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New Mayor in Town: Almaty’s Contingency Plan

By Dmitry Lee

With the rise of Astana, Kazakhstan’s new capital, and the hype surrounding the city’s EXPO 2017, heaps of international projects and Abu Dhabi Plaza, the tallest sky scraper in Central Asia, what will happen to Kazakhstan’s former capital? The largest city by population, Almaty accommodates almost 1.5 million of the country’s 17 million people and

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Kazakhstan’s Ethno-Pop Music Hopes to Spread Around the World

By Zhazira Dyussembekova

The world today presents a wide range of music genres for people of all tastes. Whether electronic or heavy metal, sounds of any kind are available for everyone. Some of Kazakhstan’s outstanding musicians try to preserve traditional sounds and give them a modern twist. This year, Almaty hosted The Spirit of Tengri festival for the

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With Two Weeks to a Decision, Kazakh Olympic Hosting Bid Stands Strong

By Tom Michael

When Kazakhstan first announced it would bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, some international observers didn’t quite take the nation’s proposal seriously. They do now. The vast, affluent yet still relatively obscure Central Asian nation’s quest to host the Games in seven years has deeply impressed Olympic watchers and led some

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Small Business: A Driving Force in Kazakhstan’s Developing Economy

By Yelden Sarybay

At Kazakhstan’s present state of development, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are becoming a major factor in improving the country’s competitiveness in international trade. The development of entrepreneurship in the SME sector contributes to increased employment, increased volumes and a qualitative improvement in domestic production. By the end of 2013, in Astana alone, the volume

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Kazakhstan’s Car Industry: Fast and Furious

By Alex Lee

The “Fast and Furious” movie series is well-known the world over among car lovers. The series’ characters enjoy the thrill of speed, but sometimes pay a serious price when they hit curves in the road. The same may be true for Kazakhstan’s automobile industry. Automobile manufacturing in the heart of Central Asia is growing at

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