WEEKLY REVIEW. Kazakh Government approved draft programs on development of chemical industry and engineering


Muratbek Makulbekov

WEEKLY REVIEW. Kazakh Government approved draft programs on development of chemical industry and engineeringThis week the Government of Kazakhstan held a regular sitting, where approved two state programs: chemical industry development program for 2010-2014 and engineering industries development program for 2010-2014.  Spokesman was First Vice Minister of Industry and New Technologies Albert Rau.

The program of chemical industry development offers three main directions: production of inorganic chemistry, production of organic chemistry (petrochemicals), production of special chemicals, household cleaning products.

Mr. Rau named a number of major projects belonging to the first direction. One of them is a chlor-alkali plant with capacity of 92,000 tons per year in Pavlodar. It is planned to be launched this year. A sulfuric acid plant with capacity of 180 thousand tons a year will be put into operation in Stepnogorsk, Akmola region, in 2011.

The basis for the development of the chemical industry in the second direction will be created in five years. The work will be carried out within the framework of the program of oil and gas sector development for 2010-2014.

Thus the implementation of the first and second directions will make possible the developing in the third direction. Production of organic and inorganic chemistry will provide raw materials for enterprises producing special chemicals, household cleaning products. This, in turn, will reduce the share of imports of such products, including: explosives, agricultural chemicals, petroleum chemicals and other products.

To implement all these tasks it is planned to attract USD 11.4 billion of investments to the branch. The volume of chemical production will be increased from KZT 85.5 billion to 221 billion. The exports will increase 2.5 times. The labor productivity will rise by 35-38 percent in comparison with 2009.

The Program on Engineering Development for 2010-2014 is aimed at maximum satisfaction of requirements of the domestic market and stimulation of production of engineering good with high added value. The program provides development of technologies and innovations in the sector in support of the export of domestic goods, providing tax relieves for research and development, technical regulation of the sector and personnel training. In particular, the Program provides construction of a personnel training center for 700 places in Ust-Kamenogorsk and other.

19 investment projects to the amount of KZT 159 bln 555 mln are planned to be realized within the Program.

On Wednesday, August 25, Prime Minister Karim Massimov met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan Hamrokhon Zarifi.

The parties focused on the issues of development of the Kazakh-Tajik bilateral trade-economic cooperation including establishment of the Kazakh-Tajik Fund of Direct Investment for joint implementation of the projects, the press service of the Kazakh Foreign Office informs.

A meeting of Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov with President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov took place in Astana on the same day.

K. Massimov congratulated R. Minnikhanov on his election to the post of the President of the Republic. “It is great honor for me to congratulate you on your election as the President of the Republic of Tatarstan and I am glad to see you in Astana”, K. Massimov said at an enlarged meeting.

In turn, R. Minnikhanov thanked the Head of the Kazakh Government for congratulation and warm reception. “Certainly, our relations will depend mostly on how we promote our projects. I hope, we will discuss the state of our affairs”, R. Minnikhanov stressed.

Later in the day Mr. Massimov met with ministers of internal affairs Serik Baimaganbetov (Kazakhstan), Anatoly Kuleshov (Belarus) and Rashid Nurgaliyev (Russia). The issues of interaction of the internal affairs bodies within the framework of the Customs Union were discussed.

At the VII session of the Youth Affairs Council under the Kazakh President, Prime Minister Karim Massimov charged to finish and submit the draft 2011-2020 State Program on Languages Development to the Government’s consideration till October 1, 2010.

According to the Prime Minister, discussion and clarification of the program must be continued. “All recommendations and remarks must be submitted to the Ministry of Culture and till October 1 the draft Program must be forwarded to the Government for consideration”, K. Massimov said.