«ЕЛ ЖҮРЕГІ – АСТАНА» (ASTANA – THE HEART OF THE COUNTRY). THE STATE SYMBOLS OF THE REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN WERE DELIVERED TO AKMOLA 20 YEARS AGO

The Concept on celebration of the 20th anniversary of the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Astana «Ел жүрегі – Астана» (Astana – the heart of the country) was approved on September 27, 2017 by the decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan together with the akims (mayors) of the cities of Astana and Almaty, the regions will map out and approve the action plan for the preparation and holding of the 20th anniversary of the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Astana. Planned activities will be held during the calendar year.

November 8 is one of the most important dates in the history of the formation of the new capital of Kazakhstan – Astana.

Since that day, Akmola, now Astana, has become the custodian of state symbols – the flag and the emblem, as well as the presidential. On November 8, 1997 in the central square of Akmola was held a ceremonial meeting and parade dedicated to the arrival in the new capital of the symbols of state power of the Republic of Kazakhstan, delivered from Almaty by special flight of the Republican Guard commander Sat Tokpakbayev. The President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev was received the parade, who arrived in Akmola together with the Prime Minister and members of the Government of the Republic.

The Head of state in his speech noted the importance of the events taking place for the whole republic and for Akmola. He noted that this city played an important role in various periods of history, especially during the years of virgin lands campaign, which gave a rich management experience for the entire region. Due to a few of current realities and perspectives related to strengthening Kazakhstan's statehood and ongoing social and economic reforms, the gaze turned again to Akmola, defining its new status.

On May 6, 1998 after long discussions and analysis of the onomastic commission, the President of the country signed the Decree «On renaming of the city of Akmola – the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the city of Astana – the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan».

On June 10, 1998 took place the official presentation of the capital gathered guests from all over the world.

A new page in the history of independent Kazakhstan started. Astana has become a national brand, and its development is a development model for the entire country