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Greece Considers Kazakhstan a Guarantor of Stability in Central Asia, Says Greek Foreign Minister

ASTANA – Greece considers Kazakhstan the largest and most important country in Central Asia and a guarantor of stability in the region, said Greek Foreign Minister Nikolaos Dendias at a Dec. 5 meeting with Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, reported the Akorda press service. During the meeting, Tokayev and Dendias addressed international and regional issues and…

National Bank Raises Base Rate to Nearly 17 Percent

ASTANA – The Kazakh National Bank’s monetary policy committee has decided to raise the base rate to 16.75 percent per annum with a corridor of +/- 1.0 percentage points on Dec. 5, reported the bank’s press service. The decision is based on external environmental reasons such as the uncertainty of the geopolitical situation and its…

OPEC+ Group Agrees to Keep Oil Output Unchanged

ASTANA – The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC partners, a group of oil exporters called OPEC+, decided to stick to their October plan to reduce output by 2 million barrels per day from November at the 34th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting on Dec. 4, the organization’s press service reported. Kazakhstan’s obligations…

Fitch Affirms Kazakhstan ‘BBB’ Rating, Outlook Stable

ASTANA – Fitch Ratings affirmed Kazakhstan’s Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at ‘BBB’ with a stable outlook on Dec. 2, reported the agency’s press service. “Kazakhstan’s ‘BBB’ IDRs reflect strong fiscal and external balance sheets that have proven resilient to external shocks and financing flexibility underpinned by accumulated oil revenue savings. Set against these…

Kazakh Foreign Minister Takes Part in 29th OSCE Ministerial Council

ASTANA – In today’s complex geopolitical circumstances, countries must build roads and bridges, not walls and trenches, said Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mukhtar Tileuberdi at the 29th Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Ministerial Council in Łódź, Poland, reported the ministry’s press service. Tileuberdi highlighted the importance of continuing…

Two More Kazakh Cultural Traditions Enter UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage List

ASTANA – The Kazakh ancient performing art Orteke and Kozhanassyr’s oral folklore were added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during the 17th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Rabat, Morocco held on Dec.…

Kazakhstan Metropolitan District Presents Bible Books in Kazakh Language

ASTANA – Three books of the Bible’s – “Solomon’s Parables,” “Psalter,” and “Gospel of Matthew”  – all translated to Kazakh, were presented in Almaty on Nov. 30, reported the Kazakhstan Metropolitan District’s press service. Metropolitan Alexander of Astana and Kazakhstan initiated the translation of Bible books into the Kazakh language. “It is impossible to do…

Eurasian Development Bank Forecasts Kazakhstan’s GDP Growth at 4.2 Percent, 486 Tenge per Dollar Exchange Rate in 2023

ASTANA – In 2023, Kazakhstan’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth is expected to reach 4.2 percent, inflation rate to decrease to 7.8 percent and an exchange rate in the range of 486 tenge per U.S. dollar in 2023, according to the Eurasian Development Bank’s (EDB) macroeconomic outlook for 2023, reported the bank’s press service on…

Kazakh President Reaffirms Cooperation with OECD, Wraps Up Visit to France with Bilateral Agreements

ASTANA – The relationship with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has always been a priority for Kazakhstan, said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev at a Nov. 30 meeting with OECD Secretary-General Mathias Cormann in Paris, the Akorda press service reported. “Kazakhstan is keen to maintain ties with the OECD. We are also grateful for…

President Tokayev Approves Action Plan to Implement His Election Program

ASTANA – Newly re-elected President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed a decree approving the action plan for the implementation of his election program titled Fair Kazakhstan – For All and Everyone. Now and Forever on Nov. 29 , the Akorda press service reported. Tokayev signed the decree following his presidential inauguration on Nov. 26. The…

Trade Turnover Between Kazakhstan and China Grows by 33 Percent, Kazakh PM Reports

ASTANA – The volume of trade turnover between Kazakhstan and China grew by 33 percent over the first 10 months of this year and reached $19.7 billion, said Kazakh Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov during a Nov. 29 video conference with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. “The heads of our states have set a goal to increase…

Kazakhstan’s National Parks Welcome More Than 1.7 Million Tourists in 10 Months This Year

ASTANA – More than 1.7 million tourists have visited 14 national parks in Kazakhstan over the first ten months of this year, said Deputy Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources Aliya Shalabekova, on the eve of an eco-trail opening, Tabighatqa Qulaq Sal (Hear Nature), in the Saty gorge in the Almaty Region with UNDP…

President Tokayev Pays Official Visit to France, Reiterates Commitment to Strategic Partnership

ASTANA – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev reiterated the country’s commitment to boost its strategic partnership with France at a Nov. 29 meeting with President of France Emmanuel Macron in Paris, as the President paid an official visit to France, reported the Akorda press service. During the meeting, Tokayev spoke about Kazakhstan’s ongoing political and economic…

