Interview of Report with American political scientist, Professor at the University of Marquette (Wisconsin) Peter Tase.
– Mr. Tase how would you assess the preparatory works for the elections and general situation in Kazakhstan before the electoral process?
June 9th, 2019, will mark the beginning of a new era in the history of Kazakhstan. The country’s interim president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has ordered the Executive Government to make all necessary arrangements for a successful early presidential election, that will absolve and neutralize the domestic political and economic uncertainties, potential turmoil. Interim President Tokayev, during his tenure as Chairman of the Senate, has constantly showed rare abilities of statecraft, increasingly maintained constant communication with Moscow and Beijing and has been highly respected by Western Democracies. The results of Next month’s presidential elections will reassure the people of this prosperous Central Asian Country that their incoming president will focus on major national economic reforms; will fine tune the economic diplomacy and bolster Nur-Sultan’s Foreign Policy at a greater pace. After these major elections, Kazakhstan will increase its influence in the United Nations, continue its close dialogue with Washington and further explore develop the economic cooperation with People’s Republic of China under the framework of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Today’s policy behavior of China is favorable to the overall GDP growth rate of Kazakhstan and bilateral, regional projects that will connect South East Asia with Europe, will generate significant wealth for the citizens of Kazakhstan and greatly improve the standards of strategic infrastructure in the country, enhance regional mobility and develop sophisticated logistic terminals that will help energize and propel sustainable economic growth throughout the Eurasian landmass.
– Do you believe that Kasym-Jomart Tokayev would be the ideal candidate to become a president?
I strongly believe that Mr. Kassym Jomart Tokayev will be the winner of upcoming presidential elections in June 9th (2019). His wealth of experience, ability to speak fluently in over five languages, swift cultural adaptation during his top role as Deputy Secretary General of United Nations (2011-2013), make interim President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev a favorable candidate to rule the Kazakhstan, ranked as the first country in the world for its diverse wealth of minerals, natural chemical compounds and large reserves of oil. Strong Democratic principles, transparent elections’ process in Kazakhstan, will be the main priorities during this election season in the country. When the elections are over, the newly elected president Tokayev, will promote the culture and strategic interests of his government across the world. Furthermore he will harness an open dialogue with the Parliament of Kazakhstan and strengthen the strategic ties with the European Union Member countries and improve Kazakhstan’s exporting potential into the BRICS’ markets and economies. I am confident that Kazakhstan’s upcoming presidential elections will reveal a genuine example of democratic elections, effective organization process and transparency of timely results. Europe is keen to continue its dialogue with Kazakhstan, however there is still much work to be done. On the other hand, the strategic cooperation between Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan is at its best moment, both nations are very active in multilateral diplomacy and Nur-Sultan has always defended the entire territorial sovereignty of Azerbaijan and has coordinated international political efforts with Baku.
– How do you see the future of Kazakhstan and entire region after the elections?
Kazakhstan will be a trusted partner in the region, its micro economy road-map and social policies will draw a greater international attention. The Foreign Policy and Economic Diplomacy of Kazakhstan will attract a new wave of prestigious international business leaders that would potentially open their companies’ headquarters to Nur-Sultan. Furthermore the economic and bilateral trade cooperation with Azerbaijan will continue to grow and retain the special partnership that generates a greater wealth in the Southern Caucasus and forges a Geostrategic alliance that has endured over the last decades.
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