Salem, readers! 2016 marks the 25th year of relations between Kazakhstan and the United States, and the U.S. Diplomatic Mission is celebrating this milestone in many ways. Back in February of 2016, the organization launched a campaign called “25 Years Together,” which highlights the relationship between Kazakhstan and the U.S. in three ways: innovation, friendship, and partnership.
In the realm of innovation, the U.S. Diplomatic Mission hopes to touch on the following subjects: TechWomen, TechForum, Maker Space, “Love to Code” Tech Tour, and Business Training in the United States.
TechWomen: TechWomen, an international delegation of leading women in fields such as Science, Technology, Education, and Math (STEM), visited Almaty and Astana in the month of March. Those who are a part of this organization met up with young educators, entrepreneurs, and innovators to speak about the advancement of women in technology fields.
TechForum: Astana will be holding its first TechForum in June, which will help to inspire and train the Kazakhstani people about how technology can help them with communication in unique ways.
Maker Space: The U.S. Mission will be hosting science and tech labs at the American Corners in Almaty, Astana, and Oskemen this year. The Mission will be supporting facilities that provide Kazakhstanis with the ability to learn how to use equipment such as high-tech equipment like 3D printers.
“Love to Code” Tech Tour: The U.S. Mission will be supporting the Kazakhstani organization called “Love to Code.” This organization helps to teach coding skills to students at selected American Corners in Kazakhstan.
Business Training in the United States: This year, 14 Kazakhstani professionals will visit the United States for a program called “Startup Business Skills and Management.”
To celebrate the theme of friendship, the following events will take place:
Community Boxing Exchange with Mohammed Ali Center: A group of Kazakhstani boxers and trainers will visit the United States to meet with American boxers and trainers to talk about the sport and best practices.
Music and Dance: “The Exchange”: In late March and early April, and American acappella group collaborated with Kazakhstani artists to perform in Astana, Almaty, and Kyzlorda.
Broadway in Kazakhstan: Paul Emerson, an American choreographer, will return to Astana to stage a Broadway-esque musical.
National English Teaching Conference: The United States will be supporting an annual conference among the Kazakhstan Teachers of English Association. This will take place in Oskemen.
US-KZ Fest: This festival will take place in Almaty in the month of August. The festival will feature films, music, stories, and more, presented by Kazakhstanis and Americans.
US-KZ Film Festival: 2016 marks the 2nd United States-Kazakhstan film festival.
National Spelling Bee: This spelling bee will showcase the knowledge of Kazakhstan students in the 11 American Corners.
Global Health: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will help to launch the Global Health Security Agenda in Kazakhstan.
As far as partnership goes, these events will happen this year:
Creating a Relationship: The U.S. Mission will host a panel discussion about the challenges Kazakhstan faced in the early years.
Through the Eyes of Ambassadors: This will feature a video about the history of the U.S.-Kazakhstan relationship. This will be released in the spring.
Ultra-marathon for Regional Cooperation: In June, American ultra-marathoner, Dean Karnazes, will run all the away from Samarkand to Shymkent, through Taraz to Bishkek, and will end his marathon in Almaty. This event is to raise awareness about the increasing regional trade and developing transportation infrastructure.
The 6th Central Asian Trade Forum: The USAID’s Central Asian Trade Forum will celebrate its 6th year in Almaty. This event will include government officials as well as entrepreneurs from all five Central Asian countires.
Partnership Conference: This conference will highlight the relationship between the United States and Kazakhstan throughout the past 25 years, as well as what may be possible in the future.
Well, readers, there you have it. For more information about these events, check out #USKZ25 on social media.