Today in Ukimet Uyi Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev chaired a regular meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission for Crime Prevention under the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan (hereinafter IDC).

In the course of the meeting, the participants discussed the results of the work of regional IDCs for crime prevention for 2017 and approved the draft IDC Work Plan for 2018.

For reference: In accordance with the Law “On Crime Prevention”, Interdepartmental Commissions for Crime Prevention are established under local executive bodies, which are chaired by regional and district (city) Akims. The working body of IDCs is the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Under the auspices of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, an interdepartmental working group was established (comprising representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of National Economy, Ministry of Healthcare and the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Kazakhstan), which inspected the efficiency of regional IDCs of Kostanay, Kyzylorda and Almaty regions.

The activities of individual regional commissions were also inspected by a working group established under the Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan to assess the quality of the implementation of the Plan of the Nation “100 concrete steps”.

In each region, the composition of commissions includes Heads of concerned state bodies, representatives of non-governmental organizations, Deputies of Maslikhats, and from 2016 – heads of the local police service.

The draft Work Plan of the Commission for 2018 includes issues related to the implementation by the state and local executive bodies of the Comprehensive Plan for Crime Prevention for 2017-2019, as well as work on the prevention of excessive drinking, alcoholism, drug addiction and further improvement of work with offenders.

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The Ministry of National Economy has proposed to reduce the time it takes to clear transit cargo.

“The current Code provides for 24 hours to complete customs transit, while the new Code limits this time to no more than 4 working hours. If it is necessary to conduct a customs inspection of transit cargo, the time provided to run it is reduced from ten to five days," – Deputy Minister of National Economy Ruslan Dalenov said during an expanded meeting of the Committee for Economic Policy, Innovative Development and Entrepreneurship.

The bill “On Amendments and Additions to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Customs Regulation” includes amendments aimed at facilitating the inclusion in the registers of owners of temporary storage warehouses, bonded warehouses and free warehouses.

In general, the main innovations of the Customs Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan concern the automation of business processes at customs, the expansion of the list of goods, synchronization with the Tax Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan with regard to customs duties and taxes, collection of arrears and the establishment of statutory limitations (in accordance with the new Tax Code).

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Today in Ukimet Uyi, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev held a meeting with the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Orascom TMT, Naguib Sawiris.

The meeting covered issues of cooperation with the company in Kazakhstan’s telecommunications industry and implementation of joint investment projects related to digitalization.

For reference: Orascom Construction Group is located in Cairo (Egypt), it was founded in 1950 and belongs to Onsi Sawiris.

The company is among the leading global contractors and is engaged in executing large industrial, infrastructure, and separate commercial projects for public and private clients in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Orascom TMT is a well-known investor and strategic shareholder in telecommunication and technological structures. The company's shares are in circulation on NASDAQ Dubai and the Egyptian Exchange.

Orascom Construction operates under three different and separate brands: Orascom, Contrack and The Weitz Company. The main brands are supported by 50% of the shares of the BESIX Group and the network of subsidiaries and affiliates in additional industries related to construction.

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The Minister of Defence presented in Atyrau the new Commander of the Regional Command “West”, Colonel Kanysh Abubakirov, who was appointed Commander of the RC “West” by the order of the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan - the President of the country.

The Minister of Defence expressed confidence that Colonel K. Abubakirov, with his experience, combined with high professional qualities, will be able to efficiently manage the implementation of tasks assigned to the troops of the Regional Command and wished the new Commander perseverance and success in addressing them.

The Head of the Defence Department also thanked Major-General Daulet Ospanov for his work, who was earlier relieved of his post by the order of the Head of State in connection with his transfer.

By the order of the Minister of Defence, General D. Ospanov was appointed to the post of Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Land Forces of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan for combat training.

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Today in Ukimet Uyi, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev chaired a regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the National Welfare Fund Samruk-Kazyna JSC.

The discussion focused on issues related to the implementation of the Transformation Program, the comprehensive privatization plan and preparation for the IPO of the Fund's assets. The work plan and the Fund’s annual budget for 2018 were also approved, and a report was heard on the work of the Internal Audit Service for 9 months of 2017.

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Kazakhstan needs to introduce electronic visas as soon as possible, according to Deputy Minister of Culture and Sport Yerlan Kozhagapanov.

"Kazakhstan's position in the global ranking of tourism competitiveness is very low. We occupy 81st place among 136 states, and considerably lag behind the nearest neighbors - Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan. This rating uses 14 criteria, but the lowest among them is “international openness”, in it we occupy 113th place. What does it mean? This criterion involves visa regime, which in our country is complex. For example, we do not issue electronic visas upon arrival, there are still migration cards, and Kazakhstan is also poorly promoted in the world as a tourism destination. Currently, there is a visa-free regime for 65 countries. At the same time, according to UNWTO, it is difficult to obtain a Kazakh visa abroad. Therefore, we need to as soon as possible introduce electronic visas for other countries,” - Y. Kozhagapanov said at the first meeting of the Tourism Council in the National Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The Deputy Minister noted that the introduction of electronic visas in Azerbaijan in 2013 increased the number of foreign tourists by 3.5 times.

According to Y. Kozhagapanov, it is also necessary to actively grant visas upon arrival, to expand the 72 hour visa-free transit regime, to abolish migration registration. And it is also necessary to move the implementation of the law on genomic and fingerprint examination to earlier periods.

