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Remembering the highlights of 2019 in Kazakhstan

By Galiya Khassenkhanova

The year 2019 will be remembered as a milestone in Kazakhstan’s history, as it marked the end of an era in the country’s independent history with the resignation of First President Nursultan Nazarbayev. This, however, wasn’t the only unforgettable moment of the last year of the decade. The end of one era is usually the

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Caspian Sea Convention: What comes next?

By Assel Satubaldina

Over the past 27 years, the status of the Caspian Sea has been a matter of heated geopolitical discussion. Much of the dispute hinged on whether the world’s largest inland water body should be considered a lake or a sea. The Caspian didn’t make waves before the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, when

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Addressing trust divide, attracting more investments among Kazakh policy priorities

By Assel Satubaldina

The year 2019 has been rich with Kazakh political and economic changes. The resignation of the country’s First President Nursultan Nazarbayev in March, after almost three decades in office, and the early presidential elections in June that saw the victory of former Senate Speaker Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, are among the key milestones of the transition. “I

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‘Tomiris’ showcases history of a strong woman in Central Asia, spurring discussions of gender relations

By Aidana Yergaliyeva

“My name is Tomiris… My loved ones were killed… I am left alone… Yes, I am Massagetae… I am the queen,” begins the trailer to the movie “Tomiris.” In a series of quickly changing scenes and intensifying music, the short video clip depicts the young, yet lionhearted girl who grew into “the queen born to

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Kazakhstan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites offer tourists unique history and nature

By Nazira Kozhanova

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan is currently building part of its heritage tourism industry around the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) World Heritage Sites throughout the country. A pilot project involving the Almaty, East Kazakhstan, Kyzylorda, Turkestan and Zhambyl regions was launched September 2018, said bnews.kz. With efforts to develop better tourist routes, the

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Geek culture flourishes in Kazakhstan with comic books, video games and films

By Dilshat Zhussupova

Geek culture, once an outcast’s refuge from mass culture, has become mainstream. An intense appreciation of films, television series, comic books and video games will make one quicker to befriend than shun, as growing fandoms in Kazakhstan are finding out. The New York Comicon started the ball rolling in 1964 for multi-day, commercially-driven events for

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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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Korgalzhyn: land of birds, saline lakes and blue sky

By Zhanna Shayakhmetova 

Korgalzhyn, a land of birds, is Kazakhstan’s first reserve listed in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) World Biosphere Reserve Network. For ornithologists, it is among the top five must visit locations.   Last year marked the Korgalzhyn district’s 90th and nature reserve’s 50th anniversaries. Located 160 kilometres west of the capital,

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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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