During today’s Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, First Deputy Minister of Agriculture Arman Yevniyev reported on the progress of preparations for the spring field works of 2018.

Arman Yevniyev reports that according to preliminary data, in 2018 crop acreage will exceed 21.8 million hectares.

“Grain crops are planned to be planted in an area of ​​14.7 million hectares, including wheat - 11.4 million hectares. Grain fodder crops will occupy more than 2.5 million hectares with an increase of 49 thousand hectares. Oilseeds will occupy 2.6 million hectares. Potato crops are 15% more than last year,” – A. Yevniyev informed.

The Deputy Minister also noted that 2.6 million tonnes of seeds were planted for this year’s harvest.

According to regional Akimats, as of March 1, the availability of tractors for this year’s spring field work is 87%, seeding complexes – 100%, seeders - 87%, and tillage tools - 88%.

Deputy Minister of Energy M. Mirzagaliyev reported on the prices for diesel fuel for the spring period. According to him, the Ministry of Energy jointly with the Ministry of Agriculture developed the Schedule for assigning regions to refineries to supply diesel fuel for field works of 2018.

As of March 16 of this year, the level of implementation of the March plan is 49% (56 thousand tonnes). It is noted that shipment of diesel fuel from refineries to agricultural producers is carried out on a priority basis. At the same time, daily monitoring of shipments is carried out on a daily basis.

The recommended price of diesel fuel for carrying out spring field works in March 2018 is 156 thousand tenge per tonne.

“At the same time, we note that the average wholesale price on the domestic market is 170 000 tg/t. Thus, the recommended price of diesel fuel for carrying out spring field work in 2018 is 14 000 tenge below the market average,” – M. Mirzagaliyev summed up.

The discussion also saw participation of Chairman of the Board of NMH KazAgro JSC N. Malelov, Akims of the regions: South Kazakhstan – Zh. Tuimebayev, Almaty - A. Batalov, Kostanay – A. Mukhambetov, North Kazakhstan – K. Aksakalov, Akmola – M. Murzalin.

In summation, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev noted that, in general, the preparedness for the sowing campaign is satisfactory. On the part of the Government, all necessary decisions have been taken to provide financial and logistical support for the spring sowing campaign.

The Ministry of Agriculture and regional Akims are instructed to take all necessary measures in a timely manner to carry out spring field work without a hitch.


During today’s Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Minister of National Economy Timur Suleimenov reported on the results of the monitoring of the Agro-Industrial Complex Development State Program in 2017.

The Ministry of National Economy, in accordance with the State Planning System, monitored the implementation of the Agro-Industrial Complex Development State Program of the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2017-2021. It is noted that, in general, it is planned to achieve 7 target indicators, 64 performance indicators, to execute 95 measures. By the end of 2017, 6 out of 7 target indicators were achieved.

Thus, for example, one of the important target indicators is securing growth in the volume of food exports. T. Suleimenov notes that with the plan of food exports amounting to 920 million USD, the actual volume amounted to more than 1 billion USD.

Out of the envisaged 64 performance indicators, 47 indicators or 73.4% were achieved. Of the 95 planned measures, 65 (68%) were executed. The rest are underway.

“In general, the results for the first year of the implementation of the State Program are positive in connection with the achievement of the main macro indicators,” – T. Suleimenov summed up.

The discussion also saw participation of Akims of Zhambyl region A. Myrzakhmetov, Kyzylorda region – K. Kusherbayev, Chairman of the Board of NMH KazAgro JSC N. Malelov.


During today’s Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, First Deputy Minister of Agriculture Arman Yevniyev reported on the results of the implementation of the Agro-Industrial Complex Development State Program for 2017.

According to Arman Yevniyev, the results of the implementation of the AIC Development State Program for 2017 are positive.

“The volume of gross agricultural output increased by 2.9% and amounted to 4.1 trillion tenge. There is also an increase in food production by 4.1%. The growth of investments in the fixed capital of agriculture was 29%, and in food production almost 32%,” – A. Yevniyev informed.

