This year the people of Kazakhstan are celebrating a new holiday. December 1 is officially marked in our nation’s calendar as the Day of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

In many countries of the world the first leaders, the founding fathers play a crucial role in development of a country, in uniting a nation and positioning it on the international arena as a responsible member of the global community.

Since the first days of independence of Kazakhstan, President Nazarbayev’s strategic vision and forward looking policy helped to shape Kazakhstan’s modern multiethnic society, making the diversity of the country one of its biggest strengths. Promotion of the multi-religious dialogue through President’s initiative of hosting Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, which will have its 10th anniversary next year, is another testament to the commitment of Kazakhstan to strengthen human rights and universal freedoms around the world.

Economic reforms and the ambitious Programme of Industrial-Innovative Development of Kazakhstan, which were proposed by President Nazarbayev, make Kazakhstan today one of the most favourable countries for foreign investment and trade. Kazakhstan took the 47th place in the World Bank’s Doing Business rating for 2011. Our country had attracted around $150 billion of foreign investment during the independence years. Over a short period of time the GDP per capita in Kazakhstan grew from $700 dollars to $12.5 thousand dollars.

On the global arena, Kazakhstan is a well-known and respected advocate of nuclear non-proliferation. Kazakhstan has been continuously pursuing universal abolishment of nuclear weapons since the time when President Nazarbayev closed Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site in Kazakhstan in 1991.

Kazakhstan’s active participation in various global forums is highly valued by its international partners. During the last three years, Kazakhstan had chaired the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (2010) and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (2011-2012). This year Kazakhstan’s capital Astana won the right to host EXPO-2017.

The impressive achievements of independent Kazakhstan in many spheres are the result of tireless work and strong political will of President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.

On this important occasion Embassy of Kazakhstan to Canada would like to join in celebration of the Day of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.