|Posted by European Council on International Relations on April 24, 2018 at 2:40 PM|
rime Minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed on Thursday raised Professor Anton Caragea, President of the European Council of International Relations, to the rank of Commander in the National Order of 27 June.
The Prime Minister raises Professor Dr. Anton Caragea to the rank of Commander in the National Order of June 27.
On April 10, the recipient President of the European Council of International Relations was in official visit in the Republic of Djibouti.
On this occasion, the Prime Minister thanked Professor Anton Caragea on behalf of the Republic of Djibouti for the award of this award and the recognition of the efforts of the Head of State, Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, and his government for the promotion and development of the cultural, diplomatic and tourism potential and assets of our country.
This decoration ceremony was attended by the Minister of Culture, Moumin Hassan Barreh, the Minister Delegate for Trade and Tourism, Hassan Houmed Ibrahim, the Secretary General of the Presidency, Mohamed Abdillahi Waïs, the Chief of Cabinet of the Presidency, Mohamed Abdoulkader Ibrahim, the Director General of the National Tourist Office, Osman Abdi Mohamed, and high level delegates of the European Council of International Relation.
|Posted by European Council on International Relations on November 16, 2017 at 11:25 AM|
Jorge Arreaza Montserrat, The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela succeeded in fruition of President Maduro vision to carve out a powerful message: WE ARE ALL VENEZUELA!
Caracas will become the official world diplomatic capital on the occasion of The International Day of Peace, Sovereignty and Bolivarian Diplomacy proclaimed by President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela.
President Nicolas Maduro appeal for The International Day of Peace, Sovereignty and Bolivarian Diplomacy united the world in a Caracas lead global movement for peace and democracy.
The International Day of Peace, Sovereignty and Bolivarian Diplomacy is the brainchild of President Nicolas Maduro, part of the generally acclaimed Bolivarian diplomacy efforts that are destined to carve out a diplomacy for the people, oriented toward cooperation without confrontation, independence without encroachment and dialogue for peace.
In accordance with Caracas role as a global and multipolar diplomatic rostrum ,The International Day of Peace, Sovereignty and Bolivarian Diplomacy –Solidarity with Venezuela is attended by leaders around the world interested in crafting the agenda for a XXI century without aggression, imperialist ploys, menaces and conflicts.
EUCIR President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, will outline his vision on world summit in Caracas (16-17 September 2017).
Europe will participate fully on the event with a delegation led by President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea in attendance.
Jorge Arreaza Montserrat, The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela has marked in the official invitation letter addressed to Professor Dr. Anton Caragea:
As the Minister of People Power for International Relations I consider with interest your participation in this space of magnitude importance and your solidarity in this historical moment when we celebrated the legacy of dignity and justice of Comandante Hugo Chavez and of President Nicolas Maduro bequeathed to the Venezuelan people and to the Bolivarian revolution.
Before the departure to Venezuela the European Council on International Relations President Anton Caragea outlined his vision in relation with the most significant diplomatic meeting of 2017.
Our presence on the diplomatic and world solidarity event with Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela is carved as a powerful symbol of our commitment with the fight for freedom, dignity and sovereignty of Venezuelan people under the peerless leadership of Bolivarian government and the selfless dedication of President Maduro.
Freedom will prevail! this is the powerful truth that people of Venezuela and President Maduro are presenting to the world gathered in Caracas.
In the world of today Venezuela has become a vibrant example of participatory democracy, prominent exertions for Latin America and global independence and respect for the statehood and national independence, stated President Dr. Anton Caragea.
Caracas is playing host to a giant manifestation of vitality of democracy loving personalities all united under one cry destined to be heard worldwide: Freedom will prevail!
|Posted by European Council on International Relations on November 16, 2017 at 11:15 AM|
La presidencia de Nicolás Maduro a impulso una Venezuela que se ha convertido en uno de los líderes del mundo democrático.
El presidente Nicolás Maduro acaba de regresar a Caracas tras una gira por Kazajstán, Argelia, Oriente Medio (con reuniones con dirigentes de Turquía, Irán, Kazajstán, Rusia y Argelia) y del 16 al 17 de septiembre de 2017 acogerá la CONFERENCIA MUNDIAL: TODOS SOMOS VENEZUELA. DIÁLOGO POR LA PAZ, LA SOBERANÍA Y LA DEMOCRACIA BOLIVARIANA.
La capital venezolana-Caracas acogerá a los líderes interesados en el diálogo y los valores democráticos mundiales en un diálogo global.
En menos de una semana el líder de la revolución bolivariana ha logrado vincular Venezuela con los principales países exportadores de gasolina, logró crear un puente de amistad entre América Latina y Asia Central y será anfitrión de líderes mundiales y jefes de movimiento democráticos que no sólo expresarán apoyo a Venezuela, sino también uso este tiempo para promulgar la diplomacia bolivariana, el concepto esculpido y puesto en primer plano por el presidente venezolano.
La convocatoria a la CONFERENCIA MUNDIAL: TODOS SOMOS VENEZUELA. DIÁLOGO POR LA PAZ, LA SOBERANÍA Y LA DEMOCRACIA BOLIVARIA! es la descripción más completa y exhaustiva de los principales objetivos de la diplomacia bolivariana y debe ser considerada como un punto crucial en el desarrollo de un mundo multipolar, un mundo de democracia y paz.
Con el fin de comprender mejor este llamamiento a la paz mundial, lanzado con la ayuda y supervisión del Presidente Nicolás Maduro, presentamos en su totalidad el texto del mensaje a los pueblos del mundo:
MENSAJE A LOS PUEBLOS DEL MUNDO
POR LA PAZ, LA SOBERANIA Y LA DEMOCRACIA EN VENEZUELA
Nosotros, ciudadanos del mundo, trabajadores, miembros de movimientos sociales, organizaciones de derechos civiles, partidos políticos, académicos, intelectuales y creadores, denunciamos ante la humanidad la conspiración internacional encabezada por el Gobierno de Donald Trump contra el pueblo de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela, su Gobierno y sus legítimas autoridades.
Al amparo un discurso de supremacía racial, intolerancia y guerrerismo que rememora los más oscuros tiempos del fascismo, el Gobierno de Donald Trump, ejecuta una agresión política, diplomática, económica y mediática, incluyendo la opción militar, para desestabilizar la democracia venezolana, derrocar al Presidente Nicolás Maduro, e instaurar un Gobierno sometido a los intereses de Washington. El proyecto de restauración neocolonial en Venezuela pretende despojar al pueblo venezolano de su soberanía y devolver a los poderes globales el control sobre las inmensas riquezas y recursos del país.
Esta conspiración contra un país soberano, abiertamente violatoria del derecho internacional, avanza con el masivo apoyo de las grandes transnacionales de la información, y el vergonzoso respaldo de gobiernos neoliberales y antipopulares.
Desde abril pasado, con financiamiento y apoyo estadounidense – a través de la oposición venezolana- se inició una campaña de violencia política presentada al mundo como protestas civiles y pacíficas. A esta campaña de desinformación se sumó la descalificación mediática de la democracia venezolana ante la opinión pública mundial presentando a Venezuela como una dictadura que viola los derechos humanos y que ha hundido al país en una supuesta crisis humanitaria.
La verdad es que la única intención de esta campaña es derrocar al Gobierno legítimo de Venezuela mediante la propagación de la muerte, el caos y la violencia, al estilo de las llamadas “Revoluciones de Colores”. Desde entonces, más de cien personas han fallecido y más de dos mil resultaron heridas. La violencia política impulsada por Washington ha generado cuantiosos daños materiales y sufrimientos al pueblo venezolano.
La más reciente manifestación de este complot es la desacreditación del proceso electoral llevado a cabo el 30 de julio, en el que más de ocho millones de venezolanos eligieron una Asamblea Nacional Constituyente.
Con la elección de la Asamblea Nacional Constituyente, el pueblo venezolano derrotó la violencia en las calles y ha recuperado la paz. Desde el 30 de julio ha comenzado un proceso de normalización de la vida civil y política, mediante la participación de todos los partidos políticos en las próximas elecciones de Gobernadores, convocadas para octubre.
Con la reciente amenaza del uso de la fuerza militar emitida por Donald Trump, y la imposición de un bloqueo financiero a Venezuela, el Gobierno supremacista de Washington ha escalado el conflicto, declarando abiertamente la intención de “ahogar” la economía venezolana.
Repudiamos la peligrosa escalada de agresiones contra Venezuela por parte de la administración estadounidense.
Venezuela es una nación que desde hace 18 años construye pacíficamente una democracia popular. La democracia bolivariana devolvió al país el control sobre los recursos naturales, ha redistribuido la riqueza en favor de los trabajadores y de los sectores humildes, y ha garantizado los derechos sociales para todos sus habitantes.
El Presidente Nicolas Maduro es acogido en todo el mundo como un mensajero de la paz, democracia y diálogo.
Los logros sociales de Venezuela en educación, salud, protección social, universalización de la seguridad social y derechos de las comunidades originarias, demuestran que es posible hacer más democrática la democracia. Su visión ecosocialista desafía a quienes imponen el saqueo de los bienes comunes de la humanidad por parte de las élites transnacionales.
Venezuela no es una amenaza para ningún país del mundo. Desde su independencia, hace más de 200 años, nunca ha mantenido un conflicto militar, ni ha participado en guerras o agresiones contra otras naciones.
Para los amantes de la paz, y para los pueblos del mundo, Venezuela es un faro de esperanza. Esa esperanza está hoy amenazada por la ideología supremacista instalada Washington. La decisión de la élite gobernante de EEUU es bloquear el diálogo político diálogo en Venezuela y lanzar al país a un conflicto fratricida para justificar así sus planes de intervención.
Alertamos al mundo sobre la grave amenaza para la paz mundial derivada de la obsesión guerrerista de Donald Trump. Una agresión militar a Venezuela, o el derrocamiento de la Revolución Bolivariana, provocará en el hemisferio una crisis de dimensiones históricas en todos los órdenes y quebrará el esfuerzo integracionista, echando por tierra el objetivo de todas las naciones de la región, que han declarado a América Latina y el Caribe una zona de paz.
El mundo debe detener la locura de Washington. En nombre de la humanidad, exigimos a Donald Trump que retire la amenaza de agresión militar y derogue las sanciones económicas y el bloqueo financiero contra el pueblo venezolano.
Por todas estas razones, convocamos a los hombres y mujeres de bien, de todos lugares, ideologías y creencias, a los que sueñan un mundo de justicia e igualdad, a sumarse a la JORNADA MUNDIAL TODOS SOMOS VENEZUELA. DIÁLOGO POR LA PAZ, LA SOBERANÍA Y LA DEMOCRACIA BOLIVARIANA a realizarse en Caracas, Venezuela, el 16 y 17 de septiembre, y a partir de esa fecha, en diversos lugares del mundo.
Esta jornada de movilización mundial aglutinará la respuesta solidaria de los pueblos con la Patria de Simón Bolívar.
Venezuela no está sola. Hoy honramos al bravo pueblo venezolano en su lucha por la paz, el diálogo y su defensa de la dignidad y la soberanía nacional.
Mahatma Gandhi dijo “no hay caminos a la paz. La paz es el camino” y el Ché Guevara, con su ejemplo de humanidad, afirmó “la solidaridad es la ternura de los pueblos”.
Frente a la amenaza imperial y el guerrerismo, digamos hoy con el gigante Pablo Neruda, nuestra bandera y nuestra victoria será la paz.
“Paz para los crepúsculos que vienen … para la ciudad en la mañana, cuando despierta el pan…”
Paz para que Venezuela siga alumbrando el futuro.
|Posted by European Council on International Relations on May 18, 2017 at 10:25 AM|
Building on a successful cooperation on last year’s Europe Day, the European Tourism Academy supported the EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE(ECTT) to organize the Europe Day on Tuesday , 9 May 2017.
2017 EUROPE DAY reception has enjoyed a massive participation and the launch of new partnerships for European Council on Tourism and Trade with DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE.
The reception was attended by over 1000 people from including prominent guests such as government representatives, diplomatic corps in Bucharest, business leaders, academia, and the media.
The celebration started with the Europe anthem “Ode to Joy”. H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea , the Head of ECTT/ Ambassador welcomed the attendees with a brief speech followed by European Tourism Academy Director , Academician Mircea Constantinescu.
Professor Dr. Anton Caragea , the Head of ECTT/ Ambassador welcomes Korean delegation to EUROPE DAY festivities.
The ceremony was officially opened with the traditional cake-cutting by President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea together with Academician Mircea Constantinescu, and High Commissioner for Tourism, Mr. Mark Doda as well as all ECTT accredited ambassadors in Bucharest.
EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE(ECTT ) and European Tourism Academy , in cooperation with its partners would like to thank all the sponsors and European embassies by giving a great contribution to make Europe Day Reception as a memorable celebration of Europe and ECTT accomplishments.
Welcoming the guests for EUROPE DAY 2017
On the fringes of the celebrations and reception was launched the BEST OF EUROPE/BEST OF THE WORLD programme promoting the best products and lifestyle goods from across Europe and the world.
The first company to be enrolled in the product promotion and universal recognition of value was COFINLUXE and DALI HAUTE PERFUMERIE, the creator of WORLD FAVORITE PERFUME for 2017.
Others followed suit like: wine and champagne and sparkling wine producers registered in the fallowing days (European Diplomatic Wine`s partners like HOUSE OF PANCIU who unveiled for you the best European sparkling wines and HOUSE OF WINES COTNARI).
EUROPE at 60! A GOOD YEAR TO CELEBRATE!
The European Council on Tourism and Trade had hosted the formal reception at European Tourism Academy Headquarters on May 9 from 6:30pm to 10:30pm.
Invitees lists included ministers, members of Parliament, justices, senior officials, members of the diplomatic crop, representatives of international and regional organizations and of the civil society, media, development partners and representatives of the private sector.
|Posted by European Council on International Relations on May 5, 2015 at 10:00 AM|
Kazakhstan is preparing to hold early elections on 26 of April 2015, with threecontenders competing for the country top post: incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the challenger from the Communist People’s Party- Turgun Syzdykov and self-nominee Abelgazi Kusainov.
In the preparation of the 2015 election, the country top watch dog-Central Electoral Commission announced that more than 1.000 international observers will be accredited to monitor the elections and more than 10.000 national observers will also control the polling process.
The European Council on International Relations had decided to monitor the electoral process developed in Kazakhstan, on the occasion of April 26, 2015 snap presidential election.
On 20th of April 2015, the preliminary, pre-election report on monitoring the legislative framework and the preparation for the elections, to be held in Kazakhstan, where read open by the team of experts from European Council on International Relations.
The report outlines the fact that: „The Election Monitoring Committee of European Council on International Relations considers that the period of registrations of candidature and the provisions of the law have being full respected and all the necessary procedural steps have being address insuring a perfect democratic character to the first phase of the election procedures.”
After analyzing the constitutional prescription, the laws, the Central and Local Electoral Committee management and prerogatives, the funding operating system , the publicity and equal promotion framework the report remarks: „The conclusion of the European Council on International Relations monitoring Committee is that: the necessary steps in order to insure an honest and balanced electoral consultation respecting democratic standards were fully taken by The Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan.”
The conclusions of the group of experts comprised of parliamentarians lead by Senators Marcel Dumitru Bujor, Ionel Agrigoroaei, Constantin Popa, academicians lead by Professor Dr. Mircea Constantinescu and electoral experts team lead by Mr. Gheorghe Cealfa where received by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President of European Council on International Relations.
Professor Dr. Anton Caragea accepted the findings of the report and agreed with his recommendation: that a team of experts and parliamentarians from European Council on International Relations will follow the Election Day process countrywide, and will supervise the Election Day activities, including voting, counting, and tabulation of results in the Republic of Kazakhstan presidential elections.
Based on this report Professor Dr. Anton Caragea accepted to lead a monitoring mission for Kazakhstan Presidential Election. ″We are not accepting such a monitoring mission, if we don’t have the confidence that the organizing state is committed in respecting fundamental values and democratic process″,
Kazakhstan has fully responded by respecting his democratic commitments and the highest standard of electoral competitions and we hope hat the 26 April-Election Day will be another proof of the democratic standards upholded by Kazakhstan. We will be there to monitor on the site evolutions, stated Professor Anton Caragea, EUCIR President.
|Posted by European Council on International Relations on April 19, 2015 at 8:20 AM|
Europe is determined to promote the values of fairness, open society, free and fair elections and democratic developments by using the example of countries with a positive track record on democratic evolutions like Kazakhstan.
To this aim it was published a new version of the website: DEMOCRATIC KAZAKHSTAN. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS 2015.
In 2011, with the support of European organizations and European Council on International Relations, a first version of the site was dedicated to the PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS 2011, in support of democratic development of Kazakhstan.
The informational site is destined to offer to political analysis, experts, electoral experts a valid insight in the democratic process taking hold in Kazakhstan.
In this moment no real and trust wordy organization is involved in presenting the valid analysis on the strong democratic process created by Kazakhstan and the information available is on the junk category, considers on a rightful base the Kazakh News Agency-inform.kz.
This lack of serious information’s must be addressed with new and perfect directed info.
The http://kazakhstan-elections.webs.com/apps/blog/ accumulates several services including: international ad national news, discussion, videos and related information’s.
On April 20, 2015 the website will unveil the first international pre-election monitoring report on Kazakhstan Presidential Elections 2015 and the website will also offer to the readers a final report and analysis on Kazakhstan Presidential Election 2015.
|Posted by European Council on International Relations on March 11, 2015 at 5:00 AM|
On March 3rd 2015, under the high patronage of European Council on International Relations, European Council on Tourism and Trade and Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation, the Parliament of Romania and representatives of European Parliament hosted the international conference: ASSEMBLY OF PEOPLE OF KAZAKHSTAN-A UNIVERSAL DEMOCRATIC MODEL.
The Conference on PEOPLE ASSEMBLY OF KAZAKHSTAN: A DEMOCRATIC MODEL OF UNIVERSAL VALUE-3 March 2015
The academic conference was subscribed to the traditional strategic friendship that is uniting Europe and Kazakhstan and was destined to highlight to European and international audience the fundamental role of an institution unique in the world and reflecting Kazakhstan specificity: ASSEMBLY OF PEOPLE OF KAZAKHSTAN.
This institution of paramount importance was established in 1995, according to a decision of President Nursultan Nazarbayev and has the role of allowing all national, cultural and religious minorities on the territory of Kazakhstan to partake together with the Kazakh majority in building a society model, in selecting cultural politics and in building an open and inclusive society integrating all citizens.
Today after 20 years of activity, the ASSEMBLY OF PEOPLE OF KAZAKHSTAN had become a model for all the states of the world, a model of resolving minority’s problems and democratic people’s involvement.
The delegation from Kazakhstan ( from left to right):President Serik Akylbai, H.E. Ambassador of Kazakhstan-Daulet Batrashev, senator Serik Bekturganov and deputy Tulesh Kenzhin-caption during the conference works
In the framework of the conference, hosted by Parliament, the leadership of the parliament had outlined messages of support for the Europan-Kazakhstan relations, for the profusely democratic character of ASSEMBLY OF PEOPLE OF KAZAKHSTAN and messages of admiration for the national and democratic construction achieved by the exertions of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Amongst the key speakers of the International Conference (from left to right):Chamber of Deputies member Costel Alexe-President of Romania-Kazakhstan Parliamentary Friendship Group, President of Committee for Romanians Abroad-senator Marcel Dumitru Bujor and senator Florin Constantinescu-President of Energy Committee and Leader of the Senate
Together with the leaders of the Parliament, on the venue of the conference where present also 23 diplomatic representatives headed by the leader of diplomatic activity of diplomatic corps-Iraq Ambassador Omer Berzinji and presented reports for the conference personalities such as: Senate Leader-Florin Constantinescu-Chairman of the Energy, Industry and Transport Committee of the Parliament, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President General Director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation, Senator Marcel Dumitru Bujor-President of the Committee for Romanians Abroad and International Relations, Deputy Costel Alexe-Chairman of the Romania-Kazakhstan Parliamentary Friendship Group, UNESCO Committee-Senator Constantin Popa, senators Ionel Agrigoroaei and Senator Ciprian Rogojan from Defence Committee and European Affairs Committee.
Other key note speakers of the International Conference: leader of the Defense Committee-senator Ionel Agrigoroaei, leader of European Affairs Committee-Ciprian Rogojan and UNESCO Committee leader-senator Dumitru Constantin Popa
The Conference dedicated to the role of parliament and the presentation of ASSEMBLY OF PEOPLE OF KAZAKHSTAN had also benefited from the presence of a consistent delegation from Kazakhstan Parliament lead by Senators Serik Akylbai, Bekturganov Serik and deputy Tulesh Kenzhin who outlined for the attendees the mechanism and the signification of a unique institution in the world: ASSEMBLY OF PEOPLE OF KAZAKHSTAN.
Concluding the conference, the Kazakhstan parliamentary group received the special MEDAL OF HONOR OF THE PARLIAMENT in sigh of lofty appreciation of the importance of the inter-parliamentary relations between Europe and Kazakhstan.
The Conference of Parliament has attracted representatives from 23 countries. We address all our gratitude for their attendence that was a sign of respect towards the institution of Parliament, a perfect way to show commitment to European foreign policy and a diplomatic way to present appreciation to Kazakhstan delegation.
Your presence was noted as a perfect fulfillment of your mission as a friend of Europe.
From left to right: Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President Director General, H.E. Ambassador of Macedonia-Pande Lazarevski, Senator Ciprian Rogojan, H.E. Ambassador of Iraq-Omer Berzinji-BEST AMBASSADOR FOR 2013, Senator Serik Bekturganov, H.E. Ambassador of Venezuela-Victor Carazo, Senator Serik Akylbai, H.E. Ambassador of Kazakhstan-Daulet Batrashev, deputy Tulesh Kenzhin , Academician Mircea Constantinescu, H.E. Ambassador of Republic of Korea- Park Hyo-Sung, senator Florin Constantinescu-President of Energy Committee and Leader of the Senate, President of Committee for Romanians Abroad-senator Marcel Dumitru Bujor, representative of Russian Federation Embassy
From left to right: Embassy of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia-Dr.Mohammad Al Homoud, H.E. Ambassador of Armenia- Hamlet Gasparian, H.E. Ambassador of Georgia-Ilia Giorgadze, Embassy of Palestine representative, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President Director General, senator Florin Constantinescu-President of Energy Committee and Leader of the Senate, H.E. Ambassador of Malaysia-Dato Nik Mustafa Kamal Nik AHMAD, Taiba Foundation representative-Dr. Abu Al Oula Al Ghithy
From left to right: Academician Mircea Constantinescu, Embassy of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia-Dr.Mohammad Al Homoud, H.E. Ambassador of Russian Federation-Oleg Malghinov, H.E. Ambassador of Armenia- Hamlet Gasparian, H.E. Ambassador of Georgia-Ilia Giorgadze, Embassy of Palestine representative, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President Director General, H.E. Ambassador of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan-Saker Malkawi, senator Florin Constantinescu-President of Energy Committee and Leader of the Senate, H.E. Ambassador of Malaysia-Dato Nik Mustafa Kamal Nik AHMAD, Taiba Foundation representative-Dr. Abu Al Oula Al Ghithy
From left to right: Chamber of Deputies member Costel Alexe-President of Romania-Kazakhstan Parliamentary Friendship Group, H.E. Ambassador of Republic of Vietnam-TRAN Xuan Thuy, General Saman Assi Wahhab Al-Talabani, H.E. Ambassador of Venezuela-Victor Carazo, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President Director General, senator Florin Constantinescu-President of Energy Committee and Leader of the Senate, H.E. Ambassador of Iraq-Omer Berzinji-BEST AMBASSADOR FOR 2013, Academician Mircea Constantinescu, Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei, Senator Ciprian Rogojan, Senator Constantin Popa, senator Marcel Dumitru Bujor
H.E. Ambassador of Iraq-Omer Berzinji-BEST AMBASSADOR FOR 2013 is offering a precious object of Iraqi art to the leader of Kazakhstan delegation – Senator Serik Akylbai
H.E. Ambassador of Republic of Korea- Park Hyo-Sung in dialogue with President Serik Akylbai-Kazakhstan and Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President Director General and deputy Tulesh Kenzhin-Kazakhstan
H.E. Ambassador of Kazakhstan-Daulet Batrashev together with H.E. Ambassador of Turkmenistan-Sokrat Jumayev together with Senator Serik Akylbai din Kazakhstan and H.E. Ambassador of Macedonia-Pande Lazarevski
From left to right:H.E. Ambassador of Venezuela-Victor Carazo, representative of Russian Federation Embassy, H.E. Ambassador of Macedonia-Pande Lazarevski, Embassy of Hungary representative, H.E. Ambassador of Turkmenistan-Sokrat Jumayev, H.E. Ambassador of Republic of Vietnam-TRAN Xuan Thuy
Shearing a moment of laughter.