In general, according to the speaker, within the framework of the State Program, it was planned to achieve 7 target indicators in 2017, of which 6 have been achieved.

The indicator on the creation of agricultural cooperatives was overachieved by 82%, instead of the planned 467, 850 cooperatives were actually created. As the Deputy Minister noted, with regards to this issue it is necessary to introduce a model of creating an anchor agricultural cooperative for the purpose of uniting both large and small entities of the agro-industrial complex using elements of horizontal and vertical cooperation.

In crop production, the structure of crops has continued to diversify. The crops of ​​oilseeds increased by 444 thousand hectares in comparison with 2016, sugar beet - by 6.3 thousand hectares, leguminous crops - by 274 thousand hectares or by 2.6 times. The level of 2016 is also exceeded with regards to barley, oats, maize, buckwheat, rice and cotton. In comparison with 2016 the crops of ​​wheat decreased by 467 thousand hectares.

In livestock production, output increased by 3.9%, including meat by 5.9%, milk by 3%, eggs by 7.3%. A 5% increase in the numbers of main species of animals is observed on average. At the same time, the share of breeding cattle stock increased up to 11%. In 2017, exports of agricultural products and derivatives increased by 12.5%, including processed products by 10.7%.

It should also be noted that in the framework of the Agro-Industrial Complex Development State Program, soil and geobotanical land surveys and soil assessment were carried out on an area of ​​11.3 million hectares.


During today’s Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Minister of National Economy reported on the results of monitoring of the implementation of the Densaulyk Healthcare Development State Program for 2016-2019.

According to the speaker, the Ministry of National Economy monitors or assesses the implementation of state and government programs on an annual basis. 2017 is the second year of the implementation of the Densaulyk Healthcare Development State Program for 2016-2019, therefore this year the implementation of the Program is monitored.

In total, the Program provides for 3 target indicators, 36 outcome indicators, 123 measures, including 47 with a deadline of 2017. At the end of 2017, intermediate values ​​were achieved for all indicators.

In general, the preliminary monitoring of the implementation of the Program has shown its effectiveness, as evidenced by the improvement of the basic medical and demographic indicators. Under the plan for 2017 to increase the life expectancy of the population to 72.2 years, the final result in fact was 72.41. With regards to the population health index, under the plan for 2017 to reach 18%, the final result was 25.2%. The level of population satisfaction with the quality of medical services was 46.0%, which is 4 points higher than the plan figure. According to current data, in January-December 2017 investments in fixed assets in healthcare increased 1.4 times - from 61 billion tenge in 2016 up to 91 billion tenge. The share of healthcare in the GDP structure remained at the level of the previous year and amounted to 1.9%.

At the same time, the Minister of National Economy singled out a number of points, which must be focused on first. Thus, the issue of reducing maternal and infant mortality remains urgent.

The standards of treatment and rehabilitation of oncological diseases require improvement. In connection with the implementation of CSMI, the issue of the insufficiency of the level of the information and communication infrastructure of health care, as well as the computer literacy of medical workers, remains urgent.

The problems of rural health care, such as the underdeveloped infrastructure, facilities and resources, the lack of medical workers and staff turnover, as well as the untimely provision of medicines due to geographical remoteness, have not been fully addressed.

“In this regard, the Program should provide for additional measures aimed at improving the medical and demographic situation and the health status of the population,” – T. Suleimenov summed up.

In the course of the discussion, reports were made by regional Akims: North Kazakhstan - K. Aksakalov, Mangystau - E. Tugzhanov, Pavlodar - B. Bakauov, Deputy Akim of East Kazakhstan region Sh. Baibekov, Astana Akim A. Issekeshev.

In summation, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev noted that the tasks set by the program have been achieved over the past year, and the basic indicators of public health have been improved. The Head of State in his Address set a number of specific tasks to improve the health of the population, the implementation of which the Government needs to ensure this year.

