For every country the celebration of the National Day is one of the most fortunate events of the year, an occasion to reaffirm the unity of the national spirit, to remember the achievements of the past and look optimistic into the future.
On December 16, the Republic of Kazakhstan, a key partner of Romania in Central Asia, celebrates its Independence: on December 16, 1991, Kazakhstani president signed the Law on the Proclamation of the Independence, after the collapse of the USSR.
In more than 25 years of its existence as independent state, the Republic of Kazakhstan has become a respected member of the international community, a driving force in its region – Central Asia. Its diplomacy fulfills with success the mandate as non-permanent member of the Security Council of the United Nations.
This year the Republic of Kazakhstan hosted the prestigious event – EXPO 2017 Astana. Future energy, which provided an excellent occasion to reflect the degree of technological development achieved by the human society.
EXPO 2017 was also an opportunity to bring forward the latest achievements of scientific and technological research and activity, an occasion for exchanges and contacts that will pave the way for stronger cooperation. It is not by chance that the Republic of Kazakhstan was chosen in 2012 to host such a exhibition, a premiere for the region. At that time, the Republic of Kazakhstan proposed to bring together in 2017 flagship projects of technological development and, in the meantime, to reflect contemporary concerns regarding the future of humanity – energy. As President-in-office of the Bureau International des Expositions, Romania contributed to the decision of selection of the Republic of Kazakhstan as the host-country.
The centerpiece of the Romanian Pavilion was Extreme Light Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics. ELI-NP is the most advanced research facility in the world focusing on the study of photonuclear physics and its applications. It was selected among the first most advanced programs presented at Exposition.
In 2017, Romania and the Republic of Kazakhstan celebrated the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations. The event was honored in Astana in July 27, 2017, with the issuing of a Joint Declaration by the minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania, H. E. Teodor Meleșcanu and his Kazakhstani counterpart, H.E. Kairat Abdarkhmanov.
The 25 years of the Romanian-Kazakhstani bilateral relations are marked by intense political, diplomatic and economic exchanges, witness an increase in human interaction and also a multiplication of the links at the level of the two societies, oriented towards a better understanding of each other’s culture and traditions. Education and people-to-people contacts are key elements that can bring support for the values that our countries share, build bridges and facilitate exchanges in areas that surpass distance and geography. There is an increasing interest from institutions and experts from both countries to cooperate in various fields like education, science and culture. Relevant examples could be easily provided, such as the productive activity in Karaganda of the unique in Central Asia Lectureship of Romanian language, culture and civilization. Contacts between well-known Romanian universities such as “Babeș – Bolyai” University, University “Politehnica” of Bucharest, University “A.I. Cuza” of Iași and very important education centers of the Republic of Kazahstan: “Academician E.A.Buketov” Karaganda State University, al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Eurasian National University ”L.N. Gumiliyov” began to bear fruits.
Romania has been a constant supporter of the development of relations between the European Union and the Republic of Kazakhstan. The ratification by the Romanian Parliament of the EU-Republic of Kazakhstan Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement speaks for itself.
Now, it is the right time to convey the best wishes from Romania to Kazakhstan for achieving success in consolidating the national identity and international profile as a thriving country in Central Asia.
Photo: Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan welcomes Teodor Melescanu, Romania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Astana