President's Address «Growing welfare of kazakh citizens: increase in income and quality of life»

Friday, 05 October 2018, 17:35:07

GROWING WELFARE OF KAZAKH CITIZENS: INCREASE IN INCOME AND QUALITY OF LIFE

 Dear Kazakh citizens!

Over the years of our independence we have achieved a great deal.

Having created a modern progressive state with a dynamic economy, we have ensured peace and public harmony.

We have made qualitative and historically significant structural, constitutional and political reforms.

We have managed to strengthen the international standing of Kazakhstan and its geopolitical role in the region.

We have proved to be a responsible and international partner, in-demand to address regional and global challenges.

Kazakhstan has become the first state among the CIS and Central Asian countries to be chosen by the global community to host the international exhibition - EXPO 2017.

We have built a new capital, Astana, which has become a financial, business, innovative and cultural centre of the Eurasian region.

The population of the country now exceeds 18 million people, with life expectancy reaching 72.5 years.

We have established a strong economic framework.

Over the past 20 years, the country has raised $300 billion of direct foreign investment.

We see the development of small and medium-sized enterprises serving as the foundation for our economic prosperity.

Kazakhstan now ranks 36th among 190 countries in the World Bank Doing Business index.

We have always responded to external challenges in a timely manner and have been prepared for them.

In this regard, I have put forward relevant policy initiatives to modernise the country. Their implementation has become the main factor of our successful development.

Our strategic goal is to join the club of 30 developed countries of the world by 2050.

In 2014, we started implementing a comprehensive programme Nurly Zhol designed to modernise the country’s infrastructure.

Three years ago we announced the Plan of the Nation – 100 Concrete Steps.

Furthermore, we launched the Third Modernisation of the country. Its main aim is creating a new model of economic growth ensuring Kazakhstan’s global competitiveness.

The sustainable development of our country inspires great hope to further increase our quality of life.

We are ready to tackle new challenges.

Dear compatriots!

Recently we have seen the strengthening of the world’s political and economic transformation.

The world is changing rapidly.

The foundations of the global security system and international trade rules that seemed unshakable are now crumbling.

New technology, robotics and automation complicate the requirements for labour resources and the quality of human capital.

A completely new financial system architecture is being built. At the same time, stock markets are creating another “bubble” that may provoke another financial crisis.

Today, global and local problems are intertwined. In this context, the development of the state’s main asset – an individual – is the response to challenges and the guarantee of its success.

The Government, each and every head of a state agency or state company needs to reconsider their work approaches. The growing welfare of Kazakh citizens must be the highest priority.

This is the criterion I will refer to in assessing personal performance and compliance with the office.

Well-being of Kazakh citizens depends, first and foremost, on the steady growth of income and quality of life.

I.       GROWING INCOME OF THE POPULATION

Income grows if a person is a hard-working professional in his or her area, has a decent salary or has an opportunity to start and develop his or her own business.

Only by concerting our efforts can we create the Universal Labour Society.

First, I instruct the Government to raise the minimal salary by 1.5 times from 28 thousand to 42 thousand tenge from January 1, 2019.

This will directly cover 1.3 million people, who work in enterprises of different types of ownership in all industries.

The increase will apply to 275 thousand workers of state-funded organisations, whose salaries will grow on average by 35%.

For these purposes, we have to allocate 96 billion tenge annually from the republic’s budget for 2019-2021.

From now on, the minimal salary will not depend on the subsistence level. In general, the amount of the new minimal salary will boost the labour remuneration covering the whole economy.

I hope this initiative will be supported by large companies in terms of increasing the salaries of low-paid workers.

Second, we need to create stable sources for business growth and foster private investment and facilitate freedom of the market.

It is business that creates new jobs and provides higher income to the majority of Kazakh citizens.

First. In 2010, we launched the Business Road Map - 2020 Programme.

I realised its effectiveness while visiting regions of the country.

The programme should be prolonged until 2025.

An additional 30 billion tenge has to be annually allocated to implement the programme.

In three years this will allow the additional creation of at least 22 thousand new jobs, ensure 224 billion tenge of taxes and production of goods for an amount of 3 trillion tenge.

Second. We need to take decisive measures to develop economic competition and get utilities tariffs and natural monopolies under control.

Tariff setting and spending of consumers’ money are still not transparent in the field of utilities and regulation of natural monopolies.

We lack the efficient monitoring and control over investment obligations of monopolies.

The Government needs to address this issue within three months and reform the anti-monopoly agency, significantly strengthening functions for competition protection.

This is important because this leads to the growth of business costs and reduction of real income for people.

Third. We need to enhance the protection of business from unlawful administrative pressure and criminal prosecution threats.

I am instructing to raise from January 1, 2019, the threshold of criminal liability with regard to tax violations up to 50 thousand MCI and increase fines.

In addition, we need to reorganise the Service of Economic Investigation by transferring its functions to the Financial Monitoring Committee that should be focused on the fight against the shadow economy.

We need to move towards a cashless economy. Here we have to be guided by not only repressive tools but also incentives, for example, by encouraging business to use cashless transactions.

Completion of the integration of tax and customs information systems will make administration more transparent.

The Government needs take effective measures to reduce the shadow economy by at least 40% within three years.

To give business an opportunity for a fresh start, I instruct to launch tax amnesty for SMEs starting from January 1, 2019 by cancelling fines and penalties provided the principal tax amount is paid.

