From the point of view of Poland, Kazakhstan is a remote and quite exotic country. Poles generally do not know much about both modern Kazakhstan and its past – connected with the tragic fate of hundreds of thousands of Poles who were forcibly resettled to Kazakhstan or sent to labor camps in Stalinist times. Currently, tens of thousands of people of Polish origin still live in Kazakhstan. On January 31, the College of Commerce in Radom invites you to the International Lecture of the Ambassador of Kazakhstan. His Excellency, Margulan Baimukhan, will bring us closer to the history and cooperation of modern Kazakhstan. The theme of the meeting will be: “Contemporary Kazakhstan. Economic and educational cooperation between Kazakhstan and Poland. Tourist attractions of Kazakhstan. ”
Kazakhstan is a multicultural country – there are over 130 nationalities. Traveling around Kazakhstan, there is a huge contrast between the rich and modern capital of the country and a much poorer province. Kazakhstan is one of the largest countries in the world – it is 9th in terms of area and is nearly 9 times larger than Poland. Around 18 million people live in it. The main cities are Almaty (former capital, still the main cultural, scientific and business center of the country), Astana (the current capital and political center) and Karaganda (industrial center).
Modern Kazakhstan is open to the world. This also applies to Poland. President Nazarbayev was several times in Poland (1997, 2002, 2016), and in Kazakhstan met with presidents Kwasniewski (1999) and Kaczyński (2007) and Prime Ministers Pawlak (1994) and Miller (2003). Kazakhstan was also visited by Pope John Paul II (2001). A few years ago, A. Kwaśniewski joined the board of advisers to President Nazarbayev.
The leaders of Kazakhstan – rich in oil, gas, coal, chromium, uranium, zinc, lead, etc. – are trying to think about the future. In 2012, a long-term plan for the development and socio-economic reforms “Kazakhstan 2050. Our Strength” was adopted. Astana is the host of the world exhibition EXPO 2017 under the slogan “Energy of the future”. In addition, in January and May 2017 in Astana, talks were held to end the war in Syria and the future of the country (in 2017 and 2018 Kazakhstan is a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council).
Kazakhstan has an interesting policy of educating the elites and counteracting the outflow of the best educated citizens from the country. For the most talented students, the state pays for studies abroad, but only on condition that they return to the country and work there for at least 5 years. If not, they must pay the costs of learning. Generally, however, they return to Kazakhstan and usually stay there permanently because they can count on a good job, good earnings, etc.
We invite everyone interested to the lecture of the Kazakh Ambassador, as part of a series of international lectures, which will take place on January 31 at 11.00 in Hall 1, at the Radom Acedemic of Economics, at Traugutta 61a.
fot. : Krzysztof Sitkowski/KPRP