Articles by Yelden Sarybay

Come play with us: help Astana’s Rotarians build an accessible playground for disabled children

Helping people is what Rotarians around the world have been doing since the Rotary Club, one of the world’s largest nonprofits, started back in 1905. The mission of the club is reiterated at every meeting of every Rotary Club around the world. More than 1.2 million members, including our humble Rotary Club of Astana, do…

Astana Event Celebrates Poetry of Rena Zhumanova

The Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Astana hosted a poetry evening of Rena Zhumanova’s work on May 25 to mark the launch of her new book “Pin Cushion.” The event included speeches by other prominent poets and journalists as well as reviews of the work by the Kokshetau native. “If a person is…

Magzhan Sagimbayev Successfully Completes Bike the Earth Project

More than a year after leaving Almaty, Magzhan Sagimbayev returned to the city’s Republic Square May 16 where he started his 380-day, 22-country solo bicycle tour. Sponsored by the Kazakh Geographic Society and Limpopo sports store, the 27-year-old resident was the architect of the Bike the Earth trip. His route wound through China, Australia, Cambodia,…

Forum Empowers ‘Soft Power’ of Female Entrepreneurs

ASTANA – The International Women’s Forum organised by the Kazakh Association of Business Women (ABW) was held May 21 as part of the Astana Economic Forum. The session, titled “Nurly Zhol – new opportunities,” included a business training workshop and three-hour discussion divided into two parts with panellists and delegates. Speaking at the official opening…

Kazakhstan Eyes New Opportunities in Africa

ASTANA – More than 20 permanent representatives to the United Nations (UN) from Africa arrived recently from New York to discuss cooperation between Kazakhstan and African states at a special session of the Astana Economic Forum. The meeting on May 21, titled “Africa – the Next Driver of the Global Economy,” was moderated by Kazakh…

Nazarbayev Announces Astana International Financial Centre, Addresses Economic Challenges at AEF

ASTANA – President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev made a few bold announcements to the delegates of the Astana Economic Forum (AEF) at the forum’s main plenary session on May 22, including the announcement of a plan to create an Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC). Speaking first among panellists including top-level economists, financiers and politicians, Nazarbayev…

Kazakhstan Moves up Eight Spots in WEF Human Capital Report

ASTANA – A report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) outlining the current status of human capital in countries around the world came out on May 13, updating the first report from 2013. Kazakhstan ranked 37th out of 124 countries. The first Human Capital Report (HCR) released in 2013 placed Kazakhstan at 45th on a list…

Renovated Memorial Park and WWII Soldiers Monument Opened in Petropavlovsk

In observance of the 70th anniversary of the victory in World War II, residents witnessed the May 9 opening of the Alley of Glory to Heroes of the Soviet Union and the Cavaliers of the Order of Glory in Victory Park in the north Kazakhstan city of Petropavlovsk. The commemorative street immortalises the names of…

Almaty Industrial Zone Seeks Expertise from Similar Abu Dhabi Zone

Abu Dhabi hosted a May 3 meeting between representatives of the Almaty socio-entrepreneurial corporation (SEC) and the management of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Khalifa Industrial Zone (KIZAD). Almaty SEC chairman Kairat Kulbayev arrived in KIZAD to study the area and learn about positive experiences gained by the UAE. The Almaty industrial zone is due…

Kazakhstan Overhauls Industrial Development Plan

The first five-year phase of the State Programme for Accelerated Industrial and Innovative Development (SPAIID) has ended. Olzhas Khudaibergenov, a prominent economics analyst and head of the Centre for Macroeconomic Research, outlined the issues and a strategy for going forward in an extended blog entry on the Tengrinews website.  The main focus of the piece…

Museum of First President Exhibits Heirs of Victory

“Heirs of the Victory,” a new exhibition dedicated to the feats of World War II veterans, opened May 4 at the Museum of the First President of Kazakhstan.  The museum organised special celebrations in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War, said deputy director Botagoz Kaipova, Ph. D. Together…

$50 Million Wind Farm to be Built in East Kazakhstan by 2016

ASTANA – A new wind farm with 16 turbines and generating 78MW of power will be built in the Tainty Ulan district of East Kazakhstan this year. All the necessary documentation of the $50 million project is ready, and a private investor has been determined, according to head of the regional Department of Energy and…