Fourth. Export-oriented industrialisation should be a central element of economic policy.

The Government must focus on supporting exporters in the manufacturing sector.

Our trade policy needs to stop being passive.

We need to make it vigorous in order to effectively promote our goods at regional and global markets.

At the same time, we need to support our enterprises in developing a wide range of consumer goods and promote the so-called “simple things economy”.

This is essential not only to develop export potential, but also to fill the internal market with domestic goods.

I instruct the Government to allocate additional 500 billion tenge to support the manufacturing industry and non-commodity export in the next three years.

To address the issue of affordable loans for priority projects I task the National Bank to allocate long-term tenge liquidity of no less than 600 billion tenge.

The Government together with the National Bank needs to ensure strict control over the targeted use of these funds.

To implement big breakthrough projects we need to consider the establishment of a direct investment fund in the non-commodity sector that will function based on the principle of co-investing with foreign investors.

We also need to intensify our activity to develop transport, logistics and other service sectors.

We need to pay special attention to the development of inbound and internal tourism to use our rich natural and cultural potential. The Government should adopt a sectoral programme at short notice.

Fifth. We need to fully develop our agricultural and industrial potential.

The main objective is to increase labour productivity and export of processed agricultural products 2.5 times by 2022.

All state support measures should be focused on the large-scale attraction of modern agricultural technology to the country.

We need to use the best experience in managing the sector by introducing flexible practical standards and attracting reputable and experienced foreign experts to oversee agriculture specialists.

We need to build a system of comprehensive teaching of new management skills among rural entrepreneurs.

For these purposes, I instruct the Government to additionally allocate at least 100 billion tenge annually in the next three years.

Sixth. Special attention should be paid to the development of innovation and service sectors.

First of all, we need to ensure the development of areas of the “future economy” such as alternative energy, new materials, biomedicine, big data, the internet of things, artificial intelligence, block chain, etc.

They determine the global position and role of the country in the future.

I instruct the Government together with Nazarbayev University to develop special programmes with specific projects for each area.

The opening of a think-tank for the development of artificial intelligence technology within the university may be one of them.

Seventh. We need to strengthen the role of the financial sector in developing the real economy and ensure long-term macroeconomic stability.

Now people are mainly concerned with the rise in prices, access to financing and banks’ stability.

The National Bank together with the Government has to finally start using a systemic approach to make the financial and real sectors of the economy healthy and to carry out a comprehensive anti-inflation policy.

Given the current situation, it is crucial to increase loans for the economy, especially for the manufacturing sector and SMEs.

We also need to enhance the efficiency of managing pension assets and social insurance system resources, and effectively develop alternative financial tools – securities market, insurance, etc.

The Astana International Financial Centre should play a pivotal role in providing business with foreign investment and access to capital. To this end, we have created a separate court, financial regulator and stock exchange.

All state agencies and national companies should actively use this platform and facilitate its rapid evolvement and development.

The effective implementation of the above-mentioned measures will boost the income of Kazakh citizens thanks to the growth of salaries and creation of new jobs.

These processes should constantly be in the focus of the Government.

II.      INCREASE IN QUALITY OF LIFE

The second component of wellbeing is the growth of quality of life.

Quality and access to education, healthcare, housing, comfortable and safe life concerns every Kazakh family.

In this regard, the Government should review priorities of budget expenditures focusing on the social sector, security and infrastructure.

First. We need to increase expenditures on education, science and healthcare from all sources up to 10% from the GDP within 5 years.

The funds should be used to carry out the planned reforms ensuring significant improvement of quality of services for the population.

Second. We need to drastically improve the quality of pre-school education.

The thinking framework, intelligence, creativity, and learning new skills are built in early childhood.

The emphasis in education is shifting towards the 4C model: creativity, critical thinking, communication skills and co-working.

In this area we need to review qualification requirements, training methods, the labour remuneration system for teachers and other employees of kindergartens.

This year the Ministry of Education and Science together with akimats needs to draft a relevant road map.

Third. We have defined the major approaches to secondary education, and at the current stage we need to focus on them.

The teaching system and methods of Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools must  become a single standard for state schools. This will be a final stage in reforming school education.

The system of knowledge evaluation should be based on international standards.

Professional analysis and guiding of children in terms of choosing the most in-demand professions should be carried out starting from secondary school. This will help to shape an individual education track and reduce the academic load on students and teachers.

Given the importance of child safety, I task to equip all schools and kindergartens with video surveillance systems, to optimise activities of school psychologists and to adopt other consistent measures.

To make education more accessible, I instruct the Government to allocate an additional 50 billion tenge from the republic’s budget for 2019-2021 to support regions facing the biggest deficit of school places and problems with three-shift schools or those in critical condition.

Fourth. I suggest it is necessary to develop and adopt a Law on the Status of Teachers next year.

It should envisage all incentives for teachers and employees of pre-school organisations, to reduce workload, protect from unscheduled inspections and uncharacteristic functions.

Fifth. We need to raise the bar to the quality of education in academic institutions in the higher education system.

We have increased the number of scholarships, now the time has come for greater responsibility.

The main criterion of a successful university is the employment of graduates and high-paid jobs.

We need to conduct a policy of the integration of higher educational institutions.

Only those providing high quality education should remain in the market. It is crucial to establish partnerships with the world’s leading universities while attracting best foreign senior managers as Nazarbayev University does.

