Articles by Aida Haidar

Pope Francis Confirms Visit to Kazakhstan in September to Attend Religious Leaders Congress

NUR-SULTAN – Pope Francis will make his 38th Apostolic Journey to Kazakhstan on Sept. 13-15, 2022 at the invitation of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the presidential press service reported on Aug. 1.  The Pope is scheduled to meet with the country’s senior leadership and participate in the VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional…

Emigration from Kazakhstan Declines for Third Consecutive Year

NUR-SULTAN – The number of people who are leaving Kazakhstan has decreased for a third consecutive year as the country is witnessing a decreasing gap between the number of people leaving and entering the country, Ranking.kz reported. Emigrants from Kazakhstan favor moving to Russia and Germany, while most immigrants enter the country mainly from neighboring…

Kazakh Ministry of Healthcare Expects COVID-19 Surge in August

NUR-SULTAN – Over the past week, the COVID-19 incidence increased by 1.9 times, compared with the previous week, said Vice Minister of Healthcare, Chief State Sanitary Doctor Aizhan Esmagambetova at a July 27 Central Communications Service (CCS) press briefing. “We revise the forecast of the epidemiological situation every two or three weeks. The incidence of…

Hong Kong Hosts Photo Exhibition to Commemorate Thirty Years of Diplomatic Relations Between Kazakhstan And China

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan and the entire region of Central Asia are becoming increasingly popular among tourists from Hong Kong, said Secretary for Justice of Hong Kong Paul Lam at the opening ceremony of a photo exhibition honoring the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and China, reported the Kazakh Foreign Ministry press service on…

Kazakh Film “Goliath” Enters Program of Venice Film Festival

NUR-SULTAN – The noir film “Goliath” by Adilkhan Yerzhanov will be shown as part of the Orizzonti Extra (New Horizons) competition program at the 79th Venice International Film Festival, which will take place on Lido Island from Aug. 31 to Sept.10, the Kazakhfilm press service reported on July 26. The Orizzonti Extra program highlights trends…

President Tokayev Announces Major Initiatives at Consultative Meeting of Central Asian Leaders in Cholpon-Ata

NUR-SULTAN – During the July 21 consultative meeting of the heads of states of Central Asia in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev put forward several major initiatives, reported the presidential press service. Here are the main highlights: Treaty of Friendship, Good Neighborliness and Cooperation for the Development of Central Asia in the 21st century…

Astana Opera Closes its Season With Nearly 60,000 Spectators Coming to See the Shows

NUR-SULTAN – The ninth theatrical season of the Astana Opera was vibrant and rich with shows pulling in more than 60,000 spectators, with 200 events and more than 45 exhibitions dedicated to legendary artists and directors of the theater, reports the Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sports. Among the most anticipated premiers were Tibor Kocsák’s…

Sixteen Kazakh Universities Enter QS World University Rankings 2023

NUR-SULTAN – Sixteen Kazakh universities made it into the QS World University Rankings 2023 which includes more than 1,500 institutions around the world, finprom.kz reports. Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, L. N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Satbayev University, Auezov South Kazakhstan State University and Kazakh National Agrarian Research University are in the top 500 seats of…

UAE Company to Build $2 Billion Multifunctional Grand Mosque Residences Complex in Nur-Sultan

NUR-SULTAN – The United Arab Emirates Ayana Holding expressed interest in the construction of a multifunctional residential and commercial соmplex dubbed The Grand Mosque Residences in the Kazakh capital during the July 19 meeting of the Kazakh Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi and Ayana Holding Chairman Abdullah bin Lahej, reports the Kazakh Foreign Ministry press service.…

US to Assist Kazakhstan in Recovery of Criminal Assets

NUR-SULTAN – The United States’ juridical and investigative agencies confirmed their readiness to assist in tracing and recovering assets illegally withdrawn from Kazakhstan to the United States during a July 18 visit of the delegation of the General Prosecutor’s Office of Kazakhstan to the United States, reports the General Prosecutor’s Office of Kazakhstan. The Kazakh…

Kazakhstan to Widen Export Routes for Its Grain

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture is looking for ways to open new markets for Kazakh grain export, Kazinform reports. Traditional importers of Kazakh wheat and flour are the countries of Central Asia and Afghanistan. “The ministry of agriculture is working to increase exports to China, the countries of the Caucasus (Azerbaijan, Georgia), Pakistan,…

Kazakhstan’s National Bank Implements Measures to Balance Exchange Rate Amidst Geopolitical Risks and High Volatility of Russian Ruble

NUR-SULTAN – The National Bank of Kazakhstan took measures to balance the foreign exchange market to ensure financial stability and prevent fluctuations of the national currency, reported Chair of the National Bank Galymzhan Pirmatov at the July 14 expanded government meeting headed by President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev. “Targeted foreign exchange interventions of the National Bank contributed…

