Articles by Dana Omirgazy

Gas exchange trading to begin in Eurasian Economic Union

ASTANA – The Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) is set to start a roadmap launching gas exchange trading in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). The decision was announced at the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service gas subcommittee meeting with the participation of representatives from the EAEU, EEC and St. Petersburg International Commodity Exchange (SPIMEX), according to an…

NU Career Centre assists graduates in landing a job

ASTANA – Nazarbayev University (NU) held its third graduation ceremony last month, awarding 728 bachelor’s and master’s degrees and for the first time presenting nine PhDs. With sheepskins in hand, what are the students’ next steps? According to statistics from 2015-2016 provided by the NU Career and Advising Centre, 54.3 percent of alumni took jobs…

Astana parks offer EXPO 2017 shows for visitors

ASTANA – Parks become attractive places in the summer where people can spend an hour or two or even a whole day with family or friends. The capital’s green and picturesque open spaces are perfect for those looking for some peace and quiet in the city. The metropolitan parks will become even more beautiful and…

UN Under Secretary-General: EXPO invites creative thinking and a search for new ideas

ASTANA – EXPO 2017 is bringing people from all around the world to Astana, connecting them through dialogue while focusing the world’s attention on the enormous opportunities in moving to sustainable energy. The international event highlights the reality that this is a global effort and countries must work together to share ideas and solve these…

Astana Opera ballet artists stand out in international competition in New York

ASTANA – Astana Opera theatre artists gained a double victory at the June 5-10 Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (VKIBC) in New York, according to the theatre’s press service. Principal Dancer of the Astana Opera ballet Bakhtiyar Adamzhan became the first winner of the Grand Prix in the Classical Dance category in the history of…

Nomad Way international festival shares nomadic culture through live music

ASTANA – The June 11-15 first international Festival of Nomadic Peoples at the recently launched Ethno Aul near the city’s hippodrome has helped share elements of nomadic culture, tengrinews.kz reports. Kazakh bands Tigrahaud, Hapanasasa and singer NAsia, as well as the Abbos band from Uzbekistan and the Argymak band from Bashkortostan performed ethnic folk-rock to…

Book by Chinese president translated into Kazakh, presented in Astana

ASTANA – The Kazakh-language version of Chinese President’s book “Xi Jinping: The Governance of China” was presented June 5 in the Library of the First President in Astana. Deputy head of the Publicity Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China Tuo Zhen said the book demonstrated China’s development theory and path,…

Astana Opera House to stage Kazakh and world masterpieces in June

ASTANA – The Kazakh capital is turning into the world’s largest performance venue this summer. During the more than 90 days of EXPO 2017, the city will offer a rich cultural and entertaining programme featuring local and foreign artists. The Astana Opera House and Astana Ballet Theatre have unveiled the upcoming performance schedule. “Abai,” the…

Int’l political, business leaders discuss One Belt, One Road initiative at St. Petersburg Economic Forum

ASTANA – International representatives of political and business circles gathered at the June 1-3 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). More than 100 events were devoted to the main topic – the search for a new balance in the global economy. At least 12,000 people from 130 countries participated. “Last year, Kazakhstan chaired the Eurasian…

Foreign and Kazakh professors discuss challenges of academic integrity

ASTANA – KAZGUU University’s (Kazakh Humanities and Law Institute) Higher School of Economics hosted the second international scientific conference May 19-20 titled “Academic Integrity and University Governance.” Representatives of the Kazakh Ministry of Education and Science, professors and researchers from universities and major academic centres in the United States, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, the…

18-year-old Kazakh genius defends master’s thesis

ASTANA – Eighteen-year-old Rakhat-Bi Abdysagin recently defended his master’s thesis at Kazakh National University of Arts (KazNUA), reported tengrinews.kz. Abdysagin became a student at the Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory at 13, while simultaneously studying piano under maestro Konstantin Bogino at Accademia Musicale S. Cecilia di Bergamo in Italy. After graduating from both schools four years…

Kazakh beekeepers to export honey to China

ASTANA – Kazakhstan and China signed the protocol on inspection, quarantine and sanitary requirements for honey exported from Kazakhstan to China during President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s official visit to China and his participation in the May 14-15 Belt and Road forum for international cooperation in Beijing. Kazakh Vice Minister of Agriculture Gulmira Issayeva and Chinese Chairperson…

Cooperation and peaceful resolution is the key for the future, says anti-nuclear activist

