Speaking at the signing ceremony of the decree, the Head of State noted that Shymkent, along with Astana and Almaty, became one of Kazakhstan's cities with a population of over one million people.
"In accordance with Clause 1 of Article 3 of the Law "On Administrative and Territorial Structure of the Republic of Kazakhstan", the decree I am signing today assigns Shymkent the status of a city of republican significance. This administrative unit will be the seventeenth region of our country. The regional center is the city of Turkestan, which for centuries has been the heart of the political and spiritual life of the Kazakh Khanate and the entire Turkic world", the President of Kazakhstan said.
Nursultan Nazarbayev stressed that newly formed Turkestan region has all the opportunities for the qualitative implementation of new administrative functions, and noted the important historical significance of the decision.
"Shymkent will become a new center of attraction of investments, technologies and intellectual resources not only of our country, but of the entire Central Asian region. For this, there are all the conditions and the necessary potential", the Head of State stressed.
The President of Kazakhstan expressed his confidence that Shymkent's acquisition of the republican status will contribute to its further successful advancement and will open new unique prospects for the city.
"This step will give a steady impetus to the balanced social and economic development of the city and a consistent improvement in the quality of life of the inhabitants of the entire region", Nursultan Nazarbayev said.
At the end of the signing ceremony, the Head of State gave specific instructions to the Presidential Administration, the Government and Governor’s Office of the region on the high-quality and efficient implementation of the Decree and ensuring the smooth and efficient operation of local state bodies and organizations.
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