Articles by Dana Omirgazy

News Digest: Foreign Media on Kazakhstan’s New Government, Almaty Apples, Tazy Dogs at Élysée and More

ASTANA – The Astana Times has selected articles on Kazakhstan published in international media. This week’s foreign media digest covers Kazakhstan’s new government, birthplace of the apple – Almaty, two national Tazy dog breed puppies presented to Emmanuel Macron, and more. Kazakhstan’s President names chief of staff as new premier Kazakhstan’s President appointed his chief…

Kazakh Experts Weigh in on President’s 10-Point Plan for Kazakhstan’s Growth 

ASTANA – Kazakh experts have shared their views on President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s directives following the extended government session on Feb. 7, where Tokayev outlined ten priorities for the country’s social and economic development.  Political expert Daniyar Ashimbayev suggested that the President’s address essentially represents a swift response to the initiatives of the prior government, which…

Social Wellbeing and Economic Development: President Tokayev Outlines 10 Key Priorities for New Government

ASTANA – President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev chaired the extended session of government in new composition on Feb. 7 to review the country’s social and economic development for 2023 and set main tasks for the coming period, reported Akorda press service. Opening the session, Tokayev said the country managed to maintain the positive dynamics of…

Kazakh President Reshuffles Key Government Posts

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed numerous decrees Feb. 6 relieving some key ministers from their posts and appointing others after the government’s dismissal the day before, reported the Akorda presidential office. Earlier in the day, Olzhas Bektenov was appointed the new Prime Minister of Kazakhstan.  The new composition of the government was announced the…

Kazakhstan, Australia to Co-Chair IAEA International Conference on Nuclear Security in May

ASTANA – Kazakhstan and Australia will host the International Conference on Nuclear Safety (ICONS-2024) under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on May 20-24 in Vienna, reported the Foreign Ministry’s press service on Feb. 5.   Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the United Nations (UN) Mukhtar Tileuberdi and Permanent Representative of Australia to…

Olzhas Bektenov Becomes New Prime Minister of Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed a decree on Feb. 6 to appoint Olzhas Bektenov as the new Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, reported Akorda press service. He was relieved of his duties as the head of the President’s Executive Office, a position he had held since April last year. During the plenary meeting of…

Kazakhstan Set to Launch 180 Industrial Projects This Year

ASTANA – Kazakhstan plans to launch 180 industrial projects worth 1.2 trillion tenge (US$2.6 billion) this year, reported the Prime Minister’s press service on Feb. 5. Last year, 170 projects worth 928 billion tenge ($2 billion) were implemented in the manufacturing industry, and 179 long-term agreements and off-take contracts were concluded with domestic producers. Owing…

Amanat Party Proposes Olzhas Bektenov as Kazakh PM Candidate

ASTANA – Amanat party, which won the parliamentary election in March 2023, proposed the candidacy of Olzhas Bektenov, who has been serving as the head of the Executive Office (chief of staff) of the President since April last year, as the next Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, reported Akorda press service on Feb. 6. Born in…

Kazakhstan to Increase Oil Supplies Along Middle Corridor to 3 Million Tons

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is committed to increasing the volume of oil supplies along the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR), or the Middle Corridor, to three million tons within two years, reported the Prime Minister’s press service on Feb. 5. Nearly one million tons of oil were transported along the Middle Corridor in 2023. The country…

Kazakhstan’s CodiPlay Startup Participates at Bett 2024 London, Partners With UK Schools

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s EdTech startup CodiPlay presented its innovative solutions at the world’s largest education technology event Bett 2024, which took place on Jan. 24-26 at the ExCeL London international exhibition and convention center, the startup’s press service reported on Jan. 31. In the United Kingdom, CodiPlay acquired important partners in a number of local…

Kazakh PM Outlines Key Areas for EAEU Cooperation at Eurasian Intergovernmental Council

ASTANA – Kazakh Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov took part in the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council’s meeting chaired by Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan in Almaty on Feb. 2, reported the Prime Minister’s press service. The event was also attended by Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko, Chairman of the Russian government Mikhail Mishustin, First Deputy…

News Digest: Foreign Media on Middle Corridor, Central Asia’s Rare Earth Deposits and More

ASTANA – The Astana Times has selected articles on Kazakhstan published in international media. This week’s foreign media digest covers the European Union’s investments in the Middle Corridor, Central Asia’s rare earth elements, Kazakh movies, and more. EU identifies TITR-framed investments The European Union (EU) has identified 33 areas for investing in the physical infrastructure…

Beijing Hosts Meeting of SCO Council of National Coordinators

ASTANA – The Council of National Coordinators of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states held the meeting on Feb. 1 under the chairmanship of Kazakhstan in Beijing, reported Foreign Ministry’s press service. The meeting participants focused on developing joint decisions to strengthen interaction in politics and security, trade and economics, and the cultural and…

