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Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan Bolster Partnership in Development Assistance

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Agency for International Development (KazAID) and Azerbaijan’s International Development Agency (AIDA) signed a memorandum of understanding and cooperation to implement joint projects and stimulate the exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of official development assistance (ODA), reported the Kazakh Foreign Ministry on June 26.   The sides emphasized the potential for…

Kazakh Foreign Ministry Hosts Briefing on Key Takeaways from G7 Summit

ASTANA – The outcomes of the 49th Group of Seven (G7) Summit on May 19-21 in Hiroshima were discussed at a briefing of the heads of diplomatic missions of the G7 countries, reported the ministry’s press service on June 26. Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Roman Vassilenko chaired the meeting. Diplomats from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan,…

President Tokayev Discusses Trade and Economic Cooperation with Kyrgyz Republic

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev met with the Chairman of the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) of the Kyrgyz Republic Nurlanbek Shakiev to discuss prospects for strengthening bilateral trade and economic cooperation, reported Akorda press service on June 26. Tokayev underscored the importance of developing relations between the two countries and deepening interparliamentary ties. The Kyrgyz Republic…

Kazakhstan’s Muslims to Mark Qurban Ait on Wednesday

ASTANA – Muslims worldwide will mark the Qurban Ait (Eid al-Adha) Islamic holiday June 28-30 this year. On holiday, mostly associated with sacrificing an animal, Muslims gather in mosques in the early morning and begin a common prayer, Ait Namaz. Then they make their sacrifices, congratulate each other, and treat relatives and friends. The Kazakh…

Kazakhstan’s Oil Output to Go Up 7% to 90.5 Million Tons in 2023

ASTANA – Kazakhstan plans to produce 90.5 million tons of oil this year, 7% more than in 2022, Jibek Joly TV Channel reported on June 23, citing the country’s Ministry of Energy. The West Kazakhstan and Atyrau regions are expected to increase oil and gas production by 9%, whereas the growth in the Mangystau Region…

Trade Turnover Between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan Reaches $1.9 Billion

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s trade with Uzbekistan totaled $1.9 billion in five months of this year, according to the press statement of Uzbekistan’s State Committee on Statistics on June 20. Kazakhstan enters Uzbekistan’s top three main foreign trade partners, accounting for 7.5% of its total volume and going after  China with 17.6% ($4.5 billion) and Russia…

Kazakhstan’s Constitutional Court Receives 3,000 Appeals in Five Months

ASTANA – The Constitutional Court of Kazakhstan has received more than 3,000 appeals over five months since its establishment, but only 26% of them were under its jurisdiction, Chairwoman of the Constitutional Court Elvira Azimova said at a June 20 joint meeting of the chambers of Parliament, reported the court’s press service. According to Azimova,…

Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan Set to Boost Trade Relations to $1 Billion 

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is continuing to implement joint measures with Azerbaijan’s government to expand trade and economic relations, aiming to reach a trade turnover of $1 billion, Kazakh Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov said during a June 22 meeting with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, reported the Prime Minister’s press service. Smailov conveyed warm greetings from President…

Uzbekistan Hosts Kazakh Culture Days

ASTANA – Kazakh culture and spiritual roots are being showcased to the Uzbek public at Kazakh Culture Days in Uzbekistan on June 20-23, reported the Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sports. Cultural events began with a gala concert on June 20, featuring Kazakh singers, young winners of national and international competitions, as well as the…

Kazakhstan, Germany Seal Oil Supply Deal for 2023

ASTANA – KazMunayGas (KMG), Kazakhstan’s national oil and gas company, and Rosneft Deutschland have signed an agreement for the supply of crude oil to PCK Raffinerie refinery in Schwedt, Germany, on June 20, KMG’s press service reported. The Karachaganak field will supply 100,000 tons per month until the end of 2023, with a total volume…

Kazakhstan’s Regions in Spotlight: East Kazakhstan Region’s Economic and Tourism Potential

Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series on the economic and investment potential of Kazakhstan’s regions. The Astana Times has previously published economic profiles on the Abai Region, Akmola Region, Aktobe Region, and Karagandy Region.  ASTANA – The East Kazakhstan Region is located in the northeastern part of the country with the city of…

Kazakh Football Team Beats Northern Ireland in Historic Win

ASTANA – The Kazakh national football team defeated Northern Ireland 1:0 in the qualifiers for Euro 2024, which took place in Belfast on June 19, bringing a historic victory to the nation, reported Sports.kz. The Northern Ireland team initially took the initiative, creating numerous chances to score.  Kazakh striker Maxim Samorodov missed the only chance…

