President's Address «Growing welfare of kazakh citizens: increase in income and quality of life»

Friday, 05 October 2018, 17:35:07

GROWING WELFARE OF KAZAKH CITIZENS: INCREASE IN INCOME AND QUALITY OF LIFE

 Dear Kazakh citizens!

Over the years of our independence we have achieved a great deal.

Having created a modern progressive state with a dynamic economy, we have ensured peace and public harmony.

We have made qualitative and historically significant structural, constitutional and political reforms.

We have managed to strengthen the international standing of Kazakhstan and its geopolitical role in the region.

We have proved to be a responsible and international partner, in-demand to address regional and global challenges.

Kazakhstan has become the first state among the CIS and Central Asian countries to be chosen by the global community to host the international exhibition - EXPO 2017.

We have built a new capital, Astana, which has become a financial, business, innovative and cultural centre of the Eurasian region.

The population of the country now exceeds 18 million people, with life expectancy reaching 72.5 years.

We have established a strong economic framework.

Over the past 20 years, the country has raised $300 billion of direct foreign investment.

We see the development of small and medium-sized enterprises serving as the foundation for our economic prosperity.

Kazakhstan now ranks 36th among 190 countries in the World Bank Doing Business index.

We have always responded to external challenges in a timely manner and have been prepared for them.

In this regard, I have put forward relevant policy initiatives to modernise the country. Their implementation has become the main factor of our successful development.

Our strategic goal is to join the club of 30 developed countries of the world by 2050.

In 2014, we started implementing a comprehensive programme Nurly Zhol designed to modernise the country’s infrastructure.

Three years ago we announced the Plan of the Nation – 100 Concrete Steps.

Furthermore, we launched the Third Modernisation of the country. Its main aim is creating a new model of economic growth ensuring Kazakhstan’s global competitiveness.

The sustainable development of our country inspires great hope to further increase our quality of life.

We are ready to tackle new challenges.

Dear compatriots!

Recently we have seen the strengthening of the world’s political and economic transformation.

The world is changing rapidly.

The foundations of the global security system and international trade rules that seemed unshakable are now crumbling.

New technology, robotics and automation complicate the requirements for labour resources and the quality of human capital.

A completely new financial system architecture is being built. At the same time, stock markets are creating another “bubble” that may provoke another financial crisis.

Today, global and local problems are intertwined. In this context, the development of the state’s main asset – an individual – is the response to challenges and the guarantee of its success.

The Government, each and every head of a state agency or state company needs to reconsider their work approaches. The growing welfare of Kazakh citizens must be the highest priority.

This is the criterion I will refer to in assessing personal performance and compliance with the office.

Well-being of Kazakh citizens depends, first and foremost, on the steady growth of income and quality of life.

I.       GROWING INCOME OF THE POPULATION

Income grows if a person is a hard-working professional in his or her area, has a decent salary or has an opportunity to start and develop his or her own business.

Only by concerting our efforts can we create the Universal Labour Society.

First, I instruct the Government to raise the minimal salary by 1.5 times from 28 thousand to 42 thousand tenge from January 1, 2019.

This will directly cover 1.3 million people, who work in enterprises of different types of ownership in all industries.

The increase will apply to 275 thousand workers of state-funded organisations, whose salaries will grow on average by 35%.

For these purposes, we have to allocate 96 billion tenge annually from the republic’s budget for 2019-2021.

From now on, the minimal salary will not depend on the subsistence level. In general, the amount of the new minimal salary will boost the labour remuneration covering the whole economy.

I hope this initiative will be supported by large companies in terms of increasing the salaries of low-paid workers.

Second, we need to create stable sources for business growth and foster private investment and facilitate freedom of the market.

It is business that creates new jobs and provides higher income to the majority of Kazakh citizens.

First. In 2010, we launched the Business Road Map - 2020 Programme.

I realised its effectiveness while visiting regions of the country.

The programme should be prolonged until 2025.

An additional 30 billion tenge has to be annually allocated to implement the programme.

In three years this will allow the additional creation of at least 22 thousand new jobs, ensure 224 billion tenge of taxes and production of goods for an amount of 3 trillion tenge.

Second. We need to take decisive measures to develop economic competition and get utilities tariffs and natural monopolies under control.

Tariff setting and spending of consumers’ money are still not transparent in the field of utilities and regulation of natural monopolies.

We lack the efficient monitoring and control over investment obligations of monopolies.

The Government needs to address this issue within three months and reform the anti-monopoly agency, significantly strengthening functions for competition protection.

This is important because this leads to the growth of business costs and reduction of real income for people.

Third. We need to enhance the protection of business from unlawful administrative pressure and criminal prosecution threats.

I am instructing to raise from January 1, 2019, the threshold of criminal liability with regard to tax violations up to 50 thousand MCI and increase fines.

In addition, we need to reorganise the Service of Economic Investigation by transferring its functions to the Financial Monitoring Committee that should be focused on the fight against the shadow economy.

We need to move towards a cashless economy. Here we have to be guided by not only repressive tools but also incentives, for example, by encouraging business to use cashless transactions.

Completion of the integration of tax and customs information systems will make administration more transparent.

The Government needs take effective measures to reduce the shadow economy by at least 40% within three years.

To give business an opportunity for a fresh start, I instruct to launch tax amnesty for SMEs starting from January 1, 2019 by cancelling fines and penalties provided the principal tax amount is paid.

