WEEKLY REVIEW. All ministries and agencies need to concentrate and intensify their work – Premier Massimov


Serik Sabekov

WEEKLY REVIEW. All ministries and agencies need to concentrate and intensify their work - Premier MassimovOn Tuesday, July 26, Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Kazakhstan Kairat Kelimbetov told about the results of the country’s socio-economic development in the first half of the year at the sitting of the Government.

As the Minister informed, inflation since the beginning of the year was 5.1%. The prices for food products in June 2011 compared with December 2010 increased by 8%, non-food products – 2.5%, paid services – 4.1%.

As reported earlier, this year inflation is planned in the corridor of 6-8%.

In addition Kelimbetov stressed that “in order to facilitate the process of industrialization and modernization of the economy it is planned to use the returned funds of the National Fund, which had been allocated during the crisis. Their volume as of May 31, 2011 amounted to KZT 344 billion.”

According to him, 227 projects of the forced industrial innovation development program have already been realized in Kazakhstan totaling KZT 900 billion including 75 projects that were launched this year, the cost of which is KZT 110 billion.

“129 industrial projects are planned to be implemented by the yearend. The total cost of the projects is KZT 600 billion,” he said.

Kelimbetov also said that the number of children attending pre-school organizations increased by 35 thousand and reached 481,000. He noted that through the state program “Balapan” it is planned to cover 70% of children with preschool education by 2015.

During the sitting Kazakh Culture Minister Mukhtar Kul-Muhammed told about the progress of cultural development in Kazakhstan as well. According to him, 17 theatres were opened in Kazakhstan over the years of independence, 4 theatres were fully reconstructed.

‘On the instruction of the President, the construction of a 1,250 seat Classical Opera and Ballet Theater in Astana is held in faster pace. At the expense of the local budget Kazakh Drama Theatres are built in Kostanay and Ust-Kamenogorsk,’ the Minister said.

In addition, the Minister of Culture said that over the past two years 40 Kazakhstani films participated in 27 film festivals in 22 countries. Over the past three years more than 20 films were released in Kazakhstan. For the first time “Kazakhfilm” has signed agreements with 60 cinemas.

Summing up the results of the sitting Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov gave instructions to all ministries and agencies to concentrate and intensify their work.

‘The task that was set by the President is to ensure 7 percent economy growth,’ he emphasized.

This task covers all spheres – industrial programs, infrastructure issues, healthcare, culture, education, etc.

The Head of the Cabinet noted that the results of the socio-economic development of the country for the first half of the year met expectations.

On Friday, July 29, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov held a visiting session in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss issues regarding opening and reorganization of foreign missions of Kazakhstan. Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Yerzhan Kazykhanov informed the participants of the meeting about the plans on opening new embassies and reorganization of the diplomatic missions. The issues regarding activity of the Consular Service of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry were discussed at the session as well.