Articles by Assel Satubaldina

Kazakhstan’s Jusan operation sets example for other countries, says UN Children’s Rights Committee Chair 

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s Jusan operation, which returned nearly 600 citizens from Syria, is an excellent example for other countries to follow, said United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child Chair Renate Winter in an exclusive interview with The Astana Times. During several stages of the humanitarian operation, conducted from January through June, a…

North Kazakhstan Region to allocate $525,000 next year to support young entrepreneurs 

NUR-SULTAN – The North Kazakhstan Region will allocate 200 million tenge (US$525,240) next year to develop youth entrepreneurship. One in five Kazakh citizens is a member of the younger generation and supporting them is among the nation’s priorities. Approximately 2.3 million live in cities, 1.7 million in rural areas.  North Kazakhstan Region Akim (Governor) Kumar…

Climate change may cut Kazakh grain harvest by 37 percent by 2030

NUR-SULTAN – Climate change may reduce the Kazakh grain harvest by 37 percent by 2030 and 48 percent by 2050, said the World Bank in its recent statement. The phenomenon presents enormous challenges for development, including its impact on agricultural supply chains.  Sixty-six percent of Kazakh land is vulnerable to drought. The numbers can be…

Kazakh government adopts action plan to implement Tokayev’s election platform

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh government recently adopted an action plan to implement the election platform of recently elected President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. The platform focuses on continuing to have existing policies, ensuring justice and progress. Tokayev stressed during his campaign that if elected he would continue the political course of the country’s founding President Nursultan Nazarbayev. …

Kazakh IT startups attract $76 million in investments in two years

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh IT startups have attracted nearly 29 billion tenge (US$76.3 million) since 2018.  Astana Hub, the capital’s international technopark of IT startups, contributes to the country’s Digital Kazakhstan programme designed to build secure digital infrastructure, incorporate digital technologies into the country’s economy, digitise government services and train Kazakh specialists,  noted Minister of Digital…

Exploration kicks off at Central Asia’s largest tin field in North Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – Tin One Mining, the mineral exploration and development company co-owned by Lancaster Group and Samruk Kazyna Invest, has started exploration at Central Asia’s largest and Kazakhstan’s only tin field in Syrymbet village in the North Kazakhstan Region. Syrymbet is the world’s largest undeveloped tin and complex rare earth polymetal deposit. It was discovered…

PRI seeks to help Kazakhstan reform criminal justice system, prevent torture

NUR-SULTAN – Penal Reform International (PRI) is seeking to assist Kazakhstan in reforming its penal system, step up efforts to prevent torture and update detention facilities in line with international standards, said PRI Central Asia Director Azamat Shambilov. The organisation has been working for 30 years across 90 countries worldwide.   “There was one person,…

Kazakh GDP showing steady growth, says minister of national economy

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh GDP growth, calculated at 4 percent from January-May, is maintaining positive dynamics, noted Minister of National Economy Ruslan Dalenov. “The dynamics in investments outpace GDP growth rate. The growth advanced from 7.8 percent against 6.7 percent within four months. Investments in agriculture and construction rose one and a half percent. Investments in…

Kazakhstan’s second largest airline launches flights to Prague, Ulanbaatar

NUR-SULTAN – SCAT, Kazakhstan’s second largest airline, launched direct flights to Prague and Ulaanbaatar from the nation’s capital June 2 in an effort to boost tourist flow and make use of the country’s strategic location. The Nur-Sultan – Prague and Nur-Sultan – Ulaanbaatar flights will be operated Thursdays and Sundays on Boeing 737s. The airline…

Ancient Kazakh traditions on display in capital during ethnofest

NUR-SULTAN – More than 30,000 people took the opportunity to learn more about the cultural heritage and traditions of the Kazakh people during Nur-Sultan’s open-air ethnofest May 31 to June 2. The festival was organised by the Nur-Sultan Akimat (city administration) and the Kazakh Ethno Sport Association. The festival also coincided with the city’s June…