From left to right: Chamber of Deputies member Costel Alexe-President of Romania-Kazakhstan Parliamentary Friendship Group, H.E. Ambassador of Republic of Vietnam-TRAN Xuan Thuy, General Saman Assi Wahhab Al-Talabani, H.E. Ambassador of Venezuela-Victor Carazo, Prof.Dr. Anton Caragea-President General Director, Senate Leader- Senator Florin Constantinescu, H.E. Ambassador of Iraq-Omer Berzinji-BEST AMBASSADOR FOR 2013/2014, Academician Mircea Constantinescu
|Posted by European Council on International Relations on August 11, 2014 at 3:15 AM|
The relations between Europe and Africa were rapidly evolving in a positive direction after the visit of an important european delegation in the Republic of Zimbabwe.
The visit made between 29 May-7 June 2014 by an European delegation headed by H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on International Relations was destined to restart the bilateral relation between Europe and the Republic of Zimbabwe and the southern region of Africa, a region in full economic development and with a long tradition of partnership with our country.
H.E. President Robert Gabriel Mugabe-a true African hero and Professor Dr. Anton Caragea
During the visit Professor Dr. Anton Caragea was welcomed by H.E. President of Republic of Zimbabwe-Robert Gabriel Mugabe who stated that: is exuding with love and gratitude for the visit of Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.
President Robert Mugabe express his gratitude for Professor Dr. Anton Caragea continuous support in promoting Zimbabwe integration in international tourism arena and stated than: when others where plotting to punish us you think at rewarding us and make us friends. From the profundity of our heart: Tank you Professor !
Professor Dr. Anton Caragea at his turn praised president Mugabe stating that: the world did not forget the ten years spent in the dungeons of the colonial rule, the world did not forget the 20 years of revolutionary activity at the risk of the life and personal peace, spent in the opposition to the absurd regime of apartheid and segregation of Old time Rhodesia.
As we do not forget the word of reconciliation spoken after this years of struggle, ten years before Nelson Mandela similar example: “If yesterday I fought you as an enemy, today you have become a friend,” “If yesterday you hated me, today you cannot avoid the love that binds me to you.”
We will never forget that 35 years ago from Harare you have called all nations of Africa to wake up from the long colonial sleep to a new and rich life of fulfillment`s.
Your name is and will be forever inscribed for me and for all the honest people of the world along the names of the fathers of free Africa:Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere, Jomo Kenyatta etc. as a giant of liberation and freedom fight in Africa and the world.
President Robert Gabriel Mugabe and Professor Dr. Anton Caragea sharing a moment of joy and good humor
Other meeting where held by H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea with Hon. J.T.R Majuru- Vice-President of Republic of Zimbabwe, S.K.Moyo-Senior Minister (Prime Minister) of Zimbabwe, Hon. N. Goche-Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Tourism Walter Mzembi etc.
During the discussion, foreign policy cooperation, opening of honorary consulates and economic cooperation councils as well as economic and investment opportunities where tabled offering opportunity for European countries to take part in the business boom and bonanza of southern region of Africa and specially the Republic of Zimbabwe buoyant economic environment.
The European delegation enjoyed a sophisticated cultural program with visit to the History Museum of Harare, National Heroes Acre and to the wonderful UNESCO heritage site of Great Zimbabwe-the largest African palatial complex dating from XII century and covering 700 hectares and a chance to discover the world greatest cascade: Victoria waterfall.
In sign of honor Professor Dr. Anton Caragea occupied the Winston Churchill apartment in the famous Victorian hotel of Victoria Falls.
The high level visit, the first after a 25 year hiatus in bilateral relation offered to the parties the opportunity to table concrete cultural, tourism and cooperation projects and to highlight the bilateral support for the development of the social and political cooperation.
The Republic of Zimbabwe becomes now the main political and strategic partner in the region of southern Africa, offering innumerable opportunities for developing friendly ties.
Helicopter ride over ZambeziProfessor Dr. Anton Caragea and his delegation take a helicopter tour over Victoria Fall bordering Zimbabwe and Zambia
Victoria Water Fall observed from helicopter (3.000 meters)
Victoria Falls-the world largest cascade.
Professor Dr. Anton Caragea touring Great Zimbabwe(the biggest African palatial complex dating from XII century)
In the heart of Great Zimbabwe historical complex
Elephant safari in the desert heart of Zimbabwe
Professor Dr. Anton Caragea gives an interview to Zimbabwe National Television
|Posted by European Council on International Relations on November 8, 2013 at 5:00 PM|
ECOLOGICAL CIVILIZATION: THE GOAL OF MANKIND IN XXI CENTURY.
In the last period of time, a new concept had arise in the framework of international policy and of environmental action: the idea of an ecological civilization, understood as a complex economic, cultural and social structure that is insuring the future of global and sustainable development, in accordance with the laws and necessities of nature.
In today world the emphasis must be on building a new society structure, based on the values of ecological civilization.
Professor Dr. Anton Caragea presenting his views on a XXI century based on values of ecological civilization.
From a historical point of view, we can appreciate that we are leaving a turning point in the development of human society.
This moment can be only compared with the end of medieval age and the beginning of the industrial and modern period of human society, a period that involved a profound transformation in society, politics and economy.
Today we are living a similar period of world crisis and transformation.
This is involving a tremendous economic crisis, spaninng now for more that six years, a crisis that it will continue for at least five to ten more years and is re-shaping economic climate, business environment and is creating poverty, inflation and promoting striking inequality and exploitation all around the world.
Present day economic crisis, is proving that the XVII century economic model of capitalist and profit based economy is exhausted and is not creating wealth and prosperity but poverty, underdevelopment and crisis on a world scale .
The crisis that we are experience now is deeper than just the economic factor it is also rapidly becoming an environmental disaster at planetary scale.
The economic and civilization model in use today in the western world, becomes unsustainable: the resources are depleting in a rhythm unknown in history, the pollution is exacerbating and the economic cost of the environmental changes and climate changes is unfathomable.
Confronted by the failure of today economic system (based on inequality, quagmire poverty, the abnormal cost of consumer based society etc.) and the natural patrimony destruction by exploitation and pollution, all factors converge to make this model un-economic, un-ethical and un-sustainable.
The consumerist based society and vision of a future, in which we can spend and destroy everything for the sake of profit, is based on a failed policy and vision that is undermining the future of human society.
The economic crisis has broken down from the rostrum of philosophical ideas the concept of eternal development and never ending consumerism.
The ecological crisis is spelling clearly the end of another dream (of inexhaustibility of natural resources and non-value of nature) and is emphasizing the fact that: the collapse of the present civilization model is putting under question the future of human specie.
I must also emphasize that by today the ecological crisis is rapidly becoming an emergency in tackling, because of the high risk involved in the environmental damage and the resources exhausting.
Heydar Aliyev Center: the venue for a new manifesto for XXI century.
Solving this issues: safeguarding the resources and the environment becomes economically inefficient and unsustainable for today civilization model based solely on profit as supreme value.
Converting human society towards an ecological civilization is therefore logical and necessary in order to adapt the XXI century society to the challenges and transformations of our time.
The philosophical solutions of XVII century are no longer feasible in today economic and political climate.
As any new concept, the theory of an ecological civilization is yet to be properly determined, but there are some key issues that need to be analyzed:
Ecological civilization: a national goal or an international target?
More and more country’s are starting adopting and pioneering the concept of Ecological civilization (in 2007 Communist Party of China leader –Hu Jintao even press for adopting ecological civilization as a national objective in Peoples Republic of China and present day President Xi Jinping ask United Nations to register this concept along sustainable development ) we must draw a fine line between the implementation of the concept of Ecological Civilization (E.C) in the national economy and development plans and adopting as an international target.
Already United Nations Development Program adopted Chinese report on China Sustainable Development Report 2013 – the road to ecological civilization: the next decade, as an UNDP international document and started elaborating future policies on this document.
From this first steps is starting the first necessity in elaborating and implementing the concept of Ecological Civilization.
To this extent we can use the road map, already drafted for Millennium Development Goals and start incorporating the basic principles of ecological civilization into national documents in the same time as elaborating them as international documents.
We must clearly state that: all thou the national actor’s role in implementing Ecological civilization on a world scale is prominent, solely promoting the inclusion into national agenda will not suffice.
Only accepting Ecological Civilization as a long term, mandatory goal of the international community can offer chances to success in implementing this society model on a world scale.
Representatives from 65 countries attended the manifesto launch.
The role of diplomacy in promoting ecological civilization concept.
The promotion and international presentation of the ecological civilization paradigm is a task that can be entrusted to international diplomacy.
In order to rapidly foster the dialogue and the acceptance of the concept of ecological civilization (E.C.) this must be amalgamated as an index (similar to human development index) in ranking countries international stature and success.
All the countries must be evaluated in their contribution in implementing the E.C. model in their economy and society and also in appraising their role in attaining this aim on international level.
Ecological Civilization must be introduced as a part of international law by becoming part of the international treaty system, being a starting point for regional, trans-national and global and continental cooperation ( and also used in bilateral agreements between national and international company, NGO and cultural entities etc.-on the framework of cooperation carved for Millennium Development Goals ).
In 1997, United States proposed a Forum of Democracy, in promoting the values of indirect democracy world wide.
This initiative has failed in the mean time as indirect democracy is considered inadequate by more and more countries, but the idea must not be forfeit.
A similar Forum for Ecological Civilization, used by the nations and institution that understand their global responsibility, can be used to foster connection and promote the practical measures to achieve the goal of ecological civilization.
The international assistance budgets must be converted in budgets for ecological civilization development.
Instead of being awarded and placed for political agenda issues, on debatable criteria, there must be used solely for projects that are in conformity with sustainable development criteria and agenda.
The contribution of all nations to international peace and security and development must be based on the contribution to promote an ecological friendly civilization.
This also must be based on the contribution of United Nation and their relief and specialized agencies and also of economic world entities (such International Monetary Fund and World Bank) in implementing ecological civilization specific agendas.
Initiating a global and world wide level debate it is another urgency . This debate will be centred on economical agents and on the necessity of promoting the agenda of ecological civilization as the only rational and economic sound investment, based on concepts like: green economy, sustainable profit and updating economical mechanisms to the provocation of XXI century environmental cost.
Building an ecological civilization involves a change in the economic society matrix that has proven to be unreliable and inefficient and unproductive.
Today economic matrix ( that is disregarding the long term impact on environment) has proven to be inefficient, cost-ineffective and promoting under-development on a world level and promoting inequity and inequality between nations, regions and economical classes , creating un-sound disparities and provoking havoc in economy and world environment.
This situation must mark clearly that the ecological civilization is not a trend or an intellectual fashion, but must evolve in being a society model responsive to the necessities of XXI century.
European Council on International Relations-President
Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, MA, FINS, EDA
|Posted by European Council on International Relations on September 3, 2013 at 8:45 AM|
An article expressing the analysis of the policies implemented by Japanese Prime Minister-Shinzo Abe in the last year of government and is presenting the main figures of what is called today as abenomics.
Just two years ago the key words about Japan where summarized in the expression: lost decades. After 1990, Japan seems to be fallen in along period marked by stagnation and by natural disasters such as Kobe earthquake and more recent Fukushima tsunami.
On economic field, the country that once towered over the region as an international symbol of economic growth in the sixties and seventies, was struggling now with hipper-inflation, reduced economic competitiveness and the unfair competition of cheep and low quality products of China.
The man who succeeded in pulling up the country from tittering on the brink of the abyss: Shinzo Abe had managed also to enrich the economic vocabulary with a new term: abenomics (a strange mingling of his name-Abe and economics).
What is abenomics?
The economic policy that allowed a new Japanese economic miracle to appear was created by a seasoned and sophisticated mixture of direct state investment in economy and indirect state buying of Japanese National Bank bonds, a move that allowed for the credit to be cheaper and more relaxed and for interest rates to decrease.
This infusion of capital was not planed as a sole engine for economic growth but was planed to aid and support private investment as the key factor in economic development.
State sponsored investment is just an auxiliary, a support and confidence booster in economic growth and an ingredient to further increase private confidence in economy.
Another key element of the economic stimulus plan is offered by the increase in competitiveness of the Japanese products by means of financial support, including currency devaluation that is insuring that national products are cheaper and more attractive and by fiscally backing increases in competitiveness.
Finally, what is making Japanese prime minister plan different is the accent on fighting the inflation and keeping it under control.
As a golden rule, any stimulus package must bear the responsibility of an increase in inflation. Is not the case with Japan where abenomics is creating a serious anti-inflation package with controlling the spike in wages, strict taxation and export oriented growth rather that stimulus of internal consumption.
