Articles by Aiman Nakispekova

Tary Cafe Brings Kazakh Culture in Heart of Chicago

ASTANA – Tary Ethno cafe, a beloved cafe in Kazakhstan, expanded its presence by opening a branch in Chicago, the United States, on Oct. 24. “We are committed to introducing the healthy and culturally rich cuisine of Kazakhstan to foreigners. Our goal is to bring back overlooked recipes while integrating modern technologies into preparing traditional…

Young Kazakh Chess Players Share Their Journey and Triumphs

ASTANA – The Kazakh female chess team demonstrated outstanding results at the World Chess Championship in the under-20 age category in Italy, securing victory in the blitz tournament, according to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ press service on Oct. 16. Earlier, these young female athletes earned silver medals at the World Team Chess Championship…

Organization of Turkic States Summit in Astana: Leading Experts Share Insights

ASTANA – Astana is set to host the tenth Organization of Turkic States (OTS) Summit on Nov. 3, where member countries will discuss pressing geopolitical and integration issues. Just last month, the organization celebrated the 14th anniversary of its establishment. The Nakhchivan Agreement, signed in 2009, established the Turkic Council, which aims to provide a…

Kazakh Team Invents Musical Tutorial Device for Visually Impaired 

ASTANA – Sezual Company has introduced an innovative musical tutorial device designed to enhance the quality of life for individuals with low vision. This inventive solution aims to improve accessibility and inclusivity in music education. Moving from Braille tutorials to musical education  “The idea for creating a music tutorial emerged after speaking with children who…

Blockchain Legislation in Kazakhstan Enters New Stage of Development

ASTANA – Similar to any emerging technology, blockchain and digital mining, along with the associated innovations, have rapidly become global trends. In just a decade, this field has evolved into one of the most widely discussed trends worldwide, and Kazakhstan is no exception, said Dauren Karashev, chairman of Kazakhstan’s Association of Blockchain Technologies, in an…

Kazakhstan’s Republic Day: Milestone for Independence and Sovereignty

ASTANA – Kazakhstan celebrates Republic Day on Oct. 25, a remarkable event that remembers the establishment of an independent and sovereign state. It commemorates the adoption of the Declaration on the State Sovereignty of the Kazakh SSR (Soviet Socialist Republic) in 1990.   The declaration enshrined principles of statehood, including territorial integrity, indivisibility, inviolability, the development…

Kazakh Textile Artistry on Display at Asia Now Fair in Paris

ASTANA – The Fabric of Time: Three Generations of Kazakh Art exhibition, featuring contemporary works by Kazakh artists, took place at the Asia Now Fair in Paris on Oct. 19-22, reported Kazakh Tourism national company’s press service.  The exhibition showcased works by Daria Nurtaza, Alibay Bapanov, Aidana Kulakhmetova, Saule Madiyeva, Almagul Menlibayeva, and Syrlybek Bekbotayev.…

Kazakhstan to Ratify Tokyo Convention to Enhance Higher Education Integration in Asia-Pacific

ASTANA – Kazakhstan aims to ratify the Asia-Pacific Regional Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education, commonly called the Tokyo Convention. The initiative aims to enhance cross-border mobility, recognize higher education qualifications, and integrate into the educational framework of the Asia-Pacific Region.  In an interview with The Astana Times, Yerzhan Irgebaev, Deputy Director …

Ruins of Tuimekent Reveal Significance of Kazakhstan’s Heritage

ASTANA – Out of the 33 historical sites in Kazakhstan listed in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), five are situated in the Zhambyl Region, which includes Akobe (Stepninskoye), Kulan, Ornek, Kostobe, and Akyrtas, a mysterious palace complex. Another significant cultural heritage site in the country is the ancient city of Tuimekent,…

Kazakh Cheese Entrepreneur Joins International Guild

ASTANA – Kazakh entrepreneur Yekaterina Payazitova from the Abai Region became a member of the International Cheese Guild (La Guilde Internationale des Fromagers) at the Le Mondial du Fromage international cheese competition in September. Payazitova spoke about the challenges of the competition and what it means for her to join the guild in an interview…

Central Asia’s Future in AI Era: Experts Convene at Digital Bridge Tech Forum

ASTANA – Central Asia’s IT sector, its key characteristics, the role of human capital in AI development and the outlook for innovative cooperation among Asian states were discussed by experts at an Oct. 13 panel session at the Digital Bridge forum in Astana.  The participants addressed challenges in the region’s IT industry, shared best practices,…

Unlocking Kazakhstan’s Digital Potential: Key Insights from Digital Bridge Forum

ASTANA – Digital Bridge international technology forum’s panel session, Kazakhstan – IT country, on Oct. 12, addressed the country’s achievements in IT, its focus on digital transformation, and the role of collaboration, education, and innovation in advancing the IT sector. Addressing the panel session, Bagdat Mussin, the Minister of Digital Development, Innovation, and Aerospace Industry,…

