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Saturday, October 20th, 2018

Darkhan Kaletayev opens the plenary session of the forum “ASAR”

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Minister of Religious Affairs and Civil Society of the Republic of Kazakhstan Darkhan Kaletayev opened the plenary session of the tripartite cooperation forum “ASAR”, which is taking place in Taldykorgan these days.

In his welcoming remarks, the Minister expressed his confidence that the ASAR forum platform will become an effective, popular and creative dialogue platform for cooperation between the state, NGOs and the country’s business to address pressing issues for the benefit of society.

The ASAR platform is one of the tools for implementing the Atameken subprogramme of the Rukhani Zhanghyru program. ASAR is a communication tool that ensures the broadcasting of best practices of joint activities of NGOs, business and the state, intensification of efforts and attraction of additional resources and developments, � D. Kaletayev said.

The Minister said that within the framework of the Rukhani Zhanghyru program in 2017, 424 facilities were built by the philanthropists of the country and 377 facilities were modernized for the total amount of 52 billion tenge. 1502 philanthropists participated in this work. A new category of “socially responsible entrepreneurs and investors” has appeared.

The forum is held on the principle of every year – a new region, which allows to reveal the opportunities and trends of trilateral cooperation, both in the country as a whole and in the regions. The first ASAR forum was held in Atyrau in 2017, this year the city of Taldykorgan was chosen as the venue for the latest forum.

So far, this is the only region where a project for the creation of a Community Foundation has been successfully implemented and tested by a non-governmental organization, � Darkhan Kaletayev said.

The ASAR forum in 2018 saw participation of 300 domestic and international NGOs and business companies, 33 speakers, 13 dialogue platforms. This year the forum’s headline is Contribution of local communities to sustainable development of regions. The subject covers tripartite cooperation of NGO-business-state on the example of Almaty region.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan

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