A Visit to the “City of Peace”

Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan Shavkat Mirziy­oyev vis­ited Kaza­khstan to par­tic­i­pate in the fes­tive event ded­i­cated to the 20th an­niver­sary of the city of As­tana.

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Shavkat Mirziy­oyev, ac­com­pa­nied by Kaza­khstan’s Pres­i­dent Nur­sul­tan Nazarbayev, vis­ited the in­ter­na­tional fi­nan­cial cen­ter As­tana, whose ac­tiv­i­ties are based on the ex­pe­ri­ence of in­ter­na­tional fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions. The cen­ter, cre­ated on the ba­sis of the com­plex of build­ings of EXPO, should pro­mote the de­vel­op­ment of the cap­i­tal mar­ket through­out the Cen­tral Asian re­gion. For its par­tic­i­pants, tax priv­i­leges for up to 50 years are pro­vided, along with sim­pli­fied visa, cur­rency regimes and other pref­er­ences. The head of our state noted that this mod­ern and in­no­va­tive fi­nan­cial cen­ter is a great achieve­ment for the fra­ter­nal Kaza­khstan.

The fes­tive event ded­i­cated to the 20th an­niver­sary of the city of As­tana was held in the Palace of In­de­pen­dence. Shavkat Mirziy­oyev sin­cerely con­grat­u­lated the peo­ple of Kaza­khstan and Nur­sul­tan Nazarbayev on this his­toric date. As­tana is a bright sym­bol of a new, in­de­pen­dent and dy­nam­i­cally de­vel­op­ing Kaza­khstan. In its ap­pear­ance the rich cul­ture and tra­di­tions, achieve­ments of mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture of the Kazakh peo­ple are em­bod­ied. “This city has be­come a ma­jor eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial cen­ter, a plat­form for hold­ing in­ter­na­tional fo­rums and meet­ings,” the Uzbek leader said.

As for the build­ings in As­tana, one can say that many of them were orig­i­nally con­ceived of as unique fa­cil­i­ties that make the city rec­og­niz­able from all di­rec­tions. Hous­ing is not built by in­di­vid­ual build­ings, but by com­plexes, each with its own de­sign, tak­ing into ac­count the sur­round­ing ed­i­fices.

Si­mul­ta­ne­ously with the con­struc­tion, parks, al­leys and squares are planted on the left bank in As­tana. Planted were trees of a va­ri­ety of breeds, many of which had not pre­vi­ously grown in the re­gion. The ex­ten­sive area of land­scap­ing on the left bank makes the city re­ally cozy and at­trac­tive, im­proves the eco­log­i­cal sit­u­a­tion.

N.Nazarbayev wrote in one of his books that “As­tana in­deed has a real chance to oc­cupy its quite large area in the de­vel­op­ment of the ur­ban cul­ture of the world civ­i­liza­tion. But the main and in­dis­pens­able con­di­tion for As­tana’s at­trac­tive­ness as the fu­ture cross­roads of in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian and cul­tural ex­change is that, in ad­di­tion to hav­ing a ma­ture and mod­ern in­fra­struc­ture, the cap­i­tal of Kaza­khstan will be­come a nat­u­ral source of ide­o­log­i­cal free­dom and in­spi­ra­tion.”

It is no ac­ci­dent that in 1999, in ac­cor­dance with the de­ci­sion of UNESCO, the cap­i­tal of Kaza­khstan was awarded a medal and the high ti­tle of “City of Peace”. Thanks to the fact that ma­jor in­vest­ments were made for the con­struc­tion and de­vel­op­ment of As­tana over the years, pri­vate in­vestors were at­tracted, and thanks to the con­stant at­ten­tion of the head of state, the new cap­i­tal of Kaza­khstan quickly turned into a ma­jor cen­ter where world-class events take place.

Pres­i­dent of the Kyr­gyz Repub­lic Sooron­bai Jeen­bekov, Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Ta­jik­istan Emo­mali Rah­mon also ar­rived at events on the oc­ca­sion of the 20th an­niver­sary of the city.

Dur­ing his stay in Kaza­khstan, Shavkat Mirziy­oyev met with the Pres­i­dent of Ta­jik­istan Emo­mali Rah­mon. Dur­ing the talks, the heads of state dis­cussed is­sues of fur­ther ex­pan­sion of Uzbek-Ta­jik co­op­er­a­tion, as well as mat­ters of re­gional and in­ter­na­tional na­ture of shared in­ter­est.

The Pres­i­dents also con­sid­ered the sched­ule for up­com­ing high­estlevel events.

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