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Kazakhstan Skateboard Federation Constructs Modern Skatepark for SOS Children’s Village to Promote Active Lifestyle

ASTANA – The Kazakhstan Skateboard Federation (KSF) has begun the construction of a cutting-edge skateboard park at SOS Children’s Village to promote physical and emotional well-being, the federation announced on June 2.  The new facility provides a safe place tailored to teenagers from the SOS Children’s Village, Astana’s only children’s home for teenagers. KFS donates…

New York City Plays Dimash Kudaibergen’s Music Video on Times Square

ASTANA – New York City displayed a music video of Kazakh popstar Dimash Kudaibergen on its landmark Times Square’s LED screen on June 3 to promote his new song “Omir” (Life) and his upcoming solo concert in Malaysia on June 24, reported Dimashnews.com. The broadcast of the video, shown every 20 minutes during the day,…

Kazakhstan Has Set New Agenda After National Referendum Last Year, Says State Counselor

ASTANA – Kazakhstan has set a new agenda, embarking on the reforms that have become a unique phenomenon in the region, following the national referendum on constitutional amendments on June 5, 2022, State Counselor Erlan Karin wrote on his Telegram channel on June 5. The referendum became a milestone event, ushering in a new era…

Kazakhstan Commits to Prolonged Oil Output Cuts Until 2024

ASTANA – Kazakhstan will continue cutting oil output by 78,000 barrels per day through the end of 2024, following the latest agreement reached by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on June 4, announced by the Ministry of Energy.  During the 35th OPEC and OPEC+ ministerial meeting in Vienna, participating countries, including Kazakhstan, decided…

Kazakhstan Successfully Tests Upgraded Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

ASTANA – Kazakhstan Engineering National Company has successfully flight-tested the upgraded unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Shagala-M, the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development announced on June 1. The test demonstrated improved tactical and technical characteristics of the drone, including speed, altitude, and flight range. Temirzhan Abdrakhmanov, Chairman of Kazakhstan Engineering, said the UAV is widely…

Tokayev to Attend Erdoğan’s Inauguration Ceremony in Türkiye

ASTANA – President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev will attend the inauguration ceremony of Türkiye’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on June 3, reported the Akorda press service. Tokayev will pay a working visit to Ankara at the invitation of Erdoğan, who was re-elected on May 28. Earlier, the Kazakh President congratulated Erdoğan on an election win…

Kazakhstan and EBRD Join Efforts to Modernize Mining Sector

ASTANA – Tau-Ken Samruk national mining company and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will consolidate efforts to stimulate the domestic mining sector’s technical and innovative development and introduce cutting-edge technologies, the company’s press service reported on June 1. The steps are envisioned in the memorandum of understanding signed on June 1, a…

Kazakh Movie Wins Grand Prix at Eurasian Creative Guild Film Festival

ASTANA – “The Crying Steppe,” a film directed by Marina Kunarova and produced by Yerlan Malikov, won the Grand Prix at the Fifth Eurasian Creative Guild (ECG) Film Festival, reported Kazinform on May 31. The movie about the tragic Kazakh famine as a result of the Soviet collectivization campaign in the 1930s, has been recognized as…

Kazakh Foreign Ministry Announces Call for Applications for Foreign Media Contest

ASTANA – The Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in partnership with Kazakhstan’s Chief Editors’ Club and the Kazakh Tourism national company, announced the start of accepting applications for the eighth Kazakhstan through the Eyes of Foreign Media contest for foreign journalists. The contest is open to foreign journalists and bloggers who have published original articles,…

Art and Fashion Event Celebrates World Environment Day in Almaty

ASTANA – Almaty hosted the Reuse. Recycle. Reduce sustainable fashion and art event on May 31 ahead of the World Environment Day, which is marked on June 5, reported the United Nations (UN) press service. The event was organized by the UN Resident Coordinator Office in Kazakhstan, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the…

Astana Hosts BIZZ Awards Eurasia 2023 to Celebrate Business Excellence

ASTANA – Astana hosted the BIZZ Awards Eurasia 2023 at the Sheraton Astana Hotel on May 25-28, reported the Kazakh Tourism national company. The awards ceremony was organized by the World Confederation of Businesses (WORLDCOB), an American business organization that promotes business development worldwide, recognizing and boosting the growth of leading companies. The event brought…

Unmissable Events for First Week of Summer in Kazakh Capital

ASTANA – The first day of summer on June 1 marks the International Children’s Day to honor children and promote their welfare. Numerous festivities dedicated to this day will be held nationwide, including concerts, sports competitions, intellectual games, and masterclasses in the capital. The Astana Times has picked the top events to attend this week.…