Air Seychelles to Launch New Route to Almaty This December

ASTANA – The national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, Air Seychelles, is set to launch a new route, Almaty-Seychelles, on Dec. 26, reported the air carrier’s press service on Nov. 25.  The twice-weekly seasonal service will operate until March 27, 2023. The inaugural flight will depart Almaty on Dec. 26, arriving in Mahe on…

Deloitte Report: AIFC Attracts Over $7 Billion of Foreign Investment, Shows Positive Financial Results

ASTANA – According to Deloitte’s Astana International Financial Center (AIFC) 2016-2021 report, the AIFC has received nearly $7 billion in international investment so far, with expectations to attract $10 billion more by 2025, AIFC press service reported on Nov. 25. According to the report, the AIFC and its companies have paid more than 17 billion…

Kazakhstan Develops Alternative Transport Routes, Network of Cross-Border Hubs, Says Minister of Trade and Integration

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is developing alternative transport routes and a network of cross-border hubs, said Kazakh Minister of Trade and Integration Serik Zhumangarin during the 18th Forum of Interregional Cooperation between Russia and Kazakhstan in Orenburg on Nov. 28, reported the Prime Minister’s press office. Zhumangarin focused on the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC), which…

Kazakh President Pays Official Visit to Russia, Participates in Interregional Cooperation Forum

ASTANA –  Kazakhstan aims to develop stable trade and investment relations with Russia, said Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during the 18th Forum of Interregional Cooperation between Russia and Kazakhstan in Moscow on Nov. 28, reported Akorda press service. Tokayev noted that the direct investment flow from Russia to Kazakhstan exceeded pre-pandemic rates more than three-fold…

Gala Ballet Featuring Foreign Dancers to Premiere at Astana Opera

ASTANA – A Gala Ballet of the Zhibek Zholy International Music Festival will premiere in Astana Opera theatre on Nov. 29, presenting several pas de deux from classical ballets and miniatures by modern Kazakh and foreign choreographers performed by the theatre’s troupe and foreign ballet dancers, the theatre’s press service reported. Anastasia Milyachenko and Andrey…

EU to Invest in Trans-Caspian International Transport Route

ASTANA – The European Union (EU) intends to invest in the development of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR). This was announced by Kazakh Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development Kairbek Uskenbayev at the Ministerial Meeting on Trans-Caspian Connectivity of Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Türkiye in Aktau on Nov. 25, reported the ministry’s press service.…

Kazakh President to Pay Official Visits to Russia, France in Upcoming Week

ASTANA – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev will pay an official visit to Russia on Nov. 28 and France on Nov. 29-30, the Akorda presidential press service announced.  It is expected that Tokayev and Russian President Vladimir Putin will take part in the Forum of Interregional Cooperation between Kazakhstan and Russia via videoconference. In Paris, Tokayev…

Kazakhstan Seeks to Enhance Transit, Transport Potential of Caspian Region, Says Kazakh Foreign Minister

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is committed to constructive interaction and open dialogue to enhance the transit and transport potential of the Caspian region, said Kazakh Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi at the Nov. 25 ministerial meeting on Trans-Caspian connectivity in Aktau, reported the Foreign Ministry’s press service. The event was attended by the ministers of foreign affairs…

Shymbulak Mountain Resort Opens Skiing and Snowboarding Season on Saturday

ASTANA – Almaty’s Shymbulak mountain resort, the largest in Central Asia, will open for a skiing and snowboarding season on Nov. 26, reported the mountain resort’s press service. In the winter season, the Medeu-Shymbulak cable car operates from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Almaty local time on weekdays and from 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.…

Kazakhstan Marks International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women

ASTANA – The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women followed by the global campaign titled 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is celebrated on Nov. 25.  This campaign is an invaluable tool to raise awareness on these important issues and to support complex public discussions about violence against women and girls,…

Kazakhstan’s Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to Broadcast Live on National TV Channels Tomorrow

ASTANA – The inauguration of newly re-elected Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev will be broadcast live on Nov. 26 at 10.50 a.m. local Astana time, reported the Akorda press service. It will be live-streamed on national TV channels, the media outlets’ websites, and the official social media channels of the presidential press office. The Central Election…

Kazakhstan Sees Record Harvest in 10 Years

ASTANA – In 2022, Kazakhstan harvested record yields of cereals, legumes, wheat and vegetables in 10 years, said First Deputy Prime Minister Roman Sklyar at the Nov. 24 meeting of the Senate, an upper house of the Kazakh Parliament, reported the Senate’s press service. “Owing to the government support measures, the country harvested nearly 23…

Kazakh Delegation Shares Expertises and Experience in Building Tolerant Society at UN Alliance of Civilizations

