Incumbent President Tokayev declares the principle of fairness in all sectors as part of his electoral program

Editor’s note: As Kazakhstan approaches the November 20 presidential elections, The Astana Times will contribute a series of articles in the form of reviews and interviews providing insight into each candidate’s election platforms.

ASTANA – The campaign platform of the incumbent president and candidate of the popular coalition Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is based on three principles: a fair state, a fair economy and a fair society.

“We will build a strong government that respects the principles of democracy, the rule of law and equality,” Tokayev said. Photo credit: Candidate’s official website.

Tokayev announcement his election campaign platform titled “A Fair Kazakhstan – For All and For All Now and Forever” on October 26.

The popular coalition nominated Tokayev after collecting 399,809 signatures from people in 17 regions and 3 cities of republican significance, nearly three times more than needed. The popular coalition was established on October 6, and brought together more than 30 non-governmental organizations and parties.

After the announcement, Tokayev said he intended to initiate fundamental changes in the economy, social sphere and regional politics with the mission of building an equitable Kazakhstan.

“The reforms will be an effective response to the aspirations of the people and will ensure our resilience in the face of extreme pressure from external challenges,” he said.

The electoral program gives priority to solving the problem of the shortage of drinking water and strengthening food security. The government will invest more in the education of younger generations.

“We will revive the agricultural sector so that living and working in rural areas is no less prestigious than in big cities. Farmers will become a new driving force for the development of our economy,” Tokayev said.

More than 450 people from all over Kazakhstan, leaders in their fields, actively participate in the campaign and explain Tokayev’s electoral program, the headquarters of the popular coalition reported.

Tokaev vowed to pursue the country’s foreign policy aimed at protecting national interests, enhancing mutually beneficial cooperation with all interested states, and ensuring international peace and security.

Tokayev was born on May 17, 1953 in Almaty and grew up in a family of career intellectuals. He graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1975 and began his career as a service assistant in the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He worked as a diplomat at the Soviet Embassy in Beijing, where he served until 1991 as second secretary, first secretary, and finally adviser. In 1992, Tokayev became the Deputy Prime Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan. Then he was Minister of Foreign Affairs for 10 years over two terms (1994-1999 and 2003-2007). Tokayev then worked as Deputy Prime Minister and then as Prime Minister (1999-2002).

Tokayev headed the Senate of Parliament for more than 10 years, then he worked as Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Head of the European Office of the United Nations in Geneva.

In 2019, Tokayev won the presidential election with a majority of 70.96% and was elected second president of Kazakhstan.

Tokayev Platform Basics

According to Tokayev’s platform, the first principle provides for further political modernization, introduction of professional state and corporate government. State decisions must be taken “in a balanced, open and fair manner, and above all taking into account the interests and demands of society”.

Tokayev said that people’s support will be the main factor in achieving the goals of his electoral program.

The principle of a fair state aims to achieve the creation of an efficient state apparatus, objective and independent courts, the protection of the rights of citizens and the protection of the country.

Tokayev plans to pursue a balanced foreign policy aimed at securing national interests and developing mechanisms to ensure regional security. Kazakhstan will increase its contribution to strengthening the international security system within the framework of the United Nations.

The second principle seeks to build an economy based on the balance of interests and the well-being of citizens, businesses and the state, as well as the efficient use of the country’s resources.

“Oligarchical capitalism in Kazakhstan has generated social inequalities and an imbalance in the internal market. The unscrupulous activity of the monopolists hampered the growth of real incomes of citizens, led them into a “poverty trap” and did not allow the middle class to grow stronger. We will radically change the model of economic development,” Tokayev said.

The reforms will be implemented to achieve a competitive agricultural sector and promote sustainable rural development, provide open transport corridors and logistics, provide reliable energy and digital opportunities. Digital transformation also includes the creation of at least 150,000 jobs in IT companies and the contribution of digital technologies to the economy at 1% of the country’s total GDP.

The third principle aims to create a developed social infrastructure and ample opportunities for the realization of human potential.

“We will build a healthy, educated, hard-working, socially protected and patriotic society… The support of the people will be the main factor in achieving these goals. The more citizens are involved in the implementation of the planned transformations, the faster we will obtain the result. I am sincerely interested in seeing the lives of the citizens of Kazakhstan improve. It is important that this aspiration is shared by the whole nation,” Tokayev said.

A fair social policy is the cornerstone of the Fair Kazakhstan platform. Funding for the construction and modernization of kindergartens, schools, hospitals, cultural and sports facilities, as well as targeted aid will be provided.

The main points of the third principle include:

– social investments will function as direct investments in human capital

– Citizen morbidity will be reduced and life expectancy will be increased as part of health care reforms

– the National Fund will transfer 50% of the annual investment income at the initiative of the National Fund for Children (to children’s savings accounts up to the age of 18)

– a new concept and a law on youth policy will be adopted

Tokayev reiterated that the support of the people will be the main factor in achieving these goals.

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