Today at Ukimet Uyi Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev chaired a regular meeting of the State Commission for Economy Modernization.

The meeting discussed the approaches of the Ministries of Information and Communications, Investments and Development, Culture and Sport on building the Government work system in modernizing such areas as the development of information and communication technologies, technological renewal and digitalization of the economy and tourism.

All the areas considered at the meeting of the State Commission are aimed at ensuring the country’s sustainable economic growth and modernizing the economy within the framework of the Presidential Address “Third Modernization of Kazakhstan: Global Competitiveness”.

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A Government meeting will take place tomorrow at 10:00 at Ukimet Uyi.

The agenda includes the State Corporation “Government for Citizens”; organization of health-improving recreation, leisure, and occupation of children during the school break; as well as bills on archival affairs and on the activities of non-profit organizations.

Live broadcast will be available on primeminister.kz and social networks: Facebook, Vkontakte, Twitter, Periscope and Odnoklassniki.

Following the meeting, a press conference will be held at the Government press center with participation of Minister of Information and Communications D. Abayev and Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs and Civil Society A. Nukenov.

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Astana is hosting the Kazakhstan-UAE business forum.

“The United Arab Emirates is one of Kazakhstan's key partners in the Middle East. Our relations are based on friendship and mutual trust. Today we are pleased to witness the progressive development of bilateral trade and economic relations. In terms of trade turnover with Kazakhstan, the UAE ranks first among the countries of the Middle East,” – Minister of Investments and Development Zhenis Kassymbek noted, opening the forum.

According to the Minister, last year’s dynamics show very positive trends: compared to 2015, trade turnover between the two countries in 2016 almost tripled.

“Since gaining the independence of our country, the total volume of UAE direct investments in Kazakhstan has amounted to almost 2 billion USD. At the same time, Kazakhstan has invested over 900 million USD in the economy of the UAE,” – Zhenis Kassymbek added.

The Minister also said that to date, there are about 200 joint ventures with participation of UAE business operating in Kazakhstan.

“Together we are implementing projects in agriculture, energy, mining and metallurgy. Meanwhile, we see that we have much greater potential for developing trade and economic relations,” – Zhenis Kassymbek summed up.

It should be noted that the forum is attended by officials and more than 250 representatives of the business of the UAE.

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On behalf of the Head of State, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev inspected the construction of the new railway station, new terminals of the Astana International Airport, the “Green Quarter” and “Abu Dhabi Plaza” complexes, and the “Taldykol” sewage treatment plant.

Currently, Astana is actively preparing for the opening of the International Specialized Exhibition EXPO-2017. Capital infrastructure facilities play an important role in the city's uninterrupted life-support and the comfortable stay of EXPO-2017 participants and guests.

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Today at Ukimet Uyi Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev chaired a regular meeting of the State Commission for Economy Modernization.

The meeting discussed the approaches of the Ministries of Labor and Social Protection of Population, Education and Science, Investments and Development, on building up the Government’s work system in such areas as productive employment, development of mass entrepreneurship, the education system, attraction of investments and modernization of the trade sphere.

All the directions considered at the meeting of the State Commission are aimed at ensuring the country’s sustainable economic growth and the economy’s modernization within the framework of the Presidential Address “Third Modernization of Kazakhstan: Global Competitiveness”.

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Today at Ukimet Uyi Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev chaired a regular meeting of the Council on improving the investment climate.

The meeting discussed matters related to the participation of foreign investors in deregulating business processes in Kazakhstan, including in the telecommunications and insurance industries.

In his Address “Third Modernization of Kazakhstan: Global Competitiveness”, the Head of State N. Nazarbayev instructed the Government to develop systemic measures to deregulate the business by adopting the best standards and practices of developed countries by July 1 of this year. In this connection, Council members made their proposals for involving representatives of small and medium-sized international companies in the process, and also examined issues of auditing the legislation to identify norms that impede competition and issues of reducing all types of costs for business.

