November 9, 2020

KazAID – Kazakhstan’s Emerging Foreign Policy Instrument

In August 2020, Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) announced the plans to start the work of the non-profit joint-stock company “Kazakhstan International Development Agency -KazAID” in September [Abdullaeva, 2020]. Although the intention to create KazAID was initiated back in 2016 and the draft of the government decree was opened […]
November 9, 2020

Urban Demographics in Kazakhstan and Economic Significance of Large Cities

Over the last several years Kazakhstan has been prioritizing the urbanization of the population and enlargement of the major urban centers of the country. The significance of cities with population over one million people was emphasized by the first President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev at the jubilee forum of the […]
October 25, 2020

Brief Overview of External Migration in Kazakhstan

By the beginning of 2020, the population of Kazakhstan reached 18,632,169, which is 236,602 increase since January 1 of 2019. The natural increase totaled 269,575 whereas the net migration was negative 32,973 people. Hence, the net out-migration in the population in 2019 increased by 13.2% compared to 2018 [Statistics Committee, […]
October 24, 2020

Avoiding Dutch Disease in the Oil Industry of Kazakhstan

Due to its geographical location, Kazakhstan is a country rich of natural resources such as copper, iron, aluminum, lead, natural gas and oil. Thus, the resource sector plays a significant role in the economy of Kazakhstan. Extraction and production of natural resources contributed to the economic growth of the country […]
October 24, 2020

COVID-19 and Education: How Does Kazakhstan Face The Pandemic?

In the past few weeks, COVID-19 or, simply put, coronavirus affected 176 countries around the world. Due to the easily contagious condition of the virus, it has affected our daily life routines and operations of many sectors including construction, business, transport, manufacturing and education – in the way how students […]
October 24, 2020

Population and Economic Growth: Lessons for Kazakhstan

Links between population and economic growth and development have been and remain one of the most discussed issues in economic theory as changes in population affect basic growth indicators. Usually, this debate starts with T. Malthus’ famous prediction that population growth can lead to famine. Simple exogenous models of economic […]
October 5, 2020

Ethnic Diversity Change in Kazakhstan during 2010-2020

Kazakhstan, inhabited by more than 120 ethnic groups, is the most ethnically diverse country among the post-Soviet states. Its polyethnicity is the result of the complicated historical events and the legacy inherited from the USSR. Kazakhstan’s total population has recently reached 18,631,779 people, which is 14.9%, or 2,428,505 people, more […]
July 11, 2020

Main Trends in Kazakhstan’s Foreign Policy in 2018

The end of a calendar year is always a time when results and achievements of an outgoing year are summarized and assessed. This article attempts to highlight important events for Kazakh diplomacy in 2018 and strives to understand what the country’s foreign policy has lost or gained. The first notable […]
July 11, 2020

About the Status of School Teachers

The quality of teacher training, the low status of the profession and the low incomes of teachers are deterrents to the development of school education, Kasim-Zhomart Tokayev, Chairman of the Senate of Kazakhstan, said on Friday during the parliamentary hearings. In his opinion, the government needs to think about how […]
July 11, 2020

Renewable Energy as a Potential Driver of Kazakhstan’s Growth*

Kazakhstan has implemented important reforms and achieved major breakthroughs in its political and socioeconomic development, and the nation’s energy and mineral resources have played a crucial role in this transformation. At the same time, however, Kazakhstan has not largely succeeded in developing its non-resource-based industrial and tradable sectors, which results […]