This year marks 20 years since the capital of Kazakhstan was changed from Almaty to Astana. The original copies of many historic documents such as the president’s Decrees on the historic decision and on the establishment of the state commission that handled the responsible mission are kept in the president’s archive. 

BORIS ZHAPAROV, DIRECTOR, KAZAKH PRESIDENT’S ARCHIVE:

- This is the Decree of the President of Kazakhstan, number 3491, 6 May 1998. This decree confirms the renaming of Akmola to Astana. Since that day, our capital is known as Astana.

In 20 years, Astana has become an economic, political and cultural center of Eurasia. The capital is changing from year to year with the construction of unique architectural facilities that reflect the western and eastern influences.

ABDUAKAP KARA, PROFESSOR, MIMAR SINAN FINE ARTS UNIVERSITY:

- I first visited Astana in 2005 to attend the World Kurultai of Kazakhs. I heard a lot about Astana. We read in newspapers that Astana became a modern city and a cultural center in the heart of the Eurasian continent, but seeing it is different.

In 1999, Astana was awarded the title of the City of Peace by UNESCO. The capital has become the global platform that hosts various international forums and congresses where leading politicians, experts and scientists of the world discuss current megatrends.

 ZIYABEK KABULDINOV, DIRECTOR, UALIKHANOV INSTITUTE OF HISTORY AND ETHNOLOGY:

- In 20 years, Astana became one of the most powerful political platforms in the world. Astana hosted the OSCE summit in 2010 and world EXPO in 2017. The Congress of the Leaders of the World and Traditional Religions are held here regularly.

International experts noted that the present image of Astana reflects Kazakhstan’s political independence and economic potential. The Kazakh capital has become the symbol of global success of a young country such as Kazakhstan.

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