I find it necessary to open a new regional higher education institution following the example of the Nazarbayev University based on the existing education infrastructure.

Sixth. The quality of medical services is a key component of social well-being of the population.

First of all, we need to make primary health care more accessible, especially in rural areas.

To motivate PHC workers, from January 1, 2019, I task to gradually increase by 20% the salary of district medical workers that introduced new approaches for treating diseases.

Next year 5 billion tenge will be allocated for these purposes.

All hospitals and clinics need to switch to paperless digital medical documentation from January 1, 2019.

This will allow the creation of electronic health passports for the whole population, eliminating queues and bureaucracy, and improving quality of services by 2020.

In 2019 we need to start the construction of a National Oncology Research Centre in Astana using the experience of operating cardiological and neurosurgery clusters.

By doing so, we will save many human lives.

Seventh. We need to find reserves at the regional level to increase the access to sport and physical education.

I instruct the Government and akims to construct at least 100 physical and health facilities.

In addition, we need to effectively use existing sports facilities, in particular in schools, and to equip outdoor areas, parks and squares for physical education purposes.

Eighth. The health of the nation is the main priority of the state. This means that Kazakh citizens should consume good-quality products.

Currently, we lack a comprehensive policy aimed at protecting our population from low-quality goods and services and those posing a threat to health and life.

I task the Government to take measures and get this activity under control.

A Committee on the Control over Quality and Security of Goods and Services should start operating from the next year.

It will be responsible for expert examination of food products, medicines, potable water, children’s goods and medical services.

For this, we need to establish state-of-the-art laboratories and to build teams of skilled specialists.

Furthermore, public associations protecting consumer rights should be institutionally strengthened and actively involved.

We always support business, but for a human being, his or her rights and health are more important.

As part of the reduction of administrative barriers, the state has cancelled numerous inspections, permits, etc.

That is why the business community also bears responsibility for the quality and security of offered goods and services.

In general, business should think not only about profit, but together with the state should ensure security and a comfortable environment for our citizens.

Qualitative social services provided for the population should be harmoniously complemented by broad opportunities to improve housing conditions, ensure comfortable and safe living in any residential area of the country.

III. CREATING A COMFORTABLE LIVING ENVIRONMENT

A comfortable environment means, first and foremost, affordability of housing, a beautiful and safe outdoor area, and a residential area that is convenient to live and work in as well as having qualitative infrastructure.

First. Qualitative and affordable housing.

Today, we are successfully implementing the Nurly Zher Programme that gives a powerful impetus to the housing construction.

We have launched a new large-scale programme 7-20-25 that enhances the affordability of housing mortgages.

I instruct akims to work on a partial subsidising of down payments according to mortgage benefits from the local budget.

The allocation of such housing certificates will enhance the affordability of mortgages for highly-skilled teachers, medical workers, police officers and other experts the region needs.

In addition, we need to enhance the construction of rental housing for socially vulnerable population in big cities.

These measures will help more than 250 thousand families to improve their housing conditions.

Taking into account the construction of utility infrastructure for massive housing areas, in five years the state will help 650 thousand families or more than 2 million of our citizens.

Second. We need to ensure the introduction of new approaches to the territorial development of the country.

Currently, economies of leading countries are mostly represented by global cities and megalopolises.

Over 70% of global GDP is generated in cities.

Throughout history, we have developed our own way of life dominated by agricultural economy with mono-cities and small regional centres.

Therefore, it is a great achievement for a country with 18 million people to have three cities with a million-plus population, two of them having become so during Kazakhstan’s independence.

Astana and Almaty already generate over 30% of the country’s GDP.

However, the city infrastructure does not always correspond to the rapidly growing needs of enterprises and population.

In recent years, we have built infrastructure of republican importance in line with the Nurly Zhol Programme.

Since 2015, we have built and reconstructed 2.4 thousand kilometers of roads. This work is ongoing, and we will commission an additional 4.6 thousand kilometers of roads by 2020.

Now, we need to ensure the systemic development of regional and urban infrastructure.

To this end, this year financing for local roads has been increased up to 150 billion tenge, and funds for rural water supply up to 100 billion tenge.

Akims should focus on addressing the most acute problems in the regions using these funds.

The Government also needs to develop a systemic approach to this task, draft a list of additional infrastructure issues, assess projects and find sources to finance them.

The construction of new schools, kindergartens and hospitals needs to be synchronised with plans on the development of residential areas, it is also necessary to create conditions to bring private investors to this sector.

At the same time, we need to gradually transit from the “infrastructure-people” model to the “people-infrastructure” model.

This will facilitate the development of residential areas, enhancing the efficiency of using the allocated funds.

Each region and big city should develop based on their own model of sustainable economic growth and employment taking into account the current competitive advantages.

In this regard, we need to develop a regional standards system for different residential areas – from backbone villages to cities with the republican status.

The standard should include specific indicators for the listing and accessibility of social benefits and public services, transport, cultural, sport, business, production and digital infrastructure, etc.

We need to intensify activities aimed at improving the environmental situation, including polluting emissions, soil condition, land, air, waste disposal, as well as developing environmental monitoring systems with free online access.

Special attention should be paid to the creation of a “barrier-free environment” for people with disabilities.

I task the development of a Predictive Scheme for Territorial and Spatial Development of the Country until 2030 that will serve as a New Map of Administered Urbanisation of the Country until September 1, 2019.

