Independence Day is usually one of the nation’s most important holidays. It tells the story of the nation andrepresents its most important values and Kazakhstan is nodifferent. Today many take the independence for grantedbut the Kazakhstan is must have remembered that it was a fairly rare occurrence in our history.
Usually this important holiday is widely celebrated with large festivities including concerts, exhibitions and competitions and not only in Kazakhstan, but also abroad by our Embassies.
This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic we had to keep necessary precautions. That is wh your celebrations will betaking place virtually.
Kazakhstan has emerged from the shadow of nearly 70-year communist regime in order to establish one of the region’s strongest economies and peaceful nations.
On this day, December 16, in 1991, we started our Kazakhstan Way. We have implemented a great mission –we began our independence. Today, what came just afterthe birth of independent Kazakhstan is already history, receding into eternity. We are judging our past incomparison with our current great achievements.
Twenty-nine years ago, we could only dream that we could grow our economy that high. This year, Kazakhstan isamong the 50 most competitive countries in the world. TheWorld Bank increased the position of Kazakhstan in theDoing Business ranking on ease of doing business by 3positions – from 28th to 25th. Improving the position ofKazakhstan in the Doing Business rating was possiblethanks to the ongoing systematic work of the Governmenton reforming existing legislation, improving the licensingsystem, simplifying business creation procedures, optimizing state control and oversight activities anddeveloping the business climate. Kazakhstan remains a major trading partner of Indiain Central Asia and thesecond largest in CIS region. Our bilateral trade turnoverhas reached 2,7 billion USD over the 10 months of 2020.
Kazakhstan has worked hard to cultivate its abundant natural resources, has built a new capital from scratch, and became a world leader in the anti-nuclear weapons movement and regularly unites the world’s religious leaders in dialogue.
Independent Kazakhstan has been blessed with the resources to build a strong nation. But it has also been thecharacter of the people and policies, such as multi-vectorforeign policy that seeks to develop positive relations withall nations.
Since 1991, the country has joined the world’s most influential international organizations such as UN, OSCE, SCO, WTO, OIC and many regional structures. Kazakhstanhas become the first Central Asian country to be elected to a two-year term in the Security Council in 2017-2018, thehigh-profile and permanent UN body that investigatesinternational disputes and situations that often involveglobal tension. In addition, Kazakhstan has been playing a host to the rounds of high-level talks on the Syrian conflictsince 2017.
Independent Kazakhstan is also moving towards evolutional democratization of the nation. Step by step weare working on strengthening legislative institutions. Lastyear the First President of Kazakhstan– Leader of theNation Nursultan Nazarbayev resigned and in January of 2021 we are preparing to hold first legislative electionsafter President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has been elected inJune 2019. “Serious economic crisis stemming from thecorona virus pandemic has affected many countries andadversely impacted the entire global economy. At thesechallenging times, Kazakhstan has to take effective anti-crisis measures, ensuring sustainable economicdevelopment, social well being of our citizens, andimproving the well-being of the people”, said PresidentTokayev, encouraging all citizens to take part in theupcoming elections on January 10, 2021.
Relations between Kazakhstan and India have exhibited considerable dynamism and momentum. India was one ofthe first countries to recognize Kazakhstan as a free andsovereign state. Diplomatic relations were officiallyestablished in 1992. In 2009, cooperation between ourcountries was brought to a higher level by signing theDeclarationon Strategic Partnership.
At present we are working on arranging the first State visit of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev as soon as the situation with the pandemic stabilizes in early 2021.
The work on improving the conditions for business development will continue, in accordance with the vision of the First President Nursultan Nazarbayev and the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.
H.E. Mr. Yerlan Alimbayev
Ambassador of Kazakhstan to India