Today in Ukimet Uyi, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev met with the members of the Board of the Kazakhstan Foreign Investors Council Association (KFICA), headed by the Chairman of the Board Agris Preimanis.

The meeting covered the results of the 31st plenary session of the Foreign Investors Council, as well as the development of the human capital of Kazakhstan, including the urgency of modern challenges for the state, society and business.

Chairman of the Knauf Company in the Republic of Kazakhstan Dimitri Propp spoke about the prospects of further development of dual education as a training program for qualified specialists. Director of the Baker & Mackenzie branch Curtis Masters and Managing Partner for Kazakhstan and Central Asia of Ernst & Young Yerlan Dossymbekov shared their experience in the development of vocational education in Europe and also talked about other tools to improve human capital in a constantly evolving modern society.

According to experts, the issue of human capital development is one of the main tasks of KFICA. Moreover, recently this issue has been identified as an indispensable condition for the development of the country and prosperity in the world economic arena. In particular, the development of human capital will lead to an increase in the potential of the whole society, as well as an increase of the country’s resource as a whole. In turn, member of the supervisory board of the Eurasian group S. Temirgaliyev, Director of the Kazakhstan Foreign Investors Council Association Zh. Baydasheva expressed their proposals for improving university and professional education, taking into account the introduction of innovative technologies and the digitization of the economy.

KFICA was established on the initiative of foreign members of the Foreign Investors Council under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan (FIC) as the official Secretariat and coordinator of the Council's activities from a foreign side.

The Association provides constant organizational, coordination, information and technical support to foreign members of the Council. Together with the Kazakh side, it is engaged in planning and organizing interim and plenary session of the Council under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. On behalf of its members, KFICA also works to establish partnerships with representatives of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, government agencies, foreign companies, the diplomatic corps, business associations, etc.

Minister of Education and Science Y. Sagadiyev commented on the issues under consideration, inviting KFICA members to cooperate in online teaching of the faculty.

“If we talk about megatrends, now the most accelerated and powerful trend of training is online. We want to fully train staff and teachers online, using global resources that have already been worked out, and create our own separate Kazakhstan’s open-university. It will be inexpensive, it is very practical and accessible, and the quality of education is much higher than we think. Now we have started this work, it needs to be done in a year. We want to become the number one in our region in training teachers online,” – Minister Y. Sagadiyev said.

Following the discussion Bakytzhan Sagintayev instructed the Education Ministry to work out all the issues with the Association and plan joint work to improve human capital.

Published: 29 June 2018



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