October 26, 2017, the President of Kazakhstan N. Nazarbayev signed a decree "On the translation of the Kazakh alphabet from Cyrillic to the Latin script." In pursuance of this decree, a National Commission was established to translate the Kazakh alphabet into Latin script until 2025.
As Yerlan Kozhagapanov noted, a draft action plan has been developed to date, which details the phased transfer of the Kazakh alphabet to the Latin script until 2025.
The first stage is for 2018-2020. During this period, preparatory work and measures will be carried out to improve the regulatory legal framework. Spelling rules for the new Kazakh alphabet based on the Latin script, IT applications for a text-based conversion into the Latin alphabet will be developed.
The second stage: 2021-2023. Passports, citizens' identity cards and other documents in the state language will be issued in Latin script. Seminars and lectures, courses with the involvement of philologists and linguists will be organized to train teachers of the centers and the adult population.
The third stage: 2024-2025. A phased transfer of office work of local and central state bodies, state media and state printed publications to Latin script is planned. Step-by-step transfer of office work of education organizations into Latin script will also be carried out.
To date, the Ministry is working to establish a coordination center for the translation of the Kazakh language into the Latin script — Til-Kazyna.
In addition, the Vice Minister of Culture and Sports, Yerlan Kozhagapanov, reported that within the framework of the Ruhani Zhangyru program a special project "Sacral Geography of Kazakhstan" is being implemented. At the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, there is a center Qassiyetti Qazaqstan. In the 10 months of work, lists of sacred places have been formed: 183 objects of national significance and 520 objects of local significance. The first volume of the encyclopedic edition "Sacred Kazakhstan" was published, an interactive virtual map with detailed descriptions and 3D tours for each of the objects was formed. Together with the BBC channel, four documentary films have been launched for broadcasting on the channels Discovery, Viasat History, and National geographic.
"Our next main task is to popularize Kazakhstan in the world community, to develop the infrastructure of domestic and inbound tourism. For the first time, the tourism sector was included among the drivers of the national economy, into the so-called Olympic modernization route 4.0," said Yerlan Kozhagapanov.
Recall, the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan has an ambitious task to increase the share of tourism in the GDP structure from the current 1% to 8% by 2025.