Articles by Zhanna Shayakhmetova 

One-day Tours Out of Nur-Sultan Allow Tourists to Relive Day in Live of a Nomad

Summer is the best time to enjoy hiking and to discover new spots outside the city. This year, domestic tourism will experience a boom since pandemic measures have shut down international tourism. Head of Aktivnye Toury (Active Tours) KZ company Galiya Mensiitova believes that it is important to focus on the history of the area…

Turkestan Region initiated 49 investment projects in 2019

NUR-SULTAN – Turkestan, Kazakhstan’s youngest region, launched 49 projects worth $195 million last year, including seven foreign investment projects worth $96 million, reported the Turkistan Invest press service. The ventures created approximately 2,000 jobs. The major investors include Nepal’s CG Foods Central Asia, which opened a $15-million noodle plant in the Kazygurt District, and China’s…

City administration accepts applications for targeted social assistance in new format 

NUR-SULTAN – The Nur-Sultan city administration is accepting applications for targeted social assistance at the city’s family support institute, its employment centre and four district administration offices. People can get more information at the Yessil District akimat, reports Elorda.info. Starting in January, targeted social assistance in the new format will be assigned quarterly. The assistance…

Shymkent to launch third industrial zone next year

NUR-SULTAN – Zhuldyz, Shymkent’s third, 306-hectare industrial zone, will be launched next year, reported Akim (Mayor) Yerlan Aitakhanov at a Dec. 25 press conference in the city. A 136-hectare agro-industrial zone will also be opened.  Investors intend to implement 20 nutrition, construction, metallurgy, medicine and engineering projects in the industrial zone worth more than 20…

Ring road opens around Nur-Sultan, car engine heating project launches 

NUR-SULTAN – The 87-kilometre ring road opened around the capital Nov. 29  will increase transport system efficiency, reduce travel time by raising the speed limit and improve the city’s environment. Prime Minister Askar Mamin, who attended the opening ceremony, noted safe and high-quality road projects are being implemented in the centre-south, centre-east and centre-west directions.…

Almaty region leads Kazakhstan in investment projects

NUR-SULTAN – The Almaty region is implementing the most investment projects in the country, with 34 projects worth $3.8 billion planned for the next few years, the Kazakh Invest company reports. Ten projects are expected to launch at the end of this year. Overall, 168 projects are registered in the Kazakh Invest monitoring system nationwide. …

First eight months of Tokayev’s presidency put spotlight on gradual civil society, business support and public engagement reforms

NUR-SULTAN – The first eight months of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s term have been marked by developing and implementing new approaches and solutions towards strengthening a socially oriented and business friendly state. He announced plans at the June 12 inauguration ceremony to continue the strategies developed by Kazakhstan’s First President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, including the Modernisation…

UNICEF analysis of Kazakhstan’s children finds progress in child mortality, education, gaps in inclusion, nutrition

NUR-SULTAN – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) presented its analysis of the situation of Kazakhstan’s children Nov. 19 in Nur-Sultan. The analysis observes the country’s achievements, including progress in reducing child and maternal mortality; increasing enrolment in education, including preschool; and creating conditions for inclusive education. It also reveals gaps and issues that require…

Hvorostovsky Krasnoyarsk Theatre to perform for first time in Kazakhstan 

NUR-SULTAN – The Hvorostovsky Krasnoyarsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre will present Alexander Borodin’s opera “Prince Igor” Nov. 29 and Alexander Glazunov’s ballet “Raymonda” Dec. 1 at the Astana Opera House, reported the theatre press service.  “Borodin’s monumental classical opera ‘Prince Igor’ is a major production for the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre. The theatre…

Almaty hosts fourth European Film Festival 

NUR-SULTAN – The European Union Delegation to Kazakhstan presented the fourth European Film Festival Nov. 5-7 in Almaty. The programme included 16 films produced by European Union (EU) member states. Special guests included directors Caroline Thirion (Belgium) and Renars Vimba (Latvia), who taught master classes on pitching ideas and producing films and documentaries, and Anne…