Head of state marks successful formation of NGOs over independence
Nursultan Nazarbayev has taken part in the Civil Forum taking place in Astana.
The head of state has partaken in the 8th Civil Forum in Astana. The Kazakh President has visited a site for development issues of NGOs for the first time since 2015, BNews.kz correspondent reports.
"Today's meeting has demonstrated the maturity of the civil society and its readiness to actively interact with the state. Over these years, the establishment of the non-governmental sector has occurred. You must remember the days when we had long disputes, the Government wasn's ready to accept the non-governmental sector - "What is it? Why do they meddle in our affairs?" It stems from the Soviet Union when we were taught that paternalism is a key of the state: once you were born, you attend kindergarten, then school, and you become a pioneer, Komsomol, Communist, after which you enter university, get a job and till death. These are things we used to," said Nursultan Nazarbayev.
The head of state noted that today the number of NGOs has increased by over 4 times in Kazakhstan - from 5 thousand to 22 thousand this year.
"Financing of the public and private order exceeding KZT 20 billion has increased by 65 times. As a result, NGOs' activities cover almost all vital spheres of our society. Now it is important to fully engage the non-governmental sector in all key directions of social policy," said the President.
The Civil Forum is held once in two years to show the current image of the civic society and present the best practices of social initiatives. Within the 8th session of the Forum, 35 thematic sessions in the format of seminars, master classes, roundtables, discussion sites, sectoral meetings with heads of Ministries and Departments will take place to consolidate civil society institutes, to discuss proposals on the improvement of the legal base for cooperation of non-commercial organizations with governmental agencies.
The event aims at stimulating the development of an open dialogue of civic society, governmental agencies, business structures, international organizations, and the expert community.
The Forum will bring together 850 participants to develop civil society institutions, and to update the participation of citizens in governance processes.