Articles by Julia Rutz

Eurasian Group Improves Social Sphere in Kostanay Region

The Eurasian Group (ERG) concluded a memorandum on social projects realisation March 15 with the Kostanay region akimat (city administration). The document was signed by board chairman Aldiyar Kaztayev and regional akim (governor) Arhimed Muhanbetov. The event was also attended by the ERG Board of Managers Chairman Alexander Mashkevich, kazpravda.kz reported. He noted despite the…

Almaty, China Representatives Discuss City-Country Relations

An official meeting with a Chinese delegation from the Hubei province headed by Vice Governor Gan Zhunkun was held in the Almaty city akimat (administration) on March 15, reported the press service of the city administration. Both sides noted potential for bilateral cooperation in industry, trade, innovation, culture and education. The Kazakh side emphasised that…

Kazakhstan, Russia Fight Together Against Agricultural Pests

Kazakh and Russian experts held a meeting on plant protection and locust control in cross-border regions on Feb. 9 in Aktobe, reported the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture. The relevance of the locust issue has grown significantly during the past years and joint measures are needed to solve this problem. Russia was…

Kazakh Economy Improves Ranking on Index of Economic Freedom

Kazakhstan climbed one place from last year’s position in the annual ranking of the Index of Economic Freedom, reported the Washington-based Heritage Foundation. In the global ranking, the Central Asia’s largest economy is 68th out of 178, while in the Asia-Pacific region Kazakhstan is in 12th place. The current status of Kazakhstan was evaluated as…

Destination – Kazakhstan. What Should I Know?

Experienced travellers looking for something new and different may find themselves exploring the opportunities Kazakhstan can offer. Visitors can take a train and watch the endless Kazakh steppe roll by; gape at the modern architectural marvels of the capital city, Astana; ski or go horseback riding in the mountains south of Almaty; or visit a…

First Test Train Passes the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route

The first test container train following the route Ukraine-Georgia-Azerbaijan-Kazakhstan-China reached the Aktau port in Kazakhstan on Jan. 24, reported the press service of the Kazakhstan Temir Zholy National Company. The train, which consists of 20 containers, operates in the framework of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route and connects three major ports on the Black and…

Giant Robots – Pavlodar’s New Landmark

Iron giants created by a group of car mechanics are now guarding one of Pavlodar’s auto repair shops. The idea to creatively convert waste parts into robots came to garage owner Andrey Sukhonosenko, reported Tengrinews.kz. “This happened spontaneously. We tried making small iron figures, such as hedgehogs, dogs, mannequins and candle holders. Our mechanics used…

Air Astana President Reveals New Routes, Cost Mitigation Measure in Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Air Astana presented its 2015 corporate social responsibility report Jan. 27 in Astana. The document focused mainly on environmental and safety issues, economic contributions, services and community-based initiatives, as well as labour relations. Air Astana President Peter Foster also highlighted the results of the past year and shared the airline’s plans for 2016. “During 2015,…

Kazakh Must-See Films

There are different types of films: the ones that you watch one time and then forget about. Then there are films that give you hope or teach you how to cope with the ups and downs of your life. However, there is another category of films, which is so great and impressive that you keep…

Kazakh Filmmakers to Showcase Works at 2016 Int’l Film Festivals

Young Kazakh director Medet Shayakhmetov will take part in the Sedona International Film Festival, presenting “Escape,” his first short documentary. The festival will be held in the U.S. from Feb. 20 to 28, reported tengrinews.kz. According to Shayakhmetov, the documentary was filmed entirely in America while the future director was studying at the New York…

Almaty Designer Reveals Women’s Clothing Line Made of Paper

An Almaty resident is reviving a short-lived 1960s fashion item. Stylist, makeup designer and artist Larisa Starodubtseva recently presented Four Seasons, a women’s clothing collection made entirely from paper. She used origami, the traditional Japanese paper technique, to create fancy and sculptural frocks for those who like one-day wear. The Kazakh artist is known abroad…

Charcoal Art Exhibit Reveals Mining World

Astana held a unique exhibition of charcoal drawings created by local artist and head of the Men Qazaqpyn (“I am Kazakh”) project Bakhytzhan Bukharbayev. The medium was extracted from Karaganda mines, noted the artist as he worked. Held Nov. 23 in the Palace of Independence, the official opening ceremony was attended by the leadership of…

KAZ Minerals Produces First Cathode Copper in East Kazakhstan

The KAZ Minerals mining group has produced the first cathode copper at the Aktogai ore deposit located in East Kazakhstan. According to the company’s forecast, the level of annual production is going to reach 15,000 tonnes of cathode copper within the next six months. It is also expected that the production cycle will operate over…

