Articles by Zhanna Shayakhmetova

North Macedonia Intends to Strengthen Economic Cooperation with Kazakhstan, Says Ambassador Limani

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is an important partner for North Macedonia, said Ambassador of North Macedonia to Kazakhstan Sali Limani in a recent interview with The Astana Times.  North Macedonia and Kazakhstan have been partners since 1995. The diplomatic relations  between the two countries are based on mutual trust and understanding.  “What contributes to friendly bilateral…

BIE Secretary General Recognizes Kazakhstan’s Role in Expo Process From Candidature to Legacy

ASTANA – As the countries bidding for hosting the Specialized Exhibition 2027/28 anticipate the decision, Dimitri S. Kerkentzes, the Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), sat down with The Astana Times to talk about Expo 2017 Astana’s legacy and the organization’s activities as a whole.  The international exposition that took place in…

Kazakhstan Seeks to Develop Green Hydrogen, Accelerates Energy Transition

ASTANA – Kazakhstan has the opportunity to become one of the top green hydrogen exporting countries, said Kazakh Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Almas Aidarov in a recent interview with The Astana Times.  “Green hydrogen is a quite new concept,” explained Aidarov. “Green hydrogen is produced by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen using renewable…

Tokayev Wins 2022 Presidential Election, According to Final Results of Central Election Commission

ASTANA – The Central Election Commission (CEC) announced Kassym-Jomart Tokayev as elected President of Kazakhstan after the final results of the presidential election were released on Nov. 22. According to the CEC, Tokayev won 81.31 percent of the election’s votes. The results show that Zhiguli Dairabayev won 3.42 percent of the votes, Karakat Abden –…

Education Experts See Election as Defining Moment For Future of Nation

ASTANA – As the campaigning continues nationwide, prominent academics discuss voter awareness and engagement necessary for driving social change ahead of the Presidential election on Nov. 20.  “Election is the most efficient tool of democracy,” Ainur Karbozova, Deputy Chair of the Board of Narikbayev KAZGUU University, said in an interview for this story. “It provides…

Central Asian Changemakers Showcase Startup Ideas and Tech Solutions at EdTech Asia Summit in Singapore

ASTANA – A team of 13 education professionals from Central Asia took part for the first time in EdTech Asia’s sixth annual summit in Singapore in late October. The delegation included the founders of education companies in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, heads of preschool education centers, representatives of Nazarbayev University, and academics and leaders of social…

Reforms in Kazakhstan Will Pave Way for Stronger Ties with EU, Says European Parliament’s Rapporteur

ASTANA – The ongoing reforms in Kazakhstan give the partnership between the European Union (EU) and Kazakhstan room to grow in all areas of cooperation, Klemen Groselj, a Member of the European Parliament and its standing rapporteur on Kazakhstan, said in a recent interview with The Astana Times. “I am confident that the EU can…

Incumbent President Tokayev Declares Principle of Fairness in All Sectors as Part of His Election Program

Editor’s note: As Kazakhstan approaches the presidential elections on Nov. 20, The Astana Times will contribute a series of articles in the format of reviews and interviews providing an outlook into the electoral programs of each of the candidates.  ASTANA – The campaign platform of incumbent President and people’s coalition candidate Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is based…

EU, Kazakhstan Ink Agreement on Raw Materials and Renewable Hydrogen at COP27

ASTANA – The European Union (EU) and Kazakhstan seek to strengthen their strategic partnership by signing an agreement on raw materials, batteries and renewable hydrogen on Nov. 7 at the sidelines of the 27th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27), which kicked off in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. The agreement focuses on the development…

Kazakhstan Celebrates UN Day with Inclusive Theatre Performance

ASTANA – Kazakhstan marked the United Nations (UN) Day with the premiere of the Qanattylar inclusive theatre performance at the Kuanyshbayev Kazakh Music Drama Theatre in Astana on Nov. 7. The troupe staged “Leila’s Prayer” a play about the life of a girl with disabilities in the image of an eternal child, a victim of…

Italian Pianist Alessandro Martire to Perform Concert in Astana, Present New Video Filmed in Charyn Canyon (Teaser Video)

ASTANA – Italian pianist and composer Alessandro Martire will stage a concert featuring compositions from his new album “Wind of Gea” as part of the Alem Saz International Music Festival at the Kazakhstan Central Concert Hall in Astana on Nov. 8.  The Kazakh State Symphony Orchestra will perform at the concert.  Martire will also present…

Kazakh Youth Come Together for Community Climate Solutions Ahead of COP27

ASTANA – The Kazakh students had a chance on Oct. 28 to debate on climate solutions at the Voice of Youth from Glasgow to Sharm El-Sheikh event at the Narikbayev KazGUU University ahead of the 27th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27).  The UK will hand over its presidency to Egypt, which will…

