Astana schools hosted open lessons on tenge as part of the campaign marking the 25th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence, where students and guests were able to learn the origin of the Kazakh national currency.  Almaty experts noted the originality of its design, security and a method of coins and banknotes issue. The tenge maintain the highest standards for mints in the Commonwealth of Independent countries. Many thematic exhibitions are held across all regions as part of the same campaign. The expositions display the banknotes and coins of the latest production series. Many samples are made with a unique technology. Coins and banknotes issued by the Kazakhstani Mint, often can be found in tge international collections, and remain an attractive tool for public investments.

 

Gaukhar SANGULOVA, HEAD OF MUSEUM, NATIONAL BANK  OF KAZAKHSTAN:

Degrees of security increase every year with the issuance of new banknotes. And, accordingly, there are still degrees of protection that were applied in our country, and then other countries adopted our experience.

 

Other events within the campaign marking the 25th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence are dedicated to the unprecedented decision of the Kazakh President - the renouncement of nuclear weapons. Shymkent hosts an unusual exhibition: the chronicle of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site and the movement ‘Nevada – Semey’. Exhibition visitors met the witnesses of these events. They noted the leading role of Kazakhstan in the antinuclear movement.

 

Zhussip ALTYNBEKOV, MEMBER OF PUBLIC ASSOCIATION:

I am grateful to Nursultan Nazarbayev that he closed this nuclear test site in time, and that the generation after us didn’t see this horror, as we did.

 

Residents of eastern Kazakhstan strongly support the principles and ideas outlined in Nursultan Nazarbayev’s Manifesto ‘The World. XXI Century’. It is particularly important for them, because nuclear tests have been lasting in the region for 42 years. Kazakhstan was the first country in the world to renounce its nuclear arsenal and is an example for all countries, and the Manifesto is an appeal to the global community, say the citizens of Ust-Kamenogorsk.

 

Lev STARKOV, CHAIRMAN, COUNCIL OF VETERANS:

I think the manifesto can hardly be overestimated. Because it urges to eliminate the weapons of mass destruction.

 

Another event marks the development of key institutions of civil society. NGO forums were held in the regions, including Astana. Their main purpose was creating an open dialogue and consolidation of efforts of the non-profit sector and government agencies. This year, in Almaty 20,000 students joined the youth trade union Parasat, the organization defending the rights of students and addressing their social issues. It was formed by the Kazakh President’s initiative 17 years ago. Today, the trade union brings together nearly 100,000 students from 26 universities of Almaty, who actively participate in the social life of Kazakhstan.

 

Danat ZHANATAEV, CHAIRMAN, PARASAT TRADE UNION:

At the Youth Forum, the participants want to express their support for the President’s policy. We once again want to summarize the steps that we will have to take and turn the independent Kazakhstan into a powerful state, not only in Central Asia but also in the world.