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13 February 2007
Head of State Nursultan Nazarbaev took part in the work of the enlarged sitting of the Social Council on implementing the state program “Cultural Heritage”, which was held in the Peace and Accord Palace in Astana.

The President viewed an exhibition devoted to the outcomes of the state program “Cultural Heritage” over the period of 2004-2006 years. The exhibition presented Kazakhstan’s archeological heritage, treasures of the ancient barrows, rarity books, archive documents, specimens of new books containing national and world scientific knowledge, and masterpieces of literature.

- In April 2003 in my Address to the people I suggested to implement a special medium-term program named “Cultural Heritage”. Today we are able to summarize its major outcomes. Great work has been done on creating an integrated system for studying the country’s cultural heritage, for recovering important historical cultural and architectural monuments over the past three years. We have started the work on summarizing the centuries-old experience of the national culture and written language, on forming a valuable fund of humanitarian education based on the best achievements of the world’s scientific thought in the state language, - the Head of State said while opening the meeting.

The President noted that the program “Cultural Heritage”, which has caused many responses throughout the world, is a unique one in terms of its scale and historic diapason. In April 2006 a presentation of the program was successfully held at the UNESCO headquarter in Paris.


The Head of State underscored the ideological and statehood significance of the program. It has played an important role in strengthening and broadening the limits of the nation’s historical consciousness, in forming national self-consciousness and identity, in establishing the new cultural historic landscape in the country. The interest of the Kazakhstani people in their history and culture has been rapidly revived. Nursultan Nazarbaev also noted the program’s potential in respect to the growing interethnic mutual understanding and harmonization of international relations in the country.

More than 2.7 billions of tenges have been allocated from the Republican budget for the implementation of the “Cultural Heritage” state program over the 2004-2006 years.

35 memorials of history and culture, including Aysha-Bibi mausoleum, Arystanbab, Abat Baytak, Ismail-Ata, Syrly-Tam, Esimkhan, Shokay Datka, Okshy-Ata, Kara-Sopy, Akkoily mosque-madrasah, Karakozha, Aktas, Ush-Aral, objects of necropolises Shopan-Ata, Karaman-Ata and others have been restored in the framework of the implemented program. Seasonal archeological excavations have been implemented on 30 ancient settlements, villages, sites, burial grounds and barrows in Kazakhstan.

Scientific research expeditions were organized to archives and libraries of the PRC, Turkey, Mongolia, Russia, Uzbekistan, countries of Western Europe in the framework of the program, and some 5000 previously unknown to the country’s science community manuscripts and printed books on the history, ethnography, art of Kazakhstan have been purchased.

Republican scientific-research institutes, museums and libraries conducted applied scientific investigations of unique historic cultural, architectural and archeological sites, which are of a great importance to the national culture. A preparatory work has been performed for publishing “Terminology Dictionary of Traditions and Customs of the Kazakh Nation”.

218 book titles, including unique series on history, archeology, ethnography, new encyclopedic dictionaries have been published in the framework of the program. The Kazakh national folklore, which was formed for ages, has been united with the “Babalar Sozi” series, and the Code “The Kazakhs’ Ancient World of Law” describes the development of our nation’s legal consciousness. A popular encyclopedic dictionary “Republic of Kazakhstan” has been published in Kazakh, Russian, English languages, and also “Dictionary of synonyms in the Kazakh language”, “Orthographic Dictionary”, albums “Archeology in Kazakhstan”, “Medieval towns of Kazakhstan”, five-volume “Kazakhstan’s National Encyclopedia” in Russian.

Academician Karl Baypakov, the director of the Archeology Institute, archeologist Zeynolla Samashev, Director of the National Library Murat Auezov, Director of the Oriental Study Institute Meruert Abuseitova, Academician Seit Kaskabasov, the director of the Literature and Art Institute, writer Sauytbek Abdrakhmanov, writer and State Award laureate Akseleu Seidimbekov, Deputy of the Senate of the Parliament Kuanysh Sultanov, who delivered speeches at the sitting, very high appreciated the outcomes of the implemented program “Cultural Heritage”.

In the conclusive speech the Head of State noted the need to continue the program “Cultural Heritage” and gave an order to develop and implement a new branch program for 2007-2009 to the Culture and Information Ministry, and to allocate the necessary funds from the country’s budget.

- First of all, it is necessary to continue the work, in other words to maximally ensure the implementation of the major objectives of the program’s first stage, having put an emphasis on studying and processing the new data set in order to include it into the thesaurus of science. It is especially important that the new and systemized knowledge will be included into scientific pedagogical practice, in other words the new data must be included not only into monographs and scientific journals, but also into textbooks and study programs of the higher and secondary schools, - Nursultan Nazarbaev said.

The President noted the necessity of propagating the historic cultural heritage in the area of social knowledge and mass media available to wide strata of the population, and also of a wide presentation of Kazakhstan’s historic and cultural heritage abroad.

The President commissioned the Social Council and Culture and Information Ministry with a number of tasks on further enrichment of Kazakhstan’s cultural historic heritage. The Head of State also noted the importance of developing patronage of art in the country.

Extracts from the speeches of the sitting’s participants

Karl Moldakhmetovich Baypakov, academician, the director of the Archeology Institute.

- Variety and richness of cultural heritage is a fundamental sign of a civilized society, the integration component of national self-consciousness. The state program “Cultural Heritage” of Kazakhstan was initiated by our President in 2004. Summarizing its outcomes, speaking about what and how much has been done, I would like to say that we have all reasons to call this program a unique one. The program concentrated our attention on major issues of our cultural heritage, studying history and that important contribution, which was made by our country to the treasury of the world civilization. Work under the program “Cultural Heritage” has demonstrated that all population strata are involved into the program. It has become a really nationwide one. Universities, schools, elderly, students, everyone wished to contribute to the program. Study of cultural heritage has become a vital need to our nation. By raising our national self-consciousness and studying our cultural heritage we are moving forward to the group of the 50 most competitive countries in the world.

Meruert Kuatovna Abuseitova, the director of the Oriental studies Institute.

- I think this is a historic event in the life of our country. Today our state faces the problem to upgrade education, science, culture to the high world level. I suppose you will agree that the state program “Cultural Heritage” has helped resolve this problem. We need to improve Kazakhstan’s image abroad, demonstrate our richest history and culture. The “Cultural Heritage” program has caused a great resonance. Our foreign colleagues are very interested in the data obtained during the implementation of the “Cultural Heritage” program. Obtained data set is very useful to the development of our education system, to writing textbooks and manuals, which our young people need.

Murat Mukhtarovich Auezov, the director of the National Library.

- We clear see the evident importance of the “Cultural Heritage” program to our science and the nation’s self-consciousness. In the framework of the program we receive reliable evidences of our history. I am sure that this program will be continued. While the first stage was a search, the second stage is inheritance. We must make all the data, obtained or which will be obtained in further work by us, available to the society. In other words, we must fulfill the great mission of inheritance. I am talking not only about popularization of forgotten knowledge, but also about obtaining the new quality of our social consciousness.

Seidimbek Akseleu, writer.

- First of all, on behalf of the members of the Social Council I would like to thank Nursultan Abishevich for the support offered to the Kazakh history and culture. In my opinion, the state program “Cultural Heritage” must be continued. This will assist to the task of raising our country’s competitiveness internationally. The importance of “Cultural Heritage” state program is not restricted only to social humanitarian area. It also has a positive impact on the development of science and technologies in the country. The program “Cultural Heritage” is of a strategic importance.

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