Kazakh-Specific Keyboards Expected by End of 2015

A recently patented keyboard with comfortable positioning of Kazakh letters will be produced in Almaty and is expected by the end of the year, according to project curator Medet Turgambayev. The inventors are Dias Zhunisbekov and Yergali Adambayev, students at the International Information Technologies University (IITU). The keyboard is currently made in small batches in…

Pottery Maker Speaks of Passion for Art and Country

The Kulanshi Modern Art Centre conducted master classes in pottery making and jewellery design March 25 during the Nauryz holidays. The free classes attracted more than 140 people. Yerbolat Karabdal, the master behind the potter’s wheel who showcased the basics of his art to young children and working professionals, gave an interview to The Astana…

Almaty Little League Baseball Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Chingiz Bura, president of the Almaty Little League, gave an exclusive interview to The Astana Times. An Almaty native and entrepreneur, Bura is aiming to revitalise the baseball scene in Kazakhstan starting with the youngest athletes. Tell us about the Almaty Little League. Well, the history of the league in Almaty is really exciting. American…

Astana’s Comedians Have New Platform for Stand-Up Performances

ASTANA – Humour and raw fish rolls are on the menu every two weeks when the Astana stand-up show entertains the audience. The latest live performance, on March 28, was heldat the Daikon sushi bar on the right bank of the Ishim River. Approximately 60 people showed up to watch the five to ten-minute monologues,…

OSCE Launches Election Observation Mission

ASTANA – Observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights announced on March 26 the start of their mission to observe Kazakhstan’s April 26 early presidential election. During a March 26 press conference at the Radisson Hotel announcing the launch of the mission, Cornelia Jonker, head…

Russia to Give up 90 percent of Taisoigan Training Ground Lease

Ninety percent of the Taisoigan military training ground in Atyrau region will be withdrawn from Russian lease and returned to Kazakhstan, according to a March 3 report on Astana TV. Kazakh Senator Sarsenbai Yensegenov, who has worked on this issue since 2011, stated that the land coordinates have already been identified and an intergovernmental agreement…

Pension Reform Bill Likely to be Approved by Mazhilis

A bill to reform Kazakhstan’s pension system that takes into consideration the years a pensioner has worked is expected to be approved by year’s end, Deputy Minister of Health and Social Development Svetlana Zhakupova said in a Central Communications Service press conference on March 3. “The bill has already been drafted and is under consideration…

Int’l, Domestic Oil and Gas Experts Discuss Exploration in Kazakhstan at Astana Forum

ASTANA – The first international forum on oil and gas exploration titled, “Kazakhstan Geology Forum: Oil & Gas in Focus,” took place in Astana’s Rixos Hotel on March 12-13 with the support of the Ministry of Investment and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan. “Since independence, the theme of oil and gas geology has been…

Ambassadors Club in Astana Opens New Season

ASTANA – After a long hiatus, a club meant to bring together on a regular basis international chiefs of missions is reviving its activities in the newly opened Marriott Hotel. The first revived Ambassadors Club event is planned for March 25, celebrating the traditional Nauryz Festival. The Ambassadors Club is an initiative by Art Club…

Trumpeter’s Journey Takes him From Wales to Astana Opera

ASTANA – Astana has been home to a globetrotting musician for the past two years, and Astana Opera for one. Originally from northwest Wales, Ross Clarke came to the capital of Kazakhstan on the recommendation of a good friend to work at Haileybury Astana, where he conducted the international choir. Two years later, he is…

Alatau Industrial Zone Key to Almaty Anti-Crisis Plan, Says Akim

The Almaty anti-crisis programme was presented by Akim (Mayor) Ahmetzhan Yessimov Feb. 19 during a meeting with the public. Yessimov noted that the optimisation of Almaty’s budget to 35 billion tenge (US$189 million), while increasing revenues, would not affect the volume of the city’s social obligations. The first point in a list of key priorities…

Kazakh National Academic Library Offers Multitude of Winter Events

ASTANA – The National Academic Library in Astana hosts many events throughout the year and invites members of the public in February to various exhibitions and presentations. An exhibition titled “Nurly Zhol – Be a Legend of the Future!” consists of four sections and includes an exhibition of book collections from the National Academic Library.…

Kazakh National Museum Receives Works of Famous St. Petersburg Artists

ASTANA – “We are together,” the exhibit of Russian artists Alexei Talaschuk and Latif Kazbekov, has been on display at the Kazakh National Museum with the aim of deepening cultural ties between the two countries. Launched Dec. 11, the show ended recently with a round table discussion among Russian and Kazakh artists, museum administrators and…