To implement practical steps, I task the draft of a pragmatic Regional Development Programme until 2025 outlining specific events, projects and financing.

The above-mentioned aspects of regional development should be taken into account in Nurly Zhol and Nurly Zher state programmes, their implementation terms should also be prolonged until 2025.

The first programme should focus on the development of transport infrastructure. The second one should centre on utilities and housing construction.

We need to give these programmes “a new lease of life”.

Third. We need profound and qualitative transformations in the activity of law-enforcement agencies.

Security is an integral part of quality of life.

Internal affairs officers are at the forefront of the fight against crime and protect citizens from it, quite often risking their lives.

At the same time, society expects a drastic improvement in the work of law-enforcement agencies, mainly, of the police.

I task the Government together with the Executive Office of the President to adopt a road map to modernise internal affairs agencies.

These reforms must be launched on January 1, 2019.

First, we need to optimise the staffing of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and relieve the police of uncharacteristic functions.

The funds saved should be allocated to raise the salaries of police officers, solve their housing and other social problems.

Second, we need to adopt a new standard for police officers and change the system of career advancement, as well as training and selecting personnel in police academies.

All officers must be recertified. Only the best ones will continue to serve.

Third, we need to introduce new modern formats of working with the population, drastically changing police assessment criteria.

We need to switch the police to a service model.

It should be ingrained in the minds of citizens that a police officer does not punish but helps in a difficult situation.

We need to create comfortable conditions for receiving citizens in city and regional internal affairs agencies on a Public Service Centre basis.

All cities of Kazakhstan must be equipped with public security monitoring systems.

Public trust and a sense of security among the population should become the key parameters for assessing the work of the police.

Fourth. Further judicial system modernisation.

We have achieved a lot over the past years, but we have not tackled the main problem: ensuring a high level of trust in courts.

Moreover, the rule of law is a key to success of our reforms.

First, we should continue introducing modern formats of the work of courts and advanced electronic services.

Every year 4 million of our citizens are dragged into litigations.

We invest so much effort and funds!

We need to reduce the number of excessive judicial procedures, which require an unreasonable spending of time and resources. Processes which used to require personal presence can now be implemented remotely.

Second, we need to ensure a qualitative development and an upgrade of judicial personnel management system, providing incentives so that the best lawyers would strive to become judges.

Third, we need a clear and predictable legal practice, especially for legal disputes between business and state agencies, as well as excluding the possibilities of having an unlawful influence on judges.

I task the Supreme Court, together with the Government, to develop a relevant set of measures by the end of the year.

A smaller and efficient state apparatus, which should consider all of its actions through the prism of increasing the wellbeing of the nation, will play a crucial role in the implementation of any reforms.

IV. CITIZEN-ORIENTED STATE APPARATUS

How should the state apparatus change in a new reality?

First. Drastic increase in the effectiveness of state agencies

“Quality” should become a new lifestyle of civil servants, and personal growth – their main principle.

The new kind of civil servants should shorten the gap between the state and society. This means regular feedback, lively discussion and explaining specific measures and results of the state policy to people.

The Public Administration Academy together with the Nazarbayev University needs to develop a “Brand-new Leader” programme and special retraining courses when appointing to senior positions.

It is important to attract specialists from the private sector that have work experience in the best foreign companies or graduated from leading universities of the world.

This year we have introduced a new remuneration model in four state agencies.

All pilot projects have achieved good results.

We made the civil service more attractive, which is especially relevant at the regional level.

By optimising ineffective expenditures and reducing the number of senior positions, salaries of lower and mid-level civil servants grew 2-2.5 times.

The so called brain drain decreased by two times. The intake of highly-skilled professionals from the private sector increased by three times, including graduates of top higher education institutions.

The competition to the central administration at the Agency for Civil Service Affairs has increased up to 28 people per job position, at the regional offices – up to 60 people per job position.

16 people apply for one vacant position in the akimat of Mangystau, and 13 people on average in the Ministry of Justice.

We managed to save up over 30 billion tenge in Astana thanks to new approaches to financing PPP projects alone.

In order to move to a new remuneration model I granted heads of state agencies the right to make a budget and personnel maneuver.

They gained an opportunity to use the funds saved to increase the salaries of civil servants.

Now, many state agencies want to switch to a new model.

However they must understand that it is not a mere automatic increase in salaries, this means, first of all, the increase in effectiveness of their performance.

I task to ensure that the growth of expenditure on remuneration is compensated by optimisation and saving of budget expenses including the expenses of subordinate organisations.

Red tape and egalitarianism must not be allowed to keep this project from being discredited.

Second. In this challenging time, we need to ensure the maximum return for each tenge allocated.

Inspections show that the cost of construction is set too high as early as at the drafting stage of the project documentation.

There are projects that have not been finished or those that had no future in the first place.

If we take a responsible approach to the task assigned, we can free hundreds of billions of tenge from the budget and channel them to the real needs of population.

The Government needs to take systemic measures to optimise spending and save funds by excluding ineffective and untimely expenditures.

Third. Active fight against corruption will be continued.

First, we need to decrease direct interaction of civil servants with the population when providing public services.

One of the issues that concern people is red tape around land and construction.

This area lacks transparency, requiring full access for the population and business to information.

I task to create a single information database on land reserves and real estate properties.