Fourth. Export-oriented industrialisation should be a central element of economic policy.

The Government must focus on supporting exporters in the manufacturing sector.

Our trade policy needs to stop being passive.

We need to make it vigorous in order to effectively promote our goods at regional and global markets.

At the same time, we need to support our enterprises in developing a wide range of consumer goods and promote the so-called “simple things economy”.

This is essential not only to develop export potential, but also to fill the internal market with domestic goods.

I instruct the Government to allocate additional 500 billion tenge to support the manufacturing industry and non-commodity export in the next three years.

To address the issue of affordable loans for priority projects I task the National Bank to allocate long-term tenge liquidity of no less than 600 billion tenge.

The Government together with the National Bank needs to ensure strict control over the targeted use of these funds.

To implement big breakthrough projects we need to consider the establishment of a direct investment fund in the non-commodity sector that will function based on the principle of co-investing with foreign investors.

We also need to intensify our activity to develop transport, logistics and other service sectors.

We need to pay special attention to the development of inbound and internal tourism to use our rich natural and cultural potential. The Government should adopt a sectoral programme at short notice.

Fifth. We need to fully develop our agricultural and industrial potential.

The main objective is to increase labour productivity and export of processed agricultural products 2.5 times by 2022.

All state support measures should be focused on the large-scale attraction of modern agricultural technology to the country.

We need to use the best experience in managing the sector by introducing flexible practical standards and attracting reputable and experienced foreign experts to oversee agriculture specialists.

We need to build a system of comprehensive teaching of new management skills among rural entrepreneurs.

For these purposes, I instruct the Government to additionally allocate at least 100 billion tenge annually in the next three years.

Sixth. Special attention should be paid to the development of innovation and service sectors.

First of all, we need to ensure the development of areas of the “future economy” such as alternative energy, new materials, biomedicine, big data, the internet of things, artificial intelligence, block chain, etc.

They determine the global position and role of the country in the future.

I instruct the Government together with Nazarbayev University to develop special programmes with specific projects for each area.

The opening of a think-tank for the development of artificial intelligence technology within the university may be one of them.

Seventh. We need to strengthen the role of the financial sector in developing the real economy and ensure long-term macroeconomic stability.

Now people are mainly concerned with the rise in prices, access to financing and banks’ stability.

The National Bank together with the Government has to finally start using a systemic approach to make the financial and real sectors of the economy healthy and to carry out a comprehensive anti-inflation policy.

Given the current situation, it is crucial to increase loans for the economy, especially for the manufacturing sector and SMEs.

We also need to enhance the efficiency of managing pension assets and social insurance system resources, and effectively develop alternative financial tools – securities market, insurance, etc.

The Astana International Financial Centre should play a pivotal role in providing business with foreign investment and access to capital. To this end, we have created a separate court, financial regulator and stock exchange.

All state agencies and national companies should actively use this platform and facilitate its rapid evolvement and development.

The effective implementation of the above-mentioned measures will boost the income of Kazakh citizens thanks to the growth of salaries and creation of new jobs.

These processes should constantly be in the focus of the Government.

II.      INCREASE IN QUALITY OF LIFE

The second component of wellbeing is the growth of quality of life.

Quality and access to education, healthcare, housing, comfortable and safe life concerns every Kazakh family.

In this regard, the Government should review priorities of budget expenditures focusing on the social sector, security and infrastructure.

First. We need to increase expenditures on education, science and healthcare from all sources up to 10% from the GDP within 5 years.

The funds should be used to carry out the planned reforms ensuring significant improvement of quality of services for the population.

Second. We need to drastically improve the quality of pre-school education.

The thinking framework, intelligence, creativity, and learning new skills are built in early childhood.

The emphasis in education is shifting towards the 4C model: creativity, critical thinking, communication skills and co-working.

In this area we need to review qualification requirements, training methods, the labour remuneration system for teachers and other employees of kindergartens.

This year the Ministry of Education and Science together with akimats needs to draft a relevant road map.

Third. We have defined the major approaches to secondary education, and at the current stage we need to focus on them.

The teaching system and methods of Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools must  become a single standard for state schools. This will be a final stage in reforming school education.

The system of knowledge evaluation should be based on international standards.

Professional analysis and guiding of children in terms of choosing the most in-demand professions should be carried out starting from secondary school. This will help to shape an individual education track and reduce the academic load on students and teachers.

Given the importance of child safety, I task to equip all schools and kindergartens with video surveillance systems, to optimise activities of school psychologists and to adopt other consistent measures.

To make education more accessible, I instruct the Government to allocate an additional 50 billion tenge from the republic’s budget for 2019-2021 to support regions facing the biggest deficit of school places and problems with three-shift schools or those in critical condition.

Fourth. I suggest it is necessary to develop and adopt a Law on the Status of Teachers next year.

It should envisage all incentives for teachers and employees of pre-school organisations, to reduce workload, protect from unscheduled inspections and uncharacteristic functions.

Fifth. We need to raise the bar to the quality of education in academic institutions in the higher education system.

We have increased the number of scholarships, now the time has come for greater responsibility.

The main criterion of a successful university is the employment of graduates and high-paid jobs.

We need to conduct a policy of the integration of higher educational institutions.

Only those providing high quality education should remain in the market. It is crucial to establish partnerships with the world’s leading universities while attracting best foreign senior managers as Nazarbayev University does.

I find it necessary to open a new regional higher education institution following the example of the Nazarbayev University based on the existing education infrastructure.

