KAZAKHSTAN CELEBRATES DAY OF THE FIRST PRESIDENT
Astana, November 29: Kazakhstan is in celebratory mood this week, as the country gears up for a national holiday, the Day of the First President, on December 1.
It is the second time that the holiday is being marked and commemorates the date, December 1 1991, when Nursultan Nazarbayev was elected as Kazakhstan’s first President by an overwhelming majority of the population. A little over two weeks later, Kazakhstan declared its independence.
PEOPLE IN HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI SUPPORT ATOM PROJECT
Astana, November 20: The ATOM Project presentations and art exhibitions of the Honorary Ambassador of the ATOM Project Karipbek Kuykov took place in Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Nov. 20-21 drawing warm response and firm support for this international initiative by the President of Kazakhstan.
THE ATOM PROJECT PRESENTED IN TOKYO
Astana, November 19: On November 19, the Japanese press centre in Tokyo hosted the exhibition of paintings of KaripbekKuyukov, a famous artist and the Honorary Ambassador of the ATOM Project as part of the Project presentation in Japan.
“KAZAKHSTAN – NEW SILK ROAD” FORUM BRINGS TOGETHER LEADING TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS COMPANIES
Astana, November 11: The second “Kazakhstan – New Silk Road” International Transport and Logistics Business Forum organised by the country’s Union of Forwarders “KAZLOGISTICS” took place on Nov. 6 and 7at the Palace of Independence in Astana.
NUR OTAN CONGRESS DEFINES PARTY’S MISSION
Astana, October 18: A new political doctrine was adopted and strategies and responsibilities for the coming decades were laid out during the Oct. 18 15th Congress of the Nur Otan party under the chairmanship of party leader, Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
NEW NATIONAL CHAMBER OF ENTREPRENEURS TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES
Astana, October 12: Rahim Oshakbayev, deputy chairman of the Kazakhstan National Chamber of Entrepreneurs, calls the new body «a big breakthrough and a big reform».
CENTRAL ASIA, EU AGREE TO WORK TOGETHER ON GREEN BRIDGE INITIATIVE
Astana, September 30: Central Asian and European countries signed a Charter on Cooperation during a Sept. 30 international conference on Kazakhstan’s Green Bridge Partnership Programme held in Astana.
FOREIGN MINISTER ATTENDS 68TH SESSION OF UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOREIGN
Astana, September 28: Minister, Erlan Idrissov attended the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week.
As well as taking part in the main sessions, Mr.Idrissov used the occasion to hold a series of bilateral meetings with his counterparts from a host of different countries. The Foreign Minister is due to speak on the last day of the session on Saturday September 28.
BUSINESS PEOPLE EVALUATE KAZAKHSTAN BUSINESS CONNECTIONS
Astana, September 24: Participants in the Kazakhstan Business Connections project met on Sept. 12 in Astana for the USAID Business Connections Project: Kazakhstan-U.S. Cooperation Experience conference, a feedback session on the programme’s strengths and weaknesses and its latest activities.
“BOLASHAK”- NOW A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR JOURNALISTS
Astana, August 23: The “Bolashak” educational program, which gives post-graduate students and undergraduates from Kazakhstan the opportunity to study in world-class higher educational establishments, is to open a new strand of scholarships specifically for journalists.
BOOSTING KAZAKHSTAN’S TOURISM
Astana, August 2: In summer, thoughts turn to holidays. And recently the government of Kazakhstan has been turning its attention more and more to the possibilities of developing the country’s attractiveness as a destination for tourists.
ANCIENT TURKESTAN REVEALS ITS SECRETS
Astana, July 26: Turkestan is sometimes understood to be a region covering roughly the area of former Soviet Central Asia, taking in present-day Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan as well as Xinjiang province in China.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ASTANA!
Astana, July 5: The capital moved to Astana in December 1997. At that time the city was called Akmola. but in 1998 it was re-named Astana (meaning, “capital”), and it is from this moment that the anniversary is taken. The population of Astana has more than doubled since then, from some 300,000 to 778,200 at the beginning of 2013.
OPENING OF ASTANA OPERA HOUSE
Astana, June 28: Kazakhstan’s stunning new opera house, “Astana Opera”, was opened by President Nazarbayev on June 21, and was immediately rated as being on a par with the world’s leading opera houses, such as La Scala in Milan, Covent Garden in London or the Bolshoi in Moscow.
DEFENDING THE RIGHTS OF FOREIGN INVESTORS
Astana, June 21: An inaugural meeting took place this week in Astana of the working group on the protection of foreign investors’ rights in Kazakhstan. Otherwise known as “the investors’ ombudsman”, the group is the responsibility of the National Agency for Exports and Investment, Kaznex Invest. Kaznex Invest comes under the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies, and the Minister, Asset Issekeshev, who is also a Deputy Prime Minister, chairs the group.
NEWS FROM THE GOVERNMENT IN BRIEF
Astana, June 7: Peugeot cars to start production in Kazakhstan. A three-way agreement between Peugeot Citroen, AgromashHolding and the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies of Kazakhstan means that Peugeot cars will start production in Kostanay, in northern Kazakhstan, as early as July this year. Initially, the Peugeot 301, the Peugeot 3008, the Peugeot 508 and the Peugeot Partner will be produced, at a rate of 4,000 cars per year. This can be expected to increase to 10,000 per year.
