WEEKLY REVIEW. Industrialization concerns every citizen, since this is a chance for Kazakhstan to move forward – PM Massimov


Muratbek Makulbekov

WEEKLY REVIEW. Industrialization concerns every citizen, since this is a chance for Kazakhstan to move forward - PM MassimovOn Monday, September 13, the Kazakh Government held a regular session in the Ukimet Uiy in Astana. The issues on preparation of facilities for 2010-2011 autumn-winter season and implementation of investment projects which are put into operation till the end of the year were considered at the session. The average level of preparation for the heating season makes 82 per cent. Chairman of the Agency for Construction and Housing-Utilities Serik Nokin informed.

According to him, as of September 13 preparation of 3,491 boiler plants is completed. “Boiler rooms in Aktobe, Atyrau, South Kazakhstan regions are prepared for winter, preparation in Zhambyl, Mangystau, Akmola, West Kazakhstan, East Kazakhstan, Kostanay, North Kazakhstan region and in the city of Almaty comes to an end”, he said.

At the sitting of the Government Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov announced that he was going to submit for consideration of the Head of the State an issue on setting a moratorium on inspecting companies that were included into the ‘Industrialization Map’ and ‘Business Road Map 2020’ programs.

As the Premier emphasized, everything should be well organized and aimed at developing industries and enterprises.

72 projects are expected to be finished within the realization of the Industrial Map of Kazakhstan program in the second half of this year. The cost of the projects amounts to KZT 459 bln, Vice Minister of Industry and New Technologies Berik Kamaliyev said it at the sitting of the Government.

‘Currently 4 projects out of these 72 have already been put into operation. They are the modernization of oil refinery Fino-Oil in Aktobe region, producing pasta in Kostanay region, production of container trucks in North Kazakhstan region and production of titanium ingots and alloys in West Kazakhstan region. The rest 68 are to be put into service at the end of the year’, B. Kamaliyev said.

‘Currently taking into account all proposals we have 80 projects expected to fully operate already this year. On 47 projects that are to start this year the investments made up KZT 270 mln’, Mr. Kamaliyev said.

According to preliminary estimates non-primary sector needs around USD 30 bln to be attracted during the next 4 years within the Forced Industrial-Innovation Program, Minister of Industry and New technologies Asset Issekeshev said it at the sitting of the Government on Monday.

According to him the potential of attracting foreign investments is quite big. ‘Foreign Investments are very important because along with money new technologies are coming to the industry and the market becomes more accessible’, A. Issekeshev said.

The Minister also emphasized that Kazakhstan had great potential for fulfilling it. In particular the Regional Financial Centre of Almaty City has a lot of work done on this direction. The Ministry of Industry and New Technologies jointly with the National Welfare Fund SamrukKazyna and state bodies work on 150 investment projects and foreign investors from 21 countries.

Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov charged Governors to activate work on attracting foreign investments. ‘Governors and Mayors of Astana and Almaty must work on attracting foreign investments to the regions including industrial investments’, the Premier said. Besides, he charged Governors to establish the most favorable environment for all export-oriented, high productive companies.

On Tuesday, September 14, the Prime Minister made a working trip to Pavlodar region, where he visited the Aksu Ferroalloy Plant – branch of “TNC “Kazchrome” JSC. The Premier familiarized with construction of a complex for slag processing of high-carbon ferrochrome and a sintering plant. “We launched the sintering plant within the framework of the State Program of Forced Industrial and Innovative Development. We plan to release first product at the end of the month. This project has environmental focus. This production gives us the opportunity to economize, carefully and effectively use mineral resources of our country”, Director of the plant Arman Yessenzhulov said.

At the sitting at the plant K.Massimov noted that the Kazakh Government elaborated programs on development of housing and utilities and drinking water supply, which were planned to be adopted in September-October 2010.

“About KZT 60 bln we will allocate from the national budget annually during three years. And there will be co-financing from local budgets as well”, the Premier said.

Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov also flied over the area of the national reserve ‘Ertis ormany’ in Pavlodar region within his working trip to the region.

As reported earlier on September 8 the wildfires occurred here and were liquidated in 24 hours span of time. According to Department of Emergencies the area of the fire was 3 hectares. Three workers of the forestry lost their lives trying to fight the fire. The fire also killed the family that happened to be close to the forest in their car. The father, two sons burnt to death and mother with multiple burns was rushed to hospital but doctors were not able to save her life and she died on September 13.

Emergencies Minister V. Bozhko reported that according to preliminary information the fire occurred because of the short circuit in electric power line caused by strong wing.

Pavlodar region Governor Bakhytzhan Sagintaev said that KZT 1 mln was paid to the families of every victim of the fire. The local authorities take care of those who suffer from the consequences of the fire.

Besides, In the course of his working trip to Pavlodar region Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov visited Neftekhim LTD.

The production capacity of the enterprise is 20 thousand tons of methyl tertiary butyl ether, 35 thousand tons of propylene, 30 thousand tons of polypropylene per year. Raw materials for production come in the form of liquefied petroleum gas from Pavlodar Petrochemical Plant JSC. The plant was designed and built taking into account the advanced technology and equipment, automation of production processes, industrial and environmental safety. 350 people work at the enterprise.

On Wednesday, September 15, Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov familiarized with construction of main bridge which leads to “Khorgos” International Centre of Boundary Cooperation.

The Premier got acquainted with allocation scheme of coast protection structures, cross-border trade and economic zone «Khorgos-Eastern Gate», where the system of international transport corridors is stated, with plan of railway Zhetygen-Khorgos. Then the Premier left for China.

Karim Massimov and Chairman of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China Nur Bekri met on the territory of the PRC which borders with Kazakhstan later that day.

“Your visit shows that the Kazakh Government and Prime Minister personally pay important significance to development of interregional cooperation of China and Kazakhstan”, the Chairman of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region said.

On Friday, September 17, K. Massimov held negotiations with Prime Minister of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Samir Zaid Al-Rifai. The two sides signed a number of documents: the agreement between the Governments of Kazakhstan and Jordan on exemption from visa holders of diplomatic and service passports as well as the plan on strategic cooperation for 2010-2011 between Kazakhstan and Jordan and the agreement on cooperation between the health ministries of the two countries in the sphere of healthcare and medical science.

‘At the negotiations we paid special attention to the issue of strengthening cooperation in economic, trade and agricultural spheres and attracting investments’, the Head of the Government of Jordan said.

Jordanian businessmen can take part in the programs on development of Kazakhstan’s pharmaceuticals industry. Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov said it at the opening of the IV sitting of Kazakh-Jordanian Business Council.

This week the Kazakh delegation headed by Vice Minister of Economic Development and Trade Timur Suleimenov visited Washington for participation in bilateral negotiations on Kazakhstan’s accession to the World Trade Organization.

Within the negotiations there was considered a number of issues including trade in agricultural products, regulation of activity of enterprises which are under state control. The sides discussed the issues connected with adoption of the new trade-economic regime within the framework of the Customs Union between Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus and its influence on the negotiation process on Kazakhstan’s accession to the WTO.

The consultations confirmed striving of the two parties for speedy completion of bilateral negotiations on a mutually advantageous basis.