Kazakhstan: international experts on President Nazarbayev’s social initiatives

ASTANA (TCA) — International experts have positively assessed Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s Five New Social Initiatives, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reports.

At a joint session of Kazakhstan’s parliament on March 5, President Nazarbayev addressed the people of Kazakhstan with the “Five Social Initiatives of the President,” which include the new opportunities to purchase housing for each family, reduction of the tax burden to increase the wages of low-paid workers, increase in the accessibility and quality of higher education and improvement of the living conditions of student youth, expansion of micro-crediting, and further gasification of the country.

American political scientist, leading expert in foreign policy, security and international relations, Ariel Cohen, considers new initiatives aimed at social modernization to be the great progress of Kazakhstan.

“The current package of documentary reforms is a big step on the way of social development and stabilization of the social sphere in Kazakhstan. It is very important that the poor receive such broad support from the state, including rent benefits, tax cuts, education conditions and microcredit. It also indicates that the overall level of Kazakhstan’s economic development has grown. This is an evidence of the great progress of Kazakhstan, the people and the President,” said Ariel Cohen.

China also supports 5 Social Initiatives of the President of Kazakhstan.

“The Chinese side supports the social initiatives of the President of Kazakhstan. We are confident that these proposals will lead to an improvement in the well-being of the population,” said Lu Kang, the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China.

In an interview with a Kazakh TV channel, Wang Xianju, professor of the Chinese National University, shared his opinion on the Five Social Initiatives.

“The Chinese people have a proverb: ‘A highly educated person sees far away’. Kazakhstan in this respect is on the right track. Your President Nursultan Nazarbayev pays much attention to the youth. The allocation of additional grants, access to quality education, and support for young people allow your country to receive a generation of highly qualified specialists. And this is the most effective investment in the future of the state,” Wang Xianju said.

The economic effect of the President’s Five Social Initiatives will be manifested in the coming years, Russian economists say. In particular, the reduction of the tax burden and the expansion of microcredit will accelerate the country’s economic growth and will help achieve the goal specified in the Kazakhstan-2050 strategy — to bring the share of small and medium businesses in the country’s GDP to 50%, said Alexander Abramov, professor of the Higher School of Economics (Russia).

Yaroslav Lissovolik, Chief Economist at the Eurasian Development Bank, said that the five initiatives proposed by the President of Kazakhstan, in particular, reduction of the tax burden for low-wage Kazakhstanis, the creation of conditions for obtaining relevant education, and lending for small and medium businesses — all of this will cover broad population with a strategy of economic development.

“Kazakhstan is one of the successful economies in the Eurasian space in terms of reducing income inequality. This kind of measure makes an additional step towards reducing imbalances. This is precisely the strategy of involving the widest possible sections of the population in the economic development strategy of Kazakhstan. First of all, to reduce the tax burden on the poorest segments of the population — here we can say that Kazakhstan is at the forefront of these measures, and we see such tendencies from the point of view of economic policy in a number of European countries,” Lissovolik said.

“The Social Initiatives announced by the President, from gas supply to tax cuts are very important. The number of educational grants will increase in Kazakhstan. This is great news. Kazakhstan needs highly educated cadres who will develop the country. The country has a clear strategy. I am glad that Kazakhstan is confidently moving step by step towards its goal. Kazakhstan is on the right track,” said Axel Fischer, a member of Germany’s Bundestag.

Sergey Kwan

TCA

Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
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Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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