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Development of Astana: Modernization of social infrastructure and new projects in the Year of Youth

16 February 2019, 13:28
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The Head of State in his Address to the people “Growing Welfare of Kazakh Citizens: Increase in Incomes and Quality of Life” focused on the new social policy and the importance of implementing key programs aimed at improving the well-being of citizens. Read the material by РrimeМinister.kz on the key development indicators of Astana, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018.

According to the Akimat of Astana, thanks to the implementation of state programs on industrialization, construction, support for small and medium-sized businesses, in 2018 the development indicators were achieved. 

 

The capital’s main achievements for 20 years

Last year the capital celebrated a jubilee. Astana has made a 20-year journey of becoming the capital of Kazakhstan. As noted in the capital’s akimat, during this period the territory of the city increased by three times, the volume of housing built — by 19 times, the population grew by up to four times. If 20 years ago the average wage did not reach even 10 thousand tenge, now it exceeds 230 thousand tenge. Since 1998, the unemployment rate has dropped from 12.8% to 4.5%.

As a result of a large-scale social infrastructure construction program, in 20 years more than 20 republican and city healthcare facilities, over 300 kindergartens and schools have been built.

Over the past 20 years, the total housing stock of Astana has increased by more than four times and exceeded 20 million m2, including at the expense of commercial developers, which allowed Astana to become a leader in the level of quality housing. In 2018, almost a quarter of the country’s construction volume has been completed — 2.4 million m2 of housing.

 

Main directions of the capital’s development as a global city

The issues of the capital’s development are under constant control of the Head of State. New goals and objectives voiced by the President of the country require adjustments to the long-term development of the city. Therefore, the akimat started the work on the Development Strategy of Astana until 2050.

One of the main global challenges today is rapid urbanization. Cities are now becoming the key platform for global and local structural transformations. According to the UN forecast, by 2050 more than 70% of humanity will live in cities, now this figure has reached 54%.

Astana is a million-plus city with a large demographic potential. By 2030, the population is expected to increase to 2 million people, and by 2050 — more than 3 million people.

The Head of State set the task of transforming Astana into a global city that will become the main center of attraction for creative people, talents, youth, as well as tourists and foreign investors. Of course, this requires the use of modern urban solutions, new approaches to urban planning, focused on polycentricity.

In this regard, the development of the capital as a global city is planned in several main directions.

The first is human development. The main capital of the city is its citizens. To attract and retain talent, you need to make the urban environment more attractive and comfortable for living. First of all, these conditions include affordable high-quality housing, safe public transport, high quality health care and education, public safety.

The second is the creative economy of the city. As it was repeatedly noted by the Head of State, much attention will be paid to turning Astana into a smart and friendly city, which will transform it into an attractive tourist destination.

This includes the formation of an atmosphere of hospitality, the improvement of urban service for the population and tourists. Astana should become a hub of global trade flows, the largest consumer market and a key transportation and logistics hub of the country. Accordingly, this will bring additional taxes to the treasury of the city.

The third direction is urban planning. A transition to a new format of strategic urban planning is necessary. A General Plan for the Development of Astana until 2035 is under creation. The new planning format will give investors a clear vision of the capital’s development priorities and the planned development in the long term, which will increase the investment attractiveness of the city.

The work of the Astana International Financial Center provides an opportunity to develop new modern technologies in the city, create the most favorable conditions for the implementation of FinTech projects, as well as develop business tourism.

At the same time, the Strategy of the city will not be just a “dry” bureaucratic plan, but will become a public document, developed taking into account the opinion of a wide range of interested parties — citizens, entrepreneurs, experts, including international ones.

Public hearings will be held, where everyone who is not indifferent to the fate of his native city will be able to express his suggestions on the further development of the capital. After all the discussions, the akimat plans to present the new Strategy to residents and visitors of the city.

 

City of entrepreneurs: Every third person engaged in small and medium business

Astana plays a special role in the country’s economic potential. Over 11% of the gross domestic product of the republic is produced here, 10% of investments in fixed capital of the country are formed.

More than half of the city’s economy today is already formed by small and medium-sized businesses. Its share reached 58.5%. In the late 2018, more than 8 thousand business entities were registered in the capital. Their work increased output by more than 21.9%, which amounts to 3.5 trillion tenge.

Over the past eight years, their number has increased by almost five times. Every third Astana resident is engaged in business. More than half of tax revenues to the budget come from small and medium businesses. Astana has already turned from a city of civil servants and national companies into a city of entrepreneurs.

As of Jan. 1, 2019, the number of active businesses in comparison with the same period of 2018 increased by 28.2%, which is about 125 thousand people.