Sixth. The quality of medical services is a key component of social well-being of the population.

First of all, we need to make primary health care more accessible, especially in rural areas.

To motivate PHC workers, from January 1, 2019, I task to gradually increase by 20% the salary of district medical workers that introduced new approaches for treating diseases.

Next year 5 billion tenge will be allocated for these purposes.

All hospitals and clinics need to switch to paperless digital medical documentation from January 1, 2019.

This will allow the creation of electronic health passports for the whole population, eliminating queues and bureaucracy, and improving quality of services by 2020.

In 2019 we need to start the construction of a National Oncology Research Centre in Astana using the experience of operating cardiological and neurosurgery clusters.

By doing so, we will save many human lives.

Seventh. We need to find reserves at the regional level to increase the access to sport and physical education.

I instruct the Government and akims to construct at least 100 physical and health facilities.

In addition, we need to effectively use existing sports facilities, in particular in schools, and to equip outdoor areas, parks and squares for physical education purposes.

Eighth. The health of the nation is the main priority of the state. This means that Kazakh citizens should consume good-quality products.

Currently, we lack a comprehensive policy aimed at protecting our population from low-quality goods and services and those posing a threat to health and life.

I task the Government to take measures and get this activity under control.

A Committee on the Control over Quality and Security of Goods and Services should start operating from the next year.

It will be responsible for expert examination of food products, medicines, potable water, children’s goods and medical services.

For this, we need to establish state-of-the-art laboratories and to build teams of skilled specialists.

Furthermore, public associations protecting consumer rights should be institutionally strengthened and actively involved.

We always support business, but for a human being, his or her rights and health are more important.

As part of the reduction of administrative barriers, the state has cancelled numerous inspections, permits, etc.

That is why the business community also bears responsibility for the quality and security of offered goods and services.

In general, business should think not only about profit, but together with the state should ensure security and a comfortable environment for our citizens.

Qualitative social services provided for the population should be harmoniously complemented by broad opportunities to improve housing conditions, ensure comfortable and safe living in any residential area of the country.

III. CREATING A COMFORTABLE LIVING ENVIRONMENT

A comfortable environment means, first and foremost, affordability of housing, a beautiful and safe outdoor area, and a residential area that is convenient to live and work in as well as having qualitative infrastructure.

First. Qualitative and affordable housing.

Today, we are successfully implementing the Nurly Zher Programme that gives a powerful impetus to the housing construction.

We have launched a new large-scale programme 7-20-25 that enhances the affordability of housing mortgages.

I instruct akims to work on a partial subsidising of down payments according to mortgage benefits from the local budget.

The allocation of such housing certificates will enhance the affordability of mortgages for highly-skilled teachers, medical workers, police officers and other experts the region needs.

In addition, we need to enhance the construction of rental housing for socially vulnerable population in big cities.

These measures will help more than 250 thousand families to improve their housing conditions.

Taking into account the construction of utility infrastructure for massive housing areas, in five years the state will help 650 thousand families or more than 2 million of our citizens.

Second. We need to ensure the introduction of new approaches to the territorial development of the country.

Currently, economies of leading countries are mostly represented by global cities and megalopolises.

Over 70% of global GDP is generated in cities.

Throughout history, we have developed our own way of life dominated by agricultural economy with mono-cities and small regional centres.

Therefore, it is a great achievement for a country with 18 million people to have three cities with a million-plus population, two of them having become so during Kazakhstan’s independence.

Astana and Almaty already generate over 30% of the country’s GDP.

However, the city infrastructure does not always correspond to the rapidly growing needs of enterprises and population.

In recent years, we have built infrastructure of republican importance in line with the Nurly Zhol Programme.

Since 2015, we have built and reconstructed 2.4 thousand kilometers of roads. This work is ongoing, and we will commission an additional 4.6 thousand kilometers of roads by 2020.

Now, we need to ensure the systemic development of regional and urban infrastructure.

To this end, this year financing for local roads has been increased up to 150 billion tenge, and funds for rural water supply up to 100 billion tenge.

Akims should focus on addressing the most acute problems in the regions using these funds.

The Government also needs to develop a systemic approach to this task, draft a list of additional infrastructure issues, assess projects and find sources to finance them.

The construction of new schools, kindergartens and hospitals needs to be synchronised with plans on the development of residential areas, it is also necessary to create conditions to bring private investors to this sector.

At the same time, we need to gradually transit from the “infrastructure-people” model to the “people-infrastructure” model.

This will facilitate the development of residential areas, enhancing the efficiency of using the allocated funds.

Each region and big city should develop based on their own model of sustainable economic growth and employment taking into account the current competitive advantages.

In this regard, we need to develop a regional standards system for different residential areas – from backbone villages to cities with the republican status.

The standard should include specific indicators for the listing and accessibility of social benefits and public services, transport, cultural, sport, business, production and digital infrastructure, etc.

We need to intensify activities aimed at improving the environmental situation, including polluting emissions, soil condition, land, air, waste disposal, as well as developing environmental monitoring systems with free online access.

Special attention should be paid to the creation of a “barrier-free environment” for people with disabilities.

I task the development of a Predictive Scheme for Territorial and Spatial Development of the Country until 2030 that will serve as a New Map of Administered Urbanisation of the Country until September 1, 2019.

To implement practical steps, I task the draft of a pragmatic Regional Development Programme until 2025 outlining specific events, projects and financing.

