'Transition to the Latin script will help Kazakhstan citizens successfully integrate into the world space'
Transition to the Latin script will help Kazakhstan citizens successfully integrate into the world space. This is a very timely measure, according to head of the advisory center of the Eurasian Council on Foreign Affairs, Benita Ferrero-Waldner. The department she leads specializes in studying the development issues of the Central Asian states and their relations with European countries.
BENITA FERRERO-WALDNER, EUROPEAN COMMISSIONER FOR TRADE AND EUROPEAN NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICY:
- I think it is a very interesting, modern way of thinking and I think it gives maybe a new identity to the Kazakh culture. So, therefore I can only appraise it. I think it’s a very interesting new move.
Robin Niblett, Director of the British Royal Institute of International Relations "Chatham House", positively assessed the transition of the Kazakh language to the Latin script. The head of the analytical center highlights that this will provide new development opportunities, including for business cooperation of Kazakhstan with foreign countries. Transition to the Latin script will increase the global competitiveness of Kazakhstan, the British expert believes.
ROBIN NIBLETT, DIRECTOR, CHATHAM HOUSE:
- I think in today’s world the capacity to be as connected as possible is important. The Latin alphabet is probably going to remain competitive, let’s call it a Mandarin, for ease of usage. The extent to which countries are not necessarily right at the center of the way the globalization unfolded Kazakhstan’s geographic location has not been at the center of how globalization unfolded.