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World Universiade 2017 Unveils Torch Relay Route 0

Posted on January 16, 2017 by KazCham

Astana Times

The World Universiade 2017 torch relay will begin its journey in Kazakhstan by lighting the flame Jan. 25 in Astana. The flame will then continue to Ust-Kamenogorsk, Pavlodar, Kokshetau, Petropavlovsk, Kostanai and Karaganda Jan. 26 and Aktobe, Uralsk, Atyrau and Aktau Jan. 27. The route then continues to Kyzylorda, Shymkent, Taraz and Taldykorgan Jan. 28 before the final lighting of the flame in the host city of Almaty Jan. 29.

The rehearsals of the torch light procession with the participation of top sports people of Kazakhstan was held in Almaty in early January. The ceremony unites the country that conducts the games, and outstanding sportsmen will take part in the torch relay.

According to plans, all the athletes will gather in Almaty, in the heart of the Universiade and participate in the opening ceremony. As a sporting event, Universiade attracts more and more young people, said the organizers.

“It is important that young people will be able to communicate and get to know each other as part of this project. We want to show that our students are talented, creative and strong,” said Winter Universiade Organizing Directorate Head Nail Nurov.

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Kazakhstan’s Zhambyl region plans to build a ski base to develop tourism 0

Posted on December 09, 2016 by KazCham

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Kazakhstan’s southern Zhambyl region is planning to build a ski base and recreation centre. These projects will attract tourists to the region, said the Director of the Regional Chamber of Entrepreneurs Karlygash Aralbekova at the International Investment Forum “TARAZ INVEST-2016” on 25 November 2016.

Four tourism projects are included in the Regional Map of Business Development: the ‘Kazakh Auli Koksai’ recreational tourist base worth 935 million tenge, the ‘Apple Orchard’ recreational tourist centre worth 85 million tenge, as well as projects for the construction of roadside services in the Zhualynsk and Merke districts of the Zhambyl region, worth 402 and 700 million tenge respectively.

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FUTURE ENERGY: 217 DAYS TILL BEGINNING OF THE ASTANA EXPO 2017 0

Posted on November 16, 2016 by KazCham

EXPO 2017 Begins Transfer of Pavilions to Participants, Construction on Schedule

Astana Times

Individuals connected with EXPO 2017 unveiled the designs of the Kazakh, German and Chinese pavilions as the buildings were transferred to the participating countries on Oct. 31.

Chairman of Astana EXPO 2017 national company Akhmetzhan Yessimov noted construction of the main pavilion, informally known as the “Ball” or “Sphere,” will be finished by the New Year’s. Work on the interior will then begin. “The ‘ball’ is the main pavilion. It will be completed by the end of this year, but there is a lot of work on the content filling, which will take place until May of next year. There will be eight floors and each will disclose certain themes of the exhibition: space, solar, wind, water and so on. The same can be said of the thematic pavilions; they are completed and now the work on the content will begin. The most important thing is the construction of all the facilities will be completed for the New Year, in addition to the Congress Hall and the hotel. They will be needed only during the exhibition, so all works are on schedule. In addition, public areas will be completed in the spring,” he said as the ceremony.

The details of the German pavilion, called Energy Turnaround, were explained by German Ambassador in Kazakhstan Rolf Mafael. Astana Akim (mayor) Asset Issekeshev was present for the event.

“It means a transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy and energy-effective management. The national pavilion will be in four stages. First, visitors are offered to feel the new world of the future of energy. In the second, the audience will be presented with a new energy map of the world and the layout of the wind park in Yereimentau. In the next room, visitors can get acquainted with the ‘smart’ city, like in a computer – the prospect of increasing or decreasing from a global to a local perspective. In the last room, we will feel what the energy turnaround is. All visitors at the beginning will get a small drive stick and with it they will be able to activate all the exhibits – to be able to touch and study them. At the end, they will accumulate energy and see what they can do with this energy. This is a great laser show,” he said.

China is second in the world in renewable energy sources (RES), noted Chinese EXPO 2017 Commissioner Wang Tszinchzhen.

“We want to take this opportunity to show our achievements in the field of renewable energy. We are also going to present a number of events on the topic of technology, for example in the field of tourism, as well as take part in the forums on the subject of technology. China’s largest technology company will present their achievements. We will hold a few forums on this subject and we are prepared in this regard to support the Kazakh company. We are ready to assist not only in the energy sector, but also in the agro-industrial complex and other areas. We invite all of the business community to our pavilions to discuss ways of cooperation,” he said.

