Articles by Zhanna Shayakhmetova

Kazakhstan Chairs Working Group of Preparatory Commission for Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

NUR-SULTAN – This year marks the 30th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.  The international community, recognizing the contribution of Kazakhstan in strengthening the non-proliferation regime of…

Almaty Airport Resumes International and Domestic Flights

NUR-SULTAN – The Almaty International airport has resumed its domestic and international flights on Jan. 13, reported the airport’s press service.  The first international flight from Antalya operated by Kazakhstan’s national carrier Air Astana arrived at the airport on Jan. 13. On Jan. 5, a group of terrorists attacked the airport in Almaty during the…

Kazakhstan Tightens COVID Restrictions, Entry Requirements Amid Omicron Spread

NUR-SULTAN – COVID-19 cases have increased by 41 percent in two weeks due to the circulation of omicron, said newly appointed Kazakh Minister of Healthcare Azhar Giniyat at the Jan. 12 government meeting. The reproductive number has increased by 2.4 times since Jan. 1 and totals 2.2 nationwide.  As of Jan. 14, Nur-Sultan, Almaty, and…

Situation Stabilized in Kazakhstan as “Hot” Phase of Counter-Terrorist Operation Completed, President Tokayev Says

NUR-SULTAN – The main phase of the anti-terrorist operation has been completed, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said at the plenary session of the Majilis, the lower house of Parliament, on Jan. 11.  The situation has been stabilized in all regions.   The law enforcement agencies, the national guard, and the army are carrying out large-scale and…

Kazakhstan Population Reaches 19.17 Million in 2021

NUR-SULTAN – The population of Kazakhstan reached 19.17 million people, according to the first results of the National Population Census, which took place from Sept. 1 to Oct. 30. Prime Minister Askar Mamin presented the report during the meeting with President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Wednesday. It is reported that men constitute 48.71 percent of the…

Kazakh President Emphasizes Role of Kaspi.kz Fintech Company in Capital Market Development

NUR-SULTAN – The IPO of Kaspi.kz, one of the region’s leading banking and fintech companies has contributed to the capital market development, said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during the recent meeting with representatives of foreign investment companies.  Kaspi.kz became the most expensive publicly traded Kazakh company after it listed its shares on the London Stock Exchange…

Filming of Historical Film Dedicated to Acclaimed Kazakh Poet Zhambyl Zhabayev to Resume Next Spring

NUR-SULTAN – The filming of the “Zhambyl. A New Era” historical film to mark the 175th anniversary of Kazakh poet Zhambyl Zhabayev has started in the country, reported the film’s production company.   The first stage of filming started in mid-October and took place in Almaty and the Almaty region. The filming process will be…

Sixth Edition of Italian Cuisine Week Strengthens Kazakh-Italian Relations, Promotes Sustainable Dieting

NUR-SULTAN – The sixth edition of the Week of Italian Cuisine in the World was held Nov. 22-28 in the Kazakh capital and Almaty, reported the press service of the Italian Embassy in Kazakhstan.  Overall, 15 events were organized highlighting the superb ingredients, creative recipes, and sustainable concepts of the Mediterranean Diet and their hospitality…

From Nuclear Non-Proliferation to Green Agenda: Experts Call for Joint Actions to Meet Challenges of Post-COVID World at Astana Club Forum

NUR-SULTAN – The sixth meeting of the Astana Club that took place Nov.15-17 addressed the major issues of the global economy, geopolitics and international relations, climate change and nuclear security in the post-pandemic world. First President Nursultan Nazarbayev noted that it is necessary to develop direct contacts between the Eurasian Economic Union, the European Union,…

Kazakh President Proposes New Initiatives For Strengthening Political and Socio-Economic Development at Sixth Meeting of National Council of Public Trust

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev outlined more than 30 initiatives to address current social and economic issues at the sixth meeting of the National Council of Public Trust, which was held on Nov.16.  All initiatives are aimed at further political and socio-economic transformations in the country, reported Erlan Karin, an advisor to the President,…

Despite Slight Decrease in New Cases, Kazakh Healthcare Minister Urges People to Get Vaccinated, Follow Safety Measures

NUR-SULTAN – The COVID-19 incidence rate has decreased by 23 percent over the past two weeks, reported Kazakh Minister of Healthcare Alexei Tsoy at the government meeting on Nov. 16. According to global statistics, Kazakhstan ranks 105th in the morbidity rate of COVID-19, and 101st in the mortality rate out of 222 countries. As of…