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Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan Keen on Expanding Trade and Industry Cooperation
NUR-SULTAN — Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan plan to increase trade and economic cooperation and expand joint projects in industry, transport, agriculture, education, water, and energy sectors. Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov and Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov both agreed to new terms following their May 16 talks. 

Smailov and Aripov during their online call.…
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Kazakh Film “Assault” Wins Grand Jury Award at 38th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
NUR-SULTAN  – The film “Shturm” (Assault) by Kazakh director Adilkhan Yerzhanov won the grand jury award for Best Narrative Feature at the 38th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) held May 5-13, reported the Kazakhfilm press service.

It is 12th movie directed by Yerzhanov. Photo credit: Facebook account of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film…
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Kazakhstan’s Zhambyl Region Celebrates Holiday Dedicated to Horse Milk with Kymyzmuryndyk-2022 Festival
NUR-SULTAN  – The spectacular Kymyzmuryndyk-2022 regional folk festival dedicated to a revered ancient holiday celebrating kumys, fermented mare’s milk, took place in Talas district of Zhambyl Region on May 14, the region’s akimat (ctiy administration) reported. 

Guests of the festival represented by young people and elderly persons are tasting kumys after the first milking of…
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Learning Losses from COVID-19 School Closures to Affect Future Generations, Warns the World Bank
ALMATY — Learning losses from COVID-19 pandemic-related school closures will be felt for decades to come. This is the forecast of the experts who took part in the discussion of COVID-19 implications for education at the Education Transformation in Central Asia roundtable in Almaty on May 6.

The roundtable discussed post-pandemic recovery and educational achievements…
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Conference in Kazakh Capital Focuses on Growing Opportunities for Women in IT Sector
NUR-SULTAN – The Astana Hub International Technopark of IT Startups in the Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan hosted the IT-Woman 1.0 Conference on female empowerment in IT on May 17 to address the issues of gender inequality in the IT sector, reports Forbes Kazakhstan.

IT-Woman 1.0 Conference. Photo credit: Forbes Kazakhstan

15 successful women in the IT…
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Nearly 11.8 Million People Eligible to Vote in Constitutional Referendum, Says Preliminary Data
NUR-SULTAN — Less than three weeks are left before Kazakhstan will have a national referendum where citizens will vote on the amendments to 33 articles of the Constitution. According to the preliminary data collected by the Central Referendum Commission, lists of citizens with the right to participate in the referendum include 11.7 million people out…
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Kazakh Exports Reach $3.5 Billion, up by 46.6 Percent in January-February
NUR-SULTAN – In the first two months of 2022, exports of processed goods increased by 46.6 percent and reached US$3.5 billion, an official representative of the Kazakh Ministry of Trade and Integration Alisher Omirzak told in an interview with The Astana Times. The growth is supported by more than 20 financial and non-financial instruments implemented…
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Kazakhstan Becomes First Central Asian Country to Partner With Google For Startup Accelerator Program
NUR-SULTAN  – The Astana Hub International Technopark of IT startups will launch an accelerator program for startups from Central Asian countries, Azerbaijan and Mongolia with Google for Startups (GfS) this month, reports the Astana Hub’s press service. This makes Kazakhstan the first Central Asian country among GfS’s 75 partners around the world. 

The Astana Hub…
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Kazakhstan Lifts All COVID-19 Related Restrictions, Says Healthcare Minister
NUR-SULTAN – Due to the stabilization of the epidemiological situation in all regions, all COVID-19-related restrictions have been lifted. More than 98 percent of people with COVID-19 have recovered, Kazakh Healthcare Minister Azhar Giniyat said during a May 18 briefing at the Central Communications Service.

As of May 18, no regions are in the red…
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Kazakh Olympic Flagbearer Costumes Enter Olympic Museum’s Culture and Heritage Collection
NUR-SULTAN — The Olympic Museum in Lausanne included the costumes worn by Kazakh national flag bearers during the Beijing 2022 opening ceremony in the Cultural Heritage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) collection at the official ceremony on May 18 in Lausanne, reported Kazakhstan’s National Olympic Committee.

