WEEKLY REVIEW: Kazakhstan to launch new solid wastes management system

WEEKLY REVIEW: Kazakhstan to launch new solid wastes management systemASTANA. August 3. KAZINFORM This week Healthcare Ministry of Kazakhstan announced that it planned to strengthen monitoring over side effects of medicines. Deputy Healthcare Minister Erik Baizhunusov said that a final document providing for a set of measures on improvement of “medicamental literacy” would place an emphasis on the necessity for people to use medicines on doctor’s prescription and recommendations only.

According to him, about 16 medicine information centers studying side effects of medicines and a specialized information website have been established in all regions of the country at the initiative of the World Bank.

On Monday, the National Agency for Export and Investments “Kaznex Invest” stated that 10 Kazakhstan’s enterprises – food producers working in Astana, Almaty and Shymkent would undergo inspection on food safety from July 30 till August 4.

The statement reads that expert of the World Food Program Mrs. Ina Haydoutov arrived in Kazakhstan for holding the audit. The event is organized by the National Agency for Export and Investment “Kaznex Invest” and the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies and represents a part of the work of the Agency for promotion of Kazakhstan’s producers to the market of humanitarian procurement.

“The key criteria of the selection of the potential suppliers are the results of the inspection on food safety. In case of positive results of the audit, the enterprises will have a chance to become one of the suppliers of the World Food Program and accordingly increase the volume of their export. Presently, there are only two companies in Kazakhstan that are successfully interacting with this organization. According to the reports of the World Food Program, the volume of procurement made USD 2.7 bln in 2010 and the share of Kazakhstan made only USD 14.5 mln,” Director of the representation of “Kaznex Invest” in Almaty Sabit Narbayev said.

The same day, Kazakh Ministry of Economic Development and Trade informed about successful presentation of EXPO-2017 video held at Kazakhstan’s pavilion at the National Day of Kazakhstan in the South Korean city of Yeosu, where the International Exhibition EXPO-2012 is underway. Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev said that Kazakhstan is represented at the exhibition by the advanced innovative technologies that can attract many tourists to our country. This will be another step to the chance to hold EXPO-2017 in Astana.

On Thursday, Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture, Akimat of Pavlodar region, “KazAgro” Holding and Union of Grain Processors of Kazakhstan signed a memorandum on measures to stabilize prices of bread and first grade wheat flour and to maintain cattle numbers.

On Friday, Deputy Chairman of the Entrepreneurship Development Committee of Economic Development and Trade Ministry Bakytzhan Sarkeyev said that the support measures under the program “Business Road Map 2020” cover about 30,000 entrepreneurs. Thanks to these measures 132,000 jobs were preserved and 35,000 new jobs are planned to created. Building and reconstruction of industrial infrastructure for 263 companies totaling KZT 49.01 billion is underway.

The same day, director of the department of utility services of the Agency for Construction, Housing and Utilities Olga Titova stated that Kazakhstan is developing a new system of solid wastes management. According to her, the main criteria of solid wastes management are complexity and systemic approach to solution of this problem. Presently, the process of development of a justification of investments to the pilot project has been started.

Cooperation memorandums were signed between the Agency and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to attract investment to the solid wastes management sector. Justifications of investments to the pilot projects are planned to be developed in 14 cities of the country, Olga Titova said.

As the Agency informs, the pilot projects will be launched in Aktobe, Atyrau, Karaganda, Abai, Saran, Shakhtinsk, Kostanay, Pavlodar, Taldykorgan, Taraz, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kokshetau, etc.

These efforts will allow to develop specific mechanisms of solid wastes management in Kazakhstan and provide investors with one more sphere for investments.

Implementation of the projects is expected to result in development of a specific mechanism of wastes management in every region which will include interconnected technologies and efficient system of tariff setting. It will kindle interest of all participants to achieve the goal set by the President on reduction of the consumption of wastes and introduction of the system of separate collection of wastes, O.Titova resumed.