by: Ms. Maryam Raza International Relations Expert & Deputy Director of Pakistan Research Center for a Community with Shared Future (PRCCSF), Islamabad.
The year-end review of Kazakhstan comes along with myriad changes which complement internal progress as well as enhanced international outreach. The optimism shown by the leadership has steered the nation towards rejuvenation and political modernization. Kazakhstan has experienced major transformations and socioeconomic evolution in 2022.
Against the backdrop of political turmoil, the dynamic leadership under President Tokayev has successfully managed to curtail the challenges and continue its quest towards a glorious future. The menaces which were hindering development and governance required an urgent need to conduct reforms and create an advanced philosophy to manage state affairs in a more reasonable way. Thereby, the significant constitutional amendments and reforms in public administration have paved the way for grand improvements in Kazakhstan.
These crucial transformations have introduced a new model of governance vis-à-vis strengthening the role of Parliament. Thanks to the multivector policies of the Government of Kazakhstan, new opportunities have emerged for the year 2023 and beyond. Additionally, the transparent and fair conduct of elections has attained much appreciation from the world and also highlighted the popularity of His Excellency President Kassym Jomart Tokayev. He is a man with great wisdom and statesmanship for deciphering the true essence of political modernization and national rejuvenation.
A pragmatic analysis of the policy outcomes depicts that the strategic course of Kazakhstan’s visionary leadership is associated with the very notion of “regionalism” or “regionalization”. The future aspirations, aimed at developing a “Just Kazakhstan” is the most crucial factor reflecting a profound understanding of new projects and policies. Now, it is high time to witness the outcomes of those structural reforms on the organizations and institutions. While economy and politics/diplomacy remain the crucial aspects, impacts on regional alignment and Kazakhstan’s global outreach must be taken into consideration. The substantial political upheavals target to foster new rules uncover the fact that the leadership is serious about implementing new programs and projects.
The reforms highlight the openness of the Kazakh government vis-à-vis getting complacent with political modernization in 2023. When countries changed their socioeconomic structures, they become more accountable and pursue the path of emancipation. In this aspect, Kazakhstan seems to be a classic example of modern emancipation and keeping pace with the rapidly changing world order.
Moreover, it is also evident that President Tokayev hopes that other countries will accompany a shared future to attain common goals as no state can live in isolation. Only by regional cooperation can countries achieve similar targets and live together in peace. The new year comes with a plethora of opportunities for reviving global coordination in Kazakhstan. Conducting international conferences on important issues and integrating stakeholders/experts from all around the world is a clear manifestation of unity and regionalism.
For the year 2023 and beyond, Kazakhstan has lofty goals to achieve with due diligence and competency. Its ambition is not to seek hegemony in the region but to contribute to the world. Over the last decade, the government has shown firm self-confidence on a world stage riven with change and built constructive relationships with other nations based on an attitude of humility and a spirit of partnership. Kazakhstan also believes that peace, cooperation, dialogue and openness, rather than war, hegemony, confrontation and seclusion, represent the correct and the only path to a better future for mankind.
Thus, the diplomatic outlook presents a new model of socioeconomic and regional progress for Kazakhstan. It can be anticipated that the best democratic tradition will contribute to long-term political stability and eradicates the risks of power monopoly. In a nutshell, having political modernization along with a multivector policy is the historic mission of the country. It will indeed maintain unity and lead the people to work harder than ever to achieve this grand task.