President Nursultan Nazarbayev has received the credentials of new ambassadors to Kazakhstan, including Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kuwait to Kazakhstan Tareq Abdullah Al-Faraj, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to Kazakhstan George Albert Krol, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Pakistan to Kazakhstan Abdul Salik Khan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Bulgaria to Kazakhstan Vasil Petkov and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Saudi Arabia to Kazakhstan Ghurm bin Saeed Al Milhan. The ambassadors presented their credentials to the President in the Akorda.
The sixth session of the Kazakhstan-Austria Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation, co-chaired by Deputy Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Aleksey Volkov and Federal Vice-Minister of Science, Research and Economy of Bernadette Girlinger of Austria, took place on March 17 in Astana. The parties exchanged views on the economic situation in their countries and prospects for bilateral economic cooperation. An important topic of discussion was the updated list of priority projects for the Roadmap for Economic Cooperation between the Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth of Austria and the Ministry for Investment and Development of Kazakhstan. Cooperation in energy, environmental protection and environmental technologies, transport and infrastructure, agriculture, healthcare and medical technology, higher education and the development of interregional cooperation were also discussed.
A group of Kazakhstan’s Kazakh MPsparliament is developing a new working concept on cultural policy, according to a recent announcement by Akhan Bizhanov, member of the Mazhilis Committee for Social and Cultural Development and Science. The concept , which has already been approved, sought the voices of scientists, artists and other experts, he said. There The group are also plans to improve propose amendments to the law “On Culture.”
Bizhanov also said the Cultural Heritage state programme will be improved soon and correlated with the idea of Mangilik El (Eternal Nation), which is cultivating a national identity for Kazakhstan.
More than $500 million has been allocated for the Balapan (Nestling) state programme and the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan is working on improving it, said Bizhanov, who noted that more than $515 million had been given for preschool education and building kindergartens. (astanatimes.com)
Almaty upgrades public transportation system
Almaty city public transport, ambulance and emergency and engineering vehicles will get special traffic lanes by 2017, the Almaty TV channel has said. The city is also planning to build extend bike lanes and establish a light rail transit line that will travel at 26 kilometres an hour. The channel also reported that the Kazakhstan Development Bank is ready to provide a loan to the city administration within the national campaign “Energy Efficient Kazakhstan.” This measure will also support the Sustainable Transport programme, which aims at improving the city’s urban infrastructure and passengers’ transportation system.
Since Feb. 27, four city trolley buses and 212 street-cars have been equipped with free Wi-Fi, according to AlmatyElectroTrans press secretary Gaukhar Nokerbekova, who said if the pilot is successful, all trolley buses will be equipped with free Wi-Fi in the future. (astanatimes.com)
Astana schools host EXPO 2017 art competition
The Astana EXPO 2017 National Company and the Department of Education held a children’s arts and crafts contest on the topic of EXPO 2017. Students from 48 schools in Astana participated the contest, making work from wood and metal, ceramics, paper and other materials, said head of Methodical Studies of the Department of Education Gulnara Ibrayeva.
The creative team of Lyceum-School No. 66 and the Zhas Orken School won first place for their project, “School of the Future.” Gymnasium School No. 69 and Lyceum School No. 70 took second and Gymnasium School No. 10, Lyceum School No. 71 and the Nur Orda Kazakh-Turkish Lyceum were third. (astana.gov.kz)
Japan Spring Arts Festival offers glimpse of Japanese culture
The Degdar Humanitarian Fund, supported by the Japanese embassy in Kazakhstan, presented Japanese musical traditions to Astana during the Japan Spring International Arts Festival. Japanese music as well as the creations of Kazakhstan’s composers, European classics and Eastern melodies were performed for the festival’s audience. This year, festival organisers were able to include Yamato, a famous Japanese drumming troupe. Yamato was founded in 1993 and has given more than 2,500 performances in 51 countries.
In addition to the concerts, the arts festival also included master classes and workshops for students of creative universities in Almaty and Astana. (astanatimes.com)
Dancers from Kazakhstan win gold in Moscow
Young dancers from Kazakhstan Mussa Sultanov and Mariya Khassanetdinova won gold in the youth division of the World Dance Sport Federation Open World Cup in Moscow. The event was held in the Russian capital from March 14 – 15 and brought together dancers from all corners of the world. Sultanov and Khassanetdinova took gold in the European division and silver in the Latin division. (inform.kz)