The event was attended by the deputies of Parliament, the members of the Government, the representatives of the state bodies, the diplomatic corps, intellectuals, business and cultural circles.
Speaking to the audience, the President of Kazakhstan congratulated everyone on the Capital Day and noted the high dynamics of development of country's main city for the last 19 years.
"Astana is beautiful. Last night I drove around the city and saw a lot of people walking in the streets, despite the late time. It speaks volume. The people are calm and feel safe. Even the ancients said that "the city is not walls but people", the President of Kazakhstan said.
Nursultan Nazarbayev emphasized that today's energetic rhythm of Astana sets the pace for the renewal of the entire country.
"We consistently carry out the large-scale modernization in the economy, politics and culture. The result of this work is aimed at the development of our state. And at the beginning of this growth Astana will always be. Here we solve various issues, including the establishment of peace in various parts of the world. Our policy of peace, good-neighborliness, the policy of attracting investments is aimed at creating favorable living conditions for every Kazakhstani", the Head of State said.
Nursultan Nazarbayev also talked about the importance of holding the international exhibition "EXPO-2017" and its role in the further development of the city and the country as a whole.
"Thanks to the exhibition "EXPO-2017" Kazakhstan is now in the focus of the international attention. The guests of the capital admire the city. We are the only state that built a new metropolis at the turn of the century. Astana today is a trillion tenge of budget revenues a year. At the same time, 65 percent of all revenues come from small and medium-sized businesses. We witnessed the formation of our capital", the Head of State said.
At the end of the speech, Nursultan Nazarbayev once again congratulated the people of Kazakhstan on the Day of the Capital, wishing them happiness, prosperity and new achievements, and thanked all the participants for the construction of Astana.