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Capacity Building, Investment, Local Partnerships Among Opening Topics at AEF

ASTANA – At the initial side event panel on official development assistance (ODA) at the Astana Economic Forum, international aid experts called for a post-Millennium Development Goals ODA programme to focus on prevention, longer-term planning and capacity building, acting as a catalyst to other investment. They also advised Kazakhstan...

Building Reading Culture in Kazakhstan One Book Club at a Time

ASTANA – Amid modern Kazakhstan’s ubiquitous gadgets and the increasingly slivered style of communication everywhere, some of the country’s urban residents are taking the time to step out of the information highway for a while and read, at length, together. “The reason I decided to found a reading club...

Capacity Building, Investment, Local Partnerships Among Opening Topics at AEF

ASTANA – At the initial side event panel on official development assistance (ODA) at the Astana Economic Forum, international aid experts called for a post-Millennium Development Goals ODA programme to focus on prevention, longer-term planning and capacity building, acting as a catalyst to other investment. They also advised Kazakhstan...

Astana Jazz Scene Seeks its Groove

ASTANA – It has never been easy to find live jazz in the Kazakh capital, but with the launch of the Ubuntu Art Club monthly jazz nights, residents may soon witness high-quality, creative music being made locally. The city offers little musical adventure and is not exactly the place...

Kazakh Consortium to Produce Energy-Saving, Eco-Friendly Lightbulbs

ASTANA – The SuluNur Kazakhstan scientific-technological consortium has begun production of energy-saving light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs, which are as effective as 250-watt glow bulbs, but require only 40 watts of electricity, according to a report by Tengrinews. LED bulbs break down if temperatures rise above 60 degrees Celsius. Kazakh...

Astana Opera’s Lead Soloist Performs in Brazil

The Astana Opera’s lead soloist, Medet Chotabaev, successfully concluded a series of performances at the Brazilian Theatro Municipal (Sao Paulo) in Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello, the Astana Opera’s press-service reported. “It was my first time playing in one of the most beautiful theatres in Brazil. The venue marvellously expresses the...

Cooperation of Islamic Nations Key for Peace and Regional Prosperity

At a time of great tension in the Middle East, the international community is facing an extraordinary test of our values and collective resolve. Whether in Syria, in countering extremism, or making much needed progress in the Middle East peace process, the region is fraught with challenges. In our globalised world, the problems of one…

Almaty 2022 Olympic Hosting Bid Includes Thousands Ready to Volunteer

“Most other competitions are individual achievements, but the Olympic Games are something that belongs to everybody,” Scott Hamilton,  American figure skater and Olympic gold medalist, is quoted to have said. Eric Schwartz, a senior lecturer of sports management at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, reports in a recent article in Sports Features on an...

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