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Kazakhstan Committed to Free and Fair Presidential Election, Says FM Idrissov

ASTANA – Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov briefed the heads of foreign diplomatic missions accredited in the country on Feb. 27 on the upcoming presidential election stressing the country’s commitment to conducting a free and fair election. “We are talking about the growing pressure from economic challenges such...

Two New Almaty Metro Stations to Open in Spring

In light of the December announcement by Kazakh officials to extend the metro in Almaty, two new stations may be opened to commuters this spring. The city is anticipating the Moscow and Sairan stations, both of which are under construction, although the official opening has been postponed due to...

External News in Brief

Kazakhstan and Japan were appointed Feb. 23 as co-chairs of the Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) for 2015 – 2017, according to the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs press service. The appointment was made during a CTBT meeting in...

Astana Akim Tasks City Administration with Eliminating Unemployment

Astana Akim (Mayor) Adilbek Dzhaksybekov directed city administrators on Feb. 16 to seek the complete elimination of unemployment in the capital, which already has the lowest unemployment in the country, the press service of the city administration reported. The directive came during a recent meeting of city administration staff...

Government Favours Bolstering Tenge over De-Dollarisation, Says National Bank Chief

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Government and National Bank announced plans in February to support the increased role of the tenge in the economy through efforts to decrease inflation, protect tenge investments, support the expansion of non-cash payment methods and other steps. The National Bank plans to decrease annual inflation step...

Astana Opera to Hold Gala Celebrating Wales, Welsh People

ASTANA – The Astana Opera theatre will hold a gala concert Feb. 27 dedicated to the Welsh people, land and culture and commemorating the March 1 death of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales. “The concert is all about the National Day of Wales, which is March 1....

Kazakhstan and the United Nations: Maturing Relationship

On March 2, Kazakhstan will celebrate the 23rd anniversary of its acceptance as a full member of the United Nations. The decision, less than three months after the country gained independence, was the start of a strong relationship which continues to grow. Six weeks later, President Nursultan Nazarbayev appointed Akmaral Arystanbekova as Kazakhstan’s first Permanent…

Astana Arlans Defeat Italia Thunder, Extend Winning Streak to Seven

Kazakhstan’s World Series of Boxing (WSB) team, the Astana Arlans, extended their winning streak to seven and demonstrated complete dominance in Group B of the series on March 1 in Almaty by sending team Italia Thunder home. As worldseriesofboxing.com reports, the match opened with a flyweight (49 kilogrammes) bout...

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