Bolashak Alumni Discuss Almaty’s Development to 2020

A meeting of graduates of the Bolashak Presidential Scholarship Programme took place in Almaty on Nov. 17. About 100 or so attendees discussed the draft of the development project of the city to 2020. One of the guests, head of internal policy department of Almaty Sayasat Nurbek, explained main points of Kazakhstan’s massive, ongoing project…

Futuristic Residential Complex Designed for Astana Gains International Attention

The Slalom House project, designed by Kazakh architect Shokhan Mataibekov, representing the Union of Architects of Kazakhstan, was one of two Kazakh projects shortlisted for an award at the World Architecture Festival held in Singapore in November and is gaining international attention for its fanciful design. Two projects from the Union of Architects of Kazakhstan…

Kazakh Sailors Complete Training in France, Work with Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

Kazakh sailors recently participated in a two-week military training utilising autonomous and remotely operated underwater vehicles in the city of Toulon, France, reported the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Defence. The vehicles collect information on topography, the structure of the upper layer of sediment and the presence of objects on the bottom. Some…

Karaganda Attracts International Operetta Stars

The Karaganda Theatre of Musical Comedy was the host Nov. 1 for DosStar, the fifth International Operetta Festival. The event opened with a Russian burlesque performance by the Omsk State Musical Theatre directed by People’s Artist of Russia Kirill Sterzhnev. The audience also enjoyed presentations by Belarusian artists. “The True Story of Lieutenant Rzhevsky” showed…

Kazakh Symbol the Golden Eagle is Critically Endangered

The golden eagle, the symbol of Kazakhstan, is critically endangered. Although the bird was included 30 years ago on the Red List of Kazakhstan, an inventory of threatened species compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the number of birds continues to steadily decline. To save the predator, scientists have decided to…

Nauryz Taikazany Monument to be Constructed on Nazarbayev Street in Kazan

A monument representing a huge taikazan, or cup, may be constructed on Nazarbayev Street in Kazan, a large port on the Volga River and the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan in Russia. The Nauryz Taikazany project is the concept of Kazakh architect Askhat Bakirov, reported Tengrinews.kz. “The idea came to me when I was…

Taiburil Scholarship Programme Supports Talented Students, Plans to Expand

The awards ceremony for the Taiburil monthly scholarship winners was held Oct. 31 in Almaty. The programme, supported by second-tier banks such as Kaspi Bank and Kazkommertzbank, as well as private sponsors including prominent businessmen Kenes Rakishev, Vyacheslav Kim and Aidan Karibzhanov, is aimed at supporting education, reported Tengrinews.kz. More than 1,000 applications were received…

ZhasCamp 2015 Gathers Young Leaders in Shymkent

ZhasCamp 2015, the sixth annual conference dedicated to the development of social initiatives and business activities, was held Oct.10-11 in Salem Social Village in Shymkent. Organised by the Youth Information Service of Kazakhstan (YISK), the event was supported by the Soros Foundation, the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) programme…

New Exhibition in Almaty Metro Introduces World of Children’s Art

“The Kazakhstan I Love” young artists’ exhibition opened recently at the Auezov Theatre metro station in Almaty. The display is the first joint project of the metropolitan state enterprise and the city-based Scarlet Sails children’s art studio. The youngsters created works showing the beauty of different parts of the country – famous Astana scenery, landmarks…

Almaty Public Transport Introduces New Electronic Ticketing System

ASTANA – Starting from Oct. 1, Almaty city public transport has been operating an electronic ticketing system for passengers, reported Tengrinews.kz. The system utilises different types of Onai cards and validators for checking. Passengers trying to use cash for city transportation will be given one warning. It will be explained to passengers where they can acquire…

EXPO 2017 Logo to Mark Air Astana Aircraft Fleet

The first EXPO 2017 logo has been emblazoned on the fuselage of an Embraer 190, the result of a memorandum of cooperation between Astana EXPO 2017 and Air Astana, the largest national carrier in Kazakhstan. The signing ceremony was held Aug. 17 with the participation of company president Peter Foster and Astana EXPO 2017 company…

Kazakh Ski Resorts among Most Popular Winter Destinations in CIS

It will soon be time to hit the slopes and among Russian tourists, Shymbulak Ski Resort tops the list of most popular destinations in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and neighbouring countries, reported Tengrinews.kz. Russians traveling in CIS countries view the Kazakh resort near Almaty as the perfect destination for winter holidays, according to…

