WEEKLY REVIEW: Sustainable development of national business is especially important in the context of global economic challenges of the new millennium – Akhmetov


WEEKLY REVIEW: Sustainable development of national business is especially important in the context of global economic challenges of the new millennium - AkhmetovKazakhstan is expanding trade and economic cooperation with Belarus. Systematic measures are taken to use land plots in agricultural purposes. The Government has successfully attracted foreign investors; 45 companies out of 169 leading world’s companies have already been attracted to Kazakhstan. A legislative base for the advanced development of electric power industry has been created.

On Monday, November 5, speaking at the Government’s hour at the Majilis (Lower Chamber of the Kazakh Parliament) Chairman of the Kazakh Agency for Land Management Kadyrhan Otarov said this year 5.6 million hectares of previously unused land were used in agricultural purposes. According to him, currently, concept of the effective use of land in agricultural purposes is being developed.

Besides, during a meeting with the senators Minister of Agriculture Assylzhan Mamytbekov said that private investment of KZT 10 trillion would be attracted by 2020 to agriculture.

In addition, on Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Kairat Kelimbetov took part in the meeting on water tariffs in Almaty. He noted that currently approaches to modernize this sector and the possibilities to attract private investments had been created. 

On Tuesday, November 6, Minister of Education and Science Bakytzhan Zhumagulov attended the Republican meeting on the development of science and engineering laboratories held in Karaganda. In his speech, the Minister noted, development of science and innovation and their integration with education was the main task of universities, that needed to be solved as soon as possible. In his opinion, it is necessary to pay attention to the creation of innovative structures at universities: business incubators, parks of technologies, centers of commercialization, science and technology.

Besides, the Kazakh-Spanish Business Council was held on November 6 in Astana. Vice Minister of Industry and New Technologies Bakhytzhan Dzhaksaliyev noted the potential for cooperation between the two countries had not been unlocked. To his thinking, the basis for strengthening the relations between the two countries should be the FIID State Program.

On November 7, the IV Economic Forum “Expert-100 Kazakhstan” kicked off in Astana with Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov in attendance.

The main topic of the forum was Sustainable development of national business as the main factor of Kazakhstan’s modernization.

In his speech the head of the Kazakh Government noted ‘number of the participants expands from year to year and it is high time to rename it into “Expert-200 Kazakhstan”. “It is obvious there are more than one hundred reps of large business in the audience, so there is every reason to rename the event,” S. Akhmetov said. In addition, he stressed the importance of the topic to be discussed – sustainable development of the national business.

The forum brought together heads of ministries and agencies, top managers of the 100 largest companies in Kazakhstan, reps of investment structures and experts.

On Thursday, November 8, at a plenary session, Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov told the republican budget for 2013-2015 had been developed taking into account the global economic trends.

He stressed that social expenditures would not be reduced in the republican budget for 2013-2015 and this was due to the Head of the State’s instruction and in line with the Nur Otan National Democratic Party’s platform.

S. Akhmetov thanked all parliamentarians for their contribution and hard work on the draft republican budget. He also reassured those present that all comments and proposals put forward by the senators would be carefully considered and taken into account in future.

The same day, the VIII republican meeting of energetics dedicated to the situation of the complex and long-term power development was held in Astana.

Kazakh parliamentarians, representatives of the People’s Democratic Party “Nur Otan”, government agencies, national companies, region’s akimats, and international financial institutions, energy companies, research and development institutes, manufacturers of power equipment and electrical products were invited to the meeting.

In his welcome speech, Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Industry and New Technologies of Kazakhstan Asset Issekeshev noted that given the ongoing new industrial policy it was necessary to ensure rapid development of electric power industry.

A.Issekeshev also emphasized the intensive growth of coal production should be achieved through use of the most up-to-date, fuel-efficient, safe and environment-friendly technologies in combination with high-quality management and advanced science, which would develop a new direction –  coal chemistry

On Friday, November 9, a meeting between prime ministers of Kazakhstan and Belarus Serik Akhmetov and Mikhail Myasnikovich was held in Astana.

The head of the Belarusian Government visited Kazakhstan with an official visit. According to his Kazakh colleague S. Akhmetov, all problems that were to be discussed were of current interest.

“Your official visit once again demonstrates undoubtedly high level of the interstate cooperation between Kazakhstan and Belarus and I am confident it will give a new impetus to friendship, good neighborliness and mutually profitable economic collaboration,” Prime Minister Akhmetov noted.

M. Myasnikovich, in his turn, stressed Belarus was satisfied with the current level of relations between the two countries. “Our partnership may enter a brand new level after this visit,” he added.

“We have come with innovative proposals that will be implemented through new investment projects. I believe as strategic partners, working within the Single Economic Space and with the Russian Federation, we can ensure higher level of our economies. We can pass on and share technologies and necessary documents in the sphere of chemical industry and engineering with Kazakhstan,” the Belarusian Prime Minister concluded.