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Kazakhstan and Singapore to Expand Cooperation in Investment Projects

ASTANA – Prospects for bilateral cooperation on investment, trade, and economic issues between Kazakhstan and Singapore were at the focus of Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister – Finance Minister Yerulan Zhamaubayev’s working visit to Singapore on April 14, reported the Prime Minister’s press service.  In 2022, bilateral trade between Kazakhstan and Singapore reached $1.9 billion, a…

Kazakh Wrestlers Claim Seven Gold Medals at Asian Wrestling Championship

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s national team won seven gold, four silver, and nine bronze medals at the Asian Wrestling Championship hosted in Astana on April 9-14, announced Minister of Culture and Sports Askhat Oralov on his Facebook page on April 15. Some 331 athletes from 22 countries participated in the competition. Kazakhstan secured first place in…

Kazakhstan, China to Introduce Visa-Free Regime

ASTANA – Kazakhstan and China plan to introduce a visa-free regime for their citizens, according to the draft resolution of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry published on the open normative legal acts website on April 12. The document will be available for public discussion until April 19. According to the document, people can stay up to…

Two More Kazakh Wrestlers Claim Gold at Asian Wrestling Championship

ASTANA – Two more Kazakh wrestlers, Bolat Sakayev and Sanzhar Doszhanov, won gold medals at the Asian Wrestling Championship on April 13, reported the National Olympic Committee. Sakayev, 31, won over Uzbekistan’s Bekzod Abdurakhmonov in the 79-kilogram weight category, as Doszhanov defeated Uzbek wrestler Zafarbek Otakhonov in the 70-kilogram weight category to claim the gold.…

Ding Liren Wins Fourth Game, Levels Match Score in World Chess Championship

ASTANA – Ding Liren scored his first victory in the World Chess Championship against Ian Nepomniachtchi on April 13, leveling out the score at 2:2, reported the International Chess Federation’s (FIDE) press service. Nepomniachtchi lost with black in 47 moves after three hours and 50 minutes of play. The score is now 2:2, with two…

Kazakhstan-China Freight Turnover Reaches All-Time High in 2022

ASTANA – Freight turnover between Kazakhstan and China reached an all-time high of 23 million tons last year, Yerlan Koishibayev, deputy chairman of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) railway company, said at a business conference on transport and logistics in Almaty, Kazinform reported on April 13. Koishibayev noted that freight traffic continues to grow this year,…

Astana to Host Billie Jean King Cup Qualifiers Tomorrow

ASTANA – The Kazakh capital will host the Kazakhstan-Poland match of the 2023 Billie Jean King Cup Qualifiers on April 14 – 15, reported the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation. The captain of the Kazakhstan national team Yaroslava Shvedova shared her expectations from the women’s tennis tournament at a press conference on April 13. “Last year was…

Kazakh Energy Ministry Sets Price Cap on Petroleum

ASTANA – A retail price cap for petroleum products regulated by the government entered into force on April 12 following a decree by the Kazakh Energy Ministry, reported the ministry’s press service. Fuel prices in Kazakhstan have remained the same since the autumn of 2021. That year, the average price for AI-92 petrol was 170…

Ian Nepomniachtchi Still Leads After Third Game in Chess World Championship Ends in Draw

ASTANA – The third game of the 2023 World Chess Championship on April 12 between Ian Nepomniachtchi and Ding Liren ended in a draw, with Nepomniachtchi leading the match by one point, the Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sports reported. Ding failed to equalize the score, which stands at 2:1 in favor of the Russian…

Fly Arystan to Launch Direct Flights between Shymkent and Delhi in May

ASTANA – A new air route connecting the city of Shymkent and India’s Delhi will be launched on May 22, the Civil Aviation Committee’s press service reported on April 12. Fly Arystan, the Kazakh low-cost airline, will operate flights twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays on an Airbus 320 aircraft. The committee is working…

Kazakh Female Wrestler Wins Gold at Asian Wrestling Championship

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Zhamilya Bakbergenova defeated Japan’s Sumire Niikura to claim the gold medal in the women’s wrestling finals, the third for the national team at the Asian Wrestling Championship, the National Olympic Committee reported on April 12. Bakbergenova, 27, won over Niikura, 20, in the 72-kilogram weight category.  Another female wrestler Nilufar Raimova won…

Number of Young Female Entrepreneurs Increases in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – The number of businesses owned by female entrepreneurs under the age of 29 has reached 10,300 at the beginning of this year, an increase of 1.3 percent in comparison to the previous year, according to finprom.kz analytical website.   At the same time, this comprises only a quarter of all businesses owned by people…

Transparency International Ranks Kazakhstan 101st Among 180 Nations in Latest Index

