First President’s Day, celebrated for the 2nd year




On December 1, Kazakhstan celebrated for the second consecutive year the “First President’s Day.” The central Asian country feted its long-time leader, Nursultan Nazarbayev, 73, who won the first democratic presidential elections in 1991, with 98,78 percent of votes.
This year, on Day of the First President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev visited the new building of the Nazarbayev Centre. The Centre is a public multifunctional scientific, analytical, humanitarian and educational institution.
Extending
global influence
President Nazarbayev is keen to lift his country’s international profile and last year he announced that he believes Kazakhstan will become one of the world’s 30 most developed countries and one of the world’s top 10 oil exporters in the next seven years. Having one of the world’s biggest unexplored reserves of oil, Kazakhstan is certainly in a good position to exploit these to gain greater international influence. Annual economic growth has averaged nearly 10 percent since 2001, and has been credited with ensuring the country’s stability. President Nazarbayev was born in the Almaty region, the son of a shepherd.
Apart from its impressive economic development, Kazakhstan seeks to expand its worldwide political influence on matters of strategic importance as well
In September 17 2013, Kazakhstan launched a bid to join the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent member for 2017-2018.
In his speech, Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov outlined Kazakhstan’s four pillars emphasized in its bid: food, energy, water and nuclear security. Minister Issekeshev added the many reasons why Kazakhstan is ready to be a part of the Security Council. “We have a very solid track record in the area of peace and security. We are convinced that any disputes and conflicts can be resolved peacefully, that peace and security can be achieved by creating a sustainable relationship environment, which minimized the possibility of confrontation,” he said.
Since joining the UN, Kazakhstan has participated in all major events and hosted numerous international forums, including the UN Conference of Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries in 2003, the Conference of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2008 and the 18th session of the General Assembly of the UN World Tourism Organization (UN-WTO) in 2009.
2017 will mark the 25th anniversary of the Kazakhstan.

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