EUROPEAN TOURISM IS CREATOR OF WEALTH, DEVELOPMENT AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES ACROSS THE WORLD STATES ECTT PRESIDENT

Celebration of Europe: Europe Day Reception

Building on a successful cooperation on last year’s Europe Day, the European Tourism Academy supported the EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE(ECTT) to organize the Europe Day on Tuesday , 9 May 2017.

The reception was attended by over 1000 people from including prominent guests such as government representatives, diplomatic corps in Bucharest, business leaders, academia, and the media. On this occasion Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Council President   had welcomed the visitors to the event with a powerful speech:

Honourable Ministers,

Honourable Members of Parliament,

Excellencies, Members of the Diplomatic Corps,

Colleagues, fellow Europeans and friends of Europe,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Namaste, Salam Alaykum, Good evening, Bonsoir, and a very warm welcome to you all to the 2017 Europe Day celebrations.

First, I would like to express my gratitude to Academicians Mircea Constantinescu and Ionut Costea, Directors of EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY, for kindly agreeing to make available this splendid hall for today’s gathering.

We thought that this year it would be great to bring Europe closer to academicians and professionals and leaders of all walks of life, and to hold our celebrations in this excellent establishment.

Thank you very much to everyone who has worked so hard to make this happen.

Today, 9 May, is Europe Day.

 On this day in 1950 Robert Schuman, the French Foreign Minister, called on the nations of Europe to unite and make war on our continent unthinkable.

His message of peace and unity is as relevant as ever.

 The dreams of our founding fathers have become a reality, and Europeans live together in peace and prosperity, bound together by principles of democracy and human rights.

Yet, as anyone who follows international news knows, the European Union faces considerable challenges, and I do not want to gloss over these.

But despite all our difficulties the Europe represents the most successful process of regional integration, and remains the richest continent in the world.

In no other place is there so much freedom – freedom to speak our mind, freedom to move, freedom to pray and not to pray, freedom to love, freedom to vote and freedom to choose our own destiny.

Everywhere in the world Europe is a major trading partner, a major investor and we are proudly launching here BEST OF EUROPE/BEST OF WORLD program.

 

Climate change is another example of Europe prowess and a dear subject to myself as Ambassador for World Protected Areas .

On 22 April 2016, 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement in New York. Fifteen countries deposited their instruments of ratification on the same day sending a signal to the international community on the paramount importance of the implementation of the Agreement.

Our Ambassador office is committed to continue to work closely with all the nations on climate change, not only alongside it in international negotiations, but also as a key partner – providing support for mitigation and adjusting, and on the implementation of the Paris Agreement – the next big challenge.

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

I want to welcome you this evening not only to the Europe Day Reception, but also to our exhibition showcasing our engagement in tourism, trade and development across the world.

With WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION and WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM programs we succeeded in the last ten years to bring over 6 billion euro investments in tourism, development and growth sector in Africa and Asia and we created more than 100.000 jobs in tertiary sectors of all the countries that have being supported by EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE and EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY programs.

 I would like to thank all our development implementing partners for their contributions to the exhibition and for their efforts.

I hope that everyone will take time to discover the breadth and depth of the EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE co-operation with developing world.

 

I would like to express my gratitude in particular to key partners of ours in this day, as DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE who offered you not only wonderful gifts but provided you with a symbol of what Europe stand`s for culture like Salvador Dali works and the joy of living embodied by wonderful perfumes and also a word of gratitude to our European Diplomatic Wine`s partners like HOUSE OF PANCIU who unveiled for you the best European sparkling wines and HOUSE OF WINES COTNARI who had offered you the gift of incredible European wines.

A word of gratitude to the 23 masters of pastry and cakes, who created the incredible cakes that we will taste tonight.

I will no longer stay between you and the incredible cake awaiting us!

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Happy Europe Day!

Bbahut Dhanyawad, Shukran, Merci beaucoup, Thank you, Danke.”

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ANTON CARAGEA-EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE PRESIDENT WILL COOPERATE TO IMPLEMENT NURLY ZHOL-KAZAKHSTAN PRESIDENT REFORM PLAN

ANTON CARAGEA-EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE PRESIDENT WILL COOPERATE TO IMPLEMENT NURLY ZHOL-KAZAKHSTAN PRESIDENT REFORM PLAN

Kazakhstan Ambassador meet with European Council on Tourism and Trade President(ECTT), Professor Dr. Anton Caragea for an official presentation of the 100 steps reform plan of Kazakhstan President.

The Ambassador outlined the significance and the importance of the message in a dialogue with ECTT President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and requested the academic analyses and an official point of view on the content of the document, that will be submitted for Kazakhstan people appreciation.