The Deputy Minister also noted that it is very important to pursue the policy of "open skies", which has already been applied for three months during the EXPO-2017 exhibition, and it gave a huge positive effect.

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Minister of Religious Affairs and Civil Society of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nurlan Yermekbayev met in Abu Dhabi with the United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Tolerance, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan.

N. Yermekbayev spoke about the state policy in religious matters and noted the progressive development of bilateral cooperation between Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates.

Kazakhstan and the UAE effectively cooperate at multilateral platforms, including the UN, OIC, CICA, closely coordinate their actions.

Nurlan Yermekbayev invited his counterpart, the UAE Minister of State for Tolerance, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, to attend the upcoming 6th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, scheduled to be held in Astana on October 10-11, 2018.

In addition, N. Yermekbayev took part in the official reception on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and the UAE, organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Abu Dhabi.

Recall, Minister of Religious Affairs and Civil Society of the Republic of Kazakhstan N. Yermekbayev took part in the IV International Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies to Discuss “World Peace and Islamophobia”, which was held in Abu Dhabi.

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The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Kazakhstan has hosted a meeting between the Kazakh Defence Minister and the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to the Republic of Kazakhstan, Philippe Martinet.

In the course of the meeting, the sides discussed the main priorities of international military cooperation of the two countries in peacekeeping and interaction between verification services.

The Minister of Defence of the Republic of Kazakhstan congratulated the Ambassador of France on his appointment, wished successes in promoting the Kazakh-French all-round strategic partnership.

The meeting resulted in the signing of the Military Cooperation Plan between the defense departments of the two countries.

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The Majilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan at the plenary session approved in the first reading the bill "On Standardization".

"We see the harmonization of the Kazakh model in creating a national standardization system, guided by legal relations “state-business-consumer”, where the state reserves the authority to intervene from administrative positions only in those issues that are directly related to security, outside of technical policy. We have clearly defined goals, objectives, principles of standardization, functions, competencies and procedures for interaction between subjects of standardization,” - Minister of Investments and Development Zhenis Kassymbek said, presenting the bill.

According to him, based on the experience of developed countries, it is proposed to introduce a national standards body, which would coordinate all standardization processes, create conditions for the adoption of standards based on the principle of equality of all concerned parties.

In practice, this body will be an operator. This will result in the establishment of standards that allow competing and having credibility in the domestic and foreign markets.

The national body will be a state legal entity that will be determined by the Government on the basis of established criteria, including experience in the development and analysis of standards, the existence of agreements with international standards bodies, and will not require additional funding.

According to the Minister, it is also planned to transform the work of technical committees in terms of functions in the analysis of standards in the sectors and ensuring discussion and voting for their adoption based on the balance of the parties' interest, establishing clear functional interaction with the interested parties, as well as technical discussion of draft national standards, including analysis of terminology, determination of Kazakhstan's technical readiness for the introduction of the standard, elimination of duplicate technical requirements, verification of compliance with the legislation, assessment of the availability of scientific research.

Zh. Kassymbek noted that the process of developing national standards, envisaged by the bill, meets the requirements of the World Trade Organization in terms of transparency of the process of developing national standards and participation of all concerned parties.

In the course of work on the bill, the deputies made amendments to it, which provide for the systematization of the standards of organizations, the elimination of preliminary national standards, the cataloging of products and the functioning of project technical committees, as well as the appeal committee, deprive authorized bodies of the function of determining the procedure for recording international, regional standards and standards foreign states, standards of organizations of foreign countries, classifiers of technical and economic information, rules, norms and recommendations of foreign states.

Also, the Majilismen proposed to introduce a system for cataloging standards documents and to assign to the authorized body the competence to work on the inclusion of national standards in the lists of standards to the relevant technical regulations of the Eurasian Economic Union.

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Prague is hosting the Kazakh-Czech Business Forum today, which is attended by Deputy Minister of Investments and Development Yerlan Khairov and Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic Jiri Koliba.

More than 100 representatives of Czech and Kazakh business took part in the forum. It was organized by the Ministry of Investments and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Chamber of Commerce of Kazakhstan, and the Chamber of Trade and Industry for CIS Countries.

Topical issues of cooperation development in such areas as investments, industry, insurance and trade were discussed within the framework of the Business Forum.

Deputy Minister Yerlan Khairov noted that favorable investment conditions have been created in Kazakhstan. Promising sectors for cooperation are transit, engineering, energy, innovation and agriculture.

In turn, Jiri Koliba highlighted the positive momentum in bilateral cooperation - Kazakhstan's trade with the Czech Republic in the 9 months of this year grew 121% and amounted to about 500 million USD.

The Forum resulted in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Chamber of Commerce of Kazakhstan and the Chamber of Trade and Industry for CIS Countries on the establishment of the Business Council between Kazakhstan and the Czech Republic. This memorandum will allow not only to continue work on the implementation of existing commercial arrangements, but also to establish new contacts for the development of promising areas.

Chairman of the Board of the Chamber of Commerce of Kazakhstan Ayan Yerenov, who signed the memorandum, said that the Kazakh side is ready to assist in finding partners to Czech investors and entrepreneurs.

Following the event, bilateral meetings were held between the businesses of the two countries.

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