Kazakhstan, Astana, Jan. 18 / Trend D. Mukhtarov /
Opening the regular meeting with the ambassadors of foreign countries in Akorda today, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev invited the business circles in these countries to participate at EXPO-2017, Trend's special correspondent reported from the scene on Friday.
"As you know, last year Kazakhstan won the right to host the international exhibition EXPO-2017 in Astana in 2017. I am inviting business circles of your countries to participate in this great project," Nazarbayev said.
Opening the meeting the head of state recalled the main results of the past year.
"Foreign policy is a continuation of domestic policy and while working in our country you have witnessed the dynamic development of the Kazakh economy. GDP growth reached five per cent which is a good indicator in today's world with trade turnover increasing by 12 per cent.
The unemployment rate did not exceed six per cent, while it currently stands at 20 per cent in developed countries, " the Kazakh president said.
He said the reserves of the Kazakh National Fund surpassed $80 billion. The president also reminded attendees that Kazakhstan adopted a new development strategy until 2050, setting a goal to implement projects which will bring the country to a new level of innovative and technological development.
"We intend to develop an innovative spirit amongst our population. We are going to establish a national system of innovation to impart work skills for the latest equipment," Nazarbayev said.
He stressed that intellectual schools have been created in the country where children are taught advanced techniques.
Nursultan Nazarbayev told the foreign ambassadors about the decentralisation and modernisation of public administration in the country.
Addressing the ambassadors, the Kazakh President also invited foreign partners to participate in the Astana Economic Forum in 2013.
"I ask you to convey my invitation to the heads of your states to participate in the Astana Economic Forum which aims to combine efforts for a just world order," Nazarbayev said.
He expressed hope that the 21st Century will be the one when diplomats will be the leaders and armies will not have to correct diplomatic errors.
Nursultan Nazarbayev assured those present that Kazakhstan will seek to remain a haven of peace and reconciliation in the Central Asian region.
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