ASTANA – First Deputy Foreign Minister Kairat Umarov highlighted Kazakhstan’s experience building a tolerant society and adhering to a unique model of interfaith dialogue at the ninth Global Forum of the United Nations (UN) Alliance of Civilizations on Nov. 22-23, reported Kazakh Foreign Ministry’s press service. The forum participants also discussed Kazakhstan’s initiative – the…

Kazakhstan to Transport 1.5 Million Tons of Oil Via Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline

ASTANA – Kazakhstan will transport 1.5 million tons of oil via the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline in 2023, according to a Nov. 22 briefing of KazMunayGas (KMG) national company. The Kazakh side is selecting an oil transportation company to export the oil to the neighboring country. “We are holding negotiations because the KMG and Azerbaijani SOCAR signed…

CSTO Foreign Ministers Agree to Combat Drugs and Terrorists, Ensure Information Security

ASTANA – Foreign ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member countries agreed to cooperate in combating drug threats, ensuring international information security, and countering the financing of terrorist activities during a narrow format meeting on the sidelines of the CSTO Summit on Nov. 23 in Yerevan, reported the press service of the Kazakh…

Kazakhstan to Hold Parliamentary Elections in First Half of 2023

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is set to hold the parliamentary election in the first half of 2023, said Chairman of Mazhilis, a lower chamber of the Kazakh Parliament, Yerlan Koshanov, on the sidelines of the Mazhilis plenary session on Nov. 23, reported the Kazinform. “The President will announce the dates. Afterward, a new government will be…

Nearly 15,000 Foreign Employees Work in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Nearly 14,957 foreign employees work in Kazakhstan as of Nov.1, reported the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection’s press service on Nov. 23. Around 40 percent of international staff are employed in the country’s construction sector (5,910 people). Also, foreign nationals work in the mining and quarrying sector (1,499 people), agriculture, forestry, and…

Astana’s International Airport to Build Second Runway

ASTANA – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) presented the Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport JSC expansion plan until 2050, which aims to build the second runway, terminals, apron, and hangars, reported the airport’s press service on Nov. 21. “The plan includes phased planning of land use, construction, parameters, and technological schemes of new infrastructure facilities…

Other Presidential Candidates Congratulate Tokayev on Winning the Election

ASTANA – The other presidential candidates congratulated Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on his election victory following the announcement of the exit poll results on Nov. 21.  “I congratulate Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on winning the election. I am sure that he will serve for the benefit of the people,” said Zhiguli Dairabayev, winning 3.42 percent of the votes. “Kassym-Jomart…

Kazakhstan to Adopt New Political Structure, Says President Tokayev

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is moving to a new form of political organization, said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, during his visit to the electoral headquarters after the announcement of the exit poll results on midnight Nov. 21.  Tokayev said the presidential election opened a new political era and all the main power institutions will undergo transformation.  “The…

Overseas Voting in Kazakhstan’s Presidential Election Shows 57.5 Percent Turnout as Voting Abroad Continues

ASTANA – Kazakh citizens have the opportunity to cast their ballot in 68 polling stations opened in the country’s diplomatic and consular posts in 53 countries on election day on Nov. 20.  As of 7 p.m. Astana time, the voter turnout abroad was 57.5 percent or nearly 7,400 people out of 12,841 registered people, reported…

Kazakh Prime Minister, State Counselor, Senate Chair Cast Their Votes in Presidential Election

ASTANA – Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov cast his vote in the presidential election on Nov. 20 in Astana, reported the Prime Minister’s press service. Smailov encouraged Kazakh citizens to come to the polling stations and vote in election. “Today’s day will determine how our country will develop in the next seven years. We…

Kazakh Foreign Minister Proposes Interregional Cooperation Programs During Central Asian and EU Foreign Ministers Meeting in Samarkand

ASTANA – Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mukhtar Tileuberdi proposed that the EU delegation initiate new interregional cooperation programs during the 18th Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Central Asia and European Union (EU) taking place on Nov. 17 in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, reported the ministry’s press office. “Kazakhstan is ready to enhance comprehensive…

Three Organizations to Take Exit Polls on Presidential Election Day in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Three organizations will take exit polls outside polling stations during the Nov. 20 presidential election, reported the Central Election Commission (CEC) on Nov. 14.  These are the Amanat Party’s Public Policy Institute, Institute for Comprehensive Social Research, and Open Society International Institute for Regional Studies. “The remaining four – Qogamdyq Pikir (public opinion)…

CEC Members, ODIHR Observation Mission Meet in Astana Ahead of Presidential Elections

ASTANA – The Central Election Commission (CEC) Chairman Nurlan Abdirov spoke about the current stage of the election campaign and the results of the accreditation of international presidential election observers at a Nov. 16 meeting with the head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights…