Nation Celebrates Republic Day to Commemorate Declaration on State Sovereignty of Kazakhstan

ASTANA – October 25 is one of the most important dates in the history of Kazakhstan. On this day the Declaration on the State Sovereignty of the Kazakh SSR (Soviet Socialist Republic) was adopted, representing the country’s first step toward its independence.    Republic Day, celebrated in Kazakhstan until 2009, marks the declaration adoption.  The proposal…

Kazakhstan Plays Active Role in Energy Charter Treaty, Says Secretary-General of Secretariat During His Recent Visit to Country

ASTANA – Kazakhstan has been an important actor in the European Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) since becoming its member in 1991, said Secretary-General of the Energy Charter Secretariat Guy Lentz in a recent interview with The Astana Times.  Lentz recognized Kazakhstan’s unique role in the negotiation process and its participation in initiatives, meetings, and working…

CIS Heads of State Reaffirm Commitment to Strengthen Cohesion Among Member States, Bolster Cooperation

ASTANA – The Council of Heads of State of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) reaffirmed the importance of the CIS and expressed readiness to strengthen multilateral cooperation at the meeting in Astana on Oct.14. The council meeting chaired by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev became one of the high-profile events held this week along with the…

Officials, Experts Discuss Kazakhstan’s Draft Carbon Neutrality Strategy

ASTANA – The Kazakh capital hosted the fourth Climate Dialogue conference highlighting the priorities and mechanisms of the draft carbon neutrality strategy  until 2060 at the Astana International Financial Center on Oct. 6. The document was developed by the Ministry of National Economy in cooperation with national experts. The event was organized by the Green…

Kazakh Prime Minister, Head of IMF Mission for Kazakhstan Discuss New Reforms, Bilateral Cooperation

ASTANA – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) welcomes the new reforms in Kazakhstan and is ready to provide advice and technical support, said Nicolas Blancher, the Division Chief in the IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia Department and Mission Chief for Kazakhstan during the meeting with Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov on Oct. 6. …

Kazakh President Outlines Measures of New Economic Policy During Meeting with Business Executives

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev recognized the role of entrepreneurship in economic growth during the meeting with the business executives at Akorda on Sept. 9. “In my address to the people, I noted the basic goal of economic policy: qualitative and inclusive growth of the well-being of people. This can be achieved through a free…

Kazakh Government Prioritizes Emergency Preparedness and Response After Wildfire Outbreaks in Regions

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has directed the Prime Minister to take all the necessary measures to prevent an emergency in connection to the recent wildfires in the regions during the meeting with Akims (Governors) of the Almaty, East Kazakhstan, Akmola and Karagandy regions on Sept. 9.  Tokayev ordered the special equipment and other necessary…

New Houses to Be Built After Wildfires in Kostanai Region

NUR-SULTAN – The construction of new houses for fire victims has started in the Auliekol village, reported Sept. 7 Kazinform. The duration of the project is expected to be 2,5 months. The Halyk Charitable Fund also announced plans to allocate 1.3 billion tenge (US$2 million) to build a new kindergarten accommodating 280 children in the…

IOFS Implements Proactive Measures to Address Food Security Challenges

NUR-SULTAN – The Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) aims to take decisive actions to address food and nutrition issues in line – all in line with its strategic vision by 2031, said IOFS Director General Yerlan Baidaulet in a recent interview with The Astana Times.   The 10-year strategy was adopted  at the Fourth General…

World Marks 177th Anniversary of Kazakh Poet Abai and His Powerful Legacy

NUR-SULTAN – This week, a plethora of cultural events were held abroad to honor the 177th anniversary of great poet and philosopher Abai Kunanbayev. Kazakhstan celebrated the Day of Abai on Aug. 10, the date of his birthday. The book titled “The greatness of Abai or an attempt to create a portrait of a thinker…

Kazakhstan to Develop Law on Preventing and Combating Human Trafficking Next Year

NUR-SULTAN – The Ministry of Internal Affairs announced plans to develop the draft law on combating human trafficking in April 2023, said Kanat Nurmagambetov, the Acting Head of the Department for Combating Organized Crime at a July 26 round table at the Central Communications Centre. A dialogue platform between the state and civil sectors operated…

Base Rate Raised to Reduce Inflation in Medium Term, Says Chair of Kazakhstan’s National Bank

NUR-SULTAN – The National Bank set the base rate to 14.5 percent per annum on July 25 to reduce inflation in the medium term, Chair of the National Bank Galymzhan Pirmatov told Kazinform. Annual inflation in May accelerated above the National Bank’s forecasts. “Annual inflation accelerated to 14 percent in May and 14.5 percent in…

