Articles by Zhanna Shayakhmetova

Kazakhstan’s MOST Business Incubator Launches Venture Fund for Best Technology Startups and Innovators

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s MOST Business Incubator launched a $10 million private venture fund in late December, the company’s press service reported.  The MOST Ventures Fund I plans to invest in startups from Central Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Siberia. It is expected to organize acceleration programs in the Investment Readiness Accelerator format…

Central Election Commission: Nur Otan Party Leads in Kazakhstan’s Parliamentary Elections, Two Parties Win Seats in Majilis

NUR-SULTAN – The Nur Otan Party won a majority of the votes in the Majilis (the lower house of the Kazakh Parliament) election and leads with 71.09 percent of votes, the Secretary of the Central Election Commission (CEC) Sabila Mustafina reported at the Jan.11 briefing.  According to the preliminary results, the Ak Zhol Democratic Party…

Kazakh Parliamentary Election Begins Nationwide

NUR-SULTAN – The parliamentary election for the Majilis (a lower house of the Kazakh Parliament) and the Maslikhats (local representative bodies) has begun in the country on Jan.10.  According to the Central Election Commission, more than 10,000 polling stations are opened in 14 regions and three cities of national significance – Nur-Sultan, Almaty and Shymkent.…

Le Figaro Newspaper Includes Kazakhstan in World’s Top Authentic Travel Destinations For 2021

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan has been included in the list of 21 recommended  destinations around the world in 2021, by the French newspaper Le Figaro.  Zambia, Palau, Spitsbergen, Malta, Swiss Alps, Costa Rica, Greece, Singapore and other countries and territories are also featured in the review.  In its travel section, 2021 is called a year of…

Dimash Kudaibergen to Perform at 2021 Inauguration Celebrations of US President-Elect

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh popular singer Dimash Kudaibergen will take part at the 2021 Inauguration celebrations of United States President-elect Joe Biden on Jan,17, Interfax Kazakhstan reported. Due to the pandemic, this year’s gala will be held virtually. The host of the premier gala the Sister Cities International announced the theme of the event to be…

Kazakhstan Adopts New Environmental Code with Focus on Eco-Friendly Technology in Manufacturing, More Green Projects

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed Kazakhstan’s new environmental code into law Jan. 2,  reported the Akorda Press.  The document will enter into force July 1, 2021. “The experts in the Ministry of Ecology, Geology, and Natural Resources, the public and deputies worked on this strategic document. The code meets all modern challenges and…

Kazakhstan Schedules International Flights to 12 Countries For New Year’s Holidays

NUR-SULTAN – International flights from Kazakhstan will be performed to 12 countries and 19 destinations in the period from Dec. 30 to Jan. 5, the Kazakh Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development reported. “Overall, 54 flights are scheduled. The list of destinations includes Belarus, Egypt, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Russia, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates,…

Major Events and Headlines in Kazakhstan That Shaped 2020

NUR-SULTAN – This has been a most unusual year for all. Kazakhstan as well as the other nations have experienced one of the most challenging periods with the pandemic outbreak. Its consequences affected not only the lives of individuals, but the entire universe.   Remarkably, the world community learnt that every person’s actions matter. This year…

Ferroalloy and Sinter Plants to be Built in Karaganda Region

NUR-SULTAN – The construction of the ferroalloy and sinter plants has been launched as part of the Business Roadmap 2025 initiative in Karaganda, the regional press service reported.    The production capacity of the plants are 57,000 tons of ferroalloys and 240,000 tons of sinter per year. 100-percent locally sourced content is a significant factor…

Kazakh Director Wins Best Documentary Film Award at Qatar’s Ajyal Film Festival

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh director Alina Mustafina’s film “Ander” won the Best Documentary Film Award at Qatar’s Ajyal Film Festival this November.  The film is also included in the program of the Short Film Market at France’s  Clermont Ferrand film festival, which will be held in February 2021. Earlier, the film received the special jury prize…