Articles by Aiman Nakispekova

Discovering Kazakhstan: Kazakh Embassy Hosts Open House in Washington

ASTANA – Kazakh Embassy in Washington D.C. hosted an open house on May 6 as part of the Annual Passport DC event welcoming visitors for cultural performances and traditional food and drinks, according to the embassy’s Twitter account.  More than 500 people visited the embassy during the first two hours, showing much interest in Kazakh…

Ground Forces of Kazakhstan Celebrate its 30th Anniversary

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Ground Forces, the largest branch of the Kazakh Armed Forces, are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. The country will honor the bravest men and women who safeguard the country’s peace and independence on May 7, which marks Defender of the Fatherland Day, dedicated to the establishment of the Kazakh Armed Forces…

Endangered Snow Leopard Treated in Almaty Zoo After Being Spotted in Region (Video)

ASTANA – A rare snow leopard was found exhausted in a pasture in the Almaty Region and is now being treated by the Almaty Zoo, reported the Khabar TV channel on April 25.  A local shepherd found the animal in a weak condition and noticed the animal could not move his hind legs.  The snow…

Uniting Diversity: Kazakhstan Celebrates Day of Unity

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is celebrating the Day of the Unity of the People on May 1. It is a time for citizens to come together to recognize the country’s diversity and promote social cohesion. For many citizens of Kazakhstan, this holiday represents the values ​​of friendship and solidarity, mutual respect and trust.  Aizhan Zhakenova, 58,…

Kazakh Conservationist Wins Whitley Award for Efforts to Save Saiga Antelope

ASTANA – Kazakh saiga conservationist Albert Salemgareyev, a member of the Kazakh Association for Biodiversity Conservation, won the prestigious Whitley Awards 2023 in the field of nature preservation for his work to save the Saiga antelope, whose population has exceeded 1.3 million, reported the Association for Biodiversity Conservation on April 27. Salemgareyev has been studying…

5G Coverage to Reach 75 Percent in Kazakhstan by 2027

ASTANA – Seventy-five percent of Astana, Almaty and Shymkent and 60 percent of regional centers will be covered by 5G mobile networks by 2027, said Kazakh Minister of Digital Development, Innovation, and Aerospace Industry Bagdat Mussin at an April 25 government meeting, reported the ministry’s press service.  “5G will provide high-speed internet access that will…

Kyrgyz Language and Cultural Center Opens at Gumilyov Eurasian National University

ASTANA – Kyrgyz Language and Culture center opened on April 24 at Gumilyov Eurasian National University (ENU) to expand cooperation and strengthen the academic partnership between the Kazakhstana and the Kyrgyz Republic, reported the university’s press service. The center will provide training in linguistic and literary areas and implement a dual-diploma program together with Osh…

Astana to Host Enactus Kazakhstan National Expo to Determine Promising Young Entrepreneurs

ASTANA – The National Cup of Student Entrepreneurship, Startups and Innovations and the Enactus Kazakhstan National Expo 2023 will take place on April 27-28 in the Kazakh capital, according to Enactus Kazakhstan, one of the organizers of the event.  The two-day event, organized with the support of the Kazakh Tourism national company, provides opportunities to present the…

Akmola Region Sets Sights on Economic Growth Through Raw Material Export and Tourism Promotion

ASTANA – The Akmola Region in the north of Kazakhstan, with a population of over 785,000 people, is known for its developed industry and agriculture. Its natural beauty attracts thousands of tourists every year. Major exporter According to the Economic Research Institute, the region became Kazakhstan’s major exporter of bearings, rare earth ores, flax seed,…

Kazakhstan to Build Largest Open-Air Museum at Bozok Ancient Settlement

ASTANA – The 412-hectares open-air museum is being built at the Bozok ancient settlement site near Astana to demonstrate the achievements of the steppe civilization, reported the Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sports on April 25.  The Bozok settlement has a unique historical significance that reflects the historical periods of five steppe civilizations, including the…

Kazakhstan, Austria Discuss Prospects for Trade and Economic Cooperation

ASTANA – Kazakh and Austrian officials and business leaders outlined priority areas to enhance trade and economic cooperation during the 11th meeting of the Kazakh-Austrian Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Agricultural, Ecological, Technical, Industrial, and Technological Cooperation (IGC) in Graz, Austria, reported the Kazakh Foreign Ministry’s press service on April 21.  Addressing the participants of the…

Astana Hosts 2023 Kazakhstan Chess Cup

ASTANA – The opening ceremony of the 2023 Kazakhstan Chess Cup among men and women took place at the National Tennis Center on April 23.  Addressing the public, FIDE Director-General Emil Sutovsky said this is the strongest professional tournament in Kazakhstan for many years, which provides an excellent opportunity for young players to challenge themselves.…