Second Track Construction for Dostyk-Moiynty Railway Section Kicks Off in Karagandy Region

ASTANA – The construction of the second tracks on the Dostyk-Moiynty railway section, with a length of 836 kilometers, was launched on Nov. 17 as part of the Strong Regions – the Driver of Country’s Development national project in the Karagandy Region, reported the Prime Minister’s press service. Launching a new railway line will ensure…

Kazakh President Tokayev Addresses Human Capital, Higher Education, Commends Creative Industry in Almaty

ASTANA – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev spoke about the main directions in the nation’s education and the critical role of the creative industry at a meeting with young scientists and entrepreneurs in Almaty on Nov. 16. Tokayev focused on enhancing education quality and introducing sophisticated international experiences into domestic universities, among other things. Here are…

Kazakhstan to Create National Council for Science and Technology

ASTANA – The National Council for Science and Technology will be established in Kazakhstan, said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during his meeting with the public in Almaty on Nov. 16, reported the Akorda press service. “We frequently discuss the integration of science and production; however, we lack such interaction. Unfortunately, we must acknowledge this. Domestic production…

Dimash Kudaibergen to Participate in TEDxGateway in India

ASTANA – Kazakh singer Dimash Kudaubergen will participate in the TEDxGateway conference in Mumbai, India, on Nov. 18, reported the TEDxGateway press service. “Dimash Qudaibergen, a single title would fail this electrifying performer! Besides being a well-accomplished singer in 13 languages, and a well-trained musician, he is also known for his golden heart and efforts…

Kazakhstan Makes Preparations to Launch Flights to United States

ASTANA – The Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan is working to increase its technical capacity in preparation for the upcoming Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) to launch direct flights between Kazakhstan and the United States, reported the press service of the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development on Nov. 15. The Aviation…

President Tokayev Launches Construction of Multi-Brand Automobile Plant in Almaty

ASTANA – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev launched the construction of a multi-brand plant for the production of Changan, Chery, and Haval cars on Nov. 15 in Almaty during his working visit to the city, reported the Akorda press service. The completion of the facility is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2024. The investment project…

Kazakh Financial Monitoring Agency Returns Over $650 Million of Illegally Obtained Assets in 10 Months

ASTANA – More than 300 billion tenge (US$652.5 million) in assets and funds were returned to the state in 10 months, said Chairman of Financial Monitoring Agency (FMA) Zhanat Elimanov at a Nov. 15 meeting with President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, reported the Akorda press service. According to Elimanov, the FMA suppressed the activities of 119 groups…

Astana to Host International Meeting on Syria Next Week

ASTANA – The 19th international meeting on Syria in the Astana format will be held in the Kazakh capital on Nov. 22-23, the Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Aibek Smadiyarov announced during a press briefing on Nov. 14. The agenda includes issues such as the situation on the ground in Syria, including humanitarian and socioeconomic issues, comprehensive…

Kazakhstan’s GDP Grows 2.5 Percent in January-October

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 2.5 percent between January and October, said Minister of National Economy Alibek Kuantyrov at a Nov. 15 government meeting, reported the Prime Minister’s press service. In January-September of this year, the country’s foreign trade turnover increased by 35 percent to $98.4 billion. The exports grew by…

CEC Accredits 641 International Observers for Presidential Election, Closes Accreditation

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Central Election Commission (CEC) accredited 641 observers from international organizations and foreign states, as the CEC completed accreditation on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. Astana time, reported the CEC press service. The CEC accredited 532 observers from 10 international organizations, including the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly, and…

Kazakh Citizens Can Vote in November Presidential Election in 53 Countries

ASTANA – Kazakh citizens living in 53 countries abroad will be able to vote in the presidential elections on Nov. 20, said Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Aibek Smadiyarov during a press briefing on Nov. 14. “More than 12,000 Kazakh citizens will be able to vote at 68 polling stations in 53 countries,” he said. Smadiyarov explained…

More than 70% of Kazakh Citizens Believe Country Headed in Right Direction, Says State Counselor Karin

ASTANA – More than 70 percent of Kazakh citizens believe the country is headed in the right direction, noted State Counselor Erlan Karin during an expert forum on Kazakhstan’s development in the context of global transformation on Nov. 14, reported Zakon.kz. Karin noted that Kazakh society understands key national agenda provisions, including development, modernization, reforms,…

President Tokayev Highlights Kazakhstan’s Open Foreign Policy, Receives Credentials from Newly Appointed Ambassadors

ASTANA – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev highlighted Kazakhstan’s pursuit of a peaceful and open foreign policy to strengthen ties with other countries during a Nov. 14 ceremony of receiving credentials from newly appointed ambassadors, reported the Akorda press service. President Tokayev congratulated United States envoy Daniel Nathan Rosenblum, Moldovan envoy Lilian Darii and Sierra Leone…

