|Posted by OSCE on January 12, 2015 at 7:10 AM|
In the world of today, gripped by economic crisis, unemployment, financial woes and deep recession, we are seldom confronted by successful stories of countries weathering the storm and creating a better life for their citizens.
Chairman of the Conference on OSCE-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea
In this bleak picture of world economic crisis, we can observe one positive example of a nation in continuous development, an example that must be transformed in a source of inspiration to us all: Kazakhstan.
Just a few days ago, President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan announced to his country and world an ambitious program called: New Economic Policy, that must provide the nation of Kazakhstan with continuous development, economic opportunities and a better future, despite the world economic crisis that is engulfing almost the entire world.
The program in his amplitude and powerful vision can only be ascribed to the US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt plan called New Deal, that offered United States the opportunity to develop and emerge victorious from the world economic crisis of 1929-1933 and allowed US to win the second world war and to impose herself as the leading nation after the world conflagration.
This is the only similar, lofty and all encompassing plan that is rising up to the level of the vision of President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan.
The New Economic Policy (Bright Path- or “Nyrly Zhol” in Kazakh language) is carved on the proven lesson of the economic giant John Maynard Keynes, but is taken in consideration also other factors such as: the economic situation of Kazakhstan, the important geostrategic position of the country and the specificity of Kazakh economy.
The first positive fact that we have to highlighted is the historic proven reality that President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan had already confronted and succeed in elevating his country from the devastating effects of economic crisis of 2007-2009, making Kazakhstan the only Central Asian country and amongst a very select few nations that avoided the devastating crisis of the period in question.
Today with the same acumen and statesmanship, President Nursultan Nazarbayev is creating the bases of a sound economic development policy, carved out of investing in economy, supporting the reconstruction or building of a new infrastructure comprising of: roads, railroads and air connections to unite Western China and Eastern Europe, conserving the banking system and investing in new technologies, education and social projects.
Off course, we have to confess that Kazakhstan is in a perfect shape to confront this new wave of world crisis: is having a perfect economic management, incredible resources and energetic potential and a perfect strategic position and a huge National Fund that can be used for investment and growth.
This platform for future development is not in place by chance.
No, it is the result of the seasoned and sophisticated policies of Kazakhstan leader, that in the time of buoyant economic activity and of oil prices topping the 120 dollars per barrel, did not spend out the money, but collected all in a National Fund, well administrated, wisely constructed, that today is giving to the nation of Kazakhstan the opportunity to develop at a rapid pace, not waiting for foreign loans or investments (difficult to acquire in this time of depression) but by national means and internal investments.
If Kazakhstan of today is a symbol of resilience in time of global economic meltdown, this can be traced back to the time of booming, when Kazakhstan did not wasted money and resources, but wisely collected and treasured them for time of need and now this hour is at hand.
Today Kazakhstan is creating a huge investment fund for development of infrastructure, infrastructure that will allow the country to be better connected, to make financial economies and to offer a better standard of living to all citizens.
If this plan is anything to go by, unemployment will be a difficult word to find in any Kazakh dictionary.
The New Economic Policy is also concentrated in building up an economic giant to be inscribed amongst the most 30 developed nations of the world.
When, five years ago this was looking like a far reaching goal, set up by Kazakhstan leadership, today this can be at the country grasp, as the rest of the world is confronted by a quagmire economic slowdown.
This ambitious program of investing in railroads, roads, and maritime infrastructure and land and air facilities, will make Astana and Kazakhstan the future hub for economic investors and for development in Asia and Europe.
Already the benefits can be seen: as Astana airport has received more than 3, 5 million air travelers per year and the figures are expected to double to over 7 million travelers by 2017.
The continuous investment in Expo 2017 is another proof of the vitality and resilience of Kazakhstan economy in this troubled economic climate and together with the country research, created in high level technological parks in Atyrau and Taraz and university research development is creating the broad vista of an technological giant in the rise.
Tourism will be another launch pad for a country that is enjoying a rich natural diversity, a huge territory, a wonderful landscape and incredible touristic opportunities.
This sector will become, in the future, not only a national prestige and recognition source, but also a major income and job creator in the economy and in this regard the potential of Kazakhstan is as great as the territory of the country itself: enormous.
One cannot stop in observing that: while other countries are putting the social services as risk, in the vain hope that they can make some economy in this field, sacrificing the living standard of their people, Kazakhstan is tacking exactly the opposite road.
