Articles by Assel Satubaldina

Kazakhstan Chairs Working Group of Preparatory Commission for Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

NUR-SULTAN – This year marks the 30th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.  The international community, recognizing the contribution of Kazakhstan in strengthening the non-proliferation regime of…

Eighty Percent Need to Be Immunized to Develop Herd Immunity, Says Kazakh Vice Healthcare Minister

NUR-SULTAN – 11 million people, or 80 percent of the eligible population, should pass a full course of vaccinations to develop herd immunity in Kazakhstan, said Kazakhstan’s Vice Healthcare Minister Azhar Giniyat at a July 23 press conference. “Because of the mutation of the virus, only by vaccinating 80 percent of the people can collective…

Voter Turnout Exceeds 65 Percent Across the Board at Rural Elections in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – Lowest voter turnout surpassed 65 percent in the rural elections that ended on Sunday, according to the regional central election commissions. The elections were held in the country’s 14 regions at 1,847 polling stations. They  had 2,297 candidates, including 1,419, or 61.8 percent, self-nominated individuals. Only 458 candidates were women.  The highest voter…

Nearly 7,500 Schools in Kazakhstan to Reopen in September After a Year Online

NUR-SULTAN – Almost one month is left until a new academic year begins with nearly 7,500 schools welcoming close to 3.5 million pupils. After nearly a year of classes held online, Kazakhstan prepares to bring pupils back to classrooms with strict sanitary regulations in place.  Last year has seen thousands of kids studying from home,…

Kazakhstan Resumes Air Travel With Sixteen Countries

NUR-SULTAN – A year and a half into the pandemic, Kazakhstan has so far resumed air travel with 16 countries, reports the Kazakh Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development.  Regular international flights are operated between 16 countries on 44 routes with a frequency of 184 flights per week.  The most frequent flights are to Turkey…

EU, UNDP Announce Call for Academic Grants for Afghan Women to Study in Central Asia

NUR-SULTAN – “A new and unfamiliar experience that turned into an exciting and wonderful time.” That’s how Muzhgan Sadat from Bamyan province in Afghanistan recalled her study experience in Kazakhstan. She was in the first group of 30 women to study in Kazakhstan as part of the European Union-funded scholarship program that launched its third…

Kazakhstan Marks Eid al-Adha Holiday With Tightened COVID-19 Restrictions

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan marked the Qurban Ait (Eid al-Adha) holiday on July 20 that comes as the countries around the world, including Kazakhstan, tighten COVID-19 restrictions and maintain the ban on gatherings.  The holiday, which means the feast of sacrifice, is mostly associated with sacrificing an animal, as well as large family gatherings and communal…

Kazakhstan to Increase Oil Production, OPEC+ Agrees to Oil Supply Boost

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan will increase oil production up to 1.491 million barrels per day from August, steadily adding 16,000 barrels each month, announced the Kazakh Ministry of Energy following the July 18 meeting of OPEC ministers.  Kazakh Energy Minister Nurlan Nogaev participated in the meeting, which was initially supposed to take place at the beginning…

Central Asian Foreign Ministers, U.S. Senior Officials Attend C5+1 Meeting in Tashkent

NUR-SULTAN – The heads of the foreign ministries of Central Asia and the United States gathered in Tashkent on July 15 for the regular C5+1 meeting, reports the Kazakh Foreign Ministry press service.  The meeting was attended by Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tileuberdi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of…

Kazakhstan’s Trade with Central Asia Reaches $4.6 Billion in 2020, Says Kazakh Minister

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s trade turnover with the Central Asian countries amounted to US$4.6 billion in 2020, said Kazakh Minister of Trade and Integration Bakhyt Sultanov at a July 13 press briefing.  Kazakhstan’s largest trade partner in the region is Uzbekistan. In 2020, Kazakhstan’s exports made nearly $2.1 billion, including wheat, oil, and metal products. Kazakhstan’s…

Kazakhstan Fulfills Oil Production Quota Under OPEC+ Agreement

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan has fulfilled its oil production quota under the OPEC+ (Organization for the Petroleum Exporting Countries) agreement producing 1.465 million barrels per day in June against the planned 1.469 million barrels, reports the Kazakh Energy Ministry.  “According to preliminary data, the volume of oil and condensate production in Kazakhstan in June amounted to…