ZIBROO, Sportswear Made in Kazakhstan

After creating the Kazakhstan national team uniform for the 2011 Asian Winter Games, the 2014 Sochi Olympics and the upcoming Almaty Winter Universiade to take place in 2017, local manufacturer KazSPO-N has introduced its new sportswear brand, ZIBROO. The owners have also announced plans to enter the market in other countries. “We started expanding our…

Insurance Fund Created to Ensure Kazakh Travelers are Able to Return from Abroad

Vice Minister of Investment and Development Albert Rau recently announced the creation of a new insurance fund for Kazakh tourists travelling abroad at the beginning of next year. The announcement was made during a Central Communications Service (CCS) press conference held on Sept. 18. “We have faced cases when a tour operator, after sending people to…

Almaty City Instagram Account Seeks to Improve Public Services

The Almaty city akimat (city administration) recently created an Instagram account to respond to citizens’ complaints about issues including trash collection, fallen trees, open sewers and clogged ditches. The account was created in early September and has already gained attention and popularity among the population. If a local finds a problem that is in the…

Start-up Initiative Brings Kazakh Apps to Market

Young and talented programmers Arman Suleimenov, Almas Tuyakbayev and Zhanserik Kenes are enlarging their business after the team received a $20,000 grant in February as the winners of the Build Your Own Business Start-up competition. The three friends established the company Zero to One Labs to produce apps for the App Store. They also organised…

Invataxi Marks Progress, Introduces Future Plans

Invataxi, a special free taxi service for passengers with disabilities, was established in Almaty in 2009 after the Sabi charity fund purchased 14 specially-equipped Volkswagen Caddys and Transporters and donated them to the Almaty City Society of Persons with Disabilities. The funds used to acquire the vehicles were raised during a charity auction of paintings…

Australian Mining Company to Begin Exploration in Kazakhstan

Australian company Iluka Resources, Limited will begin exploration in Kazakhstan, Kazakh Minister for Investment and Development Asset Issekeshev and the head of Iluka’s regional office in Almaty Alison Morley recently announced, reported the press service of the Kazgeologiya company. “The parties discussed a project concerning the realisation of national geological studies on three sites located…

EIU Ranks Almaty Among the World’s Most Liveable Cities

Almaty, Kazakhstan’s former capital, was recently ranked the 100th most livable city in the world among 140 listed by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), which is the research and analysis division of the Economist Group, a sister company of the Economist Magazine. The ranking examined five characteristics: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.…

Kazakhstan Increases Uranium Production

The physical volume of uranium mining in Kazakhstan, a world leader in uranium production, totalled 5,883 tonnes for April-June compared to 5,650 tonnes mined during the same period in 2014, reported the Kazatomprom press service. The company’s production volume, including shares of its subsidiaries and affiliates, was 3,177 tonnes of uranium during the second quarter…

Semey Folk Ensemble to Perform in Paris

The Kerbez Kazakh folklore ensemble from Semey was recently selected through an online qualifying competition to perform in Paris at the International Festival of Nations of the World, reported Tengrinews.kz. French audiences will experience songs of renowned Kazakh singer Amre Kashaubayev as well as folk songs and kuis, a traditional Kazakh composition. Kashaubaev was among…

Almaty Enterpreneurs, Artists Raise Funds for Landslide Victims

Almaty entrepreneurs collected 1 million tenge (US$5,334) during a one-hour fundraising drive to assist victims of the landslide that struck the outskirts of Almaty on July 23, reported Tengrinews.kz, citing the Regional Chamber of Entrepreneurs. A centre to assist victims has also been established at 160 Dostyk Avenue, which will collect food and clothing. “In…

Multi-Day National Bike Race Attracts Young Cyclists from Kazakhstan, Russia

On July 17, participants of the multi-day Kazakhstan Umiti National Bike Race for Juniors started their journey in East Kazakhstan region. After the opening ceremony, which took place on the main city square in Ust-Kamenogorsk, cyclists faced their first 80-kilometre stage in the Chechek Gorge. The eastern part of the country is called a “small…

Airports, Trains and Train Stations to Become Accessible for Citizens with Disabilities

Kazakh airports, trains and train stations will soon become accessible for people with disabilities, according to Minister of Health and Social Development Tamara Duyssenova. The bill on Amendments and Additions to Some Legislative Acts of Kazakhstan on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, presented at the Mazhilis plenary session earlier in July and approved by…