All are specific measures that are making abenomics a balanced experience between growth and inflation, competitiveness and exports etc. Finally, another trait of the abenomics that deserves our attention is the social management plan.
The pension system, social security and health systems are all regarded as pivots of the economic growth but also of national satisfaction.
Proceeding by this path the Abe government is not falling down the easy road of electoral charity, as done in United States or Europe, but is opting for investing the economic surplus in indirect social expenses that are enriching life quality without inflation as a side effect.
A new inspired decision!
Abenomics-an international model?
Once the first results of abenomics are becoming visible. the plan enjoyed a star status, many economists are predicting a role model for these economic policies, famous economic thinkers as Joseph Stiglitz, risking the prophecy that abenomics will be a successful blue print for world economy.
The general interest was also attracted by the elevation of economic situation at the level of national security agenda.
It is in this decision a message of seriousness and maximum attention that Shinzo Abe government is portraying as a supplementary strong point of the Japanese economy in front of the national and international private investors.
The status of national economy becomes as such an element of national security and your investments are sure, is the subliminal message that Japan is offering to the investment market as a new powerful arguments in his favour.
Undoubtedly, the news of the hay days of Japanese economy is a good news for world economy already deeply endangered by the collapse of Chinese economy.
The abenomics can be only used by the country which already has build a powerful economic apparatus, with a developed industrial mechanism like European Union members states or American economy, as we are confronted with an economic experience that is focused on refining the economic decisions in preventing inflation and insuring a healthy and stable economic development after the current world economic crisis.
As such the abenomics model must be understood and copied by the world economic powers in order to allow a solution to emerge out of this world economic crisis.
By this alone the abenomics can be the most valuable contribution that Japan is presenting in re-launching the world economy development and by extracting the world out of this auto-regenerating crisis.
Today, thanks to abenomics, Japan can rest assured as his role model in world economic recovery is guaranteed.
|Posted by European Council on International Relations on August 25, 2013 at 8:40 AM|
On 10 June, 2013 a friendly and cooperation meeting between Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on International Relations and H.E. Abdulrahman Al Rassi, Ambassador of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had taken place.
Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea expressed his amicable fillings and friendly interest towards the recent evolutions in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom is playing an instrumental role in promoting cultural and economic development in the Middle East area. Also Europe is witnessing with sympathy and interest the latest evolution from Saudi Arabia, including the government measures for consolidating the economic development and creating a diversified economy and the decision to foster social inclusion and cultural development in the Kingdom.
Europe is, and it will always be, ready to build a special and stable relation with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a relation based on the community of interests in the economic, politic and cultural areas, concluded Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.
H.E. Ambassador Abdulrahman Al Rassi express his appreciation for the encouragements received and for the amicable atmosphere registered amongst Europe n people towards the culture and civilization of Saudi Arabia.
Between the two nations there is an ample desire for information and cooperation and to amplify the bilateral relation stated Ambassador Abdulrahman Al Rassi.
On this solid foundation we can consider an extension of the cultural dimension of bilateral relation and in building new bridges of dialogue between Europe and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The parties had appreciated that between Europe and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia there are large area of common interests, designed to forge a good understanding between the two nations.
An increase in the presence of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia related news in Europe n mass media and informational market and a better reflection of his specific culture to Europe n public and the presence of an academic message of support where also tabled at the meeting.
The dialogue had continued on concrete aspects and analyses of economic, political and cultural bilateral relations and on ways of fostering this dialogue on to the future.
The discussion led the foundations for continuing the dialogue and fostering the relations between Europe and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
|Posted by European Council on International Relations on August 25, 2013 at 8:30 AM|
Professor dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on International Relations( EUCIR ) had invited a delegation of ambassadors to attended the spring edition of the DISCOVER EUROPE program by visiting Bucovina.
Bucovina is one of the most scenic spots of Europe, encompassing UNESCO cultural heritage sites such as: Voronet, Sucevita and Dragomirna and also geographical wonders that are transforming Bucovina in the land of magic, a focal point in world tourism top.
Under the mandate of the recently elected President of Suceava County: Mr. Catalin Nechifor , Bucovina has being transformed in a prime interest area for investors and business community, becoming a rapid developing economic attraction, ambassadors invited to take part in the delegation, having the chance for first hand contact with local realities and rapid developing areas in Europe .
Being invited to attend the regular trips of DISCOVER EUROPE program and visiting the natural and cultural scenic spots of Europe is a reward traditionally awarded to ambassadors that had successfully fulfilled their offices in the last six months, outstandingly promoting the bilateral relations with Europe .
In the last years EUCIR had organized ambassadors trip in gorgeous areas such as: Maramures County, Apuseni Mountain, Danube Delta and Hateg region and today we have felt it is the time to promote the fusion of art, culture and natural beauties but also the culinary specialities of Bucovina stated Professor dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on International Relations( EUCIR).
The program of ambassadors delegation headed by Professor dr. Anton Caragea was carved to include discussions on high level with authorities of Suceava county, with President of the Suceava Council: Mr. Catalin Nechifor, with the Rector Office of Suceava University( the university staff outlined the project of anew technologic campus , an investment to exceed 200 million euro) ,and discussion with leading business community members under the banner of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Suceava.
After the productive and intense business discussion held at local level the ambassadors delegation had also enjoyed an exceptional cultural program designed with the support of president of the County Council: Mr. Catalin Nechifor.
The visit had encompassed trips to UNESCO heritage monasteries of Voronet (world famous for his outside wall paintings and for the unique Voronet blue colour), Sucevita and Dragomirna, trips to Horse Training Center where ambassadors enjoyed a practical riding lesson and Hunting Center, where ambassadors where informed about the rules and regulation for organizing hunting’s in Europe and also could taste unique cuisine of the region.
The tight schedule had included also stops to Ion Irimescu Sculpture Museum, where the fabulous Irimescu sculptures with prices ranging from 1 to 10 million euro where scrupulously admired by the ambassadors, a visit to Vatra Dornei and the world famous mineral waters of the area, where ambassadors also enjoyed a meal of trout and pheasants and an instructive working visit to Black Pottery Center form Marginea Village, where they could admire the famous craftsmen of Bucovina and learn from source how to produce the unique ceramic of the region with unchanged technologic process from the last 5.000 years.
Professor dr. Anton Caragea, AMBASSADOR FOR WORLD NATURAL PROTECTED AREAS had included in the ambassadors visit some of the natural reservations from Suceava County in order to highlight the importance of this area to the local economy.
The program also included a special culinary show in every night that had included deer stake with wild berry jam, rabbit and pheasants and more than 50 varieties of local cheese and famous Bucovina pastry, the richness of the food illustrating Bucovina as a fusion zone for oriental cuisine and for western culinary experiences.
The ambassadors present to BUCOVINA: LAND OF MIRACLES trip expressed their gratitude for the special trip to the land of magic: Bucovina on the spot visit, that presented before their eyes unique cultural treasures , unique taste of culinary magic and more important they have the privilege to encounter the real miracle of the area: friendly and warm peoples of Bucovina.
Ambassador group visiting the famous Baciu House- the headquarters of delicious cuisine of Bucovina.
Ambassadors get courage for a Bucovina type dance in general joy.
The beauty of Bucovina horses.
Touring the Palaces of Vatra Dornei.
The famous pheasants of Bucovina.
Dialogue at the Camber of Commerce and Industry of Suceava county.
Visiting the mineral water gushing station in Bucovina . Health from water.
|Posted by European Council on International Relations on June 17, 2013 at 5:35 PM|
On 20-th of July 2012 the working meeting between a delegation of European Council on International Relations, lead by professor dr. Anton Caragea and a delegation from Socialist Republic of Vietnam, lead by Ambassador Vuong Thua Phong, Vice-Chairman of Commission for External Relations of Communist Party of Vietnam had taken place.
Opening the working meeting, Professor dr. Anton Caragea had extended his gratitude towards the Embassy of Socialist Republic of Vietnam for hosting and organizing this working dialogue and bid official welcome into our country to Vietnamese delegation.
Professor dr. Anton Caragea had emphasized, in his speech, the European side openness towards friendly dialogue, consistent and productive towards Vietnam, expressing his interest in expanding bilateral economic exchanges and fostering political and cultural dialogue between the two countries.
The visit of a Vietnamese delegation at the highest level is for us a source of excitement, furthermore as Europe is seeking to re-ignite the long economic and political cooperation tradition towards Vietnam and is considering Vietnam as a privileged partner in this world region, stated prof.Anton Caragea .
Answering to comments made by Professor dr. Anton Caragea, H.E. Ambassador Vuong Thua Phong, underlined that Vietnam is also interested in political, cultural and economic cooperation with Europe and the encouragement received during his visit are extremely important in re-launching the bilateral dialogue.
The meeting had continued with a large area of issues raised in open dialogue between Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and Ambassador Vuong Thua Phong, Vice-Chairman of Commission for External Relations.
The issues varied from main developments in Europe and South-East Asia and the main humanity problems up to date.
The long and open dialogue, full of substance, was considered as extremely useful for the parties and the desire to continue this dialogue in the next period was underlined by the parties.
|Posted by European Council on International Relations on June 17, 2013 at 5:25 PM|
On 4 of July 2012 the taking office protocol and presentation meeting between Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on International Relations and H.E. Kalliopi Avraam, Ambassador of Republic of Cyprus had taken place.
Prof.dr.Anton Caragea express his heart felted congratulation on the occasion of beginning of mandate of Mrs. Kalliopi Avraam , appreciating that between Europe and Cyprus there is a long history of cultural, economic and political cooperation and a large area of common interests , designed to forge a good understanding between the two nations .
The Europe- Cyprus relationship has the ability to become an example of building an economic and cultural exchange area between East Mediterranean region and Europe.
Now it is an auspicious moment for reconstructing and rebuilding the framework of dialogue and friendship between Europe and Cyprus, as the level of bilateral expectations is greater and the political and economic will for this favorable expansion of activities is clearly marked.
H.E. Kalliopi Avraam had expressed here appreciation for the encouragement`s offered by prof.dr.Anton Caragea and had stated that the vision of a economic, politic and cultural special relationship between Cyprus and Europe is a common shared vision. This year is especially important for the bilateral relation as Cyprus is having European Union Chairmanship and is interesting in searching ways of cooperating with Black Sea region and supporting the Republic of Moldova aspiration for EU integration.
The dialogue had continued on concrete aspects and analyses of economic, political and cultural bilateral relations and on ways of fostering this dialogue on to the future.
The main topics had concentrated on increasing the bilateral trade volume, expanding tourist liaisons and fully exploiting Cyprus special tourist potential and organizing information trip for European mass media and European tourism enterprises interested in being present on Cyprus tourist market.
The amicable dialogue concentrated also on the possibility of organizing academic and political events destined to mark Cyprus mandate as European Union President, hosting a bilateral Business and Trade Forum and a book exhibition about Cyprus.
The dialogue led the foundations of a successful diplomatic mandate and fostering the relations between Europeand Cyprus and constitutes a promise for re-launching a European diplomatic action towards Cyprus and supporting Cyprus to have a successful mandate at EU Presidency.
|Posted by European Council on International Relations on June 17, 2013 at 5:15 PM|
On 19 of June 2012 the taking office protocol and presentation meeting between Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on International Relations and H.E. Qabba`ah Munther , Ambassador of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan had taken place.
Prof.dr.Anton Caragea express his heart felted congratulation on the occasion of beginning of mandate of H.E. Qabba`ah Munther , appreciating that between Europe and Jordan there is a long history of economic and political cooperation and a large area of common interests, including an important Europe-Jordanian community , designed to forge a good understanding between the two nations .
The Europe- Jordan relationship has the ability to become an example of building an economic and cultural exchange area between Europe and Middle East.
Now it is an auspicious moment for reconstructing and rebuilding this framework of dialogue and friendship between Europe and Jordan stated professor dr. Anton Caragea, as the level of bilateral expectations is greater and the political and economic will for this favorable expansion of activities is clearly marked.
H.E. Qabba`ah Munther had expressed here appreciation for the encouragement`s offered by prof.dr.Anton Caragea and had stated that the vision of a economic, politic and cultural special relationship between Europe and Jordan is a common shared vision. Also ambassador Qabba`ah Munther had appreciated the clear progresses made by Europe in the last 17 years since his previous diplomatic appointment to Europe.
The dialogue had continued on concrete aspects and analyses of economic, political and cultural bilateral relations and on ways of fostering this dialogue on to the future.
