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Nur-Sultan - Kazakhstan
16 June 2017
Participation in “New Energy, New Economy” Astana Economic Forum's plenary session
​Congress Centre, "Astana EXPO-2017" Exhibition Complex

The Kazakh leader noted that the anniversary Astana Economic Forum is being held at a historically crucial moment for the Eurasian space.

- With the membership of India and Pakistan in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, in fact, a new global player with a market capacity of 3 billion people has been created. Coverage of the SCO countries by the Great Silk Road revival program creates a new economic subregion. The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres noted that the SCO "is an important foundation of today's world order," and the most powerful tool for preserving peace is inclusive development. It is this inclusive and sustainable development that is the focus of this Forum, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The President of Kazakhstan made a point of the unprecedented speed of modern world's rate of change and the advent of new discoveries and scientific and technical solutions that radically transform the nature of economic growth and our way of life.

At the same time, Nursultan Nazarbayev noted that global economic policy does not fully meet modern challenges, including a critical level of environmental pollution and growing imbalances in global energy consumption.

The Kazakh leader has noted that it is important when economic growth contributes to solving the accumulated challenges, rather than multiplying them.

- The world needs a gradual transition to a new economic model, based on clean energy, joint efforts and collective responsibility, taking into account the interests of the whole world, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

In his speech, the President of Kazakhstan also presented his vision of the world economy’s important aspects.

The Head of the State noted the need to develop new methods for calculating indicators that measure the wealth of countries and the welfare of their citizens, as well as transformation of the world financial architecture.

In addition, Nursultan Nazarbayev emphasized that economic growth should be based on clean energy development and preservation of environment and stressed the importance of the Paris Agreement universal implementation.

Also, the President of Kazakhstan said about the large-scale activities in the country as part of Kazakhstan’s Third Modernization and the measures taken to modernize the energy sector.

- 10 years ago we were the first in the CIS to adopt the Environmental Code. In 2012, "On Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency Improvement" Law was enacted. The same year, our country wins the right to hold the International Specialized Exhibition EXPO-2017, on the territory of which we are now. "Future Energy" is the exhibition’s theme, the Head of the State said.

In conclusion, Nursultan Nazarbayev emphasized the importance of the nuclear-free world concept in the context of the planet’s ecological future.

- Kazakhstan is the leader in the struggle for a nuclear-free world. We are the first, the only country on Earth, to liquidate the nuclear test site forever and voluntarily abandon the powerful nuclear missile arsenal. We will continue this work and encourage everyone to support us in this struggle. By this we reaffirm our commitment to the cause of global cooperation and peace, the President of Kazakhstan has concluded.

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