The Ministry of Healthcare should especially thoroughly prepare for the implementation of the compulsory social medical insurance system.

Another important issue is the provision of medicines.

B. Sagintayev noted that the Head of State has tasked to increase the availability and effectiveness of medical assistance through the introduction of e-healthcare. This issue will be the subject of a separate consideration at the Government meeting in April this year.


During today’s Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Minister of Healthcare Yelzhan Birtanov reported on the progress of the implementation of the Densaulyk Healthcare Development State Program of the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2016-2019.

According to Y. Birtanov, in 2017 the Ministry launched 6 initiatives of the project “Modernization of the healthcare sector”, built on 7 directions of the State program. Thus, the activities of the State Program are implemented on the principles of project management.

Within the framework of project management indicators, 4 goals were met, with the exception of the indicator “Labor productivity growth”. Out of the 123 measures of the State program envisaged for 2017, 122 have been carried out, 1 has not.

Within the framework of the first direction of public health development, 24 activities have been completed. An institutional framework for activities has been created, and the Roadmap developed jointly with international partners is being implemented. The main line of work for the protection of public health is primarily aimed at the prevention of chronic noncommunicable diseases and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle among the population. For continuity of child health protection, school healthcare management is handed over from the education system to health care, uniform school meal standards and a suicide prevention program are also being introduced.

With regards to the second direction on the integration of all health services, measures have been taken to ensure the availability of primary health care. These measures made it possible to achieve a reduction in maternal, infant mortality and mortality from malignant neoplasms in the whole country.

With regards to the third direction on ensuring the quality of medical services, according to the 82 step of the Plan of the Nation "100 concrete steps", a Joint Quality Commission has been established whose tasks are the approval and implementation of new standards and technologies for the provision of medical care. Work is being carried out to increase the accessibility and convenience of public services by providing them digitally. As a result of these measures, the target indicator of the level of satisfaction with the quality of medical care increased to 46%.

With regards to the fourth direction, there will be improvements in the availability, quality and safety of medicines. On behalf of the Head of State, a bill on the regulation of prices for all medicines has been drafted and submitted to the Parliament. In 2017, 25 new long-term contracts were concluded with domestic producers. This allowed increasing the share of procurement of domestic medicines to 48% in physical terms. The growth of the volume of domestic products was 33% or 45 billion tenge in monetary terms.

Improvement of the legal framework and transparency of procurement allowed saving 18.2 billion tenge, which were spent on additional purchase of medicines. The measures taken allowed increasing the physical volume index of the pharmaceutical industry by 43%.

Within the framework of the fifth direction, preparations are being made for the introduction of compulsory social medical insurance. In 2017, a risk analysis was carried out and due to the high number of self-employed people, the implementation of the CSMI was postponed.

The sixth direction covers the efficiency of human resources management. Deficit of medical staff was reduced through changing conditions of admission to practice for pediatricians, obstetrician-gynecologists and other highly demanded specialties. Modernization of medical education has begun through strategic partnership of medical universities with leading foreign universities. A model university clinic was developed and medical organizations are being integrated into universities.

Within the framework of the seventh direction, with the purpose of further developing the health infrastructure on the basis of public-private partnership and modern information and communication technologies, a new state standard for the network of healthcare organizations was approved. This year, the Single Forward Plan will be approved. For the purpose of digital modernization of healthcare, paperless management of medical records was launched in pilot mode in 4 regions (in Karaganda, Akmola, Kostanay and West Kazakhstan regions), coverage of medical organizations with information systems is 75.5%, and hardware coverage was increased  2.5 times. 56% of the organizations have access to the Internet.

“On the whole, out of 35 indicators of the State program, 30 have been met, 5 were not, including 1 due to the postponement of the implementation of CSMI. In terms of indicators of general and maternal mortality, there is an improvement,” – Y. Birtanov summed up.


