Articles by Zhanna Shayakhmetova

Kazakhstan Chairs Working Group of Preparatory Commission for Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

NUR-SULTAN – This year marks the 30th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.  The international community, recognizing the contribution of Kazakhstan in strengthening the non-proliferation regime of…

Domestic Airlines Carry Nearly 4 million Passengers in First Half of 2021

NUR-SULTAN – Domestic airlines carried nearly 4 million passengers in the first half of 2021, on Aug. 2 the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development reported. The country observed a significant decrease in the number of passenger traffic a year earlier due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, domestic airlines…

Zhambyl Region Observes Increase in Investment Activity, Identifies Priority Projects For Foreign Participation

NUR-SULTAN – Aspandiyar Seisebayev, the head of the regional department of entrepreneurship and industrial-innovative development, in an interview for The Astana Times spoke about the competitive advantages of the Zhambyl region and its investment projects. The Zhambyl region observed high investment activity in the first half of 2021 against the backdrop of eased restrictions, according…

Citi Remains Positive About Prospects For Business in Kazakhstan, Says Citi CEO For EMEA

NUR-SULTAN – David Livingstone, Chief Executive Officer in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Citi, in an exclusive interview with The Astana Times, spoke about the bank’s activities in the region and how the pandemic is affecting the economies around the world.  Citi is one of the largest foreign investors in Kazakhstan and is…

Small Steps, Big Changes: How Kazakh Entrepreneurs Can Contribute to Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Protection (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – Creating a feeling of respect for biodiversity and ecosystem development are seen as one of the major challenges of conservation. In this light, increasing green business opportunities are essential for any nation. In Kazakhstan, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with the support of the Global Environment Facility has been implementing major initiatives…

Kazakhstan is Ready to Provide its Own COVID-19 Vaccine to OIC Member States after WHO’s Approval, says Tokayev at OIC Summit on Science and Technology

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan will provide its QazVac vaccine to the member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and consider its production in other OIC nations to boost cooperation in science, technology and innovation within the organization, said Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev at the second OIC Summit on Science and Technology held on June…

Kazakhstan Achieves Major Results in Protecting Rights of Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Says UNHCR Representative in Central Asia

NUR-SULTAN – World Refugee Day, annually celebrated on June 20, is an international day initiated by the United Nations (UN) to honor refugees around the globe. To mark World Refugee Day 2021, The Astana Times spoke with Hans F. Schodder, Representative of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, for Central Asia, to learn about  the organization’s activities and…

More International Destinations Open Up to Kazakh Travelers

NUR-SULTAN – The Polish airline LOT Polish Airlines has resumed its flights between Warsaw and Nur-Sultan from June 10 with a frequency of one flight per week, according to the Kazakh Civil Aviation Committee.  Warsaw Chopin Airport is included in the group of the so-called transfer airports suitable for quick and smooth handling of passengers…

Construction of Gas Processing Plant Kicks Off at Kashagan Oilfield

NUR-SULTAN – The gas processing plant will be built at Kashagan oilfield, PrimeMinister.kz reported on June 8. This was announced during the working visit of Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin to the Atyrau region. The capacity of the plant is expected to reach up to 1 billion cubic meters of raw sulfur gas per year.…

Kazakh Government to Focus on Inclusive Environment, Education

NUR-SULTAN – The rights and protection of people with disabilities is one of the most important tasks of the country.  According to the Ministry of Healthcare, there are about 705,000 people with special needs including 94,000 children in Kazakhstan. Some 37 centers for adults and 23 for children with disabilities operate nationwide. Overall, more than…

West Kazakhstan Region Offers Well-Developed Infrastructure and Benefit for Investors

NUR-SULTAN – The West Kazakhstan region observed positive trends in all main socio-economic indicators by the end of 2020. The region has been implementing major projects in attracting investments, manufacturing industrial products, agriculture and the creation of workplaces.  The Astana Times spoke with First Deputy Mayor of the West Kazakhstan region Mukhtar Mankeyev to learn…