Articles by Assem Assaniyaz

President Tokayev Congratulates Bibisara Assaubayeva For Receiving Outstanding Asian Chess Player Award

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev congratulated 18-year-old Bibisara Assaubayeva on receiving the Outstanding Chess Player of Asia 2021 title on Aug. 5, according to the president’s press service. “Bibisara Assaubayeva has achieved tremendous success. FIDE [International Chess Federation] recognized a young talented Kazakh player as the best in Asia. President Tokayev, who is an…

Gulf Cooperation Council of Arab Countries Commends Multilateral Cooperation with Central Asia, Expands Investment Partnership with Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf expressed readiness to hold the first ministerial meeting of the Central Asia – GCC dialogue platform at the Aug. 5 meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tileuberdi, reported the ministry’s press service. Speaking about the…

Kazakhstan to Develop Medical Protocol for Monkeypox Treatment

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan is developing clinical guidance for the treatment of the monkeypox infectious disease, said Kazakh Minister of Healthcare Azhar Giniyat at the Central Communications Service (CCS) press briefing on Aug. 4. “Every piece of information from the World Health Organization (WHO) is being reviewed. Vaccination, according to the organization, is not required. We…

Kazakhstan and Turkey to Expand Industrial and Technical Partnership

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Minister of Industry and Infrastructural Development Kairbek Uskenbayev invited the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) aircraft manufacturer to take an active part in the construction of an aviation industrial park in Nur-Sultan during the Aug. 4 meeting with the top management of leading Turkish conglomerates, reported the ministry’s press service. At the meeting,…

Seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions to Focus on Spiritual Development in Post COVID-19 Period

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh capital will host the seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions on Sept.14-15. Considering the geopolitical situation and the post–pandemic crisis worldwide, the role of religious leaders in conflict resolution is more relevant than ever, says Chair of Nazarbayev Center for Development of Interfaith and Intercivilization Dialogue Bulat Sarsenbayev…

Border Protection Services Training Held in Aktau

NUR-SULTAN – More than 100 service officers, including personnel of Kazakhstan’s Naval Forces and the National Security Committee’s Border Service, participated in comprehensive exercises on Aug. 2 at the Aktau garrison, reported the Kazakh Ministry of Defense. The exercises focused on the organization of anti-aircraft, anti-ship, anti-submarine and anti-sabotage defenses of the ship station. “The…

Kazakhstan to Launch 40 Renewable Energy Projects By 2025

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan plans to launch 40 renewable energy projects by 2025, said Kazakh Minister of Energy Bolat Akchulakov at the Central Communications Service (CCS) press briefing on Aug. 3. This year, the ministry plans to launch 11 renewable energy projects creating more than 900 workplaces. Three solar power plants and two wind farms will…

Astana Hub and Google for Startups Announce Second Cohort of Silkway Accelerator Program

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana Hub International Technopark of IT startups is accepting applications for the second cohort of the Silkway Accelerator program for tech companies until Aug. 21, reported the Astana Hub’s press service. The second cohort of the partnership training with Google for Startups (GfS), a program with hands-on lessons from the top Google…

Half-Year Tax Revenues to Kazakhstan’s Consolidated Budget Achieve Record-Breaking Growth Over Past Five Years

NUR-SULTAN – Half-year tax revenues to Kazakhstan’s consolidated budget reached a five-year record high, largely driven by high energy prices, according to the review published by the Association of Financiers of Kazakhstan (AFK) on Aug. 3. As a result, the budget surplus reached 1.4 trillion tenge (US$ 2.9 billion). Considering the increase in oil prices…

Kazakhstan to Increase Digital Mining Tax Next Year

NUR-SULTAN – The tax on digital mining will be increased starting January of next year and will depend on the cost of electricity consumed in Kazakhstan, reported the State Revenue Committee press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Finance. The revisions to Kazakhstan’s Tax Code announced last month call for a progressive scale of tax…

Investigation of January Riots in Kazakhstan: 474 Cases Sent to Courts’ Review So Far

NUR-SULTAN – As the investigation into the tragic January events continues, 92 persons were sentenced to prison for felonies and serious criminal acts, said Mukhtar Kozhayev, deputy head of the investigative department of the Kazakh Ministry of Internal Affairs at the Central Communication Service press briefing on Aug. 1. “In total, the police investigated 4,642…

Astana Hub Launches Scalerator-2022 Free Acceleration Program for IT Startups

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana Hub International Technopark of IT startups and the Kazakh Ministry of Digital Development, Innovations and Aerospace Industry have launched the Scalerator-2022 acceleration program for tech companies to increase their exports, reported the Astana Hub’s press service on July 29. Following the objective outlined by Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to increase IT…

