Uzbekistan doubled cargo transportation through the ports of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan in 2022
In January-September 2022, Uzbekistan increased cargo transportation through the ports of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan by more than two times compared to the same period in 2021 – up to 701 thousand tons. About this, with reference to the Deputy Minister of Transport of the Republic of Uzbekistan Zhasurbek Choriev, RIA Novosti reports.
"According to statistical information, in relation to the 9 months of last year, the volume of cargo transportation of Uzbekistan with the participation of the ports of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan has more than doubled this year, namely from 337 thousand tons to 701 thousand tons," Choriev said during a briefing on the eve of the summit of the Organization of Turkic States (OTG). The meeting will take place in Samarkand on November 11.
Choriev recalled that at the meeting of the Ministers of Transport of the Turkic states on October 27-28 in Tashkent, a memorandum of cooperation was signed between “Uzzheldorcontainer” JSC and the ports of Aktau and Kurik in Kazakhstan. "The full–fledged activity of the project of the electronic exchange of permit forms of the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure of Turkey has also been launched," the Deputy head of the Ministry of Transport said.
According to him, during the OTG summit it is planned to sign two important documents initiated by the Uzbek side: the agreement on international multimodal transport between the member states of the organization and the program of cooperation in the field of transport.
The Cooperation Council of Turkic-speaking States (Turkic Council), established in 2009, decided to change its name to the Organization of Turkic States at the Istanbul summit in November 2021. The organization includes Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Hungary participate as observers.
Kazakh Opera Music to Be Performed in the Capital of Georgia
The Astana Opera will perform in Tbilisi for the first time. The Georgian audience will have a long-awaited unforgettable meeting with music from Kazakh works, as well as world masterpieces performed by the opera house’s principal soloists, symphony orchestra and choir conducted by the Honored Worker of Kazakhstan Abzal Mukhitdin. The tour concert “Steppe Melodies in Tbilisi” will take place on September 23 at the Shota Rustaveli National State Academic Theatre.
“The tour geography of the Astana Opera is expanding every year. Our artists and musicians are warmly and cordially welcomed both in Kazakhstan and abroad. Each performance abroad is an important and exciting event, because we represent not only our opera house, but also the country, introducing foreigners to national culture, which, as practice shows, is of great interest around the world. Therefore, we always include the national authors’ works in our tour programs. This is a wonderful opportunity to tell about our country in the universal language of music, understandable without words,” Galym Akhmedyarov, the Astana Opera’s general director, Honored Worker of Kazakhstan, noted.
The tour to the Georgian capital promises to be a spectacular event. Abzal Mukhitdin, the Astana Opera’s deputy principal conductor, is preparing an impressive gala program, which will consist of a large block of music from Kazakh operas and instrumental works, as well as celebrated arias and ensembles from operas by world-famous composers.
According to the Maestro, the opera house’s long-term fruitful collaboration with Georgian colleagues Manana Gunia and Ala Simonishvili will be reflected in the exhibition of costumes from the productions of the Piccolo Theatre project in the foyer of the Shota Rustaveli Theatre and the opera buffa scenes presented in the concert.
“The performance of a Georgian opera aria by our soloist, as well as the sound of a dombyra will be a delightful surprise for many,” Abzal Mukhitdin shared.
Artists and musicians are thoroughly preparing for a tour to Tbilisi: Georgia is known throughout the world for its special love for music, in particular, for vocal music. The program announced the participation of the opera house’s principal soloists, Honored Workers of Kazakhstan Saltanat Akhmetova, Aigul Niyazova, Zhanat Shybykbayev, Medet Chotabayev, Meir Bainesh, as well as laureates of international and national competitions Gulzhanat Sapakova, Tatyana Vitsinskaya, Yevgeniy Chainikov, Yerzhan Saipov, Artur Gabdiyev. The opera house’s opera company director is the Honored Worker of Kazakhstan Azamat Zheltyrguzov.
As a reminder, in the previous anniversary season, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Astana Opera performed in Baku, Moscow, Minsk, as well as in Poland and Slovenia and many regions of Kazakhstan. For the opera house, touring is an important part of its development, an indispensable element of improvement and exchange of experience. Therefore, in the new 11th season, the Astana Opera plans to continue active touring.
Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili holds face-to-face meeting with Kazakh counterpart
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili held a face-to-face meeting with Alihan Smaiylov, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan.The parties overviewed the friendly relations and partnership between Georgia and Kazakhstan and discussed prospects of future cooperation. Attention was paid to both bilateral and multilateral formats of cooperation. It was noted that Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili’s visit to Kazakhstan last year advanced the cooperation between the two countries to a brand-new level of cooperation.Special emphasis was placed on the positive dynamic in the trade and economic relations between the countries. Kazakh investments and the country’s favorable business environment were underlined. The conversation touched on cooperation in such areas as education, science, sports and culture, IT, and transport. Attention was paid to the importance of developing the Middle Corridor.The conversation also revolved around the positive dynamic of recent high-level visits. Focus was made on the fact that this is the first visit by a Kazakh Prime Minister to Georgia in many years.The Prime Minister of Georgia thanked the Kazakh side for strongly supporting Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Georgian Government’s commitment to peaceful conflict resolution was emphasized. The conversation also touched on the importance of the Geneva International Discussions.Press Service of the Government Administration
lecture on "The Role of Political Reforms in Central Asia for the Example of Kazakhstan"On April 11, the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Caucasus International University organized an open lecture on "The Role of Political Reforms in Central Asia for the Example of Kazakhstan".The lecture was held by the First Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Georgia, Kanat Seyitzhanov. The diplomat reviewed the current issues of Kazakhstan's internal and foreign policy, talked about recent reforms and future prospects in the country, as well as discussed Georgia-Kazakhstan relations.сен The second part of the meeting continued in an active interactive mode, and the students received answers to their questions.The public lecture was held in English, moderator was Vakhtang Maisaya, doctor of political sciences, professor of the Caucasus International University and Warsaw University, head of the CIU International Relations and International Security Master's Program.университе The event was attended by students of the University Administration and the Faculty of Social Sciences.On April 11, the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Caucasus International University organized a public lecture on the topic: "The role of political reforms in Central Asia on the example of Kazakhstan".The lecture was led by the first secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Georgia, Kanat Seitzhanov. The diplomat reviewed current domestic and foreign policy issues of Kazakhstan, talked about the recent reforms implemented in the country and future perspectives, and also discussed Georgia-Kazakhstan relations.The second part of the meeting continued with an active interactive mode, where the students got answers to the questions they were interested in.The public lecture was held in English, and the moderator was Vakhtang Maisaya, Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor of Caucasus International University and University of Warsaw, Head of CIU International Relations and International Security Master's Program.University administration and students of the Faculty of Social Sciences attended the event.
Air Astana switches to summer schedule!
According to the administration of the Air Astana, company Air Astana has switched to its 2023 spring-summer schedule.
From the summer period, the flights between Tbilisi and Almaty will be operated daily.
As of June starts a seasonal service between Batumi and Almaty 5 times a week and Tbilisi-Astana 3 times a week on a comfortable Airbus A320/A321.
"Air Astana has switched to a spring-summer operating schedule effective from 26th March to 29th October 2023and during this period will steadily increase the number of international flights.
Services from Almaty to Antalya (Turkey) will be increased to ten flights a week, whilst those from Astana will increase to seven services a week. Almaty to Tbilisi (Georgia) services will be increased by seven flights a week, those from Astana to Tbilisi increased by three flights a week. Almaty to Tashkent (Uzbekistan) up to fourteen flights a week and Astana-Tashkent to five flights a week. Almaty to London service will be increased up to five times a week, and Almaty to Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) to nine flights a week. In addition to a weekly flight to Chengdu, Air Astana will serve Beijing daily from Almaty and up to twice a week from Astana. Almaty to Istanbul will be served eleven flights a week, whilst those from Astana up to seven flights a week and from Atyrau three flights a week. Services from Almaty to Baku (Azerbaijan) and Dushanbe (Tajikistan) will be increased to up to four flights per week.
The spring-summer operating schedule also includes the relaunch of seasonal services between Almaty to Bodrum (Turkey) and Heraklion (Greece), as well as those from Almaty and Astana to Podgorica (Montenegro), operating three times a week, and from Almaty to Batumi (Georgia) operating five times a week. Air Astana will also continue operating direct daily flights to Thailand with three times a week flights from Almaty to Bangkok and four times to Phuket.
Detailed flight schedule information and ticket purchase can be undertaken at the Air Astana website, ticketing offices, call-center and IATA accredited travel agencies" - reported in a company press release.
In Tbilisi, the upcoming parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan were discussed
Tbilisi, February 23, 2023 – representatives of the expert community of Georgia got acquainted with the new system of elections of Deputies to Mazhilis of Parliament and Maslikhats of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Georgia Malik Murzalin told the political scientists, researchers of leading analytical centers of Georgia, as well as journalists about modernization and transformation, political changes and economic reforms taking place in our country.
The practical implementation of the constitutional reform, supported by the citizens at the national referendum, was presented to the attention of the audience. “According to its results our country passed to new, more fair and competitive rules of formation of the legislative power”, – said the Kazakh diplomat.
Ambassador M. Murzalin informed the Georgian side in detail about the main innovations of the upcoming parliamentary elections, noting that they are a logical continuation of the political reforms initiated by the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.
In turn, the participants in the discussion expressed keen interest in the bold decisions of the head of state of Kazakhstan on further political and economic modernization of the country.
According to Victor Kipiani, chairman of the analytical organization “Geocase”, the events in Kazakhstan are considered in the context of the development of the Caspian-Black Sea region as a whole. In this regard, the positive changes taking place in Kazakhstan are important for all interested parties.
The expert of the Georgian analytical center “GSAC” Gela Vasadze noted the timeliness and importance of the principle of the “Hearing State”, the focus of innovations on the development of regions and their independence. He drew attention to the important role of Kazakhstan in geopolitics, which could become a key link for the “East-West” axis.
According to the observation of professor Vakhtang Maisaia of the Caucasus International University, the level of political culture in Kazakhstan has significantly increased. The state and society have come to a political consensus. “The new geopolitical, or rather geo-economic reality, strengthens Kazakhstan’s role in the Caucasus-Caspian region. Kazakhstan is becoming a democratic hub, a regional hegemon in the dissemination of democratic values,” said the expert.
At the end of the discussion, the Georgian experts wished success to Kazakhstan, expressing confidence that the fundamental reboot of the state system will bring its tangible benefits to the population in the near future, and that economic reforms will complement the Kazakh-Georgian relations with new aspects.
Embassy of Republic of Kazakhstan in Georgia