The social expenditure will rise offering better education, better housing, better living condition and increasing the standard of living of Kazakhstani people propelling in the mean time the economic growth.
This is not just a wonderful example of social oriented and wise leadership, but also a sound economic policy; wealthier people will work harder, will produce better, will encourage and foster the national economy.
A wonderful lesson of social development and economic benefits is inscribed in Kazakhstan President message.
This ample and visionary policy will without a doubt inscribe the country on the list of the most sought after investor destination.
Already support for the economic development plan and interest in participating in this wonderful economic bustling program was rife amongst foreign investor, with over 100 international companies queuing for participation in the development of Kazakhstan.
We can add to this list the pledges of support from European Bank for Reconstruction, Islamic Development Bank, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank who are lined up, offering to the country the financial support and most of all the confidence vote of the world economic power house enterprises.
President of Kazakhstan-Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev is constructing the model of a perfect country.
Drawing the line, the message of the Kazakhstan leader for his people is a full of confidence one: confidence in the chances to weather out the crisis, confidences in the country future and ability to develop further, optimist in chances of Kazakhstan to continue to be a world beckon of economic wisdom, internal unity and developed and full integrated society.
The readers might ask what is the significance for a wider, world audience of these flourishing perspectives of the nation of Kazakhstan?
Well the answer is clear: if Chinese model of avoiding the economic crisis is based on the huge internal market and the potential of 1, 4 billion people to confront the economic crisis, than what other model can the world adopt to avoid the present-day economic quagmire?
The answer is simple; Kazakhstan model of sound growth, development policies, social expenditure, and internal investment on a market of 18 million consumers is a model that can be applied by the majority of world countries.
When President Nazarbayev outlined his generous vision for the people of Kazakhstan, he outlined what can be a template for world leaders and nations in extracting their nations from the suffering of economic hardship and direct them towards sustainable growth.
In 1933 the world listen, glue to their radio sets, to the message of hope of US president F.D. Roosevelt offering to his people the way out of world economic turmoil encapsulate in a New Deal program, today we can watch on our television sets the message of the New Economic Policy of Kazakhstan and entertain a glimmer of hope: if Kazakhstan can do it, then so we can.
Yes. We can!
|Posted by OSCE on November 15, 2014 at 9:35 AM|
On the indication of H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea the electronic media, video agencies, printed publications and other mass media from 20 countries had offered excerpts from the inteview of H.E.Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kazakhstan to Romania-Mr. Daulet Batrashev.
Kazakhstan President H.E. Nursultan Nazarbayev-creator of free Kazakhstan of today and a true leader of turkic world.
We have the pleasure of presenting to you the full text of the interview of H.E.Daulet Batrashev-Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kazakhstan.
Question: Your Excellency just started Your mandate in Romania, as the first ambassador of Kazakhstan to our country. What is the message of Your appointment and Your vision for the bilateral relation?
Answer: Romania-Kazakhstan bilateral relation is evolving rapidly and continuously in the right direction.
I will just emphasize that in 2012, Kazakhstan President took the decision to upgrade the status of the Diplomatic Mission of Kazakhstan to Romania to the Embassy and now, in 2014, I was appointed as the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Your country.
This is a proof that on diplomatic level the trend is clearly ascending.
I will just add to this the fact that “KazMunayGas International” (former Rompetrol) investment is the largest foreign investment of Kazakhstan outside our borders and we have the plan to continue and develop our investment into Romania.
I will reiterate the fact that the Memorandum between the Romanian State and “KMG International” is creating a bilateral investment fund of up to one billion dollars that will dramatically increase and diversify the investments of Kazakhstan into Romanian economy, creating a solid base for our ever developing bilateral relations.
If we add to this, the reality that our political dialogue is based on a perfect understanding and our recent history is paved with moments that are marking our bilateral friendship such as: the Romanian support for Kazakhstan chairmanship at Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the high level presence of Romanian President and Prime Minister at the OSCE summit in Astana 2010 and we have a dynamic view of this relation.
Kazakhstan noted the enthused European support for His Excellency President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s initiative for creating a platform of security and cooperation in Europe and Asia say`s Ambassador Daulet Batrashev in dialogue with President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea MA,FINS, EDA.
