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…