Articles by Zhanna Shayakhmetova  

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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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

UN Women adopts action plan to localise Central Asian gender equality commitments

NUR-SULTAN – Central Asian countries adopted a joint action plan to accelerate progress on gender equality targets across all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a Nov. 13 expert meeting in Almaty. The plan is expected to give new impetus to interregional synergies to tackle gender inequalities in the region. “I was excited to participate in…

Kazakhstan can be transit hub between Southeast Asia and Europe  

ASTANA – An agreement on a free trade zone between Vietnam and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) will increase the flow of goods between these countries, said Kazakh Ambassador to Vietnam Beketzhan Zhumakhanov at a March 6 meeting with Vietnamese companies. “Today, we have the first meeting in Vietnam and representatives of Kazakhstan, Vietnam and…

Photosafari Photographers Document Wild Kazakhstan, Hope to Help Visitors do the Same

ASTANA – Undiscovered Kazakhstan, an exhibition created by Photosafari Group photographers, was presented in South Korea in December with the support of the Foundation of the First President of Kazakhstan. The display of 40 imagestaken all over Kazakhstan in 2014 and 2015 highlights the country’s most beautiful, diverse places. Exhibitions have also been held in…

Astana Debate Community Face Off Against World’s Best, Hope for More Support

ASTANA – The Astana Debate Community has earned respect in Central Asia for its achievements in argument, with speakers defending the honour of Kazakhstan in many global competitions over the past few years. Representatives of the Astana Debate Community spoke with The Astana Times about their experience and the need to raise the level of…