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Gold Manufacturing Increases by 13 Percent in Kazakhstan
NUR-SULTAN — Gold production increased by 13 percent and gold ore production grew by more than 26 percent in Kazakhstan over the past year, Energyprom reports. In the first quarter of 2021, the extraction of gold-bearing ores in the country reached 7.1 million tons, which is 26.4 percent more than a year earlier. 

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Women’s Entrepreneurship EXPO Aims to Empower Female Businesses in Europe and Central Asia
NUR-SULTAN – UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, initiated the first regional Women’s Entrepreneurship Expo for Europe and Central Asia virtually with the participation of women entrepreneurs from 12 countries from April 27-29. Some 150 women entrepreneurs from Kazakhstan also attended the exhibition. 

UN Women Regional Director…
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Kazakhstan’s Diversity is Its Greatest Strength, Says Kazakhstan’s First President Nursultan Nazarbayev
NUR-SULTAN — The diversity of Kazakhstan is a key competitive advantage, said Kazakhstan’s First President Nursultan Nazarbayev at the 29th session of Kazakhstan’s Assembly of People which took place April 28 in Nur-Sultan under the theme of “30 Years of Unity, Peace, and Harmony.»

Nazarbayev during the partially virtual session. Photo credit: elbasy.kz

More than…
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Positive Dynamics Observed in Trade Between Kazakhstan and China
NUR-SULTAN – Mutual trade between Kazakhstan and China grew by 4 percent and reached $15.4 billion by the end of 2020. This was announced April 27 during the video conference between Kazakh Minister of Trade and Integration Bakhyt Sultanov and Chinese Minister of Commerce Wang Wentao, according to the press service of the Kazakh Ministry…
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Assembly of People of Kazakhstan: 30 Years of Working Towards Peace, Unity, and Harmony
On Apr. 28, the 29th session of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan (APK) was held online. Kazakhstan’s First President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, as well as members of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan in the capital and regions took part in the meeting. In general, more than 600 people participated in…
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ADB Forecasts Kazakh Economy To Rebound to 3.2 Percent in 2021
NUR-SULTAN — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) projects the Kazakh economic growth to reach 3.2 percent in 2021 and 3.5 percent in 2022 in its latest ADB Outlook published April 28. The growth is expected to occur assuming investment, hydrocarbon production, and manufacturing increase and vaccination continue as scheduled. 

In 2019, Kazakhstan and ADB celebrated…
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Nur-Sultan to Increase Facilities for Children with Special Needs in Capital
NUR-SULTAN — Akim (Mayor) of Nur-Sultan Altai Kulginov reported that a sports facility for people with special needs will be built to expand the network of training centers in the capital in his Instagram on April 28. 

New rehabilitation center in Nur-Sultan. Photo credit: Official Instagram account of Akim Altai Kulginov.

The sports complex will…
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Kazakhstan and Russia Sign Economic Cooperation Program For 2021-2025
NUR-SULTAN — Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin visited Kazan where he participated in talks with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, the Prime Minister’s press service reported on April 28. 

Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin and Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin overseeing the signage of bilateral agreements between the countries. Photo credit: Gov.kz

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Kazakh President Congratulates Nation on People’s Unity Day
NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev congratulated the nation on the People’s Unity Day, which is celebrated nationwide on May 1. 

In a rapidly changing world that continues to witness religious tensions and xenophobic sentiments, unity and accord between people is ever more important, said Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during the recent session of Kazakhstan’s…
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President Tokayev Meets with Winners of Kazakhstan’s 100 New Faces Project
NUR-SULTAN — Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev congratulated the winners of the 100 New Faces of Kazakhstan project on April 30, reported the Akorda Press.

This year, more than 2,500 applications were submitted to participate in the project. Some 30 winners reached the finals. Photo credit: Akorda Press.

The President noted that their talents contributed to…
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Three Vaccines to Become Available to Kazakh Citizens
NUR-SULTAN — As the vaccine rollout continues, the citizens of Kazakhstan will have access to three vaccines against COVID-19 — Russia’s Sputnik V, the locally produced QazVac, and China’s Sinopharm produced in the United Arab Emirates, said Kazakh Healthcare Minister Alexey Tsoy at an April 30 virtual meeting with the population.