We need to take this issue under control and give land to real investors!

This is just one example.

We also need to carry out relevant activities on other remaining areas criticised by people and business communities.

In 2019, 80% and in 2020 at least 90% of public services must be digitalised.

To this end, the Law on Public Services should be updated as soon as possible.

Second, we need to address the increase in personal disciplinary responsibility of senior officials when committing corruption-related offences by their subordinates.

At the same time, diligent workers should not be afraid of inspectors.

Third, we need to spread the capital’s experience in implementing the anti-corruption strategy as part of “Corruption-free Regions” projects.

Fourth. We need to reduce formality and red tape in the work of the Government and all states agencies.

Recently, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of lengthy meetings and sessions in the Government, state agencies, as well in the paperwork.

Sometimes the Government holds up to seven meetings attended by akims and their deputies per day.

When should they have time to work?

We need to put an end to this practice and take this issue under control.

We need to give decision-making freedom to ministers and akims, who should undertake specific responsibilities and be publicly accountable.

This should be based on the developed map of indicators of the Strategic Country Development Plan until 2025.

Fifth. To effectively implement the objectives set, we need to strengthen the mechanism of control over reforms.

By the end of the year the Government and state agencies must develop specific indicators and road maps covering all mentioned development issues, as well as submitting all necessary reforms-related bills to the Parliament in due time.

Parliament, in turn, should consider and adopt them in a qualitative and timely manner.

To monitor and assess the implementation of reforms and main strategic documents, I task to create a National Modernisation Office in the Executive Office of the President and grant it the relevant mandate.

Apart from monitoring statistic indicators, it will be responsible for conducting regular opinion polls among the population and business regarding issues of interest to the population as it is done in the OECD.

The Office will regularly report to me on the situation in each area.

Each Government member, head of a state agency, head of a state company will be personally responsible for achieving the objectives set.

V. EFFECTIVE FOREIGN POLICY

We need to further implement a proactive foreign policy in order to ensure the successful modernisation of Kazakhstan.

Our peaceful vision and clearly defined principles in this area prove their worth.

Interaction between Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation is exemplary for interstate relations.

The Eurasian Economic Union is successfully functioning as a fully integrated association and an active participant of global economic relations.

A new chapter of cooperation in the Central Asian region has been opened.

A comprehensive strategic partnership with the People’s Republic of China has been gradually developing.

The One Belt - One Road programme gave a new impetus to our relations with China.

During my January official visit to Washington and negotiations with President Donald Trump, we reached an agreement on an enhanced strategic partnership between Kazakhstan and the USA in the 21st century.

We will continue our dynamic collaboration with the EU as our biggest trade and investment partner.

Mutually beneficial bilateral ties with CIS countries, Turkey, Iran, Arab and Asian countries have also been advanced.

The Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea adopted on the Aktau Summit opens new opportunities for cooperation with other Caspian states.

Kazakhstan is successfully completing its mission within the UN Security Council.

The Astana Process on Syria is nearly the only effective working format of talks on a peaceful settlement and recovery of this country from the crisis.

Additionally, in the context of difficult modern conditions, the foreign policy of the Republic of Kazakhstan requires adaptation and promotion of national interests based on the principles of pragmatism.

The Strong will to succeed and people’s unity have always shaped the future of countries.

Only by uniting our efforts can we reach great heights.

VI. ENGAGEMENT OF EVERY KAZAKH CITIZEN IN TRANSFORMATION OF THE COUNTRY

Every Kazakh citizen should clearly understand the essence of the conducted reforms and their significance for prosperity of our Homeland.

To successfully implement them, it is important as never before to consolidate the society around common goals.

The Rukhani Zhangyru Programme was widely supported and gave a powerful impetus to modernisation processes in society. 

This initiative should not only be continued, but also filled with new content and directions.

Comprehensive support to youth and institution of the family should become a priority for state policy.

We need to create a wide platform of social mobility, which will cover a full set of support measures for all youth categories.

I suggest declaring the next year as the Year of Youth.

We should start the modernisation of the social environment in rural areas.

This will be facilitated by the launch of a special project “Auyl – Yel Bessigi” (“Village is the cradle of the nation”).

This project will help us to promote a labor ideology in the regions.

We need to establish child and youth associations Sarbaz similar to the Boy Scout movement, and to strengthen the role of military and patriotic education in schools.

We should restore mass school tourism in the regions of the country within the new “Discover Your Land” initiative.

Today, unique measures are offered in the main fields determining the social well-being of the population.

The financial value of the initiatives is over 1.5 trillion tenge, and their aggregate effect is even more ensuring a huge leap in the quality of the population’s life.

This is the most reliable and beneficial investment.

Dear Kazakh citizens!

Well-being of the population and accession of Kazakhstan to the list of 30 developed countries are the long-term goals of our independent state.

We always adequately respond to the challenges of the time.

We manage to do so, primarily, thanks to our unity.

As we say, “A rich country is the country where people live in harmony”.

We face complex challenges at this current time.

If we have harmony, there are no heights we cannot reach.

In all my addresses I pay special attention to improving social conditions and people’s quality of life.

The main purpose of today’s 7-20-25, Nurly Zhol, Nurly Zher and other state programmes is the improvement of the population’s quality of life.

Kazakhstan still has a lot of heights to climb.

People’s trust raises our spirits and gives us strength on this path.

There is nothing greater than this noble goal!

