Paris attacks. Another brutal and cynical act of terrorism. This time at the very heart of Europe. The new starting point in history. The point after which the world must radically change global rules of engagement. Erase all differences and conflicts, uniting against a common most important threat – terrorism.
This should not be just words but action. A clear plan is already voiced. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev from the podium of the United Nations took the initiative, the implementation of which, no matter how impossible it may seem at first glance, could put an end to rampant terrorism around the world, which today takes on a truly global scale. Create a unified global network to counter international terrorism and extremism. For starters the Kazakh leader proposes the United Nations approved comprehensive document that would confirm the readiness of all countries to deal with their main enemy – terrorism – the faceless enemy in a war without clear front lines, which makes it particularly dangerous.
A separate article of the plan, but one few people think about, should be resolving the economic problems around the world. The President rightly believes that the current problems, including terrorism, are largely provoked by poor economic performance. This issue also requires a system, a common approach. The idea of global anti-crisis plan has become the object of special attention of the international community for the President of Kazakhstan. The crises of the past years demonstrate the futility of isolationism. The world needs new rules, new more effective treatments for dealing with existing and future crisis. Nursultan Nazarbayev states this treatment very clearly. The world needs a common currency and a supranational global financial regulator, which the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations should become, only with more representatives than the first one to more effective.
Kazakhstan itself, through the efforts of its president – could serve as a model of the changes that President Nursultan Nazarbayev offers to the world. It is the most stable country in the region. Fore mostly in the political sense. This is despite the geographical proximity to one of the key sources of instability on the continent – Afghanistan, whose destructive influence its neighbouring countries cannot always contain.
Kazakhstan is our world in miniature – such as it should be; the world in the not too distant future. A world without nuclear weapons – Kazakhstan was the first country in history to close its nuclear test sites and voluntarily renounce the fourth largest nuclear arsenal by the decision of its leader, creating a nuclear free zone in Central Asia. Today the President of Kazakhstan proposes to repeat this experience in the Middle East – from where the main danger to global the security comes from, and where endless wars generate uncontrolled migration, terrorism and chaos and such a measure is needed most.
As for the economy, Kazakhstan is now a visual aid for many of its theorists. The country managed to come out of the difficult global crisis of 2008-2009 with minimal losses. In the current crisis, Kazakhstan has developed and begun to implement a more radical turnaround plan. The republic’s authorities are not going to stop at treating the symptoms of economic ills. Astana is completely rebuilding the state system proofing it from future failures. The Kazakhstan President’s “100 concrete steps” programme resonates with his revolutionary approach to solving the age-old problems of the entire world. Experts in various parts of the world even talk about the need to take it on board. Thus, the former Minister of Economic Development of Russia, now the head of one of the largest banks and a world-renowned economist German Gref called the plan “one of the best documents that he had ever seen”, noting that after the implementation of even 50 steps Kazakhstan would become a fundamentally different state.
It must be admitted that Kazakhstan, in fact, is already a very different state. Not the one that came into existence a quarter century ago. Kazakhstan is already living in the new future discussed by its president. A new future, which has yet to spread to the rest of the world – project «New Future», which involves ensuring nuclear, energy, water and food security, requires trust, understanding and reforms – which Nursultan Nazarbayev has already embodied in the vastness of Kazakhstan and now hopes with joint efforts from his colleagues from other countries to expand the world. Kazakhstan would be an example of successful implementation of these reforms. This country is developing at a record pace. Even in the period when the external environment was not conducive to growth. Today, the republic is a leader among the CIS countries on prosperity, competitiveness and the business environment. This can be judged by the way, year after year by Astana’s rise in world rankings.
Having achieved such results, the Kazakh authorities do not expect to rest on their laurels, but strive for new heights. An ambitious goal lies ahead – to reach the top thirty most developed countries in the world by 2050. And looking at how Kazakhstan is developing today, under the able and very far-sighted leadership of its leader, there is no doubt that the country is set to achieve its aim.
- Aurora Hardie