In many ways, state support tools help citizens create a competitive business environment. Since 2010, the Business Roadmap 2020 Program has been implemented, under which 1,060 projects for 177.7 billion tenge have been approved. Regarding microcredits for small businesses, 64 projects totaling 738.2 million tenge have been financed under the Enbek Program for the Development of Productive Employment and Mass Entrepreneurship for 2017-2021.

To increase the availability of credit resources, five local programs are being implemented in cooperation with JSC Damu Entrepreneurship Development Fund from 2015: Astana Business, Astana ZhasStart, Astana StartUp, Astana Service, Astana Retail. Since the start of implementation, 167 projects have been supported for 7.5 billion tenge. The programs’ implementation had a huge socio-economic effect: today more than 9 thousand existing and more than 6,300 new jobs have been created, tax deductions to the budget amounted to 25 billion tenge.

Ubder the Program for the Development of Productive Employment and Mass Entrepreneurship in 2018, more than 11 thousand people were employed. According to the Comprehensive Employment Promotion Plan, active measures covered more than 29 thousand people, which is 18% more than the plan.

In total for 2018, more than 1 trillion tenge of investments was attracted. There are positive changes in their structure. If earlier almost more than half of the attracted investments in the city came from the state budget, now the share of budget investments has decreased to one tenth.

Today 90% of the city’s investments form private initiatives, while the main investor in the city is small business.

Remarkable is the fact that Astana has become more attractive for foreign capital. In 2018 a quarter of the total investment came from abroad.

In 2018, a lot of work was done within the framework of the formation of a three-year budget on the principles of program-targeted budgeting, that is, the main areas of budget expenditures are linked to the overall development strategy of the city.

Within the framework of the new budget cycle, a mechanism for preliminary planning of public procurement is provided.

According to Astana Akimat, in 2018 a record level of budget self-sufficiency was reached. The share of own revenues in total expenditures reached 63% versus 51% in 2017.

Due to the active support of entrepreneurship in 2018, there was an increase in the retail sector by 5% to 1,171.9 billion tenge.

Today, in the city of Astana there are:

  • 25 trade markets: 8 of them are specialized, 15 universal, 1 communal, 1 wholesale;
  • 9 shopping and entertainment centers;
  • 14 retail chains;
  • 280 restaurants with more than 24,950 thousand seats, which is 4,300 more than in the same period of 2016 (2016 — 233 restaurants with 20,650 seats), the seats were increased by opening 47 new restaurants;
  • 34 car dealerships, 11 of them are official dealers of world brands such as: Mercedes-benz, BMW, Toyota.

In order to develop street trading in a modern format, as well as to bring the appearance to the architectural appearance of the capital, the program “1000 Seats – Street Trading” is being implemented.

The street trade includes the following types: eateries on wheels, coffee shops, bakeries, ice cream, vegetables, fruits, newspapers, flower shops, souvenir shops, etc.

In 2018, according to the results of the tenders held by JSC Social Entrepreneurial Corporation Astana, preliminary contracts for sublease were concluded with entrepreneurs on 563 land plots (202 for vegetables and fruits; 61 for food; 185 fast food; 50 flowers; 26 technical service; 4 household services; 9 newspapers; 3 souvenirs; 22 children's leisure; 1 provision of financial services). The amount of private investment amounted to about 1.1 billion tenge. More than 1,500 jobs were created.

 

Productive employment: State support measures helped employ over 11 thousand people

The capital has the lowest unemployment rate: this figure is 0.3% lower than the republican average.

In 2018, 1,888 people received employment promotion services, 11,155 found jobs (7,571 – permanent work, 635 – temporary work, 1,930 – public work, 836 – youth internships and 183 – social work). 733 people attended short-term vocational training.

As part of the introduction of new facilities, as well as through the development of existing enterprises and private initiatives, 19,987 permanent jobs were created in 2018.

The number of people with no social status in Astana as of Jan. 1, 2018, was 129,163. As of Jan. 4, 2019, the social status of 73,015 citizens (56.5%) was revealed.

In 2018, more than 120 thousand people received social support measures, including over 80 thousand old-age pensioners, of whom 89 are veterans of the Great Patriotic War, 24,148 are persons with disabilities, 4,644 are children with disabilities, 9,177 are large family members, 4,533 – mothers of many children awarded with pendants Altyn Alqa, Kumіs Alqa, 3,876 – low-income citizens.

As of Jan. 1, 2019, targeted social assistance has been assigned to 924 families (4,601 people).

