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Nur-Sultan - Kazakhstan
14 December 2018
Participation in the solemn reception on the Independence Day of Kazakhstan
Astana, Palace of Independence

Speaking at the grand affair, the Head of State congratulated those present and the whole Kazakhstan’s nation on the national holiday - Independence Day.

The President of Kazakhstan made it clear that over the 27 years of independence, our country has reached the heights of its development.

Nursultan Nazarbayev underscored the important role of Kazakhstan’s new capital in the history of a sovereign state formation.

- Located in the heart of Eurasia, the new capital stands for flourishing Kazakhstan. This year we have celebrated the 20th anniversary of our Astana at a high level, and all regions have taken part in its solemnization, the Head of State said.

The President of Kazakhstan stressed that ambitious market reforms carried out in the country allowed the business abilities of more than one million citizens to be involved in the economy.

- The systemic industrialization of the economy has led to a marked increase in the share of the manufacturing industry, whose production volume now amounts to almost KZT 9.5 trillion, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The Head of State has pointed out that through investments in the transport and logistics infrastructure, Kazakhstan has become a powerful transit hub of continental importance.

Therewith, the President of Kazakhstan noted that over the years of independence, the number of people with incomes below the subsistence minimum dropped 15 times, and real wages increased 4 times.

- Some of the most important achievements of sovereign Kazakhstan is increase in the absolute number of people over 18 million and an increase in life expectancy to 72.5 years. All these key wins and triumphant results speak volumes for the loyalty of the course we have chosen, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The President of Kazakhstan pointed out the core results achieved over 2018, both in foreign policy and in the framework of the modernization programs.

- Responsible and pragmatic external policy has helped us double down our position in the world arena.  Effective peace efforts of Kazakhstan facilitated productivity of the inter-Syrian negotiations in Astana, the Head of State said.

Nursultan Nazarbayev also spoke about the output of launching the Astana International Financial Center, Astana Hub International Technopark of IT Startups and the International Center for Greentech and Investment Projects.

- We should always remember that the background of all achievements is unity and harmony in society. The Kazakhstan model of interethnic and interfaith development has long become an international brand of the country, the Head of State said.

The President of Kazakhstan focused on the fact that all recent initiatives in the country are aimed at improving the quality of life, ensuring a high level of public security and systematic growth of the well-being of our citizens.

- Comprehensive modernization of the social sphere is an important direction for us. For all these years of Independence, about one million Kazakhstanis have found their hearth and roof over their heads. In the next five years, we will build more than 70 million sq.m. of housing, which means a new home for almost two more million citizens, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

In conclusion, the Head of State expressed confidence that the modern generation of independence will adequately respond to all the challenges of the time and ensure the well-being and prosperity of each family in Kazakhstan.

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