Articles by Zhanna Shayakhmetova

Kazakh President calls for a new economic course

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has called for a new economic course and instructed the government, his administration and the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs at a Jan. 24 expanded government meeting to develop an economic reform programme by May 15. The government and Kazakh Parliament have adopted programmes to achieve the macroeconomic goals…

Schengen visa fees to increase to $88 for Kazakhs starting February

NUR-SULTAN – Schengen visa fees will increase for Kazakh citizens from $66 to $88 for adults and from $38 to $44 for children from ages six to 12 as of February 2020, according to Schengenvisainfo.com. All representative missions of the Schengen countries located abroad are obliged to apply the new rules as part of the…

Tchibo Kazakhstan launches first coffee shops with convenience stores, promotes green business ideas

NUR-SULTAN – Tchibo Kazakhstan has opened its unique three-in-one model of coffee and coffee machines/home goods/coffee shops in the capital and Almaty. The company promotes family business values and is moving towards sustainable retailing. Co-founder Kamilya Serikova, who lived in Europe for 12 years, started the business with her mother Saniya Irsaliyeva and sisters Leila…

Ninety-seven percent of Kazakh population included in compulsory health insurance database

NUR-SULTAN – Ninety-seven percent of the Kazakh population is included in the compulsory health insurance database, reported PrimeMinister.kz. Since Jan. 1, hospitals nationwide have provided medical care according to the guaranteed volume of free medical care (GOBMP) and compulsory social health insurance (OSMS). “The work will continue with the remaining 3 percent, or about 550,000…

Tokayev encourages youth to take innovative approach to government

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said Jan. 15 at a meeting with representatives of the Presidential Youth Personnel Reserve that the country needs civil servants who are not afraid to take responsibility and make innovative and effective decisions. The initiative to create the presidential personnel reserve was one of the key issues of Tokayev’s…

MOST Business Incubator supports Central Asian, youth startups

NUR-SULTAN – Jastar Business, a youth entrepreneurship development programme, and the Central Asia ImpactTech Accelerator Programme were named among the best projects initiated by the MOST Business Incubator in 2019, the company recently announced. The MOST Business Incubator, Citi Foundation and the YBI international organisation implemented the Jastar Business project to draw more startup companies…

Astana Opera conductor Alan Buribayev presents Letters from Italy

NUR-SULTAN – Astana Opera principal conductor Alan Buribayev will present Letters from Italy opera and symphony concert Jan. 6 in the capital. The concert is based on the stories of famous composers through their correspondence while staying in the European country, reported the theatre’s press service. The programme will feature opera and symphonic works created…

Kazakhstan ranks 50th out of 189 countries in Human Development Index 2018

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan was ranked 50th out of 189 countries and UN-recognised territories in the Human Development Index (HDI) according to the newly launched United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s flagship Human Development Report (HDR) 2019. The nation has made great strides in terms of basic capabilities, said UNDP Resident Representative in Kazakhstan Yakup Beris. Its…

Indy Guide promotes Central Asia as travel destination, website supports local hosts

NUR-SULTAN – An adventure honeymoon in his native country turned into a business idea for ethnic Kazakh Atahan Tosun and his wife, Alexandra. In 2015, the Swiss couple founded Indy Guide, a website that offers guidance for travellers and business opportunities for Central Asian tourism companies. Atahan started his fascinating narrative about the love of…

Kazakh students seek degrees in best UK universities

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh students in the United Kingdom are pursuing their degrees in some of Britain’s highest ranked universities, reported Studying-in-UK.org. Approximately 458,490 international students study in the U.K., according to 2017-2018 academic year statistics. Students from Asia make up almost half of the number, with 204,400 individuals enrolled in British universities. The number of…