A Government meeting will take place in Ukimet Uyi on Tuesday, March 20, at 10:00.

On the agenda:

- Results of the implementation of the Densaulyk Healthcare Development State Program for 2016-2019 (results for 2017);

- Results of the implementation of the Agro-Industrial Complex Development State Program for 2017-2021 (results for 2017);

- The course of preparation for the 2018 spring harvest.

Following the meeting, a press conference will take place in the Government press center with the participation of Minister of Healthcare Yelzhan Birtanov.

Live broadcast will be available at PrimeMinister.kz and social networks: Facebook, VKontakte, Twitter, Periscope and Odnoklassniki, on the official YouTube channel, as well as via mobile applications for Android and iPhone.


The Ministry of Education and Science is exploring the possibility of introducing the study of the subject “Computer sciences” in Kazakh schools from the first grade.

“We are actively working with experts on the possibility of introducing this subject in first grade. The project is currently being developed, after that, an in-depth discussion will begin with the teaching staff and the public,” – Minister Yerlan Sagadiyev said during the Government hour in the Majilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

According to him, software programming languages ​​are changing rapidly. Therefore, Kazakhstani students need to learn new programs. The Education Minister noted that in the countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) the basics of programming are taught from the first grade. In Kazakhstan, the subject “Computer sciences” in schools is taught from the 5th grade. And from this year, teaching will begin from the third grade.

“At the same time, the programs of grades 5-11 will be updated with regard to the revision of programming languages,” – Yerlan Sagadiyev added.

Earlier it was reported that 100% of all schools were connected to digital resources, 97% to the Internet. Despite this, communication quality problems are present in all regions. Access to broadband internet with speeds of four megabits per second or higher is available to only 62% of the total number of schools. Only 2.5 thousand schools have Wi-Fi. The level of equipment with personal computers is on average - one computer per 11 students.


Today in Ukimet Uyi, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev held a meeting on the development of e-education in the framework of the Digitalization Program.

The meeting participants discussed issues of introducing e-education at all stages of the learning process, from pre-school institutions to higher educational institutions of the country.

Currently, a digital queuing and appointment system for kindergartens is currently being implemented in 13 cities and one region. With regards to secondary education, digital school registers and grade books are being launched in the framework of public-private partnership. With regards to professional and higher education, the multi-level Unified information system for the management of higher education is being introduced. Integration of the National Educational Database with the information systems of state bodies is planned to be carried out before 01.01.2018.

Digitalization of the system will allow creating a single database accessible with the Individual Identification Number. In the future, movement through the levels of education (kindergartens, schools, colleges, universities) will be carried out electronically, without the need to collect additional documents and certificates at each stage of education.

For reference: Today, out of 7047 public schools throughout the country, more than 4355 schools (62%) are connected to high-speed Internet. This figure for colleges is 90%, universities - 100%.


A press conference took place today Ukimet Uyi with the participation of Deputy Minister of Energy Magzum Mirzagaliyev, covering the implementation of the fifth initiative of the President “Further development of the country’s gas infrastructure”.

Magzum Mirzagaliyev noted that in 2014 the Government approved the general plan for the development of Kazakhstan’ gas infrastructure for 2015-2030. According to this plan, it is expected to achieve 56% coverage of the country with gas by 2030, compared to today’s 47%. This will provide gas to more than 1600 settlements or 3 million people.

“The development of gas transportation infrastructure has an important strategic significance for the economy of the country and for ensuring the country's energy security. This will also improve the ecological and social well-being of the country's population,” – the Deputy Minister said.

According to the speaker, domestic gas consumption during the years of independence grew 1.5 times (from 9 billion m3 in 1991 to 13.8 billion m3 in 2017). The growth of gas consumption by municipal and household enterprises and the population is due to the implementation of a set of measures provided for by the General Plan for Gas Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

With regards to the Saryarka gas main project on the route Kyzylorda-Zhezkazgan-Karaganda-Temirtau-Astana-Kokshetau-Petropavlovsk, KazTransGas JSC has developed a feasibility study, which received a positive opinion from RSE State Expert Review Agency. According to the feasibility study, the total cost of the Project is 370 billion tenge (including VAT). The project is expected to be implemented in stages.