The main topics had concentrated on increasing the bilateral trade volume, expanding tourist liaisons and fully exploiting Jordan special tourist potential and organizing information trip for European press and tour operators interested in being present on Jordanian tourist market, cooperating in presenting Jordan leisure real estate opportunities and re-launching the cultural exchanges.
The dialogue led the foundations of a successful diplomatic mandate and fostering the relations between Europe and Jordan and is constituting a promise for re-launching a European diplomatic action towards Jordan in the nearest future.
|Posted by European Council on International Relations on December 6, 2011 at 4:15 PM|
On the occasion of United Arab Emirates celebrations of 40 years of independence and outstanding achievements , H.H. Sheikh Kalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of United Arab Emirates addressed to the people of United Arab Emirates and journalist assembled for this occasion in Abu Dhabi the fallowing message:
His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan – President of United Arab Emirates
“Sons, daughters, brothers and sisters, Men and women of the Emirates, Salam Alaikum Warahmatullah Wabarakatu.
We celebrate today the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the UAE. Our country has made remarkable achievements that have catapulted it to the ranks of advanced nations, thanks to the sincere and tireless efforts spearheaded by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his fellow founding fathers who toiled in silence to initiate a march whose aims fit with our genuine national values and principles. We will pursue their approach in shouldering this responsibility with diligent work to achieve further progress and prosperity for the homeland and its citizens.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
On this great day, we offer our heartfelt congratulations and profound appreciation to my brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and to my brothers, Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of Emirates, for their support and for the care they give to the march of the Union, protecting the country, defending its gains and meeting the aspirations of its children.
This Union that is with us today in terms of political achievement and socio-economic reality was neither a gift or a grant nor an easy achievement. Rather, it was the fruit of a good tree planted by our fathers who dreamed of the idea with hope, took care of it with their dedication to raise the flag of the Union as high as they could and strengthened its pillars. They are really the spirit of the Union; from their life and history, generations will draw lessons and will continue to carry the responsibility under the eyes of a glorious nation that takes pride in its past, its giving present and promising future.
In the 40 years that have passed, the State has channeled all of its efforts and potential to serve the country and its citizens. More than this, it has invested all of its resources and energies in the building of a federal, pioneering modern state in which the values of solidarity, coherence and unity have been deepened, the concepts of work, dedication and participation have been promoted and in which the sense of belonging and pride in the achievements of the glorious federal march has been upheld.
Men and women of the Emirates,
Your State has earned a prominent place in the international community thanks to what has been achieved over the past four decades in all walks of life. We have succeeded in building a robust federal government and active local governments. Our State today is ranked as one of the best countries in the world in terms of the efficiency of its services, its general policies and the credibility of the government with regards to local community.
The UAE is, moreover, acknowledged as one of the most secure and stable countries, as a lavish investor in education and in the provision of qualifications for its people. Our judicial system has also received appreciation for its integrity and for the trust placed in it.
The UAE has the second largest Arab economy, thanks to the robust and sound economy and prudent policies that are based on openness and diversification of sources of income. The UAE Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rose from Dh6.5 billion in 1971 to Dh1,248 billion by the end of 2011. GDP per capita rose in 2011 to Dh174,000 per annum. The value of foreign trade went up from Dh13 billion in 1971 to Dh1,737 billion in 2011 while the share of non-oil sectors in GDP rose from 30% to 71% in the same period. The State has a viable small and medium enterprise sector (SME). The industrial sector has made remarkable achievements especially in terms of the increase in the number of enterprises. Large industrial complexes have been created, drawing in massive investment that has boosted the State’s strategy for developing the productive base of the economy and diversifying sources of income.
Yas Island Project is attracting investors from all over the world.
The UAE has become an attractive hub for businessmen from all corners of the world and a magnet for foreign investment. With its high quality investment climate and the diverse and enormous investment opportunities that are available, the UAE leads the Arab World in indicators of the macroeconomic environment, the securities market, the corporate and institutional environment, and international financing.
Although we concentrated on development of the oil and gas industries as the backbone of our economy and of the energy industry in our country, the State, at the same time, pursuing economic diversification and in order to meet the growing demand for energy, is setting out to invest heavily in renewable energy and nuclear power so as to reduce the consumption of conventional energy sources and to increase oil and gas exports. This approach is clearly evident through the Masdar Initiative and through the UAE being chosen as the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
Our belief in education and knowledge as pillars of development and progress has been the motive that us led us to devote more care to regular education and higher education. Statistics show that from only 74 public and private schools in 1971, with 32.800 students, the number had risen to 1,186 schools in 2011, with around 800,000 students. There are also 76 federal and local government and private higher education institutions throughout the emirates, working in coordination and cooperation to provide diverse, high quality learning opportunities for our children in all fields of knowledge.
The government has paid special attention to the health sector and has worked diligently to provide high quality qualitative curative and preventive services as well as care for mothers and children. The UAE can boast of now having more than 92 government hospitals and 246 centres for primary healthcare and maternity and child care, compared to only 7 hospitals and 12 health centres in 1971. This is in addition to dozens of private hospitals and thousands of specialist clinics. The government is planning to upgrade and modernise the health sector so that it will become one of the best worldwide in terms of quality of practices, services, medical professionals, the percentage of Emiratisation, along with a broader contribution by the private sector.
Sheikh Zayed Great Mosque from Abu Dhabi a symbol of cultural vitality of United Arab Emirates.
As for the housing sector, the government has built and distributed thousands of low-cost houses and built modern fully-serviced cities across the country. Since 2007, the Ministry of Public Works has been implementing a national housing plan which aims to meet requirements of citizens over the next 20 years. The Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme and other similar government-sponsored agencies are also undertaking ambitious housing projects. We have also made prepared a national housing strategy which is now being undertaken in full coordination with other local housing initiatives.
It is appropriate at this point to express our appreciation for the role being played by the national committee which follows up implementation of the Presidential initiative to upgrade the basic infrastructure in various parts of the country. The budget for these projects, aimed at improving the standards of services crossed AED 7 billion. Financial support will continue to flow so as to deliver the objectives of these initiatives.
Our foremost concern from the outset has been to build an infrastructure base that serves our development goals in all domains. For that purpose, the government has built road networks, sea and air ports and has expanded these facilities to serve the country’s ambitions in terms of the economy, trade, finance and tourism. It has also launched a range of initiatives projects in terms of culture and information so as to advance its strategic policy to become a regional hub for media, culture and arts, as well as a bridge for civilisational interaction between civilisations. Capitalising on its state-of-the-art complexes and facilities, the UAE has become an important centre for regional and international sports events.
The government has made immense efforts to protect the environment, to improve water and natural resources management, to conserve biodiversity, animal species, and endangered marine and terrestrial flora, to protect and develop fisheries and to establish more nature reserves. What was done in this field under the stewardship of the founding father the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was a magnificent achievement that has earned our country a prominent regional and international standing in the sphere of the environment.
His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan- the founding father of UAE
In all development fields in the country, including the increasing contribution of women in the workforce and the provision of full social care to all segments of society with special attention being given to youth, and, in particular, the vulnerable (the handicapped and the elderly), the indicators of the progress achieved have prompted many international organisations to rate our country as one of the most prosperous and as one of those delivering the best welfare services worldwide.
Building on this, we will continue with our plans to further develop our human resources and build their capacity and skills, since we believe that the human being is the target, the end, the engine and the means of development. We will also continue to encourage national qualified professionals to take their natural place in the present renaissance drive to ensure a more bright, promising future.”
Brothers and sisters,
“The Union whose 40th anniversary we celebrate today is a social and collective responsibility. It is a project for renaissance and a continuous action plan. The selection of the ‘Spirit of the Union’ as a theme for this year’s celebration is a true expression of the genuine experiment which veritably embodies the originality, values and special nature of the reality of the UAE.
Keeping the Union’s spirit alive is something that can be achieved through the empowerment of the UAE citizen who is the top national priority and the focus of the vision for the future that guides all strategies and policies that the government will adopt, in all sectors, over the next ten years.
Empowerment of the citizen is our project for the next ten years of the Union – a project through which we will lay the ground for a more confident and strong national personality and whose driving force and cornerstone will be an active Emirati who is proud of his stable and coherent family and of his well-founded, dynamic community where security and justice prevail, where the values of voluntary work and of initiative are highly recognised, with a forward-thinking, modern learning system, an advanced, high quality health services, a knowledge-based sustainable and diversified economy, an integrated infrastructure, a sustainable environment, well-conserved natural resources and, finally, an eminent status on the international stage.
These pillars were the same that guided our founding fathers to lay the foundations of this State. And in meeting the demands and aspirations of the people, they agreed upon a constitutional framework for a federal system of governance that deals with people on an equal footing, that guarantees their freedoms, that unlocks their potential, that mobilises their resources, and that provides them with more opportunities through powerful federal institutions that perform their work in integration with local governments and in full coordination with other segments in society.
Our prime concern will be to deliver this vision and make it a living reality in a manner that realizes the aspirations of both the leadership and citizens for a more secure and prosperous future. The Council of Ministers will be responsible for transforming these aspirations into program that have specific targets and transparent standards. The Council of Ministers has already finalised the strategic framework of the UAE Vision 2021.
Honourable citizens, We are progressing confidently towards a decade that will be spearheaded by the sons and daughters of the UAE. I have a word for all leaders : heed the voices of the people, take them into consideration while you are planning, setting goals and making decisions. In a world that has diverse organs of mass communications and platforms for social contacts, it is necessary for governments to seek the best and effective tools of communication with the citizen everywhere, to listen to his voice, to learn about his trends and to respond to his aspirations. This requires that we should pay attention and that we should listen.
Abu Dhabi today – a modern city build for people.
Based on that, we assert that broadening popular participation is a firm national trend and an irrevocable option which we have chosen with our full will. We will continue to take it further forward, gradually and steadily, in response to the aspirations of our people for a homeland for which they can come forward together to serve and develop its society. We have successfully completed the second phase of the gradual approach we adopted as a method to expand the popular participation in elections and to empower the Federal National Council (FNC) and increase its powers and enhance its role.
This phase was crowned with the election of a new FNC which has commenced its sessions as a more vocal organ of the national will. We hope that the Council will perform its role in complete cooperation with the executive authority as a responsible platform for national issues and with a positive impact in decision-making.
Dear sons of UAE,
There is no distinction between one citizen and another in our State…… all are equal in rights and duties and the main purpose of government activity is to improve the quality of life, to ensure sustainability of reasonable living standards for citizens and to ensure that all enjoy equal opportunities and fair privileges in a sound societal and family ambience where all feel justice and stability. This is what we are pursuing through many development initiatives in sectors like housing and services across the emirates.
Within the context of these initiatives, education will receive a top priority, getting a major allocation in the federal budget for 2012 which will enable it to secure the required potential to develop its structure, to upgrade its output and to link it with the needs of development and the job market.
On top of this, the conditions of employees in education will be improved, and new advanced curricula will be introduced that deepen the sense of belonging and identity, promote the values of moderation and incorporate the latest developments in systems, science, technology and languages.
Out of our keenness to raise a generation that is capable of carrying responsibility and of pursuing the drive for development, the government has launched a set of integrated policies to build the capacity of our youth and to create an environment that will equip them to take part in economic, social, cultural, political and sports spheres and will stimulate them to actively engage in voluntary work and community development.
Towards this end, we have created a ministry to take care of their affairs and have established the General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare. Child care has seen spectacular progress with the creation of the Higher Council for Maternity and Childhood.
Emirates Palace- a landmark of capital of UAE-Abu Dhabi.
Similarly, we have made the empowerment of woman a pressing national priority. Thanks to sound planning, our State has an honorable record in terms of the rights of women; our women enjoy full rights, able to take part in all activities without discrimination. All the doors are open for the UAE woman to make more progress.
Brother Emirati men and women,
“Our country is forging ahead steadily in making progress and our national economy has weathered the storm of the global economic crisis thanks to its vibrancy, resilience, diversity and its sound legislative environment. Our economy today remains on track and flourishing, buoyed by the stellar performance of some economic sectors, the improvement in liquidity, and the increase in surpluses.
However, while expansion and diversification of the economic base and rise in growth rates are all important leading indicators, they are not an end in themselves. Rather, they are means towards the higher end, which is the happiness of man, the coherence of family, the solidarity of society, and the sovereignty of the state. This is the development model approved by the UAE Vision 2021, as a sustainable model of human society, whose target is to empower the society and to build the capacities, skills and knowledge of its members.
It is our roadmap for the future and the main way to address the challenges faced both by the State and by society. On the top of these are national identity, the imbalance in the job market, low productivity and the weak rates of replacement and Emiratisation.
