Kaza­khstan’s Suc­cesses Are Uzbek­istan’s, Too

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - WORLD -

20 years is the best age, when you are full of hopes and the strength for their em­bod­i­ment. And for As­tana, it is an ac­tive cre­ative age. July 6 the city will cel­e­brate its twen­ti­eth an­niver­sary, and on that day the lead­ers of Cen­tral Asian na­tions are ex­pected to gather there. In the mean­time, events are spear­headed in Tashkent on this oc­ca­sion, or­ga­nized by the Em­bassy of Kaza­khstan.

Nur­sul­tan Nazarbayev: The trans­fer of the cap­i­tal from Al­maty to As­tana was a geopo­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion for the sake of de­vel­op­ment of state­hood.

The skep­tics, who doubted the cor­rect­ness of this step, were plenty. Still, one can­not but won­der what the rea­son for the trans­fer of the cap­i­tal was, be­cause Al­maty had ev­ery­thing needed for the ad­min­is­tra­tive cen­ter of the coun­try?

Am­bas­sador Ex­traor­di­nary and Plenipo­ten­tiary of Kaza­khstan in Uzbek­istan Yerik Utem­bayev an­swered this ques­tion dur­ing the round­table dis­cus­sion “As­tana: 20 years of cre­ation”. He said, “first, Al­maty is on the pe­riph­ery of the coun­try, and in those con­di­tions when the con­ser­va­tion task was not only the dif­fi­cult con­trol over all re­gions, but also in­ter­na­tional con­sent, as well as the ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of the young state, it was nec­es­sary to lead the coun­try from a ge­o­graph­i­cal cen­ter. Sec­ond, Al­maty had largely ex­hausted the spa­tial re­sources for fur­ther de­vel­op­ment. Thirdly, and this was, per­haps, the most im­por­tant - the head of state was look­ing for a way to raise the spirit of the peo­ple, to make them be­lieve in their state­hood, in their abil­ity to solve big prob­lems.

This was a test for the peo­ple of Kaza­khstan, but at the same time As­tana is a sym­bol of the peo­ple’s faith, em­barked on a far from easy time to erect a new cap­i­tal, in their own strength. Nur­sul­tan Abi­she­vich per­son­ally fol­lowed the progress of con­struc­tion and paid at­ten­tion to ev­ery de­tail. Sketches of some ob­jects even were drawn by him. For ex­am­ple, it was the main sym­bol of As­tana, the Baiterek Mon­u­ment. The Na­tional Mu­seum pre­served the sam­ples of these draw­ings.

For 20 years, the cap­i­tal has be­come a sym­bol of the coun­try’s in­de­pen­dence, the cen­ter of Kaza­khstan’s so­cio-po­lit­i­cal and cul­tural life. To­day it is a mod­ern city with its own ar­chi­tec­tural style, in­cor­po­rat­ing the best tra­di­tions of the East and mod­ern trends of the West. Changes that have oc­curred in the life of the city dur­ing this time re­ally amaze the imag­i­na­tion with its scope and ex­e­cu­tion.

The trans­fer of the cap­i­tal cre­ated max­i­mum con­di­tions for self-re­al­iza­tion and ca­reer growth for en­er­getic and am­bi­tious young peo­ple, the for­ma­tion of a new gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers, ac­tive builders of the new cap­i­tal, they are the ones that model the im­age of the new cap­i­tal.

The en­ergy and power of the peo­ple, who for the first time in their his­tory built their own cap­i­tal, give a strong im­pe­tus to the de­vel­op­ment of the whole coun­try, at­tract the at­ten­tion of the world com­mu­nity. It is no ac­ci­dent that the largest in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions open their rep­re­sen­ta­tive of­fices in As­tana, and var­i­ous events or­ga­nized by Kaza­khstan gather the color of the world’s po­lit­i­cal, sci­en­tific and busi­ness elites.

I will men­tion only a few of the most am­bi­tious events. It is the OSCE Sum­mit, held in 2010 in the cap­i­tal of Kaza­khstan, which led to a sig­nif­i­cant re­struc­tur­ing of the ac­tiv­i­ties of this or­ga­ni­za­tion. Congress of lead­ers of world and tra­di­tional re­li­gions, reg­u­larly held in As­tana, has turned it into an im­por­tant di­a­logue plat­form for rep­re­sen­ta­tives of var­i­ous faiths, in­clud­ing those who are in con­flict.

