Government lays out measures to accomplish Head of State’s tasks
Measures to realize the tasks given by the Head of State at the 24 January 2020 expanded government session have been in the spotlight today at the government session chaired by the Kazakh PM, Stratgey2050.kz correspondent reports.
Ruslan Dalenov, national economy minister, pointed out the necessity to come up with a plan of economic development for the medium term, 3 legal provisions (a renewed technical regulation law, amendments to the budgetary and health code) and 3 program instruments (the strategy of monetary policy, the trade policy program and water management program).
Calling for a prompt and thoughtful elaboration of each task of the Head of State, the minister offered to set up a working group within the government to be chaired by the Prime Minister, splitting it into 10 subgroups to cover all the tasks.
“First heads of state bodies are about to be in charge of the subgroups. Active participation of the expert community and Atameken national chamber of entrepreneurs is expected. Deputy prime ministers are due to coordinate appropriate subgroups,” he said.
Each subgroup will have its own measures so as to fulfill the tasks given by the Head of State.
As for fiscal policy, measures to establish a transparent and pragmatic policy so as to ensure the public budget’s stability will be worked out. All the tax preferences and incentives will be analyzed in terms of their effectiveness. Amendments to the Budgetary Code to set counter-cyclical fiscal rules will be in place by 1 July this year.
In the fiscal policy and financial sector (the National Bank and the Financial Market Regulation and Development Agency), measures to reach a consensus between inflation and economic growth will be elaborated. 1 July this year will see a fiscal policy strategy and proposals to develop hedge infrastructure. Steps to promote cashless payments and develop a national payment system will be as well.
Public management and the quasi-public sector (National Economy Ministry) will see measures centered on increasing skills, efficiency and debureaucreatization measures. 1 May this year will see measures on cutting down unproductive spending, as well as a list of public expenditures that can be easily put off.
As for entrepreneurship development, competitiveness and denationalization, a set of measures is due to be implemented. They include market demonopolization, removing administrative and economic barriers, ensuring businesses’ access to public and quasi-public procurements. For entrepreneurs to have access to state support and consultations, a single window Government for Business will be in place. The list of facilities for privatization will be broadened.
The agribusiness complex is due to create all conditions for processing agricultural commodities and ensuring stable state assistance. A water management program will be elaborated within the year.
In the industry and construction (Ministry of Infrastructure and Industrial Development) measures for developing special economic and industrial areas, processing industry, as well as uplifting labour productivity will be adopted. Steps necessary for integrating into global supply chains, and export diversification and promotion are due to be. Housing construction and infrastructure development measures are also to be taken.
As for trade policy, a program of trade policy will be worked out to ensure access to markets and e-commerce development. The technical regulation law is due to be renewed by the year’s end.
In the social policy (Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population) will conduct an inventory of social legislation. 1 July this year will see approaches and solutions on the pension system’s modernisation.
As for healthcare (Ministry of Healthcare), measures to make medical services more accessible and qualitative will be adopted, as well as a Health Code, with its draft to be discussed widely and openly.
The education sphere is to observe measures for improving teacher training, as well as proposals to establish research and production clusters and develop human capital.
“To comply with the Head of State’s tasks an economic development plan for the medium term is due to be adopted by 15 May this year. The plan will include the core measures the working group will come up with,” Ruslan Dalenov said, reassuring the plan’s interconnectivity with the evolving measures so as to reach a practical implementation of the Head of State’s tasks.
Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin reiterated the importance of the Head of State’s tasks aimed at dealing with social issues of people, increasing the wellbeing, encouraging investment, developing non-primary sectors, business, creating jobs, and pointing out that these tasks should be top priorities of each minister and governor. He also called for coherent work.
“All the tasks given by the Head of State need to be completed in a due manner, with first heads in charge. I approve the National Economy Ministry’s approach towards work organization,” he said.
Author: Adlet Seilkhanov
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