Promising Young Pianist Beisembayev Wins First Cliburn Junior Competition

Seventeen-year-old Kazakh pianist Alim Beisembayev won $10,000 and first place at the first Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition on June 28 at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, United States. Arsenii Mun, 16, from Russia and Youlan Ji, 16, from China, won $5,000 for second and $2,500 for third respectively. In the final, Beisembayev performed…

SCO Defence Ministers Discuss Expanding Cooperation

A meeting of defence ministers of member countries of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) took place in St. Petersburg, Russia on June 30, the Ministry of Defence of Kazakhstan announced. The ministers discussed regional and global security issues, as well as crisis elimination measures. Minister of Defence of Kazakhstan Imangali Tasmagambetov noted that the level of…

International Economic Centre to Be Set Up in Kostanai

Chairman of the Public Association of Germans in Kazakhstan Alexander Dederer recently announced that an international economic centre is going to be opened in the city of Kostanai in northern Kazakhstan. The centre will provide information about business opportunities the Kazakh market can offer to foreign investors and large companies, reported the Central Communications Service.…

Kazakh Epee Fencers Win Gold at Asian Fencing Championships

Kazakh epee fencers won gold at the 2015 Asian Fencing Championships, which took place in Singapore on June 20-25, reported Tengrinews. The Kazakhstan men’s team, represented by Elmir Alimzhanov, Ivan Deryabin, Dmitry Alexanin and Ruslan Kurbanov, who was also a silver medalist at the World Universiade, defeated the national team of Korea with a score…

Debutantes Take Floor for Seventh Opera Ball in Almaty

The finest opera singers in the world were applauded June 27 during the Seventh Opera Ball, one of the most significant and pompous cultural events in Kazakhstan. The event was held in Almaty’s Royal Tulip Hotel. The Best Male Vocal award was presented to Metropolitan Opera soloist Ryan Speedo Green (USA), while Astana Opera soloist…

Almaty Hard Rock Cafe Grand Opening Attracts Russian Rock Bands

Hard Rock Cafe, the world famous chain of theme restaurants, has enlarged its presence around the globe by opening a venue in the heart of Almaty. Although the eatery has been entertaining locals and guests of the southern capital with good classic rock ballads and delicious American casual dining food since 2014, the grand opening…

Air Astana Adds Seven Planes for International Flights

The largest Kazakh aviation company Air Astana signed an agreement on June 16 in Paris-Le Bourget to lease seven aircraft, including two A320neo, one A321neo and four long-range A321neo LR planes. The aircraft will be delivered by American Air Lease Corporation (Los Angeles), reported the press service of Air Astana company. The first A320neo aircraft…

New City Tour Busses Help Visitors Rediscover Shymkent

Tourists and locals wishing to see the sights of Shymkent this summer can tour the urban area aboard one of two new double-decker busses. Purchased by Zhibek Zholy, the two-storey vehicles take guests and locals past some of the city’s most important points and attractions. “We need to develop domestic tourism and these buses are…

Writers Discuss State, Future of Kazakh Literature

Kazakh Secretary of State Gulshara Abdikalikova held a meeting with prominent writers of the country, such as Akim Tarazi, Anes Sarai, Sabit Dosanov, Dulat Issabekov and Nurlan Orazalin in the Akorda Presidential Residence in early June. Participants discussed literature, art, publishing and developing the country’s spiritual culture. They also emphasised the important role of the…

Kazakhstan Seeks to Boost Grain Exports to Saudi Arabia

Kazakhstan is planning to increase the supply of grain to Saudi Arabia, the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture reported recently. The decision was made after representatives of Saudi Arabia suggested at a May business forum that Kazakhstan provide a preferential grain regime to Saudi Arabia. The suggestion was made by the Chairman…

Denis Ten and Friends Ice Show comes to Almaty

Kazakhstan-born figure skater and bronze medal winner at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games Denis Ten recently announced that his third “Denis and Friends Ice Show” will be held in Almaty on Jun. 20-21. Among those performing will be prominent figure skaters, such as Olympic champions Maxim Trankov and Tatyana Volosozhar from Russia, Joannie Rochette and…

Kazakh Female Parachutist Wins Russian Skydiving Competition

Kazakh parachute jumper Elena Borisova won gold at a recently held large-scale Russian competition on landing accuracy in Tumen. Borisova, who is an ex-servicewoman of the Karaganda airbase and the wife of the chairman of the Karaganda Federation of Parachuting, showed the best result not only among women but also outperformed the men. She was…

