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EBRD to Fund Large Aircraft Maintenance Facility in Astana

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s national airline, Air Astana, will soon get an infusion of cash in the form of a European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) loan up to $14 million dollars, issued in tenge, according to a press release from the lender. The EBRD plans to issue the loan to help fund the building…

Capital Forecasts $606 Million in City Revenue for 2016

ASTANA – Deputy of the Astana Maslikhat and member of the city’s Economics and Budget Planning Management Committee Gulnar Dzhusupova announced at a recent meeting of the city maslikhat deputies that the projected 2016 income for the city will be 180 billion tenge (US$606 million). She said the funds will be used for construction, road…

Shymkent Factory Launches Country’s First Production of Sterile Garments for Newborns

The MedTexKZ company has launched the production of sterile vests, sliders, caps and other clothing for newborns at a plant in Shymkent. The factory is the only one of its kind in Kazakhstan. All products are made from high-quality cotton and kept in a sealed package. Thirty-seven employees are working at the company with expected…

Golovkin Now Ranks as Second Best Pound-for-Pound Boxer in the World

Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, Kazakhstan’s world champion under the World Boxing Association (WBA Super), International Boxing Organisation (IBO), World Boxing Council (WBC Interim) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) middleweight classifications, climbed to second place in the ranking of the best boxers in the world regardless of weight category, known as Pound for Pound (P4P), according to…

Kazakh Director Tackles Issue of Young, Unmarried Women in Latest Film

ASTANA – Kazakh director Askar Bisembin’s new film “Marriage at 30” will attempt to show what the average young, unmarried woman wants. The movie is being filmed in collaboration with actress and producer Assel Sadvakassova. Bisembin has previously directed “Wedding for Three” and “Adel.” According to Bisembin’s interview with Brod.kz, the film is about a…

Almaty Approves Construction of Modern Art Museum

ALMATY – Local patrons from the Museum of Modern Art Public Foundation received approval from the Almaty Planning Council for the construction of a modern art museum in the Bostandyk district. The developers say the goal of the project is to increase the city’s potential as an international tourist centre. The building is proposed for…

Moscow Holds Abai Reading

The Moscow House of Veterans of Wars and Armed Forces recently held “The Binding Time Thread,” a literary and musical evening dedicated to the 170th anniversary of the birth of Kazakh poet, composer and philosopher Abai Qunanbayuli and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Russian Romantic writer, poet and painter Michael Lermontov, reported the…

World Social Advertising Exhibition Opens in Almaty

ASTANA – A World Social Advertising exhibition opened recently in Almaty’s Baikonur metro station, affording passengers the chance to admire works of international designers through Oct. 30. A social poster show, arranged by the Bauyrzhan charity fund within the “Make It Clear” contest, is simultaneously being held. “The World Social Print advertising exhibition reflects the…

Astana to Launch Single Contact Number for All City Services

ASTANA – Akim (Mayor) of Astana Adilbek Dzhaksybekov held a meeting Oct. 19 on a number of the city’s topical issues, including the preparation of all the utilities for the winter period, as well as the ecological situation of the capital, reported Astana.gov.kz, the city administration’s official website. Dzhaksybekov announced the launch of the Unified…

Photographers of Kazakh Fauna Praised at National Museum Ceremony

ASTANA – The photographers of the “Fauna of Kazakhstan” exhibition were recently awarded during a special ceremony at the National Museum of Kazakhstan. The photo exhibition was dedicated to the 550th anniversary of the Kazakh Khanate and was organised by the Fund of Support of Proper Hunting and Wildlife Protection. “Many species of animals on…

Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran to Establish Competitive Railway Tariffs

ASTANA – Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran recently agreed to establish competitive tariff conditions on the new Uzen – Bolashak – Serhetyaka – Akyayla – Incheburun international railway line, according to information from the press service of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ), Kazakhstan’s national railroad company. KTZ, Iran and the Turkmenistan Ministry of Railway Transport agreed to…

The Aral Sea Experiences Second Birth

The Aral Sea can regain its lost status of the country’s harbour thanks to the successful implementation of the regional project on managing the Syr Darya’s riverbed and preserving the northern part of the water body. The project allowed the creation of the first man-made sea in the country, called the Small Aral. Today, it…

