Happy Independence Day Kazakhstan. On the occasion of Kazakhstan’s 29th anniversary of independence, The Diplomatic Informer Magazine SA would like to congratulate the Government and the people of Kazakhstan on
their 29th Independence day Anniversary and wish Kazakhstan well, continued progress, peace, unity, stability and prosperity.

29 years ago the country became a sovereign state after the Supreme Council adopted a law on the state independence of Kazakhstan on Dec. 16, 1991.

Over the years of independence, Kazakhstan has achieved great successes, took a leading position among the members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), became a full and active member of the United
Nations (UN), and strengthened its cooperation with the most influential international organizations.

Kazakhstan has chosen a phased plan for political reform. In the early years, the country formed a regulatory framework by adopting laws “On Political Parties”, “On Public Associations”, “On Freedom of Religion”,
“On the Mass Media” and many others as well as ensuring the fundamental human rights and freedoms of the citizens.

Kazakhstan has emerged and embarked on the path of post-communist transformations under extremely difficult circumstances. The inherited Soviet economy was in “free fall” and the country faced serious task of
carrying out economic reform.

Today, Kazakhstan has taken the lead in
terms of the pace of reforms and the dynamics of economic development, becoming the first CIS member to be granted the status of a country with a market economy and an investment grade rating. The Kazakh government is implementing the program of accelerated industrial and innovative
development in the state.

In 2018, on the initiative of the First President, the Astana International Financial Center (AIFC) began its work. English law now
applies on its territory. The center was created to attract investments to the country. During its period of independence, Kazakhstan has
managed to attract more than $300 billion of foreign investment.

The largest investors are the Netherlands, United States, Switzerland,
France, Great Britain, Russia, Italy, Japan, Belgium and Canada. Kazakhstan is considered a regional leader and strives to take its rightful place among the top 30 states with the most competitive economies.

Kazakhstan is among the safest countries in the world according to the nuclear security rating metric. This was facilitated by the decree of the First President on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test
site on Aug. 29, 1991. Since independence, the country has become a member of authoritative and influential international organizations.
Among them are the United Nations (UN), Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Commonwealth of
Independent States (CIS), Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

Kazakhstan became the first country in the Central Asian region, where the OSCE summit was held in 2010. The sixth OSCE Summit was held in 1999 in Istanbul. The event strengthened the authority of the country and the First President in the international arena.
Kazakhstan is interested in world peace and stability in the region and has taken significant steps in this direction. One need only recall the
Astana peace process to resolve the Syrian crisis, when the warring parties sat down at the negotiating table.

One of the most important areas, besides the economy, transport and energy, is Kazakh cultural community. In 1995, on the initiative of
Kazakhstan’s First President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the Assembly of the
People of Kazakhstan was created, aimed at ensuring social and political
harmony in the country.
Source: Kazakhstan Embassy in Pretoria
Kazakhstan Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Kazakh Invest
Kazakh University