We Are All Strong When United, Says Director of Tatar, Bashkir Cultural Organisations

ASTANA – Rinat Abdulkhalikov, executive director of the Association of Tatars and Bashkirsof Kazakhstan, spoke with The Astana Times in early February about the Tatar and Bashkir communities in Kazakhstan. Can you tell us how Tatars came to live in Kazakhstan? Tatars have been on the territory of modern Kazakhstan since time immemorial, which gives…

Holocaust Remembrance Day Observed in Astana

ASTANA – An evening event to honour the victims of the Holocaust was hosted in Astana on Jan. 27 at the National University of Arts. The event was attended by representatives of 23 Western and former Soviet embassies and commemorated the 6 million Jews exterminated by the Nazis as well as the other victims of…

Chinese Embassy in Astana Hosts Spring Festival Gala

ASTANA – The Chinese Embassy in Kazakhstan held a theatrical gala concert titled, “The Happy Spring Festival” on Jan. 30 at the Palace of Peace and Harmony. “Our countries, which have existed together here on the Silk Road since ancient times, have been inseparable and friendly neighbours for quite some time. Today, we must continue…

UNDP’s 2014 Human Development Report Says Kazakhstan Improving

Deputy Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme Munkhtuya Altangerel presented findings from Human Development Report 2014 “Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience” at Nazarbayev University on Jan. 30. The event targeted at a student audience provided the technical findings of the report in layman’s terms. According to the 2014 Report human…

Kulanshi Art Gallery Prepares New Programmes for 2015

ASTANA – As of Jan. 24, the Kulanshi Modern Art Centre, located on the 6th floor of Astana’s Palace of Peace and Accord, is welcoming visitors to view art history films, exhibitions by domestic and foreign artists and special studio classes for children and adults.   The centre aims to improve the overall arts scene…

Almaty Prepares to Host International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission, Mayor Stands behind the Value of City’s Bid

Almaty submitted its candidature filesto the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games on Jan 6.   “It is important for Almaty to win the right to host the Olympics. Our responsibility is to develop the city. The Olympics will be the main event which will contribute to the development of…

Multiple Traffic Laws Take Effect across Country

ASTANA – Drivers on Kazakhstan’s roadways began abiding by new regulations Jan. 7, with major differences from the previous laws adopted in 1997. The new laws, approved Nov.13, include changes in the requirements for headlights, children’s seats, mandatory technical inspections and speed limits. Driver’s lights on all moving vehicles must be turned on in the…

Eurasian Symphonic Orchestra to Tour Spain, Germany, South Korea in 2015

ASTANA – Professor and Rector of the Kazakh University of Arts and founder of Eurasian Symphony Orchestra Aiman Mussakhodzhayeva spoke about the orchestra’s plans for the 2015 at a briefing organised by the Central Communications Services last month. This year, continuing its tradition of promoting Kazakhstan’s image through music, the Eurasian Symphony Orchestra plans to…

Astana to Follow Nurly Zhol Economic Policy in 2015

ASTANA – Akim (Mayor) of Astana Adilbek Dzhaksybekov identified the main vectors of the capital’s development at the first staff meeting in early January. The Nurly Zhol new economic policy was identified as the main guide of Astana’s development. “The central point of our activities should be the initiative of the President on joining the…

Kazakhstan’s Model of Interethnic Tolerance to be Promoted, Plans Made for Year of Celebration

ASTANA – Secretary of State of Kazakhstan Gulshara Abdykalikova called for the international promotion of Kazakhstan’s model of interethnic tolerance last month at the expanded meeting of the State Commission for the Organisation and Holding of the Year of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan (APK) in 2015. “We aim to raise awareness in…

Kazakhstan to Start Large Road Projects in 2015

ASTANA – The government of Kazakhstan will allocate 178 billion tenge (US$977.75 million) in 2015 and a further 143.3 billion tenge (US$787.14 million)in 2016 from the country’s National Fund for road improvements, according to a Kazinform report dated Dec. 4. The funds will be used to improve major routes, including Centre-South (Astana-Karaganda-Balkhash-Almaty), Centre-East (Astana-Pavlodar-Aktau), and…

ATOM Project Inspires Participants at Int’l Anti-Nuclear Weapons Conference

VIENNA – While attending the third International Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Vienna from Dec. 8-9, artist Karipbek Kuyukov made a lasting impression on delegates from all over the world. More than 700 officials from 158 countries, as well as activists from nongovernmental organisations and the mass media attended the two-day.…

