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Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies held an International Conference “National modernization strategies: achievements and prospects”

           On June 15, 2018, Astana hosted the international conference “National modernization strategies: Achievements and prospects”, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of The Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under President of the Republic of Kazakhstan (KazISS).

Director of the KazISS Zarema Shaukenova opened an international conference and welcomed its participants and guests. In her opening speech, she noted that 25 years ago on June 16, 1993, the Decree of President of Kazakhstan on the establishment of the KazISS was signed.

This is the official starting point of our history. For a quarter of a century, all the activities of the Institute are inextricably linked with the history of independent Kazakhstan and the name of the First President of Kazakhstan – Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev. KazISS is the creation of the President to which he has always paid great attention.

 On the occasion of its anniversary, KazISS received a congratulatory letter on behalf of President Nursultan Nazarbayev, which was read out by the Head of the Domestic Policy Department of the Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan (the Executive Office) Aida Balayeva (Congratulatory letter of Elbasy).

Aida Balayeva noted: “KazISS is one of the main research centers of the Executive Office. The expertise and recommendations by this Institute are the basis for most of the country's strategic decisions. In short, there is a clear trace, left by the Institute in the chronicles of the Kazakhstan`s independence. Most of the heads of the Institute and its employees worked in the Executive Office. President Nursultan Nazarbayev himself pays attention to the development of the Institute, constantly monitors its work”.

 Congratulations were announced on occasion of the anniversary of KazISS given by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakhytzhan Sagintayev and the Chairman of Majilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nurlan Nigmatulin. (Congratulatory letters of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Chairman of Majilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan)

National RTV channel "Qazaqstan" prepared a film especially for the anniversary of the Institute which was shown to participants of the conference (film about KazISS).

The First Deputy Chairman of “Nur Otan” party Maulen Ashimbayev who worked as the Director of the Institute since 2000 to 2005, giving a welcoming speech, noted the KazISS’s special place in political life of the country: “Indeed, over 25 years on the basis of research and recommendations of the Institute, many decisions of strategic importance have been made. Many great experts, scientists, and government officials worked here. I remember the five years spent at the Institute with warmth”. He also expressed strong confidence that the leadership and employees of the Institute will make a significant contribution to the development of the country, to the development of important strategic decisions, to preparation of recommendations on the most effective ways for implementation of modernization agenda of Kazakhstan and the country's achievements at the international level.

 From the central government authorities’ side with which the KazISS closely interacts, the welcoming speech was given on behalf of the chief executive officers by the First Deputy Secretary of the Security Council Marat Shaykhutdinov, the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tleuberdi, by the head of Central Election Commission of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakhtiyar Kamalov.    


         The regional Director of the ‎Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan Henriette Kiefer delivered a speech on behalf of the co-organizer of the conference and a long-term partner of the KazISS under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In her speech she focused the attention of participants on the history of cooperation between KazISS and the Ebert Foundation which lasts for 25 years of the Foundation`s presence in the region, on jointly held major international conferences on security and cooperation in Central Asia.

         The KazISS received congratulatory letters from Minister of Religious Affairs and Civil Society of Kazakhstan Darkhan Kaletayev, Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan Yerlan Sagadiyev, Akim of Astana Asset Issekeshev, Akim of Almaty Bauyrzhan Baibek, Akim of West Kazakhstan region Altai Kulginov, Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Kazakhstan, Gabit Baizhanov, Archive of the President of Kazakhstan Boris Japparov, Rector of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University Galimkair Mutanov, Director of the Institute of Philosophy, Political Science and Religious Studies Akhan Bizhanov, Director of the Institute of Economics Azimkhan Satybaldin, as well as from the Institute of Eurasian integration, Institute for Contemporary Studies at L.N.Gumilyov Eurasian National University, “Youth” scientific and research center and etc. The congratulatory letters have also been received from foreign partners – Director of the Institute for Strategic and Interregional Studies under the President of Uzbekistan Vladimir Norov, the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of Azerbaijan Farhad Mammadov, Director of the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Khudoberdi Kholiknazarov, Charge d'Affaires of the Embassy of China in Kazakhstan Liu Jiangping and etc.


 For 25-year history the KazISS has been supervised by eight Directors – Umirserik Kasenov, Lev Tarakov, Alma Sultangalieva, Yermukhamet Yertysbayev, Maulen Ashimbayev, Bulat Sultanov, Yerlan Karin, Zarema Shaukenova. The Directors of KazISS gathered together at a solemn event for the first time.

         The plenary session was addressed by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Republic of Belarus Yermukhamet Yertysbayev and Chairman of the Board of QRTC "Kazakhstan" Yerlan Karin.


For the Anniversary of KazISS a Commemorative medal - "25th anniversary of Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan" was instituted as recognition and gratitude to those who have contributed to the strengthening and development of KazISS for many years.

         At the solemn ceremony the medals were awarded to the guests of the conference - Marat Shaikhutdinov, Aida Balaeva, Lev Tarakov, Alma Sultangalieva, Yermukhamet Yertysbayev, Maulen Ashimbayev, Bulat Sultanov, Yerlan Karin, Toleutai Suleimenov, Zhapsarbai Kuanyshev, Anatoly Bashmakov, Sultan Akimbekov, Konstantin Syroezhkin, Klara Hafizova, Berik Abdygaliuly, Sanat Kushkumbayev, Henriette Kiefer, Muratbek Imanaliev, Farhad Mamadov, Ji Zhiye, Vladimir Norov.


         After the plenary session, the work of the international conference was continued in the framework of three panel sessions.