The above-mentioned aspects of regional development should be taken into account in Nurly Zhol and Nurly Zher state programmes, their implementation terms should also be prolonged until 2025.

The first programme should focus on the development of transport infrastructure. The second one should centre on utilities and housing construction.

We need to give these programmes “a new lease of life”.

Third. We need profound and qualitative transformations in the activity of law-enforcement agencies.

Security is an integral part of quality of life.

Internal affairs officers are at the forefront of the fight against crime and protect citizens from it, quite often risking their lives.

At the same time, society expects a drastic improvement in the work of law-enforcement agencies, mainly, of the police.

I task the Government together with the Executive Office of the President to adopt a road map to modernise internal affairs agencies.

These reforms must be launched on January 1, 2019.

First, we need to optimise the staffing of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and relieve the police of uncharacteristic functions.

The funds saved should be allocated to raise the salaries of police officers, solve their housing and other social problems.

Second, we need to adopt a new standard for police officers and change the system of career advancement, as well as training and selecting personnel in police academies.

All officers must be recertified. Only the best ones will continue to serve.

Third, we need to introduce new modern formats of working with the population, drastically changing police assessment criteria.

We need to switch the police to a service model.

It should be ingrained in the minds of citizens that a police officer does not punish but helps in a difficult situation.

We need to create comfortable conditions for receiving citizens in city and regional internal affairs agencies on a Public Service Centre basis.

All cities of Kazakhstan must be equipped with public security monitoring systems.

Public trust and a sense of security among the population should become the key parameters for assessing the work of the police.

Fourth. Further judicial system modernisation.

We have achieved a lot over the past years, but we have not tackled the main problem: ensuring a high level of trust in courts.

Moreover, the rule of law is a key to success of our reforms.

First, we should continue introducing modern formats of the work of courts and advanced electronic services.

Every year 4 million of our citizens are dragged into litigations.

We invest so much effort and funds!

We need to reduce the number of excessive judicial procedures, which require an unreasonable spending of time and resources. Processes which used to require personal presence can now be implemented remotely.

Second, we need to ensure a qualitative development and an upgrade of judicial personnel management system, providing incentives so that the best lawyers would strive to become judges.

Third, we need a clear and predictable legal practice, especially for legal disputes between business and state agencies, as well as excluding the possibilities of having an unlawful influence on judges.

I task the Supreme Court, together with the Government, to develop a relevant set of measures by the end of the year.

A smaller and efficient state apparatus, which should consider all of its actions through the prism of increasing the wellbeing of the nation, will play a crucial role in the implementation of any reforms.

IV. CITIZEN-ORIENTED STATE APPARATUS

How should the state apparatus change in a new reality?

First. Drastic increase in the effectiveness of state agencies

“Quality” should become a new lifestyle of civil servants, and personal growth – their main principle.

The new kind of civil servants should shorten the gap between the state and society. This means regular feedback, lively discussion and explaining specific measures and results of the state policy to people.

The Public Administration Academy together with the Nazarbayev University needs to develop a “Brand-new Leader” programme and special retraining courses when appointing to senior positions.

It is important to attract specialists from the private sector that have work experience in the best foreign companies or graduated from leading universities of the world.

This year we have introduced a new remuneration model in four state agencies.

All pilot projects have achieved good results.

We made the civil service more attractive, which is especially relevant at the regional level.

By optimising ineffective expenditures and reducing the number of senior positions, salaries of lower and mid-level civil servants grew 2-2.5 times.

The so called brain drain decreased by two times. The intake of highly-skilled professionals from the private sector increased by three times, including graduates of top higher education institutions.

The competition to the central administration at the Agency for Civil Service Affairs has increased up to 28 people per job position, at the regional offices – up to 60 people per job position.

16 people apply for one vacant position in the akimat of Mangystau, and 13 people on average in the Ministry of Justice.

We managed to save up over 30 billion tenge in Astana thanks to new approaches to financing PPP projects alone.

In order to move to a new remuneration model I granted heads of state agencies the right to make a budget and personnel maneuver.

They gained an opportunity to use the funds saved to increase the salaries of civil servants.

Now, many state agencies want to switch to a new model.

However they must understand that it is not a mere automatic increase in salaries, this means, first of all, the increase in effectiveness of their performance.

I task to ensure that the growth of expenditure on remuneration is compensated by optimisation and saving of budget expenses including the expenses of subordinate organisations.

Red tape and egalitarianism must not be allowed to keep this project from being discredited.

Second. In this challenging time, we need to ensure the maximum return for each tenge allocated.

Inspections show that the cost of construction is set too high as early as at the drafting stage of the project documentation.

There are projects that have not been finished or those that had no future in the first place.

If we take a responsible approach to the task assigned, we can free hundreds of billions of tenge from the budget and channel them to the real needs of population.

The Government needs to take systemic measures to optimise spending and save funds by excluding ineffective and untimely expenditures.

Third. Active fight against corruption will be continued.

First, we need to decrease direct interaction of civil servants with the population when providing public services.

One of the issues that concern people is red tape around land and construction.

This area lacks transparency, requiring full access for the population and business to information.

I task to create a single information database on land reserves and real estate properties.

We need to take this issue under control and give land to real investors!

This is just one example.

We also need to carry out relevant activities on other remaining areas criticised by people and business communities.

In 2019, 80% and in 2020 at least 90% of public services must be digitalised.

