Today, as part of his working trip, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev visited a number of facilities in Kostanay: the new residential complex Altyn Arman, built by private developers in the framework of the Nurly Zher State Program, the confectionery factory of Bayan Sulu JSC and the Service Center for Entrepreneurs. In the spotlight – new business opportunities within the framework of the law on entrepreneurship.

During the inspection of the first facility the Deputy Akim of the region S. Karplyuk reported to the Prime Minister on the progress of housing construction in the region, measures taken to provide the population of the region with affordable housing and social facilities. Data for 2017 shows that the volume of housing construction under the Nurly Zher program in Kostanay region has grown by 36%. More than 2.5 thousand families received apartments. This year, the region will commission 97 100 m², or 1548 apartments.

Since the beginning of the year 735 dwellings have been built in the region, of which 172 are individual dwelling houses, 92 300 m 2 of housing have been commissioned. The new microdistrict with an area of ​​9 hectares has 14 houses, or 1875 apartments. Director of BK-Stroy LLP I.Kim informed that all apartment houses have modern equipment: cloud video surveillance, allowing residents to look through the cameras via smartphones or computers online, as well as archived videos for seven days.

According to the Ministry of Investments and Development, on the whole, in the context of the Republic, the first year of the implementation of the Nurly Zher State Program shows good results. At the end of 2017, a record 11.2 million square meters of housing was commissioned. More than 100 800 families have improved their living conditions, of which 25.2 thousand families through public funds. In 2018 it is planned to commission 12.1 million m². In four months of this year, 3.6 million m² or 31 442 dwellings were put into operation.

At the same time, within the framework of the "Five Social Initiatives of the President", comprehensive measures have been worked out to develop the housing market and increase the availability of housing mortgages for the broad masses, including the new program "7-20-25", cheapening mortgage loans through state subsidies, stimulating construction by private developers through subsidies of Damu JSC.

Visiting the second facility, a confectionery factory, the Prime Minister got acquainted with the pace of technological modernization of the food industry. In 2017, under the Business Support Roadmap, two new production lines were launched at the enterprise. This year it is planned to commission new equipment using innovative technologies for the production of sweets.

The head of the enterprise T. Sadykov reported on the strategy for further development, including plans for the implementation of an investment project for the construction of a condensed milk production plant.

For reference: To date, production line of the Bayan Sulu JSC confectionary factory includes more than 300 types of sweet goods. Products are exported to Russia, Germany, China, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan. In 2017, the volume of exports exceeded 18 tonnes, totaling 8.8 billion tenge.

During the visit to the Service Center for Entrepreneurs, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev got acquainted with the work of the full-format SCE and projects implemented within the framework of the Bastau Business program. The Service Center for Entrepreneurs carries out eight types of services. In 2017, the SCE provided 1401 services for 996 customers. The most popular services are accounting and tax accounting, this type of services accounted for 23% of customers. In 2018, the Center provided 442 services to 370 unique customers.

Reporting on the results of activities, Director of the regional Chamber of Entrepreneurs M. Abenov reported that 1337 students were trained in 2017 within the frame work of the “Business School”. In 2018, training began through the project “Business Counselor”. To date, 530 students have been trained. Of the trained 279 - opened a business, 172 - received loans for a total of 473 million tenge. Based on the results of project training, 20 projects for the amount of 56.9 million tenge were implemented.

Here Bakytzhan Sagintayev met with the graduates of the Bastau Business program, during which the main provisions of the law on improving the regulation of business were discussed, which was recently signed by President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Graduates, in turn, noted that the legislative improvement of the legal regulation of entrepreneurial activity and the reduction of the administrative burden, reveal additional opportunities for start-up entrepreneurs.

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Today, as part of his working visit to Kostanay region, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev visited the industrial zone under construction and got acquainted with the progress of digitalization and technological renovation of large industrial enterprises within the framework of the implementation of the President's Addresses “ Third Modernization of Kazakhstan: Global Competitiveness”, “New Development Opportunities in the Conditions Fourth Industrial Revolution”.

In the town of Rudny, Bakytzhan Sagintayev visited the quarry of the Sokolov-Sarbai mining production association. During the inspection, the President of SSGPO JSC B. Mukhametkaliyev reported that this year several elements of Industry 4.0 are being introduced at the Sokolov-Sarbai field, among which is the Smart Quarry project.

