Practical Information

2nd Meeting of the
EU and Central Asia Ministers for Education

June 22 – 23, 2017

Astana, Kazakhstan

 

Practical Information

 

 

Welcome in Astana!

Astana is the capital city of the Republic of Kazakhstan; it is situated in the North Kazakhstan in the territory of Akmola region. Astana is located on the banks of the Ishim River. The city is divided into two banks: the right bank and the left bank. The population of the city is more than 800 thousand people. The territory of Astana today is 710,2 sq. km.

Astana is an important cultural and scientific center in Kazakhstan. It hosts the National Academy of Sciences, universities, the National Library, the National Museum, modern art galleries, the Center for Social and Economic Technologies, business centers, children’s parks.

Astana mirrors the realities of a modern multinational and multi-confessional Kazakhstan: representatives of all races and major religions live and work together. The city has become a venue for a number of public forums dedicated to interethnic and interfaith cooperation.

 

Travel and Accommodation

Transfer services

Members of the delegations will be met at Astana airport and offered a transfer from the airport to the hotel, as well as from the hotel to the airport, by prior registration.

Transfers during the whole event to the conference venue (for those staying at Jumbaktas Hotel) and for the visits of Nazarbayev University, the EXPO 2017 “Future of Energy” and to the restaurants for the Reception dinners, will be organised accordingly.

 

Accommodation and Conference Venues

Members of the delegations will be accommodated in two hotels:

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Rixos President Hotel, 7 Kunayev St., Astana 

http://presidentastana.rixos.com/

reception +7 717 224 5050

Manager (Yuliya Kruchanu): +7 7172 570 510, + 7 701 757 65 50

Jumbaktas Hotel, 65 Karasakal Erymbet str., Astana

http://www.jumbaktas.kz/en/

reception +7 717 257 9777

Manager (Rustem Alpyspaev): +7 701 057 37 91

 

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Please note: Reservations have been made on behalf of GOPA consultants / CAEP Project.

All delegates, who are self-payers (EU Commission, EU Member States, EEAS etc.) are kindly requested to inform / confirm the reception at check-in.

The use of mini-bars and additional hotel services will have to be bourne by each guest.

 

Conference Venues and Facilities

4th Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM), June 22, 2017  

Jumbaktas Hotel, 65 Karasakal Erymbet str., Astana 

The SOM will take place in the Conference hall “Abylai Khan”, 3rd floor. There will be signs guiding to the hall.

The coffee-breaks will be in the served in the conference hall. The Lunch will take place hotel Jumbaktas.

2nd Ministerial Meeting (MIN), June 23, 2017 

Rixos President Hotel, 7 Kunayev St., Astana

The MIN will take place in Zheruyik Hall, the press conference will be held in the Shanyrak Hall. Both halls are located at Level 0.

Coffee-break will be served in Foyer (Level 0). For the head of the delegations it is envisaged in the «Special zone» in the front of Zheruyik Hall, members of the delegations will be served at the common Foyer in front of the Zheruyik Hall.

Lunch will be served at the Al-Farabi Restaurant (Level1) at the meeting venue. For the head of the delegations in the «Special zone» in Al- Farabi Restaurant, members of the delegations will be served in the common hall in Al-Farabi restaurant.

 

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In the meeting room will be available working spaces with electrical outlets. High-quality wireless internet access will be available throughout the hotel. The service is provided free of charge.

 

Reception Dinners

The European Commission is kindly inviting all delegates of the SOM and MIN meeting to the

 Reception Dinner at the Restaurant “Portofino”, Turan Ave 27, Astana

on June 22 at 19.30 o’clock 

A transfer from the hotels to the Restaurant will be organised.

The Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan is kindly inviting all delegates of the SOM and MIN meeting to the

Reception Dinner at the Restaurant “Satti”, Kabanbay Batyr Ave 32, Astana

on June 23 at 19.30 o’clock 

A transfer from the hotels to the Restaurant will be organised.

 

Visit to Nazarbayev University and EXPO 2017

All participants of 2nd Meeting of the EU and Central Asia Ministers for Education are cordially invited to visit Nazarbayev University and international exhibition EXPO-2017 “Future Energy”.