One of the most sig­nif­i­cant and re­mark­able events is the In­ter­na­tional Spe­cial­ized Ex­hi­bi­tion EXPO 2017 held last year on the topic “En­ergy of the Fu­ture”, which pre­sented the world the lat­est trends in the field of green tech­nolo­gies. 115 coun­tries and 22 in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions took part in the ex­hi­bi­tion. The to­tal num­ber of visi­tors was a lit­tle un­der 4 mil­lion, with an ini­tial fore­cast of 2 mil­lion. And the pav­il­ion of Uzbek­istan was the most vis­ited.”

In his speech, the am­bas­sador noted the great joint work car­ried out in Cen­tral Asia and gave the floor to the chair­man of the Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try of Uzbek­istan Ad­ham Ikramov, who, ac­cord­ing to the head of the diplo­matic mis­sion, makes a se­ri­ous con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of the re­gion with his daily work.

Ad­ham Ikramov: “I was in As­tana in 1998, 2004, 2007, 2013 and had the op­por­tu­nity to ob­serve the de­vel­op­ment of the city. I want to say that the trans­fer of the cap­i­tal is a heroic step of the Kazakh peo­ple, but all in­vest­ments made in the con­struc­tion of this city have al­ready fully re­turned to the coun­try. The wide cel­e­bra­tion of this date is im­por­tant not only for Kaza­khstan, but for all Cen­tral Asian coun­tries. Af­ter all, at­ten­tion to our re­gion at the global level is very im­por­tant for us. To­day we are wit­nesses of how the at­ti­tude of the world com­mu­nity to the states of Cen­tral Asia is chang­ing.

Thanks to the wis­dom and fore­sight of N. Nazarbayev, within a brief pe­riod of time, the young city be­came the eco­nomic cen­ter of Kaza­khstan and a place of bright and largescale events and projects of in­ter­na­tional level.

The Kazakh peo­ple man­aged to re­al­ize in As­tana the his­tory of their in­de­pen­dence, com­bin­ing it with modernism, which re­sulted in in­ter­est­ing ar­chi­tec­tural mas­ter­pieces. All splen­dor of As­tana in 2017 be­came pos­si­ble to demon­strate dur­ing the world ex­hi­bi­tion EXPO 2017, which was vis­ited by mil­lions of peo­ple.

A his­toric event con­nected with As­tana for the heads of Cen­tral Asia was the con­sul­ta­tive meet­ing of the Cen­tral Asian lead­ers held this March in the cap­i­tal of Kaza­khstan. And then As­tana be­came a place of strength­en­ing good-neigh­bor­li­ness, re­spect, de­vel­op­ment of eco­nomic and cul­tural-hu­man­i­tar­ian ties, cre­at­ing projects for the pros­per­ity of the re­gion.

Fo­cus­ing on trade and eco­nomic re­la­tions, I would like to note that it was in As­tana that a his­toric step was taken in the field of busi­ness co­op­er­a­tion be­tween our coun­tries. It was de­cided to es­tab­lish an Uzbek-Kazakh busi­ness coun­cil, which in the fu­ture is called upon to play an im­por­tant role in ex­pand­ing trade and eco­nomic re­la­tions.

The in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the busi­ness com­mu­ni­ties of Kaza­khstan and Uzbek­istan is not cal­cu­lated by the ac­tiv­i­ties that we hold once a month or once a week, it is very im­por­tant for us to par­tic­i­pate in the re­gions. On May 22 in Shymkent we held a busi­ness coun­cil meet­ing. It was at­tended by more than six hun­dred rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the busi­ness com­mu­nity, while they came from all 14 re­gions of Uzbek­istan and from 17 re­gions of Kaza­khstan. This is very sig­nif­i­cant for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the plans voiced by our Pres­i­dent Shavkat Mirziy­oyev to bring the vol­ume of bi­lat­eral trade to $ 5 bil­lion.

Uzbek­istan will con­tinue to at­tach high pri­or­ity to strength­en­ing friend­ship, broth­er­hood and good-neigh­bor­li­ness with Kaza­khstan. Also, mul­ti­fac­eted co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Tashkent and As­tana is im­por­tant; we in­crease the num­ber of flights that will al­low us to bet­ter un­der­stand this young beau­ti­ful city.

