PRESS-RELEASE ON THE OCCASION
OF THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE
OF THE REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN
On 16 December 2006, the Republic of Kazakhstan celebrates the 15th anniversary of its independence.
During this short time span, Kazakhstan has achieved impressive results in its political, economic, social and cultural development.
Kazakhstan has made a significant contribution to the strengthening of regional and international security.
The country has voluntarily renounced nuclear weapons and has become an active champion of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and disarmament. The closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear testing site became one of the first international acts of independent Kazakhstan.
The initiative of the President of Kazakhstan to convene a Conference on Interaction and Confidence-building Measures in Asia (CICA) has gained wide international recognition and has contributed, in a significant way, to peace and security.
Kazakhstan has actively participated in the establishment of the Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zone.
Kazakhstan does not have any territorial disputes with other states, and has established and is developing friendly relations with all its neighbors as well as with states of Asia, Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa.
A Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, convened in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana, has become a tangible contribution to the promotion of peace and the development of dialogue among religions and cultures.
Due to a balanced interethnic and interfaith policy Kazakhstan, made up of more than 130 ethnic groups belonging to over 40 religious denominations, has been able to preserve internal stability and accord and to ensure protection of the rights of all citizens.
Kazakhstan is one of the vigorous advocates of integration processes on the Eurasian continent.
Today’s Kazakhstan is a vibrant economy and a strong and dynamically developing democratic country, which is a reliable and respected partner in international affairs.
Structural reforms, carried out during the years of independence, have radically transformed Kazakhstan. The country’s economy has grown over the last five years at an average annual rate of some 10 percent. The total amount of foreign direct investment into the economy of Kazakhstan exceeds 50 billion US dollars.
Thanks to the economic growth, the Government of Kazakhstan has significantly expanded its social programmes, first of all, in the areas of healthcare, education, employment etc.
Our country has set a goal to join the ranks of the fifty most competitive economies of the world, within the next ten years.
Kazakhstan is confident in its future and strives to play a more active role in the efforts to enhance regional and international security, develop economic cooperation, promote trade and development and ensure the region’s integration into the global economy.