Nearly 70 % of Respondents Plan to Vote in Kazakhstan’s Presidential Elections According to Survey

ASTANA – More than 70 percent of respondents are ready to vote in the upcoming presidential elections, according to the sociological survey conducted by the Qogamdyq Pikir (Public Opinion) Research Institute on Nov. 4-6, reported the institute’s press service. “The level of potential electoral turnout for the presidential elections on Nov. 20 reached 71.6 percent,…

Pakistan’s Gwadar Port is Ready to Export Kazakh Products to Persian Gulf Countries

ASTANA – Pakistan is ready to export Kazakh products to the Persian Gulf countries through the Gwadar port, said Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Industries Makhdoom Syed Murtaza Mehmood at a Nov. 9 meeting with Kazakhstan’s Minister of Trade and Integration Serik Zhumangarin in Astana, reported the Prime Minister’s press service. The parties addressed the prospects…

Organization of Turkic States Should Become Powerful Force in Addressing Regional and Global Challenges, Says President Tokayev

ASTANA – The Organization of Turkic States (OTS) should become a powerful and influential force in resolving regional and global challenges, said Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev at the organization’s summit on Nov. 11 in Samarkand, reported the Akorda press service.  “Current geopolitical and geo-economic contradictions hurt the Eurasian continent’s economy and transport and logistics system.…

Kazakhstan Reaffirms Its Commitment to Strengthen Cooperation Among Organization of Turkic States’ Members

ASTANA –  Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mukhtar Tileuberdi reiterated Kazakhstan’s firm commitment to its obligations within the Organization of Turkic States (OTS) during a Nov. 10 meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OTS, reported the ministry’s press service.  The OTS Council of Foreign Ministers met on the…

Trade Turnover Between Kazakhstan, UK Reaches $1.45 Billion in Nine Months This Year

ASTANA – The volume of trade turnover between Kazakhstan and the United Kingdom (UK) grew by 61 percent reaching $1.45 billion in the first nine months of 2022, said Chair of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry’s Investment Committee Ardak Zebeshev at a Nov. 9 Kazakhstan Investment Forum in London, reported the Investment Committee of the Kazakh…

Jazeera Airways to Launch Flights Between Turkistan and Kuwait in December

ASTANA – The Kuwaiti low-cost airline Jazeera Airways will launch direct flights from the city of Turkistan to the capital of Kuwait from Dec. 3, reported the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development on Nov. 10. Regular passenger flights will operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Sundays with the…

Kazakhstan to Cooperate with Fortescue Company on Green Hydrogen

ASTANA – Kazakhstan and the Fortescue Future Industries green energy company signed a framework agreement on implementing green hydrogen projects on Nov. 8 during the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) held in Egypt, the Kazakh Prime Minister’s press service reported. “The production of green hydrogen is a priority area for us as part…

New Gas Chemical Complex with Annual Capacity of 500,000 Tons of Polypropylene Launched in Atyrau

ASTANA – The Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries integrated gas chemical complex was launched on Nov. 8 in Atyrau as part of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s working visit to the region, reported the Akorda press service. The Tengiz field raw material processing facility will have a capacity of 500,000 tons of polypropylene per year, which is 1 percent…

Kazakhstan Among Central Asia’s Most Attractive Countries for Investment, According to Ernst & Young Survey

ASTANA – According to a recent survey conducted by Ernst & Young (EY) in collaboration with Euromoney and fDi Market Intelligence, Kazakhstan is one of the region’s most popular countries for investment, said Minister of National Economy Alibek Kuantyrov at a Nov. 8 Kazakhstan Investment Attractiveness Conference, reported the ministry’s press service. The survey reached…

CEC Accredits 271 International Observers Ahead of Presidential Election

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Central Election Commission (CEC) accredited 271 observers from international organizations and foreign states so far, said CEC Secretary Mukhtar Yerman at a Nov. 8 meeting in the capital, reported the CEC press service. According to Yerman, 134 observers were nominated for accreditation since the beginning of November. The CEC confirmed the accreditation…

CEC to Spend $136,000 on Televised Debates of Presidential Candidates

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Central Election Commission (CEC) will spend 63 million tenge (US$136,200) on televised debates to be held among the presidential candidates, reported the CEC press service on Nov. 8.  The Khabar TV channel will broadcast the debates live at 8 p.m. Astana time on Nov. 11. “The funds will be used for studio…

President Addresses Environmental Issues, Tourism Potential, Defends the Indivisible Kazakhstan

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev spoke about the main directions of the Atyrau Region’s development at a meeting with the public in Atyrau on Nov. 8. The address touched upon plans to transform the region into a petrochemical cluster, the principles of an indivisible Kazakhstan, challenges to the environment, among other things. Here are the…

