Society • 13 February, 2018

Kazakhstanis to receive identity cards in Latin script from 2021

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In the course of the meeting of the Government chaired by the Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Vice Minister of Culture and Sports Yerlan Kozhagapanov reported on the implementation of the instructions of the President given at the extended meeting of the Government on 9 February 2018, reports primeminister.kz.

October 26, 2017, the President 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.

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