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Saturday, October 19th, 2019

Capital city needs to be an example for other cities – Tokayev

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It is essential to pursue Nur-Sultan’s development and achieve even greater glory, Head of State Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has said at a meeting on the capital city, Strategy2050.kz reports.

Our main city is a key and significant project of our country. The famous Kazakh path strategy also known as the Nazarbayev model stems from this city. The capital city built upon instructions from National Leader Nursultan Nazarbayev is still being further developed from year to year. It played host to EXPO 2017, the Congress of the World and Traditional Religions, and others. We will continue the city’s further development. Many have been done, but we will not stop. The capital city needs to serve as an example for other cities. We should do all to raise the living standards of the citizens. Today, our capital, being at the heart of Eurasia, has turned into a major political and economic, cultural and educational center. It is essential to pursue Nur-Sultan’s development and achieve even greater glory, the Kazakh President said.

On his part, Nur-Sultan’s Mayor Altai Kulginov spoke of the changes in and indicators of the capital in recent years.

There has been positive momentum in the social and economic indicators: the last 10 years have seen the regional product grow, the industrial output grow by 6-fold, there has been a positive trend in commerce. The city’s attractiveness in terms of doing business is on the rise. The number of active SMEs has risen by 4, to 125 thousand people, whereas their production volume has approximated at 5 trillion tenge, increasing by 8 times. Since the relocation of the capital 9 trillion tenge has been invested in the fixed capital, 22.5 million square meters of hosing have been built. The last 3 years alone have seen over 2 million square meters’ commission, Altai Kulginov said.

He went on to say that since the year’s beginning the positive trend has been observed in all areas, except for three related indicators.

There are off track with house commissioning, construction activity, fixed capital investment. Nevertheless, there are positive changes compared to the first half-year, thus construction activities have seen a 154% rise, fixed capital investment � by 6%, house commissioning has remained following 8 months. The main task is to tackle the current social and economic issues and complete the ongoing projects in the short run, the Mayor said.

The last year’s meeting was in April and August, involving first Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

This year marks the 21 years of the capital city. The idea of creating Kazakhstan’s new capital belongs to Nursultan Nazarbayev. The capital was relocation from Almaty and Akmola on 10 December 1997 following the 6 July 1994decision. 6 May 1998 saw the name Akmola change to Astana, which further was renamed to Nur-Sultan after first Kazakh President � National Leader Nursultan Nazarbayev following Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s initiative.

Source: Kazakhtan 2050

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