VI ASTANA ECONOMIC FORUM TAKES PLACE
Astana, May 26: The VI Astana Economic Forum took place this week under the title “Ensuring Balanced Economic Growth within the G-Global Format”. This is an indication of the strength which the G-Global online platform has achieved since it was set up by President Nazarbayev in December 2011. Another first for the Forum was that the World Anti-Crisis Conference, another initiative of President Nazarbayev, ran alongside the Forum. This ensured that many of the world’s leading experts in a variety of fields were among the 10,000 delegates who came to Astana.
KAZAKHSTAN CELEBRATES DAY OF NATIONAL UNITY
Astana, May 3: On May 1, Kazakhstan celebrated the Day of the Unity of the Peoples of Kazakhstan, a day for strengthening the ties which bind together all the diff erent nationalities and all the diff erent ethnic groups and confessions in Kazakhstan.
PRESIDENT NAZARBAYEV CHAIRS 20TH SESSION
OF THE ASSEMBLY OF THE PEOPLE OF KAZAKHSTAN
Astana, April 29: On April 24 President Nursultan Nazarbayev chaired the 20th session of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan.The Assembly is a living example of the ethnic diversity and tolerance of the people of Kazakhstan. It was created by President Nazarbayev on March 1 1995 to bring together in harmony and mutual understanding the different ethnic, religious, social and cultural groups which exist in Kazakhstan. A session is held at least once a year.
MINEX CENTRAL ASIA 2013
Astana, April 19: For the fourth year in a row, the world’s leading experts on mining and mineral exploration in the Central Asian region gathered this week in Astana for “MINEX Central Asia”. Building on the experience of the first three years, “MINEX Central Asia” now operates successfully to a tried and tested formula: a two day conference; regional investment sessions; an on-site exhibition; and pre-forum Master Classes aimed at mining professionals.
Astana, April 12: The future of education and science in Kazakhstan was high on the agenda this week, as the country marked “Scientists’ Day” on April 12. A week of seminars and round tables was organized in Astana and Almaty to highlight the development of education and science in Kazakhstan and to strengthen Kazakhstan’s international relations in this sphere.
KAZAKHSTAN HOSTS IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS
Astana, April 5: For the second time in six weeks, Almaty has hosted the continuing talks on the future of Iran’s nuclear program. The very fact that this round of talks followed on so swiftly from the previous round, held in Almaty on February 26-27, is a positive sign. The first three rounds of talks, held between April and June 2012 in Istanbul, Baghdad and Moscow, ended in stalemate. It was regarded as a frustrating, and, indeed, worrying sign by the international community that it took eight months to get everyone round the table again.
GOVERNMENT DISCUSSES BUSINESS ROAD-MAP
Astana, March 22: E-government and healthcare were on the government’s agenda at its March 19 meeting, chaired by the Prime Minister,Serik Akhmetov. “E-government” – accessing government services and making payments on the internet – is the way of the future. The Minister
of Transport and Communication, Askar Zhumagaliev, the Minister of Education and Science,Bakytzhan Zhumagulov, and the Minister of Internal Affairs, Kalmukhanbet Kassymov, addressed the meeting on the state program, “Information Kazakhstan-2020”.
SIXTH ASTANA ECONOMIC FORUM, MAY 2013
Astana, March 8: The Sixth Astana Economic Forum will take place in Kazakhstan’s capital from May 22-24 2013. The Forum is now an established event in the international calendar, alongside the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and the St Petersburg Economic Forum in Russia.
KAZAKHSTAN'S ECONOMIC STRATEGY
Astana, February 15: On February 8, Yerbolat Dossayev, Minister of Economy and Budget Planning, addressed a meeting of his Ministry’s Collegium attended by Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov. The first part of his speech analyzed the economic performance of the country over
the previous year. The second part summarized the measures undertaken to implement the tasks set out in President Nazarbayev’s National Address of December 2012.
TARGET HIGHER "DOING BUSINESS"
Astana, January 25: On January 22 Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov chaired a special session of Government dedicated to the work underway to improve Kazakhstan’s position in the World Bank’s ranking of countries for ease of doing business.
APPROVES NATIONAL PLAN
Astana, January18: Preparations for the hosting of EXPO-17 in Astana are advancing according to plan, the Government of Kazakhstan heard at a special session on January 15, when the Minister for Economic Trade and Development, Erbolat Dossayev,presented a draft National Plan for the organization
and production of the international exhibition.
KAZAKHSTAN IN THE NEWS:
Ambassador's article in 'Min-on' magazine (June 2013) (In Japanese)
An article about Kazakhstan in FEC Newspaper (June 2013) (In Japanese)
Ambassador's article in 'Economist' magazine (May 2013) (In Japanese)
An article about Kazakhstan in 'Jinja Shimpo' (April 2013) (In Japanese)
Ambassador's article in 'New Era' magazine (March 2013) (In English)
Ambassador's article in 'New Era' magazine (March 2013) (In Japanese)
Ambassador's article in FEC Newspaper (February 2013) (In Japanese)