 


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19 February 2020, 18:33
Automotive industry of Kazakhstan: How is it developing and what are the prospects
19 February 2020, 17:40
Government Tuesday: New State Program on Exploration, e-commerce, and cutting budget costs
19 February 2020, 16:43
Dastan Ryspekov appointed chair of Tourism Industry Committee of the Ministry of Culture and Sports
18 February 2020, 11:59
Costs of seminars, conferences, purchase of vehicles and furniture to be reduced — Alikhan Smailov
18 February 2020, 11:42
In 2019, purchases in online stores in Kazakhstan amounted to 422 billion tenge
18 February 2020, 11:28
Implementation of state exploration program: Up to 6 trillion tenge of investments to be attracted in Kazakhstan and over 20 thousand jobs to be created
18 February 2020, 10:06
Government to cut non-priority spending by 128.6 billion tenge
18 February 2020, 10:00
Government reviews issues of e-commerce development
18 February 2020, 09:37
About 800 billion tenge of private investment to be attracted to geological exploration development in Kazakhstan until 2025
17 February 2020, 12:34
Yerzhan Zhilkibayev relieved as first vice minister of labor and social protection of the population
17 February 2020, 11:36
Government session to be held Feb. 18 in Ukimet Uyi
15 February 2020, 14:23
Video Digest: Main events of the week, No. 48
15 February 2020, 11:31
EAEU member states agreed on strategy for ensuring maximum efficiency of EAEU single market
14 February 2020, 21:57
Implementation results of Densaulyq State Program, modern medical technologies, social insurance, or how healthcare system of Kazakhstan is improving
14 February 2020, 16:30
Prime Minister Askar Mamin holds meeting of National Commission for Modernization
14 February 2020, 12:56
Askar Mamin meets with Qatar Minister of Commerce and Industry Ali bin Ahmed Al Kuwari
14 February 2020, 00:26
Development of Turkistan region in 2019: Economy, employment, tourism
13 February 2020, 18:51
Prime Minister Askar Mamin meets with of WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge
13 February 2020, 15:23
Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin inspects infrastructure construction in Turkistan
13 February 2020, 12:43
Implementing Law “On the Teacher’s Status” and increasing prestige of Kazakhstani educators — interview with Bibigul Assylova
13 February 2020, 10:12
From Jan. 1, 2020, teachers' salaries increased by 25%
13 February 2020, 10:09
Bibigul Assylova on per capita financing: This is an opportunity to completely review financial management system
12 February 2020, 15:48
Prime Minister Askar Mamin holds meeting on development of Shymkent
12 February 2020, 03:36
Askar Mamin's instructions, ministerial reports and government sidelines — regular session of the Cabinet of Ministers
11 February 2020, 20:06
Yeraly Tugzhanov appointed deputy prime minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan
11 February 2020, 17:25
Roman Sklyar holds meeting of Interdepartmental State Commission on preparing for flood period
11 February 2020, 11:31
In January 2020, investment in fixed assets increased by 3.1% — Ruslan Dalenov
11 February 2020, 11:28
Over two hundred citizens of Kazakhstan transported from China to Nur-Sultan on Feb. 11 — Ministry of Foreign Affairs
11 February 2020, 10:19
Current situation in Korday district is stable — Berdibek Saparbayev
11 February 2020, 09:45
Government considers the issue of coronavirus infection and measures to protect citizens of Kazakhstan
11 February 2020, 09:32
In January 2020, positive dynamics in all basic economic sectors provided 3.6% GDP growth in Kazakhstan
10 February 2020, 20:09
Prime Minister Askar Mamin introduces new akim of Zhambyl region Berdibek Saparbayev
10 February 2020, 17:09
Council of Aksakals to be created in Korday region
10 February 2020, 15:23
Government session to be held Feb. 11 in Ukimet Uyi
10 February 2020, 11:24
Government Commission visits family of Darkhan Abdrakhym, who died during events in Korday district
09 February 2020, 20:25
Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan holds meetings with residents of villages of Korday district
09 February 2020, 15:35
Berdibek Saparbayev visits bereaved families in Korday district
09 February 2020, 12:30
All destroyed houses to be restored — Berdibek Saparbayev
09 February 2020, 00:48
Deputy prime minister checks security and order in villages of Korday district at night
08 February 2020, 23:24
Berdibek Saparbayev meets with residents of Korday region
08 February 2020, 21:47
Review: How environmental safety ensured in Kazakhstan
08 February 2020, 17:27
Government Commission arrives in Korday District
08 February 2020, 14:10
Government Commission created for Eliminating Consequences of Events in Korday District of Zhambyl region
07 February 2020, 21:27
Moratorium on inspections and tax exemptions — how will business develop in the next three years in Kazakhstan
07 February 2020, 18:22
Government sums up intermediate results of implementation of the Head of State’s Address
07 February 2020, 14:24
Berdibek Saparbayev gives instructions to leadership of Ministry of Culture and Sports
07 February 2020, 12:30
Prime Minister Askar Mamin holds meeting of Transport Council
06 February 2020, 13:07
Dinara Shcheglova appointed vice minister of industry and infrastructure development of the Republic of Kazakhstan
06 February 2020, 12:55
Zhanat Zhakhmetova appointed vice minister of energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan
05 February 2020, 19:08
Berdibek Saparbayev instructs to continue work on preventing spread of coronavirus in intensified mode
