Speaking to the participants of the celebrations, the Head of State stressed that the holiday brings together all Kazakhstan’s nation, representatives of all ethnic groups.
- Addressing the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan, First President Nursultan Nazarbayev noted the exceptional importance of inter-ethnic harmony. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Elbasy, Kazakhstan has now become home to representatives of many nationalities, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said.
As the President of Kazakhstan stressed, despite various negative predictions about the future of our multi-ethnic, multi-religious country, Elbasy managed to maintain peace and harmony in our common homeland.
The Head of State has drawn attention to Almaty’s special role in Kazakhstan’s history and recalled that it was here that the independence of our state was proclaimed.
- Almaty has always been distinguished by a special aura. Almaty is a unique brand, a sample of genuine internationalism. Today, the city is the business, financial, cultural, and educational and tourist centre of the country. Almaty is also a center of attraction for small and medium-sized businesses, which creates jobs and generates revenues of the city budget, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said.
The President focused on improving the welfare of people and the prospects for Almaty’s socio-economic progress.
- We will have to solve together environmental issues and air quality, infrastructure and public safety. Our city should be exemplary in terms of comfort for its residents and foreign guests. The time has come for the transition to environmentally friendly technologies for motor vehicles and in the field of energy supply, the Head of State believes.
The President of Kazakhstan stressed that thanks to mutual respect, solidarity and creative work of representatives of all ethnic groups, we were able to strengthen our independence and achieve economic success.
- Today, every citizen of Kazakhstan, regardless of ethnicity, feels himself part of a single large family. Unity and harmony are the values that our people have saved even during the most difficult years. “Unity in diversity” is the essence of our policy. Only together, by our diligence and perseverance, can we build a strong and prosperous state, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said.
The Head of State congratulated all those present on the Day of Unity of Kazakhstan’s Nation and wished happiness, prosperity and new successes.
The ceremonial event was concluded with a gala concert, which was attended by leading on-stage performance groups of Almaty’s ethnocultural centers and artists of Kazakhstan’s variety art.