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World Premiere of Abai and Shakarim in NY, Nov 12 0

Posted on November 07, 2014 by KazCham

The Embassy of Kazakhstan in the US cordially invites you to discover the Kazakh spirit and heritage through the language of contemporary music and performing arts.

What: World Premiere of Abai and Shakarim in New York

When: November 12, 2014, 8:00 pm.

Where: Carnegie Hall, New York, Stern Auditorium | Perelman Stage

An outstanding British composer Sir Karl Jenkins belongs to the top ten famous living composers in the world. While composing the suite “Abai” and “Shakarim” he visited Kazakhstan to immerse himself in the study of Kazakh musical culture and folk instruments.

These masterpieces will be performed by the Almaty Symphony Orchestra and a renowned Kazakh musician, virtuoso violinist Marat Bisengaliyev.

The suite is dedicated to a renowned 19th century Kazakh intellectual and poet Abai Kunanbayev, who greatly contributed to Kazakh literature. His works ranged from poetry to music he composed himself.

The other piece features Shakarim Kudaiberdiyev who was a poet, writer, historian and a composer.

For Karl Jenkins’ creations please click here. For Marat Bisengalev’s performance please click here.

For complimentary tickets, courtesy the Embassy of Kazakhstan in the U.S.,  please register here by Nov 7, 2014. Tickets will be available on your name in the Carnegie Hall’s box office one hour prior to the concert. Please present your ID at the Box Office. Tickets are strictly required for admittance.

To purchase tickets, please click here.

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Seminar: Prospects for Regional Integration in Central Asia on 28 October 0

Posted on October 23, 2014 by KazCham

Prospects for Regional Integration in Central Asia

12:00pm Lunch


12:15pm Opening Remarks

Deputy Chief of Mission Yerkin Akhinzhanov, Kazakhstan Embassy in the United States

12:30pm Keynote Speaker

Fatema Z. Sumar, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Affairs at the U.S. Department of State


1:00-2:30pm Session I. Regional Integration Projects, Divergences and Challenges

Moderator: Margarita Assenova (Jamestown Foundation)

Sumona Guha (Policy Planning Staff, U.S. Department of State)

Andrew Kuchins (Senior Fellow and Director of the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program)

Farrukh Iznazarov (Country Directory and Researcher, Central Asian Development Institute)

Galymzhan Kirbassov (Columbia University)

2:45-4:00pm Session 2. Regional Integration, a View from Kazakhstan

Moderator: Sergey Gretsky (Catholic University)

Martha Brill Olcott (Visiting Professor, Michigan State University)

Anuar Ayazbekov (Rumsfeld Fellow)

Marlene Laruelle (Central Asia Program, George Washington University)


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Alumni House

1918 F St. NW,

Please RSVP at 

The Central Asia Program (CAP)
The Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES)
Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
1957 E Street, NW / Suite 412 / Washington, DC 20052
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South Korean President Visits Kazakhstan to boost economic ties 0

Posted on June 27, 2014 by KazCham

Yonhap News Agency

South Korean President Park Geun-hye visited Kazkahstan for three days, and focused on expanding economic ties in Eurasia.

Kazakhstan and South Korea will implement joint projects of over $10 million, including a coal-fired power plant and a petrochemical complex. Kazakhstan is the largest investment partner of South Korea in the region; more than 250 South Korean firms operate in the country.

The two nations have deepened friendly ties recently. President Park and President Nazarbayev had engaged in fruitful discussions at the G20 summit in St. Petersburg in Russia in 2013. This time the two leaders will discuss Korea’s “Eurasia initiative” which aims to free trade and grow infrastructure between Eurasian countries. The two countries signed mutual visa-free visits for 30 days.

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Kazakhstan Culture Days in America: “Magic Songs of the Eternal Steppe” 0

Posted on June 02, 2014 by KazCham

Ministry of Culture of Kazakhstan presents “Magic Songs of the Eternal Steppe”, two Gala concerts in celebration of Kazakhstan Cultural Days in the Unted States.

Concerts will take place on June 30, 2014, 8pm, at Carnegie Hall, New York, Perelman Stage/Stern Auditorium (tickets available in the box office and online) and on July 3, 2014, 8 pm, at The John F/Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Concert Hall (tickets available soon in the box office or www.kennedy-center.org).

