WEEKLY REVIEW. President’s instruction fulfilled: GDP growth made 7.1 percent


Serik Sabekov

WEEKLY REVIEW. President's instruction fulfilled: GDP growth made 7.1 percentAt the beginning of the week the Government of Kazakhstan held a regular telephone conference, where Prime Minister Karim Massimov told that the country’s GDP grew by 7.1% in the first quarter of 2011.

On Monday, the Kazakh Government also approved five draft regulations essential for Employment 2020 program realization.

Labor and Social Protection Minister Gulshara Abdykalikova setting forward the program’s key points, reminded that the Parliament considered the draft law on amendments to some legislative acts of Kazakhstan on employment and social protection. On June 27 the Head of State signed the law. The document foresees conceptually new approaches in the sphere of employment.

It is believed the program will embrace up to one and a half million people by 2015. The main goal is to reduce both poverty and unemployment rates up to 6% and 5.5% correspondingly.

“We will begin to develop Employment Program with Mangystau region,” Prime Minister Karim Massimov said via Twitter.

Answering the journalists’ questions on the sitting sidelines Kazakh Oil and Gas Ministry Sauat Mynbayev promised to take measures against Helios Company’s AI 92-93 petrol price boost up to KZT 112. The limit price for AI 92 gasoline standard makes KZT 102 the countrywide.

On Tuesday Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov paid a working visit to Moscow. He met with his Russian and Belarusian counterparts Vladimir Putin and Mikhail Myasnikovich, prominent Russian scholars, businessmen and heads of key departments. He also took part in the press conference held upon the completion of the business-forum ‘From the Customs Union to the Single Economic Space: Interests of Business’ in Moscow on July 12.

Speaking at the conference Karim Massimov said that the Kazakh side was ready to carry out all necessary activities on formation of the Single Economic Space as soon as possible.

Answering journalists’ questions, K. Massimov said that the process of establishment of the Customs Union and the Single Economic Space was so rapid that business hardly managed to respond to the decisions that were taken.

K. Massimov also noted that the Single Economic Space would begin its operation on 1 January 2012. ‘The Single Economic Space is one competitive policy, free goods, capital and labor force movement. There are new absolutely unprecedented conditions and we have to prepare for it,’ the Premier noted.

On Thursday, July 14, Kazakh Ministry of Environmental Protection held a board meeting to discuss the progress of preparation for the 7-th Ministerial Conference “Environment for Europe” planned for September 21-23 in Astana. Representative of the Ministry Alexander Bragin told that more than a thousand delegates from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and Economic (ECE) and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will attend the conference.

“In addition to representatives of European and North American countries – the traditional participants in these conferences, we invited representatives of Asian states – Japan, South Korea, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Mongolia, and others. Laureates of international awards, academic and political leaders will take part in the conference as moderators,” Bragin noted.

He reminded that Kazakhstan will present the Astana initiative “Green Bridge”, which provides support for the transition from today’s traditional and unsustainable development models to “green economy” on the basis of multilateral cooperation and public-private partnership.