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14 February 2017
Meeting with representatives of the public, intellectuals and politicians

The meeting was attended by M.Zholdasbekov, K.Sagadiev, R.Cherdabaev, O.Abdykarimov, B. Izmukhambetov and M.Kasymbekov.

The meeting discussed a wide range of current economic, social and public issues relevant to the population surrounding the constitutional reforms, renewal of agriculture and animal husbandry, health care, science and education, small and medium businesses, as well as the ongoing privatization.

The Head of State, noting the difficult path traversed by Kazakhstan for 25 years of independence, outlined his vision of the main ways of the country’s further development.

- Kazakhstan has become recognizable, and the economy has a positive dynamics. Now it is critical to take advantage of the achievements for the purpose of goals and targets set out in Address "Third Modernization of Kazakhstan: Global Competitiveness," the President of Kazakhstan said.

Nursultan Nazarbayev emphasized the current challenges facing the people of Kazakhstan.

- There are fundamentally new challenges before our society, which has chosen market relations, and the country’s further development depends on the effectiveness of solutions. Innovations are the main issue on the agenda in the era of global economy. Industrial revolution must not come by. We need to be able to apply innovative technologies to our economy, he said.

The President of Kazakhstan emphasized that the goal’s realization requires adequate funding.

- If we do not allocate funds for the innovative technology development, we risk to remain on the margins of the new economic world order. It is necessary to increase productivity through introduction of innovations for mass production growth. In turn, that is only possible in the case of creating and supporting appropriate research institutions, which will be established at enterprises, as well as the country's leading educational institutions. In particular, such research institutes can be created at "Alatau" Innovation Park and Nazarbayev University, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

For their part, those present expressed their full support to the Head of State’s initiated reforms aimed at redistribution of powers between branches of government. In particular, timeliness and progressive approach was made emphasis on, aimed primarily at increasing the powers of the Parliament and the Government, strengthening of independence and responsibility.

At the same time, the meeting participants focused on the topical issues of public control over funds spending at the national and local levels, actualization of sectoral programs, land reform, anti-corruption awareness formation and effective implementation of the policy of "zero tolerance" to corruption, as well as the progressive fulfillment of tasks formulated by the Nation’s Plan for five institutional reforms’ implementation.


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