Kazakh Internal Affairs Authorities Finish Pre-Trial Investigation into January Events

ASTANA – The Kazakh internal affairs authorities have finished pre-trial proceedings of 1,125 cases related to the January event’s participants within their competence, said Chief of Investigation Department Sanzhar Adilov at the Central Communications Service briefing on Nov. 7. “Police conducted about 45,000 investigative actions, interviewed more than 16,000 residents and reviewed more than 3,000…

Iran Introduces Visa-Free Regime for Kazakh Citizens

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s citizens will be able to visit Iran every six months without a visa starting from Nov. 11, said Kazakh Foreign Ministry spokesman Aibek Smadiyarov during a Nov. 7 briefing, reported the ministry’s press service.  The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has implemented a visa-free regime for Kazakh citizens, allowing them…

National Security Committee’s Former Bosses Brought to Justice

ASTANA – The criminal cases against former head of the National Security Committee (NSC) Karim Massimov and his deputy Anuar Sadykulov have been presented for consideration to the city’s specialized inter-district criminal court, reported the Prosecutor General’s Office press service on Nov. 7. Massimov and his deputies were arrested on Jan. 6 on suspicion of…

Kazakhstan to Export Products to Asia-Pacific Region Through China’s Qingdao Port

ASTANA – China’s Qingdao international port is ready to export Kazakh products to the countries of the Asia-Pacific region, said Xu Xiang, Director of the Administrative Department of Qingdao Port International Container Development, during а Nov. 4 meeting with the Kazakh Invest National Company in Astana, reported the Kazakh Invest press service. Located on the…

Idea of Justice Should Always Be Top Priority, Says Kazakh President Tokayev in Aktau

ASTANA – The idea of ​​justice should always be a priority of Kazakhstan’s state policy, said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev at a Nov. 7 meeting with the public of the Mangystau Region as part of his working visit to Aktau, reported the Akorda press service. According to Tokayev, the country’s economy should work for the well-being…

Air Astana Resumes Flights to Beijing in November

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s national carrier Air Astana is set to resume regular flights to Beijing from Almaty on Airbus A321 LR once a week on Tuesdays from Nov. 22, reported the airline’s press service. Travelers should quarantine themselves for ten days upon arriving in Beijing. Passengers should also apply for a health code in a…

Six Organizations to Conduct Exit Polls on Election Day in Kazakhstan

ASTANA –  Six organizations submitted notifications to Kazakhstan’s Central Election Commission (CEC) to conduct public opinion polls on the upcoming presidential elections, reported the CEC press service. The Qogamdyq Pikir (public opinion) Research Institute will deal with data entry and processing and the output of one-dimensional, two-dimensional, and three-dimensional tables using the SPSS program. The…

Tokayev Addresses Diplomatic Missions in Astana, Reasserts Commitment to Economic Demonopolization and a Constructive Foreign Policy

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev spoke about the nation’s reforms, the continued democratization process and the socioeconomic development of the country at a Nov. 4 meeting with the heads of diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited in Kazakhstan, reported the presidential press service.  Tokayev noted that the country’s upcoming elections will lay down a “new…

Kazakh National Bank Releases Manshuk Mametova Collectible Coins

ASTANA – The National Bank of Kazakhstan released a new batch of collectible coins dedicated to World War II hero Manshuk Mametova, reported the National Bank’s press service on Nov. 4. The coin were released in honor of Mametova’s 100 birth anniversary. It is a 100-tenge coin made of high-quality melchior alloy. Overall, 15,000 coins…

Kazakhstan and Iran Ink Agreement to Increase Cargo Traffic

ASTANA – Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Trade and Integration Serik Zhumangarin signed a memorandum of cooperation in the field of trade, transport and logistics on Nov. 3, which included increasing cargo traffic with Iran from one to four million tons a year, reported Kazakhstan’s Central Communications Service. Zhumangarin paid an official visit…

Kazakhstan and UAE Seek to Build Up Effective Multilateral Partnership

ASTANA – Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) expressed their readiness to strengthen multilateral partnership during the visit of Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Foreign Affairs Mukhtar Tileuberdi to Abu Dhabi on Nov. 3, reported the Kazakh MFA press service. During his visit, Tileuberdi took part in the fifth round of political…

Qatar Airways to Increase Flights to Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Qatar Airways is set to increase the number of scheduled passenger flights between Almaty and Doha from four to seven flights per week starting Jan. 3, 2023, the Kazakh Civil Aviation Committee press service reported on Nov. 3. The airline also plans to launch flights between Astana and Doha in the spring-summer of…

Prosecutor General’s Office Returns $1.35 Billion of Illegally Obtained Assets

ASTANA – The Asset Recovery Commission has returned more than 630 billion tenge (US$1.35 billion) of illegally obtained assets to the state, including US$400 million from overseas, said Kazakh Prosecutor General Berik Asylov at a Nov. 2 meeting in Astana, reported the Prosecutor General’s Office press service. According to the prosecutor, the commission initiated the …

