February 27 2019, the 18th Congress of Kazakhstan’s Nur Otan Party took place in Astana. It was attended by delegates elected at regional conferences, members of the Kazakh Parliament, heads of governmental bodies, national holdings and companies, representatives of the civil society, non-governmental and youth organizations, international organizations, diplomatic corps, primary party organizations, as well as journalists, scientists, artists and Party veterans.
Prior to the main event, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev visited a special exhibition reflecting the current work, internal modernization and history of the Nur Otan Party. The Head of State was briefed in detail on the new monitoring system for the implementation of the state-of-the-nation address and the “Five Social Initiatives” program, as well as the results of the implementation of Party projects. The President of Kazakhstan also got acquainted with the new “Digital Party” system.
As leader of the ruling party, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev delivered a keynote speech at the opening of the Congress. In his address, he highlighted Kazakhstan’s achievements over the past 20 years and emphasized the Nur Otan Party’s role in all the positive changes that have taken place in the country.
The congress approved the Nur Otan Party’s new programme until 2030 titled “Society for Welfare: 10 Goals of the Decade”.
The party’s program is aimed at implementing the new social doctrine of the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev. 10 top-priority goals for the party’s activities are set in the policy document.
The first goal, “The well-being of each Kazakhstani family” is focused on three development vectors – directly supporting Kazakhstani families, improving the efficiency of social support for people with disabilities, and increasing support for retirees.
The second top-priority goal in the program is worded as follows – “Future education available to everyone”. Its main concentration of work is in the areas of the involvement of the best specialists in the education system, and the development of educational infrastructure.
The third goal supposes building “a strong nation of healthy people”. This goal is divided into several sub-items: attracting the best specialists to the domestic medicine, developing the healthcare infrastructure, building a healthy nation.
The fourth goal is “Inclusive Economy”. Through setting up such a target, it is planned to increase Kazakhstanis’ incomes, achieve macroeconomic stability and low inflation rate, as well as technological modernization, digitalization of the domestic economy, and the sustainability of the financial sector.
The fifth goal is worded as “Development of business as a basis for the well-being of the society”. This item supposes the following objectives: reducing the direct government presence in the economy, improving the principles of government support for business, increasing the crediting availability for business.
The sixth goal includes creating “Comfortable living conditions for citizens”. This is intended to be attained through high-quality housing for Kazakhstanis, scaling up road construction, developing urban and rural infrastructure, and ensuring a clean environmental situation.
The seventh goal is “Efficient, citizen-oriented State”. It includes the modernization of the machinery of government, ensuring the security of citizens, reducing corruption, evolutionary development, and strengthening the political system.
The eighth goal is the “Well-balanced society of responsible citizens”. This supposes promoting the modernization values in society specified by the Leader of the Nation, building harmonious social relations in Kazakhstan, and the Party’s active interaction with the civilian sector as one of its main partners.
The ninth goal is “Youth is a generation with large opportunities”. It includes social support for young people, developing young people’s potential, enhancing patriotism among young people, and increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the national youth policy.
The tenth goal is worded as “The long-term political leadership of the Nur Otan Party”. It is aimed at comprehensive modernization of the activities within the Party, building national confidence, strengthening the role of the Nur Otan Party as the main institution of civic oversight in the country, ensuring the political leadership of the Nur Otan Party in the long run.