07 August, 2018

Ministry of Foreign Affairs commends the best works of the foreign press

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A formal ceremony for the winners of the 5th Kazakhstan Through the Eyes of Foreign Mediacontest for foreign journalists was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reports the Ministry's press service.

Annually, authors who have most interestingly covered various aspects of the development of modern Kazakhstan participate in the contest. This year five winners were selected from among 85 publications that were submitted from more than twenty countries. Winners of the contest won a trip to Kazakhstan including visits to Astana, Almaty and the Burabai resort which provides an extensive cultural program.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan will continue to support and contribute to the work of foreign journalists who cover events in the country. Addressing the participants of the ceremony, Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said that Kazakhstan's open society and consciousness, with its representation of its culture to the world, was the essence of the Rukhani Zhangyru program of President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The editorial staff of the Uzbekistan National News Agency (UzA) which actively reported Kazakhstan–Uzbekistan relations during 2017-18 was announced as the winner from the CIS and Baltic countries. Publications the Agency has submitted for the contest have included the article Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan: devoted to the 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations, thematic materials about a cycling marathon and Days of the Almaty region in Uzbekistan.

Recently, interest of the world community in Central Asia has been increased significantly. President Nursultan Nazarbayev and the heads of all states of the region are doing a valuable job to strengthen all-round interaction. It is no coincidence that this year a significant number of publications were devoted to the rapprochement and cooperation of the Central Asian states. Last year trade turnover between Kazakhstan and all Central Asian countries increased by 18.4%, with Uzbekistan rising by 32% - the Foreign Minister noted in his speech.

An article by American authors Stephan Rabimov and Alexander Lipovtsev Seven Wonders of Kazakhstan: Why Fashion Tourism Thrives in Central Asia published in Forbes was awarded best publication among journalists from the Americas.

The winner from the Middle East and African region was Ayman Al-Zaban from Jordan. It was for a series of pieces on Kazakhstan's membership of the UN Security Council, the Five Social Initiatives of the President of Kazakhstan, the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) and the 20th anniversary of Astana.

In general, around 300 publications by foreign media were devoted to the anniversary of Astana this year. The overwhelming majority were exclusive pieces by journalists who arrived specially in Astana to cover the development of the city. Perhaps most notably, the article entitled Astana: the Capital With its Own Charm and Pleasures published in the magazine Business Central Asia by Indian author Indervir Singkh, was recognized as the winner from the countries of Asia, Australia and Oceania.

British journalist Gilly Pickup won the contest among journalists from European countries. She published in the Aberdeen Press & Journal and The People's Friend pieces titled Destination - Kazakhstan and Kazakhstan: One Step Ahead.

During the ceremony President of the Chief Editors Club of Kazakhstan Yerlan Bekkhozhin, Ambassador of Uzbekistan Saidikram Niyazkhodzhaev, Ambassador of India Prabkhat Kumar, as well as diplomats of the embassies of Jordan and the United States all made speeches.

In addition, a number of journalists and media were awarded diplomas which will be presented at the embassies of Kazakhstan.

Partners of the International contest Kazakhstan Through the Eyes of Foreign Media were the hotels Rixos President Astana, Rixos Borovoe, Rixos Almaty, as well as transport company Argymak, Kazakhstan Temir Zholy JSC National company, Turkish Airlines and Wizzair. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan expresses its gratitude to all partners for their support in organizing and holding the annual contest.

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