA – China’s Jumway Group, in collaboration with other major corporations, plans to construct a one-million-square-meter multifunctional complex in Astana, Chairman Hu Jian Xiong announced during a June 19 meeting with Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Murat Nurtleu. As stated by the Kazakh Foreign Ministry’s press service, Nurtleu highlighted the project’s potential to…

Kazakhstan Triumphs at First International Horseback Archery Masters Tournament in China

ASTANA – The Kazakhstan national team secured a full set of medals, including one gold, one silver, and one bronze at the First International Horseback Archery Masters Tournament, held from June 8 to 13 in Xilinhot, China. According to the Kazakhstan’s Federation of Zhamby Atu (horseback archery), the national team was represented by Abzal Tulybekov,…