For reference: The Smart Quarry project, implemented earlier at the Kachar deposit, is an automated system for managing the mining complex in real time, integrated planning centers, precise satellite positioning and management of drilling and blasting operations. The project is an integral element of the “Smart Quarry - smart factory”, which is a fully integrated cycle of ore extraction, overburden removal and the production of concentrate and pellets.

Technological modernization at the Sokolov-Sarbai field will be completed in 2020 and will increase productivity by 10%. In addition, the safety and environmental friendliness of the work process will also improve.

The Prime Minister also visited the training center of SSGPO JSC, where they train qualified personnel for the new economy. The head of the training center R. Ismukhambetov said that 6-7 thousand people annually receive professional training at the Lean-Academy and more than 20 thousand people are trained in industrial safety.

In general, according to the Ministry of Investments and Development, the implementation of Industry 4.0 elements will allow increasing the annual GDP growth by 1-1.5%.

In Kostanay, Bakytzhan Sagintayev familiarized himself with the construction of the Industrial Zone, the completion of which is planned in December this year.

The Deputy Akim of the region M. Mirzaliyev reported on the plans for the implementation of 11 investment projects worth more than 119 billion tenge. Enterprises engaged in areas as machine building and metalworking, production of building materials, timber, woodworking, chemical, textile industry and other processing industries will be located on the territory of the IZ. In addition, work is underway to create a special economic zone, the key areas of activity of which will be the traditional for the region engineering, production of equipment, food products, etc.

For reference: Kazakhstan is working on setting up 38 industrial zones: 22 of them are funcitioning, 7 are under construction, 9 are on the way (feasibility study, state expertise, etc.). In total 112 industrial projects operate in industrial zones; more than 5500 jobs have been created. Also, about 219 projects for the total amount of investments of about 820 billion tenge are in the stage of elaboration and implementation, it is planned to create about 17 thousand jobs.

During the visit to the industrial zone, Bakytzhan Sagintayev was also presented with the current results and prospects for the implementation of the Digital Kazakhstan State program in the region.

It should be noted that the digitalization of the region is taking place within the framework of the Road Map approved by the Akimat for 2018, which includes 77 actions: 29 projects for digitalization of agriculture, 11 for the implementation of SmartCity technologies, 4 for transport, 10 for digitalization of SMEs, 5 in education, 8 in healthcare, 6 in digitalization of security, 3 in digitalization of the social sphere, and 1 in the field of environmental safety.

In view of the fact that the Kostanay region is traditionally considered agrarian (the share of agriculture in the country's GDP is 4.5%, and in the GRP of the region 13%), agriculture digitalization is under way in the region in pilot mode. Agrarians are already introducing advanced world technologies, such as precision farming, geoinformation systems, the introduction of electronic field maps, remote monitoring of agricultural machinery and the use of drones to control cattle in summer pastures. Mobile applications help determine the best time for planting seeds, fertilizing soil, harvesting, calculating the timing of loading and delivery of products; to monitor the temperature in the storage and transportation zone, to forecast the yield and income.

According to the regional Akimat, the use of smart technologies will allow reducing the cost of production by an average of 10-15%, improving competitiveness.

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Today, as part of a working visit to Kostanay region, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev visited Rudny’s Lider-2010 LLP, built within the framework of the State Program for Industrial and Innovative Development, and also held a meeting with the region’s agricultural producers.

During the inspection of the dairy plant’s shops, the Director of Lider-2010 LLP, Alexander Ligay, spoke about the technological peculiarities of production, showed the equipment for the production of milk and sour-milk products, and presented a range of products.

For reference: Today the enterprise on the average processes up to 30 tonnes of milk per day, in the near future – 50 tonnes. The assortment of products includes more than 20 types; the product line is planned to be expanded.

The main topic of the conversation was innovations and changes for business that came into effect yesterday in connection with the Head of State signing the law on improving the regulation of business. The issues of implementation of the President's Address “New Development Opportunities in the Conditions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution” and the State Program for the Development of the Agro-Industrial Complex were also discussed.

Bakytzhan Sagintayev said this newly signed document provides entrepreneurs with new opportunities for growth, including in the sectors of the agro-industrial complex. The adopted law is aimed at liberalizing the legislation in the sphere of business regulation and cuts state control functions by almost 30%. Among them - control in the sphere of hunting and fishing, etc. Thus, the adopted nearly 1000 amendments to 14 codes and 109 laws will create the most favorable conditions for business development and will become a new serious incentive for strengthening business activity in the country.

