Address by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan H.E. Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev to the people of Kazakhstan
Growth of Welfare of Kazakhstan’s Citizens is the Primary Goal of State Policy
Dear people of Kazakhstan!
My annual addresses to the people of Kazakhstan are always aimed at an analysis of our past accomplishments and future challenges, and, most importantly, at our joint search for the best way to achieve our great common goal.
In my 2006 and 2007 addresses to the nation I not only addressed today’s challenges, but also spoke about the future of our development. We should continue our strategic focus on Kazakhstan’s industrialization, on our joining the community of the world’s 50 most competitive nations and on forming a select group of 30 corporate leaders to advise on these goals.
This year I ask that the Government present a detailed report on the implementation of these initiatives.
Last year we took a further step toward the comprehensive economic, social and political modernization of Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan entered 2008 with new economic achievements and a significantly modernized political structure.
New amendments to the Constitution enhanced the role of the Parliament and political parties, the institutions of civil society. For the first time in the history of independent Kazakhstan, parliamentary elections on a proportional basis were held. Nur-Otan won a landslide victory, which for the first time allowed the party to appoint the Government. Administrative reforms underway for some time have been enhanced by the introduction of executive secretariats at Government Ministries. This allows us to assure the stability of the Ministries’ valuable human resources.
Last year the economy grew by 8.5 per cent. Since 2001, the economy has been growing at an average annual rate of 10 per cent, which is quite significant.
We have been able to accumulate a considerable national reserve amounting to 40 billion US dollars, including assets of the National Fund. This significant sum played a special role in maintaining the stability of the nation’s financial system.
The social climate is also stable and favorable. Since 2000, budgetary allocations for education, health care and social security have grown more than five fold. More than five million people are covered by the government’s social security programs, twice as many as five years ago.
We are continuously increasing the amount of assistance provided to our senior citizens. The total amount of pension savings is growing steadily and has exceeded 1.1 trillion tenge.
Social infrastructure is being strengthened.
Updated date: 22-10-2012 09:55