Kazakhstan to Play Key Role in Changing Global Economy by 2050, Says Int’l Consulting Firm

ASTANA – Global consulting giant McKinsey introduced its upcoming book “No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Forces Breaking All the Trends” at a press conference in Astana’s Marriott hotel on Nov. 25. As the bulk of economic activity shifts from the U.S. and Europe towards Asia, experts from the McKinsey Global Institute predict that Kazakhstan will…

Kazakhstan Reports to UN on Country’s Efforts against Torture

Members of Kazakhstan’s government presented the country’s most recent report on Kazakhstan’s implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane and Degrading Treatment or Punishment on Nov. 18 to the UN Committee Against Torture in Geneva. Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Rashid Zhakupov, who introduced the report to the committee, stated that Kazakhstan’s…

Kazakhstan Ranked Last in Euro 2016 Qualifiers Group

Turkey defeated the Kazakhstan national football team in the last qualifying match of the calendar year for the Euro 2016 championship with a score of 3:1. The match at the “Ali Sami Yen” stadium in Istanbul was the fourth game for the Kazakhstan team, and the footballers have yet to win. After 26 minutes, Burak…

International Forum Examines Almaty’s Role as Central Asian Financial Hub

A high-level forum exploring the investment potential of Almaty as the newly redefined financial hub of Central Asia titled Financing Growth in Kazakhstan was held at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Almaty on Nov. 7. The event, which waspresented by the Financial Times’ “The Banker” publication in partnership with the Kazakh-British Chamber of Commerce and…

1,574 New Affordable Housing Apartments to Be Available in Astana by 2015

ASTANA – Five new affordable residential housing complexes offering 1,574 apartments under the Affordable Housing 2020 Programme will be available by the end of the year, according to a Nov. 12 press release from the Astana Akimat (city administration). The new apartments are among 2,671 apartments the programme will provide. Housing the country’s population remains…

Experts and Officials Discuss EXPO 2017, Future Energy in Astana

ASTANA – More than 200 participants discussed conceptual and logistical details related to EXPO 2017 at the first International Planning Meeting (IPM) and the Future Energy Forum (FEF) held at the Palace of Independence on Oct. 22-24 in Astana. “One of the objectives of the meeting is to assure potential international participants that Kazakhstan has…

Senator Suggests Housing, Social Support for Creative Professionals

Senator Nurlan Orazalin requested during an Oct. 2 plenary session with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan that social programmes and housing support be provided for young professionals working in the media, arts and culture. “We have set up a media centre that meets all of world standards where our journalists work. Most…

Kazakhstan Going Mobile, Announces Official During E-Government Forum

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s hosting of the recent third Global E-Government Forum under the auspices of the United Nations is part of the country’s effort to develop an effective and user-friendly e-government platform. “We are dedicated to simplifying the mechanism of interaction between businesses and the state. E-procurement, electronic document management, e-tax, e-licensing, information systems, as…

Kazakhstan Increases Funding for UN-Managed Civil Service Hub

ASTANA – The Kazakh government has agreed to provide $14 million in funding over the next three and a half years to support the Regional Civil Service Hub that will be managed by the United Nations Development Programme. An agreement to strengthen the Regional Hub in Astana was signed on Sept. 17. The hub was…

New Institute Seeks to Develop Well-Rounded Kazakh Women

ASTANA – Qazaq qyzy (Kazakh girl), the first women’s institute of cultural and moral education, opened its doors on Sept. 18. The institute aims to provide behavioural education, teaching the best of Kazakh and European social and moral traditions so that its graduates can demonstrate Kazakhstan as a developed socio-economic and cultural country. Vice-Speaker of…

Spanish Ambassador Sees Ties Growing, Says Madrid Supports Astana’s UN Security Council Candidacy

The Astana Times recently sat down with Spanish Ambassador to Kazakhstan Manuel Larrotcha Parada who discussed a wide range of issues concerning the relationship between the two countries. You’ve been in Kazakhstan for a couple of years now. Could you tell us your impressions? Well, my impression is very positive. I have to admit that…

Flydubai Launches Services to Almaty, Shymkent

Flydubai’s inaugural flight from Dubai into Almaty landed on Sept. 16 at the Almaty International Airport and the low-cost carrier’s arrival was greeted by a traditional water cannon salute. “The start of Flydubai’s direct flights from Dubai to Almaty and Shymkent provide a convenient link between these economic hubs in the Middle East and Central…