The discussion of the development of the agro-industrial complex also covered the pace of execution in the region of the instructions of the Head of State, given in the 2018 Address. The agro-industrial complex is faced with the task of increasing labor productivity and export figures at least 2.5 times over five years.

The state creates the appropriate conditions. Over the past five years, the volume of direct government support for the sector has almost tripled and reached about 260 billion tenge. Last year, the state program for the development of the agro-industrial complex for 2017-2021 was adopted. On the instructions of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, large-scale work is being done to involve small and medium-sized farms in agricultural cooperation. The Chinese market has been opened for fish products, sheep breeding, beekeeping products and horses, as well as bran. Barriers hampering the supply of large and small cattle to the UAE have been eliminated.

As a result of measures taken, the volume of gross agricultural output in 2017 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 and the production of food products amounted to about 30%.

The Prime Minister noted that Kostanay region is the leading region in terms of agricultural production. A third of the food products produced is exported. Given the industrial-agrarian specifics, the region is designated as the inaugural in the digitalization of the AIC sector. The main indicators of the development of the agro-industrial complex of the region over the past year demonstrate stable growth.

First Deputy Minister of Agriculture A. Yevniyev reported on the opportunities for farmers, taking into account the adopted law on improving the regulation of entrepreneurial activities. Chairman of the Board of Atameken A. Myrzakhmetov spoke about the issues of developing entrepreneurship in the countryside, increasing the competitiveness of SMEs, entering new export markets.

As part of the discussion, local agrarians expressed their support for the new law on business.

“We support the historic decision of Elbasy. The adopted law gives us great opportunities to expand our business,” – Chairman of the public council of the region, founder of Kharkhyn LLP S. Bukanov said.

Comments on the issue were shared by Director of Altynsarin LLP B. Knyazev, Director of AF Dievskaya LLP O. Danilenko, and Director of PKF Kairat LLP T. Utepov. The agricultural producers of the region raised issues of digitalization, preferential provision of fuel and lubricants, production of agricultural machinery, etc. Relevant comments on the issues raised were given by First Deputy Minister of Agriculture A. Yevniyev and Chairman of the NIH Zerde R. Yensebayev.

Following the discussion Bakytzhan Sagintayev noted that taking into account the strategic importance of the agrarian sector, all tasks set by the Head of State should be implemented in the immediate future. Agribusiness should be involved in the process of meeting the set goals, offering ideas and specific solutions.

In this regard, the Ministry of Agriculture, together with other government agencies, should consider the issues and proposals voiced during the meeting.

Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Agriculture U. Shukeyev was instructed to hold a meeting with agrarians of the region in order to discuss in detail the sectoral programs being developed within the framework of the AIC Development State Program in such areas as the development of meat and dairy cattle breeding, poultry farming, irrigated lands, and others. Useful suggestions should be taken into account.

Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev also indicated that the task of digitizing the AIC should be addressed as a matter of priority. Deputy Prime Minister A. Zhumagaliyev was instructed to complete the work launched with regards to digitalizing all subsidies allocated in the AIC sector. At the same time, it is necessary to take into account the existing remarks and proposals of representatives of the agrarian business.

For reference: Gross output of agricultural products (services) in January-April 2018 as a whole for Kostanay region amounted to 37.3 billion tenge, including livestock products - 37.3 billion tenge. Volume index - 105.6%. In total, there are 5433 agricultural enterprises in the region, including: 1 PC, 3 JSC’s, 432 LLP’s, 4997 farms.

Since the beginning of this year, processing enterprises of the region produced commodity products worth 64 billion tenge, which is 15% more than in the same period in 2017 (55.8 billion tenge). The index of actual volume for food products was 118.7%. In 2018 it is planned to implement 12 investment projects worth 12.6 billion tenge, creating 560 jobs.

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Today, as part of his working trip to Kostanay region, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev visited the Zhas Kanat-2006 LLP in Rudny where he got acquainted with the pilot project “Smart Poultry Plant” implemented within the framework of the Digital Kazakhstan State Program.

During the visit to the enterprise, Director of Zhas Kanat-2006 LLP Kairat Maishev spoke about modernization within the framework of the Business Roadmap 2020. In general, the enterprise passed three stages of modernization, all necessary infrastructure was created, the most high-tech equipment was purchased. Investments amount to more than 3 billion tenge.

Process automation allowed increasing egg production from 7 million to 250 million eggs per year, or about 35 times, meat from 30 to 500 tonnes or 15 times. The number of bird places was increased from 100 thousand to 1.4 million or 14 times. Labor productivity has grown more than 1.5 times.

