Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on the support of young cultural figures

Today, during a joint session of the chambers of the Parliament, Head of State Kassym-Jomart Tokayev delivered a Message to the people of Kazakhstan, in which he announced the priority goals of the country's socio-economic development for the coming period. During his speech, the President also raised issues on the development of culture.

«In matters of consolidation of society, strengthening of national identity, an important role is assigned to the effective use of the historical heritage and cultural potential of the country. In this regard, Kazakhstan has wide opportunities, including for favorable positioning in the international arena», - said Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. At the same time, the Head of State added that our policy on this issue requires revision. «Now, for some reason, the State most often funding projects only of certain figures those are happy to absorb the budget. Young and talented sculptors, artists, theater artists, musicians, writers who master new genre formats and constantly experiment, but at the same time survive at the expense of patrons, and they remain as if in the underground. But thanks to them, Kazakhstan's culture acquires a global sound. Therefore, the Government, together with experts, needs to provide a plan of practical measures aimed at promoting the new culture and its talented representatives by the end of the year», - the President said.

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev also stressed that the country needs young, educated, motivated personnel. «Within the framework of the National project on digitalization, it is necessary to train at least 100 thousand highly qualified IT specialists. The export of services and goods of the digital industry should reach at least $ 500 million by 2025. These and other tasks will require a complete digital reboot of the public sector. The main and long-standing problem here is the lack of integration of information systems of state bodies. This issue requires a radical solution and preferably in the near future», - said the Head of State.

The next important task that the President outlined is the work of the state apparatus, which is obliged to function as a single mechanism. «Everyone who doubts the course of the Head of State, does not cope with the work, perhaps wants to sit out in some way, evades fulfilling the President's instructions, it seems to me, should resign from their posts. Now we are entering a crucial stage of our development. The state apparatus must function as a single mechanism. Only in this case we will ensure the achievement of our goals», - concluded Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.