Kazakhstan to Supply Housing for Orphans

One hundred apartments will be purchased for orphans in the Almaty region. The decision was made during the regular session of the regional maslikhat (city administration) on May 20, announced the press service of the Akim (Governor) of the Almaty region. The administration has allocated 646 million tenge (US$3.5 million) from the regional budget to…

Renowned British Composer Performs Kazakh Pieces in Almaty, Astana

The Almaty Symphony Orchestra, directed by well-known virtuoso violinist Marat Bisengaliev, recently performed Abai, Shakarim and Tlep by Karl Jenkins, a British composer named one of the most famous of modern times according to Classic FM Radio. The performances took place in Astana on May 10 and Almaty on May 13. Karl Jenkins, who is…

Roadmap 2020 Continues to Create Jobs in 2015

The intermediate results of the Road Map 2020 programme’s implementation were announced during a recent Central Communication Service press conference in Astana, including the funds allocated for various projects and job creation projections. According to the Vice Minister of Health Care and Social Development Daulet Argandykov, this year the government allocated 37 billion tenge (US$199.1…

West Kazakhstan Working Conditions among the Best in the Country, Says Report

According to the press service of the West Kazakhstan Akimat (regional administration), the West Kazakhstan region offers better working conditions, as only 5.3 percent of the population works in hazardous and unhygienic conditions. According to the statistics, the worst working conditions can be found in the Pavlodar region. The percent of employees exposed to hazardous…

New Astana Bus Stops to Include Heating and Wi-Fi

Astana plans to modernise its old bus stops to better relay accurate transportation information and keep passengers comfortable during the city’s harsh winters and hot summers, representatives of the Astana LTR company recently told tengrinews.kz. The plan to modernise the stops comes following comments by Astana Akim (Mayor) Adilbek Dzhaksybekov criticizing the existing stops, calling…

Kazakh Nationals Evacuated after Earthquake, Country Prepares to Help Nepal

According to a recent announcement made by Altay Abibullayev, ambassador-at-large and spokesman at the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kazakhstan will provide aid to Nepal in light of the recent deadly earthquake. He also expressed deep condolences to the government and people of Nepal for the more than 6,000 lives lost during the strong earthquake…

Great Patriotic War Victory Parade to Be Largest in Country’s History

The May 7 parade dedicated to the 70th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War is expected to be the largest event among all previously conducted in Kazakhstan. More than 5,000 people, 220 military vehicles and 85 aircraft will participate in the procession, reported tengrinews.kz. The parade will be divided into two parts. The…

Festive Celebrations to Mark May 1 as Day of Unity of the People of Kazakhstan

The 1st of May is a significant holiday for Kazakhstan, as citizens of the country celebrate the peaceful coexistence of various nationalities and ethnicities that has been a feature from the very first days of the state’s existence.  The capital will start celebrating the Day of Unity of the People of Kazakhstan at 10 a.m.…

Young Kazakhs Among Nation’s Most Creative Inventors

Kazakhstan patents about 8,000 inventions each year from creators of all ages, according to the National Institute of Intellectual Property of Kazakhstan. And some of those inventions come from young people. The Shapagat National Invention Contest even includes a “Best School-Aged Boy Inventor” category.  Among those emerging creators is young Pavlodar resident Nazifa Baktybaeva who…

Historic Scenes, Retro Military Equipment to be Presented in Victory Parade

Retro military equipment, much of which is currently exhibited as monuments in different cities throughout Kazakhstan, will line the streets of Astana May 7 as part of the military parade dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War. The procession will kick off May 7.  “This military equipment was partly…

Chinese Company Plans to Construct New Oil Refinery in Mangistau

The Chinese company CITIC, which recently launched the first bitumen plant in Mangistau, is planning to finance the construction of a new oil refinery in the region, according to tengrinews.kz. The report was confirmed during the official visit in March of the Kazakh delegation, headed by Prime Minister Karim Massimov, to Beijing, China. Despite the…

Forbes Kazakhstan Establishes Architectural Innovation Award

In light of the coming international exhibition EXPO 2017, which will largely focus on sustainable development and the face of energy in the future, Forbes Kazakhstan business magazine decided to establish an architecture award this year. The award is intended to bring out the most creative and innovative projects in local architecture and create a…

Kazakhstan, Hungary Create Joint Agricultural Development Fund

Kazakhstan established an agricultural development fund during Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban’s recent visit to Astana, the KazAgro press service reported. KazAgro established the fund jointly with the Hungarian Export-Import Bank (Eximbank) in a project spearheaded by both Orban and Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov. The main mission of the new fund is to provide…