To this end, the Law on Public Services should be updated as soon as possible.

Second, we need to address the increase in personal disciplinary responsibility of senior officials when committing corruption-related offences by their subordinates.

At the same time, diligent workers should not be afraid of inspectors.

Third, we need to spread the capital’s experience in implementing the anti-corruption strategy as part of “Corruption-free Regions” projects.

Fourth. We need to reduce formality and red tape in the work of the Government and all states agencies.

Recently, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of lengthy meetings and sessions in the Government, state agencies, as well in the paperwork.

Sometimes the Government holds up to seven meetings attended by akims and their deputies per day.

When should they have time to work?

We need to put an end to this practice and take this issue under control.

We need to give decision-making freedom to ministers and akims, who should undertake specific responsibilities and be publicly accountable.

This should be based on the developed map of indicators of the Strategic Country Development Plan until 2025.

Fifth. To effectively implement the objectives set, we need to strengthen the mechanism of control over reforms.

By the end of the year the Government and state agencies must develop specific indicators and road maps covering all mentioned development issues, as well as submitting all necessary reforms-related bills to the Parliament in due time.

Parliament, in turn, should consider and adopt them in a qualitative and timely manner.

To monitor and assess the implementation of reforms and main strategic documents, I task to create a National Modernisation Office in the Executive Office of the President and grant it the relevant mandate.

Apart from monitoring statistic indicators, it will be responsible for conducting regular opinion polls among the population and business regarding issues of interest to the population as it is done in the OECD.

The Office will regularly report to me on the situation in each area.

Each Government member, head of a state agency, head of a state company will be personally responsible for achieving the objectives set.

V. EFFECTIVE FOREIGN POLICY

We need to further implement a proactive foreign policy in order to ensure the successful modernisation of Kazakhstan.

Our peaceful vision and clearly defined principles in this area prove their worth.

Interaction between Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation is exemplary for interstate relations.

The Eurasian Economic Union is successfully functioning as a fully integrated association and an active participant of global economic relations.

A new chapter of cooperation in the Central Asian region has been opened.

A comprehensive strategic partnership with the People’s Republic of China has been gradually developing.

The One Belt - One Road programme gave a new impetus to our relations with China.

During my January official visit to Washington and negotiations with President Donald Trump, we reached an agreement on an enhanced strategic partnership between Kazakhstan and the USA in the 21st century.

We will continue our dynamic collaboration with the EU as our biggest trade and investment partner.

Mutually beneficial bilateral ties with CIS countries, Turkey, Iran, Arab and Asian countries have also been advanced.

The Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea adopted on the Aktau Summit opens new opportunities for cooperation with other Caspian states.

Kazakhstan is successfully completing its mission within the UN Security Council.

The Astana Process on Syria is nearly the only effective working format of talks on a peaceful settlement and recovery of this country from the crisis.

Additionally, in the context of difficult modern conditions, the foreign policy of the Republic of Kazakhstan requires adaptation and promotion of national interests based on the principles of pragmatism.

The Strong will to succeed and people’s unity have always shaped the future of countries.

Only by uniting our efforts can we reach great heights.

VI. ENGAGEMENT OF EVERY KAZAKH CITIZEN IN TRANSFORMATION OF THE COUNTRY

Every Kazakh citizen should clearly understand the essence of the conducted reforms and their significance for prosperity of our Homeland.

To successfully implement them, it is important as never before to consolidate the society around common goals.

The Rukhani Zhangyru Programme was widely supported and gave a powerful impetus to modernisation processes in society. 

This initiative should not only be continued, but also filled with new content and directions.

Comprehensive support to youth and institution of the family should become a priority for state policy.

We need to create a wide platform of social mobility, which will cover a full set of support measures for all youth categories.

I suggest declaring the next year as the Year of Youth.

We should start the modernisation of the social environment in rural areas.

This will be facilitated by the launch of a special project “Auyl – Yel Bessigi” (“Village is the cradle of the nation”).

This project will help us to promote a labor ideology in the regions.

We need to establish child and youth associations Sarbaz similar to the Boy Scout movement, and to strengthen the role of military and patriotic education in schools.

We should restore mass school tourism in the regions of the country within the new “Discover Your Land” initiative.

Today, unique measures are offered in the main fields determining the social well-being of the population.

The financial value of the initiatives is over 1.5 trillion tenge, and their aggregate effect is even more ensuring a huge leap in the quality of the population’s life.

This is the most reliable and beneficial investment.

Dear Kazakh citizens!

Well-being of the population and accession of Kazakhstan to the list of 30 developed countries are the long-term goals of our independent state.

We always adequately respond to the challenges of the time.

We manage to do so, primarily, thanks to our unity.

As we say, “A rich country is the country where people live in harmony”.

We face complex challenges at this current time.

If we have harmony, there are no heights we cannot reach.

In all my addresses I pay special attention to improving social conditions and people’s quality of life.

The main purpose of today’s 7-20-25, Nurly Zhol, Nurly Zher and other state programmes is the improvement of the population’s quality of life.

Kazakhstan still has a lot of heights to climb.

People’s trust raises our spirits and gives us strength on this path.

There is nothing greater than this noble goal!

