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via kz.usembassy.gov04/12/2021

Helping Women Artisans and Entrepreneurs Expand Digital Trade, USAID Hosts Training | US Embassy & Consulate in Kazakhstan - US Embassy and Consulate in Kazakhstan

April 12, 2021, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan – On April 8-9, the United States, through its Agency for International Development (USAID) hosted a two-day webinar: ‘Women in Crafts: Opportunities for Connectivity and Digital Trade’ for women artisans and handicraft producers across Afghanistan and Central Asia to better understand market demand, identify new markets, and improve product quality. ...

via astanatimes04/11/2021

Studying the Caspian Seals is Magic for Me, Says Kazakh Ecologist Assel Baimukanova - Astana Times

NUR-SULTAN – For Kazakh ecologist Assel Baimukanova, studying and protecting the Caspian seal has turned into a life journey following the steps of her father, Mirgaliy Baimukanov, who devoted his life to studying the Markakol Lenok. Baimukanova, who works at the Kazakh Institute for Hydrobiology and Ecology and who is among the nation’s 100 New…

via forum18.org04/09/2021

KAZAKHSTAN: "People don't have the right to distribute religious materials in any form whatsoever" - Forum 18

Courts fined at least 17 people in 2021 for distributing religious literature, texts, videos, audio and items in places and ways the regime declares illegal under its compulsory religious censorship. Most fines were of three weeks' average wages. "People don't have the right to distribute religious materials in any form whatsoever, whether text, video or audio," insists Kayrulla Kushkaliyev of Atyrau's Religious Affairs Department – which brought six prosecutions. The UN Human Rights Committee found an import ban on ten Jehovah's Witness publications violated Polat Bekzhan's rights.

via astanatimes04/09/2021

Russian FM Lavrov Visits Nur-Sultan, Reaffirms Strategic Cooperation With Kazakhstan - Astana Times

NUR-SULTAN – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov paid an official visit to Kazakhstan and met with President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev focusing on the new ways to boost the strong ties between the two countries, reported the Akorda press service.  The meeting focused on key aspects of bilateral cooperation, including trade, economy, culture and humanitarian fields as…

via news.bloombergtax04/07/2021

Kazakhstan Prime Minister Announces Additional Tax Relief Measures for SMEs Due to Coronavirus - Bloomberg Tax

The Kazakh Prime Minister April 7 announced additional tax relief measures for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement includes: 1) deferred payment of all taxes from April 1 to July 1; 2) an extension of the period of interest rate subsidies on loans to July 1; 3) the introduction of tax incentives for businesses by April 12; and 4) the postponement of implementation of the pilot project for document registration and the electronic invoicing of goods to Oct. 1 from July 1. [Kazakhstan, Prime Minister’s Office, 04/07/21]

via world-grain04/06/2021

Grain export restrictions taking toll | 2021-04-06 - World Grain

Grain export restrictions embarked on by Russia and Kazakhstan during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic brought a hiatus upon the food supply chain in several countries in 2020. A big question now is whether 2021 will be any better. The Kazakh export restrictions had the potential to doom the country’s neighbors to starvation, local market participants claimed in March 2020. Now, almost a year into the pandemic, the fears over food security in some countries keep mounting since new export restrictions continue . . .

via astanatimes04/05/2021

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Expand Border Cooperation, Open Renovated Kordai - Ak Zhol Border Checkpoint - Astana Times

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan have made a significant step forward in their bilateral cooperation following the March visit of Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov to Kazakhstan. As part of the ninth meeting of the intergovernmental council, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin and Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Ulukbek Maripov attended the opening ceremony of a…

via astanatimes04/12/2021

Kazakhstan Has Potential to Become Important Transport Route Along New Silk Road - Astana Times

A case with  a container ship of the Evergreen company, which paralyzed shipping in the Suez Canal for five days, made the issue of finding alternative ways of delivering goods urgent.  In this light, the new Silk Road through Kazakhstan can be considered as one of the alternative, time-tested transport methods that can compete with…

via menafn04/11/2021

Kazakh COVID-19 vaccine to be bottled in Turkey - MENAFN.COM

Kazakhstan has sealed a deal with Turkey to bottle its homegrown COVID-19 vaccine, Trend reports citing Kazinform .

