When the leader of a nation is pound flag-bearer of its glorious past, and cognizant of the challenges of present times; such as nation is well-placed to plan for and move towards a great future. People of Kazakhstan are lucky to have such a visionary leadership, amidst the ongoing challenging times.
Kazakhstan has unveiled a very comprehensive, broad-based and far-reaching set-of reforms in this latest State-of-the-Union address by the President, Kassym Jomrat Tokayev. I would not hesitate in saying that I find these reforms as a package that can prove to be most effective and fruitful socio-political transformation in the entire post-Soviet space, during past thirty years.
One is pleased to note that the main thrust is on giving people of the country enhanced share and say in managing the affairs of their government and the state. Decentralization of power and authority – particularly a cut in president’s own powers – is exemplary. Enhancing the role of the parliament further is a move in the right direction; giving more of legislative and governance powers in the hands of the representatives of the people. Regional and local councils have been set on a path of independence and self-reliance, which I hope would bring a very positive bottom-up political empowerment. Simplification of the process for registration for new political parties makes wider public participation in the political processes open and participatory.
Perhaps for the first time in post Soviet history until now any government has laid such a specific focus on participation of, and engaging with, civil society including media and NGOs, which can be termed as a super move for grassroots development and political rejuvenation.
All in all, the new reforms indeed set the Republic of Kazakhstan on a very positive trajectory for years and decades ahead.
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