Kazakh Naval Force Celebrate 22nd Anniversary

Twenty-two years ago, the Kazakhstan Navy was established as part of the Armed Forces of a new independent state.  The corresponding presidential decree was issued on April 2, 1993, according to press service of the Kazakhstan Ministry of Defence. Aktau city, being the main sea gate of the country on the Caspian Sea, has organised…

Linguists Seek More Accurate, Culturally Sensitive Kazakh-Language Advertising

Due to problems with poor translation of advertising text into Kazakh, Almaty public activists have suggested creating the job of advertising manager in Kazakh language, reported tengrinews.kz. The suggestion was made during a roundtable devoted to the difficulties of developing the Kazakh language in the urban environment and the participants believe the new profession will…

Hungarian National Ballet Stars Bring 3D Swan Lake to Astana Opera

Two stars of the Hungarian National Ballet, Kazakh prima ballerina assoluta Aliya Tanykpaeva and principal dancer Zoltan Olah will perform a new 3D production of Swan Lake at the Astana Opera Theatre. The magic of the classic Tchaikovsky masterpiece will be presented April 1-2, according the opera press service. Both artists expressed great anticipation before…

Nauryz Celebrations Represent Renewal, Love and Abundance

On March 22, countries all across Middle and Central Asia will celebrate Nauryz, the New Year, or the festival of spring and abundance. Historically, this holiday, that, in accordance with some estimations, is more than 5,000 years old, had been celebrated since long before the people of this area were converted to Islam. Even to…

Kazakhstan Imposes Temporary Ban on Some Russian Fuel Imports

An official ban on imports of Russian motor fuels, like light distillates and diesel fuel products, will be in force from March 5-April 20, the Kazakh Ministry of Energy press service announced. According to the order, signed by Minister of Energy Vladimir Shkolnik, the ministry’s Oil Industry Development Department should inform Kazakhstan Temir Zholy to…

Almaty Makes Multiple Upgrades to City’s Public Transportation System

Almaty city public transport, ambulance and emergency, as well as engineering vehicles will get special traffic lanes by 2017, reported TV channel Almaty. According to the channel’s report, the Kazakhstan Development Bank is ready to provide a loan to the city administration within the national campaign “Energy Efficient Kazakhstan.” This measure will also support the…

Astana Mayor Outlines City’s Plans for 2015

Astana Akim (Mayor) Adilbek Dzhaksybekov discussed 2015 development plans for the city on Feb. 18 in Congress Hall during the first public meeting of his administration, according to the press service of the city akimat (administration). As part of the development plan discussed by the mayor, about 100 new building projects will be realised in…

Two New Almaty Metro Stations to Open in Spring

In light of the December announcement by Kazakh officials to extend the metro in Almaty, two new stations may be opened to commuters this spring. The city is anticipating the Moscow and Sairan stations, both of which are under construction, although the official opening has been postponed due to weather conditions, according to tengrinews.kz.  …

National Nauryz Celebration to Be Held in Almaty Central Park

To celebrate Nauryz, one of the greatest holidays in Kazakhstan, Almaty officials have decided to change the usual festival location this year and organise the nation’s celebration in the city central park. Instead of reveling in the central squares, locals and guests of Almaty will be transported by special busses to the park, where the…

Forum Looks at Tourism Possibilities in Akkol

A two-day international tourism forum titled,“New Akkol – The Centre for Eco-Tourism” concluded on Feb. 8 in Akkol, which is located in the Akmola region. This was the first forum held to discuss the consolidation of efforts between the government, businesses and the tourism industry on supporting the transition to a green economy, reported the…

Six Projects to Create 2,000 Jobs in Astana in 2015

Six projects creating more than 2,000 new jobswill be launched in Astana this year as part of the Industrialisation Map programme for 2015-2019, according to a recent announcement by Astana Akim (Mayor) Adilbek Dzhaksybekov. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev emphasised that the main task for both state and business leaders is to create new jobs and…

Baiterek Holding to Launch Small Business Support Programme

Baiterek Holding is hoping to launch a pilot version this year of a new plan to support Kazakh small businesses, said Chairman of the Board Kuandyk Bishimbayev. The project is aimed at creating competitive and export-oriented industries in Kazakhstan by establishing companies of regional and global scale. The plan embraces three sectors of the national…

New Facts Revealed Concerning Kazakh Khanate

Kazakh scientists highlighted a number of recently announced new facts concerning the history of the Kazakh Khanate. Historians have revealed little-known details after precisely studying thousands of archival documents that were stored in various countries in Europe and Asia. The unique data will be described in scientific papers to be released as part of the…