Concerts will feature a unique blend of Kazakh folk music and Western classic masterpieces as well as American songs performed by the world-known Kazakh National Kurmangazy Orchestra of Folk Instruments, Kazakh National Baikadamov Choir and a group of renowed Kazakh Soloists. Come yourself and invite your friends to enjoy a remarkable evening? with the best performers of “Magic songs of Eternal Steppe”.

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Expo-2017 approaches as construction starts 0

Posted on May 24, 2014 by KazCham

Colibri Law Firm

Administration of Expo-2017 organisers have announced that the construction of major facility – National Pavilion, shall commence in June 2014. It is planned that 26 new facilities will be constructed in total for under the auspices of Expo-2017, including hotel, congress-hall, large parking area and residential complexes.

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Shanghai will host the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) on May 20-21 0

Posted on May 20, 2014 by KazCham


Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced that Shanghai will host the largest ever Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in May. Delegations from nearly 40 countries and international bodies, including 14 heads of state, will attend the summit.

The fourth CICA summit will be held in Shanghai on May 20-21. The guest dignitaries will include Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping said that China, as a founding CICA member and a positive participant in the conference’s development, has made its due contribution to enhancing cooperation, solidarity and trust between Asian countries.

China’s holding the summit and taking over as CICA host from 2014 to 2016 reveals the great importance the country attaches to the CICA, Cheng said.

He described the three targets of the Shanghai summit as promoting communication and trust among relevant parties, gathering consensus and wisdom, and discussing ways to solving pressing issues for Asia.

“Through the summit, we hope to offer a platform for countries to exchange views on Asian security and cooperation,” he said.

CICA member states are expected to issue a Shanghai Declaration elaborating on their common aspiration and commitments to strengthening strategic coordination and building an integrated security environment, according to Cheng.

The declaration will also expound on plans for CICA development in the next 10 years.

As the hosting country of the summit, China hopes to guide relevant parties to settle their disputes through equal consultation and peaceful manner within the CICA framework, Cheng said.

The vice foreign minister added, “We are confident we can work with other CICA member states to make new contributions to Asia’s peace and stability.”

The Shanghai summit is also expected to offer an important opportunity for China to show Asia its achievements in reform and opening up.

The CICA was established in 1992 as a forum for dialogue and consultations and promotion of confidence-building measures and now groups 24 member countries and 13 observers. The idea of convening the CICA was first proposed by President Nursultan Nazarbayev on 5 October 1992, at the 47th Session of the U.N. General Assembly.

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Astana Economic Forum praised by Nobel-winning Economist 0

Posted on May 14, 2014 by KazCham

Pakistan Today

VII Astana Economic Forum (AEF) will be held on May 21 to 23, in Astana. AEF is expected to see more than 10,000 delegates from UN-member countries discuss global economics issues and develop recommendations.

Robert Aumann, Winner of the 2005 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics and a regular attendee of the AEF, said that “Astana has become an ideal place where conferences should be held inviting to a search for solutions on world economic problems. Certainly, in fighting against crisis, these conferences position Kazakhstan on leading roles, and as a result, they will bring only beneficial and fruitful results.”

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An American Firm Wins EXPO 2017 design idea for the Expo 2017 Exhibition Site 0

Posted on November 01, 2013 by KazCham

Expo2017, October 22, 2013 An American architecture firm will design the EXPO2017 Astana Exhibition Hall in Kazakhstan. The Chicago-based Adrian Smith+Gordon Gill Architecture Company will design the 173.4 hectare Expo grounds that will include housing projects, socio-cultural, education and health-care facilities, shopping centers, parks and boulevards.

The Chairman of the Technical Committee of the Contest Jeremy Rifkin says, the project of Adrian Smith+Gordon Gill Architecture is the most practical in terms of both sustainable development and architectural and artistic design and its further use after EXPO-2017.

According to the press release issued by the American firm,  “AS+GG’s design was selected as the winner of the international competition that featured 105 entries from all over the world including Coop Himmelb(l)au, Zaha Hadid Architects, GMP International, Massimiliano, Studio Pei-Zhu, UNStudio, Snohetta, HOK, Isozaki, Aoki & Associates, and Safdie Architects.”

