OSCE High Commissioner for National Minorities praises Kazakhstan's policies towards ethnic groups

KazInform , Jul 24, 2014 

OSCE High Commissioner for National Minorities Astrid Thors met with Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov and praised the country’s policies that protect the rights of ethnic groups and promote interethnic and interfaith ties.

Thors underscored the history of Kazakhstan-OSCE co-operation and highlighted several joint projects. She also stressed that the socioeconomic success of Kazakhstan was largely owing to interethnic peace and harmony.


Rumsfeld Foundation Delegates and Fellows Visit Astana

The Astana Times , Jul 24, 2014 

The two day Central Asia-Mongolia-Caucasus-Afghanistan (CAMCA) Forum was held in Astana on June 20-22, and discussed the region's potential for growth and the remaining barriers it had to contend with.


U.S. State Department Officials Discuss Tips and Trends with Kazakh media and officials

United States Diplomatic Mission to Kazakhstan , Jul 25, 2014 

The U.S. Coordinator of International Information Programs Macon Phillips and U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Eileen O’Connor visited Astana on June 15-16, where they shared tips about digital media, discussed U.S. policy in the region and met with over 130 key figures in media and culture.
Phillips and O’Connor also visited Nazarbayev University, Kazakh media studios, and met with government officials, to discuss topics such as open online courses, U.S. support to EXPO 2017.


USC Professor praises Kazakhstan's Civil Service Agency

USC News , Jun 11, 2014 

Chester Newland, a Professor Emeritus in Public Administration at the USC Price School of Public Policy, shared his views on Kazakhstan's civil service development on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s Agency for Civil Service Affairs in May. He led a panel at the 7th Astana Economic Forum titled “Civil Service Personnel Management: Current Issues and Prospects,” where he spoke about Kazakhstan’s economic, political and social achievements. He credited this success to the country embracing a government built on professional public institutions.


The Atlantic Council promotes greater co-operation between the U.S. and Central Asia

The Astana Times , Jun 16, 2014 

Frederick Kempe, President and CEO of the Washington, DC-based think tank, the Atlantic Council, said that with the U.S. winding down its military engagement in Afghanistan, it should now engage in more non-military cooperation with the whole of Central Asia in order to increase stability and peace in the region. He pointed out that the U.S. and the Atlantic community needed to help Central Asia face the new threats and challenges.


Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Fatema Sumar emphasizes Kazakhstan's salient role in promoting regional stability

U.S. Department of State , Jun 11, 2014 

In an interview with Kazkah TV, Fatema Z. Sumar, the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, said that Kazakhstan had an important role in supporting the region, specially Afghanistan, transition towards stability and prosperity. Sumar added that President Obama has also repeatedly emphasized Kazakhstan’s important leadership role in global nuclear disarmament.


US and Kazakh soldiers exchange vehicle maintenance information


Soldiers from Kazakhstan and the Arizona Army National Guard, in the USA participated in a light utility vehicle maintenance information exchange from May 12-16 in Phoenix, Arizona.

As part of the U.S. National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program, the Arizona National Guard has partnered with Kazakhstan since 1994 in exchanging information and people to foster mutual interest and partnership.

The two armies discussed how they conduct driver training, maintenance, record keeping, trouble shooting and licensing.


Kazakhstan to send $2 million in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan

Trend , May 18, 2014 

Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Emergency situations will send approximately $2 million in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan in 2014.
Speaking in remarks in the lower chamber of the parliament, Kazakh Minister of Emergency Situation Vladimir Bozhko said that the aid would be delivered in the form of food products.
According to Bozhko, Kazakhstan has previously sent humanitarian aid in the form of money and food products, six times in 2013—to Guatemala, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Sri Lanka and other countries facing natural disasters.


Kazakh MFA launches multilingual website to communicate the main policy priorities of Kazakhstan’s UNSC bid

Kazakhstanunsc.com , May 20, 2014 

Kazakhstan has launched a website to communicate the main policy priorities of Kazakhstan’s UNSC bid, which was launched last year. Kazakhstan’s bid is based on four central pillars: food security, water security, energy security and nuclear security.


Transparency International-supported Anti-Corruption School opens in Almaty

Transparency International

Almaty’s first nationwide Anti-Corruption School opened on April 23, 2014. The school is supported by Transparency International Kazakhstan, the Soros Foundation-Kazakhstan , the Agency for Fighting against Economic and Corruption Crimes (the Financial Police), Turan University, the Kazakhstan Association of Higher Education, and Kazakhstan TemirZholy. The school will teach students, civil society representatives, journalists and other interested citizens about using various anti-corruption instruments and tools.

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