Articles by Yulia Mager

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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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…

Zhoshybayev: EXPO 2017 Is an Opportunity to Get a Glimpse of the Future

In less than one year – on June 10, 2017 – the international specialised exhibition EXPO 2017 under the theme of Future Energy will open its doors to visitors. In an interview, Rapil Zhoshybayev, the national EXPO 2017 commissioner spoke about the preparations and what guests should expect. Regarding the way attracting participants has been going,…

Skopje, Astana Poised to Move Relations to New Level

In an exclusive interview with this newspaper, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia Nikola Poposki, who is scheduled to visit Astana on July 1, discussed the current state and the future of bilateral relations. This year we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our countries. How can you assess…

NGOs, Government Discuss Civil Society Involvement in Plan of the Nation

ASTANA – Members of the National Coalition of Democratic Forces met June 19 to discuss the importance of the participation of civil society in implementing the Plan of the Nation. Representatives of leading political parties, members of the government, parliament deputies and heads of NGOs attended the session. Nur Otan Party First Deputy Chairman Baurzhan…

Recent Election an Achievement in Cohesion, Civic Spirit, Chair of Public Commission Believes

Kazakhstan’s presidential election was monitored by observers from foreign countries, international organisations and representatives of foreign media. Kazakh civil society and the National Public Commission for the Control of the Election (ROKKV) of the President of Kazakhstan, closely observed the electoral campaign in all its stages. Nurlan Yerimbetov, chairman of ROKKV discussed how this work…

Central Election Commission Focuses on Voters Rights, Says Commission Member

The presidential campaign began in Kazakhstan on March 26. Tatyana Okhlopkova, a member of the Kazakhstan Central Election Commission, explained the rules that apply to candidates and their campaign staff in an interview with this newspaper. Could you explain the general campaign rules and conditions? Ensuring voter rights during campaign season is always taken very…

Kazakhstan, UNDP Work on Developing Country’s Aid Agency

Kazakhstan has been a member of the United Nations for more than 22 years, and almost just as long the country has been cooperating with numerous UN agencies. In an interview with The Astana Times, Stephen Tull, UN Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Kazakhstan, spoke about the history of…

Astana Growing Sustainably, Sometimes Unevenly, President Says

ASTANA – At a recent meeting on Astana’s ongoing development, President Nursultan Nazarbayev said the capital was growing into an economic force, but still had some work to do in developing evenly and rationally. Speaking on April 25 to a gathering of national government and city officials, he noted the improvement of some of the…

Chinese Archives Shed Light on Kazakh History, Bilateral Ties

ASTANA – At a mid-September briefing at the Central Communications Service (CCS) on the “People in the Flow of History” programme, scientists from Suleimenov Oriental Studies Institute presented the results of an archaeological exhibition to China. Scaled research on national history was launched in Kazakhstan, where more and more international contacts established to study world…