For peaceful Eurasia

Jan 19. Kazpravda

By Vladimir Kuryatov

For peaceful EurasiaYesterday President Nursultan Nazarbayev met with the heads of foreign diplomatic missions accredited in Kazakhstan.

Summing up the country’s development, the President called 2012 a most successful year in terms of the state foreign policy.

Significant progress was made in economy. In the Global Competitiveness Index of the World Economic Forum, our country is 51st. According to the World Bank, Kazakhstan is among the leading countries in attracting foreign capital. Over last year alone, more than 20 billion dollars of foreign investment came to the economy. As a consequence, in terms of investors’ protection Kazakhstan is 10th, and in the doing business rating it is 29th.

– Along with China and Qatar we are among three world most dynamic economies, – said Nursultan Nazarbayev.

In 2012 Kazakhstan became a member of the UN Human Rights Council, successfully accomplished the chairmanship of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the CSTO. At the initiative of Kazakhstan the UN and UNESCO proclaimed 2013-2022 the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures.

The national team did well at the London Olympics- 12th place in team ranking. Positions were shored up in the CA region and in the world. At the Seoul summit on nuclear security, our country was recognized a leader in the global non-proliferation movement. We have won in the bid for hosting EXPO-2017 under the theme of “Future Energy, ” and availing of the opportunity the President invited other countries’ businesses to share in the construction of the world exhibition’s facilities and preparations for it.

Among the outstanding gains of the year the President tagged the established Customs Union and the Common Economic Space of Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus, and progressive work on building of the Eurasian Economic Union.

He emphasized that the Eurasian integration has not and will not pursue “rebirth” of the USSR that sunk into oblivion. – Integration of Eurasia is our strategic advantage over the global challenges of the third industrial revolution. It is our joint headstart for a new technological order, with Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus remaining independent states and pursuing own national interests.

N.Nazarbayev called speculations on the attempted Soviet Union’s restoration groundless and left-overs of the cold war times’ idea of the world.

The past year, he noted, saw the 20th anniversary of our diplomatic relations with most of the world states. They gave a new impetus to the development of bilateral cooperation with many international partners.

Success in the foreign policy, he went on, would have been unthinkable without the peace and harmony in the Kazakh society, economic growth, improving the quality of Kazakhstanis’ life.

However, as he has repeatedly said, the progress made is no cause for complacency. A new strategy throughout the year 2050 was adopted in response to new challenges and threats, that differ from those at the end of last century, the target of which is ranking among 30 advanced world nations.

Broaching the intended transition to Latin alphabet the President said that it makes the language more usable in the time of information technologies and the Internet. There are no political preferences behind this decision. We pursue multivector humanitarian and cultural ties with all other nations of the world, – said Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Kazakhstan has offered a new format of a global dialogue – G-GLOBAL, – he said.

– You know, I proposed to convene in Astana the World crisis management conference, to work out a global anti-crisis plan. The UN supported the idea in December.

Nursultan Nazarbayev also noted that this year will mark 15 years of the international presentation of the capital of Kazakhstan.

At present Astana has 65 of the 66 accredited in Kazakhstan diplomatic missions. -We are always attentive to your requests and needs, as on your work depend the dynamics of bilateral relations between Kazakhstan and each of your countries, – he said.

On behalf of the ambassadors the doyen of the diplomatic corps- Russian ambassador Mikhail Bocharnikov thanked the President for attention to them.

– I ask you to convey my best wishes to the leaders of the states, governments and organizations that you represent. Once again I want to thank everyone for support to our country in the trying time that we underwent last year, – said Nursultan Nazarbayev, wishing success to the diplomats in their work.