Today, as part of his working visit to Almaty, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev inspected the progress of the implementation of the President's instructions to cardinally expand and improve the business environment.

Bakytzhan Sagintayev began his inspection with visiting the Magnum Cash & Carry LLP, where he got acquainted with the activities of the trade network. The Prime Minister inspected sections for household and food products, bakery, confectionery, fruit and vegetable and meat and dairy products.  In turn, the head of Magnum Cash & Carry Alexander Garber gave an insight into the sales of food products made by local producers and the formation of retail prices for socially important goods.

 Magnum Cash & Carry, established in 2007, is the largest retail network in Kazakhstan. It is worth noting that, beginning with a single shopping center in Almaty with an area of ​​more than 7 thousand m², over nine years the network has grown to 28 stores in five cities of the country. According to the company, its share in the retail market of Almaty’s civilized trade is about 50%. The daily flow of customers in the stores of the network averages around more than 61 thousand. The share of goods made by Kazakh producers is 42-47% depending on the season.

After that, the Prime Minister visited EFKO Almaty LLP, an enterprise producing fat-and-oil products, where he inspected the reconstruction and modernization of the complex. It is worth noting that thanks to the renovation, the company managed to establish the production of fats and margarines that meet the highest world standards in the shortest possible time. This allowed not only to cover the internal needs of the Republic, but also to start exporting to the countries of Central Asia and China, and Kazakhstan’s status changed from a “net importer” to a “net exporter” of fat and oil products.

After EFKO Almaty successfully implemented the project for the creation of an oil-and-fat cluster, the volume of investments in which exceeded 11 billion tenge, it was included in the Almaty Industrialization Roadmap and the Business Roadmap 2020 program.

According to the founder of the company Nurzhan Kozhamuratov, despite the difficult macroeconomic situation, the company is increasing production and export of fat and oil products, which will allow Kazakhstan to become its key supplier in Central Asia by 2025.

The next facility the Prime Minister visited was Almatyenergoservis LLP, an enterprise for the development, production, repair, modernization of military equipment and weapons, where Bakytzhan Sagintayev got acquainted with the production process. A modern approach is applied here: innovative methods of prototyping and production, its own 3D-laboratory, introduction and use of additive technologies.

The company's products are in demand not only in Kazakhstan, but also in Russia, Vietnam, the United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh and the Sudan. It is worth noting that the company is included in the National Industrialization Roadmap. In addition, it is a participant in the Business Support Roadmap and the Business Roadmap 2020.

To date, the Government is carrying out a comprehensive work to attract business to the implementation of the Third Modernization of the Economy, declared by the Head of State. This work is primarily aimed at the widespread adoption and use of digital technologies by businesses in all priority sectors of the economy.

In particular, work is being carried out in this area to create a system of appropriate incentives for entrepreneurs, among which are the improvement of the regulatory framework, the reduction of costs for the digital transformation of enterprises, the creation of favorable conditions for attracting investments in digital projects.

At the same time, the Government continues to support business in the framework of new state programs: the AIC Development Program and the Productive Employment and Mass Entrepreneurship Program, which include instruments for supporting business, such as concessional lending.

For reference: The volume of retail trade turnover in Almaty increased 4% and amounted to 1,752.7 billion tenge. In total, 263 660 small businesses are registered in the city, which is 7.7% higher than last year. The number of active SMEs is 173 377, which is 5.7% higher than in the same period in 2016. The number of people employed in the SME amounted to 572.5 thousand people as of the II quarter of 2017, which is 0.5% higher than last year.

In the second quarter of 2017, the volume of SME output amounted to 2346.9 billion tenge, growing 20.7% compared to the same period of last year.

In 2017, 4.4 billion tenge was allocated for the implementation of a unified program for the support and development of business – the “Business Roadmap 2020”. A total of 205 projects were supported under the program, including 107 projects on subsidizing, 33 - on guarantees, 65 - on grants.

In the framework of the Zhibek Zholy program, 66 projects were financed for a total of 4 billion tenge, 818 jobs were saved, and 202 are planned to be created. Through the funds returned by participants of the first stage (2015), additional 37 projects were supported for a total of 2.2 billion tenge. In 2017, 2.7 billion tenge was allocated for the implementation of the program.

In addition, funds are allocated from the local budget to finance regional programs "Almaty-Onim", "Almaty-Innovation" and "Almaty-Tourism".

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Published: 24 October 2017

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