Articles by Aidana Yergaliyeva

Kazakh-Jordanian mutual trade to boost after finalising several agreements, says envoy

NUR-SULTAN – In the next four years, the Jordanian embassy in Kazakhstan will focus on reaching transportation agreements, establishing direct flights and easing the visa regime, Jordanian Ambassador to Kazakhstan Yousef Abdelghani told The Astana Times in an exclusive interview. Achieving these will encourage Jordanian business circles to expand their business to Kazakhstan and vice…

Kazakh President promotes stronger economic ties on visit to UAE

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan discussed bilateral relations and economic cooperation between Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates during President Tokayev’s Jan. 27-28 first presidential visit to Abu Dhabi. Both leaders acknowledged the positive state of relations and a desire to continue…

Zhambyl entrepreneurs to implement 62 projects creating nearly 2,000 jobs

NUR-SULTAN – Zhambyl Region entrepreneurs will be receiving more than 20 billion tenge (US$52.88 million) to start 62 projects as part of the Economy of Simple Things state programme. The Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs estimates the projects should create 1,845 jobs. The economic effect should reflect “an increase of production in the implementation of…

Rich soil, increased European demand make Kazakhstan world’s largest flax oil producer

NUR-SULTAN – Global flax imports have grown 1.7 times from 1.04 million tonnes in 2008 to 1.76 million tonnes in 2018. Kazakh farmers, with acres of the black soil needed for flax seeds, have conveniently supplied the growing demand. The country produced 94,600 tonnes of flax in 2010. By 2018, production reached 719,000 tonnes and…

Tokayev’s visit to UAE will boost cooperation, says Kazakh envoy

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s first visit to the United Arab Emirates, which is also his first visit to the Middle East as head of state, will boost cooperation between the countries, Kazakh Ambassador to the U.A.E. Madiyar Menilbekov tells The Astana Times.   The visit, scheduled for late January, “will allow the discussion…

Nazarbayev University scientists develop mobile app for coeliac disease awareness

NUR-SULTAN – Nazarbayev University (NU) scientists have developed CeliacTest, the first mobile application with a short questionnaire that can identify the risk of a person having coeliac disease, a genetically predisposed immune-mediated gluten intolerance. The creators want to increase the currently low awareness of the common disease that can lead to a severe health condition.…

Kazakh President stresses modern-day relevance of Abai’s ideas

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev published Jan. 9 an article titled “Abai and Kazakhstan in the 21st Century” in the Egemen Kazakhstan newspaper in honour of Kazakh poet, writer, philosopher, composer and translator Abai Kunanbayev’s 175th anniversary.  In the article, Tokayev shares his thoughts about the relevance of Abai’s ideas to the contemporary world…

Digital Kazakhstan programme created 8,000 jobs in 2019

NUR-SULTAN – Digital Kazakhstan programme helped create 8,000 jobs last year, with the programme’s total economic effect exceeding 600 billion tenge (US$1.58 billion) for 2018 and 2019. The digital technologies brought noticeable improvements in the public services, education, healthcare, financial, transport, mining and metallurgical sectors. “Digitisation can become an engine of the national economy and…

UNDP, Bitfury to create Pavlodar forestland as Kazakhstan’s first carbon reducing initiative 

NUR-SULTAN – Bitfury, the world’s leading blockchain company, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will be the first big business to compensate for its carbon footprint in Kazakhstan. The two entities will sign an agreement in late January with the nation’s Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources to create a forestland…

Government commission finds icing most likely cause of Bek Air crash

NUR-SULTAN – A Kazakh government commission assessing the Dec. 27 crash of a Bek Air plane near Almaty has found icing to be the most likely cause of the accident, Deputy Prime Minister Roman Sklyar told a Jan. 10 Central Communication Service press briefing.  The Bek Air Fokker 100 plane collided with a two-storey building…