AIFC Presents Cooperation Opportunities for UK Investors 

ASTANA – The Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) hosted the event dubbed AIFC Connect: London 2024 on Feb. 2 to exchange views on investment opportunities in Kazakhstan and Central Asia, reported the AIFC press service. The meeting brought together around 120 representatives from more than 70 organizations, including investment banks, international financial companies, law firms,…

Kazakhstan Temir Zholy Registers Record Net Profit of $344 Million in 2023 

ASTANA – Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) national railway company’s net profit hit a record 154 billion tenge (US$344.2 million) in 2023, four times more compared to the last year, said KTZ Chair Nurlan Sauranbayev during a Feb. 1 meeting with President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, reported Akorda. According to Sauranbayev, the company’s production figures have shown growth…

President Tokayev Appoints New Ombudsperson for Socially Vulnerable Groups Amid Just Kazakhstan Reforms 

ASTANA – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev appointed Kenzhegul Seitzhan as the new Ombudsperson for the Rights of Socially Vulnerable Categories of the Population on Feb. 2, reported the Akorda press service. Seitzhan replaced Svetlana Zhakupova, the ombudsperson since June last year. Born in 1982, Seitzhan graduated from the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University with a degree…

Fifth World Nomad Games to Involve 1,000 Volunteers 

ASTANA — Kazakh and foreign candidates willing to volunteer at the upcoming fifth World Nomad Games are welcome to apply until June, said Head of Astana Department for Youth Policy Samat Ibrayev, reported Kazinform on Jan. 31. According to Ibrayev, it is planned to involve 1,000 volunteers, including translators, logisticians and those who will help…

Kazakhstan, Romania Agree to Boost Cooperation, Promote Middle Corridor Route 

ASTANA – Kazakh Minister of Transport Marat Karabayev and Romanian Transport and Infrastructure Minister Sorin Grindeanu discussed prospects for expanding cooperation during a Jan. 31 meeting in Bucharest as part of Karabayev’s official visit to Romania, reported News.ro.  Karabayev and Grindeanu addressed collaboration in cargo transportation within Romania-Black Sea-Caucasus-Caspian Sea-Kazakhstan, through which the Trans-Caspian International…

Kazakhstan’s Peacekeeping: New Role and Logistics Unveiled for UN Mission on Golan Heights

ASTANA – The Kazakh Defense Ministry explained the differences between the first independent peacekeeping contingent within the mission on the Golan Heights and the previous Kazakh peacekeepers after the Kazakh Parliament approved the deployment of up to 430 servicemen to participate in United Nations (UN) missions on Jan. 19, reported Kazinform on Jan. 30. Unlike…

Kazakhstan’s Kairat Kemalov Wins Best Actor Award at Yarha Film Festival in Cameroon

ASTANA – Kazakh actor Kairat Kemalov won the Best Actor award for his role in “A Lonely Yurt” movie, based on the novel by Smagul Yelyubai, at the Yarha International Film Festival held on Jan. 14 – 21 in Cameroon, reported Kazpravda on Jan. 30. The movie, directed by Begars Yelyubai, tells a real story…

Halyk Finance Reports on 2023 Record Economic Growth in 10 Years

ASTANA – The analytical center of the Halyk Finance investment bank released a macroeconomic report for the fourth quarter of 2023 on Jan. 30, reporting on the 2023 record economic growth over the past decade. “For the first time in the last 10 years, the economic growth rate exceeded the 5% mark, reaching 5.1%,” reads…

Kazakh Pianist to Premiere Robert the Bruce Opera in Scottish Churches

ASTANA – Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s PhD composer and pianist Rakhat-Bi Abdyssagin, from Kazakhstan, will premiere his one-hour opera, “The Bruce,” written for the 750th anniversary of the birth of Robert the Bruce, King of Scots, in four landmark Scottish churches this year, reported the conservatoire’s press service on Jan. 23. Abdyssagin will stage a…

Starlink Initiative: 270 Schools in Akmola Region to Receive High-Speed Internet Access

ASTANA – High-speed internet access will be provided to nearly 270 Akmola Region schools, reported by Kazinform on Jan. 30, citing Bayurzhan Rapikov, head of the regional digitalization and archives department.   According to Rapikov, Starlink, a high-speed satellite internet, will provide a stable and fast connection for remote and rural areas, allowing students and…

World-Famous Eagle Huntress Moves to Kazakhstan

ASTANA – The world-famous Kazakh eagle huntress born in Mongolia Aisholpan Nurgaipkyzy moved with her family to Kazakhstan, reported Kazinform on Jan. 28. According to Nurgaipkyzy, she has not abandoned the ancient tradition and practices once a week. Due to her academic workload, she does not take part in competitions but attends them as a…

Kazakh School Students Create AI App for Kazakh-Speaking Users

ASTANA – A sixteen-year-old school student from the Kyzylorda Region, Assylzhan Abdullayev, has developed the QazaqGPT artificial intelligence application in the Kazakh language, reported Khabar TV channel on Jan. 26. Artificial intelligence can draw, write, answer questions, and generate information, photos and voice messages for the Kazakh-speaking audience. Abdullayev, who studies at school No. 210…