We in Kazakhstan noted the enthused support of Romania towards His Excellency President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s initiative for creating a platform of security and cooperation in Europe and Asia, based on the models of OSCE and Shanghai Organization, that could be beneficial to Romania, Kazakhstan and the world.
Concluding, I will underline the fact that Romania and Kazakhstan are starting their journey on the road for a strategic friendship based on our common political vision, economic interests and common foreign policy principles.
„Kazakhstan foreign policy strides for political dialogue, for creating a climate of understanding, dialogue-Ambassador Daulet Batrashev”
Question: What should Romanians know about today`s Kazakhstan. If Your long time history as the country on the Silk Road, of the state of Kazakh Khans of Turkestan is well known and documented, what is the image of today’s Kazakhstan?
Answer: Today Kazakhstan is a vibrant, modern and rapidly developing country.
President Nursultan Nazarbayev envisioned our country as „a Kazakh snow leopard, enriched with Western elegance, multiplied by our high level of development and wisdom and tenacity.”
I could not find a better description of our vision for Kazakhstan of tomorrow.
Kazakhstan of today envisages becoming the main economic hub between Europe and Asia, between the emerging markets of China and the developed Europe.
Kazakhstan hopes to become the main economic hub between Europe and Asia.
This new Silk Road of riches and commerce will stretch a total of 8,445km, with 2,233km in Russia, 2,787km in Kazakhstan, and 3,425km in China. This modern highway will pass through Aktobe, Kyzylorda, South-Kazakhstan, Zhambyl and Almaty regions of Kazakhstan.
This European-Chinese connector follows the same caravan routes as the Silk Road, the trade “highway” that ran from China to the Middle East and Europe, and saw its greatest use during the 14 centuries.
The new Silk Road will boost trade, commerce and will better and faster connect the land masses of Europe and Asia and will become not only a viable economic initiative, but will also generate work places, will help people rip benefits and have a better standard of life and by this we will enjoy in our regions political stability and prosperity.
This new Silk Road’s significance is far from just being a bridge of trade and exchange of goods, but will create a better understanding and dialogue causeway between the peoples of Europe and Asia.
I want also to draw Your readers attention towards a new concept launched by Kazakhstan under the name of «Silk Wind» project, by launching container train “China – Kazakhstan – Caspian Sea – Caucasus – Turkey – Europe.
According to the concept craved out by Kazakhstan, we envisage that cargo containers from China by railroad will be delivered to the Kazakh port of Aktau on the Caspian Sea. Then they will be loaded on cargo sea ferry and from here they will go to the Azerbaijani port – to Baku, and then again by railroad to Georgian ports where the fright goods will be delivered to the ports of Europe.
This economic concept build by our country within the framework of the diversification of transport and transit routes, was discussed at the conference “TransEurasia 2014″, during the past VII Astana Economic Forum in May 2014, when we have started building an international investors consensus in bringing to light this “Silk Wind” transnational project.
This commercial and economic initiative was completed in the political arena by President Nazarbayev’s appeal for a better dialogue and a common dialogue between Europe and Asia known as the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Europe and Asia.
This is clearly marking the fact that Kazakhstan foreign policy strives not only for economic development and facilitating creation of trading corridors between Europe and Asia, but also strives for political dialogue, for creating a climate of understanding, dialogue, avoiding tensions and conflicts and creating a platform for dialogue between the countries of Asia and Europe.
Our country’s initiative is based on our successful Chairmanship of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe for 2010 and on our prominent track records as members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Eurasian Economic Union.
We are proposing our experience in dialogue and fostering international organization in the service of world peace and development, and we hope that the world is noting this Kazakhstan’s effort.
I would like also to observe our efforts in promoting religious dialogue and better understanding. Necessary to note our successful two year presidency of Organization of Islamic Cooperation, in difficult times, when we helped the Islamic world to concentrate on culture, education and Islamic heritage as unifying factors, as bricks of a better understanding of Islam in the world.
„Convened at the initiative of President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the Astana Religious Conference – CONGRESS OF LEADERS OF WORLD AND TRADITIONAL RELIGIONS – has become the most impressive and efficient world conference that established inter-religious dialogue”-Ambassador Daulet Batrashev.
But Kazakhstan was not only satisfied to preserve its religious legacy but was actively involved in the research for an open and continuing dialogue of religions and traditional religious leaders. At the initiative of President Nursultan Nazarbayev the Astana Religious Conference – CONGRESS OF LEADERS OF WORLD AND TRADITIONAL RELIGIONS – has become with the support and presence of all world religious leaders, the most impressive and efficient world conference that established rules and points for inter-religious dialogue.