According to M. Mirzagaliyev, on the instructions of the Head of the State, the first stage on the route Kyzylorda - Zhezkazgan - Karaganda - Astana stretching 1081 km and costing 267 billion tenge is currently being worked out. This section of the gas pipeline will provide natural gas to the population of Astana, Karaganda, Temirtau, Zhezkazgan and nearby settlements along the main gas pipeline route.

The implementation of the Saryarka project will reduce the emission of pollutants in Astana to 36.1 thousand tonnes per year. It is expected that in the period of construction of the Saryarka main gas pipeline about 800 workplaces will be created and in the period of operation – 225 jobs.

Also, in order to fill the main gas pipeline and ensure gas supply to consumers, Akimats of the Karaganda, Akmola regions and Astana were involved in working out the issues of design and construction of gas distribution networks. Thus, the first stage of distribution networks should be ready for connection to the main gas pipeline as it is completed in December 2019.

Recall, on March 5 of this year the Head of State, in his Address to the people of Kazakhstan, instructed to construct the Saryarka main gas pipeline along the route Kyzylorda-Zhezkazgan-Karaganda-Temirtau-Astana to provide gas infrastructure to Astana, central and northern regions of Kazakhstan within one and a half years, that is, before December 2019 .


The meeting of the foreign ministers of the guarantor states of the Astana Process on Syrian Peace began in the capital of Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Kairat Abdrakhmanov delivered a welcoming speech on behalf of the host country. The Kazakh Foreign Minister reminded that exactly one year had passed since the Astana Process was launched and summed up the results of its work.

“As you know, a year ago, the Heads of State of Russia and Turkey offered President Nursultan Nazarbayev to hold peace talks between the Syrian government and representatives of armed opposition groups. Being convinced that peace is the only alternative to war, that the only way to peace is negotiations, Kazakhstan agreed and offered Astana as a platform to support inter-Syrian negotiations under the aegis of the UN in Geneva. There are certain obstacles on the way to peace, but the eight rounds of talks in Astana have allowed putting an end to the impasse in the negotiation process. This initiative, which was launched in January 2017, led to the fact that the conflicting parties for the first time came to the negotiating table at this site,” – he said.

Kairat Abdrakhmanov noted that the first significant steps were taken at this site to strengthen confidence-building measures between the Syrian government and the armed opposition.

“Since the launch of these talks, four de-escalation zones and a mechanism for monitoring the cease-fire regime have been established. They helped to provide more humanitarian assistance. These and other achievements of the Astana process cannot be ignored. This process also influenced the creation of necessary conditions, which in the end could lead to the cessation of hostilities,” - the Minister said.

Kairat Abdrakhmanov believes that despite difficulties, the Astana Process proved its effectiveness and relevance as a platform on which all parties to the conflict can express their views and, most importantly, negotiate and discuss concrete steps.

“We must also remember that the Astana Process is not separated from the UN initiative, but rather is fully aimed at integration with the Geneva Talks. Any agreement reached in Astana undoubtedly complements the Geneva Process and gives a positive impetus to the political regulation of the Syrian conflict,” – he added.

Meanwhile, Kairat Abdrakhmanov also believes that the meeting between foreign ministers of Iran, Russia and Turkey, which takes place in Astana for the first time, makes it possible to establish tripartite cooperation in the near future and discuss the results achieved during the first year of cooperation on the settlement of Syria in the time of joint work.

“We also attach great importance to the meeting of the working group on the release of prisoners, the transfer of bodies of the deceased and the search for missing persons. We are convinced that the work of this group will strengthen confidence between all the conflicting parties. It will give a significant impetus to the development of our activities in this regard,” – he said.




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