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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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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 Government Tightens Restrictions in High-Risk Red Zone Regions

StaffNUR-SULTAN – The state commission working to prevent the spread of the coronavirus infection decided to tighten restrictions in the cities of Nur-Sultan and Shymkent, as well as Karaganda and Atyrau regions that are currently in the high-risk red zone, the commission announced during their meeting on Wednesday. The four regions account for 55 percent…

Almaty Region to Attract Nearly $2 Billion of Investments in 2021

NUR-SULTAN – The Almaty Region, one of the largest in the country, is developing dynamically. The region plans to attract 811 billion tenge (US$1.8 billion) in investments in 2021, said Almaty Region Deputy Akim (Governor) Zhenis Tuyakov in an interview with The Astana Times.  “The amount of attracted investments increases annually. Over the past five…

Mortgage Services, Registration Now Accessible Online in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – Mortgage services are now available in the real estate government database online in Kazakhstan. This was announced  in July by Kazakh Minister of Digital Development, Innovations and Space Industry Bagdat Mussin. People now can apply for a mortgage online without going to the banks and collecting documents offline. The project has been launched…

Astana Opera House to Stage Verdi’s opera “Aida” on July 11-12 to Mark its Eighth Theater Season

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana Opera House will present Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Aida” on July 11-12 to close its eighth theater season, according to the theater’s press service.   The opera features Sayan Isin, a soloist from Kyrgyzstan, who will perform Radamès and Badral Chuluunbaatar, a baritone from Mongolia, who plays Amonasro. Astana Opera’s leading soloist Zhupar…

Deputy Chairman of Kazakhstan’s Senate Elected Vice-President of OSCE PA

NUR-SULTAN – Deputy Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of Kazakhstan Askar Shakirov has been elected Vice-President of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA).  This was announced at the closing plenary of the OSCE PA’s 2021 Remote Session, which included several days of debates, reports and speeches, on…

Kazakh President Meets with Members of National Olympic Team

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev took part in the July 2 meeting with the members of the National Olympic team ahead of the upcoming 2020 summer Olympic Games in Japan. Some athletes participated in the meeting virtually from the Akbulak training camp in the Almaty region. Tokayev noted that it is a great honor and…

Rural Elections to be Held on July 25 in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – The elections of more than 700 rural akims (governors) will be held nationwide on July 25, reported Aide to the Kazakh President Erlan Karin. “In a number of regions, the dates for elections have been determined. The elections of remaining akims of rural districts will be held after the expiration of their terms…

Atyrau Region Implements Major Oil and Gas Projects to Attract More Investments

NUR-SULTAN – The Atyrau region is one of the largest industrial regions of Kazakhstan. The region’s economy now accounts for more than 10 percent of the national gross domestic product. Approximately 30 percent of investments attracted to the country come from this region. The share of Atyrau in total industrial output of Kazakhstan has reached…

Kazakhstan Ranks 13th among Countries of Asia-Pacific Region in Global Fintech Index Rankings Report

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan ranks 13th among the countries of the Asia-Pacific region and 66th in the overall rating among 83 countries in the Global Fintech Index Rankings Report, reported the press service of the Astana International Financial Center (AIFC). Kazakhstan has entered the ratings for the first time.  The authors of the report titled “Bridging…

Reform Processes Continue in Kazakhstan Despite Pandemic, Says Expert

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan has managed to minimize the negative impact of the pandemic, said Assistant to the President of Kazakhstan, Chairman of the Kazakhstan Council on International Relations Erlan Karin during the May 20 meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Kazan. Despite the pandemic outbreak, the first package of political reforms, which was…