Al Hilal Bank Awaits New Legislation for Islamic Finance

Almaty-based Al Hilal Islamic Bank may expand into neighbouring markets as legislation in the Central Asian countries changes. Islamic finance is gaining popularity in the region, but Al Hilal is currently the only sharia-compliant lender in Kazakhstan. The Abu Dhabi government wholly owns Al Hilal’s parent company and according to its chief executive, Prasad Abraham,…

10th Kazakhstan Open held at Zhailau Golf Resort

The 10th international Kazakhstan Open was held Sept. 18-22 at the Zhailau Golf Resort. The jubilee competition is one stage of the European Challenge Tour. At the opening press conference, Almaty Akim (Mayor) AkhmetzhanYesimov congratulated all those present on the upcoming celebrations for the day of the city. He added, “I am very pleased that…

Astana Basketball Team Trains at Camp in Slovenia

The Astana professional basketball team is currently training at a camp in Slovenia under the supervision of coach Aleksander Trifunovic and the coaching staff in preparation for the 2014-2015 season. The Astana team won a friendly match 77:60 against the Lasko team from Slovenia on Sept. 4. The Astana team also beat Slovenia’s Rogashka team…

Burabay Golf Resort to Put Kazakhstan on World Golfing Map

ASTANA – The Burabay Golf Resort near Astana, due to be completed in late 2015, will be managed by Troon, one of the most prestigious golf management companies internationally. Located 200 kilometres from Astana on the northern shoreline of Lake Schuchiye, the resort will undoubtedly be a scenic getaway from the commotion of the capital. Expected to…

Astana Marriott General Manager Has Big Plans for New Hotel

ASTANA – Philippe Mahuas is at the helm of operations of the newest luxury hotel in Astana. The long-awaited opening of the Marriott is welcome news for residents and guests of the capital. Mahuas sat down with The Astana Times for an exclusive interview to discuss the company’s plans in Kazakhstan. How long have you…

Doctors on Bicycles Offer Healing Message against Nuclear Weapons

ASTANA – A group of medical professionals and students from Germany, Austria, El Salvador, Estonia, India, Kenya, Nepal, the United States and Kazakhstan travelled here by bicycle from Semey. The ride is a planned demonstration of peace organised by International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and lasted from Aug. 10-24. Spanning 800…

Joint CSTO Military Exercises to be Held in Karaganda Region

ASTANA – In the multi-day exercises beginning on August 18th, the armed forces of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan will work on possible contingencies in the Central Asian collective security region. Titled Interaction 2014, the event will be held in the Spassk training field. The aim of Interaction 2014 is to solidify the…

Weightlifting Records Broken at Anatoly Khrapaty Competition

Two members of Kazakhstan’s weightlifting team broke standing records at the recent Anatoly Khrapaty competition on July 20th in the outskirts of Almaty. For one of the record breakers Ilya Ilyin it was the first appearance since winning the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Weighing 107.4 kilogrammes, he competed in the 105-kilogramme+ category. In the snatch,…

Government Boosts Medical Tourism Efforts in North Kazakhstan

The industry of pantotheraphy, the use of an extract from the horns of the maral, will develop in northern Kazakhstan and the Aiyrtau area will see a new tourism project, according to the press service of the Committee for Tourism Industryof the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies. The official opening of a core tourism…

Mezzoforte, Level 42 Bring International Jazz to Astana

ASTANA – Residents and visitors to Astana were treated to music by some of the best international jazz bands during this year’s Astana Day celebrations. Iceland’s Mezzoforte and British band Level 42 played on the city’s Congress Hall stage as part of the annual events celebrating Astana as Kazakhstan’s capital. The bands lent the celebrations…

Astana Hosts Kazakhstan’s First International Kite Festival

ASTANA – Warm sunshine and gentle winds offered the perfect conditions for the July 5 Astana Aspany, Kazakhstan’s first international kite festival. Kite pilots from Germany, Spain, France and Russia gathered for the festival, which was part of the celebrations marking Astana’s 16th anniversary as the capital of Kazakhstan. The festival was held in an…

Spanish Under-17 Team Wins President’s Cup in Astana

ASTANA – Thenational Under-17 Spanish football team won the 7th annual Kazakhstan President’s Cup tournament played at the Astana Arena on June 24-30. National youth teams from Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, in addition to Spain, participated in the tournament. “The development of youth football is one of the main directions for the Kazakhstan…

