Articles by Aida Haidar

Tokayev Reaffirms Kazakhstan’s Position on Russia-Ukraine Conflict in Phone Conversation with Zelenskyy

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev reaffirmed Kazakhstan’s position on the necessity of a diplomatic solution to the Russia-Ukraine conflict based on the United Nations Charter and universally accepted international law principles during a Feb. 16 telephone conversation with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Akorda press service reported.  During a phone discussion initiated by the…

President Tokayev Visits Akmola Region to Inspect Agricultural, Medical and Educational Facilities

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev visited the Akmola Region on Feb. 14 to review its agricultural, medical, and educational facilities, the Akorda press service reported.  Agriculture and machine industry in Kokshetau Tokayev visited the Kazakhstan Agro-Innovative Corporation in Kokshetau, which produces up to 3,000 units of agricultural machinery per year and employs 300 people. Over…

First Inter-Parliamentary Forum in Central Asia Pledges Greater Cooperation in Economic and Cultural Areas

ASTANA – The role of parliamentary diplomacy has grown amidst a tense geopolitical situation and global economic instability, said Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in his address to the participants of the Inter-Parliamentary Forum of Central Asian States, delivered by Kazakhstan’s Senate Chairman Maulen Ashimbayev on Feb. 10, as reported by the Kazakh Senate’s press service.…

We Can Feel Your Pain – Türkiye’s Devastating Сalamity Claims Lives of Kazakhstan’s Best and Brightest

The world was shocked by the catastrophic earthquake in southern Türkiye and Syria. The earthquake, with a magnitude surpassing 7.5 points, claimed the lives of more than 20,000 people. According to the latest United Nation estimates, the depth of the tragedy is still unclear. The rescue operation continues, but there is less and less hope…

US Foreign Strategy Recognizes Importance of Central Asia, Says US Official

ASTANA – The United States recognizes the importance of Central Asia in its foreign strategy when dealing with issues spanning from terrorism, energy security to climate change, said Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the US National Security Council John Kirby during a Feb. 8 press briefing in Washington, reported Kazinform.  Answering the question about changes…

Law Enforcement Officials Prevent Worst-Case Scenario During Riots, Says Kazakh Minister of Internal Affairs

ASTANA – The tragedy could have been considerably worse if law enforcement had not followed the set of actions mandated by the law, said Minister of Internal Affairs Marat Akhmetzhanov at a Jan. 5 Mazhilis meeting on the results of an ongoing investigation into the January events. “The weapons were used in strict compliance with…

Central Asia Media Forum Hosts Book Presentation About Extraordinary Life of Kazakh Eagle Huntress from Mongolia

ASTANA – The book “The Eagle Huntress: The True Story of the Girl Who Soared Beyond Expectations” was presented at the first Central Asian Media Forum on Dec. 21.  Millions of people worldwide were taken aback when they first saw a striking photograph of a 13-year-old girl with a strong and majestic eagle on her…

Central Asian Media Forum Addresses Women’s Role in Media and Civil Society

ASTANA – Kazakhstan has taken a number of progressive measures to combat gender inequality over the years of independence, thanks to the joint efforts of the state and civil society, an essential part of which has been the media, said Aida Balayeva, Deputy Head of the Kazakh President’s Administration, at the session dedicated to the…

Tokayev, Macron Sign Joint Statement, Demonstrate Readiness to Foster Peace and Security at Global and Regional Levels

ASTANA – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and French President Emmanuel Macron underlined their mutual willingness to contribute to the strengthening of peace, security and stability at the global and regional levels in a joint statement published on Nov. 30, the Akorda press service reported.  They emphasized their steadfast adherence to international law and the core…

Seventh Meeting of Astana Club Puts Global Relations into Spotlight

ASTANA – De-globalization and regionalization go hand in hand with the deepening of global relations, said Director of the Institute of World Economics and Politics Yerzhan Saltybayev during the seventh meeting of the Astana Club in Paris dedicated to the theme of Greater Eurasia: Building Dialogue in the Age of Uncertainty.  “The trend towards globalization…

Tileuberdi, Blinken Discuss Bilateral Cooperation, Address Democratic Reforms

ASTANA – Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister – Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi had a phone conversation on Nov. 26 with the United States Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken upon the initiative of the U.S. side, reported the ministry’s press service on Nov. 29.  The sides discussed bilateral and multilateral collaboration between Kazakhstan and the US…

US to Support Regional Stability and Economic Diversification in Kazakhstan, UN Charter Principles, Says US Ambassador

ASTANA – The United States and Kazakhstan are interested in regional stability and peaceful development as nothing is possible without them, said U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan Daniel Nathan Rosenblum during a meeting with Kazakh media representatives on Nov. 25. According to Rosenblum, the US believes a newly re-elected President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev will put…

