Through competition to the world market
Dec 05. Kazpravda. Karaganda oblast
By Natalia Ryzhkova
President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s two-day working visit to Karaganda region completed on 2 December.
The President held a meeting in the regional administration on the development of a special economic zone “Saryarka”. The SEZ was established on the Decree of the Head of State a year ago to create comfortable conditions for business and to attract domestic and foreign businessmen to the implementation of major projects. The infrastructure the cost of $ 150 million was built on the territory of the economic zone. 53 residents and 24 project designers have been already registered there. The investment portfolio of SEZ participants exceeds $ 2 billion. The offers cover mainly such industries as metallurgy, construction and mechanical engineering.
The oblast governor Abelgazi Kusainov informed the President on the socioeconomic development of the region and the implementation of the State Program of Accelerated Industrial-Innovative Development. Leaders of the LLP “Corporation” Kazakhmys” and JSC “ArcelorMittal Temirtau” told about the prospects of the companies’ development. Among the innovative projects there is the installation of unit which generates electricity from methane, the production of high-tech interactive equipment by the company “Lidos LTD”, construction of a boiler house which works on the blast furnace gas and a gas -cleaning system in the converter shop of “ArcelorMittal Temirtau”.
At the informal meeting with the public members the head of state particularly noted that the region is making a significant contribution to the industry of the country.
– A key challenge for the government is to provide employment. The state supports only those who are unable to work, the others must work, – said Nursultan Nazarbayev, and stressed that the independent Kazakhstan survived in a very difficult environment.
– Thanks to active search for serious investors we have revived the enterprises. During the years of independence, we have attracted $ 170 billion of foreign direct investments. In terms of GDP per capita Kazakhstan is on par with the countries of Eastern Europe. However, for the achievement of new goals we must keep up economic growth, – the President said.
– The modern world is very complicated and it is constantly changing. We see the impact of the crisis processes. Thus in Europe many countries have lowered pensions, wages, they stop giant enterprises, laying off 5-6 thousand workers. We, despite the global crisis, continue to maintain economic pace, which says in favor of the power of the country and its possibilities. Kazakhstan today exports products at 90 billion dollars, – continued the head of state. – Now we should increase this potential. The Customs Union between Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus created at the President’s initiative is a natural market for the domestic goods. Moreover, thanks to the Customs Union joint ventures and jobs are created and engineering products increase.
Nursultan Nazarbayev quoted as example the “Kazakhmys” corporation. Its businesses assemble together with Russian and Belarusian enterprises large capacity tractors and trucks. To survive in the globalized world, the countries in all continents create integration associations. The Kazakh companies should use the benefits of the Customs Union for the rapid conquest of the markets of Russia and Belarus.
– We are on the eve of entering the WTO. Opening to the world, we must realize the danger of de-industrialization. Kazakhstani producers must firm up in the Customs Union and win the competition here first, and then go to the world market. That’s why we carry out the industrialization, creating a different economy, independent of natural resources. 550 companies have been commissioned and more than 150,000 jobs opened. The ultimate goal is to invest about $ 70 billion, creating the number of industries, which will provide half a million new jobs. As a result, our economy will grow by half, – said Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Social programs are no less important, went on the head of state. 14 schools were put into operation in the Karaganda region over the recent years. The oblast is the first in the country in the provision with kindergartens. – As a result of improved social conditions and income growth over the past ten years, the average age of Kazakhstani citizens increased from 64 to 70 years, which is the main outcome of the country’s work.