Kazakhstan could pass the current transition – Nazarbayev
At the pannel session. the moderator asked Nazarbayev about Kazakhstan's transition to a new reality.
President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev at the Astana Economic Forum – Global Challenges Summit 2018 said that Kazakhstan citizens were optimistic about the future, BNews.kz correspondent reports.
At the panel session, the moderator asked Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev about Kazakhstan’s transition to a new reality.
“We are to adapt to a new reality. You told in five key directions. Do you consider such a fast change as a threat or an opportunity for Kazakhstan?” the moderator addressed the head of state.
The President answered the question using the speech of British politician Winston Churchill.
“In my speech, I will make an attempt to deliver everyone what we do and how we have developed after the collision of the Soviet Union. It included 15 republics, Kazakhstan took the 12-13th place after the Russia, Ukraine took the second place. Now, Kazakhstan takes the second place in economics, in rates and so on. Of course, there are difficulties. And, I would tell you that everything is rapidly changing, everything that we did – we prepared for such rapid development that we have right now. Our work on the creation of alternative industry has nothing with mineral resources, our strive to educate the youth, our with to create appropriate universities, all this was prepared for today. As Winston Churchill’s words say: A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. I believe that Kazakhstan citizens, we are optimists. We are optimistic about our future,” said the President.
The head of state underlines that Kazakhstan keeps pace with the times and does not intend to lag behind from modern world trends.
“You know, Kazakhstan has a large territory. The ninth place in the world. But, the population and economy are not large. And, in the Central Asia, the volume of our economy in the region is larger than in other states combined. Also taken together with the Caucasus. We are proud of it. And, taking into account that our economy is not huge in volumes, I believe our inertia should be less than that of large states. That is, we need less time, and rely on it. We are optimistic that we could pass the current transition. And we want to be among the countries that have new technologies, equipment and so on,” said the President.
We note the Astana Economic Forum is an annual central business event of Eurasia. Over 10 years of its existence, it was attended by about 50 000 delagates from 150 states of the world, among them, more than 20 Nobel winners and 30 foreign political figures of the highest level. As part of the congress, more than 300 memorandums and agreements for the amount exceeding 20 billion US dollars were concluded. The Forum’s speakers include politicians, scientists and economists, media representatives and public figures of the world level, representatives of international organizations, financial institutions and business elite.
Fast and significant changes in economies, social sphere, digital technologies, production and consumption, as well as ongoing technological transition became an impetus to create a Global Challenges Summit in 2018 based o the Astana Economic Forum.
Economic growth and resource sustainability, digitalization and urbanization, longevity and financial revolution, global security and cultural shift – these world trends laid on the base of the program of an updated Astana Economic Forum – Global Challenges Summit-2018.