The Presidential Center of Kazakhstan hosted the opening of the stock exhibition "Tenge – symbol of independence" dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the national currency of the Republic of Kazakhstan, DKNews.kz reports.
The event was attended by representatives of the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan, authorized central state bodies of the Republic of Kazakhstan, deputies of both chambers of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, state and public figures, as well as representatives of diplomatic missions of foreign countries.
Opening the exhibition, Director of the Presidential Center of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Temirbolat stressed that currently the tenge is actually a state symbol along with the coat of arms, flag and anthem, and also plays an important role in popularizing the historical and cultural heritage of our people and state. Thanks to the tenge banknotes, the whole world recognized Abai Kunanbayev, Shokan Valikhanov, Abylai Khan, Kurmangazy, al-Farabi, sacred places of Kazakhstan – the mausoleum of Khoja Akhmet Yassawi, Okzhetpes, Zailiysky Alatau.
In his welcoming speech, the first chairman of the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan Galym Baynazarov shared in what difficult conditions and record time the process of formation of the entire infrastructure of the financial market of the country took place at the dawn of independence. Thus, the Kazakhstan Interbank Currency Exchange (now KASE) was established in just 5 months, and the Securities Issuance Workshop in 9. In a short time, the Kazakhstan Mint, a banknote factory and a state repository for gold and foreign exchange reserves were created. A tremendous amount of work has been done to introduce the national currency of Kazakhstan, which today, as 30 years ago, is the most important attribute of the economic independence of the republic.
According to the General Director of the Banknote Factory of the National Bank of Kazakhstan Zhomart Kazhmuratov, Kazakhstan's banknotes have the high quality and degree of protection. This is confirmed by international experts. Thus, Kazakh banknotes have been recognized as the best in the world by the International Association of the Banknote Community consistently for three years (2011-2013). It is worth noting that no country in the world has such a result.
The exhibition presents a selection of Kazakh numismatics - from the first samples of tenge to investment and collectible coins, banknotes that brought the Kazakh currency world fame and recognition of international experts. Along with modern samples of the national currency, the exhibition exhibits authentic coins of ancient Kazakhstan dating from the VIII – XIV centuries. There are more than 200 exhibits in total.
The expositions are systematized by thematic groups:
- ancient coins of Kazakhstan;
- prerequisites for the creation of a national currency;
- cooperation with international financial organizations;
- the Kazakhstan Mint of the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
- collectible, investment and commemorative coins.
At the end of the event, thematic publications dedicated to the national currency of Kazakhstan were transferred to the Fund of the Presidential Center of the Republic of Kazakhstan on behalf of the honored guests.
The exhibition "Tenge is a symbol of independence" will last until January 15, 2024.