The completion of five key exhibition objects was also announced – International Pavilion, EXPO Town with 1,374 rooms, EXPO office building, Department of the Interior and Energy Research Centre.

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FM Idrissov Presents Diplomas to Winners of ‘Kazakhstan through the Eyes of Foreign Media’ Contest 0

Posted on September 15, 2016 by KazCham

Astana Times

The Kazakh Foreign Ministry hosted a ceremony Sept. 6 to award the winners of the third annual “Kazakhstan through the Eyes of Foreign Media” contest organized by the Ministry and the Club of Chief Editors of Kazakhstan.

The winners represent France, Jordan, Russia, Turkey and the United States. As a prize, they received a trip to Kazakhstan in September, including visits to Astana, Almaty and the Borovoye resort area, as well as an extensive cultural programme.

“The media as a ‘fourth’ estate of power performs vital educational and ideological work, forms the informational space and has a huge impact on public opinion,” said Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov in welcoming the winners.

He also briefed the guests on the nation’s initiatives in various fields, in particular, nuclear non-proliferation and the fight against terrorism and extremism.

Guests representing the diplomatic corps as well as the sponsors of the contest attended the event.

American Douglas Burton, who writes for “The Washington Times,” won for his article “Kazakh Studying Abroad in Ambitious ‘Future’ Programme Aims to Lift Former Soviet Republic.” In it, he told the story of a Bolashak Presidential Scholarship Programme student, Shalkar Nursetov, who studied at George Washington University to pursue a Master’s degree in media and public affairs.

This year, the contest attracted 60 entries from 29 countries. The victors will tour the same areas visited by last year’s prize-winning journalists from Argentina, Egypt, Indonesia, Poland and Uzbekistan.

Idrissov noted the raising quality of the applications this year and continued growing interest in Kazakhstan’s dynamic development and upcoming major events, such as EXPO 2017 and the Winter Universiade in Almaty next year.

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Kell Brook vs Gennady Golovkin: Why it’s business time for the Kazakhstan boxer who doesn’t have to fight the pain 0

Posted on September 10, 2016 by KazCham

EveningStandard

Gennady Golovkin was only a few hours off the plane from Los Angeles to London when he was asked: “When was the last time you were in trouble in the ring?”

The reply came with a gentle grin: “I don’t know. I forgot. It was a long time ago.”

Twenty two successive knockouts back up the claim, which is made by the fearsome Kazakhstan boxing superstar without any swagger or bravado. There have been 32 KO’s in total in the 34-year-old’s professional career.  He hasn’t been taken the distance in a contest since 2008.

Now he is bringing his devastating combination of style, discipline and ferocity to London after regularly selling out Madison Square Garden in New York and the most prestigious venues of Los Angeles.

It promises to be yet another glittering night of boxing by the Thames when Golovkin defends his WBC and IBF world middleweight title against Sheffield’s Kell Brook at the O2.

This is the sparkling venue which has been made into a home-from-home by Britain’s newest boxing icon, the IBF world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua.

Brook, the IBF welterweight champion, is stepping up two weight divisions in a challenge most of the global fight cognoscenti view as a courageous but unfathomable attempt to beat the scales and huge odds.

This, at first, appeared to make the fight one to captivate the hard-core boxing specialist fans rather than whooping big-night-out followers who have made Joshua’s nights by the river into big social occasions.

But promoter Eddie Hearn – who is staging this date and runs Joshua’s career – insisted:

“I think this is captivating the casuals as well the specialists.

“I thought it would just be the hard-core boxing fans. But this has the same profile as an

Anthony Joshua fight – and also has also has the seasoned followers.

“The casuals say – I can’t miss an Anthony Joshua fight.

Here you have them saying, ‘wow, its Triple G. ‘I’m not missing it’.”

Golovkin is ranked third in The Ring magazine’s list of the world’s best pound-for pound fighters, although many insist he is the top man and the natural inheritor of that catch-all “title,” last borne by Floyd Mayweather junior.

Is Golovkin the complete fighter, as another questioner asked after his arrival in London on Sunday evening?

“I’m not 100 per cent,” he grinned, gently again. “Just a little bit off it.”

“But I don’t feel this pound-for-pound thing. Mayweather, I respect him, he was a great boxer but I didn’t like his style. I am a little bit different.”

