WEEKLY REVIEW: Kazakhstan expands bilateral cooperation with Hungary


WEEKLY REVIEW: Kazakhstan expands bilateral cooperation with HungaryKazakhstan vows to help Belarus join the WTO. The Kazakh Government expands cooperation with Hungary. Kazakhstan is to introduce the system of dual education.

On Monday, June 2, the session of the Kazakh Government focused on the socioeconomic development of Kazakhstan. The Cabinet considered and approved the draft comprehensive plan on improvement of consumer protection for 2014-2015.

Kazakhstan’s Minister of Environment and Water Resources Nurlan Kapparov who was in attendance told about the priority plans within the implementation of the state program on water resources management. These are water saving, increasing water reserves, public water supply, wastewater disposal, ecosystem conservation. It is planned to reduce water consumption by GDP level by 14%, take water conservation measures, repair and modernize water supply networks, open 29 water storage facilities.

Following the meeting, Prime Minister Karim Massimov gave instructions to the relevant state agencies.

The same day Foreign Affairs Minister of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov announced at a press briefing that Kazakhstan will help Belarus join the World Trade Organization (WTO). Minister Idrissov noted that Kazakhstan will join the organization soon and is interested in Belarus accessing the WTO.

On Tuesday, June 3, Kazakhstan and Hungary signed the joint declaration on strategic partnership as part of Karim Massimov’s visit to Budapest. The Head of the Cabinet met with his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban and Speaker of the National Assembly Laszlo Kever. During the intergovernmental negotiations the parties noted that Kazakhstan is the largest trading partner of Hungary among the CIS countries. Heads of Government noted the high potential for expanding bilateral cooperation, especially in trade and economic sphere.

“We need to bring Kazakh-Hungarian relations to a brand-new new level of strategic partnership,” Karim Massimov said.

In addition, Massimov took part in the inauguration of Astana Street in the center of Budapest and the memorial bust of Abay Kunanbayev.

On Wednesday, June 4, Vice Prime Minister – Minister of Finance Bakhyt Sultanov took the floor at the Majilis sitting to report that republican budget income totaled 5.18 trillion in 2013.

On Thursday, June 5, First Vice Minister of Regional Development Kairbek Uskenbayev announced it is planned to introduce harsher punishment for low quality of construction works.

The Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On education” is to be amended. Deputy Chairman of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs Nurzhan Altayev said on Friday that Kazakhstani national standards do not allow to introduce dual education for the time being. To this end, the Ministry of Education and Science has formed a working group that is set to develop necessary amendments.