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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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National support strong for Kazakh Olympic team

By Zhanna Shayakhmetova

As Kazakhstan seeks to win its first medals at the 2018 Olympic Winter games with a bronze in the individual moguls, 45 other athletes on the Kazakh Olympic team are aiming for success in nine events. (pictured top left: Kazakh speed skater and Olympic Flag Bearer Abzal Azhgaliyev) Overall, Kazakhstan has 57 licenses in these

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Astana International Financial Center Helps Open a Young Country to the Financial World

By Yerbolat Uatkhanov

Kazakhstan – huge, landlocked, remote – has nonetheless been working steadily over the decades to build connections, be they physical ones like the Western Europe-Western China highway, or political ones, like helping mediate the complex conflicts in Ukraine, Syria and beyond. Now, the country has launched an ambitious, new, technology-driven network: the Astana International Financial

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Kazakhstan 2017: Maintaining today’s stability, tomorrow’s security

By Zhanna Shayakhmetova

This has been an eventful year for Kazakhstan. The country began its duties as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), welcomed 115 states and 22 global organizations to the three-month long EXPO 2017 and hosted the first Islamic summit dedicated to science and technology. From the de-escalation zones in Syria agreed upon in

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Preparing for steppe winters is a Kazakh household tradition

By Assel Satubaldina

Kazakhs recalling their childhood often remember preparations for winter started well before December came to the nation. In many households, it has been a tradition to arrange for the season of scarcity well in advance. Traditions such as sogym (preserving meat throughout the winter season) trace to the times when Kazakhs were nomads traversing the

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Kazakhstan’s nuclear disarmament efforts advance, as ICAN wins Nobel Peace Prize

By Assel Satubaldina

If you think of a country with a vast experience in nuclear non-proliferation, Kazakhstan will certainly be on the list. The Central Asian nation, with a territory nearly the size of Western Europe and a population of 18 million, voluntarily dismantled its nuclear arsenal that it had inherited following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Young researcher eager to discover mysterious world of science

By Dmitry Lee

Being a scientist is often considered to be having an unconventional lifestyle. Constant researching, sleepless nights and chasing the unknown are typically the routine. Is anyone really up to the challenge? Is it a skill or rather a calling? EdgeKz sought answers to those questions in an interview with 30-year-old Yerbol Burashev, a researcher at

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Positive US-Kazakh Relations to Continue under Trump

By Tom Michael

When Erzhan Kazykhanov, Kazakhstan’s new ambassador to the United States, met with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office in April to present his credentials, Trump was unequivocal in his optimism about the U.S.-Kazakh relationship. The American president presented Kazykhanov with a letter praising Kazakhstan’s peaceful society and its global leadership in nuclear non-proliferation. He

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Summer in Astana: Sun Fountain and Water Parks

By Zhazira Dyussembekova

ASTANA – The phrase “Endless Summer” can be used to describe some of the Kazakh capital’s entertainment spots for residents and guests. While certain ones are only open in warm weather, others offer a touch of summer during long, cold days the rest of the year. Above Oasis Beach Club Photo Credit: weproject.kz One summer-only

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