Kazakh Officials Discuss Nuclear Power Plant Operation During Visit to France

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh officials visited France to learn about the country’s experience in developing atomic energy, reported the press service of the Ministry of Energy on July 21.     The Kazakh delegation held meetings with representatives of France’s Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Ecological Transition, and the French nuclear power plant operator Eléctricité…

EdTech Forum Experts Debate Role of Innovations in Education

NUR-SULTAN – This year, the fourth International Forum of Educational Technologies in Nur-Sultan held two major sessions to address issues related to human capital development and the digital agenda in education. The EdTech Forum was held on June 27-29. The key theme of the forum was M.E.T.A. (Mobility. Edutainment. Technology. Action.).  During the session dedicated…

Gender Balance is Vital for Businesses and Society, Say Experts During EdTech Forum

NUR-SULTAN – What are the business advantages of female leadership? What is the situation with the gender balance representation in Kazakhstan and around the world? These topics were in the spotlight of the New Kazakhstan: Female Leadership and Management session held as part of the recent EdTech Forum M.E.T.A. in Nur-Sultan. The Kazakh government has…

Almaty Enters Yellow Zone As Omicron Variant of COVID-19 Causes Spike in Cases in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN –  Almaty remains in the yellow zone since July 4 as 112 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the city over the past day, reported the nation’s interdepartmental commission on the prevention of the spread of the coronavirus infection on July 5. All other regions are in the green zone, according to the matrix…

Trade Portal Launches in Kazakhstan As Part of Ready4Trade Central Asia Project

NUR-SULTAN – The Trade Facilitation Portal in Kazakhstan has been launched as part of the Ready4Trade Central Asia project funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the International Trade Center (ITC), on July 4. The new online platform provides information on cross-border trading procedures and makes it more accessible for businesses.  Youri Skaskevitch,…

General Electric Seeks to Build Sustainable Future for Kazakhstan Through Energy Transition

NUR-SULTAN – The decarbonization of the global economy is becoming increasingly urgent, particularly for major energy producers such as Kazakhstan. The country announced plans to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2060.  During the plenary session of Kazakhstan’s Foreign Investors’ Council, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev hosted a discussion with business leaders and members of government on approaches…

Kazakhstan Celebrates Africa Day with Reception Ceremony at Nazarbayev University

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh capital hosted a celebration event paying tribute to Africa’s history and rich culture at the Nazarbayev University (NU) on June 24. The event was initiated by the embassies of South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, and the Chargé de Affairs of Libya in Kazakhstan.  Africa day is observed annually to commemorate the founding…

Kazakhstan’s National Center for Human Rights and OSCE Office For Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Agree to Strengthen Cooperation

NUR-SULTAN – The National Center for Human Rights in Kazakhstan and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions agreed to increase support to Kazakh civil society and various institutions for the implementation of human rights and democratic principles within the OCSE. This was announced during the signing of the memorandum between Commissioner (Ombudsperson) for Human Rights…

Poland’s Polpharma Celebrates 10 Years of Successful Investments in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – The Polpharma Group, one of the top 20 leading manufacturers of generic medications globally, has been making a significant contribution to the pharmaceutical industry’s development in Kazakhstan. The company’s input has demonstrated its vital role in the country during the pandemic.  President of the Polpharma Supervisory Board Jerzy Starak spoke about the company’s…

Prosecutor General’s Office Discloses New Facts From Investigation Into January Events, Provides Proof of Criminal Organization of Attacks

NUR-SULTAN – The Prosecutor General’s Office identified the criminal groups who organized the attack on the Almaty airport as part of the investigation into the events of January, reported the press service of the Central Communications Center.  Pogroms, arson, and property damage to state facilities and acts of terrorism were committed in Almaty, Shymkent, Aktobe,…

Astana Finance Days Conference to Focus on Sustainability, Social Responsibility, and Growth Amidst Uncertainty in 2022

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh capital will host the fifth Astana Finance Days conference dedicated to sustainability, social responsibility, and growth on June 27-29 at the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC), reported the organization’s press service.  More than 200 speakers including Visa’s Vice President, Regional Manager Central Asia, and Azerbaijan Cristina Doros, World Bank Group’s Vice…

Kazakhstan and Iran Agree to Boost Trade and Economic Cooperation During Tokayev’s Official Visit to Tehran

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan and Iran agreed to increase mutual trade, strengthen trade and economic cooperation in transport, logistics, manufacturing, and agriculture, and expand cultural and humanitarian ties. This was announced during the meeting between President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran on June 19, reported Akorda.  As part of his official visit…

Astana Process Participants Speak About Territorial Integrity, Humanitarian Assistance for Syria at 18th Round of Talks in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – The representatives of Iran, Russia and Turkey who serve as guarantors of the Astana Process on Syria expressed their commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria and the purposes and principles of the UN Charter at the 18th International Meeting on Syria in the Kazakh capital on July 16. …

