WEEKLY REVIEW. Customs Union yielding significant results – Kazakh Premier Massimov
ASTANA. May 20. KAZINFORM /Serik Sabekov/ On Tuesday, May 17 the Government of Kazakhstan held a sitting, where Minister of Economic Development and Trade Kairat Kelimbetov presented an information map of realization of the President’s tasks. The map is closely connected with main priorities of the Strategic Plan of Development of Kazakhstan till 2020.
According to him, the introduction of this Map will help focus on achieving definite results.
The Map is clearly demonstrating the main tasks that have been set for development of the county for the nearest future with the people responsible for them and terms setting time for their realization. This new project of the Ministry embraces such aspects as post-crisis development, enhancement of economy diversification, food security, future investments, public services, development of state management system, ensures interethnic harmony and stability of interethnic relations.
Thereafter the Cabinet approved the draft law “On gas and gas supply”. This document envisages priority delivery of sales gas to the domestic market; establishment of a single national operator for the supply of marketable gas to the domestic market, which will have a preferential right to purchase the processed gas.
As Oil and Gas Minister Sauat Mynbayev noted, this is resulting from the fact that 80% of the produced gas in the country is associated.
Besides, the Minister informed that supplies of the Russian AI 92, AI 93 gasoline to Kazakhstan may be reduced due to substantial gap between the prices of the two countries.
According to him, ceiling price for AI 92 gasoline in Kazakhstan makes 99 Tenge against 125 Tenge in Russia. 25% is a great difference. Certainly, it stimulates gasoline outflow from Kazakhstan with no inflows from Russia, Mynbayev added.
The issue of sawing campaign was also raised at the sitting. As Minister of Agriculture Assylzhan Mamytbekov said, in the south the campaign goes to completion, in the northern regions it will begin shortly.
On May 19 Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov attended the meeting of the Council of the CIS Heads of Government in Minsk.
Chairman of the National Bank of Kazakhstan Grigory Marchenko was nominated as candidate for the post of the IMF chief from all CIS countries. “The Kazakh side asked the CIS prime ministers to support candidacy of Chairman of the National Bank of Kazakhstan Grigory Marchenko for the post of the IMF Managing Director,” K.Massimov said. The Premier thanked his colleagues for their support.
According to Massimov, Kazakhstan is negotiating with the BRICS countries support of candidacy of Chairman of the National Bank of Kazakhstan Grigory Marchenko for the post of the IMF chief.
The same day member states of the Customs Union – Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus – confirmed readiness to move customs border to the outer contour from July 1, 2011.
“This is a real help to our businesses, a real chance to use every opportunity to develop bilateral relations and trade,” the Kazakh Premier said at a press conference after the meeting of EurAsEC Interstate Council in Minsk on May 19.