We have already taken serious measures in that direction by establishing the Federal Council for the Demographic Structure, the National Qualifications Authority and the Khalifa Emiratisation Fund as well as other agencies. We hope the initiatives of these bodies will serve as a realistic prelude for tackling these challenges we are facing, like Emiratisation, the reduction of foreign workforce, increasing of the opportunities for training and the qualification of the national workforce in a manner that hones their skills and puts more demands on them.
While recognising the role and contribution from the business sector over the past forty years, it must be noted that this sector should display more commitment today in terms of corporate social responsibility, so as to expand its participation in nation building, in protecting the local community, in increasing productivity and in the provision of investment in development and training and in attracting national human resources by creating more job opportunities for them.
Dear Emirati men and women,
Our State is adopting a national security and defence strategy based on enhancing and supporting arrangements for maintaining public security and the rule of law along with developing skills and raising the efficiency of human element, in addition to our commitment to combating terrorism and all forms of alien organised crime and to dealing in a serious way with whatever harms internal security and stability.
With God’s grace, the UAE is today acquiring the ability to defend our national gains and to protect our vital interests. We have given our armed forces special attention as a protective shield for the sovereignty, independence and security of the homeland. These forces have efficiently kept international security and peace and have proven their high efficiency in delivering aid to brotherly and friendly countries. Our armed forces will remain a source of our pride and a depository of our trust.
Dear brother and sisters,
The current transformation in the Arab World has proven the soundness of the principles and pillars upon which our State has been based since its birth, which call for respect for the human being and his dignity, guaranteeing his rights as the backbone of stability of our communities and the essence of the security of the State.
We have built our foreign policy principles and practices on moderation, the maintenance of security and stability, the adoption of peaceful means to settle internal and external disputes, on recourse to international legitimacy, on respect for the rule of law and the aspirations of peoples, establishing relations of cooperation with all countries of the world which treat the UAE with all respect and appreciation and are keen to extend bridges of friendship with all its dimensions and forms.
The commitment to these values have been clearly evident through the approach we have followed in supporting the GCC joint action. We are keen to continue working with our brothers in the GCC to complete political, economic, security and social integration. And, as part of our membership of the GCC, we are closely monitoring the situation in our sister Bahrain, asserting our full support for the efforts being made by its leadership to promote national dialogue in a way that preserves its security and unity.
As we follow developments in a number of sisterly Arab countries, we affirm our respect for the choices of their peoples and express our support for the ongoing efforts to overcome this situation in a manner that preserves unity and cohesion and meets the aspirations of their peoples. We will also continue our full support to our Palestinian brothers and to their efforts to restore their legitimate rights and to declare their independent state. We are also committed to offer everything that will help to ensure that stability, security and development prevail in friendly Islamic countries.
As part of our international responsibility, our State is working seriously to enhance and coordinate humanitarian assistance and relief programmes and to provide aid development to developing countries, along with its contribution to international efforts for peace-keeping, reconstruction, disaster and crisis management, as well as responding to appeals for humanitarian relief.
This is confirmed by the UAE’s distinguished partnership in maintaining international peace and security, its effective contribution in various UN activities and its agencies and its pledging of assistance to the tune of billions of dollars. We remain committed to our principled policy to prohibit the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and to engage with the international community to spare the world from the dangers of nuclear proliferation.
Brothers and sisters, The security and stability of the State is a trust and keeping it is a responsibility which doesn’t tolerate leniency or hesitance. Our gallant Armed Forces and our Police and security forces have been and will remain the strong protective shield and line of defence to earn the trust of and maintain the security and stability of the country and its citizens. We salute those commanders, officers and personnel on this glorious day for their dedication and faithfulness in performing their duty and for what they do to upgrade our national defence and security capabilities.
We also pay tribute to the children of the loyal UAE people for showing solidarity, allegiance, a unity in their ranks and a deep consciousness. We also greet residents from sisterly and friendly countries who are living among us.
Together, we have gone through major steps and have witnessed years replete with achievements and success. And we, with the aid of God, will stay the course of the triumphal march, steadfast and in full confidence, so as to reach that for which we aspire – a promising future of prosperity and well-being.
We pray to the Almighty that He may keep our country strong and secure and that He may grant us the determination and strength to protect it as an oasis of security, stability and prosperity.
|Posted by European Council on International Relations on November 21, 2011 at 12:30 PM|
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE AND ACHIEVEMENTS by Professor Anton Caragea PhD, MA, FINS
United Arab Emirates are celebrating the 40-th anniversary of independence and is having a lot of things to be proud of.
In only 40 years United Arab Emirates had registered an impressive economic growth, a huge development in infrastructure and is now among the most developed country in the world. But the impressive development is not only contained to economic development or standard of living but also is based on a concerted effort in building a civil society and a strong democracy.
Among news successes of UAE we must count: involvement of women’s in all political and governmental sectors, the equality of payment and treatment between men’s and woman’s and an inclusive political project that offers a strong voice to Federal National Council- the UAE Parliament in all country affairs. When 40 years ago Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan announced this visionary experiment uniting 7 emirates along a geopolitical destiny who would believe in such a glorious destiny. What was the secret of this astonishing experience?
The vision of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was an enduring one and based on the popular consensus and a geopolitical destiny appreciates prof.dr.Anton Caragea.
A visionary leadership.
One of the secrets of United Arab Emirates astonishing development is a shared vision that unifies along time the leaders and the peoples. Never in these 40 years was this contact and shared vision between leaders and peoples severed. This bond, this mutual trust and cooperation that allows leaders of UAE to build in full confidence of the people approval is one of the secrets of this solid construction of United Arab Emirates.
The vision of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was an enduring one and based on this popular consensus and a geopolitical destiny. United Arab Emirates succeeded thanks to this vision to exploit in the benefit of the people the large reserves of gas and oil building a modern country and not spend it on military adventure as other states has done. Also the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan vision enabled UAE to build a modern education and health system , one of the best in the region from a country with virtually no hospital and school only 40 years ago. The importance of education in UAE construction must not be overlooked, if today we have a successful experience of democracy building and open society this is based on sustained educational investment that offered to UAE citizens a vision of the world.
Finally the vision of late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is brilliantly continued by the President of UAE H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan efforts in constructing Abu Dhabi and UAE as a success story. The new vision includes the solar energy exploitation, the green energy revolution, constructing the first ever green city: Masdar and building UAE as a society of XXI century. In Dubai H.H. Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President of UAE also constructed a visionary project of attracting tourism and financial markets in an economic construction based on efficiency and rapid development. If one of the secrets of UAE success story is a continuous visionary and people connected leadership , we must also look at the history of this development and the geopolitical destiny of United Arab Emirates.
The vision of late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is brilliantly continued by the President of UAE H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan say`s prof.dr.Anton Caragea.
UAE a country with a geopolitical destiny
In 1968 Great Britain announced his intention to evacuate the former Trucial states , as the Golf states area where known at that time. This decision spell problems for the region, in north the Iran of the Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi was looking forward for this moment to assert his authority on all the banks of the Golf , tacking under control the Golf and the vital energy supply line of this space.
No other formula was acceptable; any of the adjacent country that will have take under control the area will also enjoy a monopoly over the trade and energy route of the region. From the emirate of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan understood this geopolitical game and acted bravely. In 1971 uniting 7 emirates he proclaimed the United Arab Emirates (the initial plan included also Bahrain and Qatar but the negotiation has failed and only 7 emirates join Sheikh Zayed plan) an alliance destined to keep free the trade and energy supply area of the Golf . How difficult will be this task was clear from the first moment when the Shah of Iran send his army and occupied 3 island of the coast of the UAE. Despite this tense moment UAE survived and oil exploitation boosted the area.
An economic model under pressure?
Today controversial financial news are arriving from all over the world regarding financial crisis and difficulties but United Arab Emirates seems to have found the way out of the crisis into a new time of development and successes and this because we must never forget the strong fundaments of the UAE economy.
First off all UAE are enjoying a reserve of oil and gas lasting for at list 100 years from now, offering a steady income of more than 50 billion euro annually .This numbers could be misleading, the common perception is that UAE is depending on oil and gas but this perception is false, more than 64% of the GDP is offered by non-oil sectors. Long before the crisis hit the UAE decided to develop the non oil sectors like trade, finance, real estate, manufacturing and this sector survived to economic crisis offering to UAE the status of a country non-depending on natural reserves exports. Today UAE are enjoying in a crisis year a steady growth, investments are continuing to come and a massive financial reserve makes a stable currency and a low inflation economy.
This economic model is not under question, UAE are still on growth and on geopolitical climate of the region investing here is still a wise move.
H.H. Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President of UAE also constructed a visionary project of attracting tourism and financial markets to UAE economy.
This economic model could not be understood if we not see the UAE participation in a new energy revolution. Rich in oil and gas UAE is not forgetting that this wealth will eventually ceased to exist or will become to expensive to exploit or to ecological detrimental, so they choose to invest in solar energy. With 365 day a year with clear sky the UAE could not only suffices his one energy demands but also be a world suppliers of green energy and technology. Investing in projects like Masdar City, a city that will supply 100% percent of the necessary energy from green sources UAE is proving that there is life after fossil energy. Investing in this energy of the future not only will assure UAE energy demand but also will be an important part of the economic growth , already in Germany an important solar plant property of UAE is launching a bid to make green energy for European Union.
Gulf Cooperation Council – a body with a geopolitical mission.
In 1971 Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan already wanted an inclusive state, but this option could not be put into life at that time . Today this vision is alive by the creation of Golf Cooperation Council ( GCC) uniting the Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia , Qatar and Oman. Today GCC is assuring the survival of the mission of keeping open for trade and energy supplies the waters of the Golf . The efficacy of GCC was proven in the Iraq-Iran war in the eighties and in Iraq –West tension after the 1991 Gulf War.
United Arab Emirates not only constructed a powerful and modern navy able to keep open the waters and make safe the supplies but also became the symbol of a strong allied of the western democracy , capable to support democracy building mission, peace keeping activities and investing in reconstruction projects in war torn countries. Sheikh Khalifa bin Sultan Al Nahyan (the son of deceased Sheikh Zayed and the continuator of his vision) declared that the geopolitical mission of UAE is to promote a unity of the Golf area and his example is an example of hope: unity is a conviction and a belief.
Now after 40 year from the UAE independence proclamation, in what it was at that time a small city: Abu Dhabi, the world is having a positive model. A powerful economy, a unity of 7 emirates without tensions or conflicts, a political balanced system of federal states and of unify governments, a balance of democracy, efficiency, respect for Islam and open society in a delicate area.
We have an example of a Golf state that is building a future society and we have the proof that oil is not necessary a curse (as many can believe) if we can build on it and we not make it the only reason for life. Oil is just a mean to an end.
United Arab Emirates are just teaching us this lesson.
|Posted by European Council on International Relations on November 12, 2011 at 2:00 PM|
The year 2011 is marking the 20 years anniversary of Kazakhstan independence. In the short time span of only two decades Kazakhstan had succeeded an impressive transformation into a country that is today the main energy supplier from Central Asia, a renamed military and politic stability supplier for the area and a country with outstanding diplomatic results as the leader of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in 2010 and of Islamic conference Organization in 2011.
President Emil Constantinescu of Romania , Honorary Member of EUCIR and Professor Dr. Anton Caragea- European Council on International Relations ( EUCIR ) President.
This seasoned and sophisticated nation building example will be under scrutiny by the European intellectual elite on 15 November 2011 International Academic Conference: KAZAKHSTAN 20 YEAR OF INDEPENDENCE. PEACE AND CONSTRUCTION.
The Conference hosted and organized by the European Council on International Relations and Kazakhstan Diplomatic Mission in Romania will benefit from the presence of President Ion Iliescu , who 20 years ago signed the diplomatic recognition of Kazakhstan and President Emil Constantinescu who developed Romania- Kazakhstan relationship.
Among the prestigious key note speakers we can count: Mr. Catalin Nechifor – Vice-President of Romania-Kazakhstan Parliamentary Friendship Group, Dr. Petru Lificiu, Vice-President of National Energy Agency (ANRE), Professor Dr. Anton Caragea- President of European Council on International Relations and Professor Mircea Constantinescu – Director of European Council on International Relations etc.
Mr. Ion Iliescu -President of Romania and Honorary Member of EUCIR and professor Dr. Anton Caragea -President of EUCIR.
The International Academic Conference will also receive special congratulatory message from Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan H.E. Yerzhan Kazykhanov , message delivered by H.E Kairat Aman , Head of Kazakhstan Diplomatic Mission in Romania , other messages will be presented by the Vice-Rector of Romanian Economic Science Academy –Professor Dr. Viorel Lefter and by European Council on International Relations.