Vietnam Considers Visa-free Regime for Citizens of Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Vietnam’s Tourism Association President Nguen Huu Tho announced during a recent meeting with Kazakhstan’s Ambassador in Vietnam Beketzhan Zhumakhanov that Vietnam is considering introducing a visa-free regime for Kazakh citizens for up to 15 days, according to the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The meeting came as Kazakh diplomats…

Rail Company Seeks State Support to Establish ‘Hotel on Wheels’

ASTANA – The Turan Express passenger rail company recently sought state support from the Kazakh Ministry of Investment and Development to launch a “hotel on wheels.” “We can form a tourist train that will simultaneously be a ‘hotel on the wheels’ and will service the Khorgos – Almaty – Taraz – Shymkent – Turkestan –…

EAEU Nations, China to Share Customs Information

ASTANA – Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) nations and China will share customs information on transit goods, reported Belta. The agreement was reached according to the results of the third round of negotiations held in Irkutsk on an agreement to share information about goods and international transportation vehicles transporting via the customs border of the EAEU…

Tenge Rate Changes Shouldn’t Raise Food Prices, Says Deputy PM

Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Berdybek Saparbayev paid a visit to the West Kazakhstan region to estimate the general situation after a free-floating exchange rate was introduced on Aug. 20. “Despite the difficulties, we will perform to the public all of our obligations. We have financial capacity to do this. Salaries for employees will be…

Contest Launches to Find Kazakhstan’s Best Food Producers

The National Brand Halyk Markasy competition is going to be held in Kazakhstan to choose the best local food producers, reported the Kazagromarketing company. Domestic manufacturers will compete for the Best Producer title in 30 categories. According to organisers, the nationwide contest aims to increase the popularity of locally produced food products among Kazakh citizens.…

New Memorandum to Open Better Opportunities for Animal Export to the UAE

The Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently signed a memorandum on cooperation in the veterinary field. According to the statement made by representatives of the Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture, the document is intended to give new impetus to mutually beneficial cooperation…

New Anti-Aircraft Missile Systems to Boost Kazakhstan’s Air Defences

The Air Defence Forces of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan recently took delivery of five new S-300PS anti-aircraft missile systems, according to the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Defence. The systems were transferred at no charge from the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation. “The anti-aircraft missile systems S-300PS will be tested…

Football Academy to be Launched in Shymkent

The Football Federation of Kazakhstan plans to open a football academy in the South Kazakhstan region, according to otyrar.kz. It has not yet been determined if the academy will be national or regional. Specialists from Spain choose young players in Shymkent for the academy during a selection process ending Aug. 15 and coaches from leading…

New Information Websites to Become Part of the Public Face of Kazakh Tourism

ASTANA – The “3D Tour Across the Country” project will launch by the end of 2015, Director of the Institute of Eurasian Integration and Chairman of the Congress of Political Scientists Zhanargul Kusmangaliyeva said during an Aug. 11 briefing held at the Central Communications Service. “Virtual 3D tours across Kazakhstan placed on the Encyclopedia of…

Business Centre for Disabled Opens in East Kazakhstan

The Voluntary Society of Disabled People in East Kazakhstan has opened a centre for business initiatives at the request of local disabled residents. The centre will help people with disabilities find jobs and run their businesses, according to information from the Information Centre of the East Kazakhstan region. The business centre is a joint project…

Western China – Western Europe Highway to Become Toll Road after 2016

The Western Europe – Western China highway will become a paid toll road after 2016, according to the Otyrar.kz news agency. The revenue will be used to pay for road maintenance and construction. According to Mukhtar Duissenbekov, director of the South Kazakhstan regional branch of the KazAvtoZhol national company, the toll amounts will vary depending…

Mexico to Open Embassy in Kazakhstan in 2015

Mexico plans to open its embassy in Kazakhstan this year, according to a May 20 announcement during the presentation of credentials to Secretary of State of Kazakhstan Gulshara Abdykalykova by the non-resident ambassadors extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Mexico, Venezuela, Congo, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Sudan and El Salvador in Kazakhstan. During the meeting…

Atyrau Airport to Be Re-Named for Kazakhstan’s only WWII Female Fighter Pilot

The Atyrau International Airport will be re-named for Hiuaz Dospanova, the only Kazakh female pilot and navigating officer who participated in the Great Patriotic War. “We have received a letter from the initiative group and members of the Parliament proposing to give a new name to the city airport. The staff of the airport has…