WEEKLY REVIEW: Kazakhstan takes targeted steps to support small and medium business


WEEKLY REVIEW: Kazakhstan takes targeted steps to support small and medium businessKazakhstan is set to create industrial zones around large industrial enterprises to boost development of small and medium enterprises. The Government speeds up the work to remove barriers for entrepreneurship in Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan steps up bilateral cooperation with the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

On Monday, March 24, during the official visit of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to the Kingdom of the Netherlands the two nations signed a number of bilateral documents.

For instance, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov and Director of the Netherlands Space Office Herr Newport inked the protocol of intentions between the National Space Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Netherlands Space Office on cooperation in the space sector. In addition, Minister Idrissov and Dutch State Secretary for Economic Affairs Sharon Dijksma inked the memorandum of understanding between the Kazakh Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands. The memorandum of understanding was also signed by Kazakhstan’s Minister of Environment and Water Resources Nurlan Kapparov and Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment Melanie Schultz.

On Tuesday, March 25, governor of the Zhambyl region Karim Kokrekbayev announced that industrial zones will be created around large industrial enterprises in the region starting from 2015. This move will help boost development of small and medium business in the province. Necessary documents for three industrial zones in Sarysusk, Talassk and Shusk districts are being drafted.

During her working trip to the North Kazakhstan region on Wednesday (March 26), Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Gulshara Abdykalikova attended the opening of an outpatient clinic and visited a regional cardiology center. Afterwards, Ms Abdykalikova paid a visit to the M. Kozybayev North Kazakhstan State University, local boarding school for hearing-impaired children, and Kazakh gymnasium.

On Thursday, March 27, Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov paid a working visit to the Kyzylorda region to inspect local industrial and social facilities. In the region, the Premier familiarized with the project of reconstruction of “Korkyt Ata” airport. Serik Akhmetov visited a seed farm LLP “Magzhan and Co” and held a meeting with agricultural producers in Syrdarya district. In Kyzylorda town he visited a sports complex, and a 200-bed perinatal center, which is under construction.

“The President identified long-term objectives until 2050 along with the concrete steps in all priority areas of development. Utmost attention is paid to enhancing industrialization, agricultural innovations, development of small and medium businesses. Today we have seen once again that the region has all opportunities and resources to fulfill all instructions of the President,” the Prime Minister said during his tour around the region.

On Friday, March 28, at the Government’s meeting Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov instructed to submit the bills “On permissions and notifications” and “On amendments and additions to some legislative acts of Kazakhstan on the permit system” to the Parliament as soon as possible. Summing up the meeting, the Prime Minister noted that “the bills are to address a number of systemic problems of the permit system.”