Almaty to Host World Forum of Central Securities Depositories in 2025

ASTANA – Almaty is set to host the World Forum of Central Securities Depositories (WFC) in 2025 for the first time, reported the Kazakhstan Central Securities Depository (KCSD).  This decision was announced at the final day of WFC, which took place on May 24-26 in Prague. Kazakhstan will become the first country in Central Asia…

USAID Expedition to Aral Sea Focuses on Ecosystem Restoration and Donor Coordination

ASTANA – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) organized an expedition to the dried bottom of the Aral Sea and a donor coordination conference on May 21-26 to draw attention to the Aral Sea disaster and foster dialogue and knowledge sharing among organizations working in the region, reported USAID on May 22. As…

Kazakh National Bank Keeps Base Rate at 16.75 Percent

ASTANA – The National Bank of Kazakhstan has decided on May 26 to keep the base rate at 16.75 % for the fourth time since December last year, according to the bank’s press service. The decision is based on the bank’s updated forecasts, data analysis, and the inflation risks balance assessment. Pro-inflationary pressures remain in…

Astana to Host Climate Congress in June 

ASTANA – ECOJER, Kazakhstan’s Association of Regional Environmental Initiatives, is organizing a third international climate congress dedicated to achieving carbon neutrality. The event will be held in the Kazakh capital on June 2, announced ECOJER. The congress will focus on Kazakhstan’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality and reduce the impact of climate change on the…

Kazakhstan and UK Agree to Increase Flight Frequency

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s national carrier Air Astana is set to increase the number of flights between Kazakhstan and the United Kingdom from five to seven per week by year-end, reported the Civil Aviation Committee on May 26. Talgat Lastayev, Chair of the Civil Aviation Committee, held talks in London on May 24-25 with Jeff Bevan,…

Four Kazakh Films Reach Final of Eurasian Creative Guild Film Festival

ASTANA – Four Kazakh movies have reached the final of the Eurasian Creative Guild (ECG) Film Festival, reported the festival’s press service. The “Barn” picture by Ramazan Khaliolla is nominated in the Best Short Film category.  The “Awakening of a Sleeping Beauty” by Akbobek Tolzhanova and “Segiz” (Eight) by Almas Maksut have been nominated for…

Astana International Forum Announces Lead Speakers

ASTANA – The Astana International Forum, a major international conference aiming to tackle global challenges in foreign policy and international security, climate, food scarcity, and energy security, unveiled keynote speakers among distinguished and influential guests, including heads of state and international leaders. The June 8-9 forum, hosted by Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, will cover relevant…

Astana to Host Kazakh-German Symposium on Hydrogen Diplomacy in June

ASTANA – The Kazakh capital will host the first Kazakh-German Symposium on Hydrogen Diplomacy on June 7 to identify regional efforts and opportunities for cooperation, according to the Hydrogen Diplomacy Office. The event aims to boost cooperation in green hydrogen in Kazakhstan and the Central Asian region, considering opportunities and risks, geopolitical aspects, international cooperation,…

Kazakhstan, EU Discuss Steps to Deepen Cooperation in Key Areas

ASTANA – Kazakhstan and the European Union addressed steps to deepen cooperation during the 20th Cooperation Committee meeting in Astana on May 23, reported the Kazakh Foreign Ministry’s press service. Kazakh Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Roman Vassilenko and Deputy Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, European External Action Service, Luc Devigne chaired the…

Kazakhstan Seeks to Boost Local Film Industry by 2030

ASTANA – Kazakhstan plans to increase the share of local films in domestic distribution to 35% and films in the Kazakh language to 30% by 2030, Minister of Culture and Sports Askhat Oralov wrote in his Telegram channel on May 23.  According to Oralov, creating a unified automated system for film monitoring to provide real-time information…

National Fund to Empower Young People with Housing and Education Access, Says Kazakh State Counselor

ASTANA – The deputies of the Mazhilis, the lower chamber of the Parliament, have begun to discuss a draft law on payments for children from the National Fund on May 24.  According to State Counselor Erlan Karin, this fund will allow young people, who have reached the age of majority (18 years), to improve their…

Kazakhstan Aims to Expand Presence on UNESCO World Heritage List by 2025

ASTANA – Kazakhstan plans to increase the number of included objects in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage list from 10 to 16 by 2025, the Kazakh Minister of Culture and Sports Askhat Oralov wrote in his Telegram channel on May 23.  Oralov said they work with the Kyrgyz Republic,…

Kazakh Capital to Host Astana Finance Days Conference on June 7

ASTANA – The Kazakh capital will host the Astana Finance Days (AFD) 2023 on June 7, reported the Astana International Financial Centre’s (AIFC) press service on May 4. The event is supposed to gather at least 3,000 participants and 200 speakers from more than 70 countries. AFD is an annual international financial conference that since…