In the sorting shop B. Sagintayev was demonstrated the Japanese equipment Nabel, the capacity of which is 120 thousand eggs per hour. New technologies have allowed abandoning manual product marking and sorting. In addition, the company launched production of tray products. Automation of production allows transporting and packing up to one million eggs per an 8-hour work day.

The products are sold in all regions of the country, and also exported to Russia, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. This year, new markets are being tested in Iran and China.

At the same time, in the next three years it is planned to invest about 2 billion tenge in digital technologies. The implementation of the ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system will improve the quality of technological processes and promptly solve operational issues, even remotely. In addition, as part of further modernization, the possibility of launching an automatic line for advanced processing of eggs, meat and other products is being considered.

Also in order to develop import substitution, the construction of a pedigree reproducer equipped with fully automated equipment from the world's leading manufacturers is planned for 2019-2021. The implementation of this project will reduce imports by 40%.

For reference: Zhas Kanat - 2006 LLP has implemented the pilot project “Smart poultry plant” within the framework of the Digital Kazakhstan State Program. The company is unique in terms of automation and digitalization. 90% of all production processes are automated:

- Electronic weighing system for primary products;

- Fully automated process of preparation of mixed fodders;

- Modern cellular equipment with automatic systems;

- Automatic transportation of eggs to the sorting shop;

- Modern automatic sorting machine;

- Automatic bird slaughter line.

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On the instructions of the Head of State, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev arrived today in Kostanay region with a working visit. The main purpose of it is the discussion of the law “On Amendments and Additions to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Improving Regulation of Entrepreneurial Activities”, which the President signed the day prior.

Upon arrival in Kostanay, Bakytzhan Sagintayev visited the new sports and leisure center “Kostanay”, built within the framework of public-private partnership.

For reference: The center has facilities for conducting training exercises and National competitions in such sports as: volleyball, basketball, mini-football, handball, as well as for organizing cultural events.

During the inspection, the Prime Minister was informed about the current situation of PPP projects in Kostanay region. At present, there are 65 PPP projects in the region at different stages of planning and implementation; contracts have already been concluded for 20 projects, 39 are undergoing tendering procedures and documentation is being prepared for 6.

For reference: All in all, 215 PPP contracts for 221 facilities were concluded in the country for a total investment amount of 782.6 billion tenge. In total, 994 projects amounting to 2.5 trillion tenge are at various stages of implementation.

Within the framework of the working trip to Kostanay region, a number of visits are also planned to industrial and social facilities, where the Prime Minister will get acquainted with the pace of implementation in the region of the President's Addresses “Third Modernization of Kazakhstan: Global Competitiveness”, “New Development Opportunities in the Conditions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, “Five social initiatives”, as well as state and sectoral programs: Nurly Zher, AIC Development State Program, Digital Kazakhstan, Serpin.

Meetings with agricultural producers, students, representatives of business and the region's workers will cover topical issues relevant to the region.

The visit to the regional center will include inspections of investment projects planned in the new industrial zone, currently being built. Here, the pace of implementation in the region of the program Digital Kazakhstan will also be assessed. The Prime Minister will familiarize humself with the progress of construction of a new residential complex Altyn Arman, which is built under the Nurly Zher program. The rip includes a visit to the Service Center for Entrepreneurs.

In Kostanay, a meeting will also be held with the region's activists and business representatives, which will cover issues of the Law on Improving Business Regulation and the implementation of the President's Address “New Development Opportunities in the Conditions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.

In the city of Rudny, B. Sagintayev will get acquainted with the pilot project "Smart Poultry Farm" in the framework of the implementation of the Road map of the Digital Kazakhstan State Program. During the visit to the agro-enterprise for the production of milk and dairy products, the Prime Minister is scheduled to meet with the region's agrarians to discuss the development of the agro-industrial complex.

When visiting the Sokolovskoye quarry, SSGPO JSC, Bakytzhan Sagintayev will be presented with the project "Smart Quarry", which is an automated management system for the mining and transportation complex. The Prime Minister's meeting with student youth of the region will be held at the training center of the enterprise. The discussion will focus on issues of training personnel for the new economy, increasing accessibility and quality of education, improving the living conditions of student youth.

Recall, Bakytzhan Sagintayev is making a series of working trips to the regions on behalf of the Head of State. Earlier, he made working trips to Kyzylorda, South Kazakhstan, Atyrau, Karaganda regions.

