GOVERNMENT Weekly review

GOVERNMENT Weekly reviewASTANA.  June 4. KAZINFORM  /Murat Tolebekov/  In conformity with the Presidential instructions the Ministry of Healthcare has developed Salauatty Kazakhstan draft State Program of Healthcare Development for 2011-2015. Presenting the bill on Monday, May 31,

Minister Zhaksylyk Doskaliyev said the Program aimed at improvement of health of the people and formation of competitive healthcare system for ensuring stable social and demographic development. The State Program covers several directions: increasing efficiency of inter-sectoral and inter-departmental interaction in protection of the population’s health; enhancement of preventive measures, screening researches; improvement of diagnostics, treatment of major socially significant diseases and improvement of sanitary-epidemiological service. KZT 552.3 bln are envisaged in the national budget for the Program’s implementation. The Program provides for introduction of the National Calendar of Immunization which will allow reducing incidence of pneumonia by 50%. This will be achieved through vaccination of children against pneumococcal infection. In accordance with the Program, life expectancy will rise up to 70 years by 2015.   The Ministry plans also to reach 20 times reduction of overall mortality, maternal death – by 1.5 times and child death – by 1.5 times.

Summing up the results of the discussion Prime Minister Karim Massimov positively evaluated the document and noted the State Program would become a great step towards development of the domestic system of healthcare. In his opinion, the document must be coordinated with the country’s educational social provision development plans.

The Prime Minister said particular attention must be given to financing preventive and therapeutic measures against seven major types of diseases causing many deaths.

K. Massimov charged the Ministry to finish development of the Program within a month taking into consideration all remarks and submit it for the Government’s consideration in July 2010.

The same day the Prime Minister met with the mission of the International Monetary Fund headed by Deputy Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department David Owen. The parties discussed a number of issues of Kazakhstan’s socio-economic development.

On Tuesday, June 1, the Government considered the problems in implementation of investment projects within the National Management Center on forced industrial-innovative development and the course of development of industrial programs under the Government’s Action Plan on forced industrialization.

As First Vice minister of Industry and Trade Albert Rau informed, Head of the State Nursultan Nazarbayev would take part in a live teleconference at the end of June during which new projects were planned to be commissioned. However, launch of some projects will be postponed for the second half of the year.

In whole, as A. Rau noted, 144 projects are to be launched within the country’s Industrialization Map in 2010. 99 out of them will be launched under the regional industrialization programs. KZT 832, 9 bln will be invested in the projects by the yearend. About 20, 000 people will be provided with jobs. Besides, 20, 000 temporary jobs will be created in the period of construction.

Minister of Transport and Communication Abelgazy Kussainov reported on the course of construction of Western Europe-Western China transport corridor. To date construction work on the project is conducted at 1186 km of the road in Aktobe, Kyzylorda, Zhambyl regions. This month works will be started at two more sections of the road in Zhambyl region, in July – at eight more sections in South Kazakhstan, Aktobe regions. In September the whole corridor will be under construction”, A. Kussainov noted. As the Minister informed, in accordance with the schedule 378 km of the road including 70 km with concrete pavement are planned to be opened for traffic by the end of this year.

In the course of the sitting the Prime Minister outlined the results of the session of the Customs Union’s supreme body held May 28 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. “Kazakhstan is approaching one of the most important stages in its economic development today. I mean establishment of the Single Economic Space”, the PM stressed. In particular, Kazakhstan’s share in import customs duties will make 7.69% of their total sum. Kazakhstan will also enjoy preferential regime while importing cars.  Customs privileges for special economic zones in our country will be preserved till January 1, 2017. The parties also reached an agreement on zero duty rates for import of planes for our air carriers within a transition period which will be defined at further talks.

Issues regarding the preferential for Kazakhstan within the CU were also discussed at the roundtable chaired by First Vice Prime Minister Umirzak Shukeyev on June 1. In the course of the discussion U. Shukeyev said the negotiations on establishment of the Customs Union were approaching the end. At the beginning of June the Presidents of the member countries will gather in Astana to coordinate all agreements concluded.

On Wednesday, June 2, K. Massimov met with the delegates of the XXII Congress of the Federation of Kazakhstan Trade Unions. “Interaction of the state, employers and trade unions allows Kazakhstanis developing dynamically”, he noted. Alongside, the Prime Minister stressed that the trade unions had to protect the interests of employees. According to him, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade and the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection consider at present the issue of indexation of the public sector workers’ salaries.

On Thursday, June 3 the Prime Minister took part in the IV Investment Summit of Kazakhstan in Almaty. Addressing the participants of the Summit K. Massimov noted that attraction of foreign investments was one of key issues of further economic development of the country. Besides, the Prime Minister highlighted importance of creation of favorable investment conditions in primary sectors of economy through attraction of new technologies and increasing labor productivity in non-primary sectors. The global financial crisis caused many problems in “Big Seven” countries, therefore, as the Premier noted, Kazakhstan reckoned primarily on the investments from G-20 countries.

K. Massimov emphasized also that Kazakhstan initially had introduced the international standards in its business activity which determined the country’s investment attractiveness. These are corporate governance, accountability, observance of accounting standards. “I think these factors are main components of our further development”, K. Massimov said.

K. Massimov also highlighted importance of investing in education and infrastructure. “The best investments a country can ever make are the investments in education and infrastructure. If there are good investments in education, we will get a new generation of highly educated people who will better understand competitive abilities of the Kazakh production in the world”, the Head of the Government said having highlighted that particular attention would be given to vocational technical education.

In this view, he stressed importance of development of cooperation with foreign companies working in the country since “we must know standards and demands of industry in personnel training and retraining”.

Touching upon the issues regarding stock exchange, the Prime Minister said, as soon as the country overcomes the crisis the Government will set to their development. 

“In the nearest year we will develop a program in this direction. The first stage of its implementation provides for active involvement of the population in this process”, he said.

The PM added the President would soon announce the reforms which would significantly simplify the conditions for small and medium businesses.

Within the summit the Prime Minister held a number of meetings with the representatives of large international companies, namely, a delegation of Royal Bank of Scotland headed by Deputy CEO of Global Banking & Markets Marco Mazzucchelli to discuss cooperation in financial sphere.