“International Expositions take place every 2 or 3 years and last for a duration of 3 months. The most recent International Expo was in Yeosu, Korea in 2012. Each Expo chooses a specialized theme that generates the discourse of the architecture, events, and demonstrations of the event. The theme for the upcoming Expo in Astana is “Future Energy.” The theme is aimed at finding ways to achieve qualitative changes in the energy sector, primarily for the development of alternative sources of energy and new ways of transportation. Finding sustainable energy supplies is a critical and growing global concern.  The solution to these concerns ensures economic growth and improved social standards while reducing the burden on the environment.”

“AS+GG’s design for EXPO-2017 will embrace the Future Energy concept by becoming the first Third Industrial Revolution city, where energy consumed by the Expo community will be provided from renewable sources. Buildings will become generators of power and their energy will be stored using innovative technologies while being distributed by a smart grid.  The Expo community will provide infrastructure to encourage and support the use of vehicles that use renewable fuels.”

“The forms and language of the buildings are designed to reduce their energy needs and operate as “power plants” that harness energy from the sun and/or wind,” says AS+GG Partner Gordon Gill, FAIA. “The buildings will use this power directly or supply it to the district-wide smart grid for storage or use.”

“AS+GG is currently working on projects for clients in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, China, and the United States. The partnership was founded in 2006 by Adrian Smith, Gordon Gill and Robert Forest.”

The advantages of the project is that all of the objects after the exhibition can be changed, disassembled or converted, that is, the demolition of the buildings is not required. Overall, the general layout and buildings were designed using the principles of environmentally, economically and socially sustainable design. The expressive architectural signature of the EXPO-2017 object is unique, it will provide great benefits not only to Kazakhstan, but also to the global community, as it will push the boundaries of science and its applications for future energy and preserving the nature. Symbolically, the winning design stipulates that all the energy consumed by the visitors of the EXPO exhibition will be generated from renewable sources. And all the buildings would serve as a power plants that use solar and wind energy. The exposure by the participating over 100 countries to the new horizons of alternative energy would provide a boost to sustainable growth and caring attitude to the mother nature.

Construction work is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2014. The developer of the “EXPO-2017 construction site will be NC “JSC “Astana EXPO-2017”.

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Kazakhstan to host next KAZENERGY Eurasian Forum 0

Posted on September 28, 2013 by KazCham

Trend News, 17 September 2013

The KAZENERGY Eurasian Forum will be held in Astana on October 8-9, the Forum’s press service announced last week.

Now in its eighth year, the Forum is a leading international event dedicated to Kazakhstan’s energy sector. This year’s event will focus on “Energy for the future – Eurasian perspectives,” with topics of discussion including the formation of a new energy system and the role of the Eurasian region in building a sustainable future in energy.

The Forum typically brings together the regional and international community, including senior officials, top business executives, international organizations and media representatives. This year’s key speakers include Kazakh Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov, former French Prime Minister of France Francois Fillon and former General of NATO Wesley Clark.

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Kazakhstan Plans to Rewrite its Innovation Strategy by Hosting EXPO-2017: Will it work? 0

Posted on September 26, 2013 by KazCham

The Central Asia-Caucasus ANALYST, 4 September 2013

As part of its Innovation Strategy, which is designed to develop skill-intensive sectors and to promote innovative business practices through alternative energy, Kazakhstan will host World EXPO in summer 2017.

At a time when the Kazakh government is working to reinvent itself, World EXPO-2017 is a promising opportunity to develop socially and economically by creating new businesses and promoting the use of green energy. As a result, the government is investing substantial time and money into the event. Kazakhstan chose alternative energy as the topic for EXPO in hopes of attracting the newest technology in order “to share it with the least developed and developing countries,” according to Ambassador to the UN Byrganym Aitimova.

Despite the challenges posed by putting on such a large event, Kazakhstan is ambitious that if implemented effectively, World EXPO-2017 could help the nation to build its economy and spur “diversification and competitiveness.” In order to achieve this, Kazakhstan should take three major steps in preparation for and implantation of the event. First, the government should be careful to invest only in infrastructure and enterprises that will be of impact when EXPO-2017 is over. Second, public-private partnerships (PPPs) should be utilized to increase cooperation with and secure investment from the private sector. Finally, Kazakhstan should continue to invest in human capital through education and training even though infrastructure will require significant financing.

The end result will not be known until 2017, but the future looks bright and green in Kazakhstan.

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