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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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Once an unknown town on the vast steppe, Astana prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary

By Assel Satubaldina

Last year, EXPO 2017 topped the news in Kazakhstan; this year, the young country has an equally important event: the 20th anniversary of its capital city, Astana. Much attention has been drawn to the Kazakh capital in recent years, with Kazakhstan rapidly rising on the global stage. Once an unknown city in the middle of

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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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