 


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By 2022, about 7 thousand new jobs to be created in tourism sector — Kazakh Tourism
08 October 2019, 11:51
Interview on development of tourism industry in Kazakhstan: What attracts foreigners and which region is a leader in ecotourism
08 October 2019, 08:54
Roman Sklyar participates in Kazakh-German business forum
07 October 2019, 13:15
Over the past 7 years, passenger traffic increased by 45 times — Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development
07 October 2019, 13:01
Adjusted mechanism for payment of targeted social assistance to ensure transparency and fairness in helping low-income people — Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population
07 October 2019, 12:09
Askar Zhakenov appointed deputy head of the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan
07 October 2019, 10:08
Government considers development of civil aviation and lower airfare
07 October 2019, 10:05
Government considers new approaches to providing targeted social assistance
05 October 2019, 13:49
Berdibek Saparbayev meets with the public of Karaganda region
05 October 2019, 10:18
Roman Sklyar met with Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassadors of the French Republic and the Republic of Belarus
04 October 2019, 19:54
Over 98% of needy citizens received government support measures to reduce debt burden
04 October 2019, 18:59
Government session to be held Oct. 7 in Ukimet Uyi
04 October 2019, 17:20
Berdibek Saparbayev gets acquainted with work of Compulsory Social Health Insurance and mobile call centers in Karaganda region
03 October 2019, 19:06
Alikhan Smailov holds personal meetings with citizens at Nur Otan Republican Party’s Public Reception
03 October 2019, 17:33
Deputy Prime Minister Roman Sklyar participates in republican environmental hour
03 October 2019, 11:19
Deputy Prime Minister Berdibek Saparbayev criticizes Ministry of Sports for results at the world championships
02 October 2019, 19:10
Updating budget for 2019, providing Internet access and introducing 5G — how Government session took place
02 October 2019, 18:43
Prime Minister Askar Mamin pays working visits to Shymkent and Turkistan
02 October 2019, 16:57
From the beginning of 2019, prices for gasoline and diesel fuel decreased in Kazakhstan — Makhambet Dosmukhambetov
02 October 2019, 16:56
90% of employees at Tengiz, Kashagan and Karachaganak projects are Kazakhstani specialists — Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan
02 October 2019, 16:31
Implementation of investment projects will increase annual oil production to 105 million tons by 2025 — Makhambet Dosmukhambetov
02 October 2019, 16:06
Current rate of oil production will allow to exceed annual plan of 89 million tons — Ministry of Energy
02 October 2019, 11:48
Golden Warrior presented at exhibition in Malaysia
01 October 2019, 17:49
Airline prices are not regulated; airlines use dynamic pricing — Aibek Alzhanov
01 October 2019, 17:46
Over 11 million passengers served at airports of Kazakhstan for January-August 2019
01 October 2019, 17:43
In 2019, Kazakh and foreign airlines opened seven international flights
01 October 2019, 17:34
Opening new routes, pricing and training — how civil aviation is developing in Kazakhstan
01 October 2019, 13:44
Askar Zhumagaliyev: Switching to 5G networks will not entail increase in Internet tariffs
01 October 2019, 13:35
Kazakhtelecom informs about prospects of switching to electronic SIM card
01 October 2019, 13:15
Head of Government holds the second meeting of Dialogue on Investment Cooperation between Kazakhstan and the EU
01 October 2019, 13:00
When introducing 5G, issues of impact on human health to be taken into account — Askar Zhumagaliyev
01 October 2019, 12:56
Press conference to be held on developing oil and gas industry and increasing the share of local content
01 October 2019, 11:08
Organization of employment and leisure of students during out of school hours discussed in the Government of Kazakhstan
01 October 2019, 10:53
By the end of 2020, 880 villages to have broadband Internet access
01 October 2019, 10:51
Republican budget revenues to reach 7 trillion 81 billion tenge in 2019 — Ministry of National Economy
01 October 2019, 10:05
Askar Mamin instructs to develop projects for effective use of 5G and accelerate connection of villages to high-speed Internet
01 October 2019, 09:49
Government approves republican budget for 2019
30 September 2019, 19:22
Government considers issues of digitalization of land relations and optimization of public services
30 September 2019, 19:04
Reducing tax burden and increasing salary: How are Five Social Initiatives of Elbasy implemented
30 September 2019, 18:16
By the end of 2019, it is planned to introduce over 4 thousand additional places in student dormitories — Ministry of Education and Science
30 September 2019, 17:00
Issues of functioning of domestic markets, customs and technical regulation, digital agenda of EAEU discussed at EEC Council
30 September 2019, 16:33
Alikhan Smailov proposes Eurasian Economic Commission to digitalize EAEU transport infrastructure
30 September 2019, 15:11
Job creation, staff training and infrastructure improvement are results of renewable energy development in Kazakhstan
30 September 2019, 15:02
In 2020, first renewable energy projects of oil companies to appear in Kazakhstan
30 September 2019, 14:54
Kazakhstan's transition to green economy, personnel training and investor attraction — Ainur Sospanova on development of renewable energy
30 September 2019, 12:50
Government session to be held Oct. 1 in Ukimet Uyi
27 September 2019, 19:57
Electronic health passport available on eGov and mGov platforms — Yelzhan Birtanov
27 September 2019, 19:34
Fifteen large multi-profile regional hospitals to be built at the expense of private investment — Yelzhan Birtanov
27 September 2019, 19:27
Ministry of Healthcare plans to increase administrative responsibility of medical workers for prescribing unnecessary tests