EU Ambassador Says Bloc’s Member States Support Kazakhstan’s Political and Economic Reforms

NUR-SULTAN – The European Union welcomes the political reforms initiated by Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in his state-to-the-nation address in mid-March, and confirmed by the referendum in June, in addition to the socio-economic reforms started after the tragic January events. The EU stands ready to support further modernization and democratization of the country, EU Ambassador…

Kazakh Prime Minister Discusses AIFC Court’s Unique Contribution to Favorable Investment Climate with Court’s Chief Justice

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) Court and the International Arbitration Centre (IAC) play an important role in strengthening investor confidence and ensuring impartiality in resolving disputes. This was announced by Kazakh Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov during the meeting with Chief Justice of the AIFC Court, The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mance on…

AIFC Academy of Law Promotes Academic Experience and Practical Education Among Legal Professionals

NUR-SULTAN – Progressive institutional changes require highly qualified professionals who can deliver positive outcomes based on their well-informed and enlightened perspectives, and on their knowledge of international best practices, said David Russell Gallo, the Director of the AIFC Academy of Law, who spoke about the academy’s role in making international law environment more effective, in…

QS World University Rankings 2023 Feature 16 Kazakh Universities, Al-Farabi University Enters Top 150

NUR-SULTAN – Sixteen Kazakh universities have entered the QS World University Rankings 2023 featuring more than 1,400 universities from around the world, reported the press service of the Ministry of Education and Science.  The number of Kazakh universities has doubled in the rankings in three years as eight were listed in the ranking in 2018…

Citi Sees Opportunities For Growth and Investment in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana Times spoke with David Livingstone, Citi’s Chief Executive Officer in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), about the company’s activities and priority areas for investing on the eve of the 34th Foreign Investors’ Council, which is held today in Nur-Sultan. As one of Kazakhstan’s largest multinational investors, Citi is committed to…

Central Referendum Commission’s Final Count: 77.18% of People Voted in Support of Amendments to Constitution

NUR-SULTAN – Some 77.18 percent of people (6.1 million of people) voted in favor of the constitutional Amendments during the referendum on June 5, reported Central Referendum Commission (CRC) Chairman Nurlan Abdirov at the June 7 meeting on the final electoral tally.  This makes up an absolute majority of votes in each of the 17…

Exit Poll Results Show Overwhelming Support for Constitutional Amendments in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – Some 76.7 percent of people voted in favor of the amendments to Kazakhstan’s Constitution, according to the exit poll results announced at midnight on June 6 by Head of the Sotsis-A Institute for Social Research Alibek Tazhibayev. Some 23.3 percent of people voted against the amendments. The voter turnout was declared at 67.5…

New Group of EU Scholarship Recipients from Afghanistan Start Their Education in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – Fifty recipients of scholarships funded by the European Union (EU) from Afghanistan have started their English courses at the Almaty Management University (AlmaU) in April, reported the press service of the UNDP.  The course started online in December of 2021. By the beginning of the academic year, all students will graduate from the…

Top Officials from Kazakhstan and EU Hold Talks on Cooperation, Support For New Kazakhstan Political Reforms

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Roman Vassilenko held a number of meetings with European Union officials in Budapest, Vilnius, Warsaw and Vienna to reaffirm the strategic partnership between the countries and outline the major directions of the political reforms in Kazakhstan, reported the ministry’s press service. Kazakh-Austrian dialogue in Vienna  Kazakhstan and…

Fund’s Reforms to Focus on Transparency and Investments in Real Sectors of Economy, Samruk Kazyna CEO Says

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s largest sovereign wealth fund Samruk Kazyna has been undergoing a major transformation this year amid the recently announced reforms on building a new state policy.  The Samruk Kazyna is one of the biggest stakeholders of oil and gas, energy, national railroad, and postal office companies.  Implementation of reforms   President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced…

Rule of Law is Vital in Investigation of January Unrest, Kazakh Human Rights Officials Say

NUR-SULTAN – It is necessary to protect individuals under investigation and establish legitimacy and justice in the proceedings related to the January events, reported Kazakhstan’s Commissioner for Human Rights Elvira Azimova at the press briefing on April 28.  Azimova noted that Kazakhstan has been introducing innovative changes in the field of human rights agenda and…

“Atomic Steppe” Book Shows Thought-Provoking, Undiscovered Stories Behind Kazakhstan’s Decision to Give Up Nuclear Inheritance

NUR-SULTAN – This year saw the publication of Kazakh author Togzhan Kassenova’s “Atomic Steppe: How Kazakhstan Gave Up the Bomb,” the story of how Kazakhstan voluntarily gave up its nuclear arsenal after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Recently, a presentation of the book was also held at the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under…

President Tokayev Steps Down as Chairman of Kazakhstan’s Ruling Party Amanat Following Promise to Limit President’s Powers