By that he means he is far more hungry and attack-minded than the famously brilliant defensive stylist Mayweather, although Golovkin’s chin is notably durable and he underlies his own power with a superb ability to take a shot.

The hurtful and relentless level at which he makes all of this known in the ring is at complete odds with his softly-spoken, amiable style out of it.

It has also made it difficult for him to secure opponents because there is such wariness of his abilities and negotiations to fight British middleweight champion Chris Eubank junior on this date broke down.

Brook, 30, stepped straight in, even though he is climbing is two divisions in the same way that Amir Khan did to meet Mexican WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo,” Alvarez last May – boldly but unsuccessfully.

There is lot of controversy in the USA about Canelo’s apparent unwillingness to meet Golovkin. Meanwhile, the Kazakhstan fighter says: “Big respect to Kell Brook for taking the challenge.”

Here is what will be waiting for the Sheffield fighter, however.

“I become a different guy in a fight,” Golovkin added. ”I don’t know how I switch. But I understand my job, I understand the situation and I understand my business.

“When it is time for fighting, it is my work time. So I am there 100 per cent focused on my opponent. I know what I have to do to do my job.

“I feel  something happening when I get hit but I don’t feel any power in it.

“It’s like a game for me. I might leave myself open and say ‘come on, come on’. But that’s not because I’m crazy and I want to get punched in the face.

“It’s just that I just feel comfortable and that this is my time.

“I am 34 but I have a way to go. I am not at my peak yet.”

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Kazakhstan Says Expo 2017 Buildings Nearly Ready 0

Posted on September 10, 2016 by KazCham

World Expo News

Construction of the venues for the 2017 Universal Exposition in Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital, is in the final phase, the chairman of the board at NC Astana EXPO-2017 JSC said Tuesday.

“The international pavilions are nearly complete. In October we will hand over the exposition to the participants, who have begun to contact us seeking approval of their projects,” Akhmetzhan Yessimov said.

“We now have 98 participating countries in the exhibition. That in addition to 18 international organizations. In June of this year we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Tourism Organization” to cooperate in planning and promoting the event, the former mayor of Almaty said.
Tour packages for the expo will be priced in the range of 100-330 euros ($112-$337), NC Astana EXPO-2017 JSC tourism and promotion director Allen Chayzhunusov said Tuesday during a meeting with the Astana Public Council.
“For example, a tour for 20 people for three days: the economy package will cost 40,000 tenge (100 euros), the standard package will have a price of 59,000 tenge (155 euros) and the premium package will start from 125,000 tenge (330 euros),” Chayzhunusov said.

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World Nomad Games marks the end 0

Posted on September 09, 2016 by KazCham

WorldNomadGames

You’ve probably never heard of the World Nomad Games, and you’re going to be upset that you’re just now finding out about them.

This year’s games, which kicked off with the opening ceremony on Saturday, take place in Kyrgystan and celebrate the nomadic heritage of the Central Asian nations.

Forty countries are participating, not all of which have nomadic history — but who could pass up the opportunity to take part in something as awesome as this?

One such country is actually the U.S., which brought a surprisingly large group to participate.

Enjoy awesome images from Kazakhstan-USA competition on Kok Boru here.

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354 DAYS TILL BEGINNING OF THE ASTANA EXPO 2017 0

Posted on July 01, 2016 by KazCham

Futuristic eco city breaks ground in Kazakhstan for the World Expo 2017

Inhabitat

Construction works on the highly anticipated Expo City 2017, designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG), are well underway in Astana, Kazakhstan. The 429-acre master plan responds to the Expo theme “Future Energy” by incorporating buildings that will operate as power plants, generating energy from solar panels and wind turbines to power themselves and the rest of the campus through an innovative smart grid.

The project focuses on using renewable energy as the primary source for infrastructure and daily operation of the buildings. Each element of the design aims to encourage and support the idea of clean energy across the project, which will feature exhibition and cultural pavilions, a residential development, commercial areas, educational and civic facilities, as well as parks and parking.

Located at the very heart of the campus, the sphere-shaped Kazakhstan Pavilion will be a true symbol of the “Future Energy” concept. Its transformative skin will reduce thermal loss and reduce interior solar glare, at the same time increasing the building’s energy output through integrated sustainable systems such as photovoltaics.

