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A click in time: A digitizing Kazakhstan looks to win in cybersport

By Dilshat Zhussupova

To improve its standard of living, Kazakhstan is digitizing its economy and government, implementing a Digital Silk Road and… developing cybersport? “For our information technology industry, cybersport is the key to a digital future,” said Qazaq Cybersport Federation (QCF) President and Kazakhtelecom Board Chair Kuanyshbek Yessekeyev at the 2018 World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) qualifiers

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EXPO 2017’s legacy continues to move Kazakhstan, international community toward a greener future

By Assel Satubaldina

Switching to green energy, sustainable development and transitioning to a green economy to save the planet is a top global agenda with the world facing the sobering consequences of climate change and high carbon emissions. Kazakhstan also seeks to take steps toward these goals realising the challenges are also opportunities. The country’s hosting of EXPO

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Kazakhstan needs five-six years to develop strong start-up culture, say experts

By Saltanat Boteu

In November, former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev opened the Astana Hub, an international technopark of IT start-ups, and the country began intensively developing a start-up culture. Edgekz.com interviewed several IT start-ups in the capital, who noted if the government continues its support, it will see good results in approximately five-six years. Senim smart wallet Daulet

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Kazakhstan in 2018: Historic Celebrations and Tragic Loss, Reform Within and Beyond and New Ventures after UNSC

By Dilshat Zhussupova

Kazakhstan began 2018 on a high note by celebrating the capital’s 20th anniversary and strengthening ties with its neighbours, especially with an Uzbekistan that was increasingly open to change. Nevertheless, the tragic loss of a prominent young Kazakh sportsman prompted government officials to closely consider the ways Kazakh law enforcement agencies need to change for

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Vegetarian lifestyle in Kazakhstan: paradox or trend?

By Assel Satubaldina

In recent years, vegetarianism has been growing in numbers worldwide. Though reliable data is lacking on the number of vegetarians around the globe, the trend is there with far-reaching impact. Plant-based diets are also becoming more common in Kazakhstan. In a country where people are predominantly meat-eaters and recently ranked tenth in terms of beef consumption

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Bukhtarma – accidentally created holiday spot

By Yerbolat Uatkhanov

The long, Z-shaped Bukhtarma Reservoir was created in the 1960s by damming the Irtysh River east of Ust-Kamenogorsk. While the main purpose was to provide energy for a 675-megawatt hydropower electric station, the reservoir has become a very popular holiday spot for locals who like fishing in its waters or sunbathing and grilling meat on its

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Kazakhstan’s path to digital transformation, while bumpy, should lead to dramatic change

By Yerbolat Uatkhanov

Digital technology plays an increasingly important role in today’s world, as more than 51 percent of the global population has access to the Internet. In 2015, the International Telecommunication Union estimated approximately 3.2 billion people, or almost half of the world’s population, have access to the web. Approximately two billion are from developing countries. (photo top

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International students say they appreciate studies, life in Kazakhstan

By Zhanna Shayakhmetova

The Kazakh capital has become home for thousands of foreign students – and even the cold climate is not an obstacle. Most importantly, the young people enjoy Astana’s safe and busy life while gaining valuable intercultural experience. Approximately 14,000 foreign students study in 100 universities nationwide, a figure expected to rise to 50,000 by 2020,

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Businesswomen in Kazakhstan: opportunities and challenges they face

By Meruyert Abugaliyeva

Entrepreneurship in Kazakhstan has traditionally been considered a man’s realm; more and more Kazakh women turn to business, however, as a source of income or even sometimes a hobby. According to the latest statistical data, women in Kazakhstan run more than 50 percent of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and approximately 66 percent of sole

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Kazakh alphabet: past, present and future

By Dana Omirgazy

Language is possibly the main wealth for the people of any nation. Its origin is one of the most challenging topics in modern linguistics. The history of Kazakh language graphics has deep roots. The writings of the Central Asian people and the origin of the Kazakh language itself arose in the early Middle Ages, according

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