President Nazarbayev brought together representatives of religious denomination from all continents and all corners of the world, in an open and long standing dialogue.
The fact that this series of meetings continues to be held continuously from 2003 is self expressing.
Our basic ideas where to use this rostrum is to make a statement of peace, concord and tolerance as stable principles of human existence, to obtain the achievement of mutual respect and tolerance between religions, confessions, nations etc and to oppose to the use of religious believes of people for fostering conflicts.
I hope that our ideals develop further and CONGRESS OF LEADERS OF WORLD AND TRADITIONAL RELIGIONS continues to be a solid landmark in the world of religions.
Question: It is incredible this excurse in what is the role of today`s Kazakhstan in the world, from economy, to foreign policy, culture and dialogue. Your country is continuing leaving a long lasting imprint on the world of today. What are the future plans of Kazakhstan, the heart of Central Asia, for the years to come and Your personal plans for developing Romania-Kazakhstan friendship?
Answer: The future will be undoubtedly bright as we hope to continue all this initiatives destined to develop for Kazakhstan a network of friendship in the world and to enable us to play our role as a force of moderation, democracy and development in the world.
Our main goal is to lead by example. I will recollect, for the benefit of Your readers, the fact that Kazakhstan was the first country in the world to voluntarily relinquish our atomic arsenal, left after the dissolution of Soviet Union, according the Decree from 1991 of H.E. President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
We have, by our own accord, accepted the dismantling of nuclear warheads, the evacuation of material that could be used for nuclear armament and we have stopped nuclear experience in the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.
These are valuable contributions of Kazakhstan to a secure and safer world, a world without nuclear weapons and in 2012 at Seoul Summit we have offered to share our experience to help other nations to embrace the concept of a nuclear weapons free world.
We offer to host a low enriched uranium bank in Kazakhstan under the auspices of the IAEA that will help tackling the issues of nuclear material trafficking and will guarantee the use of nuclear materials for peaceful purpose.
This is another proof of the way that Kazakhstan aims to take action on global stage: leading by force of example.
In our bilateral relations my agenda is rich and amongst my priorities I can enumerate for Your reader’s information the desire to foster our political dialogue, to develop the economical presence of Kazakhstan in Romanian economy on the template of the success that is Rompetrol experience.
“KMG International” is today one of the biggest contributor to Romanian budget with more than 1 billion euro`s annually, offering to Romanian people the possibility for a better life, if we add to this the number of jobs created in Romanian industry and connected jobs, we have a number of around 100.000 jobs offered for Romanian people. I believe that these figures are self-speaking for the beneficial influence that a Kazakh investment is having for the Romanian state.
Kazakhstan it is a wonderful place to visit and to emerge in it.
“We hope that Romanian products find their way to Kazakhstan market”-Ambassador Daulet Batrashev
We can imagine how this relation will be developed, when we start our next investments in Romanian economy, we are already the second foreign investor in Romanian economy and at the end of this investment process we can become the first investor in Your economy.
We are determined also to help Romania balance the bilateral trade with Kazakhstan and we hope that Romanian products find their way to Kazakhstan market. World renowned Romanian products like Romanian wine, agricultural products, high quality industrial products, furniture that is having a long tradition of presence on our market are just a few of the Romanian manufactured products that we will be happy to see on our internal market. Plus I tell the future business partners of Kazakhstan not to forget that our country is the center of a free-tax zone in all Eurasia through the Customs Union so their products find their way not solely to Kazakhstan, but to Russia and Belarus as well.
We are speaking often about the fact that Romania must become the hub for Kazakh products to be spread across Europe and this is equally true for Romanian goods and services that can take advantage of our relaxed laws and regulation and tax free zones and make Kazakhstan the bridge head in conquering, with their products, all of Asia.
It is a daring thought but a realistic one.
I would like to conclude by saying to the Romanian people that You will always have in Kazakhstan a firm and proven friend, and all that we have built in our bilateral relation from economic cooperation, to foreign policy and to diplomacy, must be complemented by people to people interaction.
Kazakhstan is much more than just a normal developed country, it is also a country of wonderful people, of breathtaking scenery and scenic spots, it is a wonderful place to visit and to emerge in it.
Kazakhstan is waiting for You with open arms.