WEEKLY REVIEW: Kazakh Government expedites projects in oil and gas sector


WEEKLY REVIEW: Kazakh Government expedites projects in oil and gas sectorKazakhstan sees reduction of maternal and infant mortality, and increasing life expectancy. The Government tightens control of emissions to the environment. The Government intends to carry out a program on the development of the network of preschool institutions ahead of time.

This week has been the week of board meetings of the ministries and agencies, which summed up the results of their work in 2012, and defined tasks for the future. On Monday, January 28, at the enlarged meeting of the Ministry of Oil and Gas Kazakh Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov gave a number of instructions on development of oil and gas industry. In particular, he stressed the significance of transport infrastructure – increasing the capacity of existing pipelines and opening new routes for hydrocarbons supply.

In addition, the Prime Minister urged to develop a master plan of gasification this year. “Special attention should be paid to providing rural localities with the access to the gas supply network,” Akhmetov noted.

Besides, the Premier gave instructions to put into operation the first stage of the Beineu-Bozoi-Shymkent gas supply network. He also instructed the Ministry of Oil and Gas to begin modernization of Pavlodar and Shymkent oil refineries in order to implement the President’s task to ensure the domestic market with domestic oil products, the quality of which must comply with the new environmental standards.

On Tuesday, January 29, the Government adopted a draft resolution “On issuance of government equity securities in foreign capital markets”. “The deficit of the national budget for 2013 is approved in the volume of KZT 785 bln or 2.1% to the GDP. Financing of the deficit is planned to be held due to issuance of securities in foreign capital markets amounting to KZT 537 bln,” Minister of Finance of Kazakhstan B. Zhamishev said presenting the draft resolution.

The same day, the Ministry of Healthcare held its board meeting as well. Minister Salidat Kairbekova informed that over the past year, life expectancy of Kazakhstanis increased by more than six months. Over the past three years, maternal mortality in the country decreased 3.7 times, the infant mortality rate reduced by 25 percent, death rate from cardiovascular diseases declined by 20 percent. The introduction of highly specialized medical care in the regions allowed to avoid mortality and disability in more than 24 thousand cases in 2012. The economic effect of the work done last year was 415 billion tenge.

On Wednesday, January 30, Defense Minister of Kazakhstan and Russia Adilbek Dzhaksybekov and Sergey Shoigu signed agreement on joint air defense system.

At a meeting with the heads of law enforcement agencies in Akorda on Wednesday, President Nursultan Nazarbayev gave a number of instructions and assignments. “We need to evaluate our achievements, identify problems and find ways to further modernize the law enforcement system,” the President said.

He noted that the most important area of modernization of law enforcement is a new anti-corruption strategy. One of the most important issues is improving the efficiency of the customs authorities. The President noted the importance of “moving to electronic declaration of export-import operations and implementation of the integrated customs tariff system, web-portal and the gateway of the customs authorities.”

On Thursday, January 31, at the enlarged board meeting of his ministry Kazakh Minister of Education and Science Bakytzhan Zhumagulov proposed to develop the Program on Development of Multilingual Education to 2020. Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov urged to embrace 100% of children with preschool education in three years.

On Friday, February 1, Minister of Environmental Protection Nurlan Kapparov informed that since the beginning of the year the Ministry of Environmental Protection of Kazakhstan introduced a new tool for waste management.

At the meeting First Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Regional Development of Kazakhstan Bakhytzhan Sagintayev said that 16 percent of Kazakhstan’s water bodies are clean, but the rest are polluted to various degrees. “There is a lot of work to do. Now the issues of drinking water to a greater extent are under responsibility of the Ministry of Regional Development. I think we, the two ministries, have to work together,” Sagintayev told Nurlan Kapparov, Minister of Environmental Protection.

Besides, the First Vice Prime Minister instructed to carry out an audit of the state material reserve. “Give us a fact sheet, why the stocks of the state material reserves decreased by 32.6%,” Sagintayev charged Minister of Emergency Situations Vladimir Bozhko.