Istanbul International Conference Celebrates 150th Anniversary of Kazakh Scholar Akhmet Baitursynov With Book and Photo Exhibitions

ASTANA – Akhmet Baitursynov, a Kazakh academic, statesman, linguist, and poet, is a major figure for all Turkic peoples, said Kazakh Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education Talgat Yeshenkulov at a Nov. 1 international conference dedicated at the Istanbul University, reported the Foreign Ministry’s press service. The conference featured book and photo exhibitions dedicated…

Kazakh National Bank, International Payment Systems Agree to Reduce Domestic Interchange Fees

ASTANA – The National Bank of Kazakhstan and Visa, MasterCard and the UnionPay international payment card systems signed an agreement to reduce the margin values of rates of interbank fees for non-cash payments using payment cards (affecting the interchange rates), reported the bank’s press service on Nov. 3. Interchange is included in the acquirer fees…

President Tokayev Signs Law on Amnesty For Participants in January Riots

ASTANA – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed on Nov. 2 the law providing amnesty to many of the participants of the January riots, reported the Akorda press service. “I have decided to conduct a one-time amnesty for participants in the January events. With humanism, we, as a nation, will learn from this tragedy and not…

No Littering in Nature Campaign Ends in Kazakhstan, After Involving Nearly 850,000 People

ASTANA – A nationwide nature clean-up campaign dubbed the No Littering in Nature ended on Oct. 29, involving more than 847,000 people after collecting and sorting more than 30,000 tons of waste, reported the Kazakh Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources. Up to 5,500 tons of glass, 9,200 tons of plastic, 3,100 tons of…

Kazakh Prime Minister Calls on SCO Members to Ensure Food Security and Develop Transport Corridors

ASTANA – Kazakh Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov highlighted the significance of combining efforts to ensure food security and develop transport corridors at the 21 meeting of the Heads of Government Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member states held online on Nov. 1, reported the Prime Minister’s press service. “Kazakhstan is ready to contribute…

Nearly 12 Million People in Kazakhstan Eligible to Vote in Presidential Elections

ASTANA – Nearly 12 million people are eligible to cast their votes in the Nov. 20 presidential elections, announced the Central Election Commission (CEC).  “The total number of voters is 11,950,485. The number of ballots for the extraordinary elections of the President of Kazakhstan, scheduled for Nov. 20, including a reserve of 1 percent of…

French La Tribune Newspaper Publishes Article on Kazakhstan’s Crypto Market Prospects

ASTANA – The La Tribune French weekly financial newspaper, published an opinion article on Oct. 31 where Jean-Louis Guenego, former professor in physics at the University of Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée and developer of decentralized communication and data storage protocols, welcomes Kazakhstan’s efforts to become a new crypto hub in Central Asia. According to Guenego, owing to…

University of Calgary Among Four Foreign Universities Set to Open Branches in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – The University of Calgary, one of Canada’s top research institutions, plans to open a branch at Shakarim State University in Semei, said Minister of Science and Higher Education Sayasat Nurbek at a Nov. 1 government meeting, reported the Prime Minister’s press service. The University of Calgary is among four renowned foreign universities to…

Members of Kazakh, German Parliaments Seek to Strengthen Bilateral Ties

ASTANA – Kazakh and German parliaments should strengthen bilateral interaction, said Member of German Bundestag Andreas Larem at an Oct. 31 meeting with deputies of the Mazhilis, a lower chamber of the Kazakh Parliament, reported the Mazhilis press service.  The sides met as part of German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock’s visit to the Kazakh capital.…

CEC Accredits 63 More International Observers Ahead of Upcoming Presidential Election

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Central Election Commission (CEC) accredited another 63 observers from four international organizations and five countries for the presidential elections on Nov. 20, reported the CEC press service.  This brings the total number of observers to 106, including 43 international observers that the CEC accredited on Oct. 17.  Four international organizations nominated 54…

Film About Kazakh Poet Mukagali Mukatayev Wins Top Prize at META Film Fest in Dubai

ASTANA – The “Mukagali” feature film of Kazakh director Bulat Kalymbetov won the top prize at the META Film Fest, which took place on Oct. 27-29 in Dubai, reported the Kazakhfilm studio’s press service. The film, dedicated to the 90th birth anniversary of the famous Kazakh poet Mukagali Makatayev, depicts the story of his final…

New York Federal Court Holds Mukhtar Ablyazov in Contempt

ASTANA – Following an Oct. 24 hearing, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York made a final judgment against Mukhtar Ablyazov, finding him in contempt of previous court orders and imposing additional compensation fees, reported the BTA Bank press service on Oct. 31. The BTA Bank and the city of…