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has resigned as the chairman of Kazakhstan’s ruling party Amanat. This was announced during the party’s extraordinary meeting on Tuesday.  Mazhilis Speaker Yerlan Koshanov will now serve as the chairman of the party. His nomination was supported by the other party members.  “I have said before that I would resign…

Kazakh Minister of Justice Lays Out Key Points of New Political Reforms

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Minister of Justice Kanat Mussin spoke about the amendments to be introduced to the Constitution as part of the New Kazakhstan: The Path of Renewal and Modernization program following the President’s address during an April 18 press conference at the Central Communications Center.  In his state of the nation address, President Kassym-Jomart…

EBRD Supports Kazakhstan’s Green Agenda Initiatives, New Reforms

NUR-SULTAN – European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) President Odile Renaud-Basso spoke about priority investment projects in Kazakhstan and how reforms influence the bank’s activities in an exclusive interview with the Astana Times.  The EBRD has been actively engaged in promoting green investments in Kazakhstan that align with Kazakhstan’s plans for carbon neutrality by…

Kazakh President Discusses Asian Security, CICA’s Priorities and Plans with Secretariat Executive Director

NUR-SULTAN – The transformation of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-building Measures in Asia (CICA) into a full-fledged international organization is a priority goal of Kazakhstan’s presidency in the organization. This was announced during the meeting of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev with Executive Director of the CICA Secretariat Kairat Sarybay on April 14, reported the Akorda…

Italian Embassy Presents Together Towards 2050 Program to Strengthen Partnership with Kazakhstan for Future Generation

NUR-SULTAN – The Embassy of Italy in Kazakhstan presented a special program titled Together Towards 2050 to mark the 30th anniversary of relations between Italy and Kazakhstan.  “The 30th anniversary of relations between Italy and Kazakhstan coincides with the historical period when it is important to strengthen the friendship between the two countries and resume…

Kazakh Government Discusses Demonopolization Measures For Various Sectors of the Economy

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh government has been considering proposals for the demonopolization of some sectors of the economy, the Prime Minister’s Office reported on April 6. Demonopolization is expected to take place in the construction, housing and communal services, transport, the functioning of roads and the manufacturing industry. According to the Minister of Industry and…

U.S. Committed to Partnering with Kazakhstan on Wide Range of Issues, Says U.S. Chargé

NUR-SULTAN – Judy Kuo, Chargé d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy Nur-Sultan, spoke about the U.S.-Kazakhstan strategic partnership, trade relations and environmental cooperation in a recent interview with The Astana Times.  On behalf of the U.S. Mission, Kuo congratulated all Muslims in Kazakhstan and wished them a safe and healthy Ramadan.  “During this holy month of…

President Tokayev Congratulates People on Nauryz During His Visit to Almaty

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev took part in a festive event dedicated to the spring equinox holiday of Nauryz at the Astana Square in Almaty on March 21, reported Akorda’s Press.  “The sacred Nauryz is a holiday of prosperity, unity, charity and mutual respect. I came here to celebrate this great holiday together with you.…

President Tokayev Announces Major Political Reforms in Address to the Nation

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s address to the nation, which was delivered on March 15, outlines a program for the large-scale transformation of the country and shows the way forward towards building a New Kazakhstan. “The significance of today’s address is special. Its scope of work is not limited to one year. It is broad…

Kazakh Government Adopts Plan to Reform Quasi-Public Sector, Increase Economic Growth

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh government plans to revise the concept of a subject of the quasi-public sector and to reform the quasi-public sector, Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov said in his response to a deputy’s request.  Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev decided to reform the quasi-public sector during his address to the nation in 2020. The companies…

KazISS Presents Results of Survey on Social Situation and Trust in Political Institutions

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies (KazISS) under the President of Kazakhstan released the results of a sociological survey viewing the social well-being of the population and trust in political institutions.  The survey was conducted in February in all regions. Overall, 6,800 respondents over 18 years-of-age living in 14 regions and 3 cities…

OIC Council of Foreign Ministers to Strengthen Solidarity and Cooperation Between Pakistan and Member States, Says Pakistan’s Envoy in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – Pakistan reaffirms its commitment to support efforts aimed at promoting unity, brotherhood and prosperity in Muslim countries in connection to the upcoming 48th meeting of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers, said Ambassador of Pakistan to Kazakhstan Sajjad Ahmed Seehar at the recent press meeting in the Kazakh capital.  This…

General Prosecutor’s Office Releases Updates on Ongoing Investigation of January Unrest

NUR-SULTAN – The operational group has been investigating 3,502 criminal cases linked to the acts of terrorism, murders, theft of firearms and mass riots committed during the January events in Kazakhstan. This was announced by Head of the Criminal Prosecution Service of the General Prosecutor’s Office Serik Shalabayev at a February 28 expanded meeting. Acting…

