On December 11, 2018, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Foundation held the international conference «Models of modernization in Central Asia. In search of the future. Within the conference the expert group "Almaty club" presented a new document «Modernization projects in Central Asia. In search of the future», dedicated to the analysis of modernization projects developed in Central Asia. The event was attended by experts from Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries, in particular Nargis Kassenova (Almaty), Farkhod Tolipov (Uzbekistan), Abdugani Mamadazimov (Tajikistan), Elmira Nogoibaeva (Kyrgyzstan), etc.
During the conference, the parties discussed the vision of the countries of the region of their future, the ratio of national modernization projects and global trends, strengths and weaknesses in the strategies of modernization of Central Asian countries, common and special approaches in the region. In addition, the discussion raised questions: who are the carriers of the idea of modernization in regional countries, what segments of the population are involved in the process and policy of modernization, the probability of modernization of economies without political modernization?
The event was attended by Deputy Director of KazISS under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Sanat Kushkumbayev, who in his speech noted that in Kazakhstan since independence, all ongoing reforms are officially focused on the modernization of the economic, social and political spheres. In particular, in his annual address to the people of Kazakhstan on January 31, 2017 "the Third modernization of Kazakhstan: global competitiveness" President N. Ah. Nazarbayev noted that today the country is on the way to the "third modernization", thus determining the following periodicity of modernization processes: the first stage – since Kazakhstan gained independence, the second – with the beginning of the strategy" Kazakhstan-2030", the third – since 2017. In General, each period was characterized by its own mechanisms of regulation and adaptation to changing conditions. At the same time, the key message remained unchanged – the evolutionary and gradual reforms.