13 June 2008
In Akorda, President Nursultan Nazarbayev Chairs Session of the Public Council for the Implementation of the Program Madeni Mura (Cultural Heritage)

By the President’s initiative, the State program Madeni Mura for 2004-2006 years as established early 2004. Its outcomes were summarized at the extended session of the Public Council in 2007. At that time, the President prolonged the program’s duration and instructed the Ministry of Culture and Information to develop the second stage of the Madeni Mura Program for 2007-2009.

Opening today’s session, the President noted that the State program was enthusiastically accepted by the people as a milestone in the spiritual cultural and public life of the society.

“We have spent 2.7 billion tenges from the republican budget on the implementation of the program’s first stage, and will allocate other 4 billion tenges in order to implement its second stage,” Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

At the moment, 35 architectural monuments having special historical cultural meaning have been restored. Thirty archeological and seventeen applied scientific research projects were implemented.

The work on developing a new State List of memorials of culture and history of republican importance was completed because of the program. Two hundred eighteen objects have been put on the new list.

Nursultan Nazarbayev said that Kazakhstani scientists together with their colleagues from abroad should study the national history and culture and transform them into common human values.

“The great Steppe civilization that is not superseded by any other in terms of historical importance waits its further study,” the President said.

Members of the Public Council including director of the Institute for Oriental Study Abuseitova, Archeology Institute Baipakov, culture scientist Auezov, director of the Kazakh Encyclopediyasy Publishing House Aiyagan, director of the Presidential Cultural Center Zholdasbekov, academician Nysanbayev and other participants presented their reports at the meeting.

Summarizing the outcomes of the session of the Public Council on the implementation of Madeni Mura, Nursultan Nazarbayev outlined directions and priorities, which must be targeted at the second stage of the program.

On the same day, the President viewed an exhibition presented in Akorda that demonstrates results of the work conducted within the Madeni Mura program. The President also acquired a familiarity with the Madeni Mura web-portal.

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