WEEKLY REVIEW. We have enough stocks to provide all regions of Kazakhstan with grain even in case of poor harvest next year – PM Massimov


Muratbek Makulbekov

WEEKLY REVIEW. We have enough stocks to provide all regions of Kazakhstan with grain even in case of poor harvest next year - PM MassimovThe Government of Kazakhstan pays much attention to the development of information and communication technologies. A year ago Prime Minister Karim Massimov noted at the international conference “Initiatives of E-Government” held in Astana that even in the period of crisis Kazakhstan considered the introduction of such technologies as one of the key priorities. As an experiment the Government’s sitting on Monday, September 27 was broadcast online on “Kazakhstan” TV-channel and the information portal Bnews.kz.

The inflation rate in August 2010 compared to December 2009 amounted to 4.6 percent, which is 0.3 percent higher than the same period last year. Minister of Economic Development and Trade Zhanar Aitzhanova made it public at the Government’s session. As for the country’s harvest, it is expected at the level of 13.5 mln tones of grain. Kazakh Minister of Agriculture Akhylbek Kurishbayev informed about it at the session. According to him, “taking into account the carryover storage of grain this will be enough for ensuring domestic needs”. “The bulk yield was expected at the level of 13.5-14.5 mln tones. But in connection with dry weather conditions, the gross yield in bunker weight will be about 13.5 mln tones”, A.Kurishbayev said.

The draft program on modernization of housing and utilities infrastructure till 2020 was considered at the sitting as well. Prime Minister Karim Massimov charged his First Vice Premier to convene the state commission on development of Astana on the issue of housing investors’ problems.

As Chairman of the Agency for Construction and Housing-Utilities Serik Nokin informed, several facilities that had to be put into operation this year were postponed till next year. The Agency made a net list of dates for finishing the construction of the facilities. According to the document there are 89 facilities, 55 out of them are planned to be finished this year and 34 ones – next year. According to the list of Astana facilities, the dates of finishing seven facilities are moved for the next year.

On Monday K. Massimov was received by the President and reported on the Government’s current work and results of socio-economic development of Kazakhstan. He told that the harvesting campaign was almost completed. More than 13 million tons of grain was gathered. It will be enough for Kazakhstan till October 1, 2011.

“Current stocks are high enough to mitigate the possible poor harvest next year”, the Premier noted.

The Kazakh leader urged the Government to provide all regions of Kazakhstan with grain and complete harvesting on time.

Mr. Massimov also reported on the progress of implementation of the state program of forced industrial innovative development of Kazakhstan. “72 big projects have been launched this year. 72 more projects will be finished by the end of the year, namely by the Independence Day”, he stressed.

The issues of development of small and medium business and law-enforcement system reforming were discussed as well.

On Wednesday, September 29, at the session on the issues of further strengthening of southern frontiers the Government discussed the progress of implementation of the President’s instructions on fulfillment of obligations within the framework of the Customs Union.

Next day on September 30 Premier Massimov chaired the visiting session of the State Commission for control over construction of the new center of the capital.

The course of construction of housing with home investors’ participation in Astana and the suburbs of the capital and the issues of building top-priority investment construction projects of state facilities in 2011-2013 were considered.

On Friday, October 1, Prime Minister Karim Massimov spoke at the VI Conference of Ministers of Environmental Protection of Asia-Pacific region in Astana. He noted that the forum would let Kazakhstan make a contribution to activation of multilateral cooperation in ecology and sustainable development.

“Asia-Pacific countries have common ecosystems. Moreover, floods and wildfires this year show that we face similar problems. Kazakhstan takes an active part in implementation of international programs together with the Russian Federation, China, Central Asia, South Asia and the Caucasus. Besides, we are ready to join various international projects and initiate our own ones”, K. Massimov said.

According to the Premier, the OSCE Summit scheduled for December 1-2, 2010 in Astana as well as the following top-level conferences including Brazil Summit of Heads of State on Sustainable Development in 2012 should give an answer to the question “How should mankind develop in further and how, in this case, avoid big shocks in the economy?”