Kazakh Prime Minister Reports Half-Year Socioeconomic Development Results

NUR-SULTAN – Social payments were indexed twice this year with the measure affecting 4.1 million people, including 2.2 million pensioners, Kazakh Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov told the July 14 expanded government meeting with Kazakh President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev. Smailov also said that a step-by-step wage increase will soon affect 1.2 million civil servants. “In education and…

Astana Opera to Stage Contrabass Parade Concert This Weekend

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana Opera’s symphony orchestra will present the concert “Guys With Contrabass” at the Kulyash Baiseitova Chamber Hall on July 16, reported the theater’s press service. The musicians will demonstrate the virtuosity of the sound of the orchestra’s musical ‘giant’ – contrabass. The concert will showcase works by foreign composers including Gioachino Rossini,…

Kazakhstan’s Foreign Trade Demonstrates Steady Growth, Reaches $51 Billion in Five Months

NUR-SULTAN – The country’s foreign trade turnover between January and May increased by 41 percent compared to the same period last year and reached US$51.3 billion, according to the Kazakh Bureau of National Statistics. Exports increased by 59 percent and reached US$34.2 billion, while imports rose by 14.4 percent and reached US$17.1 billion. This significant…

ACRA Rating Agency Affirms Kazakhstan’s Credit Rating at ‘BBB+’ Stable Outlook

NUR-SULTAN – ACRA analytical credit rating agency has affirmed the long-term credit rating of Kazakhstan both in foreign and in national currency at the ‘BBB+’ level with a stable outlook.  According to the agency, the forecast assumes that the rating will most likely remain unchanged within the next year. “Among the fundamental factors that support Kazakhstan’s…

CPC Oil Еxport in First Half of 2022 Exceeds Last Year`s Level

NUR-SULTAN – For the first half of 2022, the export of Kazakh oil through the oil pipeline system of the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) reached 28.75 million tons, and nearly 97 percent of it was shipped through Russian seaports, reports the Kazakh Ministry of Energy. Last year, the export of Kazakh oil through the CPC…

Russian Court Lifts Suspension on Caspian Pipeline Consortium

NUR-SULTAN – The regional court of the city of Krasnodar, Russia, overturned the earlier decision of Primorsky District Court in the southern Russian city of Novorossiysk to suspend the operations of the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC), reports the CPC press service. The month-long suspension will be replaced by a 200,000 roubles fine (US$3,300). The new…

Astana Hub and Google for Startups Silkway Accelerator Program Announces Its First Cohort of Startups

NUR-SULTAN – Fifteen promising startups will fine-tune their projects under the Silkway Accelerator program launched by the Astana Hub International Technopark of IT Startups and Google for Startups (GfS), reports the Astana Hub’s press service.  Fifteen startups that are at the Product/Market Fit stage will participate in the three-month acceleration program in an offline format…

Flights Cancellations Are Not Expected Due to Shortage of Jet Fuel, Says Kazakh Civil Aviation Committee

NUR-SULTAN – Flight cancellations are not expected in connection to the decrease of jet fuel production at the Pavlodar petrochemical plant (PPCP), reported the Civil Aviation Committee (CAC) of the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development of Kazakhstan on July 8. Earlier the administration of the Almaty International Airport announced that it suspended refueling of…

President Tokayev Extends Condolences to Family of Japan’s Former PM Shinzo Abe

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev expressed his condolences to the family of Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who had been shot while delivering an election campaign speech in the city of Nara on Friday.  Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, died at the age of 67 succumbing to his wounds.  Police say a 41-year-old…

Kazakhstan Оffers the West Strategic Opportunity: Will It Seize It?

NUR-SULTAN – In today’s world marked by a geopolitical power shift, the collective West should see Kazakhstan as an opportunity. That was a cross-cutting theme of the conference at Brussels Press Club dedicated to the release of a new report titled Kazakhstan Offers the West a Strategic Opportunity authored by Dr. John C. Hulsman, a…

A Conversation with President Tokayev: Kazakh Leader Addresses Special Session at Qatar Economic Forum

NUR-SULTAN – “Even during the Cold War, the United Nations was much more united than now,” said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during a special panel session titled “In Conversation” with President Tokayev at the Qatar Economic Forum on June 21.  In a candid Q&A session with Bloomberg’s co-anchor Manus Cranny, the Kazakh President gave comprehensive answers…

The Beauty of Mangystau in the Palm of Your Hand (Video)

NUR-SULTAN  – Nurken Tazhibay, a blogger from Aktau, shared a video with scenic destinations of the Mangystau Region on Instagram, reports Zakon.kz news website. In just one minute the video brings nine most marvelous touristic locations of the Mangystau Region. Among them are Karynzharyk valley, a desert steppe located between Mangystau peninsula and Ustyurt plateau,…

Outcome of Referendum Reinforces Kazakhstan’s Position Both in Region and in the World, Says SCO Secretary-General

NUR-SULTAN – The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) mission recognizes the referendum in Kazakhstan as open, transparent, and democratic, said SCO Secretary-General Zhang Ming at a press briefing on June 6.  According to the preliminary results, 77.18 percent of citizens voted in favor of the Constitutional amendments. The overall turnout was more than 68 percent. The…