Articles by Saniya Sakenova

President Tokayev Sets Out Priority Areas for Closer Interaction Between Gulf Countries and Central Asia

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev delivered his remarks at the first Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – Central Asian countries summit, outlining top priorities for further cooperation on July 19 in Jeddah, the Akorda press service reported. The President thanked King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud, and his son, Crown Prince…

Tokayev Underlines Saudi Arabia’s Key Strategic Role for Kazakhstan in Arab World

ASTANA – Saudi Arabia is a key strategic partner of Kazakhstan in the Islamic and Arab world, said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev at a July 19 meeting with Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, reported the Akorda press service. The President thanked him for the hospitality and…

More Middle Eastern Travelers Choose Almaty as Travel Destination

ASTANA – The city of Almaty is becoming very popular among business tourists and regular travelers from the countries of the Middle East, said the head of the city’s tourism department Galiya Tokseitova, the press service of the Almaty Akimat (administration) reported on July 12. The growing demand came after the opening of direct flights…

KazTransOil Increases Oil Transportation in First Half of 2023

ASTANA – KazTransOil national oil transporter delivered 21.3 million tons of oil in total through the main oil pipeline system in the first six months of this year, which is 1.3 million tons more than in the same period last year, the company reported on July 17. The volume of oil transportation to the country’s…

Kazakhstan’s Economy Cuts Energy Intensity by 37% Over Ten Years

ASTANA – Kazakhstan has cut the economy’s energy intensity by 36.7% to a 2008 level over a decade, announced Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Zulfiya Suleimenova at a July 17 meeting of the Council on the transition towards a green economy chaired by Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov, reported the Prime Minister’s press service. The…

Kazakhstan, UNDP Present New Initiative to Support Most Vulnerable Groups

ASTANA – The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Kazakhstan and the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan to the United Nations (UN) presented a flagship initiative of their partnership that facilitates providing state support to the most vulnerable population groups, the Kazakh Ministry of National Economy’s press service reported on July 18. The Digital Family Card…

Kazakh PM Briefs President on Investigation of Power Outage Causes

ASTANA – Kazakh Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov briefed President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on the results of the investigation into the causes of a power outage on July 3 at the Mangystau atomic energy complex and the Atyrau oil refinery at a meeting on July 13, according to the Akorda press service. The investigation into the emergency…

President Tokayev and Foreign Minister Outline Regional Security Priorities at CAF

ASTANA – Kazakhstan has consistently adhered to the principle a “successful Central Asia means a successful Kazakhstan,” said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in his remarks delivered by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Murat Nurtleu on the first day of the Central Asian Security and Cooperation Forum (CAF) in Astana on July 13. The President stressed…

Kazakh President Signs Law on Return of Illegally Acquired Assets

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed on July 12 the law on returning to the state illegally withdrawn assets, the day after the Constitutional Court certified it to be consistent with the country’s Constitution, reported the Akorda press service. In accordance with the provisions of the law, the return mechanisms will be applied to oligopolistic…

Border Demarcation Agreement Between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan Comes into Force

ASTANA – Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan finalized an agreement on border demarcation, which came into force on July 4 after a 19-year process, Kazakh Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Aibek Smadiyarov said at a July 10 press briefing. It took 100 rounds of negotiations within the Joint Kazakh-Uzbek Demarcation Commission to enact the border demarcation deal that was…

Kazakh Economy Maintains 5% Growth Rate in First Half of 2023

ASTANA – The economy of Kazakhstan grew 5% in January-June this year, seeing the positive dynamics in the real sector by 4.8% and the service sector by 4.9%, Kazakh Minister of National Economy Alibek Kuantyrov said at a July 12 government meeting, reported the Prime Minister’s press service. The mining and manufacturing industries, construction and…

Kazakh Government Outlines Measures to Combat Drug Addiction and Trafficking

ASTANA – Kazakh Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov signed a July 5 government decree approving the Comprehensive Plan to Combat Drug Addiction and Drug Trafficking for 2023-2025, reported the Prime Minister’s press service. The document was prepared following instructions by President Kassym Jomart Tokayev in his state-of-the-nation address in September last year. It takes into account…

President Tokayev Outlines Kazakhstan’s Priorities as New Chair of SCO

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev outlined priorities of strategic importance under Kazakhstan’s upcoming chairmanship of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) following the July 4 SCO Summit online, reported the Akorda press service. Tokayev expressed gratitude to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who chaired the summit, for India’s successful chairmanship of the SCO and congratulated Iranian…