Each building was designed to reduce energy use and increase the amount of clean energy that can be harvested. “The building forms are the direct result of a considerate and thorough design process, which AS+GG practices as ‘Form Follows Performance,” said AS+GG partner Adrian Smith, FAIA.

In addition to the excellent energy performance of individual buildings, the architects ensured that the entire development will be interconnected by including a smart energy grid, smart recycled water grid, integrated waste management system, and inter-seasonal underground thermal energy storage. After the Expo, the site will be converted into an office and research park for international companies and entrepreneurs.

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Astana Economic Forum 2016 0

Posted on May 22, 2016 by KazCham

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The Astana Economic Forum is an annual event held in Astana, the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan, which brings together representatives from the world’s economic community, current and former heads of states, Nobel Prize laureates, outstanding figures from the scientific world, and businessmen.

The Forum is best known as a platform for international dialogue that enables constructive discussion of economic development issues concerning both Central Asia and the entire world in relation to changes witnessed in the global economy.

The AEF and its activities are distinguished by the active participation of government and business figures from more than 80 countries. As the world economy undergoes a number of changes, the AEF serves as a platform where these figures consider the major global challenges of the day and brainstorm on solutions to address such challenges.

In the framework of forums held in the past, world leaders have expressed their views and offered practical propositions concerning economic strengthening, not only for Central Asia and the post-Soviet space, but also for the world.

Through eight years, numerous business and government leaders have tackled such themes as “Modern Aspects of Economic Development under the Conditions of Globalization”, “Economic Security of Eurasia in the System of Global Risks”, “Ensuring Sustainable Economic Growth in Post-Crisis Period”, “New decade: Challenges and Perspectives”, “Global Economic Transformation: Challenges and Perspectives of Development”, “Ensuring Balanced Economic Growth in the G-GLOBAL Format”, “Risk management in the era of changes in the format of G-Global” and “Infrastructure: Driver of Sustainable Economic Growth”.

This year, AEF participants make their way to Astana to address the challenges concerning “The New Economic Reality: Diversification, Innovation and Knowledge Economy.”

The event will take place on May 25-26, 2016 in Astana and will be live tweeted using the hashtag #aef2016

 

Astana Economic Forum to Generate Insights into Reinvigorating Economic Growth

Astana Times

The global economy has taken a distinct turn for the worse since politicians, experts and the media gathered for the last Astana Economic Forum in 2015. The collapse in oil and commodity prices, the slowdown in China and the continuing problems in many other parts of the world have hit growth and reduced confidence.

Kazakhstan, as a large producer of oil and a major trading partner of China and Russia, which is in recession, has felt the full impact of these global forces. Without early and determined action, including the decision to float the tenge, the long-term damage to the country’s progress and prosperity could have been much worse.

It is always dangerous to tempt fate and there are many challenges to overcome. But with oil prices beginning to show signs of a slight recovery and the anti-crisis measures beginning to have an effect, it may be that the path ahead may be less difficult.

The events of the last 12 months and the continued turbulence and concern formed the backdrop for this year’s Astana Economic Forum on May 25-26. With discussions around the theme of “New Economic Reality: Diversification, Innovations and Economics of Knowledge,” it has again attracted a cast list of global leaders, CEOs, Nobel laureates and renowned economic experts. Each year, the forum grows in importance as an influential platform for dialogue in the Eurasian region.

The Astana Economic Forum will serve as a useful platform not only to discuss the progress made so far but identify the further steps needed to ensure Kazakhstan returns to high economic growth. Given the complexity of our world, it is unlikely that the participants of the forum will have all the answers to every problem. But the expert discussions will help generate new insights and options which explains the success and attractions of the forum for all who attend.

Read more at Astana Times

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Kazakhstan joins EAEU Free Trade Agreement 0

Posted on March 15, 2016 by KazCham

Colibri Law Firm BI@colibrilaw.com

Kazakhstan has become the latest member of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), having ratified the agreement between the EAEU member states and Vietnam on Wednesday.

This free trade agreement between Europe and Asia is similar to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and was reached last year on 29 May 2015. However, it has taken until now for the Kazakh government to ratify the agreement. The treaty allows for duty-free trade between the EAEU member countries, Vietnam, and now Kazakhstan.

The Kazakh Economy Ministry had previously outlined its priorities in implementing the trade agreement. Chief among its interests was the exportation of food products, including flour, grain, alcohol, dairy products and beef.

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