         Panel 1. Social modernization - the main vector of development of the state. Moderator: Sanat Kushkumbayev.

         Main issues of discussion: World and regional experience in the implementation of social policy: potential opportunities and hidden reserves. Economic, ideological and valuable measures of social policy. How effective citizens today can use opportunities provided by States? Social state in conditions of transformation of the world order.

         Speakers: Director of the Institute for Strategic and Interregional Studies under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Vladimir Norov, Director of the Institute of Asian studies, editor-in-chief of the journal “The Center of Asia" Sultan Akimbekov, First Deputy Director of the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Saifullo Safarov, Director of the Institute of Central Asia of the Chinese Academy of Contemporary International Relations Ding Xiaoxing, Director of the Center for Central Asia and Afghanistan Studies of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Russia Andrey Kazantsev.


       Panel 2. National identity in the context of globalization: socio-economic, cultural and civilizational aspects. Moderator: Konstantin Syroezhkin.


Main issues of discussion: Development of civic identity and intercultural dialogue as a mechanism to strengthen national self-identification. The preservation of the national code by encouraging of the regional community.  Strategies for peaceful coexistence of global trends and national identity. National consciousness and the issues of consolidation of  the society and state.


 Speakers: Senior expert of the Institute for Asian Studies Alma Sultangaliyeva, Leading research fellow of the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Afsana Mamedova, Director of the «Ma’No» Center of Research Initiatives Bakhtier Ergashev, Director of the Research Institute for Innovation Economy Magbat Spanov, Head of scientific researches at “Dialogue of Civilizations” Research Institute Alexey Malashenko, Chief Research Fellow of the KazISS under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Irina Chernykh.

         Panel 3. Digital society: challenges and trends. Moderator: Alua Zholdybalina


Main issues of discussion were: Digitalization in figures: the ratio of costs and planned effects. Public and private management: smart regulation of «smart technologies». The role of human capital. Digital economy: state and prospects.


  Speakers: Head of Internet Association of Kazakhstan Shavkat Sabirov, Advisor to Chairman of the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan Aidarkhan Kussainov, Director of the Center for actual studies «Alternative» Andrey Chebotarev, Leading expert of the Center for Military-Strategic Studies Marat Shibutov, Chief research fellow of the KazISS under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Lesya Karataeva

         In conclusion, the Director of KazISS Zarema Shaukenova summed up the results of the international conference, thanked all the participants and guests for fruitful work, interesting and interesting speeches, emphasizing that the history of KazISS opened a new page - the first conference on modernization strategies was held. And exactly in a year we again wait for everyone at the annual conference of KazISS.



Watch: Video about the International Conference

The conference received wide media coverage:


2)      https://www.inform.kz/ru/kazahstanskiy-institut-strategicheskih-issledovaniy-pri-prezidente-rk-otmechaet-svoe-25-letie_a3289911

3)      http://www.uzembassy.kz/ru/article/delegaciya-respubliki-uzbekistan-prinyala-uchastie-v-mezhdunarodnoy-konferencii-nacionalnye-strategii-modernizacii-dostizheniya-i-perspektivy

4)      https://liter.kz/ru/articles/show/47513-kisi_kuznica_kadrov_

5)      http://www.kazpravda.kz/fresh/view/dostizheniya-i-perspektivi/

6)      http://24.kz/ru/news/vypuski-novostej/item/247019-vypusk-novostej-16-00-ot-15-06-2018  

7)      https://kaztrk.kz/news/bastyaqparat/15062018-aqparat-1700-tolyq-nusqa-114068


         The following publications in the Mass Media were devoted to the anniversary of KazISS under the President:

1)      ИСПОЛНИЛОСЬ 25 ЛЕТ КАЗАХСТАНСКОМУ ИНСТИТУТУ СТРАТЕГИЧЕСКИХ ИССЛЕДОВАНИЙ ПРИ ПРЕЗИДЕНТЕ РЕСПУБЛИКИ КАЗАХСТАН // https://www.altyn-orda.kz/ispolnilos-25-let-kazahstanskomu-institutu-strategicheskih-issledovanij-pri-prezidente-respubliki-kazahstan/

2)      З. Шаукенова. КИСИ: ВЧЕРА, СЕГОДНЯ, ЗАВТРА // https://liter.kz/ru/articles/show/47511-kisi_vchera_segodnya_zavtra

3)      З. Шаукенова. В УНИСОН С ЖИЗНЬЮ СТРАНЫ // http://www.kazpravda.kz/fresh/view/v-unison-s-zhiznu-strani/

4)      Н. Сейдін. СТРАТЕГИЯ САРДАРЫНА АЙНАЛҒАН ИНСТИТУТ // https://aikyn.kz/2018/06/15/56574.html

5)      С. Акимбеков. ЗА ИНТЕЛЛЕКТУАЛЬНОЙ ВИТРИНОЙ СТРАНЫ... // https://camonitor.kz/31285-za-intellektualnoy-vitrinoy-strany.html

6)      А. Бижанов. ҚАЗАҚСТАННЫҢ СТРАТЕГИЯЛЫҚ ЗЕРТТЕУЛЕР ИНСТИТУТЫ-САРАПТАМА САЛАСЫНЫҢ КӨШБАСШЫСЫ // https://egemen.kz/article/170473-saraptama-salasynynh-koeshbasshysy

7)      А. Морозов. Точность - вежливость рыцарей науки // http://www.time.kz/articles/moment/2018/06/08/tochnost-vezhlivost-ricarej-nauki