Kazakh Pilgrims Travel to Saudi Arabia for Hajj

ASTANA – Kazakh pilgrims have started arriving in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj, reported the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs on June 17.  Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia and one of the five pillars of Islam, along with the Shahadah (oath to God),…

Creation of New National Quality is Key Part of Ideological Work, Says State Counselor

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev outlined prospects for the spiritual and moral development of Kazakhstan’s society in his address at the National Kurultai (National Congress) meeting, proposing steps to implement the country’s new ideological strategy, wrote Kazakh State Counselor Erlan Karin in his Telegram channel on June 17. According to Karin, the most significant factor in ideological…

President of Germany to Strengthen Ties with Kazakhstan During State Visit

ASTANA – Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will be on a state visit to Kazakhstan on June 19-21, at the invitation of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, reported the Akorda press service on June 18. During the visit, the heads of state will focus on prospects for strengthening Kazakh-German strategic partnership, with an emphasis on expanding trade, economic,…

Kazakhstan Among Leaders in Hosting Global Events in Central Asia and Caucasus

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is one of the leading countries in hosting international events in Central Asia and the Caucasus, according to the Country and City Rankings 2022 report by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), reported the association’s press service. Kazakhstan ranks third among five regional countries after Georgia and Azerbaijan. According to the…

Twenty Mobilography Fest Winners in Kazakhstan to Undergo Internship in New York

ASTANA – Twenty winners of the Mob Fest mobilography festival organized in Kazakhstan for the first time will intern at the New York Film Academy, Kazinform reported on June 15. One hundred participants selected after the festival’s first stage compete for the internship in the United States. Only 20 best video authors will take a…

Kazakhstan’s Aisultan Seitov Wins Best Director Award at Shanghai International Film Festival

ASTANA – Kazakh filmmaker Aisultan Seitov won Best Director Award for his “QASH” (Run) debut movie at the 25th Shanghai International Film Festival in Shanghai, according to Qara production’s press statement on June 16. The shortlisted entries “QASH” picture was presented in the Best Film, Best Director and Best Scriptwriter nominations in the Asian New Talent…

No Referendum on Nuclear Power Plant Construction in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – The construction of a nuclear power plant (NPP) in Kazakhstan will not be put to a referendum, Vice Minister of Energy Zhandos Nurmaganbetov said on the sidelines of a June 15 meeting of the Senate, an upper house of the Parliament, reported Kazinform. Earlier, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev noted that the construction of the…

Gennadiy Golovkin Renounces All Championship Belts

ASTANA – Kazakh legendary boxer Gennadiy Golovkin officially relinquished the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) middleweight title, the last belt he had since vacating the World Boxing Association (WBA) and the International Boxing Federation (IBO) belts, Sports.kz reported on June 14. Golovkin, 41, started resigning from his world champion positions in February before fights where he…

News Digest: Foreign Media on Kazakh-EU Ties, IMF Regional Center in Almaty,  Middle Corridor and More

ASTANA – The Astana Times has picked a selection of articles on Kazakhstan published in international media across the world. This week’s foreign media digest includes articles on Kazakhstan’s green transition, the opening of the IMF Regional Capacity Development Center in Almaty, the Astana International Forum, energy security, the country’s cooperation with the European Union…

Air Astana Launches Almaty-Tel Aviv Flights in September 

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s national carrier Air Astana plans to launch Almaty – Tel Aviv flights starting from Sept. 7, reported the Civil Aviation Committee’s press service on June 15. Flights will be operated twice a week on Airbus A321 aircraft. According to the committee, the new route will facilitate the development of trade, economic, investment,…

Trade Turnover Between Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan Reaches $1.1 Billion in January-March

ASTANA – The trade turnover between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan has reached $1.1 billion in the first three months of this year, a 5.2% increase from the same period of 2022, Finprom.kz reported on June 14. Exports from Kazakhstan accounted for most of the turnover (76.7%), rising 0.9% to $821.3 million since the beginning of the…

Kazakh Officials Sign Major Investment and Partnership Projects at Astana International Forum

ASTANA – Significant agreements and deals were signed during the Astana International Forum on June 8-9 to boost Kazakhstan’s investment and economic growth. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev met with Claudio Descalzi, CEO of Italian energy company Eni, to discuss the company’s activities and decarbonization initiatives in the country, reported the Akorda.  Following the meeting, Eni and…

Kazakh Animated Film Wins at Indian Festival

ASTANA – Kazakh short animated movie “Besik Zhyry” (Lullaby) was recognized as the best animated film at the Roshani International Film Festival 2023 in India, the Culture and Sports Ministry press service reported on June 13. Released in 2021 with the support of the State Center for the Support of National Cinema under the ministry,…