Alexey Tsoy during the…
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Astana Opera House Marks 115th Anniversary of Kazakh composers Akhmet Zhubanov and Latif Khamidi With Performance of “Abai” Opera
NUR-SULTAN – This year, Kazakhstan celebrates the 115th anniversary of Kazakh composers Akhmet Zhubanov and Latif Khamidi.

On different days Honored Workers of Kazakhstan and theater’s leading soloists Talgat Mussabayev and Azamat Zheltyrguzov (debut) will present the part of Abai. A scene from «Abai» opera. Photo credit: Astana Opera House.

To mark these anniversaries, the…
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Amazon Prime Acquires Streaming Rights for Kazakh Film “Tomiris”
NUR-SULTAN — The “Tomiris” film directed by Akan Satayev is now available on Amazon Prime for audiences in the U.S. and Canada, Kazakhfilm studio reported on April 26. 

The film was produced by Kazakhfilm with a $6.5 million budget and first premiered in September 2019. It has been translated into more than 10 languages. In…
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Nazarbayev University Social Development Fund Fosters Youth Social Entrepreneurship
NUR-SULTAN — In 2020, the Nazarbayev University Social Development Fund underwent a transformation by expanding from its work within the Nazarbayev University (NU) community to funding and supporting social entrepreneurship projects with the potential to have an impact beyond the university. Currently, the fund sponsors nine social projects related to education, ecology, healthy lifestyle and…
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Kazakh Tourism Sector Considers New Approaches to Developing Tourism Amid Pandemic
NUR-SULTAN — The tourism sector is still reeling from the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak. Most international experts do not expect the global tourism industry to rebound to pre-pandemic levels until 2023. The Astana Times recently spoke to the Kazakh Tourism national company about the tourism industry, and about plans for the year ahead. 

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Kazakh Regions Celebrate Day of Unity
NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan celebrated the Day of Unity May 1 and the nation came up with different ways to mark the holiday and commemorate the friendship between the many ethnic groups that call Kazakhstan home.

Before the pandemic, the celebration featured mass gatherings, open air concerts and festivities with dances and songs, but since 2020,…
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Nearly 15 Percent of Population Vaccinated Against COVID-19 in Kazakhstan
NUR-SULTAN — Nearly 1.5 million people, or 15 percent of the population, have been immunized against COVID-19 in Kazakhstan as of May 4, said Kazakh Minister of Healthcare Alexey Tsoy at a May 4 government meeting. 

Vaccination has accelerated in April, after Tokayev criticized officials for slow vaccine rollout. Photo credit: astana.gov.kz. Click to see…
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Kazakh Prime Minister Takes Part in Eurasian Intergovernmental Council Meeting in Kazan
NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin took part in the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting, which was held on April 30 in the Russian city of Kazan, reported the press service of the Kazakh Prime Minister. 

Kazan hosted the the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting, which was held on April 30. Photo credit: Primeminister.kz.

Prime Minister…
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More International Airlines Reopen Flights to Kazakhstan
NUR-SULTAN — Air Arabia and Lufthansa are among the latest airlines resuming their flights to Kazakhstan. 

As flights are steadily resumed, in April, Kazakhstan cut air travel with Turkey due to the surge in coronavirus cases in Turkey.

Lufthansa resumed the flights on May 2 with a flight along the Frankfurt-Nur-Sultan-Almaty route.

Frankfurt to Almaty…
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47,000 SME Projects to Receive Preferential Lending in 2021
NUR-SULTAN — In 2021, 47,000 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will receive preferential lending, said Kazakh Minister of National Economy Aset Irgaliyev at a May 4 government meeting.

During the meeting. Photo credit: Kazakh Ministry of National Economy

Irgaliyev spoke about the measures being passed to support SMEs amid the pandemic. 

«For the first quarter…
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