WEEKLY REVIEW. Kazakhstan’s manufacturing industry is developing faster than mining


Muratbek Makulbekov

WEEKLY REVIEW. Kazakhstan's manufacturing industry is developing faster than miningA special press conference about the bill on languages development was held on August 9 in Astana. The document developed by the Kazakh Ministry of Culture became the subject of lively debate in the Kazakhstani society.

Vice Minister of Culture Gaziz Telebayev noted that the proposed amendments on the development of languages do not affect ordinary citizens. The aim is to toughen requirements for knowledge of the official language for civil servants, employees of law enforcement bodies and national companies working with the population. According to Telebayev, the bill complies with the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan and is aimed at further expanding the sphere of use of the state language.

Executive Secretary of the Ministry Zhanna Kurmangaliyeva said the specified requirements for civil servants have been developed several years ago, but have not been imposed in view of the real language situation in the country. Now the situation has changed, and the Kazakh language is compulsory for many groups of public officials, including law enforcement and military personnel. In addition to legislative measures, the Ministry of Culture intends to implement in Kazakhstan a uniform methodology for teaching the state language on six levels according to international standards.

On Wednesday, August 10, Chairman of the Agency for Public Service Alikhan Baimenov introduced the concept of a new model of public service in the Republic of Kazakhstan approved by the presidential decree in July this year.

In accordance with the concept, all public servants will be divided into three categories: political civil servants, administrative civil servants of “A” category, and administrative civil servants of “B” category. The first category will include state employees, who define the strategic approach for developing industry, area or field. The “A” category will consists of managers appointed from the reserve for a certain period of time. The “B” category will include executive officers.

On August 11 Astana hosted the international conference on the topical issues in media legislation. Kazakh Vice Minister of Communication and Information Nurai Urazov said that by creating the economic conditions for the development of media and legislative support for freedom of speech Kazakhstan formed its national information market. As a result all the interests of Kazakhstan’s audience are reflected in the current media market. In particular, last year Kazakhstan launched children’s TV channel “Balapan”, and since September this year will start cultural channel “Madeniet”. It is also planned to launch educational channel “Bilim”.

On Friday, August 12, Kazakh Ministry of Industry and New Technologies held a board meeting. The issue of preparation of power facilities for the heating season was on the agenda. Representatives of the state bodies, deputy governors of the regions, Almaty and Astana cities, heads of power enterprises attended the meeting.

There were also announced the results of the industrial sectors in the first half of the year. Industrial production grew by 5.8 percent as compared to the same period last year, and exceeded KZT 7.6 trillion. Minister Issekeshev noted that manufacturing industry developed at a faster pace. Here growth reached 8.7 percent, while the mining industry showed lower growth (4.1 percent). The growth in chemical production was 17.5 percent, in metallurgical – 11.5 percent, in pharmaceutical – 8.2 percent.