During today’s Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Deputy Minister of Culture and Sport Yerlan Kozhagapanov reported on the progress of the execution of instructions given by the Head of State at the extended Government meeting on February 9 of this year.

On October 26, 2017, the President of Kazakhstan N. Nazarbayev signed a decree “On the conversion of the Kazakh alphabet from Cyrillic script to Latin script”. In pursuance of this decree, a National Commission was established to convert the Kazakh alphabet into Latin script until 2025.

As Yerlan Kozhagapanov noted, a draft action plan has been developed, which details the phased conversion of the Kazakh alphabet into the Latin script until 2025.

The first stage covers the years 2018-2020. During this period, preparatory work and measures will be carried out to improve the regulatory legal framework. Spelling rules for the new Kazakh alphabet based on the Latin script will be developed, as well as IT applications for converting text into Latin script.

The second stage: 2021-2023. Passports, citizens' identity cards and other documents in the state language will be issued in Latin script. Seminars and lectures, courses with the involvement of philologists and linguists will be organized to train teachers of the centers and the adult population.

The third stage: 2024-2025. A phased transition of record-keeping of local and central state bodies, state media and state printed publications to Latin script is planned during this stage. Step-by-step switchover to Latin script will be carried in educational facilities.

To date, the Ministry is working to establish the “Til-Kazyna” coordination center for the conversion of the Kazakh language into Latin script.

In addition, Deputy Minister of Culture and Sport Yerlan Kozhagapanov reported that a special project "Sacral Geography of Kazakhstan" is being implemented within the framework of the Rukhani Zhanghyru program. There is also the center "Khassiyetti Kazakhstan" under the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Lists of sacred sites were formed in the course of 10 months of its work: 183 sites of national significance and 520 sites of local significance. The first volume of the encyclopedia "Sacred Kazakhstan" was published, an interactive virtual map with detailed descriptions and 3D tours for each of the sites was created. Together with the BBC channel, four documentary films have been launched for broadcasting on the Discovery, Viasat History, National geographic channels.

“Our next main task is to popularize Kazakhstan in the eyes of the global community, to develop the infrastructure of domestic and inbound tourism. For the first time, the tourism sector was included among the drivers of the national economy, into the so-called Olympic Route of Modernization 4.0,” –Yerlan Kozhagapanov said.

Recall, the Ministry of Culture and Sport of the Republic of Kazakhstan is faced with an ambitious task to increase the share of tourism in the GDP from the current 1% to 8% by 2025.


Published: 13 February 2018


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