11 July 2022, 20:49
The Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov held a meeting on the execution of the instructions of the Head of State, which considered measures to curb the rise in food prices, issues of attracting investments and solving urgent social problems in the regions.
Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Trade and Integration Bakhyt Sultanov said that since the beginning of the year, prices for socially important food products have increased by 17.4%. The biggest increase in prices was recorded for onions, sugar, carrots, potatoes, buckwheat, horns, flour and cabbage. At the same time, prices for chicken eggs decreased.
In the context of regions, the largest increase in the cost of products is noted in Zhetysu and Zhambyl regions (19%), Almaty, Mangystau and Ulytau regions (18.9%), as well as in the cities of Nur-Sultan and Shymkent (18.6%).
The Prime Minister stressed that weak contracting leads to an increase in prices for onions and other vegetables. In particular, the price of onions rose the most in the Kyzylorda region and Shymkent.
Alikhan Smailov instructed to intensify work on financing business entities within the framework of the "circulating scheme", ensure the filling of stocks of stabilization funds and monitor the retail trade allowance.
The Agency for the Protection and Development of Competition was instructed to strengthen control over price collusion and anti-competitive actions of wholesale suppliers, the Financial Monitoring Agency was instructed to stop the activities of illegal sugar distributors, including through social networks and advertising applications, and also to take control of sugar supply channels.
“The Ministry of Agriculture needs to analyze the availability of priority food products, determine the necessary volumes of imports and take additional measures to increase its own production,” Alikhan Smailov instructed.
During the consideration of the second issue on the agenda, it was noted that the Government adopted a new Concept of the Investment Policy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, within the framework of which an updated indicator for investments in fixed assets was established - up to 25.1% of GDP by 2026.
At the same time, today in some regions there is a failure to achieve target indicators. Thus, in Shymkent, the execution is only 47.3%, in the Turkistan region - 49.1%, in the Zhambyl region - 65.8%.
“Each region needs to take comprehensive measures to achieve its target indicators. This work needs to be kept under special control,” the Prime Minister emphasized.
The participants of the meeting also discussed the issues of preventing wage arrears in the regions, resolving and preventing labor disputes, as well as factors in the growth of tariffs in the housing and communal services system.
The Head of Government instructed state bodies to strengthen analytical and predictive activities, provide detailed and understandable explanations for citizens on existing problem situations, as well as measures taken by the state to resolve them.
The Ministry of National Economy was instructed to control changes in utility tariffs, the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development to ensure timely delivery and distribution of coal in the regions, and the Ministry of Energy to take measures to ensure the domestic fuel and lubricants market.