Articles by Assel Satubaldina

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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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…

Kazakhstan Delivers 25,000 Doses of Its Own Vaccine to Kyrgyzstan

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan delivered its own QazVac vaccine to Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday as humanitarian aid and as part of a broader effort between the two countries in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, reports the Kazakh Foreign Ministry press service.  The batch of vaccines was handed over in Bishkek with the participation of Kyrgyzstan’s Minister of Health…

New Investment Projects in Akmola Region Take Off, Bright Prospects For Future

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev checked in on the implementation of investment projects in the Akmola Region and the development prospects of the city of Kokshetau during his working trip to the region, reports the Akorda press service.  Akmola Region Governor Yermek Marzhikpaev delivered the report outlining main social and economic indicators of the region,…

President Tokayev Meets With Newly Elected Rural Governors in Akmola Region

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev met with newly elected rural akims (mayors) in the Akmola Region on Tuesday as part of his working visit to the region, reports the Akorda press service.  On July 25, Kazakhstan had its first-ever election of rural akims in an effort to give rural residents a chance to elect…

Kazakhstan Replaces State Programs with National Projects: What Should We Expect?

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan seeks to enhance its public administration system and replaces state programs with national projects, deemed to become more effective and concise.  The idea of national projects is envisioned in the country’s new National Development Plan until 2025.  While at this point it seems difficult to see the difference between state programs and…

Eighty Percent Need to Be Immunized to Develop Herd Immunity, Says Kazakh Vice Healthcare Minister

NUR-SULTAN – 11 million people, or 80 percent of the eligible population, should pass a full course of vaccinations to develop herd immunity in Kazakhstan, said Kazakhstan’s Vice Healthcare Minister Azhar Giniyat at a July 23 press conference. “Because of the mutation of the virus, only by vaccinating 80 percent of the people can collective…

Voter Turnout Exceeds 65 Percent Across the Board at Rural Elections in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – Lowest voter turnout surpassed 65 percent in the rural elections that ended on Sunday, according to the regional central election commissions. The elections were held in the country’s 14 regions at 1,847 polling stations. They  had 2,297 candidates, including 1,419, or 61.8 percent, self-nominated individuals. Only 458 candidates were women.  The highest voter…

Nearly 7,500 Schools in Kazakhstan to Reopen in September After a Year Online

NUR-SULTAN – Almost one month is left until a new academic year begins with nearly 7,500 schools welcoming close to 3.5 million pupils. After nearly a year of classes held online, Kazakhstan prepares to bring pupils back to classrooms with strict sanitary regulations in place.  Last year has seen thousands of kids studying from home,…

Kazakhstan Resumes Air Travel With Sixteen Countries

NUR-SULTAN – A year and a half into the pandemic, Kazakhstan has so far resumed air travel with 16 countries, reports the Kazakh Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development.  Regular international flights are operated between 16 countries on 44 routes with a frequency of 184 flights per week.  The most frequent flights are to Turkey…

EU, UNDP Announce Call for Academic Grants for Afghan Women to Study in Central Asia

NUR-SULTAN – “A new and unfamiliar experience that turned into an exciting and wonderful time.” That’s how Muzhgan Sadat from Bamyan province in Afghanistan recalled her study experience in Kazakhstan. She was in the first group of 30 women to study in Kazakhstan as part of the European Union-funded scholarship program that launched its third…

Kazakhstan Marks Eid al-Adha Holiday With Tightened COVID-19 Restrictions

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan marked the Qurban Ait (Eid al-Adha) holiday on July 20 that comes as the countries around the world, including Kazakhstan, tighten COVID-19 restrictions and maintain the ban on gatherings.  The holiday, which means the feast of sacrifice, is mostly associated with sacrificing an animal, as well as large family gatherings and communal…