Articles by zhanna Shayakhmetova

Kazakhstan to Celebrate 30th Anniversary of Membership in United Nations in 2022

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its acceptance as a full member of the United Nations (UN) in 2022 to commemorate the events of Mar. 2, 1992, which took place less than three months after Kazakhstan declared its independence. This was a major step towards international recognition of an independent Kazakhstan.   A…

ForteBank Kulanshi Art Space Gallery Opens “Master and Disciple” Exhibition Featuring Works Created During Lockdown

NUR-SULTAN – The ForteBank Kulanshi Art Space gallery presented the “Master and Disciple” exhibition showcasing works created by teachers and students of the Kazakh National University of Arts in Nur-Sultan, reported the press service of the gallery. This is the 20th exhibition organized at the gallery since its opening in 2016.   The exhibition’s theme highlights…

Ayalagan Alakan Charity Fund Presents Paintings of Talented Children With Disabilities in India

NUR-SULTAN – The Ayalagan Alakan (Caring Hand) Charity Fund initiated “The world through the eyes of children” exhibition in Hyderabad, the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported on Feb.11.  The exhibition featuring paintings of children with disabilities was supported by the Embassy of Kazakhstan in India. In the near future the…

Young Kazakh Scientist Develops COVID-19 Rapid Test, Expects Clinical Trials and Approval for General Use

NUR-SULTAN – Bolat Sultankulov, 32, is a brilliant Kazakh scientist, who started pursuing his career during the era of Kazakhstan’s independence. Now, he is making an important contribution to the scientific progress of his country with his latest development.  Sultankulov immediately caught the attention of the audience and media after he wrote a post about…

Kazakh Prime Minister Sets Priorities for Renewable Energy Agenda, More Effective Tax Administration

NUR-SULTAN – The development of renewable sources needs a systematic approach, said Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin at the Feb. 9 meeting of the government.  Mamin noted that environmental issues are priority tasks outlined in President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s agenda. Renewable energy is one of the tools for improving the environment. In 2020, 25 renewable energy…

Astana Opera House to Stage “Birzhan – Sara” Opera to Mark 75th Anniversary of National Classic Masterpiece

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana Opera House will stage Mukan Tulebayev’s opera “Birzhan – Sara” on Feb. 17  to mark the 75th anniversary of the Kazakh opera masterpiece and 30 years of independence in Kazakhstan.   Titled as “The Legendary Opera That Withstood the Test of Time,” the opera was staged during the opening of the Astana…

Kazakh Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources to Implement Projects on Pollution Reduction, Water Resources Management

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources has announced plans to develop the Zhasyl Kazakhstan (Green Kazakhstan) project and a new project on water resources management, according to a Feb. 2 report by the ministry’s press service. The project planning stage is set to be completed by July.  The objective of…

More Than 40 Projects Approved for Financing as Part of Almaty Business 2025 Program

NUR-SULTAN – Forty-two projects worth 8.3 billion tenge (US$19 million) will be implemented as part of the Almaty Business 2025 entrepreneurship development program, reported the press service of the regional administration. This will create more than a hundred jobs. The Almaty Business 2025 program aims to create favorable conditions for doing business, increasing financing, reducing…

KazISS Ranks First Among Central Asian Institutions in 2020 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies (KazISS) under the President of Kazakhstan has beaten out the competition to rank first among top think tanks in Central Asia out of 58 nominations in the region in 2020, according to the 2020 edition of the University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go To Think-Tank Index released Jan.…

Kazakhstan Observes Increase in Foreign Investment Over 3 Years Since Joining WTO, says Kazakh Minister of Trade and Integration

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Minister of Trade and Integration Bakhyt Sultanov took part Jan. 29 in an Informal Meeting of Trade Ministers of the World Trade Organization (WTO) member countries, the ministry’s press service reported.  Trade ministers and heads of representations to the WTO in Geneva from 36 countries attended an online event dedicated to…

Almaty Volunteers Launch Make-A-Wish Concept Charity Project to Help Children in Need

NUR-SULTAN– The Year of the Volunteer has inaugurated a plethora of volunteer movements and actions nationwide in 2020. The Menin Armanym (My Dream) project is a unique initiative in Kazakhstan and Central Asia as the fund helps to fulfill the wishes of children with physical disabilities and serious health conditions.  Launched in October 2020, the…

Kazakhstan Ranks 94 in 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index, Jumps Up 19 Positions

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan has jumped up 19 positions and now ranks 94th out of 180 countries and territories in the 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released Jan. 28 by Transparency International. Brazil, Ethiopia, Peru, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Suriname and Tanzania also took the 94th position along with Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan leads by 38 points in the…

Al-Farabi Kazakh National University to Launch Science and Technology Center for IT and Healthcare Innovations