The International Academic Conference KAZAKHSTAN 20 YEAR OF INDEPENDENCE will highlight important moments in the development of Kazakhstan such as:
- The introduction in exploitation of new gas and oil fields and export of energy towards important areas as: Caucasus, Caspian Sea and Europe that transformed in a few years Kazakhstan in a major source of energy for the emerging economies of Asia and Europe.
- The courageous decision to dismantle the nuclear arsenal of former Soviet Union army left in the country and to relinquish the production and stockpiling of nuclear weapons, closing down the important Semipalatinsk nuclear research and test site.
- The declaration of acknowledging the independence and territorial integrity of Kazakhstan , signed by Russia , China , United States of America under the united Nations supervision.
European Council on International Relations stance in organizing an European high standard event about Kazakhstan it is not only a testimony not only of unprecedented development in the last years of the diplomatic and economic relationships between the European Union and Kazakhstan but also a testimony to European Union ability to efficiently mobilize and organize the European intellectual elite and to host international resounding events destined to boost the EU bridging towards Central Asia.
|Posted by European Council on International Relations on November 7, 2011 at 8:40 AM|
Address of President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev
State-of-the nation address of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev
Dear deputies and members of the Government!
Ladies and gentleman!
This year is especially valuable for us. We have approached the 20th anniversary of our independence. We have conquered significant tops along this way, which led dependent people to independent days of present time. As you remember, in 1997, in my first address to the people of Kazakhstan, I said: “By 2030, our next generations will live in a country which would not be left in the wayside of global events”. At that time, there were many people who were doubtful about these words. However, we have achieved this desired goal not in 33, but in twelve years! The Summit, recently held in Astana, convened the heads of the 56 states and governments and is an outstanding evidence of this. And even before this major and glorious achievement, we have reached many goals. We have become one of the three states in the world, which convened its compatriots, “scattered as millet” in different times of history. In these years, more than 800,000 compatriots came back from foreign states and the number of population increased by one and a half million. We have built a beautiful and prosperous Astana in the wide steppe of Sary-Arka. We have established the capital, which became the symbol of our dynamic development, on the banks of Yessil River.
Only the nation which lives in harmony and understanding will reach the fruitful future.
Today, Kazakhstan’s international reserves are about 60 billion USD.
Prosperity requires cooperation, and unity is the token of wealth.
In the years of independence, more than 120 billion USD in foreign investment were attracted in the economy of our country.
We also export more than 200 kinds of products to 126 countries of the world.
Today, one third of the national wealth is created by small and medium-sized businesses.
The agricultural sector is also developing.
In 2010, the GDP increased by 7 percent, industrial production – by 10 percent, while the growth in manufacturing industries reached 19 percent.
An average monthly salary increased from 53,000 in 2007 to 80,000 tenge (KZT) in 2010.
In terms of the national wellbeing, last year Kazakhstan made 26 steps forward and took the 50th place among 110 countries.
Overall, an average monthly salary increased by 5.5 times and the average pension increased fourfold.
We overcame the crisis, which shook the world, and bravely stepped onto a straight path of development.
We set ourselves ambitious goals, and we achieved them.
About 500 public health facilities were built during the years of independence.
The material and technical foundation of the medical institutions has significantly improved.
In developing education, our country takes leading positions among 129 countries.
Funds allocated to education increased tenfold during the last decade.
A total of 750 new schools were built in these years.
Also, 5,302 preschool facilities, 1,117 nursery schools and 4,185 centres were opened.
A new University, which in the new century will become the centre of science and knowledge, was opened in Astana.
In such a short period of time, we have become the country with many trophies and a strong nation.
All this was done to give our people opportunities to think globally.
1. Accelerated Economic Modernization – Continuing the Programme of Accelerated Industrial and Innovative Development
Dear people of Kazakhstan!
We enter the twentieth year of Independence.
In December 1991, having chosen the strategic goals of sustainability and success, we moved forward, creating new programmes of development for each new stage.
We set ourselves ambitious goals, and we achieved them.
I will give only one integrated index of the country’s progress.
In 1994, Kazakhstan’s GDP per capita was slightly above 700 USD.
By January 1, 2011, it has reached per more than 12 times and exceeded 9,000 USD.
We had planned to reach such a level only by 2015.
The international experience shows that during their first 20 years of independence, no other country was able to achieve such a result.
For example, GDP per capita in South Korea in the first twenty years of its sovereign development has increased threefold, in Malaysia – twofold, in Singapore – fourfold, in Hungary – fivefold, and in Poland – fourfold.
In my address to the people in January 2010, I announced the Programme of Accelerated Industrial and Innovative Development.
There are already concrete results of the first year of its implementation.
We have already launched 152 enterprises, creating 24,000 jobs for the people of Kazakhstan.
In total, about eight hundred different enterprises were established in the country.
We have begun the process of active reconstruction and development of chemical and light industries; we have made a breakthrough in agricultural processing.
Until 2014, we plan to implement 294 investment projects worth 8.1 trillion KZT.
161,000 new permanent jobs will be created and 207,000 new jobs will be available for the period of construction.
The main outcome of the first year of the first industrial five-year plan is the commencement of serious structural changes in the economic growth thanks to the real economy sector.
I will reiterate the purpose of the Strategic Plan for the next decade.
By 2020, we must achieve the following indices:
Overall GDP growth will be no less than 30 percent.
Growth in processing industries will exceed or reach the level of extractive industries.
The National Fund assets will comprise no less than 30 percent of the GDP.
Domestic and foreign investments in non-raw materials economy sectors will increase by at least 30 percent.
The share of small and medium-sized businesses in the GDP will comprise 40 percent.
The population will grow to 18 million people.
The share of qualified specialists will make 40 percent.
The unemployment rate will stay under 5 percent.
Labour productivity in agriculture by 2014 will increase twofold, by 2020 – fourfold.
An unprecedented project to develop beef husbandry will be implemented in the agricultural sector.
Already in 2016, meat exports will comprise 60,000 tons, which is equivalent to exports of four million tons of grain.
For this purpose, the state will allocate 130 billion KZT as credits.
This will allow creating more than 20,000 jobs in the countryside, and will provide a source of income for more than one hundred thousand villagers.
This will allow increasing the number of breeding stock and breeder cattle of all kinds.
All this will stimulate the growth of production in related industries: agricultural engineering, chemical and food industries, feed production, and equipment repairs.
The government, the Akims [governors] of all regions should deal with this most important part of rural industrialization.
Competitiveness of our economy should be based on efficient technologies, which ensure reduction of energy consumption.
In order to develop non-raw materials sectors, I charge the Government with developing and adopting the Comprehensive Plan for Energy Efficiency.
Industrialization forms a new paradigm for regional policy.
The Government together with the Akims should develop and approve a Programme for Development of Regions.
All of this is part of our thought-out plans.
We are still in the beginning of our way.
If we want to live better and richer, we must implement this work.
I am a supporter of the principle: a strong business means a strong state.
For the first time, we adopted the Law “On State Control and Supervision”.
The uniform principles and procedures for monitoring by all state agencies are now established.
This is done in order to further reduce the administrative pressure on businesses.
Within the framework of reform of the law-enforcement system 16 laws were adopted.
Legal mechanisms for protection of property were introduced; humanization of criminal legislation on crimes, which do not pose a grave threat to society, was carried out; the scope of non-confinement punishments, as well as preventive measures alternative to arrest, was expanded.
Due to this, only this year about two thousand people convicted for crimes of small and medium gravity would be released from prison.
The staff of the law enforcement system was reduced per 15 percent.
Their structure was optimized.
The functions unusual for law-enforcement agencies were transferred to the private sector.
Significant changes are taking place in the judicial system.
An uncompromising fight against corruption is under way.
Currently, according to international experts, the anticorruption legislation in Kazakhstan is recognized as one of the most effective.
In total, for the last two years more than 40 officials at the national level, more than 250 officials at regional and city levels, including 39 Akims and their deputies, were charged with criminal offence.
Criminal cases were filed against a minister of environment protection and a minister of healthcare, a chairman of the statistics agency, vice ministers of the ministry for emergency situations and the ministry of defence, the chairmen of the “Kazakhstan Temir Zholy”, “KazMunayGaz” and “Kazatomprom” companies, resulting in convictions.
In three years, our country’s rating in the global anticorruption index has improved by 45 points.
According to this index, we are at the top positions throughout the CIS.
This work will continue without compromise.
In the World Bank report, in 2010 Kazakhstan was recognized as the leader of reforms in the interests of businesses.
In the global ranking of countries with the most favourable business climate, Kazakhstan takes the 59th place among 183 countries of the world.
In general, the facts of unreasonable interference of state bodies in the activity of economic entities were minimized.
Last year, the Customs Union of Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus was launched.
According to the results of the 10 months of 2010, the volume of trade with Russia and Belarus increased by 38 percent.
Exports of Kazakhstan’s goods to the Customs Union countries increased 52.4 percent. At that, contribution from customs duties to our budget increased by 25 percent.
All these facts objectively show that the Customs Union is a very pragmatic and concrete project, which solves the economic problems of our countries.
We have advanced to the maximum extent possible in the creation of a Single Economic Space.
It will provide a huge market for Kazakh producers.
It is a stimulus for our businesses to produce competitive goods and services.
2. Social modernization – a new social policy
We have clearly defined our plans for industrialization and technological development of economy.
The main objective of our programmes is to improve people’s wellbeing.
Therefore, I pay special attention in this Address to social modernization.
I have adopted three major state programmes: development of education, health and languages.
By May 1, I instruct the Government, together with Akims, to develop and adopt principally new programmes on:
new employment strategies;
modernization of housing and public utilities;
providing the population with quality drinking water.
These programmes are aimed at solving everyday problems of millions of ordinary people of the country.
They will improve the quality of life of the people of Kazakhstan.
I will concentrate on the main aspects of the new social policy.
We must continue to modernize education.
As of today, the computerization of schools is totally completed.
They are equipped with multimedia classrooms, interactive equipment.
The introduction of a 12-year secondary education model is under way.
Lifelong learning should be the motto for all the people of Kazakhstan.
We intend to completely update the content of vocational and technical education.
Today, for one million people in developed countries there are from one to six universities.
The total number of universities in Kazakhstan is 149.
200 scientific councils forge candidates and doctors of science.
Only one out of 60 candidates and one out of 37 doctors then work in the sphere of science.
From this year on, these councils will cease functioning.
Now, we will pursue training of Masters and PhDs.
We are obliged to provide a new level of development of university education and science.
Today, on the basis of the new Nazarbayev University an innovative model of higher education institution oriented at market demands is being formed.
It aims to become a model for all universities in Kazakhstan.
20 intellectual schools founded on my instructions throughout the country will become the main base for training gifted children for best universities.
I instruct the Government:
to develop a mechanism of transition of the universities to the innovation activity;
to introduce new financial and economic instruments to support education for improving the quality and accessibility of education;
for the levels of technical and higher education, to develop a savings system similar to that which is now realized by “Zhylstroisberbank” in mortgage construction. The people of Kazakhstan should have new opportunities to save funds for educating their children by means of obtaining interest bonuses from the state;
to establish a National Council for preparation of vocational and technical personnel with the participation of representatives of business associations and employers.
All the work in the education system should be aimed at achieving the following results.
Proportion of children covered by preschool education by 2015 will comprise 74 percent, and by 2020 – 100 percent.
As a result of the “Balapan” programme, adopted on my instructions, in 2010, 35 nursery schools were built, 1,534 mini-centres were founded, and 137 private kindergartens were established.
Due to the return of previously privatized preschool institutions, 172 kindergartens were re-opened.
Coverage of children by pre-school institutions increased from 30 to 55 percent.
By 2020, we will make a complete transition to a 12-year model of education.
For this purpose, by 2015 we will build no less than two hundred schools at the expense of the republican budget and the same number – at the expense of local budgets.
By 2015, 50 percent of educational institutions will use electronic training, and by 2020 their number will increase to 90 percent.
By 2020, the share of universities, which will pass an independent national accreditation of international standards, will comprise 30 percent.
The share of universities implementing innovative and research activity and introducing the results of scientific research into production will grow to five percent.
No less than two universities will be registered in the rating of the world’s top universities.
Quality education should be the basis of industrialization and innovative development of Kazakhstan.
All these years we have done everything necessary to improve the health of the people of Kazakhstan.
Healthcare financing has increased from 1.9 percent of the GDP in 2002 to 3.2 percent in 2010.
Today, for the first time, the most complex medical surgeries are done across the country.
A total of 150 tele-medical centres connected with the leading international hospitals were established.
Twenty years ago we could only dream about this.
