Kazakhstan's Path to the Economic Future: Discussion in Geneva


Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan to the UN Office in Geneva hosted a round table to discuss the key elements of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s State-of-the-Nation Address titled “The Economic course of a Just Kazakhstan”. The event was attended by heads of diplomatic missions, representatives of international organizations and NGOs, as well as Kazakh citizens in Geneva.

In his presentation, Permanent Representative Yerlan Alimbayev outlined the ongoing political and socio-economic reforms in Kazakhstan. He presented the measures taken in the areas of human rights protection, ensuring the rule of law and further democratization of the country.

The Kazakh diplomat spoke in detail about the ambitious plans for economic transformation outlined in the Address of the Head of State. Yerlan Alimbayev focused on initiatives relevant to the Geneva platform, in particular, in the fields of energy, transport and logistics, water resources, IT and digitalization. He noted that the implementation of many of them would require strengthening regional and international cooperation.

During the following interactive discussion, experts shared preliminary assessments and proposals for the potential involvement of the expert community and international organizations to implement Kazakhstan’s ambitious but practical plans. They noted the importance of joint work at the regional and global levels for the implementation of the set tasks.

The participants of the round table stressed that the main priorities of Kazakhstan's new economic policy correspond to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and would contribute to the further development of a self-sufficient and diversified economy with the active involvement of international partners.

At the end of the event, Yerlan Alimbayev awarded the former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Ms. Olga Algaerova with a Jubilee Medal “30 years of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan” for her great contribution to the development of effective cooperation between the Republic of Kazakhstan and UNECE. Over the past six years, Kazakhstan's practical cooperation with the UN in such areas as transport, trade, energy, water resources, ecology, innovation and digitalization has strengthened under the leadership of a well-known Slovak diplomat.

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