Western Kazakhstan Restores Power Supply After Emergency Shutdown

ASTANA – Power supply is currently being restored to the Mangystau Atomic Energy Complex following a power outage across the western regions of Kazakhstan after an emergency shutdown, Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov said at a government meeting on July 4. A 130-megawatt power unit of the Mangystau Atomic Energy Complex switched off on July 3,…

Kazakh Government Adopts Plan to Combat Drug Addiction, Trafficking

ASTANA – The government adopted a Comprehensive Plan to Combat Drug Addiction and Drug Trafficking until 2025, wrote State Counselor Erlan Karin on his Telegram channel on July 3. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev proposed an important initiative in his state-of-the-nation address last September. Widely discussed in the expert community, the plan includes new mechanisms and tools…

Kazakhstan Prioritizes Green Transition, Transport Connectivity in EU Cooperation 

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is ready to use all opportunities for the development of trade, economic and investment cooperation with the European Union, particularly in green transition and strengthening transport connectivity, said Kazakh Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov at the 12th meeting of the Kazakhstan-EU dialogue platform on July 1, reported the Prime Minister’s press service. Expanding…

Public Order is Key, Says President Tokayev at Internal Ministry’s Meeting 

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev highlighted key issues facing the country’s law enforcement agencies as he chaired an expanded meeting of the Ministry of Internal Affairs on June 30, reported the Akorda press service. The President emphasized that the ministry’s most important task is to protect public order and combat crime. Improving the work of…

UNDP Kazakhstan Unveils Findings of Baseline Assessment on Business, Human Rights

ASTANA – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) presented the first outcomes of the ongoing Business and Human Rights project on June 30 in Astana, reported the UNDP Kazakhstan’s press service. Covering 17 countries, the Business and Human Rights project, a part of a global initiative led by UNDP and Japan’s government aims to promote…

Kazakhstan, Luxembourg Triple Number of Weekly Cargo Transit Flights 

ASTANA – Kazakhstan and Luxembourg signed a memorandum on regular air transportation to triple the number of cargo transit flights per week at an event held to mark the 77th flight by the Cargolux airline at the Astana International Airport on June 29, reported the Civil Aviation Committee’s press service. According to Kazakh Minister of…

Silkway Accelerator Participants Raise $7.5 Million in Investments

ASTANA – Thirty seven startups attracted investments of $ 7.5 million in total following three streams of the Silkway Accelerator program, said Magzhan Madiyev, CEO of Astana Hub International Technopark of IT Startups, the hub’s press service reported on June 29. With a collective estimate of $400 million and Monthly Recurring Revenue (MRR) at $2…

Kazakhstan, Luxembourg Strengthen Bilateral Cooperation

ASTANA – President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev met with Luxembourg’s Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Jean Asselborn, noting that his official visit opens up good prospects for the development of bilateral cooperation, the Akorda press service reported on June 29. Tokayev warmly recalled a dialogue with Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel on the sidelines…

Kazakhstan’s GDP Grows 4.5% in Five Months of 2023

ASTANA – Kazakh economy grew 4.5% in five months of 2023, said Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov at a national forum of all-level maslikhat (local representative bodies) members of the Amanat Party on June 29, reported the Prime Minister’s press service. Smailov noted that the economy witnessed positive dynamics in all main sectors, including a 12%…

Dimash Kudaibergen Performs Solo Concert in Malaysia

ASTANA – A solo concert by Kazakh popstar Dimash Kudaibergen was held at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on June 24 as part of his global Stranger tour, reported Dimashnews.com. Kudaibergen once again amazed the audience with a diverse program, performing songs in seven languages in different styles and genres. Fans from 19 countries…

Kazakhstan Climbs 12 Spots in SDG Index in Three Years

ASTANA – Kazakhstan ranked 66th in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Index, according to the Sustainable Development Report 2023 published on June 21.  Addressing the first meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Monitoring Implementation of the National SDGs and Targets, Minister of National Economy Alibek Kuantyrov said the country climbed 12 positions in three years.…

Kazakhstan, Georgia Reach Agreements on Mutual Trade Growth, Investment Cooperation and Transport Infrastructure Development

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov and Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili emphasized increasing mutual growth, boosting investment cooperation, and developing transport infrastructure at a meeting on June 23 in Tbilisi, where Smailov arrived on an official visit, reported the Kazakh Prime Minister’s press service. Smailov noted that the countries have already achieved excellent…