As we celebrate new beginnings with the start of a new year, let us commit ourselves to the individual acts of connection and understanding that bind our communities together. Let us build upon those individual acts to revive our common commitment to creating the world we all so desire: a world in which harmony and prosperity are within reach and our children are raised on hope and hard work, not fear.
Kazakhstan can offer a much more visible contribution to international peace and prosperity. This country needs to be called upon to play a stronger and more active role in the mediation of interests between the United States (U.S.) and the European Union (E.U.), on one side, and Russia and the Middle East, on the other.
History has shown repeatedly that business dreams are birthed through chaos and from the ashes of despair, new business ideas rise. I encourage all the small and black-owned businesses impacted by looting and fire in Ferguson, MO to stay in the game and to know that their customers are waiting for them.