Kazakh Agro Sector Anticipates Good Harvest, Investment Increase

The 2015 agriculturalseasonwill be marked byglobal changesin the agricultural sector, according to the Kazakh Ministryof Agriculture. Expectations are that the state will increase its support of the sector in the current year. The acreagedevoted to wheat will be significantly reduced in order to increasecrop fields with a higher priorityin today’s market, such asoilseeds, fodder grain…

Air Astana Set to Lower Prices on Domestic Flights

Consumers will soon be paying less for Air Astana domestic flight tickets as the company decided on Feb. 14 to slash its fuel fee for domestic flights by 25 percent, airline Public Relations Manager Tlek Abdrakhimov announced recently. Fuel fees for flights between Astana and Almaty will now cost 4,500 tenge (US$24.29) instead of 6,000…

Russian, Japanese Companies Expected to Participate in Construction of Two Nuclear Power Plants in Kazakhstan

Russian and Japanese companies will be involved in plans to construct two nuclear power plants in Kazakhstan, according to Energy Minister Vladimir Shkolnik. It is planned that Rosatom, a Russian concern, will start construction in Kurchatov, a city in the eastern part of the country that was once a nuclear capital of the Soviet Union,…

Projects to Advance Kazakh Space Industry Near Completion

Kazkosmos projects aimed at creating a space industry in Kazakhstan are nearing completion, according to Chairman of the Aerospace Committee of the Kazakh Ministry of Investment and Development Talgat Mussabayev. “These projects will help the Kazakhstan space industry enter the global space market. Today, we can say that our country is already on a par…

Free Online English-Kazakh Dictionary Now Available

An online English – Kazakh dictionary is now operating on the www.eng-kaz.kz platform and is free to use, according to a recent report provided by the Diplomatic Bulletin. This electronic dictionary is considered by its creators to be a scientific project carried out in order to establish the English-Kazakh language channel as a direct link…

Book about Kazakhstan Presented in Italy

A new book, “Kazakhstan, the Centre of Eurasia,” was presented during the recent Fair Più Libri Più Liberi (More books, more freedom), one of the major Italian book fairs. The event was organised by the Kazakh Embassy in Italy in cooperation with Sandro Teti Editore, which is among the largest publishing houses in the country,…

Almaty Offers World-Class Ski Slopes and Training Facilities

Skiing is a sport that is popular around the globe and Almaty is quickly becoming known for its world-class skiing facilities. This city ringed by snowcapped peaks offers natural slopes and man-made training facilities. Among Almaty’s training facilities is a ski simulator known as Masterski club, which simulates the sensation of downhill skiing. “This type…

Self-Service Touchscreen ‘Infokiosks’ to be Installed throughout Kazakhstan in 2015

The company Digital City Showcases recently announced the launch of its new Urban Infokiosk project, which will install self-service, touchscreen information terminals in shop windows that will provide information about cultural and commercial events. The self-service kiosks, which will be built to withstand local climate conditions, will provide information in Kazakh, Russian and English. The…

Yurt Construction, Dombra Song Performance Added to UNESCO Heritage List

The ninth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage reviewed new strategies to implement its goals and report on the status of eight elements inscribed on the Urgent Safeguarding List during the committee’s Nov. 24-28 meeting at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage…

Legendary Rock Band Pink Floyd Urges Restoration of Aral Sea

Showing pictures of deserts and ships standing on rocks, British rock group Pink Floyd has released a new music video highlighting the problems of the Aral Sea dryout. “Louder Than Words” debuted on YouTube Nov. 7 and quickly topped the charts. In the video, young people are told about the great Aral Sea, which was…

Zhanar Dungalova Is the New Golden Voice of the Turkic World

The newest “Golden Voice of the Turkic World” belongs to Kazakh singer Zhanar Dungalova, winner of the recent Turkvision Song Contest. The competition was organised within the framework of the celebration programme dedicated to “Kazan – the cultural capital of Turkic world 2014.” Twenty-five vocalists competed for the award and the 15 with the highest…

New TV Series to Commemorate 550th Anniversary of Kazakh Statehood

The Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sports has developed a programme, including a 20-episode television series, to celebrate in 2015 the 20th anniversary of the formation of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan, the anniversary of the adoption of the country’s constitution and the 550th anniversary of the formation of the Kazakh Khanate, according to…

