WEEKLY REVIEW. Kazakhstan intensifies state support to agriculture


WEEKLY REVIEW. Kazakhstan intensifies state support to agricultureKazakhstan is planning to introduce maximum tariffs on water consumption. The Government increases funding for agriculture. Funds allocated for the implementation of anti-crisis measures in 2007-2010 were successfully disbursed.

On Monday, October 8, Chairman of the Water Recourses Committee of the Kazakh Agriculture Ministry Islam Abishev informed that expenditures’ optimization that was held following the analysis of water supply projects in rural areas allowed to save KZT 300 billion of budget funds. The analysis showed that in many cases a real need in water supply has been overestimated, and in some projects cost of purchased equipment and materials had been overstated.

On Tuesday, October 9, at a telephone conference of the Government, Chairman of the Agency for Construction and Utilities Infrastructure Serik Nokin reported that public debts for communal services amounted to KZT 8 billion, having decreased from April 2011 by 10 percent. Kazakh Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov instructed to consider writing off uncollectible debts. In addition, he requested to propose the introduction of maximum tariffs on water consumption, using the experience of the maximum electricity tariffs.

Minister of Emergency Situations Vladimir Bozhko spoke of the need for measures to ensure the safety of people living in the areas of the hazardous effects of floods. 32,000 housing, socio-cultural and industrial facilities are located in such areas. To solve the problem, it is needed to construct dams and other protective structures.

On Wednesday, executive secretary of the Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture Yevgeny Aman took part in the second meeting of the Business Council on the issues of agro-industrial complex development. It is planned to spend about KZT 3 trillion on the implementation of Agribusiness-2020 Program, he said. “Exploring opportunities to support farmers, we have chosen four areas: financial recovery, increasing the availability of goods and services to the farmers, development of national systems for ensuring the farmers, increasing the efficiency of public administration,” said Aman. According to him, government subsidies to the farmers in 2020 will increase 4.5 times. It is planned to spend USD 300 billion on their financial health.

On Thursday, October 11, a meeting was held at the Ministry of Education and Science with the heads of regional departments. Minister Bakhytzhan Zhumagulov expressed concern over the unstable situation among the youth. According to him, today, it is difficult for young people to find the right way in an environment where there are different religious groups. B. Zhumagulov said that the youth affairs departments established recently must properly build work with local authorities to concentrate efforts on the development of the education system.

At the governmental hour held on Thursday in the Kazakh Senate, Minister of Finance of Kazakhstan Bolat Zhamishev said that 97 percent of funds allocated for anti-crisis activities were utilized. According to him, to finance NWF “Samruk-Kazyna” there was allocated KZT 729 billion, of which KZT 607,5 billion were specially attracted transfers from the National Fund, in addition to this KZT 408 bln were bonds of the National Fund taken as a loan by “Samruk-Kazyna”. Overall, out of KZT 1 trillion 200 billion allocated by the National Fund, KZT 123 billion were given to “KazAgro” Holding, the rest amount – to NWF “Samruk-Kazyna”.

The same day, Kazakh Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov held a meeting where the main aspects of the Concept of State Regulation of Business till 2020 were discussed. The aim of the Concept is to form an effective system of the state regulation of business. According to the Kazakh Minister of Economic Development and Trade, the state and business are to be partners and the realization of state functions should be of service nature, “It is not always needed to simplify legislation for business. Sometimes it is necessary to toughen the penalties for offenders. The reduction of administrative barriers and increasing the state’s confidence in business must be accompanied by proportionate increase in responsibility of business.” In general, the Kazakh Prime Minister approved the draft Concept.

On Friday, October 12, Kazakh Minister for Economic Integration Zhanar Aitzhanova and Chairman of the Trade Committee of the Economic Development and Trade Ministry Aidar Kazybayev held a series of bilateral meetings with ambassadors and permanent representatives of Finland, Norway, Mauritius and Uruguay to the United Nations in Geneva. During the bilateral meetings representatives of foreign countries stressed the importance of the theme “Future Energy” chosen by Kazakhstan for EXPO 2017 international exhibition. “Today the world needs new, environmentally friendly ways of development. Kazakhstan is now focused on the “green economy.” We believe that the debate about the future energy is one of the most comprehensive discussions of our time. That is why this theme was chosen for the exhibition EXPO-2017,” Zhanar Aitzhanova said.