Three People from Kazakhstan Win at Central Asian Literature Festival in London

LONDON – Three people from Kazakhstan were named winners in the second Open Central Asia Book Forum & Literature Festival (OCAF), held from Nov. 7-11 in London and Cambridge, U.K. Following the first event, held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in 2012, organisers focused on bringing the works of Central Asian authors and illustrators to the U.K.…

Change, Leadership, Global Trends Discussed at Higher Education Forum

ASTANA – Experts discussed global trends and aspects of leadership, accountability and quality assurance in higher education at the Eurasian Higher Education Leaders Forum held in Astana on June 12-13. Prominent speakers from higher education institutions of the United States, the U.K., Germany, Ireland, Australia, Qatar, Belgium and Poland gathered to discuss strategy, competition, cooperation…

Chief Rabbi Praises Freedom of Religion and Security in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – On April 24, the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan (APK) held its anniversary meeting and representatives of more than 100 ethnic groups in the country attended it. The Astana Times interviewed Rabbi Yeshaya E. Cohen, head of the Jewish Center of Kazakhstan and chief rabbi of the Jewish Chabad Lubavitch congregation in…

Kelimbetov Says Economic Is Key Word in Eurasian Economic Integration

ASTANA, April 26 – Experts discussed the prospects and problems of the process of Eurasian integration at the Eurasian Media Forum in Astana today with Vice Prime Minister Kairat Kelimbetov repeatedly stressing the economic nature of this process. The existing Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus is gradually moving towards the goal of creating…

Regional Integration Seen as Economic Priority

BAKU – Kazakhstan’s first deputy prime minister and minister for regional development Bakhytzhan Sagintayev, attended the World Economic Forum Strategic Dialogue on the Future of the South Caucasus and Central Asia on April 7-8 to discuss the future of the region with the president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, as well as 300 senior government and…

Internet Association Chief Predicts Bright Online Future

ALMATY – With growing Internet penetration influencing all social spheres of life in Kazakhstan, the country is working to raise its online services to global standards. The Astana Times met Shavkat Sabirov, president of the Internet Association of Kazakhstan (IAK) and asked him about the current situation and future prospects. What does the IAK do?…

Almaty Readies to Host Int’l Powers for Talks over Iran’s Nuclear Programme

The world’s powers, including Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United States, are set to meet with Iran in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Feb. 26, for a new round of talks on that country’s nuclear programme. The Islamic Republic of Iran, represented by Saeed Jalili, Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, is set to meet the European…

Experts Discuss Prospects for Kaznet Development

ASTANA – On Jan. 22, 2013, an event held in KazMediaCenter brought together Kazakhstan’s Internet experts and activists to discuss the state and future of, Kaznet, and especially the future of its Kazakh-language segment. Organized by the National Democratic Party Nur Otan, information portal Abai.kz, information portal Alash-orda.kz and the journalist support center Minber.kz, the…

Global Shapers Community Opens Hub in Astana

ASTANA – On December 20, 2012, the Senate room of the Nazarbayev University was filled with buzz and excitement as young activists gathered for the opening of the local hub of the Global Shapers Community, an informal network of young people and groups which has now spread to more than 200 cities across the world.…

Investments Revitalise Zhanaozen

The small provincial city of Zhanaozen is attracting a massive amount of investments and attention from the central government, which is paving roads and constructing buildings. Houses and strategic venues built in western Kazakhstan are proving to be effective agents of social development. Significant investments are modernising production, constructing social centres and creating better working…

President Approves New Laws to Fight Terror

ASTANA – President Nursultan Nazarbayev has signed new amendments to laws on combating terrorism, the president’s press office announced January 4. The reforms expand the scope of preventive measures, including co-operation with religious authorities, anti-terrorism education in schools and public information campaigns. They require improved personnel requirements and training standards for security forces to minimize…

Ambassadors Club is New ‘Must’ Venue for Movers and Shakers

ASTANA – Established in 2009, the Ambassadors Club, a small, elite group of people, is planning to take on a new form to accommodate the rising interests of Kazakhstan. The club offers its members a special opportunity to establish communication channels and experience Astana’s spirit of hospitality rooted in the heroic nomadic traditions of the…

Astana’s EXPO 2017 Campaign Peaks as Crucial Vote Draws Near

ASTANA – On November 22, the International Bureau of Expositions (BIE) in Paris will decide whether or not to award EXPO 2017 to Astana. A vote by the BIE’s 156 member states will determine which of the two candidate cities – Liege in Belgium or Astana – will win the honour. The decision is important…