Kazakhstan Continues Major Reshuffles and Reforms in Law Enforcement Agencies

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev dismissed Yerlan Turgumbaev, the Minister of Internal Affairs and appointed Marat Akhmetzhanov as the new minister, the Akorda reported on Feb. 25.   Turgumbaev will now serve as an Advisor to the President.  Akhmetzhanov previously served as the Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Agency. He began his career in 1990 at the…

Italian Maestro Domenico Nordio Performs in Kazakh Capital

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh capital hosted a concert of world-famous Italian violinist Maestro Domenico Nordio with the Eurasian Student Symphony Orchestra of Kazakh National University of Arts at the Zhambyl Zhabayev Concert Hall on Feb. 17. As one of the most celebrated violinists of his generation Nordio performed at the Carnegie Hall in New York,…

President Tokayev Meets with Chinese President, Attends Opening Ceremony of Winter Olympics in Beijing

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan and China have built a foundation for a true strategic partnership in all areas of cooperation over the 30 years of diplomatic relations, said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Feb. 5, reported Akorda. Tokayev also expressed…

113 Billion Tenge Allocated to Qazaqstan Halqyna Public Foundation

NUR-SULTAN – Approximately 113 billion tenge (US$261 million) have been allocated to the Qazaqstan Halqyna (to the people of Kazakhstan) foundation, which is designed to boost social support, from Jan. 16 to Feb. 2, reported the press service of the foundation.  The funds allocated to the foundation come from private and public sources.   President Kassym-Jomart…

COVID-19 Situation Remains Tense in Kazakhstan, Cases of Respiratory Viral Infections Increase

NUR-SULTAN – The COVID-19 situation remains tense in Kazakhstan, reported Minister of Healthcare Azhar Giniyat at a February 1 government meeting.  The COVID-19 cases in school-aged children have increased since mid-January. The bed occupancy has also increased 1.2 times from 31 to 38 percent.  “The local authorities should ensure the compliance with the sanitary and…

Kazakhstan Eases COVID-19 Restrictions

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan is loosening restrictions on businesses, reported Minister of Healthcare Azhar Giniyat at the Jan. 25 meeting of the government. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev instructed the government to review the strict quarantine measures taking into account the concerns of the small and medium-sized businesses at the recent meeting with business executives in the capital. …

January Riot: Transparency and Rule of Law are Vital to Investigation Says Kazakh President

NUR-SULTAN – Transparency and rule of law are vital in the investigation of the January events, said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during a January 22 meeting with the heads of Security Council, Prosecutor General’s Office, National Security Committee, Ministers of Defense and Interior Affairs.   “It is impossible to allow society to form its opinion about…

Kazakhstan Presents National Team Uniforms for 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

NUR-SULTAN – The National Olympic Committee (NOC) presented the team’s uniform at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games, which will be held Feb. 4-20, reported the NOC’s press service.  The uniforms were made by the Kazakh company ZIBROO and created by Russian designer Dmitry Shishkin.  The athletes also took part in the creation of the uniforms…

President Tokayev Sets Course On New Economic Roadmap During Meeting with Business Executives

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev urged business leaders to work with the government on building a new economic policy during a January 21 meeting, reported Akorda.kz.  New reforms aim to become the basis of a new Kazakhstan. Fair competition, transparency and predictability of state policy, taxing honesty and social responsibility are set to become the…

Almaty Airport Resumes International and Domestic Flights

NUR-SULTAN – The Almaty International airport has resumed its domestic and international flights on Jan. 13, reported the airport’s press service.  The first international flight from Antalya operated by Kazakhstan’s national carrier Air Astana arrived at the airport on Jan. 13. On Jan. 5, a group of terrorists attacked the airport in Almaty during the…

Kazakhstan Tightens COVID Restrictions, Entry Requirements Amid Omicron Spread

NUR-SULTAN – COVID-19 cases have increased by 41 percent in two weeks due to the circulation of omicron, said newly appointed Kazakh Minister of Healthcare Azhar Giniyat at the Jan. 12 government meeting. The reproductive number has increased by 2.4 times since Jan. 1 and totals 2.2 nationwide.  As of Jan. 14, Nur-Sultan, Almaty, and…

Situation Stabilized in Kazakhstan as “Hot” Phase of Counter-Terrorist Operation Completed, President Tokayev Says

NUR-SULTAN – The main phase of the anti-terrorist operation has been completed, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said at the plenary session of the Majilis, the lower house of Parliament, on Jan. 11.  The situation has been stabilized in all regions.   The law enforcement agencies, the national guard, and the army are carrying out large-scale and…