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Today in Astana, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev visited the V International Exhibition of Weapons Systems and Military Equipment KADEX-2018.

A special emphasis of the exhibition, which has become traditional since 2010, was made on the development of electronic systems, and communications and armament management systems.

Bakytzhan Sagintayev discussed with the exhibition participants the prospects for establishing and developing mutually beneficial contacts between producers and consumers of defense industry products, organizing joint production and modernizing weapons and equipment.

For reference: KADEX-2018 features 144 types of weapons and military equipment produced by domestic and foreign manufacturers (a total of 318 companies from 28 countries), among which: aviation equipment - 20 units (6 helicopters, 10 aircraft, 2 UAVs), land equipment - 124 units. The exhibition was visited by official delegations from 48 countries.

Kazakhstan’s pavilion is represented by 13 domestic engineering enterprises. Products were demonstrated by Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering LLP, Kazakhstan Aviation Industry LLP, Tynys JSC, Ural Plant Zenit JSC, Scientific Research Institute Gidropribor, ZIKSTO JSC, S.M.Kirov Engineering Plant JSC, S.M.Kirov Plant JSC, Kazakhstan Aselsan Engineering LLP, Petropavlovsk Heavy Engineering Plant JSC, Semey Engineering JSC, R & D Center Kazakhstan Engineering LLP and Kamaz Engineering JSC.

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Today in Ukimet Uyi, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev chaired a meeting of the Board of Directors of NC Kazakh Invest JSC.

In the course of the meeting, Kazakh Invest Chairman Saparbek Tuyakbayev reported on the interim work results for 2018.

Since the beginning of the year, agreements has been reached with 42 new foreign investors on projects worth $ 7.5 billion. Construction and installation operations has been launched on 18 projects for $ 1 billion, 4 documents have been signed with major foreign investors. Active work began on 15 projects worth $ 7.1 billion.

S. Tuyakbayev noted that in accordance with the National Investment Strategy, interaction has been established with all priority countries, and selective targeting of foreign investors is carried out. Diplomatic representations of Kazakhstan abroad are actively involved in this work.

In the course of the meeting, the Board of Directors also approved a number of internal documents regulating the activities of the national company, including the Strategy of NC Kazakh Invest for a ten year period.

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Today in Ukimet Uyi, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev met with Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of State for Defence Affairs of Qatar Khalid Mohammad Al Attiyah.

The interlocutors discussed issues of developing and deepening mutually beneficial relations between Kazakhstan and the state of Qatar in various sectors of the economy. In particular, means for increasing cooperation in the defense-industrial sphere were considered within the framework of the International Exhibition of Weapons Systems and Military Equipment KADEX-2018 held in Astana.

For reference: This year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and Qatar. During the period from 2005-2017, gross inflow of direct investments from Qatar to Kazakhstan amounted to $ 46.8 million. In 2017, the inflow of direct investments to Kazakhstan was $ 2.7 million.

The KADEX-2018 exhibition features 144 types of weapons and military equipment produced by domestic and foreign manufacturers (a total of 318 companies from 28 countries), among which: aviation equipment - 20 units (6 helicopters, 10 aircraft, 2 UAVs), land equipment - 124 units. The exhibition will be visited by official delegations from 48 countries.

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

The meeting covered issues of expanding opportunities for attracting foreign investment to the country's healthcare sector. In particular, Council members shared their views on the modernization of the healthcare system, the new draft Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the Health of the People and the Healthcare System, the structure of medical insurance, ways to ensure transparent, high-quality medical purchases and effective interaction with global pharmaceutical suppliers in Kazakhstan.

In the course of the discussion, views were shared by US Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan D. Krol, Commercial Councilor of the Embassy of Canada D. Smith, Partner of Ernst and Young K. Babushkina, Partner of Baker McKenzie A. Yorsh, Chairman of the Board of Sanofi R. Welaratne, PwC Tax and Legal Officer M. Ahern, as well as Minister of Justice M. Beketayev and Deputy Minister of Healthcare A. Tsoi.

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Today in Ukimet Uyi, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev held a meeting of the Management Committee of the Autonomous Cluster Fund Park of Innovative Technologies (ACF PIT).

The meeting participants discussed the activities of ACF PIT on attracting international multinational companies in Kazakhstan. In particular – the creation of 5 technological development centers within the framework of the implementation of the 63rd step of the “Plan of the Nation 100 Steps for Implementing 5 Institutional Reforms” and the Strategic Objectives of Innovation Cluster Development.

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