Articles by Aidana Yergaliyeva

Thousands of people visit annual diplomatic Christmas Charity Bazaar for cultural exchange, goodwill

NUR-SULTAN – “I am near Switzerland! Let’s meet in Iraq in ten minutes,” is a sentence that would make sense only if one could time travel or visit the 12th annual Diplomatic Christmas Charity Bazaar Dec. 1 at Radisson Hotel Astana in Nur-Sultan. The bazaar brought a little something from 53 countries represented by embassies…

Balandin wins gold, silver at US open swimming championship

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Olympic champion Dmitriy Balandin won silver Dec. 9, finishing a 200-metre distance in 2 minutes, 09 seconds 71 hundredths at the men’s breaststroke final of 2019 U.S. Open Swimming Championship in Atlanta, reported olympic.kz. Cody Miller was .04 seconds ahead of Balandin. Andrew Wilson closed the top three finishing the 200 breaststroke…

Kazakh government plans to urbanise 62 percent of population by 2025

NUR-SULTAN – In the new State Programme for the Development of Regions for 2020-2025, the Kazakh government set the goal of urbanising 62 percent of the country’s population. This should improve social welfare, Minister of National Economy Ruslan Dalenov said during his report at a Dec. 3 government meeting. The next five-year programme prioritises developing…

Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering delivers new batch of armoured vehicles to defence ministry

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) delivered a series of Arlan 4×4 mine-protected armoured wheeled vehicles (AWVs) Nov. 28 to the Ministry of Defence and Special Services Division. KPE is a joint venture of the Paramount Group, a global aerospace and technology company based in South Africa. In addition to the Arlan 4×4, the company…

ECO Networks offers Kazakh businesses a way to make recycling profitable

NUR-SULTAN – Discussions of environmental responsibility have now permeated Kazakh society and the one-year-old ECO Networks project aims to change how people dispose of waste, starting with the workplace.  ECO Networks helps businesses create their own Eco Offices, where employees can sort waste for recycling, find companies to distribute their sorted waste – and thereby…

Akmola Region governor organises first investors’ hour to improve region’s investment climate

NUR-SULTAN – Akmola Region Akim (Governor) Yermek Marzhikpaev organised the first investor hour and personal entrepreneurs’ reception Nov. 27 at the Atameken Regional Chamber of Entrepreneurs.  During the informal session, potential investors and entrepreneurs with investment initiatives presented nearly 20 tourism, agriculture and medicine projects and development plans and outlined problems they face in executing…

‘Ayka’ honoured at China’s Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers film festival

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh-made and Oscar-shortlisted film “Ayka” continues to win the hearts of international audiences, this time in China, where the Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers festival recognised “Ayka” lead actress Samal Yeslyamova with the Best Leading Actress in a Foreign Film Audience Award and “Ayka” director Sergey Dvortsevoy with the Best Foreign Director…

Kazakh social workers to start adaptation course for children returned from Iraq

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s humanitarian operation on Nov. 27 brought 14 children back to their homeland from an Iraqi prison, where they have been living for two years with their mothers. The life “after” will start for them with courses of rehabilitation at Pravo public fund’s regional centres. “There are six of them (mothers). They are…

Baiterek Holding creates favourable investment climate, suggests ways to minimise risks in Kazakh market

NUR-SULTAN – Baiterek National Managing Holding attracts investments by ensuring support to foreign investors from the initial stages of project development through implementation, Baiterek Chair Aidar Arifkhanov told The Astana Times in an exclusive interview. Baiterek is the Kazakh government’s key financial agent responsible for the country’s diversification and sustainable economic growth. It manages 11…

Nur-Sultan’s embassies donate baskets of national products as sponsors present gifts to Dec. 1 Christmas Charity Bazaar

NUR-SULTAN – The Ambassadors Spouses Astana (ASA) association presented baskets of products and goods donated by embassies and sponsors for the 12th Christmas Charity Bazaar at the Basket Day event in Nur-Sultan Nov. 25. Fifty-three embassies have donated baskets for the bazaar, which will be held Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in…