KAZAKISTAN NEWS

Factory in Zhambyl region to produce 30 to 60 million doses of vaccines

ZHAMBYL, Feb. 6, 2021:This year, coronavirus express testing kits manufacturing factory is planned to be launched in Zhambyl region. The investment project costs more than two billion tenge. The regional governor Berdibek Saparbayev spoke about the measures to fight against the spread of dangerous infection at a briefing in the Central Communications Service. Accroding to him, it is planned to build anti-viral vaccine manufacturing factory in Kordai district of Zhambyl region. This project costs seven billion tenge. The factory is expected to operate on the basis of the Research Institute for Biological Safety Problems.

Currently, vaccines against brucellosis, dermatitis and avian influenza are produced. A new additional factory will be launched. Its capacity will total at least 30 - 60 million doses of coronavirus vaccines. The factory is planned to be launched by the end of the year. Vaccine manufacturing will start in March. Government supports and controls this issue. Residential building will be constructed for workers, said the Governor of Zhambyl Region Berdibek Saparbayev.

Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs Attends Virtual Denuclearization Meeting

Photo credit: Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Astana Times.

NUR-SULTAN, Jan 8, 2021: Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs Mukhtar Tileuberdi recently took part in the Third Ministerial Meeting of the Stockholm Initiative on Nuclear Disarmament and Support for the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), organized online in the Jordanian capital of Amman, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry’s press service reported. The participants discussed possible ways to expand the potential of disarmament diplomacy, which is especially important before the anniversary of the NPT Review Conference, scheduled for August this year.

The minister noted that “given the difficult situation in the world, the importance of intensified and coordinated work of all states to restore confidence is the key to solving many problems of our time.” In this context, the urgency of Kazakhstan’s initiatives to start a dialogue between the nuclear powers was noted, including the initiative of the First President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev  to create a Global Alliance of Leaders dedicated to a World Free of Nuclear Weapons. The Kazakh minister also stressed that the NPT Review Conference coincides with the 30th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk test site – a landmark event in the history of nuclear disarmament.

Kazakhstan is an active participant in the Stockholm Initiative on Nuclear Disarmament and supported the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), which has been implemented since 2019. The participants of this conference, representing different countries (Argentina, Canada, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland), call on the international community, primarily the states with nuclear weapons, to use all available means to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in security doctrines and policies, as well as to commit to total nuclear disarmament. The next ministerial meeting will take place on the eve of the NPT Review Conference.

Kazakh President Presents Awards to Prominent Public Figures, Artists, Ahead of Independence Day

NUR-SULTAN, Dec 17, 2020:: Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev presented awards to prominent public figures and artists for their contribution to the country’s social, economic, and cultural development, strengthening friendship and cooperation between the people of the country as well as their active public lives on the eve of Independence Day which is celebrated Dec. 16 in Kazakhstan, the Akorda press service reported. Among the winners, an engineer at the Eurasian Energy Corporation from the Pavlodar Region Murat Kaiyrgeldin and the Executive Director at the Temirtau Metallurgy Plant Vadim Basin were both named honored workers of Kazakhstan. 

Prominent Kazakh opera singer and Astana Opera leading soloist Maira Mukhamedkyzy both received an Otan (motherland in Kazakh) award. First President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s “Medal of Kazakhstan” was awarded to  Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Askar Mamin, Almaty Region Akim (Governor) Amandyk Batalov; Kazakhmys Holding President Vladimir Kim and President of BSB Financial and Industrial Corporation Rashit Sarsenov. Among the other awards were the Barys, Parasat (nobleness in Kazakh), Kurmet (respect in Kazakh) and Dostyk (friendship in Kazakh) state awards. Addressing the award recipients via video, Tokayev noted the importance of the upcoming year, as the country enters the year, when it will mark a milestone in its history – the 30th anniversary of its independence on Dec. 16, 2021. 

“It is time to summarize and assess what we have gone through. We will mark this significant date for our people with concrete actions and new projects. We will give up loud actions and pompous events, and make the work as pragmatic and results-oriented as possible. We will continue to implement large scale systemic measures in the economy, social sector and environment. We will pay close attention to the needs and requirements of all segments of the population, especially the youth, women, and people with disabilities. We are determined to continue the political modernization of the country,” said Tokayev. Tokayev said independence is Kazakhstan’s “most precious treasure.” Though the ongoing coronavirus pandemic disrupted the celebration of the holiday, usually accompanied by large scale festivities across the country, the value and importance of this holiday remain the same. 

He also noted the growing political egoism and economic nationalism of countries amid rising geostrategic uncertainty, where a country’s global status is determined by its level of technological development. “Harmonious combination of internal and external tasks within the country’s development becomes of greater importance. We need to mobilize all our forces and resources to enhance the real competitiveness of Kazakhstan. And the consolidation of the nation and devoted service to the values of independence of every citizen are more important today than ever before. We will continue our foreign policy aimed at strengthening the global security system promoting the role of multilateral institutions and the United Nations. We will firmly defend our national interests and consistently pursue a balanced and constructive foreign policy which has proved its efficiency in today’s multipolar world,” said Tokayev.