As a result of the work done, we can note a 25 percent growth in birth rate, an 11 percent decrease in death rate, and the speeding of the population growth by 1.7 times.
By 2013, the Unified National Healthcare System will be fully introduced.
We must seriously deal with preventive medicine and improve the quality of primary medical care.
According to international assessment, about five percent of the population with the basic types of diseases use about 70 percent of all health services.
Under well-organized prevention activity, the diseases may be prevented at early stages.
Therefore, Kazakhstan should implement a set of national health surveillance programmes of targeted groups of population.
First and foremost, it relates to children, adolescents, and women of reproductive age.
A particular emphasis should be placed on expanding access to medical assistance for rural residents.
In the past year, a new social project was launched – two specialized treatment and diagnostic trains called “Densaulyk”.
They have examined and treated tens of thousands of people in the remotest corners of our country.
This kind of transport medicine is critical for Kazakhstan, and we will develop it.
This year another train will be launched.
It is necessary to bring the number of mobile medical complexes (auto clinics) up to 50 units.
We must produce them in Kazakhstan.
I instruct the Government to provide no less than 16 helicopters for air ambulance needs by 2015.
I also instruct to expeditiously explore the issue of creating medical and rescue points along highways.
They should be placed on emergency hazardous sections of major roads of nationwide significance.
Emergency medical services should be equipped with multi-profile mobile and airmobile hospitals.
I am confident these measures will save thousands of lives of our citizens.
Special attention should be paid to reduction of the level of morbidity and mortality of tuberculosis and HIV in the correctional system.
As a result of these tasks, by 2015 life expectancy of the people of Kazakhstan will increase to 70 years, and by 2020 to 72 years or more.
It is necessary to promote healthy lifestyle, use the created sports base everywhere.
By 2015, 350 medical clinics, medical and obstetric centres and clinics will be built.
My fellow people of Kazakhstan, peace and harmony in our multilingual and multi-faith society are our common achievement.
It is gratifying to note that the people of Kazakhstan, showing respect and dignity, began studying the state Kazakh language, which gave the name to the native land where we live and lead our country to wellbeing.
Now, the overwhelming majority of adults are fluent in the state language.
And this is a great achievement of independence.
Our task is to make sure that by 2017 the number of people in Kazakhstan who have mastered the state language reaches at least 80 percent. And by 2020 – no less than 95 percent.
In ten years, 100 percent of high school graduates will speak the state language.
We do our best to achieve that.
We will also develop Russian and languages of other ethnic groups in Kazakhstan.
I have always said that knowledge of three languages is an obligatory condition of one’s wellbeing.
Therefore, I believe that by 2020 a share of our population speaking English should be no less than 20 percent.
2.4. New Employment Strategy
For two years, within the framework of the anti-crisis “Road Map” programme, we have ensured employment of the population, reduced the level of unemployment and improved infrastructure in our cities and villages.
These programmes have received broad support and gratitude of the people of Kazakhstan.
Today, it is necessary to increase labour market efficiency, since the new economy requires a new generation of skilled personnel.
Self-employed population is a huge pool of talent for our economy.
We build new businesses so that the people of Kazakhstan can work there.
They should be prepared for this, learn new professions.
I assign the Government, together with the Akims of regions, and cities of Astana and Almaty, until May 1, 2011, to develop a brand new programme on employment of the population.
The Government, together with the business community, should provide free training for the people willing to work at industrial sites.
It is necessary to provide the possibility of participation of every citizen of Kazakhstan in the large-scale industrialization of the country.
A while ago, I set a goal that the anti-crisis “Road Map” programme reach every family in Kazakhstan.
And this was successfully done.
Using this experience, now it is necessary to structure the work in such a way that industrialization is truly nationwide in scale, and a matter for each citizen of Kazakhstan!
For those citizens who choose to live in rural areas, the Government together with local authorities should work out a package of measures to promote rural entrepreneurship.
In the past year, the programme for rural territories development was completed.
Now, this work will continue under the Forecast Scheme of the territorial and spatial development of the country until 2020.
In urban areas with high development potential we will develop rural infrastructure, expand access to irrigation water, microcredit programmes and in-kind grants, and organize training in entrepreneurship.
Today, there is already a legal basis for microcredit organizations’ activity.
Today, there are almost twelve hundred of them on the market and they have given more than 110,000 loans to the population totalling more than 16 billion KZT.
However, in general, they go for consumer purposes at a rather high interest rate.
We need to change the situation and the emphasis towards employment rather than consumption.
Therefore, I charge the Government, along with financial regulators, to urgently develop appropriate legislation and a set of measures.
This year, we need to additionally provide three billion KZT.
In 2012-2015, we need to increase this funding up to 10-15 billion KZT annually.
A full one hundred percent of micro-credits granted from the state money should go to setting up one’s own businesses.
The implementation of a livestock development programme, which was mentioned above, will provide jobs for tens of thousands of villagers.
Therefore, a major outreach at all levels of the executive power and the Nur Otan party is required.
I instruct the Government from the next year to move to motivational cash payments.
The main issue is to overcome the dependency mindset.
An unemployed will receive a grant for obtaining a profession, not for being unemployed.
The problem of poverty must be addressed, rather than mitigated at the expense of governmental benefits.
The state will only help objectively disabled and needy people.
2.5. Modernization of Housing and Public Utilities
The best indicator of quality of life of citizens is the comfort level of housing.
Over the past 10 years, the housing fund expanded by 30 million square meters.
This means that more than one million of our citizens now live in new apartments.
This is an important result of our housing policy.
For many years, the public sector was financed by a leftover principle.
As a result, 72 percent of communications needed repair or replacement by 2008.
Within the framework of the “Road Map” in 2009 and 2010 we did a lot to repair housing facilities.
This work must continue.
It is necessary to conduct a large-scale modernization of water, heat, electricity and gas supply, and ensure creation of an optimal model of housing.
Proportion of facilities that require overhaul should be reduced from 32 to 22 percent by 2015.
The length of the upgraded network by 2015 on the whole across the country will comprise more than 31,000 kilometres.
The state, in coordination with international financial institutions and our banks, will offer private investors, businesses and individuals, special tools of co-financing repair and reconstruction of housing and public facilities.
The implementation of the Housing and Public Utilities’ modernization programme will allow creating up to 10,000 new jobs annually.
In general, 1.5 million people living in apartment buildings will take part in its implementation.
I instruct the Government to develop a mechanism for stimulating savings and co-financing repair and restoration of common property.
Only then will we be able to improve the living conditions and increase the citizens’ responsibility for the safety of their property.
2.6. Quality drinking water
The issue of providing quality drinking water to people in Kazakhstan is the most important task of improving people’s health, therefore, this will be our priority.
Work on ensuring quality drinking water started 8 years ago, and there are positive results.
Access to centralized water supply in rural areas rose to 41 percent, in cities – to 72 percent.
The number of people using imported water decreased fourfold.
At the same time, there are still many villages in need of improvement of water supply systems.
Deterioration of water networks in urban areas reaches 60 percent.
On average, across the country, the level of access to drinking water by 2020 should reach 98 percent, and water quality must meet all established sanitary standards.
I instruct the Government to develop effective incentives for maximum involvement of private capital in the hydro-economic sector.
It is necessary to make extensive use of potential of groundwater, apply a systematic approach in the construction of new water supply facilities.
In 2020, access to central water supply in urban areas should reach 100 percent. In the countryside, it should increase twofold, to 80 percent.
2.7. Increase of Revenues - a New Quality of Life
Dear people of Kazakhstan!
This year we will increase the amount of pensions, scholarships, salaries of public sector employees by 30 percent.
For two years in a row, we have been increasing them by 25 percent.
As it was planned in a People’s platform of the “Nur Otan” party, by 2012 the average size of pensions, salaries in the budgetary organizations and scholarships will increase twofold compared to 2008.
We had promised it, and we have done it!
On my instruction, a three-year budget provides the financial support of both industrial and innovative and social programmes, which I have reported.
Now everything depends on how the Government and local authorities will implement these tasks, how this activity will be organized.
This is the minimum that needs to be done in the next decade.
We should strive to overdo these plans.
This is the main social objective of the decade.
Dear people of Kazakhstan!
By my Decree, 2011 was declared the year of the 20th anniversary of Independence.
The State Commission has been established, and the National Action Plan has been approved.
This is a matter for everyone.
I task the Government to unite efforts of investors, business community and the people of Kazakhstan to implement it.
The motto of our jubilee is “20 Years of Peace and Creation”.
Throughout the years of independence fundamental values of the Kazakhstan Way have been formed: Freedom, Unity, Stability and Prosperity.
Dear people of Kazakhstan!
You and I have come across a difficult political collision due to the nation-wide initiative to hold a referendum on extending presidential powers until 2020.
I am sincerely grateful to all the people of Kazakhstan, as well as the initiators of this idea, for putting their signatures in support of the referendum.
On a wave of people’s will, by mid-January more than five million signatures were submitted to the CEC.
Within days the initiative on referendum has actually turned into the popular movement.
During this campaign the “Nur Otan” party has organized a public Coalition of democratic forces “Kazakhstan – 2020”.
People’s initiative showed unquenchable civil activity of the people of Kazakhstan.
It has intensified the political, intellectual life of the country.
This indicates great potential for development and progress.
You know all circumstances of this issue very well.
By my decree, I declined the proposal of the Parliament on holding this referendum, as I was planning to take part in the 2012 presidential election.
The Parliament, using its constitutional power, adopted the Law on amendments to the Constitution.
I have sent it to the Constitutional Council which should determine whether it is constitutional.
Only after this, the final decision will be made.
It should comply with the Constitution and our laws; it should also include long-term interests of our people.
In any case, the will of the people is above all.
Herewith, I declare that in our foreign policy we will ensure stability of our commitments around the world to investors, the business community.
Our policy will meet the hopes and expectations of all our partners.
Kazakhstan will remain committed to swift and efficient development of the Customs Union among Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus.
We will develop our cooperation with the CIS countries.
We propose our European partners to jointly develop and adopt, in a multilateral format, a “Kazakhstan-EU: 2020” Energy Charter.
This would ensure the guarantee of stability of energy supplies to the European markets, and the development of pipeline systems.
We initiate holding of a special donor conference on Afghanistan this year in Almaty.
Earlier I have proposed the idea of a Stability Pact for the Caspian Region.
This international instrument can lay a firm foundation for stability throughout the vast region of the Central Asia and the Caucasus.
Kazakhstan will continue efforts on the settlement of conflicts which we began as part of our OSCE chairmanship.
We remain leaders in the sphere of global nuclear security.
Kazakhstan proposes the UN to adopt a Universal Declaration of a Nuclear-Weapon Free World.
I consider it important as well to develop and adopt the Interstate programme of assistance to Kyrgyzstan.
This year, Kazakhstan will assume the presidency of the Organization of Islamic Conference.
We have put forward the initiatives on strengthening the dialogue between the West and the Islamic world.
The presidency in the OIC should strengthen the Asian vector of Kazakhstan’s foreign policy.
The 10th anniversary summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will be held in Astana this July.
The SCO was created with our active participation, and we must do our best to make it stronger.
All of this will be Kazakhstan’s important contribution to regional and global stability.
Dear people of Kazakhstan!
You all know about the initiative of holding the referendum to extend the term of the office of the head of state.
The non-governmental organizations, representatives of the intelligentsia and deputies of the Parliament support this initiative.
I take this warm wish of the people as an appreciation of efforts to strengthen the independence and statehood of our country.
Love for the motherland means one has to meet all challenges that it sends.
My life is tied to the destiny of our country.
I was charged to take our independence and build the country during tough times.
Therefore, striving to justify the confidence, I took all responsibility upon myself.
I adopted difficult momentous decisions pouring all my heart into them.
For 20 years, I have been serving my country, sparing no efforts or experience.
In these years, all our achievements, which raised our status and reputation, have been our common success.
Therefore, I am grateful to the initiators and the people of Kazakhstan who expressed their wishes!
I have never had more happiness than to serve the interests of my country and welfare of my motherland.
We still have a lot of work.
Our most important value in this path is our cohesive unity.
I am sure that large-hearted people of my country who value unity will become a strong and prosperous nation.
There is a wise folk saying: “If the country has a blessing there will be wellbeing and its direction will be right”.
In this address, we summed up the results of the work, which had been done during a glorious stage and outlined a direction for the future.
I wish you all a great success in your noble work towards wellbeing in the interests of the country!
Let our noble activities, which brought us to these glorious days, be blessed, dear compatriots!
Thank you for your attention.
|Posted by European Council on International Relations on October 11, 2011 at 3:45 AM|
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