The document titled: 100 concrete steps set out by President Nursultan Nazarbayev to implement five institutional reforms is a concrete plan, proving the Kazakhstan President determination to carve out the creation of a developed state, for all people of Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan Ambassador Daulet Batrashev and ECTT President- Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

This will be achieved by developing a professional civil service, ensuring rule of law, offering bases for industrialisation and economic growth and fostering national unity and identity by developing a patriotic act named Mangilik El (Eternal Nation).

After perusing the document,ECTT President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea express his complete acquiescence,to the program enunciated by H.E. Kazakhstan President-Nursultan Nazarbayev and highlighted the main features of what he called „a perfect program for a modern nation, a state belonging to XXI century”.

The academic staff of European Tourism Academy and European Council on Tourism and Trade, in agreement with other institutions and European academies, will start a process of complete and thoroughly examination and recommendations, so that the Five Institutional Reforms Program outlined by President Nursultan Nazarbayev to be recognized as a document of universal value and significance and to be offered as a template for development and national building across the world.

ECTT delegation receives Turkestan symbol-Hogea Ahmed Yassaui

President Professor dr. Anton Caragea during his trip to Kazakhstan-April 2015.

The program and documents, submitted by H.E. Kazakhstan Ambassador-Daulet Batrashev for Europe and world analysis, are reflecting the peerless manner in which President Nazarbayev is conducting the construction of an enlighten and modern state in Kazakhstan of today and his proposals can be considered as a document of world significance and authoritative development plan, concluded Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

European Council on Tourism and Trade work will be connected with the implementation of the concept of development of the tourist industry by 2020 and establishment of regional tourist clusters: “Astana – the Heart of Eurasia”, “Almaty – Kazakhstan’s Free Cultural Zone”, “Unity of Nature and Nomadic Culture”, “The Pearl of Altai”, “Restoration of the Great Silk Road”, “the Caspian Gates”.

The meeting held between HE. Kazakhstan Ambassador-Daulet Batrashev and President-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea was the first official presentation of the Five Institutional Reforms Program of President Nursultan Nazarbayev to a world academic body.

The implementation of a number of technological projects is envisaged, with European Council on Tourism and Trade expertise and support.

This include the creation of the large-scale internet project “Encyclopedia of Kazakhstan”,with European Tourism Academy high level competencies involved which will enable citizens and foreign tourists to discover more about the country.

The portal will include 3D video tours of Kazakhstan, information on history and culture of the country, as well as interesting events.

The portal will act as Kazakhstan’s “business card”, as well as a national guide, a national wall of fame of citizens and a platform for online discussion on the model of European Journal of Tourism and Trade.

EUROPEAN TOURISM ACADEMY OF EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE LISTEN TO A REPORT ON KAZAKHSTAN DEVELOPMENT

PRESIDENT NAZARBAYEV IS PUTTING KAZAKHSTAN ON THE BRIGHT AND RIGHT PATH

European Academic-Professor Dr. Anton Caragea

In the world of today, gripped by economic crisis, unemployment, financial woes and deep recession, we are seldom confronted by successful stories of countries weathering the storm and creating a better life for their citizens.

In this bleak picture of world economic crisis, we can observe one positive example of a nation in continuous development, an example that must be transformed in a source of inspiration to us all: Kazakhstan.

Just a few days ago, President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan announced to his country and world an ambitious program called: New Economic Policy, that must provide the nation of Kazakhstan with continuous development, economic opportunities and a better future, despite the world economic crisis that is engulfing almost the entire world.

The program in his amplitude and powerful vision can only be ascribed to the US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt plan called New Deal, that offered United States the opportunity to develop and emerge victorious from the world economic crisis of 1929-1933 and allowed US to win the second world war and to impose herself as the leading nation after the world conflagration.

This is the only similar, lofty and all encompassing plan that is rising up to the level of the vision of President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan.

The New Economic Policy (Bright Path- or “Nyrly Zhol” in Kazakh language) is carved on the proven lesson of the economic giant John Maynard Keynes, but is taken in consideration also other factors such as: the economic situation of Kazakhstan, the important geostrategic position of the country and the specificity of Kazakh economy.

 

The first positive fact that we have to highlighted is the historic proven reality that President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan had already confronted and succeed in elevating his country from the devastating effects of economic crisis of 2007-2009, making Kazakhstan the only Central Asian country and amongst a very select few nations that avoided the devastating crisis of the period in question.

 

Today with the same acumen and statesmanship, President Nursultan Nazarbayev is creating the bases of a sound economic development policy, carved out of investing in economy, supporting the reconstruction or building of a new infrastructure comprising of: roads, railroads and air connections to unite Western China and Eastern Europe, conserving the banking system and investing in new technologies, education and social projects.