ASTANA – Tore Naerland, president of Bike for Peace Norway (BFP), has been nominated for the Kazakhstan Peace Prize for a Nuclear Weapons Free World and Global Security, the nation’s equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize. He has been fighting for peace, disarmament and democracy on the planet and promoting peace by organising biking and…

Huawei Academy opens in Almaty to support local ICT education

ASTANA – Huawei recently opened the first in Kazakhstan Huawei Authorised Information and Network Academy (HAINA) in Almaty based on the Kazakh-British Technical University (KBTU), according to the company’s press service. The HAINA project will be a platform to train specialists in information and communication technologies (ICT) and telecommunications spheres. The laboratory is equipped with…

Kazakh dancer instructs salsa classes, finds her rhythm in Toronto

ASTANA – Aktobe-born and raised, Gulsaya Tuleu has been teaching, choreographing and performing lively and exciting salsa for years at Baila Society (BASo) in dynamic and multicultural Toronto. One of the most graceful dance forms, salsa inspires millions of people worldwide with the flexibility of its movements and energetic music. “Throughout my childhood, I performed…

Astana couple creates business to foster child development

ASTANA – Married Astana couple Amir and Zulfiya Zhantassov have created the “Smart Monkey” kit to foster child development for children up to 10 years old. “My wife Zulfiya and I came up with this idea in the U.S. during our studies at university. Upon arrival in Kazakhstan, we decided to implement it. Our kits…

New Astana railway station set to open June 1

ASTANA – Astana is set to open a new railway station ahead of the EXPO 2017 international specialised exhibition, to be called Nurly Zhol. The facility will open June 1, Kazakhstan Temir Zholy press service reports. The project is divided into two stages ensuring the integration of the Astana railway junction and the construction of…

Modern micro district to be built for young families in Taraz

ASTANA – Young families and couples in Taraz will now be able to purchase an apartment in a new residential area with modern infrastructure. The Zhambyl region administration had a look at a master plan and micro district miniature. “The residential complex should appear at the entrance to the regional centre from the north, along…

Scientists, Academics Discuss President’s Aim of Alphabet Switch, Raising Cultural Awareness

ASTANA – Leading academic and cultural voices met in Astana to discuss the Kazakh President’s goal of shifting written Kazakh from the Cyrillic to the Latin alphabet within 10 years. President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev set a target for completing the transition to the Latin alphabet by 2025 in an April 12 article published in…

Caspi Bitum plant increases efficiency with innovative storage, transport method

ASTANA – Aktau bitumen plant has developed an innovative way of storing and transporting bitumen, kazinform.kz reports. “Viscous road bitumen is packaged in Big Bag disposable transport containers and plastic bags with a capacity of 1,000 and 40 kilogrammes respectively. New technology implies the packing of cold bitumen allowing not only to preserve the quality…

Astana improves services, enhances security to welcome EXPO 2017 visitors

ASTANA – In anticipation of the EXPO 2017 international specialised exhibition, the city administration is taking a holistic approach to preparing for the country’s main event in a decade. The capital’s municipal enterprises and businesses are completing preparatory works to provide a safe and positive experience for tourists and citizens during the informative and recreational…

U.S. filmmaker chronicles Kazakh eagle hunters in Western Mongolia

ASTANA – A stunning video named “Nomads of Mongolia” describing the life of Kazakh eagle hunters in Western Mongolia shot by U.S. filmmaker Brandon Li has been amazing YouTube and Vimeo viewers over the past few months. The former MTV producer and current global nomad took some time from his schedule to give an exclusive…

Social Health Insurance Fund CEO clarifies system for health contributions

ASTANA – The Kazakh Parliament is considering amendments to the law on compulsory social health insurance. If they are approved, contribution rates to the Social Health Insurance Fund (SHIF) will be reduced to ease the burden on the economy and business, said SHIF chairperson Elena Bakhmutova. “In general, the proposal is to reduce the rate…

Turgay geoglyphs can help reveal nomadic secrets, says discoverer

ASTANA – “Perhaps there are no monuments of global significance on our land like the Egyptian pyramids or the Colosseum, but the role of nomads in world history is undeniable,” said Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev in June 2008. More than a year had passed since mysterious structures were discovered across Northern Kazakhstan in March 2007…

Kazakhstan’s agricultural sector needs more investments

ASTANA – The Kazakh economy was backed by the agricultural sector in 2016, however, the level of investment remains low, rising just 3.3 percent of the total investment volume, reported finprom.kz. “Despite a sharp increase in 2016, agriculture is still experiencing a deficit of investment support compared to other sectors of the economy. Over the…