Daily Trading Volume at Kazakhstan Stock Exchange Reaches $118.6 Million in July

NUR-SULTAN – The average daily trading volume increased from $96.4 million to $118.6 million for the month at the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE), reported the bank’s press service on July 1. According to the bank, the total trading volume in July reached $2.4 billion. “By the end of the month, the tenge exchange rate changed…

Kazakhstan to Take Part in TT Warsaw International Tourism Fair in November

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan will present its products and services in the tourism industry at the TT Warsaw international tourism fair on Nov. 24–26 in the Polish capital, reported the Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sport’s press service. TT Warsaw, a prestigious event in Europe, has been held annually starting from 1993 with the support of…

SCO Remains a Space For Stability and Development, Says Kazakh Foreign Minister in Tashkent

TASHKENT – Kazakhstan intends to continue cooperation with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states in all areas, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tileuberdi at the SCO Foreign Ministers Council meeting on July 29, reported the ministry’s press service.   “Over the course of our work, we have…

Kazakhstan’s Deaf Dance Ensemble Reaches Finals at US World Championships of Performing Arts

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s “Sensitive” Ballroom Dance Ensemble, which is also known as the Theater of Deaf Dancers, has made it to the finals at the 25th World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in the United States, according to the ensemble’s Instagram. The dancers are the graduates of a special boarding school for children with hearing…

National Bank’s Gold Reserves Experience Slight Decrease in June

NUR-SULTAN – For June this year, the gross international reserves of the National Bank of Kazakhstan decreased by 2.3 percent reaching $32 billion, reported the bank’s press service on July 28. According to preliminary data, the decrease was caused by a withdrawal of client funds from the bank’s foreign currency accounts, as well as a…

Two Million Tourists to Visit Kazakhstan’s National Parks This Year

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sport expects 2 million people to visit national parks in Kazakhstan this year, reported the ministry’s press service on July 27. According to the ministry, 550,000 people have visited the Burabay National Park for the first half-year, which is two times more than for the same period…

Kazakhstan’s Wimbledon Champion Rybakina Visits UEFA Headquarters

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina has visited the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) headquarters in the city of Nyon in Switzerland, according to her Instagram account. UEFA, a governing body of football in Europe, unites 55 national football associations across the continent. Its headquarters in Nyon is located 25 kilometers northeast of…

Kazakhstan Boosts Coal Exports to EU and Switzerland

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan exported 2.85 million tons of coal and coke to the European Union (EU) countries since the beginning of this year, as its coal is suitable for their power plants, according to the July 25 S&P Global Commodity Insights report. For comparison, Kazakhstan exported an average of 0.81 million tons of coal to…

Honeywell to Introduce Plastic Recycling Projects and Carbon Capture Technologies in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – President of Global High Growth Regions at Honeywell Ben Driggs shared the company’s plans for the introduction of carbon capture technology and plastic processing, as well as the production of green jet fuel and diesel fuel in Kazakhstan at the July 26 meeting with Kazakh Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov, reports the Prime Minister’s…

Kazakhstan to Host Its First-Ever ATP 500 Tennis Tournament in October

NUR-SULTAN – This year, the Kazakh capital will host its first-ever Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour 500 tournament on Oct. 9-10, announced the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation’s (KTF) press service.   The ATP Tour 500, also known as the ATP World Tour 500 tournaments, ATP International Series Gold, and ATP Championship Series, represents the fourth highest…

Three COVID-19 Vaccines Now Available in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh people now have access to three COVID-19 vaccines including the QazVac, Sinopharm, and Pfizer vaccines, reported Roza Kozhapova, the head of the department for epidemiological monitoring of infectious diseases of the Kazakh Health Ministry at a July 22 Central Communications Service (CCS) press briefing.     The COVID-19 vaccination and revaccination effort are ongoing…

EBRD Provides $25 Million Loan to SMEs in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a $25 million loan to the micro, small, and medium-sized businesses in Kazakhstan, reported the bank’s press service. The main objective is to help the national business sector to overcome the ongoing macroeconomic downturn amid geopolitical tensions and numerous after-effects of the COVID…

Kazakhstan Increases Car Exports, Expands Vehicle Production

NUR-SULTAN – Domestic auto production increased by one-third in the first half of this year contributing to the growth of exports by 23 percent, reported the press service of the Ministry of Trade and Integration. Overall, domestic mechanical engineering grew by 37.5 percent, against the background of an increase of the production of cars, trailers,…