05 February 2020, 16:42
Head of Government holds Fourth Meeting of Dialogue on Investment Cooperation between Kazakhstan and European Union
05 February 2020, 12:54
Head of Government discusses development of satellite Internet in Kazakhstan with management of One Web
04 February 2020, 22:41
Government Tuesday: Pricing of socially significant goods, development of digitalization and protection against coronavirus
04 February 2020, 16:03
Sungat Yessimkhanov relieved as vice minister of energy
04 February 2020, 15:54
From quantity to quality: Berdibek Saparbayev holds meeting on implementation of social public-private partnership projects
04 February 2020, 14:08
Bakhyt Sultanov: Movement of goods across borders will not affect the spread of coronavirus
04 February 2020, 14:02
Wholesale markets to be created in Kazakhstan based on example of Spain and France
04 February 2020, 11:31
It is planned to create 15 agro-logistics centers as part of commodity distribution infrastructure — Ministry of Trade and Integration
04 February 2020, 10:43
In two years of implementing state program "Digital Kazakhstan," 32.8 billion tenge attracted to innovation ecosystem
04 February 2020, 09:48
Government reviews implementation of state program "Digital Kazakhstan"
04 February 2020, 09:33
Prime Minister Askar Mamin gives instructions on stabilizing prices for socially significant food products
03 February 2020, 19:26
Government session to be held Feb. 4 in Ukimet Uyi
03 February 2020, 18:38
Prime Minister Askar Mamin holds meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission on Import Substitution and Export Promotion
03 February 2020, 17:17
State inspectors must be able to respond to violations of labor law without obstructions — Birzhan Nurymbetov
03 February 2020, 15:24
Quota for attracting foreign workers in Kazakhstan reduced by 40% — Birzhan Nurymbetov
03 February 2020, 15:14
Over 113 thousand Kazakhstanis to be able to use pension savings for purchase of housing — Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population
02 February 2020, 12:00
Kazakhstan evacuates its citizens from Wuhan
31 January 2020, 22:08
Eurasian Intergovernmental Council: How Government negotiations took place in Almaty
31 January 2020, 21:49
Almaty in 2019: Industrial production growth, investor support and educational success
31 January 2020, 20:45
Experts on EAEU: Increased competition in EAEU market — the main achievement of Eurasian Integration
31 January 2020, 17:10
Askar Mamin proposes to fully transfer public procurement in EAEU to electronic format by the end of 2021
31 January 2020, 15:01
Report: Forum “Digital Almaty: Digital Future of the Global Economy” held in Almaty
31 January 2020, 13:02
EAEU prime ministers participate in Digital Almaty Forum
31 January 2020, 10:58
Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin holds meeting with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin
31 January 2020, 10:28
Issues in further development of EAEU discussed in Almaty
31 January 2020, 08:38
Arthur van Diesen: Success in digitalization is the result of commitment of Kazakh Government
31 January 2020, 08:00
EEC Minister Timur Zhaksylykov told what issues to be discussed at meeting of EAEU Intergovernmental Council
31 January 2020, 05:26
Eurasian Economic Union — regional center of investment and high technology attraction
30 January 2020, 19:59
Kazakhstan may become leader of GIGA initiative in Central Asia — Chris Fabian
30 January 2020, 19:20
Askar Mamin meets with prime ministers of Belarus and Moldova
30 January 2020, 15:43
Askar Mamin holds meetings with foreign experts in the field of innovation and digitalization
30 January 2020, 14:29
School of high technology to be opened in Kazakhstan — interview with Kwame Yamgnane
29 January 2020, 16:01
Interdepartmental Commission under the Government adopted additional protective measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Kazakhstan
29 January 2020, 00:56
Implementation of President’s instructions, adoption of Water Management Concept, protection of population from coronavirus, or how Government session took place
28 January 2020, 18:13
Prime Minister Askar Mamin informed about plans for developing automotive industry of Kazakhstan for 2020
28 January 2020, 16:17
Ministry of Foreign Affairs working on organizing a special board for Kazakh students in China
28 January 2020, 14:46
Ministry of Healthcare adopted a set of measures to prevent the emergence and spread of coronavirus infection in Kazakhstan
28 January 2020, 13:06
In 2020, investments to become the main engine of economic recovery — Ruslan Dalenov
28 January 2020, 11:03
Independent assessment of quality of banking system assets to be completed in February 2020 — Madina Abylkassymova
28 January 2020, 10:46
National Bank to develop draft Monetary Policy Strategy until 2030
28 January 2020, 10:14
About 500 hydraulic structures to be reconstructed under Water Management Program — Magzum Mirzagaliyev
28 January 2020, 09:51
Government approves concept of Water Resources Management Program for 2020-2030
28 January 2020, 09:42
Government considers measures to implement instructions of the Head of State
28 January 2020, 09:29
It is necessary to thoroughly and efficiently work out each instruction of the Head of State — Ruslan Dalenov
27 January 2020, 20:34
Berdibek Saparbayev holds meeting of Interdepartmental Commission on Preventing Emergence and Spread of Coronavirus in Kazakhstan
27 January 2020, 20:28
Roman Sklyar gives instructions on emergency situations on republican roads
27 January 2020, 18:47
Zhanat Elimanov appointed chair of Financial Monitoring Committee of the Ministry of Finance