 

Off course, we have to confess that Kazakhstan is in a perfect shape to confront this new wave of world crisis: is having a perfect economic management, incredible resources and energetic potential and a perfect strategic position and a huge National Fund that can be used for investment and growth.

 

This platform for future development is not in place by chance.

No, it is the result of the seasoned and sophisticated policies of Kazakhstan leader, that in the time of buoyant economic activity and of oil prices topping the 120 dollars per barrel, did not spend out the money, but collected all in a National Fund, well administrated, wisely constructed, that today is giving to the nation of Kazakhstan the opportunity to develop at a rapid pace, not waiting for foreign loans or investments (difficult to acquire in this time of depression) but by national means and internal investments.

 

If Kazakhstan of today is a symbol of resilience in time of global economic meltdown, this can be traced back to the time of booming, when Kazakhstan did not wasted money and resources, but wisely collected and treasured them for time of need and now this hour is at hand.

Today Kazakhstan is creating a huge investment fund for development of infrastructure, infrastructure that will allow the country to be better connected, to make financial economies and to offer a better standard of living to all citizens.

If this plan is anything to go by, unemployment will be a difficult word to find in any Kazakh dictionary.

 

The New Economic Policy is also concentrated in building up an economic giant to be inscribed amongst the most 30 developed nations of the world.

When, five years ago this was looking like a far reaching goal, set up by Kazakhstan leadership, today this can be at the country grasp, as the rest of the world is confronted by a quagmire economic slowdown.

 

This ambitious program of investing in railroads, roads, and maritime infrastructure and land and air facilities, will make Astana and Kazakhstan the future hub for economic investors and for development in Asia and Europe.

Already the benefits can be seen: as Astana airport has received more than 3, 5 million air travelers per year and the figures are expected to double to over 7 million travelers by 2017.

The continuous investment in Expo 2017 is another proof of the vitality and resilience of Kazakhstan economy in this troubled economic climate and together with the country research, created in high level technological parks in Atyrau and Taraz and university research development is creating the broad vista of an technological giant in the rise.

 

Tourism will be another launch pad for a country that is enjoying a rich natural diversity, a huge territory, a wonderful landscape and incredible touristic opportunities.

This sector will become, in the future, not only a national prestige and recognition source, but also a major income and job creator in the economy and in this regard the potential of Kazakhstan is as great as the territory of the country itself: enormous.

One cannot stop in observing that: while other countries are putting the social services as risk, in the vain hope that they can make some economy in this field, sacrificing the living standard of their people, Kazakhstan is tacking exactly the opposite road.

The social expenditure will rise offering better education, better housing, better living condition and increasing the standard of living of Kazakhstani people propelling in the mean time the economic growth.

 

This is not just a wonderful example of social oriented and wise leadership, but also a sound economic policy; wealthier people will work harder, will produce better, will encourage and foster the national economy.

A wonderful lesson of social development and economic benefits is inscribed in Kazakhstan President message.

 

This ample and visionary policy will without a doubt inscribe the country on the list of the most sought after investor destination.

Already support for the economic development plan and interest in participating in this wonderful economic bustling program was rife amongst foreign investor, with over 100 international companies queuing for participation in the development of Kazakhstan.

We can add to this list the pledges of support from European Bank for Reconstruction, Islamic Development Bank, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank who are lined up, offering to the country the financial support and most of all the confidence vote of the world economic power house enterprises.

 

Drawing the line, the message of the Kazakhstan leader for his people is a full of confidence one: confidence in the chances to weather out the crisis, confidences in the country future and ability to develop further, optimist in chances of Kazakhstan to continue to be a world beckon of economic wisdom, internal unity and developed and full integrated society.

 

The readers might ask what is the significance for a wider, world audience of these flourishing perspectives of the nation of Kazakhstan?

Well the answer is clear: if Chinese model of avoiding the economic crisis is based on the huge internal market and the potential of 1, 4 billion people to confront the economic crisis, than what other model can the world adopt to avoid the present-day economic quagmire?

The answer is simple; Kazakhstan model of sound growth, development policies, social expenditure, and internal investment on a market of 18 million consumers is a model that can be applied by the majority of world countries.

 

When President Nazarbayev outlined his generous vision for the people of Kazakhstan, he outlined what can be a template for world leaders and nations in extracting their nations from the suffering of economic hardship and direct them towards sustainable growth.

 

In 1933 the world listen, glue to their radio sets, to the message of hope of US president F.D. Roosevelt offering to his people the way out of world economic turmoil encapsulate in a New Deal program, today we can watch on our television sets the message of the New Economic Policy of Kazakhstan and entertain a glimmer of hope: if Kazakhstan can do it, then so we can.

Yes. We can!