Within the framework of his working visit to West Kazakhstan region, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev met with the region's active core and business representatives to discuss topical issues of the region's social and economic development.

The meeting began with an analysis of the implementation of the instructions of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N. Nazarbayev, given during a working visit to West Kazakhstan region on May 15 this year.

Deputy Prime Minister E. Dossaev reported on the measures taken by the Government. During his trip, the Head of State gave instructions to overhaul the highways of National importance, provide the necessary amount of raw materials for increasing the supply of petroleum products to the domestic market, as well as a number of instructions for the defense industry complex.

With regards to major repairs of roads for the development of transport communication between Kaztalovsky, Zhanibek and Bokeyorda regional centers and Uralsk, repairs were launched on the section of the Chapaevo-Zhalpaktal-Kaztalovka road stretching 35 km with the amount of financing of 1 billion tenge at the expense of the National budget.

“With regards to the roads “Kaztalovka - Zhanibek - the border of the Russian Federation” and “Unige - Bisen – Sayhin” with a total length of 245 km, a design organization has been determined, which is currently developing design and estimate documentation. All the necessary funds, including for the development of design estimates, are provided from the National budget,” – E. Dossaev said.

Next year, at the expense of the National budget, it is planned to begin the reconstruction of the “Podstepnoye-Fedorovka-Russian border” highway, with the deadline being 2021. In the draft National budget for 2019-2021, within the established limits, expenses for the amount of 17.3 billion tenge were approved. Currently, tendering procedures are under way to start the development of design specifications and estimates; the contract is to be concluded in August-September of this year.

In addition, E. Dossaev told about the work done to provide JSC Condensate with the necessary amount of raw materials to increase the supply of petroleum products to the domestic market. Thus, in June 2018, the Ministry of Energy included the oil refinery JSC Condensate in the schedule for Kazakh-produced oil transportation via trunk oil pipelines and by rail. According to the schedule, as of July of this year, a trial quota of 15 thousand tonnes has been approved.

“The further supply of the plant with raw materials will be carried out taking into account the needs of the domestic market in petroleum products and the technical capabilities of the JSC Condensate oil refinery,” – E. Dossaev said.

In addition, in pursuance of the instructions of the Head of State regarding the defense industry complex, in order to secure state defense orders for JSC West Kazakhstan Engineering Company, JSC Uralsk Plant Zenit and JSC Scientific Research Institute Gidropribor, the Government held four meeting with the participation of managers of these enterprises. E. Dossaev noted that to date all problematic issues have been considered and concrete measures have been taken to address them.

“All the instructions of the Head of State are constantly monitored by the Government,” – Deputy Prime Minister E. Dossaev summed up.

Then, during the meeting with the active core, the discussion covered in detail the issues of development of the industrial sector, trade, transport and logistics, education, health, tourism, agribusiness, mass entrepreneurship, technological renewal and digitalization, attracting investment and productive employment.

Akim of the West Kazakhstan region A. Kulginov reported on the work of the Akimat for the first half of the year within the framework of project management. Currently, the region provides 4.5% of the country's GDP and 9% of industrial production.

“There is an increase in manufacturing in the manufacturing industry by 17%. There is production growth in agriculture – by 3.1%. External investments increased by 4.3%. The volume of completed construction works increased by 7.2% and amounted to 44.1 billion tenge,” – the regional Akim A. Kulginov said.

According to A. Kulginov, the implementation of state programs and activities within the framework of the project management contributes to the dynamic development of the region. There is growth of gross added value in basic industrialization (by 20%), agro-industrial complex (by 16%), development of ICT (by 6%). There is also an increase in labor productivity in basic industrialization (by 28%), agribusiness (by 16%), ICT (by 16%), transport and logistics (by 8.5%), trade (by 0.7%). According to the results for 6 months, the growth of investments in the development of transport and logistics increased 1.7 times, healthcare - 1.6 times, trade - 43%, ICT - 35%, tourism - 18% and in the fuel and energy sector - 3% .

The potential and reserves of further economic development of the region were also considered during the meeting.

First Deputy Minister of Investments and Development R. Sklyar said that within the framework of project management and the project for attracting investments the Akimat announced 50 projects worth $ 6 billion with a deadline until 2022. As for the current year, 9 investment projects worth $ 53 million are planned to be commissioned within the framework of project management. In addition, construction and installation of 6 projects worth $ 463 million will start this year.

In turn, Deputy Minister of Energy B. Akchulakov reported on plans and tasks for the development of the region's oil industry complex. According to him, in the framework of project management, target indicators for the fuel and energy complex for 2018 have been broken down in conjunction with the region, namely, the growth of GVA at 2.7%, investments - 7.1%, labor productivity - 4.6%, workers employed in the fuel and energy sector at 9100.