Speaking at a briefing at the Central Communications Service, Deputy PM Yeraly Turzhanov said that the plant is being under construction as part of the country's agreement with Turkey. He also added that the major Turkish company agre

via inform.kz04/08/2021

Kazakhstan to supply 50 thou doses of homegrown COVID-19 vaccine QazVac in late April - Kazinform

KORDAI. KAZINFORM – The first 50 thousand doses of its homegrown QazVac vaccine will be available for injection by late April, Kunsulu Zakarya, General Director of the Scientific Research Institute for Biological Safety Problems, said during the press tour in Kordai district, Zhambyl region, Kazinform correspondent reports.

via menafn04/07/2021

Kazakhstan's Zhambyl rgn to produce homegrown COVID-19 vaccine - MENAFN.COM

Kazakh Healthcare Minister Alexey Tsoi told a briefing that Kazakhstan's coronavirus vaccine will be produced in Zhambyl region, Trend reports citing Kazinform .

The schedules of the production are being developed. The technological line will be launched soon. The plant will be put into service as all is validated, probably, by the end of the year.

via menafn04/07/2021

Number of COVID-19 cases up again in Kazakhstan - MENAFN.COM

In the past 24 hours, Kazakhstan has recorded 2,080 new cases of the coronavirus infection, up 271 from the previous day, Trend reports citing Kazinform.

Almaty city alone added 620 fresh cases of the coronavirus infection. Ranked second is the Kazakh capital, Nur-Sultan, with 372 new COVID-19 cases. Almaty region is third with 280 fresh daily infec

via menafn04/06/2021

Kazakhstan's President Tokayev vaccinated against COVID-19 - MENAFN.COM

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Apr. 6

By Nargiz Sadikhova - Trend:

President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has been vaccinated against the new type of coronavirus COVID-19 via Sputnik-V vaccine produced by Karaganda Pharmaceutical Factory, Trend reports citing Tokayev's Spokesperson Berik Uali.

The president is feeling fine after the vaccina

via menafn04/04/2021

Kazakhstan reports over 2000 fresh COVID-19 cases - MENAFN.COM

Kazakhstan has added 2,054 fresh cases of the coronavirus infection in the past 24 hours, down 68 from the previous day, Trend reports citing Kazinform .

Five areas in Kazakhstan recorded three-digit number of daily infections with Almaty at top with 572 new COVID-19 cases. Ranked second is the Kazakh capital, Nur-Sultan, with 476 new cases of the c

via worldpoliticsreview04/09/2021

No U.S. President Has Ever Visited Central Asia. Biden Can Change That - World Politics Review

While U.S. officials often view Central Asia through the lens of competition with China and Russia, it is important to the U.S. in its own right, and countries in the region have priorities that overlap with President Joe Biden’s agenda. The White House should capitalize on this with an historic visit.

via triblive04/09/2021

U.S.-Russian trio blast off on mission to space station - TribLIVE

MOSCOW — A Russian-U.S. trio of space travelers launched successfully Friday, heading for the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov blasted off as scheduled at 3:42 a.m. EDT aboard the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft from the Russia-leased Baikonur launch facility in

via menafn04/08/2021

Over 2500 COVID-19 cases reported in Kazakhstan in past 24 hrs - MENAFN.COM

In the past 24 hours, 2,586 new cases of the coronavirus infection have been recorded in Kazakhstan, up 506 from the previous day, Trend reports citing Kazinform .

The number of daily infections registered in Almay city climbed to 710. Ranked second is the Kazakh capital, Nur-Sultan, with 579 new COVID-19 cases. Almaty region added the third highest

via astanatimes04/07/2021

Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Meets with President Tokayev - Astana Times

NUR-SULTAN – The Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó paid an official visit to Kazakhstan on April 6 to reaffirm Hungary’s readiness to strengthen cooperation with Kazakhstan.  Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev met with Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó, the Akorda Press reported on April 6. Tokayev noted that…

via kz.usembassy.gov04/07/2021

"Nothing is impossible in life": Bekbolat Izbassarov about studying in the United States | US Embassy & Consulate in Kazakhstan - US Embassy and Consulate in Kazakhstan

“Nothing is impossible in life”: Bekbolat Izbassarov about studying in the United States Bekbolat Izbassarov – Deputy Head of the Health Department of Aktobe region Program: Hubert Humphrey 2017  – When and how did you decide to become a member of the program?  – I have always dreamed of studying abroad, especially in the United States. I’ve heard a ...

via astanatimes04/06/2021

Coronavirus Cases Surge by 30 Percent in March - Astana Times

NUR-SULTAN – The number of coronavirus cases increased by 30 percent in March, said Kazakh Healthcare Minister Alexei Tsoy while speaking at an April 6 government meeting.  “As of April 6, 256,837 COVID-19 and 50,839 cases of coronavirus pneumonia have been registered in Kazakhstan. According to the epidemiological situation assessment matrix, seven regions – the…