Yekaterina Aidova, speed skater, walking the opening ceremony…
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State Secretary Karin Explains Constitutional Amendments
NUR-SULTAN — State Secretary of Kazakhstan Erlan Karin published a video on May 17 explaining the constitutional amendments and categorizing them in five key blocks. The video went online on his YouTube channel.

Erkan Karin.
The national referendum is scheduled for June 5. According to the preliminary data, nearly 11.8 million people are eligible to…
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Kazakhstan’s Museums Celebrate Full International Museum Day For First Time After Pandemic
NUR-SULTAN — Museums in Kazakhstan celebrated the International Museum Day on May 18 for the first time since the pandemic began, welcoming the public and offering various activities and special exhibitions.

The National Museum of Kazakhstan welcomed visitors on International Museum Day. Photo credit:

Museum Day features a special theme each year, and this…
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Brussels Hosts Central Asia – EU High-Level Security and Policy Dialogue 
NUR-SULTAN – Brussels hosted the ninth high-level political and security dialogue between the countries of Central Asia and the European Union on May 17 in an effort to advance political dialogue and strengthen security cooperation amidst the ongoing geopolitical changes in the region. Kazakhstan’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Roman Vassilenko led the Kazakh delegation.…
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Kazakh Oil and Gas Industry Attracts $121.6 Billion Since 1996
NUR-SULTAN – Since 1996, 52.2 trillion tenge (US$121.6 billion) of investments, were allocated for the development of the oil and gas sector, said Geology Committee Chair of the Kazakh Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources Talgat Satiyev at a May 17 Central Communications Service (CCS)
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Kazakh Foreign Minister Reaffirms Kazakhstan’s Commitment to Global Food Security at UN Headquarters
NUR-SULTAN — Leading the Kazakh delegation, Deputy Prime Minister — Minister of Foreign Affairs Mukhtar Tileuberdi reaffirmed Kazakhstan’s readiness to promote global food security at the Global Food Security: a Call to Action ministerial conference at the United Nations headquarters on May 18, reports the ministry’s press service.

Minister Tileuberdi. Photo credit: Kazakh Foreign Ministry…
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President Tokayev Outlines Measures to Ensure Fair Business Expansion and Favorable Investment Climate
NUR-SULTAN — Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev emphasized the need to focus on a fair justice system, a transparent economy, and competitive markets to ensure favorable conditions for the growth of the local businesses and foreign investment during a meeting with representatives of domestic businesses on May 19 in the Akorda.

President Tokayev and Prime-Minister Smailov…
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EU Air Safety Committee Commends Kazakhstan’s Accomplishments in Aviation Security
NUR-SULTAN – According to the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) audit results of 2021, Kazakhstan’s aviation safety score remains at 84 percent. The country’s rate is 15 percent higher than the global average. This data was presented by the Kazakh delegation at the May 17 meeting of the European Union Air Safety Committee (ASC) in…
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Kazakhstan Releases Nickelodeon and TiJi Cartoons in Kazakh
NUR-SULTAN – The Nickelodeon HD TV channel, a local version of the American TV channel, broadcasting cartoons, entertainment, sports, and music programs in Kazakh, was presented on May 18 at the Central Communications Service in Nur-Sultan, reported the Ministry of Information and Social Development. 

The most popular cartoons translated into Kazakh are SpongeBob SquarePants, PAW…
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Wolverine and Brown Bear Caught on Camera in Markakol State Natural Reserve (Video)
NUR-SULTAN –  A camera trap captured a wolverine and a brown bear walking around Markakol State Natural Reserve in East Kazakhstan, reported the reserve’s press service on Instagram on May 17.

The fragment from the video. Click to see the map in full size

A white hare and a groundhog were also recorded on camera.…
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Kazakh Historical Drama “Dawn of the Great Steppe” Premieres in Almaty
NUR-SULTAN  –  The “Uly Dala Tany” (Dawn of the Great Steppe) historical drama directed by Akan Satayev premiered in Almaty on May 12, reported the Kazakhfilm movie studio.

Cover for the movie. Photo credit: Kazakhfilm movie studio

The movie tells the story of Kasym Khan, son of one of the Kazakh Khanate founders, whose reign…
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