of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan in a New Global Reality: Growth. Reforms. Development
The Address of President Nursultan Nazarbayev to the people of Kazakhstan
Astana, November 30, 2015
Dear people of Kazakhstan,
Deputies of Parliament and Members of Government,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
In a few days’ time we will enter the 25th year of our independence. In just a quarter of a century, Kazakhstan has become not only a sovereign nation with an economy that’s part of the global network, but also an equal member of the worldwide community of nations. We have endured many trials together and have steeled and strengthened. We have achieved impressive economic development at rates previously unseen in our history. Our people have never lived as well as we do now. We have achieved a great deal.
Now the world is changing rapidly. A different era is about to start. Right in front of our eyes, a new global reality with different opportunities and risks is taking shape. Today, Kazakhstan’s economy is adversely affected by a number of external factors caused by the collapse of world markets. We cannot influence the origins of global crises. No one is safe from their effects.
President Nazarbayev sets out
ambitious plan for Kazakhstan
in State of the Nation address
President Nazarbayev gave his annual state of the nation address, setting out the next steps in Kazakhstan’s pursuit of the ambitious 2050 Strategy in a project entitled “Manghilik Yel” (Eternal Land).
The President highlighted the significant progress in Kazakhstan since independence in 1991, saying the country today had been “created from scratch in just two decades by its talented, hard-working, and tolerant people.”He warned, however, that there would be “no easy ride in the 21st century”, adding that the country had to seize a “window of opportunity” in the next 15 years to make a major breakthrough.
He set out a series of policies to build the economic, social and governmental structures to realise the 2050 goal of joining the world's 30 most developed nations. The wide-ranging speech included a focus on strengthening Kazakhstan’s health, education and social services, with the President announcing significant increases in the salaries of frontline workers – 28 percent in medicine, 29 percent in education, 40 percent in the social sector.
Other key points included:
• Economy: The President predicted GDP growth of 6-7%, with GDP per capita reaching no less than $14,500. He stressed that small and medium enterprises would be the engine for economic growth, with a focus on innovation and sustainable industries.
• Energy: The President announced the construction of a fourth oil refinery and a nuclear power plant. The government were tasked with coming up with possible locations by the end of Q1 this year. He also reiterated Kazakhstan’s commitment to green development through the Green Bridge initiative.
• Disability: The President said major efforts should be made to make Kazakhstan a country with no barriers for people with disabilities.He also announced a 25% increase in the social benefits on disability.
• Urban development: The President reiterated his focus on developing major urban agglomerates in each region to cater for a significant increase in urban populations, from 55 percent now to 70 percent by 2050.
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