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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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 to Increase Oil Production Under OPEC+ Agreement

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan will continue increasing oil production under the OPEC+ agreement, said Kazakh Energy Minister Magzum Mirzagaliyev, who represented Kazakhstan at the 23rd OPEC and non-OPEC ministerial meeting on Tuesday.  The meeting reaffirmed the continued commitment of the countries to ensure a stable and balanced oil market and agreed to increase production by 400,000…

President Tokayev Approves National Budget for Next Three Years

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed a law approving the national budget for the next three years, reports Akorda press service. The social sector continues receiving the most from the national budget with 50.8 percent of expenditures planned for this sector in 2022. In 2024, it will make 59.8 percent.  According to Kazakh Senate Speaker…

Kazakhstan Tightens Travel Rules as Omicron Variant Spreads

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan will tighten travel rules for international arrivals from Dec. 3 over the concerns of a new Omicron variant, First Vice Healthcare Minister Marat Shoranov told a government meeting on Tuesday.  Foreign nationals from Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar, Eswatini, Tanzania, Malawi, and Hong Kong will not be able to…

President Tokayev Visits Geneva to Boost Ties with Switzerland, Discuss Pressing Issues with International Organizations

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was welcomed in Geneva by Swiss President Guy Parmelin in the evening on Monday, Nov. 29 as Tokayev continued his visit to Europe, reports the Akorda press service. Switzerland is an important political and economic partner in Europe for Kazakhstan, said Tokayev.  During their meeting, Tokayev and Parmelin focused…

President Tokayev Pays Official Visit to Brussels, Meets European Leaders to Discuss Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is now in Brussels where he has met with President of the European Council Charles Michel, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, and Belgium’s King Philippe on Nov. 25, reports the Akorda press service.  This is Tokayev’s first visit to Europe since the pandemic began.  Tokayev and Michel discussed the…

Upcoming Birthday Anniversaries of Kazakhstan’s Ahmet Baitursynov, Roza Baglanova Included in UNESCO List of Anniversaries

NUR-SULTAN – The upcoming 150th anniversary of prominent Kazakh scholar, statesman, linguist, and poet Akhmet Baitursynov and the 100th anniversary of pop and opera singer Roza Baglanova were included in the UNESCO list of anniversaries for 2022-2023 during the 41st session of UNESCO’s General Conference, reports the Kazakh Embassy in France. Kazakhstan’s two major anniversaries…

Kazakhstan to Introduce Institute of the Ombudsperson to Protect Consumer Rights

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan will introduce the institute of the ombudsperson for the protection of consumer rights as part of the updated draft law package for the protection of consumer rights, reports the Kazakh Prime Minister’s press service. The ombudsperson will directly report systemic violations of the rights of citizens to top government officials.  Along with…

National Payment System to Foster Easier Access to Financial Markets, Pave Way For Digital Tenge

NUR-SULTAN – The National Bank of Kazakhstan is currently developing a national payment system that is part of an effort to ensure the equally accessible digital infrastructure of the financial market and make financial services and transfers faster and cheaper, said National Bank Chair Yerbolat Dossayev. The pilot project is expected to be launched in…

PACE President Rik Daems Calls for Greater Cooperation During His Visit to Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) President Rik Daems called for strengthening the cooperation between the Parliamentary Assembly and Kazakhstan to implement human rights reforms as he concluded his three-day official visit to Kazakhstan on Nov. 18, reports PACE press service. Daems met with President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to discuss the…

Kazakhstan Leading in FDI Stock Value from Eurasian Economic Union Countries

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan boasts the highest foreign direct investments stock value from the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) countries – $11.2 billion by 2020, an increase of $3 billion over the past four years, according to the latest Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) analytical report that monitors mutual direct investments by twelve states in the CIS and…