The priority tasks as outlined in 10 important areas by President Nursultan Nazarbayev in his state of the nation address January 10 represent a great vision of a great leader of Kazakhstan. It shows how a strong dream and a powerful vision paves a strong foundation to build a strong nation. After reading the address and understanding the depth and passion, I am completely sold on the vision of President Nazarbayev.
One can envisage that this programme will benefit and improve the life of an ordinary Kazakh. As this programme gets implemented, Kazakhstan will be a leading country in terms of growth internationally and every citizen will be a proud Kazakh.
As implementation of the President’s priority programme unfolds it will empower Kazakh industry and its business entrepreneurs to become world-class leaders. The programme would lead to increased labour productivity, improved quality of goods and services, would encourage new business start-ups and enhance industrial output through modern and innovative technologies. This initiative of the President will definitely make Kazakhstan a strong and competent business hub.
Development and smart management of infrastructure and transportation systems as initiated by the President would enhance international confidence, increase connectivity and ensure timely delivery of goods and services. Efficient materiel handling and lowered transportation costs would increase profitability and export.
President Nazarbayev has his eyes on making Kazakhstan a smart nation. A smart nation would use its resources and energy efficiently, reduce operational and management costs and overheads. A greater connectivity would encourage international and national businesses to have improved confidence. An efficient and reliable connectivity and access to the world financial, economic, political and latest technological systems would keep Kazakh businesses in line with world trends. The vision of President Nazarbayev for a smart nation would place Kazakhstan on the world map in gold.
The President wants the Kazakh government and public bodies to effectively participate in nation building by simplifying administrative procedures. He is encouraging innovation and development of public policies that would encourage businesses and would improve the life of the citizens. An efficient administration would demonstrate national pride, and adopting systems that demonstrate integrity would improve the confidence of ordinary citizens when working with public bodies. The President wants the government to be accountable of their actions and prepare for self-governance. This is a great initiative that shows that the President’s policies are down to earth and he understands the needs and the difficulties of citizens.
President Nazarbayev has placed a great emphasis on the health and welfare of the citizens of Kazakhstan. A healthy nation is a strong nation. When the top leader of the nation has his focus on improving the life and living standard of its citizens, the citizens would have greater pride and passion, and would pay back to the nation by staying within the country. An improved healthy environment, greater employment opportunities, improved medical systems, healthy living and enhanced possibilities of growth and satisfaction of achieving professionally and financially will encourage the young generation to stay in Kazakhstan. The retained young talented workforce would be the biggest and most valuable national asset Kazakhstan will have for all times. I can clearly see that the implementation of the President’s programme will make every Kazakh patriotic.
The President has vowed to make Kazakhstan self-reliant for food by boosting agriculture as an important sector of the nation. President Nazarbayev’s strategy is on track with his agricultural policies to produce sufficient food for its citizens and lead the world food supply.
The President has touched all aspects and all areas of the nation to make it a great nation. I take this opportunity to congratulate Kazakhstan for having a great leader in President Nazarbayev.
His strong leadership and clear visions are reflected in his straightforward and timely execution. He has already commenced the implementation of his vision through his leadership team.
To encourage international businesses to get established in Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Asia Pacific Trade and Investment Chamber (KAPTIC) was formed to provide a welcoming platform for international companies to collaborate and form mutually-beneficial relationships. STARIN Ltd is a founding member of the KAPTIC.
The author is Managing Director of STARIN, an Australian investment company.