ASTANA – Berlin-based Transparency International, a global coalition against corruption, has ranked Kazakhstan 101st out of 180 nations in the 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), published on April 10. The CPI ranks countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, scoring on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). Kazakhstan received…

Kazakhstan’s Air Passenger Traffic Sees 17 Percent Growth in 2022

ASTANA – Kazakh airlines carried 11 million passengers in 2022, a 17 percent increase compared to the previous year, reported the Civil Aviation Committee on April 12. “Air passenger traffic has recovered and exceeds all forecasts, demonstrating stable growth,” the report noted. Domestic air carriers operate international flights on 104 routes with a frequency of…

Gumilyov Eurasian National University Displays Ancient Maps of Kazakh State

ASTANA – The Gumilyov Eurasian National University (ENU) opened a gallery displaying a unique collection of 100 European and American maps showing the Kazakh khanate in the 16th-19th centuries, reported the university’s press service on April 11. The event was organized to mark the Day of Science Workers. The earliest of these maps dating back…

KazMunayGas Holds Talks with Zhanaozen Oil Workers to Resolve Dispute

ASTANA – KazMunayGas (KMG), Kazakhstan’s national oil and gas company, and BerAli Mangistau Company, an oil industry services provider, agreed to create a special working commission to address the demands of the latter company’s recently dismissed employees, who arrived in Astana from Zhanaozen this week, reported the company’s press service on April 12. The commission…

Kazakh Female Wrestler Wins Gold at Asian Wrestling Championship

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Elmira Syzdykova, 31, won over Kyrgyz wrestler Aiperi Medet kyzy in the 76-kilogram weight category in women’s wrestling, bringing second gold medal to the national team at the Asian Wrestling Championship on April 11, reported the National Olympic Committee . Earlier, Kazakh wrestler Ibragim Magomadov won gold in the 72-kilogram weight category…

UNDP Supports Kazakhstan’s Low-Carbon Development Path

ASTANA – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) welcomes Kazakhstan’s decision to become carbon-neutral by 2060,  said UNDP Resident Representative Katarzyna Wawiernia during an April 10 meeting with the Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Zulfiya Suleimenova, reported UNDP’s press service.  Wawiernia noted that private funding is critical in achieving this goal. She said the UNDP…

Kazakh Foreign Minister Pays Official Visit to Moscow

ASTANA – Foreign ministries of Kazakhstan and Russia signed a cooperation plan for 2023-2024 during the official visit of Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Foreign Affairs Murat Nurtleu to Russia at the invitation of Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov on April 11, reported the Kazakh ministry’s press service.  During the meeting,…

Kazakhstan’s Measures to Accelerate Tourism Development in Spotlight in South Korea

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s state support measures for tourism sector entrepreneurs and the eQonaq information system presented by the Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sports attracted significant interest among the participants of the Korea Partnership Initiative for Sustainable Tourism forum in South Korea, reported the ministry’s press service on April 7. During a panel discussion at…

Heydar Aliyev Street Opens in Astana During Azerbaijan President’s Visit to Kazakhstan

ASTANA – President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev opened Heydar Aliyev Street in Astana during Aliyev’s official visit to Kazakhstan on April 10, reported the Akorda press service. Heydar Aliyev was the President of Azerbaijan between 1993 and 2003 in the first formative decade of the country’s independence. Tokayev underlined…

Microsoft to Open Multi-Regional Hub for Innovation in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – American tech giant Microsoft is ready to open a multi-regional hub based in Kazakhstan, the country’s Ministry of Digital Development, Innovations, and Aerospace Industry reported on April 10.  The agreement will turn the country into a center of attraction of technologies and advanced solutions, said Minister of Digital Development, Innovations, and Aerospace Industry…

Kazakhstan Temir Zholy to Deliver Humanitarian Aid from China to Türkiye via Middle Corridor

ASTANA – Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) national railway company will deliver China’s humanitarian aid to Türkiye by shuttle trains via the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route, known as the Middle Corridor, the company’s press service reported on April 11. The first train carrying 50 forty-foot containers was sent from China on March 29. KTZ is expected…

Kazakh Wrestler Wins Gold at Asian Wrestling Championship

ASTANA – Kazakh wrestler Ibragim Magomadov won gold in the 72-kilogram weight category in Greco-Roman wrestling and became the first Asian champion from Kazakhstan, reported the National Olympic Committee on April 11. In a closely fought final match, Magomadov beat Sajed Ali Imentalabfumani of Iran with a score of 5:2. This is Magomadov’s first gold…

The Korea Times Signs Partnership Agreement with The Astana Times

ASTANA – The Astana Times has signed a partnership agreement with The Korea Times, one of the leading English-language media outlets in South Korea, to exchange exclusive content between the media organizations. The agreement was signed on March 14 in a virtual ceremony attended by senior representatives from both media outlets.  The agreement seeks to…