ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev took part April 28 in the 26th session of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan (APK), reported Akorda.kz. The main topic was the President’s recent Five Social Initiatives aimed at improving the lives of Kazakh citizens.
The session gathered 413 of 466 APK members from all the regions of the country. Chairpersons of ethno-cultural associations, members of the Kazakh Parliament and government and heads of central and local executive bodies, political parties, religious associations, non-governmental organisations, scholars, movie actors and heads of the Kazakh media also attended.
Opening the session, Nazarbayev stressed the assembly’s role as the main guarantor of peace and stability in the country.
“Today, the assembly has to fulfil a number of tasks on Kazakhstan’s modernisation path. In March of this year, as part of the social modernisation, I proposed the Five Initiatives. Their successful implementation will strengthen our citizens’ faith in the future, the state, the society and each other,” he said.
The President noted the social unity policy is an important step towards creating a consolidated nation ,announcing 2.6 trillion tenge ($7.9 billion) will be allocated to implement the Five Social Initiatives.
“We have launched five new projects despite the external circumstances, not because we have too much money and resources. We are determined to give new impetus to improving the lives of the people of Kazakhstan,” he said.
The head of state also stressed the initiatives are aimed at solving five of the most important social issues in modern Kazakhstan and the funds for implementing them are direct investments in the future of Kazakh society.
“The 21st century shows that global challenges and threats – social, ecological, technogenic – do not vanish. Now is a different time, when everyone needs to take responsibility for the future,” he said.
Nazarbayev emphasised the nation’s unity is the main condition for creating a renovated nation and congratulated all citizens on the Day of Unity of the People of Kazakhstan, celebrated May 1.
The session included reports by government officials on the progress of social programmes and inspiring speeches by successful Kazakh citizens. It also adopted the Appeal to the people of Kazakhstan, in which the assembly called on the Kazakh people to create a new model of a social state and national well-being.
Lituanicachair and APK member Vitaly Tvarionas Iono and philanthropist Islambek Salzhanov were appointed as new assembly deputies. The Palace of Peace and Harmony, where the event was held, was declared the APK Central House of Friendship.
The session ended with a festive concert, where vocal group IL Canto and Astana’s youth chamber choir presented “Otan Ana,” a new song by Nazarbayev. Famous singer Dimash Kudaibergen and his younger sister Raushan also performed.