Foreign Observers Comment on Outstanding Organization of Presidential Election

ASTANA – Foreign observers noted the outstanding level of organization of the Kazakh presidential election and praised the country’s reforms during a press briefing at the Center for Assistance to International Observers on Nov. 20.  Secretary-General – Head of Secretariat of the Council of the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Dmitry…

President Tokayev Addresses Foreign Policy, Nation’s Brand New Reforms and Women’s Status in Society During His Visit to Almaty

ASTANA – Kazakhstan pursues a foreign policy that aims to preserve national interests while promoting peace, trust, and cooperation, said Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during a Nov. 16 meeting with the public of Almaty, reported Akorda press service. Tokayev reaffirmed that Kazakhstan’s foreign policy aims to strengthen the nation’s security, attract investments, develop transportation and…

Presidential Candidate Meiram Kazhyken Addresses Fair Pay, New Economic Model, and Kazakhstan’s Existing International Agreements in His Election Program

Editor’s note: As Kazakhstan heads to 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 – Meiram Kazhyken, 61, is among six candidates running for the presidency in the…

President Tokayev Announces Plans to Turn Atyrau Region Into Petrochemical Center, Addresses Environmental Issues

ASTANA – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev set forward the task of making the Atyrau Region the country’s leading center for the deep processing of oil and gas, stressing the importance of the region’s economic diversification, at a Nov. 8 meeting with the region’s public, reported the Akorda press service. Tokayev’s visit to the Atyrau Region…

President Tokayev Highlights Investment and Transit Potential of Mangystau Region

ASTANA – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev emphasized the need to rationally leverage the Mangystau Region’s advantageous geographical location to turn it into a worldwide transportation and transit center during his Nov. 7 meeting with the region’s public, reported the presidential press service.  “The port city of Aktau is rightfully known as Kazakhstan’s sea gate. The…

SANTO Plans to Expand Its R&D Hub in Shymkent, Become Leader in Central Asia

ASTANA – The SANTO company, a leader in Kazakhstan’s pharmaceutical market, revealed plans for its research&development (R&D) hub, the company’s scientific laboratory and the plant, which manufactures a diverse range of medicines up to par with European standards of quality, the company’s press service reported on Nov. 2.  According to SANTO Director of Research and…

Germany to Open Hydrogen Diplomacy Office in Kazakhstan, Says Foreign Minister Baerbock During Her Visit to Astana

ASTANA –  Germany will open the Hydrogen Diplomacy Office in Astana to institutionalize interaction between the governments and experts of Kazakhstan and Germany to create a stable fuel energy cycle, announced German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock during her visit to the Kazakh capital on Oct. 31. During his meeting with Baerbock, Kazakh Prime Minister Alikhan…

President Tokayev Outlines Priorities for Almaty Region Development, Emphasizes Opportunities in Manufacturing, Energy and Tourism Fields

ASTANA – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev outlined six priorities for the Almaty Region’s development during his visit to the region on Oct. 19, reported Akorda press service.  According to the President, the decision to divide the Almaty Region into two – the Almaty Region with its administrative center in Konaev city and the Zhetisu Region with…

Kazakhstan Promotes Peace and Cooperation, Demonstrates Its Position As Trustworthy Ally on Global Stage, Says President Tokayev During His Visit to Almaty Region

ASTANA – Kazakhstan consistently and effectively promotes the values of peace, cooperation, and mutual trust, achieving high worldwide esteem and demonstrating itself to be a progressive and responsible state, said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during an Oct. 19 meeting with the Almaty region’s public, reported the Akorda press service.  According to the President, Kazakhstan’s strategic course…

World Benefits from Peaceful and Prosperous Asia, Says UN Secretary-General in Video Address to Sixth CICA Summit

ASTANA – The world benefits come from a peaceful and prosperous Asia, said United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres in his video address at the plenary session of the sixth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) on Oct. 13 in Astana. “I am grateful for our partnership in…

President Tokayev Outlines Five Priority Areas of Kazakhstan’s Upcoming Two-Year CICA Chairmanship

ASTANA – Speaking at the opening of the plenary session of the sixth CICA summit on Oct. 13 in Astana, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev outlined five priority directions for Kazakhstan’s next two-year chairmanship at the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA). He said the country sets ambitious goals for this mission, including the…

Upcoming Weekend in Astana: ATP 500 Tennis Tournament, Ballet “Cinderella,” Eco-action and Art

ASTANA – The weather in the capital promises to be pleasant this weekend, and it won’t last long, so take advantage of the events the Kazakh capital has to offer. Attending a ballet event at the main theater will feed your soul, while eco-action in the green belt of Astana will clear your mind.  The…

Kazakhstan Improves Its Position in UN E-Government Development Index

ASTANA – Kazakhstan moved up one spot to occupy the 28th place in the United Nations (UN) Global E-Government Development Index (EGDI) for the development of electronic government, according to a Sept. 29 Facebook post of the Minister of Digital Development, Innovation, and Aerospace Industry Bagdat Mussin.  Previously, Kazakhstan reached its highest position – 28th…