Air Astana Pilots Receive Hugh Gordon-Burge Award

ASTANA – The crew of Air Astana Embraer 190 represented by Commander Vyacheslav Aushev and first officers Bauyrzhan Karasholakov and Sergey Sokolov received the Hugh Gordon-Burge Memorial Award for Outstanding Courage or Devotion to Duty in the Air at the Guildhall in London, reported company’s press service on Oct. 28. Pilots were recognized for preventing…

Malaysia’s AirAsia to Operate Flights to Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Representatives of Air Asia Aviation Group confirmed the airline’s plans to launch flights from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok to Almaty with a frequency of four flights per week and to Astana with three flights per week during an Oct. 27 meeting with the Kazakh Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development Kairbek Uskenbaev. The…

CEC Members Participate in ODIHR Round Table, Visit Regions of Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Secretary of Kazakhstan’s Central Election Commission (CEC) Mukhtar Yerman took part in a roundtable dedicated to best practices to implement election recommendations in Bishkek on Oct. 27 at the invitation of Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) Director Matteo Mecacci, reported the CEC press service on Oct. 30. Representatives of election…

Workers Discover Rare Archeological Findings Along Trade Routes of Silk Road in Almaty Region (Video)

ASTANA – The World Bank in Kazakhstan released a video titled “Kazakhstan: 40 Kilometers of History” featuring the rare archeological findings discovered during road work. It is reported that approximately 20 burial mounds were discovered during road work for the World Bank-financed East-West Roads and South-West Roads Projects. The contractor has taken all measures to…

Kazakhstan’s Annual Inflation Rate Rises to Nearly 18 Percent, Says Chair of National Bank

ASTANA – Inflation in Kazakhstan reached 17.7 percent in annual terms, said Kazakhstan’s National Bank Chairman Galymzhan Pirmatov at an Oct. 26 press conference. “All data shows an acceleration in consumer price growth. As a result, seasonally adjusted inflation has been rising steadily in recent months. Its annualized rate increased to 17.7 percent after a…

CIS Countries Reaffirm Commitment to Strengthen Ties, Accelerate Economic Growth, Says President Tokayev

ASTANA – The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) shows economic recovery despite the global crisis, said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during an Oct. 28 meeting of the CIS Heads of Government Council, reported the Akorda press service.  According to the President, the shared aspiration among countries in the CIS to increase cooperation and accelerate economic growth,…

Astana Hosts Days Celebrating Kyrgyz Culture During Central Asia – EU High-Level Meeting

ASTANA – President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov and European Council President Charles Michel attended the Ykylym Murasy (Heritage of Centuries) exhibition at the Kuanyshbayev Kazakh State Academic Music and Drama Theater, as the Days of Kyrgyz Culture kicked off on Oct. 27 in Astana, reported the Akorda press service. The…

Astana Hosts First Regional Central Asia-EU High-Level Meeting

ASTANA – The first regional Central Asia-European Union (EU) high-level meeting with the participation of leaders of five Central Asian states and European Council President Charles Michel was held in Astana on Oct. 27, reported Akorda press service. Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, President of Uzbekistan…

Kazakhstan and EU to Build Hub for Green Hydrogen Production and Distribution

ASTANA –  Svevind Energy Group CEO Wolfgang Kropp and First Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Roman Sklyar signed an investment agreement to construct a green hydrogen production and distribution hub in the Mangystau Region on Oct. 27 in Astana, reported the Akorda press service. The project on the hub’s construction was presented to Kazakh President…

Kazakhstan Ranks 65th Among 140 Countries in Rule of Law Index

ASTANA – Kazakhstan ranks 65th out of 140 countries worldwide in the latest Rule of Law Index 2022 published by the U.S. non-governmental World Justice Project (WJP) on Oct. 26. Last year, Kazakhstan was in the 66th spot. Since 2009, the World Justice Project has been measuring the development of the rule of law around…

Applied Economics Research Center Forecasts Kazakhstan’s Economic Growth to Reach 2.9 Percent in 2022

ASTANA – The Applied Economics Research Center (AERC) published the October Kazakhstan Macroeconomic Review on Oct. 26, updating the forecast for the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth to 2.9 percent in 2022, reported the AERC press service. The AERC estimates that in 2022 the price of Brent crude oil will average US$102.09 per barrel,…

Kazakh Mazhilis Approves Draft Amendments to Fix Women’s Retirement Age at 61 Until 2028

ASTANA – The Mazhilis, a lower chamber of the Kazakh Parliament, has approved amendments to the draft law fixing the women’s retirement age at 61 years old until 2028 at an Oct. 26 Mazhilis plenary session.  The bill was sent to the Senate, the upper house of the Kazakh Parliament, for consideration. On Sept.1, President…