Astana must enter top ten of successful cities of the world by 2050 - Nazarbayev

Date: 09:38, 25-04-2014.

Astana. April 25. KazTAG - Astana must enter top ten of the most successful cities of the world by 2050, said Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan.

"Cities are estimated differently in the world. There are different ratings: on life quality, competitiveness rating. We must aspire to such parameters. Astana must have such an ambitious aim (...). There is an ambitious task - to enter top ten successful cities of the world by 2050. If we set this task- we will solve it," he said.

He added Astana must take an active position in popularization of "green economy" in the process of preparation to EXPO-2017.

"I think that in the process of preparation to EXPO-2017 Astana may take more active position in popularization of "green" ideas, being close to the most comfortable green cities of the world. I believe it will bring benefits to Astana residents, become example for Kazakhstan, and attract capitals," he said.

"I put an emphasis on green zones development, parks, and public gardens. It must become a competitive advantage of Astana in the region. The city must be green, all the territories free from construction must be landscaped," he said.

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