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Kazakhstan continues to be healthcare pioneer through digitisation, cutting-edge surgery

By Dilshat Zhussupova

Since the World Health Organisation’s revolutionary 1978 Declaration of Alma-Ata, which emphasised the importance of primary healthcare and put health equity on the international agenda, Kazakhstan has continued its trailblazing path in healthcare. Coming full circle, Astana’s 2018 Global Conference on Primary Health Care that gathered 1,200 delegates from more than 120 countries Oct. 25-26

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Kazakh youth look forward to opportunities offered by Year of Youth

By Saltanat Boteu

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev declared 2019 the Year of Youth in Kazakhstan, which attracted the attention of the population, especially young people. They believe this will bring their issues to light and expect new opportunities, actions and support from government and society. According to a short questionnaire by EdgeKz, Kazakh youth position themselves as quite

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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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Kazakhstan is preparing for a more urban lifestyle

By Amir Khaidar

ASTANA –By the end 2050, more than 70 percent of humanity is expected to be living in urban areas. Half of Kazakhstan’s 18 million citizens currently live in cities and the nation is expected to reach the global average by mid-century. Kazakh cities will play a crucial role in the country’s economic and social development.

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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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Kazakhstan: breeding ground of boxing champions

By Amir Khaidar

Kazakhstan has a rich tradition of amateur boxing dating to Soviet times, with more than 30,000 athletes engaged in the sport, according to the Kazakh Boxing Federation (KFB). The nation’s boxers have won at least one gold medal in every Olympics since 1996, boasting 22 men’s and women’s medals. The rise of its professional boxers

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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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