Nearly 82% of Kazakhstan citizens believe that changes are necessary in the country. 88% of respondents support the new socio-political development course. These are the preliminary results of the survey conducted by the Institute for Eurasian Integration. During the international conference in Astana, experts discussed the program article of the Kazakh President ‘Course towards Future: Modernization of Public Consciousness.’ Meeting participants said that Kazakhstan was able to move from a planned economy to a market economy and is now seeking to join the top 30 developed states. In a quarter century, Kazakhstan has undergone two stages of modernization, which gave a powerful leap for economic development.

 

ZAREMA SHAUKENOVA, DIRECTOR, KAZAKHSTAN INSTITUTE FOR STRATEGIC STUDIES:

 - We have the modernization program and national development plan and we need to implement them for further development of Kazakhstan. The President’s article has answers to these questions.

 

Kazakhstan’s modernization requires both the economic development and renaissance of human values. These concern all spheres of life, primarily culture, education and spiritual values, experts say.

 

GANI NYGYMETOV, DIRECTOR, EURASIAN INTEGRATION INSTITUTE:

 - If we want good changes to happen we should start today. This is what the President’s article says. It is an ideological, long-term article that is aimed at changing the public consciousness over generations because it cannot be done in one day or a year, it will take decades. The President wrote a far-sighted article. In fact, it is one of the most large-scale modernizations ever announced in Kazakhstan.

 

International political experts, government officials, activists and scientists talked about the importance of six projects of the third modernization. Among them is the ‘Sacral Kazakhstan’ program that is being implemented across the country. Special commission has already named 100 national and 500 regional holy places.

 

BERIK ABDYGALIULY, HEAD OF ‘SACRAL KAZAKHSTAN’ SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH CENTER:

This program is not designed for rural development or development of culture and science, but for the development of people through history and culture. The main emphasis is laid on the development of human values.

 

This was the first international conference discussing topical issues of modernization in Astana. The organizers believe that such meetings will become frequent and will be held in the regions as well.

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