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“Kazakhstan 2050: Toward a Modern Society for All” Book Released 0

Posted on May 14, 2014 by KazCham

The Astana Times

A new 400-page book “Kazakhstan 2050: Toward a Modern Society for All,” was released at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank in Astana. The Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov and several other international experts attended the book launch.

Speaking at the event, Massimov said that “Kazakhstan 2050 seeks to accelerate the current force of reform and modernisation and aims to propel Kazakhstan into the 30 industrialised and developed nations in the world. With high ambition comes high responsibility. There are many challenges and difficulties that lie ahead of us.”

The book focuses on the key priorities and strategy for Kazakhstan to achieve the Kazakhstan 2050 vision. These priorities include an efficient energy sector, green growth, balanced growth, regional integration, developing human resources and building resilient economic institutions.

The authors of the book also stressed that  “[Kazakhstan needs] to avoid getting mired in the ‘middle-income-trap,’ which has become the bane of so many countries at the same stage of development at which Kazakhstan is currently.”

The book is edited by Shigeo Katsu, rector of the Nazarbayev University and Dr. Johannes Linn, Former VP of the World Bank, along with two other experts. The book has been written by 8 prominent international experts, and has been published in English and Russian by the Oxford University Press.

Foreign Policy in the “Kazakhstan-2050” Strategy 0

Posted on August 26, 2013 by KazCham

Astana Calling, Aug 16, 2013

Last week, Kazakhstan’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kairat Sarybay, briefed the public on the “Kazakhstan-2050” Strategy and how the plan specifically addresses foreign policy. Released by President Nazarbayev in December 2012, “Kazakhstan-2050” is a set of strategies and milestones for the country to develop its foreign policy stance “as a bridge between east and west” and address economic and social policy.

Kazakhstan will remain committed to global nuclear disarmament, interethnic and inter-religious dialogue, a multi-vectored foreign policy with all nations.

Geographical and political concerns led the President to focus the plan’s foreign policy component on five areas: Asia, China, the European Union, Russia and the U.S. Relations with all five have flourished, giving Kazakhstan a strong starting point for further development.

President Nazarbayev’s visit to neighboring Russia in February and President Putin’s visit to Kazakhstan in July is evidence of the countries’ effort to establish a friendly, working relationship.Kazakhstan’s relationship with China is expected to strengthen with the signing of an agreement on the creation of the Kazakhstan-China Business Council during a visit by the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, in September.

With regards to the U.S., Kazakhstan has strived to create a strong basis for non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. Continual progress has been made since Kazakhstan relinquished itsweapons it inherited from the collapsed USSR in 1991. Sarybay cited the strong bilateral commitment to the Strategic Partnership Dialogue with the United States, and the agreement to issue five-year multiple-entry visas to the citizens of Kazakhstan and the United States.

Kazakhstan received visits from European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Finland President Sauli Niinisto, Latvian President Andris Berzins, Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta and other leaders resulting in bilateral economic and trade agreements.
Kazakhstan is also focusing on relations with Iran, Israel, Japan and India in addition to its involvement with international organizations. Just this year, Kazakhstan hosted two meetings to address Iran’s nuclear program and joined the UN’s Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

Kazakhstan 2050 0

Posted on December 18, 2012 by KazCham

In his annual State-of-the-Nation address, President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan outlined a new strategy for Kazakhstan’s development through 2050, which is designed to serve as a coherent continuation of the Kazakhstan-2030 Strategy.

In his speech delivered on the eve of the country’s Independence Day, Nazarbayev announced a series of milestone reforms in all spheres of the nation’s life. He laid out a strategy for the country, calling for better governance, improvement of the welfare and the tax systems, support for small- and medium-sized businesses and development of infrastructure. Currently ranked as the 51st most competitive country in the world, Kazakhstan, according to Nazarbayev, should be ranked among the 30 most advanced nations by 2050. To do so, Kazakhstan will need to integrate its economy into the global and regional environments by capitalizing on its transit potential and bolstering information technology capabilities.

As an oil-rich country and a reliable international partner, Kazakhstan will lift the existing subsoil use moratorium in an effort to become “a regional magnet for investment.” This would be done in exchange for advanced technologies and the creation of new production. The President also tasked the government to increase the share of agriculture of the country’s GDP fivefold by 2050 through a series of measures including government stimulus packages.

Nazarbayev asked the government to lift all licenses and permits not directly affecting safety in the first half of 2013. He also said it was necessary to redistribute responsibilities so a second wave of privatization of non-strategic enterprises can begin. The goal: preserving the nation’s high rate of economic growth.

Kazakhstan is aware of its responsibility for regional security and will continue to contribute to the stabilization of Central Asia. It will also work to ensure that conflicts in the region are eliminated. The best way to do so, Nazarbayev said, is through intra-regional integration, which will help “solve pressing social and economic issues.” He pledged to support “progressive international initiatives,” including Afghanistan’s political reconciliation and reconstruction.

Priorities for a modernized foreign policy, according to Nazarbayev, include strengthening regional and national security, developing economic and trade diplomacy, and promotion national interests based on pragmatic reasoning. Nazarbayev emphasized twice in his speech that the country’s political sovereignty will not be infringed by the creation of a Eurasian Economic Union.

Nazarbayev outlined a set of groundbreaking democratic reforms, which aim, among other things, at decentralization of power, raising government accountability, expanding the powers of the Parliament and fighting corruption. Starting next year, 2,533 village and town mayors, or 91% of all mayors at all, will be elected.

In an effort to foster higher democratic standards, Nazarbayev urged the modernization of the nation’s legal system to ensure that it is “in sync with the dynamically developing international legal environment.” As part of these reforms, four new codes — criminal, criminal procedure, penitentiary and administrative –will be drafted with the focus on further humanization and decriminalization of economic offences.

Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov called Nazarbayev’s speech “a powerful large-scale document for the future.”

“Kazakhstan-2050 is a call to the younger generation of Kazakhstan residents to continue along the highway of our development, focusing on the establishment of a self-sufficient, modern, secular and democratic state with stable institutions and a strong economy,” Idrissov said.

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