WEEKLY REVIEW. Kazakhstan’s machine building industry boosts output


Muratbek Makulbekov

WEEKLY REVIEW. Kazakhstan's machine building industry boosts outputOn Monday, January 9, Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that more than one thousand foreign observers will monitor the parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan.

In particular, it will be representatives of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (PA), PACE, OSCE/ODIHR, CIS, Cooperation Council of the Turkic-speaking countries, TURKPA, SCO, OIC as well as independent observers from foreign states. Besides, more than 120 foreign journalists will come to Kazakhstan for coverage of the course and results of the elections.

The Ministry initiated opening of 21 more voting stations abroad in addition to the current 35 ones. The total number of voting stations abroad reached 56.

On Tuesday, January 10, the Government of Kazakhstan held a regular sitting. The issue on rehabilitation of Zhanaozen town was on agenda. Chairman of the Board of “Samruk-Kazyna” National Welfare Fund Umirzak Shukeyev proposed to complete work of the governmental commission on restoration of Zhanaozen town, Mangystau region. “I believe the commission fulfilled its mission efficiently and timely,” he said and proposed to switch to scheduled work.

The Government adopted a resolution on allocation of funds from the Governmental reserve for emergency expenses. “The resolution provides for allocation of KZT 2.8 billion from the governmental reserve for restoration of Zhanaozen facilities and purchase of equipment,” said Kazakh Vice Minister for Emergency Situations Valery Petrov when introducing the draft resolution.

According to him, the funds will also be aimed at restoring the affected office buildings and the surrounding settlements, material and technical equipment of state institutions, state agencies and compensation for expenses incurred during the state of emergency.

In addition, the Government approved a draft resolution amending the Comprehensive development plan of Zhanaozen town until 2020. The document is aimed at resolving the problems of unemployment for a long-term perspective and immediate social and economic problems.

On Wednesday, January 11, Ministry of Education and Science announced plans to start building 418 schools in Kazakhstan in 2012. New schools will allow to get rid of old schools, which have fallen into disrepair.

On Thursday, January 12, Ministry of Industry and New Technologies unveiled the results of machine-building industry development in the past year. For 11 months of 2011 Kazakhstan’s machine-building output reached KZT 447 billion. Labor productivity increased from USD 11 thousand per person to USD 15.2 thousand. Production of diesel locomotives was started under the State Program of Forced Industrial Innovative Development. Oil-and-gas machine-building was given fresh impetus. Production output in this sector grew by 62.8 percent in January-November 2011. Production of passenger cars increased 2.6 times, agricultural and forestry machinery – 1.8 times. 59 machine-building projects are planned to be carried out within the framework of the Industrialization Map, which will create about 14000 new jobs.

On Thursday Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov chaired an official meeting of the Board of Directors of “Samruk-Kazyna” National Welfare Fund. The Board made the necessary decisions to charge JSC Entrepreneurship Development Fund “Damu” to provide loans to small and medium businesses, which were affected during the riots in Zhanaozen town, Mangystau region.

On Friday, January 13, Ministry of Healthcare reported on the course of implementation of the State Program of Healthcare Development “Salamatty Kazakhstan” for 2011-2015. Last year, more than 2.3 million Kazakhstanis received hospital care. The implementation of the principle of free choice of hospital improved access to health care for all segments of the population. The right to choose a hospital was used by more than 698 thousand people, 44 percent of them were rural residents.

Republican Centre for Health Development of the Ministry of Healthcare of Kazakhstan together with an international consulting firm developed a draft strategy of developing the hospital sector in line with international standards until 2020. The strategy is aimed at providing the population with affordable quality health care and advanced diagnostic technologies.