GOVERNMENT. Weekly review. ‘Year 2010 was successful. The work performed within President’s instructions brought positive results’ – PM K. Massimov


Meiram Baigarin

GOVERNMENT. Weekly review. 'Year 2010 was successful. The work performed within President's instructions brought positive results' - PM K. MassimovKazakhstan Government continues working on establishment of the Single Economic Space. On Tuesday, December 28, at a session Prime Minister Karim Massimov informed of preparation of a new package of SES documents for ratification.

These bills will be ratified simultaneously with Russia within the first half of 2011. First Vice Prime Minister Umirzak Shukeyev said Belarus had already completed ratifying the documents.

The session focused also on the draft Law On special economic zones. As first Vice Minister of Industry and New Technologies Albert Rau noted presenting the bill, an analysis conducted by experts revealed some problems in the activity of the special economic zones. These are low efficiency of budgetary expenditures, inefficiency of regulation and management, non-use of instruments of active attraction of investors and others. The new Law provides for substitution of the SEZ administration with managing companies in organizational-legal form of a joint-stock company. Representatives of private investors, state bodies and local executives can join the managing bodies.

‘In our opinion, such structure will allow attracting international companies possessing good experience in SEZ management. General regulation of the special economic zones will be carried out by an authorized body”, A. Rau stressed.

At the same session the Prime Minister informed of establishment of special economic zones in Pavlodar and Almaty regions. This idea was backed by President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Governor of Pavlodar region Bakytzhan Sagintayev said the region had already started working on creation of the SEZ.

“The major direction of the zone is industrial-chemical one. We are working now with a managing company from Germany which experts are arriving soon”, he said.

Besides, K. Massimov charged to establish an affiliate of Atameken Union National Economic Chamber in Turkey.

In order to fulfill the Presidential instructions, the Government has developed a draft Law On amendments to some legislative acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on project financing. Presenting the bill, Minister of Trade and Economic Development Zhanar Aitzhanova said that the document aimed at attraction of private capital into implementation of large projects.

The Prime Minister thanked all governors of the regions, members of the Cabinet, chairpersons of the agencies, national companies for their work in 2010. He highlighted that this work performed under the President’s leadership brought positive results only. In whole, the last year, as K. Massimov, said was crucial in many things and successful.

On the same day the Head of the Kazakh Government held a conference on reforming the law-enforcement activity and the court system. The meeting participants discussed the directions of the legal reform including humanization of the criminal legislation, protecting business from pressure of law enforcement bodies and raising efficiency and transparency of their work.

On Tuesday the prime Minister met with Yang Jiechi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of China.  The parties focused on further development of bilateral cooperation of Kazakhstan and China. K. Massimov said that the negotiations between Y. Jiechi and President N. Nazarbayev would promote improvement of both countries’ relations. Y. Jiechi stressed that the meeting of the heads of government of China and Kazakhstan held in Dushanbe was of great importance for further enhancement of cooperation within the SCO and for bilateral relations of China and Kazakhstan. At a meeting with the journalists the Chinese FM told about the results of his meeting with the Kazakh PM. “We agreed that the next year the parties will join efforts in order to realize joint projects and to find growth points in our business cooperation”, the Head of the Chinese MFA said.

The same day K. Massimov chaired a regular session of the Interdepartmental Commission for Radio Frequencies. The session participants discussed the issues concerning implementation of 3G cellular communication and transition to 4G mobile communications as well as implementation of digital TV.

On Wednesday, December 29, a telephone conversation of Kazakh Prime Minister K. Massimov with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan took place. The parties discussed the issues of bilateral trade-economic cooperation.