NUR-SULTAN – Almaty-based Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU) announced plans to create the Al-Farabi Science and Technology Center, the university’s press service reported Jan. 25. KazNU and the Görkem Co Turkish company signed an investment agreement for the construction of facilities and training of specialists in the field of IT-technologies, innovations and medicine. As part…

Kazakhstan’s MOST Business Incubator Launches Venture Fund for Best Technology Startups and Innovators

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s MOST Business Incubator launched a $10 million private venture fund in late December, the company’s press service reported.  The MOST Ventures Fund I plans to invest in startups from Central Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Siberia. It is expected to organize acceleration programs in the Investment Readiness Accelerator format…

Central Election Commission: Nur Otan Party Leads in Kazakhstan’s Parliamentary Elections, Two Parties Win Seats in Majilis

NUR-SULTAN – The Nur Otan Party won a majority of the votes in the Majilis (the lower house of the Kazakh Parliament) election and leads with 71.09 percent of votes, the Secretary of the Central Election Commission (CEC) Sabila Mustafina reported at the Jan.11 briefing.  According to the preliminary results, the Ak Zhol Democratic Party…

Kazakh Parliamentary Election Begins Nationwide

NUR-SULTAN – The parliamentary election for the Majilis (a lower house of the Kazakh Parliament) and the Maslikhats (local representative bodies) has begun in the country on Jan.10.  According to the Central Election Commission, more than 10,000 polling stations are opened in 14 regions and three cities of national significance – Nur-Sultan, Almaty and Shymkent.…

Le Figaro Newspaper Includes Kazakhstan in World’s Top Authentic Travel Destinations For 2021

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan has been included in the list of 21 recommended  destinations around the world in 2021, by the French newspaper Le Figaro.  Zambia, Palau, Spitsbergen, Malta, Swiss Alps, Costa Rica, Greece, Singapore and other countries and territories are also featured in the review.  In its travel section, 2021 is called a year of…

Dimash Kudaibergen to Perform at 2021 Inauguration Celebrations of US President-Elect

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh popular singer Dimash Kudaibergen will take part at the 2021 Inauguration celebrations of United States President-elect Joe Biden on Jan,17, Interfax Kazakhstan reported. Due to the pandemic, this year’s gala will be held virtually. The host of the premier gala the Sister Cities International announced the theme of the event to be…

Kazakhstan Adopts New Environmental Code with Focus on Eco-Friendly Technology in Manufacturing, More Green Projects

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed Kazakhstan’s new environmental code into law Jan. 2,  reported the Akorda Press.  The document will enter into force July 1, 2021. “The experts in the Ministry of Ecology, Geology, and Natural Resources, the public and deputies worked on this strategic document. The code meets all modern challenges and…

Kazakhstan Schedules International Flights to 12 Countries For New Year’s Holidays

NUR-SULTAN – International flights from Kazakhstan will be performed to 12 countries and 19 destinations in the period from Dec. 30 to Jan. 5, the Kazakh Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development reported. “Overall, 54 flights are scheduled. The list of destinations includes Belarus, Egypt, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Russia, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates,…

Major Events and Headlines in Kazakhstan That Shaped 2020

NUR-SULTAN – This has been a most unusual year for all. Kazakhstan as well as the other nations have experienced one of the most challenging periods with the pandemic outbreak. Its consequences affected not only the lives of individuals, but the entire universe.   Remarkably, the world community learnt that every person’s actions matter. This year…

Ferroalloy and Sinter Plants to be Built in Karaganda Region

NUR-SULTAN – The construction of the ferroalloy and sinter plants has been launched as part of the Business Roadmap 2025 initiative in Karaganda, the regional press service reported.    The production capacity of the plants are 57,000 tons of ferroalloys and 240,000 tons of sinter per year. 100-percent locally sourced content is a significant factor…

Kazakh Director Wins Best Documentary Film Award at Qatar’s Ajyal Film Festival

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh director Alina Mustafina’s film “Ander” won the Best Documentary Film Award at Qatar’s Ajyal Film Festival this November.  The film is also included in the program of the Short Film Market at France’s  Clermont Ferrand film festival, which will be held in February 2021. Earlier, the film received the special jury prize…

AIX Announces Growth of Monthly Trading Indicators, Brings Stock Market Innovations to Investors

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana International Exchange (AIX) is seeing positive trends in its activities as monthly trading in November has increased up to $3.7 million compared with $659,000 in the same month last year, which translates to a six-fold increase, the press service of the organization reported.  Despite the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic negatively…

Astana Opera House Presents “The Elixir of Love” Opera ahead of New Year Holidays

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana Opera House will stage Gaetano Donizetti’s opera “The Elixir of Love” (“L’Elisir d’Amore”) Dec. 26-27 in the Kazakh capital, the theatre’s press service announced.  The stunning, bright dresses and large-scale sets including a hot air balloon are expected to draw viewers to one of the most frequently performed of Donizetti’s operas.…