MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE RK TO THE PEOPLE OF KAZAKHSTAN
State of the Nation Address of President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, October 5, 2018
GROWING WELFARE OF KAZAKH CITIZENS: INCREASE IN INCOME AND QUALITY OF LIFE
Dear Kazakh citizens!
Over the years of our independence we have achieved a great deal.
Having created a modern progressive state with a dynamic economy, we have ensured peace and public harmony.
We have made qualitative and historically significant structural, constitutional and political reforms.
We have managed to strengthen the international standing of Kazakhstan and its geopolitical role in the region.
We have proved to be a responsible and international partner, in-demand to address regional and global challenges.
Kazakhstan has become the first state among the CIS and Central Asian countries to be chosen by the global community to host the international exhibition - EXPO 2017.
We have built a new capital, Astana, which has become a financial, business, innovative and cultural centre of the Eurasian region.
The population of the country now exceeds 18 million people, with life expectancy reaching 72.5 years.
We have established a strong economic framework.
Over the past 20 years, the country has raised $300 billion of direct foreign investment.
We see the development of small and medium-sized enterprises serving as the foundation for our economic prosperity.
Kazakhstan now ranks 36th among 190 countries in the World Bank Doing Business index.
We have always responded to external challenges in a timely manner and have been prepared for them.
In this regard, I have put forward relevant policy initiatives to modernise the country. Their implementation has become the main factor of our successful development.
Our strategic goal is to join the club of 30 developed countries of the world by 2050.
In 2014, we started implementing a comprehensive programme Nurly Zhol designed to modernise the country’s infrastructure.
Three years ago we announced the Plan of the Nation – 100 Concrete Steps.
Furthermore, we launched the Third Modernisation of the country. Its main aim is creating a new model of economic growth ensuring Kazakhstan’s global competitiveness.
The sustainable development of our country inspires great hope to further increase our quality of life.
We are ready to tackle new challenges.