27 September 2019, 18:54
Ultrasound and MRI: What services can citizens get for free with introduction of health insurance
27 September 2019, 17:41
Alikhan Smailov holds meeting of OECD Cooperation Council
27 September 2019, 11:43
Prime Minister Askar Mamin holds personal reception of citizens at Nur Otan office
27 September 2019, 11:06
Kazakhstan Energy Week-2019: Experts from around the globe discuss challenges of future energy
26 September 2019, 17:57
Yerlan Aukenov appointed vice minister of labor and social protection of the population of the Republic of Kazakhstan
26 September 2019, 17:19
Urken Bisakayev appointed vice minister of culture and sports of Kazakhstan
26 September 2019, 16:43
Agricultural exports and Baikonur Special Economic Zone: Development of Kyzylorda region from January to August 2019
26 September 2019, 15:27
Press conference to be held on improving quality and accessibility of medical services
26 September 2019, 11:56
Prime Minister Askar Mamin attends the opening of XII Kazenergy Eurasian Forum
26 September 2019, 09:43
Prime Minister Askar Mamin gets acquainted with development of Baikonur city and discusses Nazarbayev Start project with Head of Roskosmos Dmitry Rogozin
25 September 2019, 18:39
Ministry of Agriculture signs Memorandum on Plant Quarantine and Protocol on Requirements for Export of Pork from Kazakhstan to China
24 September 2019, 18:01
EAEU 2025 Development Strategy discussed in Bishkek
24 September 2019, 16:16
Vice Minister of Trade and Integration Kairat Torebayev leads Kazakh delegation at CAREC meeting
24 September 2019, 09:34
Gulzhakhan Bimendina appointed сhair of Land Management Committee of the Ministry of Agriculture
24 September 2019, 04:21
Preparing for cold season, supporting small and medium businesses, increasing government spending on public procurement: What instructions announced at the Government session
23 September 2019, 19:57
Prime Minister Askar Mamin meets with participants of the Fourth Meeting of Speakers of the Eurasian Countries' Parliaments
23 September 2019, 18:45
Deputy Prime Minister Roman Sklyar meets with Chairman of House of Representatives of Jordan Atef Al-Tarauna
23 September 2019, 14:42
Centralization of public procurement to allow to effectively regulate local content — Ministry of Finance
23 September 2019, 14:09
Micro-credit recipients created more than 8 thousand jobs under Enbek program — Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population
23 September 2019, 14:09
Government reviews implementation of Bastau Business project and issues of increasing local content in public procurement
23 September 2019, 14:00
Prime Minister Askar Mamin instructs to ensure control over timely completion of preparations for cold period
23 September 2019, 12:43
Preparation of energy enterprises for cold period carried out in accordance with repair schedules — Ministry of Energy
23 September 2019, 12:23
Over 10 thousand autonomous boiler rooms in regions ready for start of cold season — Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development
22 September 2019, 17:36
Prime Minister Askar Mamin attends presentation of AIFC to head of Chinese parliament Li Zhanshu
20 September 2019, 21:33
Investments, agribusiness and tourism — main development indicators of Almaty region according to performance results for 8 months of 2019
20 September 2019, 18:36
Prime Minister Askar Mamin visits Almaty region on a working trip
20 September 2019, 17:15
Government session to be held Sep. 23 in Ukimet Uyi
20 September 2019, 14:48
Prime Minister Askar Mamin attends the opening of oil factory in Almaty Region
20 September 2019, 14:21
Vice Prime Minister Berdibek Saparbayev meets with residents of Semey
20 September 2019, 14:06
Labor income is a prerequisite for participating in social housing program “Baqytty Otbasy” — Housing Construction Savings Bank
20 September 2019, 13:54
Large families to receive over 8 thousand apartments in 2019 — Kairbek Uskenbayev
20 September 2019, 13:05
Nurly Zher State Program: 18 thousand families received keys to new apartments through Housing Construction Savings Bank of Kazakhstan
20 September 2019, 12:59
Sixty-five thousand apartments built in Kazakhstan in 8 months of 2019 — Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development
19 September 2019, 19:17
Askar Mamin introduces new akim of Karaganda region
19 September 2019, 16:59
Government sums up interim results of implementation of the Nation’s Plan “100 Concrete Steps”
19 September 2019, 16:55
Prime Minister Askar Mamin holds a meeting of the Council on Improving Investment Climate
19 September 2019, 16:29
Press conference to be held on improving accessibility and quality of housing
19 September 2019, 15:23
There will be no problems with heat supply to social facilities — Ministry of Energy on readiness for heating period
19 September 2019, 14:26
Prime Minister Askar Mamin holds meeting of the Board of Baiterek Holding
19 September 2019, 11:48
Berdibek Saparbayev: Today education determines what the future will become
19 September 2019, 11:31
To prepare for upcoming heating period, 93% of boiler repair work completed — Ministry of Energy
18 September 2019, 20:23
Askar Mamin introduces new ministers of foreign affairs, industry and infrastructure development
18 September 2019, 16:16
Akerke Akhmetova appointed vice minister of justice
18 September 2019, 14:20
Press conference to be held on preparations for the heating season
17 September 2019, 17:33
Improving business environment, pilot project in Zhambyl region or how the Government session took place
17 September 2019, 17:31
Presidential Youth Personnel Reserve: What you need to know to join the top 300
17 September 2019, 17:23
Three hundred people to be selected for Presidential Youth Personnel Reserve — Agency for Civil Service Affairs
17 September 2019, 17:19
Over 3,500 applications submitted to Presidential Youth Personnel Reserve — Agency for Civil Service Affairs