Guided tour will be organized to the Nazarbayev University. The tour will be provided in English and Russian languages. Buses from Rixos to Nazarbayev University will be waiting in front of the hotel at 15:30.

Guided tour to international exhibition EXPO-2017 “Future Energy” will be organized immediately after the Nazarbayev University tour. Buses from Nazarbayev University to EXPO will be waiting in front of the university at 16:30. Volunteers will accompany delegations during the visit. Delegations will be free to visit any pavilion. Transfer from EXPO to Rixos and Jumbaktas will be organized at 18.30. Volunteers will accompany delegations to the buses.

 

Weather

The climate of the city is sharply continental. Summer is warm and arid, and despite this, the majority of precipitation falls in the warm period (April-October). The warmest month is July, its average temperature is 20.9 ° C.

 

Currency

The national currency in Kazakhstan is Tenge. Visa, Mastercard, American Express cards are accepted in each places that holds payment by credit card. Exchange of foreign currency is made in any banks and exchange offices.

 

Sighseeings

Bayterek – the Tree of Life in the center of Eurasia 

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Bayterek is the symbol of the country. Bayterek tower sits in the very middle of the capital’s new administrative center. Everything in this monument is symbolic: the golden sun on the top of the tree, its height of 97 meters, the internal architecture divided into three zones which represent the three fundamental universal principles. This «poplar» (in Kazakh – bayterek), made of metal, glass and concrete, is architecturally unique and grandiose in appearance. It is a metal structure of 105 meters tall, 1000 tons heavy, built on five hundred poles. It is the first time that a 22 meter diameter and 300 ton sphere of «chameleon» glass, which changes color with the sunlight, is suspended at such a record-breaking height. Dominating the new capital, it is an architectural symbol of renewal, the symbol of Astana, the symbol of Kazakhstan.

Aq-Orda 

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Aq-Orda is the residence of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. It is located on the River Ishim’s left bank, three hundred meters from the Bayterek monument. The building covers an area of 36 720 square meters. The official inauguration of the new Palace of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan took place on 24 December 2004. Next to the residence are the Parliament, the House of the Government, the Supreme Court and the House of Ministries of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

 

Astana Expo 2017 “Future of Energy”

EXPO is a symbol of industrialization and an open platform for demonstrating technical and technological achievements; in 2017 the exhibition will be held in Astana, from June 10 to September 10, 2017. The main theme of the World Exhibition is «Future Energy».

«Astana EXPO-2017» sets the task to gather the best developments in these fields in order to demonstrate not only the future energy, but also the problematic issues of developing countries, connected with the need in it, in the local territory within 93 days. The leading world experts, who will meet in Astana, will discuss the ways to make «green energy», its availability, sustainability and economy the main development trend for further decades.

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For any other information, please contact us:  

Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Ms Yuliya Idiyatova (English, Russian)

Tel.:   +7717287525 (26)    +7 705 508 26 48

e-mail:  kzcaep2017gmail.com    

 

Central Asia Education Platform

Ms Anna Opitz      (English, Russian)

Tel.:   +49 1575 67 46 338;    +38 099 0345 047

e-mail:  anna.opitz@gopa.de

 

Questions regarding transfer Ms Gulzhan Ashimova (English, Russian)

Tel: +7717287525 (26)    +7 701 559 32 53

e-mail: kz.bologna@gmail.com

Central Asia Education Platform (CAEP)

Ms Anna Opitz (English, Russian)
Tel.: +49 1575 67 46 338; +38 099 0345 047
e-mail: anna.opitz@gopa.de

Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Ms Yuliya Idiyatova (English, Russian)
Tel.: +7717287525 (26) +7 705 508 26 48
e-mail: kzcaep2017gmail.com

Questions regarding transfer

Ms Gulzhan Ashimova (English, Russian)
Tel: +7717287525 (26) +7 701 559 32 53
e-mail: kz.bologna@gmail.com

 

Rixos President Hotel, 7 Kunayev Street, Astana

Jumbaktas Hotel, 65 Karasakal Erymbet str., Astana