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  • Kazakh PM instructs to design national plan for Presidential Address’s tasks
3 September, 2019 15:32

Kazakh PM instructs to design national plan for Presidential Address’s tasks

In the 2 September 2019 Address to the people of Kazakhstan, President Tokayev outlined the need for the structural changes to achieve a stable GDP growth rate of 5 per cent by 2025. In that context, the Kazakh Government vows to diversify the economy and carry out a functional analysis of the activities of the government bodies as well as thoroughly review the surveys of Kazakh and foreign analytics. Read more in the review on the Strategy2050.kz website.

Kazakh PM instructs to design national plan for Presidential Address’s tasks | Strategy2050.kz

Work on reducing the number of civil servants will be in place, Alikhan Smailov, Deputy Prime Minister told the government session, adding that this measure will allow for monetary incentives to more useful workers. It has been told that the number of civil servants and national companies’ personnel will be shortened by 25% by 2024.  

One of the top objectives is greater efficiency of the quasi-governmental sector, where the efficiency of the National Welfare Fund in the well-being of the people in the past 14 years will be assessed. The Government with the Accounts Committee are about to analyze the usefulness of State-owned holding companies and national companies.

The deputy prime minister has expressed the need for clear actions to regulate prices for goods and services offered by natural monopoly actors as regards the pricing and tariff issues of the Address.

The funds of 100 billion tenge said to have been allotted to reduce unemployment and lift the life standards of the rural population.

“A legislative framework to exempt micro- and small-scale businesses from taxes on their activities for 3 years will be drawn up by the end of this year. January 2020 will see a ban on auditing small-scale businesses in place. The Finance Minister drafted a bill on public procurements which also aims at stimulating small businesses”, Mr.Smailov said.

Non-cash payments’ stimulation, the fight against shadow economy and capital outflows will also be in place, he added.

The Government will take action for upgrading the current tax system to stimulate the companies to invest in human capital, raise the labour productivity, technical re-equipment and export. Jointly with the National Bank, specific proposals on increasing the investment quality and using the National Fund will be worked out late in this year.  

The relevant bills to promote fare competition, reduce corruption risks and increase the quality of goods, services and suppliers’ qualification are in place to help derive additional income to the budget.

To reach value engineering and upgrade assets investment management, the Government has been tasked with consolidating the non-budget system of social security through creating a single social fund and a unified social payment.

“We are about to establish the budgetary process at all levels with the involvement of the population in forming local budgets. Appropriate legal acts will be in place to ensure regional, city and rural authorities are economically independent in making local decisions”, Smailov said.

The funds needed to implement the Presidential Address will be provided through the draft three-year budget.

“The Presidential Address pays attention to social harmony and raising people’s salaries”, Berdybek Saparbayev, Deputy Prime Minister, said.

He has said that the concept of social harmony will be developed, actions will be taken to improve the regulations in the realm of information access and the concept of the development of civil society will be in place by 2025 and the regulations on the work of public boards will be amended.

He has added that amendments to the language policy’s implementation will be drafted.

Other issues in focus included children’s rights protection through developing and approving the concept of the State policy in the interests of children up to 2030; the introduction of the child well-being index to support children in difficult situations, victims of violations; protection of the rights of women; training teacher-psychologists; social assistance to the population.

The system of social health insurance will be in place in 1 January 2020, now running in Karaganda region in a pilot mode.

Investment and Development Minister, Zhenis Kassymbek, has said that this year 97 per cent of urban population and 87 per cent of rural population will be connected to the centralized water supply system to ensure that the population have 100 per cent access to improved drinking water as part of the 2023-year objective.

“Populous and the villages with a high potential will be provided with centralized water and villages of 200 people will be connected to local water supply systems”, Mr. Kassymbek said.

Under the Nurly Zher programme, a unified road transport system will be developed. 

“The President’s Address also outlined the affordability of air tickets. The main cause for high prices for air tickets is the shortage in the capacity of airlines and the lack of aircraft in order to meet the demand generated”, he said.

He has added May this year has seen the launch of the first Kazakh low-cost carrier Fly Arystan that expects to double the number of daily flights from 14 to 28 frequencies.

The Government and Samruk-Kazyna National Welfare Fund intend to provide additional capital to airlines Air Astana and Qazaq Air to expand their aircraft fleets as well as work on reducing jet fuel thanks to Kazakh refineries’ modernization.   

“To prevent a railway tickets deficit and illegal secondary sales, the process of selling railway tickets undergoes digitalization, as well as the sale regulation and the Plan for improving the railway transport system have been introduced”, he said.

The Auyl – El besigi project identified 3.5 thousand villages with a high development potential with 6.6 million people of 85 per cent of the rural population. The funds have been channelled into addressing the urgent infrastructural issues in 53 villages inhabited by over 700 thousand people.

As part of the Head of State’s task to use land efficiently, the unified chain of State control will be implemented; the area of arable land will be 2.1 million ha by 2021 doubling agricultural output to 1.8 trillion tenge. Arable land of 3 million ha planned to achieve in 2030 is expected to ensure the sustainable development of husbandry and crop production.

Late in this year the State Industrialization Porgramme for 2020-25 is about to be adopted, increasing the labour productivity by 1.7-fold, exports of manufacturing producing by 2.3-fold, and investments in the fixed capital by 2.3-fold. 

Speaking of tourism development, the deputy prime minister emphasized that the State programme for tourism development had been passed in May this year. The programme includes 9 top destinations covering infrastructure issues, the establishment of an international tourism institute to train specialists, the development of a new environmental code.

The Government is developing bills in digital technologies that are due to be passed to the Mazhilis for consideration in December this year.

At the government session, Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin has outlined the necessity to adopt the measures to fully realize the President’s Address put forward during a joint session of both Chambers of the Kazakh Parliament on 2 September 2019.

“I reiterate to all first leaders – you take upon yourselves the implementation of the tasks of the Kazakh President. Each task’s implementation should be strictly controlled over the quality and deadline. We should make sure a coordinated effort to effectively fulfill the tasks is place”, the Kazakh PM said.

Wrapping up the session, the PM has instructed to develop a draft nationwide plan for the tasks outlined in the President’s Address by September 7.

Adlet Seilkhanov

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