Kazakhstan Population Reaches 19.17 Million in 2021

NUR-SULTAN – The population of Kazakhstan reached 19.17 million people, according to the first results of the National Population Census, which took place from Sept. 1 to Oct. 30. Prime Minister Askar Mamin presented the report during the meeting with President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Wednesday. It is reported that men constitute 48.71 percent of the…

Kazakh President Emphasizes Role of Kaspi.kz Fintech Company in Capital Market Development

NUR-SULTAN – The IPO of Kaspi.kz, one of the region’s leading banking and fintech companies has contributed to the capital market development, said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during the recent meeting with representatives of foreign investment companies.  Kaspi.kz became the most expensive publicly traded Kazakh company after it listed its shares on the London Stock Exchange…

Filming of Historical Film Dedicated to Acclaimed Kazakh Poet Zhambyl Zhabayev to Resume Next Spring

NUR-SULTAN – The filming of the “Zhambyl. A New Era” historical film to mark the 175th anniversary of Kazakh poet Zhambyl Zhabayev has started in the country, reported the film’s production company.   The first stage of filming started in mid-October and took place in Almaty and the Almaty region. The filming process will be…

Sixth Edition of Italian Cuisine Week Strengthens Kazakh-Italian Relations, Promotes Sustainable Dieting

NUR-SULTAN – The sixth edition of the Week of Italian Cuisine in the World was held Nov. 22-28 in the Kazakh capital and Almaty, reported the press service of the Italian Embassy in Kazakhstan.  Overall, 15 events were organized highlighting the superb ingredients, creative recipes, and sustainable concepts of the Mediterranean Diet and their hospitality…

From Nuclear Non-Proliferation to Green Agenda: Experts Call for Joint Actions to Meet Challenges of Post-COVID World at Astana Club Forum

NUR-SULTAN – The sixth meeting of the Astana Club that took place Nov.15-17 addressed the major issues of the global economy, geopolitics and international relations, climate change and nuclear security in the post-pandemic world. First President Nursultan Nazarbayev noted that it is necessary to develop direct contacts between the Eurasian Economic Union, the European Union,…

Kazakh President Proposes New Initiatives For Strengthening Political and Socio-Economic Development at Sixth Meeting of National Council of Public Trust

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev outlined more than 30 initiatives to address current social and economic issues at the sixth meeting of the National Council of Public Trust, which was held on Nov.16.  All initiatives are aimed at further political and socio-economic transformations in the country, reported Erlan Karin, an advisor to the President,…

Despite Slight Decrease in New Cases, Kazakh Healthcare Minister Urges People to Get Vaccinated, Follow Safety Measures

NUR-SULTAN – The COVID-19 incidence rate has decreased by 23 percent over the past two weeks, reported Kazakh Minister of Healthcare Alexei Tsoy at the government meeting on Nov. 16. According to global statistics, Kazakhstan ranks 105th in the morbidity rate of COVID-19, and 101st in the mortality rate out of 222 countries. As of…

Latest UNEP Reports Call for Accelerating Actions on Climate Change, says UN Under-Secretary-General

GLASGOW – What are the possible outcomes of the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26)? What are the key findings of the newly released reports on climate change? Why is environmental awareness important in education? The Astana Times spoke with UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Inger Andersen…

Securing a Transformational Recovery in Caucasus and Central Asia

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) projects real GDP growth at 4.3 percent in 2021 and 4.1 percent in 2022 in its latest economic outlook report for the region. Jihad Azour, director of the IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia Department, discusses some of the key issues facing the region. What is the status of the…

Green Financing and Energy Efficiency Are Key in Carbon Neutrality Strategy, Say Experts at COP26

GLASGOW – The Central Asian pavilion hosted the events devoted to green investments and energy conservation that contribute to carbon neutrality on Nov. 3-4 as part of the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26).  The experts shared their opinion that now more than ever…

Kazakhstan and Tajikistan to Cooperate as Part of Green Bridge Partnership Program to Promote Climate Policies in Central Asian Region

GLASGOW – Kazakhstan and Tajikistan signed the Charter of the Green Bridge Partnership Program on Nov.2 at the Central Asian pavilion as part of the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) in Glasgow.  The partnership program serves as a platform for developing collective approaches…

Kazakhstan Declares its Carbon Neutrality Targets at UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow

GLASGOW – Despite the cloudy weather in Glasgow, hopes for a better future remain clear and bright. In this light, the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), which kicked off on Oct. 31 is focused on its much-anticipated agenda to find solutions to climate change and bring together all interested parties. The major issue is to…

Young and Smart Kazakh People Take Actions for Green Future

GLASGOW – Delegates from Kazakhstan Diana Gamazova and Sofiya Gamazova, who represent the Central Asian region, won the Best Art Piece of COY16 and Artsy Delegate of COY16 prizes at the UN Climate Change Conference of Youth (COY16), which took place Oct.28-31 before the annual UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.  The Gamazova sisters…

