Former British PM gives lecture at Kazakh University

Kazakhstan Materials 25 May 2012 14:03 (UTC +04:00)

Kazakhstan, Astana, May 25 /Trend D.Mukhtarov/

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair gave a lecture on challenges and opportunities in the global world to the students of Nazarbayev University on May 24 in Astana.

Blair noted that Kazakhstan should be proud of the 20th anniversary of its independence under the leadership of President Nazarbayev. At the same time he stressed that

Kazakhstan is now at a new stage of its development - economic, social and political.

"The status quo is no variant. Development of a democratic sharing system with competitive parties; responsible, but a free press, a commitment to hard work deserves the reputation of religious tolerance, legislative and other reforms to achieve the rule of law and a struggle against corruption and with systems that support it is necessary," Blair said.

In a conversation with students and staff of the University, the former British Prime Minister said that the country relies on the younger generation, but also believes that the most important thing is to be open to the opportunities offered by the world, and to be able to make the right decisions.

Blair said the students are the future leaders and elite of the country and wished them a successful study. He noted the importance of lifelong learning and the desire for a new knowledge.

The British politician wrote in the honourable guest book, "I am very pleased to be here with you. This is a new and remarkable institution. The future is for young people are not prejudiced and broad-minded. Nazarbayev University demonstrates it."