17 September 2019, 15:25
Asan Darbayev appointed chairman of the Committee for Regulation of Natural Monopolies of the Ministry of National Economy
17 September 2019, 11:54
Project on increasing incomes of Zhambyl region residents to improve the welfare of 131 thousand families
17 September 2019, 11:15
Kazakhstan enters top 10 leading countries in academic knowledge in mathematics and science – Ministry of Education and Science
17 September 2019, 10:45
Government discusses pilot project to support personal subsidiary plots in Zhambyl region
17 September 2019, 10:44
Government considers measures to improve Kazakhstan’s position in international ratings
17 September 2019, 10:29
Kazakhstan advances 21 positions in World Bank’s Trading Across Borders indicator
17 September 2019, 10:11
On Dealing with Construction Permits indicator Kazakhstan rose by 17 positions — Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development
17 September 2019, 09:42
Kazakhstan is 28th out of 140 countries in Doing Business ease of doing business ranking
16 September 2019, 19:00
Prime Minister Askar Mamin meets with CIS ministers for communications
16 September 2019, 18:56
Mechanical Engineering in Kazakhstan: Since 2000, production increased by 24 times
16 September 2019, 15:24
Exhibition of National Museum of Kazakhstan "The Great Steppe: History and Culture" opened in Turkey
16 September 2019, 12:05
Video Digest: Main events of the week, No.29
16 September 2019, 08:52
Exhibition of applied art of Kazakhstan opened in Nur-Sultan: “Geography – Line of Cultural Perspective”
14 September 2019, 10:24
Berdibek Saparbayev visits Armenia on a working trip
13 September 2019, 18:59
Prime Minister Askar Mamin meets with representatives of Turkish business circles
13 September 2019, 18:57
Ministry of Energy and akimats of Atyrau, Mangystau and West Kazakhstan regions reported on the work on attracting investments
13 September 2019, 18:31
Gabidulla Abdrakhimov appointed advisor to the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan
13 September 2019, 13:20
First President of Kazakhstan visits Astana International Financial Center
13 September 2019, 12:57
Compulsory Social Health Insurance to reduce people’s spending on healthcare by 2 times — Lyazat Aktayeva on introduction of insurance medicine
13 September 2019, 10:39
Azamat Akhmetov appointed chairman of Committee for Protection of Consumer Rights of the Ministry of Trade and Integration
12 September 2019, 17:06
Job fair and public talk for young professionals — Meiram Pshembayev about features of VII Forum of Machine Builders
12 September 2019, 16:59
Eleven thousand jobs created in engineering industry over the years of industrialization program’s implementation — Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development
12 September 2019, 16:25
In 8 months of 2019, volume of production in mechanical engineering increased by 18% — Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development
11 September 2019, 22:41
Advanced technologies in agro-industrial complex and investment potential: Results of Turkistan region’s development for 8 months of 2019
11 September 2019, 19:35
Askar Mamin inspects completion of restoration work in Arys and visits construction sites in Turkistan
11 September 2019, 17:47
Press conference to be held on development of engineering industry within the framework of implementation of the President's Address
11 September 2019, 17:05
International expedition on tourism development “Silk Road – the Path of Dialogue” completed
11 September 2019, 03:43
Review of Government session: Cabinet decisions and comments by ministers on the sidelines
10 September 2019, 10:46
Prime Minister Askar Mamin meets with members of EBRD Board of Directors
10 September 2019, 10:12
Main factors of economic growth were investment activity and increased production in the real sector — Ministry of National Economy
10 September 2019, 09:58
Government project office to coordinate and monitor implementation of President’s Address
10 September 2019, 09:49
Askar Mamin: Kazakhstan's economy grew by 4.3% over 8 months
10 September 2019, 09:37
Government adopts draft National Plan for implementation of the Head of State’s Address
09 September 2019, 17:31
Single window for QazTrade exporters created in Kazakhstan
09 September 2019, 17:19
Bakhyt Sultanov speaks about measures to combat unscrupulous import
09 September 2019, 17:06
Ministry of Trade and Integration to strengthen measures to protect rights of online buyers
09 September 2019, 14:27
Government session to be held Sep. 10 in Ukimet Uyi
07 September 2019, 20:06
The prime minister of Kazakhstan makes a working trip to Moscow
06 September 2019, 18:03
Press conference to be held on measures to support domestic producers of goods and services
05 September 2019, 13:01
Kazakhstanis will occupy 95% of new jobs created — Zhenis Kassymbek on joint projects with China
05 September 2019, 12:17
For the period of Kazakhstan’s independence, $330 billion of foreign investment attracted from 120 countries
05 September 2019, 09:50
Press conference to be held on implementation of Kazakhstan’s investment policy
05 September 2019, 09:40
Energy facilities in Arys are ready for heating season — Ministry of Energy
05 September 2019, 09:31
Preparation for upcoming heating period is under standard mode — Ministry of Energy
04 September 2019, 18:45
Uralsk Transformer Plant exports 95% of its production to Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia
04 September 2019, 18:19
Prime Minister Askar Mamin visits West Kazakhstan Region on a working trip
04 September 2019, 18:12
Kazakhstan approves Roadmap to Promote Non-Oil Exports
04 September 2019, 16:30
Sadyk Akizhanov appointed Advisor – Press Secretary of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan
04 September 2019, 15:17
Government Tuesday: What measures will be taken to implement President’s Address to the people of Kazakhstan
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