“The indicator for investment growth in the fuel and energy complex is met. The volume of investments in oil production is 89 billion tenge, refining - 3.2 billion tenge, electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning - 2.2 billion tenge. The growth in labor productivity was 95.5%, the number of employees in the first quarter of this year was 9434 people with the plan of 8200,” – B. Akchulakov said, stressing that the operational plan for the half-year on the volume of oil production in the region is being executed.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture G. Issayeva reported on the measures of state support and the work plan for the development of the agro-industrial complex. According to her, in the current year about 8 billion tenge was allocated for subsidizing the industry of the West-Kazakhstan region. For example, 2.6 billion tenge was allocated for the development of livestock production, 1.1 billion tenge for the development of crop production, more than 800 million tenge for subsidizing priority crops, over 190 million tenge for the development of seed industry, for mineral fertilizers and herbicides - more than 111 million tenge. At the same time, in the framework of the Productive Employment and Mass Entrepreneurship Program, more than 4 billion tenge is provided for lending to rural residents in the region, which contributes to the involvement of the unemployed in productive activities and the formal sector.

Representatives of several Ministries also made speeches via video-conferencing during the meeting.

Deputy Minister of Culture Sport E. Kozhagapanov reported on the development of tourism in the West Kazakhstan region, the analysis of the fulfillment of the President's instructions regarding the development of tourism and the available reserves of further growth in the share of tourism in the region’s GRP. According to him, the region has a great potential for development of the tourism industry in several areas.

“In the National map of potential points of tourism growth we together with Akimat have defined two areas. The first is Bukeyordinsky historical and cultural museum complex and development of children's and youth tourism in the region. Both directions can generate a tourist flow of up to 30 thousand people,” – E. Kozhagapanov said.

Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Protection of Population N. Mukushev told about the assessment of the Roadmap on labor flows and tasks of the region on employment and creation of new jobs. According to the data of the Labor Ministry, there are 57 500 productive workplaces in the West-Kazakhstan region. In 2018, it is planned to bring this number up to 58 thousand. In the current year, it is planned to cover 1500 people with short-term courses, coverage as of July 1 of this year amounts to 1085 people or 72.3%, 328 people have completed their training, of which 102 people or 31% are employed.

Deputy Minister of National Economy M. Zhunusbekova reported on the development of mass entrepreneurship and modernization of trade, as well as on reserves and economic opportunities for the development of the region. Growth of indicators was recorded in Basic Industrialization, AIC and ICT. In addition, in the first half of the year, there is a positive trend in the growth in the number of active SMEs - 3.3%.

Minister of Healthcare Y. Birtanov reported on the current situation and plans for further work to expand competition and increase the share of the private sector in medicine. In this regard, there is a need to increase the inflow of investments in the field of rehabilitation and rehabilitation services, as well as a need for additional measures for the prevention and management of key diseases.

Minister of Education and Science Y. Sagadiyev, in turn, reported that the region is actively working to digitize the education sector. Thus, to date, 86% of schools have broadband internet access with a speed of 4 Mbit / s and above, 90% are equipped with computer hardware. 90% of kindergartens are connected to an automated system. At the same time, there are several areas which require special attention. These are the introduction of electronic grade-books and the installation of Wi-Fi in schools.

Minister of Information and Communication D. Abayev reported on the digitization of economic sectors and the development of the ICT sector. According to the results of the first quarter of 2018, the growth of gross value added (GVA) was 14.7%. The number of employees in the field of ICT was 3200 people; the growth of labor productivity was 16.2%.

Comments on the development of entrepreneurship and support of domestic producers of goods and services were added during the discussion by the regional specialist J. Akbay and Director of JSC "Zenith" V. Valiyev.

Summing up the meeting, Prime Minister B. Sagintayev noted the need for comprehensive achievement of target growth indicators in 12 areas of development for effective solution of tasks set by the Head of State to create a new model of Kazakhstan's economic growth. The Prime Minister stressed that for this purpose it is necessary to pay considerable attention to the development and promotion of domestic enterprises, services and goods, which in turn will require intensive training of local work force. According to B. Sagintayev, the issue of training and retraining of personnel should become one of the important priorities of economic modernization. The Prime Minister paid special attention to the development potential of the manufacturing sector.

“I see that all companies in the regions want to develop, they have the opportunities and, most importantly, there are trained personnel who can produce any products that our major buyers need, especially in the oil and gas sector,” – B. Sagintayev said, noting that the measures taken will allow stepping away from import in favor of locally produced goods.

In general, the Prime Minister noted the positive dynamics of economic growth in West Kazakhstan region.

“All the issues raised by the Head of State during the visit are being fully resolved. Those issues that require a budget change will be put into the next year's budget and systematically resolved. We must achieve growth rates of at least 5-5.5% from 2021, and this year must be completed with the rate of not less than 4%,” – B. Sagintayev concluded.

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Published: 26 July 2018

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