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On behalf of the Head of State, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev visited the main facilities of EXPO-2017 – the National Pavilion of Kazakhstan "Nur Alem", the Congress Center concert hall and amphitheater and the Congress hotel.

The Prime Minister also got acquainted with the work of the corporate pavilion which hosted presentations of the companies “Citic Group Corporation”, JSC “KTZ”, JSC “Samruk-Energy”, LLP “Mediker” and JSC “NMH “KazAgro”.

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The International Specialized Exhibition EXPO-2017 in Astana will begin on June 10 and end on September 10. It is expected to be visited by more than 2 million people, and the total number of visits will be about 5 million people.

The total area of the Astana EXPO-2017 exhibition complex is 174 hectares, it hosts about 35 facilities. The exhibition area hosts the national pavilion of Kazakhstan, international thematic and corporate pavilions, shopping and entertainment facilities. The non-exhibition area hosts a conference center, a press center, an indoor city, residential buildings and hotels.

After EXPO-2017, the Astana International Financial Center will begin operating on the basis of the exhibition, as well as the international technology park for IT start-ups, which will become a platform for attracting entrepreneurs and investors from around the world.

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Today First Deputy Prime Minister-Minister of Agriculture A. Myrzakhmetov chaired a videoconference meeting on the preparation of state forest owners for the fire season of 2017.

The meeting saw participation of Deputy Akims of regions responsible for forestry, heads of departments of natural resources and environmental management, regional territorial forestry and wildlife inspections, regional emergency departments and environmental institutions.

During the meeting, A. Myrzakhmetov drew attention to the need to strengthen the material-and-technical provision of forest institutions under the jurisdiction of regional Akimats.

The State Enterprise "Kazavialesohrana" has organized a national dispatch service for the swift reception and transmission of information on the fire situation in forests, coordination of actions to extinguish forest fires, this ensures the transmission of data on forest fires to the National Crisis Center of the Committee for Emergency Situations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Also presently, together with the State Enterprise "Kazavialesohrana”, three-time aviation patrolling is carried out in forest areas with a high fire hazard. The personnel of air divisions are put on high alert.

Air patrols cover state forest resources in Almaty, Akmola, East Kazakhstan, Zhambyl, Karaganda, Kostanay and Pavlodar regions on an area of ​​8 million 869 thousand hectares or 30% of the state forest resource.

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Two new bus stations will open in Astana to ensure uninterrupted transportation of passengers during the EXPO-2017 period, which will daily receive up to 400 buses from the regions of the country. This was reported by Deputy Minister of Investments and Development Roman Sklyar at a press conference at the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

According to preliminary calculations, more than 472 thousand people, or more than 5 thousand visitors a day, will arrive in Astana from regions on buses during EXPO-2017.

The bus station "Saparzhai Astana" will serve its current routes, so the routes familiar to residents and guests of the capital will remain unchanged.

Additionally created routes will be served by new bus stations. From June 1 this year, the “Alai” bus station will start operating, which will daily serve the additionally created routes from northern and western regions – Kokshetau , Petropavlovsk, Kostanay, Pavlodar, Taldykorgan, Uralsk, Aktobe, Ust-Kamenogorsk.

Another station, “Kenmart”, will receive 34 buses every day from the southern and central regions – Almaty, Shymkent, Taraz, Kyzylorda, Karaganda.

“At present, in order to ensure swift regulation of transport organization, the Transport Committee of the Ministry of Investments and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan forms a list of buses indicating their state numbers, owners, capacity and year of manufacture,” – R. Sklyar said.

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The international exhibition EXPO in Astana will be visited by about 2.45 million people. This was stated by Deputy Minister of Investments and Development Roman Sklyar at a press conference at the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

It is expected that more than 1.8 million people will come to see the grandiose event from the country’s regions. Approximately 1.1 million Kazakhstanis will arrive in the capital by rail. About 161 thousand people will choose air transport. Regular buses should bring more than 350 thousand guests. And about 200 thousand people will drive their own personal transport.

In general, it is expected that about 20 thousand people will arrive in Astana every day.

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