"Kazakhstan should become model of social-oriented economy" – UNICEF Representative
ASTANA, Kazakhstan, 11 September 2008 - “Kazakhstan has all the incredients to become the role model of social-oriented economy for other countries in the world," remarked Hanaa Singer, newly appointed Representative of UNICEF Kazakhstan, following her meeting with Kazakh Foreign Minister Marat Tazhin.
Hanaa Singer presented her credentials to the Kazakh Foreign Minister and discussed with him the key areas in which UNICEF in Kazakhstan will continue working.
“It is a challenge for us to work in Kazakhstan, a country with one of the fastest-developing economy in the world," said Ms. Singer at a news briefing. "Our common goal now is to guide this economic miracle to a social miracle as well focusing on the best interests of children and families of Kazakhstan."
Following independence in 1991, Kazakhstan has been one of the earliest and most vigorous reformers among the countries of the former Soviet Union. Treasury and budget processes were dramatically improved. The government has established a basic framework to attract foreign direct investment into its resource-rich oil and mineral sector.
One of the UNICEF programmes in Kazakhstan focuses on increasing the social orientation of state budgets and enhancing the efficiency of expenditures in the best interests of children and families. The ultimate goal is to create conditions that more state money is invested in the well-being of children in order to improve their living standards.
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