Articles by Zhanna Shayakhmetova

International cooperation needed for secure, free digital world, says UN Special Advisor

NUR-SULTAN – International cooperation is required to realise the benefits of digital technology and new technologies, said Fabrizio Hochschild, special advisor on preparations for the United Nations (UN) 75th anniversary commemoration in a Feb. 1 interview with The Astana Times. Digital technology is transforming everything – the way people relate to one another, how they…

Almaty hosts Digital Future of Global Economy forum

NUR-SULTAN – The total economic output of artificial intelligence in Kazakhstan can reach $25 billion per year, said Kazakh Prime Minister Askar at the Jan. 31 plenary session of the Digital Almaty: Digital Future of the Global Economy in the largest city of the country. The highest output of up to $15 billion a year…

AIFC, OneWeb to bring next generation satellite technology to Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) has announced plans to cooperate with London-based global communications company OneWeb to accelerate broadband connectivity in Kazakhstan, reported the AIFC press service Jan. 27. The agreement, signed by AIFC Governor Kairat Kelimbetov and OneWeb CEO Adrian Steckel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, aims to enhance…

EBRD invests more than $761 million in 29 private, public sector projects in Kazakhstan in 2019

NUR-SULTAN – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) invested $761 million in 29 private and public sector projects in Kazakhstan in 2019, reported the bank’s press service Jan. 17. Support for small businesses is particularly important as the country moves to reform its economy and strengthen its private sector. “This was another strong…

Kazakh President calls for a new economic course

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has called for a new economic course and instructed the government, his administration and the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs at a Jan. 24 expanded government meeting to develop an economic reform programme by May 15. The government and Kazakh Parliament have adopted programmes to achieve the macroeconomic goals…

Schengen visa fees to increase to $88 for Kazakhs starting February

NUR-SULTAN – Schengen visa fees will increase for Kazakh citizens from $66 to $88 for adults and from $38 to $44 for children from ages six to 12 as of February 2020, according to Schengenvisainfo.com. All representative missions of the Schengen countries located abroad are obliged to apply the new rules as part of the…

Tchibo Kazakhstan launches first coffee shops with convenience stores, promotes green business ideas

NUR-SULTAN – Tchibo Kazakhstan has opened its unique three-in-one model of coffee and coffee machines/home goods/coffee shops in the capital and Almaty. The company promotes family business values and is moving towards sustainable retailing. Co-founder Kamilya Serikova, who lived in Europe for 12 years, started the business with her mother Saniya Irsaliyeva and sisters Leila…

Ninety-seven percent of Kazakh population included in compulsory health insurance database

NUR-SULTAN – Ninety-seven percent of the Kazakh population is included in the compulsory health insurance database, reported PrimeMinister.kz. Since Jan. 1, hospitals nationwide have provided medical care according to the guaranteed volume of free medical care (GOBMP) and compulsory social health insurance (OSMS). “The work will continue with the remaining 3 percent, or about 550,000…

Tokayev encourages youth to take innovative approach to government

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said Jan. 15 at a meeting with representatives of the Presidential Youth Personnel Reserve that the country needs civil servants who are not afraid to take responsibility and make innovative and effective decisions. The initiative to create the presidential personnel reserve was one of the key issues of Tokayev’s…

MOST Business Incubator supports Central Asian, youth startups

NUR-SULTAN – Jastar Business, a youth entrepreneurship development programme, and the Central Asia ImpactTech Accelerator Programme were named among the best projects initiated by the MOST Business Incubator in 2019, the company recently announced. The MOST Business Incubator, Citi Foundation and the YBI international organisation implemented the Jastar Business project to draw more startup companies…