ASTANA – On April 11, the second regional phase of the national project “My Country’s Destiny is My Destiny!” started in the Almaty region. The second national forum kicked off in February in the Akmola region.
During the first stage of the national programme, all districts sent their best representatives to regional events.
Speakers have become the real heroes of the day: prominent public and political figures, representatives of state agencies, creative and scientific intelligentsia, ethno-cultural associations, veterans of war and labour, soldiers and internationalists, sportsmen and youth leaders have shared their stories. The most worthy speakers will be delegated to Astana for the second national “My Country’s Destiny is My Destiny!” forum to be held as part of the Day of the Capital celebrations.
In Kaskelen, the forum began with a ceremony of laying flowers at the Nauryzbai Batyr Monument. Afterwards, participants and guests were met at the Shapagat Museum at Karasai Batyr school and the historical museum of Kaskelen.
After watching the documentary film, “My Country’s Destiny is My Destiny!” with residents of the Almaty district as the main heroes, Deputy Akim (governor) of the region Serik Mukanov opened the official part of the forum.
“In the most difficult transition period, the first president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, took responsibility for the destiny of the people and the country. Today the experience of our reforms is recognised worldwide as the Kazakhstan Way,” Deputy Akim Mukanov said.
Veteran of World War II and former teacher of Kazakhstan’s president Seytkhan Isayev; Chairman of the Karasai Board of Veterans Sailaubek Kydyraliev; Chevalier of the Kurmet Order, Honorary Citizen of the Balkhash region, Deputy of the regional Maslikhat, Director of the Balkhash district Birlik agricultural firm Abdizhappar Kystaubayev; Deputy of the Alakol District Maslikhat, Chairman of the District Council of Grandmothers, Honourary Education Worker of Kazakhstan Ulzhalgas Dyusenbayeva and Chair of Panfilov’s Irada Farm Suriyam Izimova shared their life stories.
“The power of the people is in unity!” Izimova said. “In fact, we, the representatives of different ethnic groups living in Kazakhstan, are convinced that the most important achievement of the country is an individual. Together we represent Kazakhstan. The unity of the people is the unity of the country… This country has given me every opportunity for a full life; there are all the conditions for growth, development and prosperity. We should be grateful to this land.”
A concert by artists from the regional philharmonic underlined the event.
On April 19, the regional “My Country’s Destiny is My Destiny!” forum was held in Petropavlovsk. A thematic exhibition was organised in the Pogodin Regional Drama Theatre. Special attention was paid to the stand devoted to the life and work of the speakers of the regional forum.
Deputy Akim of the Northern Kazakhstan region Farkhad Kuanganov opened the ceremony by honouring those who by knowledge, daily labour, creativity and dreams have been committed to ensuring that Kazakhstan will achieve its ambitious goals.
“To be a true citizen, a patriot, it is not necessarily to be a superhero. You just have to love your earth, to learn, to work, to do good to people – which means towards the country as well – to be responsible for yourself and relatives, to create a decent family and to bring up good people. An example of this is the life of Head of the Asyl Mura Cultural and Educational Centre, member of the Union of Journalists of Kazakhstan, Honourary Citizen of Zhambyl district Tanat Sugurbayev, who was awarded with a diploma and a statuette in the category “For Active Civic Position,” Kuanganov said at the forum.
Speakers at the forum focused on the need to maintain peace and harmony and called on all people of good will to support the ATOM Project, an international anti-nuclear initiative begun by President Nazarbayev. Actors of the Pogodin Russian Drama Theatre presented the play “Against Nuclear War.”
Meanwhile, forums were also held in the districts of Zhambyl, Kyzyl-Orda, Akmola, Almaty, Aktobe, Western Kazakhstan, Pavlodar, Eastern Kazakhstan, Karagandy and Atyrau regions. A petition supporting the ATOM Project was signed within the forums. In the Almaty region alone, the petition has collected 4,000 signatures.
Forums across the country are held in two stages: the first at the district level, the second at the regional level and the level of Astana and Almaty cities. The first “My Country’s Destiny is My Destiny!” national forum was held in Astana on the eve of the Day of the Capital last year. The initiator and organiser of the event was the Nazarbayev Center, a multifunctional scientific, analytical, humanitarian and educational state institution. The national forum attracted wide publicity, after which it was decided to hold it in all regions of the country annually.
The objective of the forum is to identify and showcase the success stories of people across the country who have made a worthy contribution to the establishment and ongoing development of their region and independent Kazakhstan in general.