27 January 2020, 14:32
Government session to be held Jan. 28 in Ukimet Uyi
26 January 2020, 14:51
Prime Minister Askar Mamin holds meeting on protecting the population from coronavirus
24 January 2020, 18:40
Berdibek Saparbayev holds meeting of working group on modernization of pension system
24 January 2020, 17:16
Nur-Sultan's GRP in 2019 increased by 7.2% — Altai Kulginov
24 January 2020, 15:58
Over 48 thousand jobs created in Almaty region in 2019
24 January 2020, 15:26
About 1 million square meters of housing commissioned in 2019 in Aktobe region, which is a record level for region — Ondasyn Urazalin
24 January 2020, 15:01
In 2019, 136 thousand families taken out of poverty — Berdibek Saparbayev
24 January 2020, 14:42
Following results of 2019, growth dynamics of all main socio-economic indicators ensured in East Kazakhstan region
24 January 2020, 12:46
Strengthening tenge and increasing deposits in national currency: Erbolat Dossaev reports on the state of financial sector in 2019
24 January 2020, 11:30
Government sums up results of socio-economic development for 2019 and sets goals for 2020
22 January 2020, 12:28
Extended Government Session under chairmanship of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to be held Jan. 24 in Ukimet Uyi
22 January 2020, 11:39
Alikhan Smailov holds meeting on implementation of investment policy in Kazakhstan
21 January 2020, 16:04
Berdibek Saparbayev gets acquainted with work of Mental Health Center in Nur-Sultan
21 January 2020, 13:03
Roman Sklyar discusses prospects for attracting German direct investment in Kazakhstan with German businessmen
21 January 2020, 11:02
Murat Aytenov appointed akim of Shymkent
21 January 2020, 08:48
Prime Minister Askar Mamin introduces new akim of Pavlodar region Abylkair Skakov
21 January 2020, 08:23
Abylkair Skakov appointed akim of Pavlodar region
20 January 2020, 19:11
Prime Minister Askar Mamin holds meeting on development of digital economy and innovation
18 January 2020, 16:40
Pilot project on improving quality of education in rural schools to be launched in Kazakhstan
18 January 2020, 11:59
“The Best Volunteer of the Year” and social student loans: How volunteers are encouraged in Kazakhstan
18 January 2020, 11:53
Educational volunteering: Children from rural schools to be prepared for subject Olympiads and UNT
18 January 2020, 11:37
Over 50 thousand people participate in volunteer movement — interview with Aliya Galimova
18 January 2020, 10:21
Roman Sklyar meets with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Germany to the Republic of Kazakhstan Tilo Klinner
17 January 2020, 14:42
Prime Minister Askar Mamin instructs to complete implementation of large road projects in 2020
17 January 2020, 09:44
New approaches to targeted social assistance and implementation of CSHI — Berdibek Saparbayev holds a conference call
16 January 2020, 19:25
Bakhyt Sultanov invites members of Presidential Personnel Reserve to work at Ministry of Trade and Integration
16 January 2020, 19:23
Asset Issekeshev appointed Assistant to the President – Secretary of the Security Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan
16 January 2020, 16:08
Prime Minister Askar Mamin holds a meeting on development of livestock
16 January 2020, 15:14
97% of Kazakhstanis are participants in CSHI — how is the implementation of medical insurance taking place
16 January 2020, 14:27
Eight thousand jobs created under state program “Digital Kazakhstan” in 2019
16 January 2020, 12:29
Kalmukhanbet Kassymov replaces Anuar Sadykulov as head of the State Security Service of the Republic of Kazakhstan
14 January 2020, 14:36
Almabek Mars appointed chairman of Committee on State Inspection in Agro-Industrial Complex of the Ministry of Agriculture
13 January 2020, 20:08
Berdibek Saparbayev instructs to strengthen control over permit issuance to foreigners
10 January 2020, 18:54
Updated format of social assistance: What changed since Jan. 1, 2020
10 January 2020, 16:46
Since beginning of 2020, over 250 thousand large families already received benefits
10 January 2020, 16:29
Guaranteed social package for children from low-income families: What is included and who will receive
08 January 2020, 19:30
Nursultan Nazarbayev holds a meeting with leadership of the Office of the First President of Kazakhstan
08 January 2020, 19:05
Nursultan Nazarbayev receives Asset Issekeshev, Executive Director, Foundation of the First President of Kazakhstan
08 January 2020, 15:15
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev held a meeting on the situation in the Persian Gulf
07 January 2020, 14:12
Employment, housing, microcredit: What was done in 2019 for Kazakhstani youth
07 January 2020, 09:27
Head of State congratulates Kazakhstanis on Christmas Day
05 January 2020, 19:32
Yelzhan Birtanov: All controversial situations within Compulsory Social Health Insurance should be resolved in favor of patients
04 January 2020, 13:59
The President held a meeting with the leadership of his administration on priority tasks in 2020
31 December 2019, 14:24
Level of urbanization to be brought up to 62% by 2025 — Ministry of National Economy
31 December 2019, 14:04
New regional development program will improve lives of 90% of rural population
31 December 2019, 12:44
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev received Prime Minister Askar Mamin
30 December 2019, 16:27
Consumers must demand their legitimate checks: State Revenues Committee calls on citizens to combat shadow economy
30 December 2019, 16:24
480 thousand taxpayers started using online cash registers — Zangar Shyndali
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