British Ambassador Intends to Focus on Green Transformation Agenda and Other Priority Areas as Part of Mission in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – The new British Ambassador to Kazakhstan says that the UK and Kazakhstan have built strong bilateral relations and effective development cooperation as the countries are set to celebrate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2022. “It is a huge honor and privilege to work here. Kazakhstan has made amazing progress over the…

Second Annual Sustainable Lifestyle and Consumption Marathon Sparks Interest in Green Living in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – Some 1,400 people took part nationwide in the Education for Sustainable Development Marathon from Sept. 20 – Oct.17, which was launched by UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty, Kazakhstan Federation of Clubs for UNESCO, and Kazakhstan Association of Regional Environmental Initiatives ECOJER. The marathon is in its second year with a mission to develop…

UNDP Supports Kazakh Government’s Energy Transition Strategy, Says UN Assistant Secretary-General

NUR-SULTAN – United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP’s Regional Director for Europe and the CIS Mirjana Spoljaric Egger reaffirmed UNDP’s commitment to assist the Kazakh government in implementing its energy transition in an economically viable and socially fair way during her recent visit to the country.  As part of her visit, Spoljaric Egger took part…

COP26 Regional Ambassador Pays Visit to Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – This year, the United Kingdom will host the 26th United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) on Oct. 31 – Nov. 12 in Glasgow. The COP26 summit put forward a mission to gather world leaders, civil society pioneers, activists and the youth to implement action towards achieving the goals provided…

Kazakhstan and Singapore Agreed to Develop Smart Cities in Almaty Region

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan and Singapore agreed to develop the G4 City project in the Almaty region.  The G4 City project consists of four smart cities located along the Almaty – Ust-Kamenogorsk highway at the section of Almaty – Kapshagay.  The new satellite cities will be built with favorable conditions for business development and for comfort…

Kazakh Scientists Cooperate with International Team on Finding Effective Remedy for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases

NUR-SULTAN – The scientists of the Korkyt Ata Kyzylorda University joined an international team to conduct joint research on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases prevention, reported the press service of the Ministry of Education and Science. The Kazakh scientists will work with scientists from Portugal, the Netherlands, Denmark, Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. The joint project titled…

Young Kazakh Pianist Beisembayev Wins Leeds International Piano Competition 2021

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh pianist Alim Beisembayev won first prize in the 20th edition of The Leeds International Piano Competition 2021. Beisembayev is the first prize-winner from Kazakhstan in the history of the Leeds competition.  The Leeds International Piano Competition is a triennial event and is one of the world’s premier piano competitions organized since 1963. …

Kazakhstan Chess Team Leads in FIDE Online Chess Olympiad Before Playoffs

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s chess team took first place in Group A of the Top Division at the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad, reported the press service of the Kazakh chess federation. Now the team will compete in the playoffs, which will be held from Sept.13-15.  One of the sensations so far is Zhansaya Abdumalik’s win over…

Sinopharm Vaccine (Vero Cell) Arrives in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – Three million doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine (vero cell) was delivered on Sept. 9 to Kazakhstan, Minister of Healthcare Alexey Tsoy wrote on his Facebook. The vaccine will be available in all regions. The vaccine developed by the Beijing Bio-Institute of Biological Products was listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization…

AIFC Tech Hub Unveils Startup Ecosystem of Kazakhstan Report

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) Tech Hub released the “Fintech Startup Landscape in Kazakhstan” report, the first study of Kazakhstan’s startup ecosystem, according to the press service of the AIFC. The AIFC Tech Hub was created to unite global start-ups, entrepreneurs, corporations, investors, experts, and specialists in the field of innovation. The…

S&P Global Ratings Affirms Kazakhstan’s Sovereign Credit Ratings at Stable Outlook

NUR-SULTAN – The S&P Global Ratings international rating agency affirmed the sovereign credit rating of Kazakhstan at the level of stable outlook. This year, the sustained fiscal policies and expectations of economic recovery were the main factors for determining the credit rating, according to the agency. In 2020, fiscal support measures from the government became…

In Focus: President Tokayev’s Address to Nation Sets Goals for Long Term Development of Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh political analysts have observed that the initiatives and instructions laid out in President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s Sept. 1 address-to-the-nation clearly outline the key priorities for further socio-economic development of the country. According to the experts, the implementation of this plan will further increase the stability and competitiveness of the economy, prosperity and improve…

Kazakhstan Shows Increase in Net FDI Among Transition Economies in UNCTAD World Investment Report

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan showed an increase in net foreign direct investment (FDI) compared to 17 countries with transition economies and 34 landlocked countries, according to the World Investment Report compiled by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). It is reported that the FDI flows to the transition economies of South-East Europe, the…