On be­half of the Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try of Uzbek­istan I would like to con­grat­u­late As­tana on the 20th an­niver­sary, and wish suc­cess to the heads of state who will gather in this won­der­ful young cap­i­tal on this day in dis­cussing is­sues con­cern­ing the fu­ture of our re­gion.”

Such an ex­ten­sive work, ac­cord­ing to the am­bas­sador, would not have taken place with­out the par­tic­i­pa­tion of par­lia­ments, law­mak­ers of the two coun­tries. In this re­gard, the di­plo­mat gave the floor to the co-chair­man of the Par­lia­men­tary Friend­ship Group Uzbek­istan-Kaza­khstan, Vice Speaker of the Leg­isla­tive Cham­ber of the Oliy Ma­jlis Boriy Alikhanov, who said in his turn: “To­day we are on the thresh­old of an im­por­tant event for As­tana, its best age, full strength and en­ergy. Ac­cord­ing to eye­wit­nesses, ev­ery year it is be­com­ing more beau­ti­ful, grow­ing and de­vel­op­ing. Per­son­ally, I first vis­ited As­tana last De­cem­ber, and in front of me also ap­peared an in­ter­est­ing mod­ern city, one might say, the na­tional brand of Kaza­khstan. Be­fore the trip, I was in­ter­ested in the his­tory of this area, and it turned out that it is very old. Even Herodotus in the first mil­len­nium, de­scrib­ing his route through the great steppe, which later was called the Great Silk Road, which con­nected the East with the West, men­tioned this lo­cal­ity. In the Mid­dle Ages it was called Buzak, then it was called Ak­mola, Ak­molinsk, Tselino­grad, and now As­tana.

In his book The Heart of Eura­sia, Nur­sul­tan Nazarbayev cites 32 fac­tors that jus­tify the trans­fer of the cap­i­tal to the left bank of the Ye­sil River. Among them are na­tional, so­cioe­co­nomic, en­vi­ron­men­tal, seis­mic and oth­ers. I’m not afraid to say that the de­vel­op­ment of As­tana is a model for the de­vel­op­ment of the en­tire coun­try.”

Chair­man of the Na­tional TV and Ra­dio Com­pany of Uzbek­istan (NTRC) Alisher Kho­jayev con­grat­u­lated As­tana on be­half of the Com­pany: “If we talk about the links be­tween the me­dia struc­tures of our coun­tries, I can say that the re­la­tions have been re­for­mat­ted and over the past two years will reach a high pace of de­vel­op­ment. It is clear that this was fa­cil­i­tated by the mu­tual re­la­tions be­tween the lead­ers of the two coun­tries. Their reg­u­lar meet­ings and friendly re­la­tions make it pos­si­ble to timely dis­cuss top­i­cal na­tional and re­gional prob­lems, the so­lu­tion of which can form the im­age of Cen­tral Asia as a sin­gle de­vel­oped space.

In its turn, the Na­tional TV and Ra­dio Com­pany of Uzbek­istan ac­tively co­op­er­ates with the lead­ing tele­vi­sion and ra­dio broad­cast­ing com­pa­nies of Kaza­khstan. This March, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the NTRC took part in the cel­e­bra­tion of the 60th an­niver­sary of the cre­ation of tele­vi­sion in Kaza­khstan. In April, a meet­ing with the del­e­ga­tion of Khabar took place in our com­pany and a mem­o­ran­dum of co­op­er­a­tion was signed. To date, a mem­o­ran­dum of co­op­er­a­tion has been pre­pared and agreed be­tween the NTRC and the Repub­li­can Telecor­po­ra­tion of Kaza­khstan. In May, a me­dia tour was or­ga­nized for the crew of the Na­tional Tele­vi­sion Com­pany of Kaza­khstan on tourist routes of Uzbek­istan. Cur­rently, a spe­cial TV re­port about the Kazakh folk­lore is be­ing pre­pared.

Our work, maybe even in ad­vance, is highly ap­pre­ci­ated by the lead­er­ship of Kaza­khstan. By or­der of Pres­i­dent Nazarbayev, the cre­ative team of the NTRC re­ceived mes­sage of grat­i­tude for the cov­er­age of the Year of Uzbek­istan in Kaza­khstan. This high as­sess­ment will un­doubt­edly serve as a new im­pe­tus in strength­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion, high­light­ing im­por­tant events in the life of the two fra­ter­nal coun­tries.”

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