WEEKLY REVIEW: «Business Road Map 2020» to have adjustments on defining priorities


WEEKLY REVIEW: «Business Road Map 2020» to have adjustments on defining prioritiesProblems of realization of “Business Road Map-2020” state program, the situation in health care and education spheres were in focus of the Government within the outgoing week.

Tuesday, August 20th, at a meeting of the Government, Kairbek Uskenbayev, First Vice-Minister of Regional Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, made a report on implementation of  “Business Road Map 2020” program.

According to the Vice-minister, “Business Road Map-2020” is the most popular instrument in supporting entrepreneurship in Kazakhstan. After reviewing the situation, Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov has instructed the Ministry of Regional Development and the Ministry of Economy and Budget Planning together with “Damu” Fund to have a closer look at some matters of priority of the program.

Aa per Akhmetov’s words, in 2013 funding increased by half compared to 2012.

Report on maternal and infant mortality in Kazakhstan was made by Salidat Kairbekova, Head of the Ministry of Health of the Republic. According to her, in the first half of 2013 maternal mortality rate decreased by 15.2% and infant mortality – by 17.7%. Natural population growth in the last 10 years has increased by 2.1 times, maternal mortality decreased by 3 times, infant by 1.5 times. Akhmetov noted that maternal and infant mortality in the country should be treated as an emergency.

On Thursday, August 22, Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan held a panel where Bakytzhan Zhumagulov, the Minister, criticized the directors of national universities.

“Higher institution presidents do not want to do science. As a result, they are excluded from research institutes. It’s not a secret”, said Zhumagulov.

In turn, Vice-Minister of Education and Science Murat Orunkhanov also noted that heads of local universities do not make a specific, definite policy in training scientists. Orunkhanov proposed to return to the practice of repayment funds targeted for research projects, if the work is carried out on them ineffectively.

On Friday, August 23, the Alakol state natural reserve has been designated the UNESCO biosphere reserve within the framework of a forum in Astana on the occasion of inauguration of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures.

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova handed the diploma confirming the new status of the reserve to the Kazakh Ministry of Environment in the capital of Kazakhstan.