WEEKLY REVIEW: Kazakhstan keen to step up strategic cooperation with Ukraine


WEEKLY REVIEW: Kazakhstan keen to step up strategic cooperation with UkraineKazakhstan is shaping the new structure of aviation administration. The selection of candidates eligible for Corps A has kicked off in the country. The Kazakh Government has approved the plans of development of Astana and Almaty agglomerations.

On Monday, April 1, Minister of Transport and Communication Askar Zhumagaliyev announced the creation of the new structure of aviation authorities at the government hour in the Majilis (lower chamber of the Kazakh Parliament). The staff of the Civil Aviation Committee will be increased. Besides, a new training center for aviation security of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and a single training center for the specialists of the industry are to be opened.

On Tuesday, April 2, Kazakh Minister of Agriculture Assylzhan Mamytbekov briefed the session of the Government on the preparations for sowing campaign. This year’s sowing campaign is to cover 21.4 million hectares in total, which is almost at the level of 2012. Wheat and rice sowing areas will be reduced, whereas oilseeds area will hit the mark of 1.9 million hectares. In general, Minister Mamytbekov predicted a rich crop.

Following the report, Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov instructed to ensure the quality of the sowing campaign.

Minister of Labor and Social Protection Serik Abdenov on Tuesday announced that the amendments to the pension legislation approved by the session of the Government envisage the possibility of early pension annuity both for men and women. Women may obtain the pension annuity at the age of 50, men – only at the age of 55.

Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev received Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov on Wednesday (April 3). During the meeting, Mr. Idrissov briefed President Nazarbayev on the current work of his ministry. In addition, the main aspects of the program of diplomatic activities were touched upon. Following the meeting the President of Kazakhstan gave specific instructions as regards foreign policy priorities for the short-term.

The same day the Kazakh President also received Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov who informed the Head of State of the results of Kazakhstan’s socioeconomic development in the 1Q of 2013 and basic macroeconomic indicators. The President stressed it was crucial to ensure further growth of economy and timely preparation for the 2013 sowing campaign. Other instructions were given following the results of the meeting as well.

Head of the Presidential Administration Karim Massimov chaired Wednesday the first session of the National Commission on Personnel Policy under the President of Kazakhstan. The session approved the action plan and selection procedure of the candidates eligible for Corps A. According to Chairman of the Agency for Civil Service Affairs Alikhan Baimenov, Corps A offers the most interesting vacancies and at least two hopefuls will apply for one position.

On Thursday, April 4, Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov met with his Ukrainian counterpart Mykola Azarov in Kiev. A wide spectrum of issues related to the bilateral and multilateral cooperation was discussed. The sides also exchange their views on the international agenda.

Within the framework of the working trip to Almaty region on Thursday, First Vice Prime Minister – Minister of Regional Development Bakytzhan Sagintayev paid a visit to the town of Tekeli, where he surveyed several industrial enterprises. Tekeli is included into the list of Kazakhstan’s single-industry towns, which get financing under the Program on Single-Industry Towns Development until 2020. On Friday, April 5, B.Sagintayev met with businessmen of Almaty region.

Vice Minister of Regional Development Serik Zhumangarin announced Friday the Ministry plans to submit to the Government the plans of development of Astana and Almaty agglomerations. By the decisions of the regional maslikhats, analogous plans will be adopted for Aktobe, Aktau and Shymkent. He stressed that the main task for today is to coordinate the planning policy of the agglomerations. In addition, it is provided for the existence of counter magnets around the urban agglomerations, which will take over some of the demographic flows, thus, reducing the population pressure. “For example, Kokshetau, Karaganda, Atbasar can be counter magnets around Astana,” he said.

Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Serik Akhmetov met with President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych within his official visit to Kiev on Friday.

During the conversation with the Ukrainian leader, S. Akhmetov expressed confidence that the results of Kiev negotiations and documents signed will give a new powerful impulse to further development of all-round cooperation between Kazakhstan and Ukraine. V. Yanukovych reiterated Ukraine’s interest in the development of comprehensive strategic partnership.