Kazakh MedTech Startup Joins StartX Program at Stanford University

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Cerebra Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered software for early stroke detection has entered the StartX Program at Stanford University, reported Kazinform on April 21. “This is a big moment for the Kazakh IT industry. The fact that the Cerebra project was accepted into StartX signals to the world that Kazakhstan has begun to create…

Kazakh Schoolchildren Win Three Awards at FIRST World Championship in United States

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s robotics teams won three awards at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) World Championship in Houston, the United States, reported the Kazakh Ministry of Education on April 23. The Adeptus Mechanicus team from Almaty received the Core Values ​​Award for high enthusiasm, a spirit of cooperation, and mutual…

Kazakhstan Ships 80,000 Tons of Oil Through Ceyhan to Romania

ASTANA – KazMunayGas (KMG), Kazakhstan’s national oil and gas company, has begun shipment of 80,000 tons of oil through Türkiye’s Ceyhan seaport to Romania’s Constanta port, reported the company on April 22. KMG Chairman Magzum Mirzagaliyev visited the Ceyhan port to check the shipment process to the Romanian Petromidia oil refinery owned by KMG.  “Today…

OSCE Empowers Young Women in Central Asia to Start Careers in Energy Sector

ASTANA – The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) organized a five-day training program on renewable energy for nearly 100 young women from Central Asia, Afghanistan, and Mongolia from 17 to 21 April in Almaty to empower them to start careers in the sustainable energy sector, reported the OSCE on April 21.  Giulia…

Archeologists Discover Golden Artifacts in Abai Region’s Bozai Burial Ground

ASTANA – Rare gold jewelry, remains of bird of prey, and 3,000 other items were found in the mounds in the Ayagoz district of the Abai Region at a depth of three meters, reported the Abai Region’s akimat (administration) on April 18. The discovered exhibits, which date back to the eighth and ninth centuries BC,…

Xiamen University Malaysia Offers 140 Scholarships for Kazakh Students

ASTANA – Xiamen University Malaysia (XMUM) will allocate 120 scholarships for Kazakh undergraduate students and 20 for master’s degrees and Ph.D., said President of Xiamen University Malaysia Wang Ruifang in an exclusive interview with The Astana Times.  According to Ruifang, Kazakhstan and Malaysia have built strong ties, vital to deepening cooperation and strengthening the academic…

Kyrgyz Republic to Host Central Asian Youth Forum in August

ASTANA – The Kyrgyz Republic will host the Central Asian Youth Forum in August, announced the Chairman of the country’s Youth Congress, Askar Shaikiddinov, during the Central Asian regional conference in Tashkent, reported Kyrgyz news agency Kabar on April 15.  Shaikiddinov described it as an essential platform for developing diplomatic and friendly cooperation among young…

Kazakhstan Launches Book Challenge Project on TikTok to Promote Reading

ASTANA – The Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sports and TikTok are launching the #kitaptok challenge to encourage reading, sharing of book recommendations, and discovery of new authors, reported the ministry’s press service on April 19.  The project marks World Book Day and will be the local version of the famous #BookTok project that gained…

Astana Hosts Exhibition to Honor Alash Movement’s Activists

ASTANA — A selection of rare books, photographs and personal belongings of the Alash movement’s activists were presented on April 13 at the National Center of Manuscripts and Rare Books in Astana. The exhibition will run through April 26.  The Alash movement was established by the emerging national intellectuals in 1917, which published several publications…

Kazakhstan Launches Global Cleantech Innovation Program to Foster Green Technologies

ASTANA – The Global Cleantech Innovation Program (GCIP) has been launched in Kazakhstan on April 15 to promote innovation and support small and medium-sized businesses and startups in green technologies, reported the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources press service. GCIP entails startup pre-selection, acceleration, and commercialization to identify the most promising entrepreneurs. It will…

Central Asian Countries Discuss Public Diplomacy Efforts in Tashkent

ASTANA – Tashkent hosted a Central Asian regional conference on April 14 dedicated to the role of public diplomacy in strengthening peace and good neighborliness in the region, reported Kazinform.  According to the Director of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Center for Public Diplomacy in Uzbekistan Kabuljon Sabirov, the conference, which takes place amid challenging…

Sayram-Ugam National Park: Natural Wonderland Offers Unique Landscapes and Hiking Trails

ASTANA – Sayram-Ugam national park is a hidden gem in southern Kazakhstan, located in the midst of the rugged Western Tian Shan Mountains, close to the border with Uzbekistan. Breathtaking landscapes, diverse flora and fauna, and rich cultural history add to the uniqueness of Sayram-Ugam.  Location of the Sayram-Ugam National Park  Spanning 149,000 hectares, the…

Exhibition in Brussels Showcases Ancient Maps of Kazakh State

ASTANA – An exhibition of ancient maps depicting the Kazakh state opened on April 12 at the European Parliament in Brussels, marking the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and the European Union (EU), reported the Kazakh Embassy in Belgium.    The exhibition displays unique maps dating from the 16th to 19th…