New City Sections to Be Built in Style of Different World Capitals

ASTANA – A landmark real estate project where each quarter of the city will match the style of a particular world capital was unveiled Nov. 5 by BI Group Holding. Known as BI City, the new design is expected to emerge around the Khan Shatyr shopping mall, located on the left side of the Yessil…

Kazakh Culture, Traditions on Display During Days of Astana in Paris

Kazakh culture, spiritual roots and traditions were presented to the French public during the Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 Days of Astana in Paris. The event will likely further develop bilateral relations between the two countries, according to Kazakh Ambassador to France Nurlan Danenov. The Kazakh Auyl (Kazakh village) exposition, located in front of the…

Effort Begins to Revive Endangered Przewalski Horse Population in Kazakhstan

Przewalski horses are expected to be delivered from Germany’s Nurnberg Zoo in an effort to revive the breed in Kazakhstan, according to a recent announcement by the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture. “Since 2005, the Kazakhstan Association for Conservation of Biological Diversity together with the Forestry and Wildlife Committee and the Frankfurt…

New Park Zone Planned for Astana’s Left Bank

A new park zone is planned for Astana between Zhaukazyn and Makatayev streets on the left bank of the Yessil River. The tender for park construction was announced by the city’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control on Oct. 2. According to the official site of the Astana city administration, the new park zone…

Aktobe Development Plans Updated to Reflect Population Growth

A new plan to develop the western Kazakhstan city of Aktobe was approved by the maslikhat (regional assembly) during its 27th session on Oct. 15. The plan was forwarded to the government for further approval. According to the Director of the Municipal Architect’s Office Nurlan Buranbayev, the first version of this plan was approved in…

Award-Winning Kazakh Film Shown at London Festival

“Nagima,” a film by Kazakh director Zhanna Issabayeva, was presented during the recently completed BFI London Film Festival 2014. The heart-breaking story tells the tale of two girls who grew up in an orphanage in Almaty. “This is an art house film from my perspective. The plot is about discovering dark corners of our soul,…

Chinese, South Korean Companies Plan Investment in Kazakh Chemical Industry

Chinese and South Korean companies are said to plan to invest in a recently opened special economic zone, the Taraz Chemical Park, which was initiated by the United Chemical Company. Taraz chemical park will be located 15 kilometres from Shu in southern Kazakhstan’s Zhambyl Region. Chief Manager of the Technical Development Office of the United…

Kazakh Artist Shares Culture of Kazakhstan in Europe

Kazakh artist and winner of several international art awards Bolat Mekebayev, who now lives and works in Germany, bemused spectators with his honest and vivid paintings during an art festival at Kazakhstan National University of Arts in Astana in October, winning the award in the category “Kazakh Art Abroad.” The artist presented seven canvases telling…

Kа-226Т Helicopters to be Constructed in Almaty

Kа-226Т helicopters are expected to be constructed at Almaty-based aircraft repair plant No. 405, said Plant Director Konstantin Ushakov. The announcement was made by the Ministry of Investment and Development during an event to mark the 75th anniversary of the plant’s construction. During the celebration, the best workers were also awarded honorary certificates. “We are…

Almaty Art Exhibit Displays Hopes of Seriously Ill Children

“A Dream,” an art exhibition opened recently in Arman cinema hall in Almaty, displays paintings created by children who are suffering from leukemia and angiostaxis. The children attended workshops organised by Kazakh artist Marat Bekeev and sculptor Eduard Kazaryan in order to learn how to express their feelings on canvas. Every dream world imagined by…

Adventurers Cross the Country to Promote Youth Patriotism

Twenty adventurers are in the midst of a cross-country expedition to increase patriotic feelings among Kazakh youth and popularise the beauty and distinctive character of the country. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev launched the expedition, titled Menin Elim – Mangilik El (My Country – Eternal Nation) on Oct. 1 in Aktau on the Caspian Sea, and…

Almaty Food Festival Offers Taste of France

Almaty visitors and residents were able to sample some of the best of Frenchcuisine during the Sept. 26-28 Festival de la Gastronomie Francaise. The festival was held in Almaty for the second time and took place in several restaurants, including Café de Paris, French Connection, Nova Vina La Cave, La Tartine, as well as on…

The Redlights Shake Up Moscow Rock Music Festival

The Astana-based rock band, The Redlights, won the grand prix at Indyushata 2014, the rock music festival that took place in September. The musicians performed seven music tracks from their repertoire at the festival whose name meaning turkey poults, actually came from the word Indie music direction. The Kazakh quintet plays dynamic rock music combined…