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Jakarta Post

Discourse: Nur-Sultan, a gift for Kazakhstan’s independence

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, February 27 2020   /  02:14 am
Daniyar Sarekenov (JP/Donny Fernando)(JP/Donny Fernando)

Daniyar Sarekenov (JP/Donny Fernando)Six years after breaking away from the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan made the risky decision of moving its capital from Almaty to Astana in 1997. The ambitious development was completed three years after it started in 1995 when the nation’s economy was still at its nadir. In 2019, Astana was renamed Nur-Sultan to honor Kazakhstan’s first president and went on to become one of the most modern cities in all of Central Asia. The Jakarta Post’s Apriza Pinandita met with Kazakhstan Ambassador to Indonesia Daniyar Sarekenov to talk about the country’s experience in moving its capital city. Below are excerpts from the interview:Question: Could you tell us the reason why your government decided to move the capital?Answer: The idea to move the capital from Almaty belongs to our first president, Nursultan Nazarbayev. It had become his idea since we became in...