Kazakh Movie Set to Premiere at Tokyo International Film Festival

ASTANA – The world premiere of “Madina”, a film directed and produced by Kazakh filmmaker Aizhan Kassymbekova, is scheduled to take place at the Tokyo International Film Festival on Oct.23-Nov.1, according to the festival’s press service.  The film will be featured in the Asian Future competition section. “Madina” is a social drama that delves into…

European Parliament Aims to Forge Stronger Ties with Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Roman Vassilenko held meetings with members of the European Parliament (MEPs) during his working visit to Strasbourg. The discussions centered on future cooperation with the European Union (EU) legislature and the forthcoming report evaluating the 2019 EU Strategy for Central Asia, currently under preparation by members of the EP’s…

Kazakh Prime Minister Talks Oil Field Development with ExxonMobil Executive

ASTANA – Kazakh Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov discussed the development of the Tengiz and Kashagan oil fields with ExxonMobil Senior Vice President John Whelan on Oct.4, reported the Prime Minister’s press service.  Smailov and Whelan focused on implementing projects related to the expansion and pressure management at the Tengiz, the further development of the Kashagan oil field,…

President Evaluates Capital’s Key Heating, Water and Power Infrastructure Projects

ASTANA – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev inspected industrial facilities in Astana, visiting the Turan and the South-East gas thermal power stations’ construction sites, the pump-filter station, and the Combined Heat and Power Plant-3 (CHPP-3), reported the Akorda press service on Oct. 4. Astana Akim (Mayor) Zhenis Kassymbek reported completing the South-East gas thermal power station…

NYFA and AlmaU Forge New Film Education Partnership in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – New York Film Academy (NYFA) and Almaty Management University (AlmaU) signed a cooperation agreement in educational programs in New York on Sept.16, reported Kazinform news agency. This partnership, supported by the Dara Presidential Initiatives Fund, marks a significant milestone in the collaboration between higher education institutions in Kazakhstan and the United States. A…

UNICEF Talks Focus on Future of Youth in Kazakhstan 

ASTANA – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Kazakhstan hosted its annual UNICEF Talks conference on youth issues on Sept.23. The conference, held in Astana in the format of public talks, provided a platform for young people to freely express their views on matters related to their interests and rights, reported the UNICEF press service.…

LCOY Kazakhstan Empowers Youth to Lead Climate Action Efforts

ASTANA – Nazarbayev University hosted the Local Youth Climate Conference in Kazakhstan (LCOY Kazakhstan 2023) in Astana on Sept.28.  The event plays a major role in the mission of YOUNGO, the official youth constituency of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Youth Kazakhstan. The annual…

Charting Bright Future: Expert Recommendations for Kazakhstan and Central Asia’s Development

ASTANA – The leading researchers from the United States and Kazakhstan presented their recommendations for addressing long-term development issues in Kazakhstan and Central Asia. The event was organized as part of the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs’ Kazakhstan Futures Program at Nazarbayev University on Sept. 21. The Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs program…

Kazakhstan’s Trade Turnover Soars to $ 39.4 Billion in First Six Months

ASTANA – In the first half of the year, the trade turnover of finished products by Kazakh manufacturers reached $ 39.4 billion, marking a 22 % surge compared to last year. Within this figure, the country’s exports of non-commodity goods accounted for one-third, totaling $ 12.1 billion, reported the prime minister’s press service on Sept.…

Kazakhstan Showcases Demographic Policy Model at International Summit in Hungary

ASTANA – Families play a crucial role in nurturing the younger generation, providing them with essential guidance, affection, and support, said Kazakh Minister of Culture and Information Aida Balayeva at the fifth Budapest Demographic Summit on Sept. 14-15, reported the ministry’s press service.  This enables young people to develop a sense of security and readiness…

Cosplays Champions and Hollywood Stars Steal Spotlight at Comic Con Astana

ASTANA – Comic Con Astana, an international festival dedicated to the comics industry, cinema, video games, anime, and other directions of modern popular culture, announced the winners of its professional cosplay contest with a total prize pool of 10 million tenge ($ 21,186) on Sept. 17, reported the festival’s press service. The contest awarded a…

AI in Media: Revolutionizing Efficiency and Provoking Ethical Questions

ASTANA – Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming the media industry by automating numerous tasks and raising ethical concerns about potential information manipulation, according to media expert Alena Gorbacheva, who spoke to The Astana Times. Gorbacheva has over 16 years of experience working in key positions in Kazakhstan’s major TV channels, producing different types of content.…

Kazakh President Visits Expo Central Asia Exhibition in Dushanbe

ASTANA – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev visited an exhibition featuring Central Asian product manufacturers during his official visit to Dushanbe, which coincided with the fifth Consultative Meeting of Central Asian Heads of State, reported the Akorda press service on Sept. 14. The leaders of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Azerbaijan toured the national pavilions, gaining…