 

Tourism development: Three priority areas identified

Astana has already established itself as the center of business or MICE events in the Eurasian space, in particular, having recently received awards from the leading global business travel journal, BusinessTraveller, as “Best destination for business and event travel in Russia and the CIS” and as “Best Destination of the Year for Business Travel."

The Strategy for the Development of Tourism in the City of Astana until 2020 has been developed, in which three priority directions for tourism in the city of Astana are identified: MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions), urban and medical tourism. About 40 large business international events were held in 2018. These events allowed to increase the number of tourists in the third quarter of 2018 to 557.1 thousand people, including the number of non-residents to 140.7 thousand people, residents — 416.4 thousand people.

In 2019 it is planned to hold major international events aimed at positioning Astana as a center for business tourism and innovation, such as the VIII UNWTO World Summit on Urban Tourism, the first in Central Asia air route Routes Silk Road forum, which will bring together the largest airports and airlines of the planet, the comic con festival.

One of the key events was the opening of a city innovation platform at the Astana International Financial Center, which is implemented jointly with the Seedstars International Business Accelerator based in Geneva. It will be the first co-working center in the CIS managed by Seedstars, its network includes more than 70 thousand startups, entrepreneurs and investors.

 

Industry: New high-tech enterprises to be created

At the end of 2018, industrial output amounted to 601.7 billion tenge, which is 6.7% more than in 2017. In the manufacturing industry, the volume of output amounted to 505.1 billion tenge, with an increase of 8.8% compared to 2017.

High-tech export-oriented enterprises are created annually in the capital. With a view to import substitution, seven investment projects worth a total of 10.5 billion tenge were launched in 2018 in the Industrial Park No. 1 of the Free Economic Zone “Astana - New City,” and about 730 new jobs are to be created. Currently there are 70 investment projects implemented in the Industrial Park No. 1 with an investment of 290 billion tenge, 50 of which were launched, and the remaining 20 are at different stages of development (construction, design stage and obtaining permits).

Investment in the Industrial Park No. 1 amounted to 161.8 billion tenge. Since 2010 the operating enterprises of the park have manufactured products and rendered services for more than 1 trillion tenge. Exports amounted to 21.3 billion tenge. The enterprises created 4,500 jobs. The amount of tax revenues from the activities of enterprises reached 68.8 billion tenge.

In 2019, it is planned to launch four industrial projects worth 27.6 billion tenge with the creation of more than 500 new jobs. The construction of two projects worth 7 billion tenge will begin.

 

Comfortable accommodation: Nurly Zher and 7-20-25 programs actively implemented

In order to improve the quality of the urban environment, the Comprehensive Plan for Compact Development of the City of Astana for 2019–2023 was adopted in 2018. This is an action plan for the medium term, which covers key areas of activity. Thus, the changes will affect the transport infrastructure, education, health care, housing and communal services, gas supply and sewerы.

To improve the transport infrastructure, taking into account the annual growth in the amount of cars by 8-9%, by 2023 it is planned to build 121 km of roads, 2 traffic interchanges, 3 bridges, 1 overpass, 1 tunnel, and also the first phase of light rail transport.

In education, the number of school-age children arriving in the capital will amount to 124,000 up to 2023. To eliminate the deficit of school places, 37 schools and 10 extensions will be built. In addition, to ensure 100% coverage of children with preschool education, it is planned to build 25 new kindergartens. In the health sector, it is planned to build 15 facilities. In order to provide quality housing and communal services for the population, 150 km of water supply networks and 81 km of sewage networks will be built.

Reconstruction of CHP-2 will provide an additional 2 ~ 2.5 million m2 of residential and commercial space with centralized heat supply. The construction of the first stage of CHP-3 will provide heat supply to the western and left-bank parts of the city, the second phase of CHP-3 with a capacity of 418 Gcal / hour is planned to be implemented through the PPP mechanism. It is also planned to build three 110 kV substations and reconstruct 110 kV overhead lines. This will provide electricity to LRT, Alley Mynzhyldyk, Zheleznodorozhnyi village, reduce the load in the southwestern part of the city.

For supplying gas at the first stage by 2020 it is planned to transfer the boilers of the heat and power plant to gas, as well as small private boilers and residential areas. This will reduce emissions of harmful substances by 30%.

The complex plan also solves the problem of storm sewers. In 2019, work will continue to ensure the smooth removal of surface wastewater. The total catchment area in five years will grow from 13 thousand hectares to 23 thousand hectares, which will amount to 66.2% of the exploration area until 2030.

In general, 1.5 trillion tenge has been allocated for the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan. This will have a positive effect in the development of the economy of both the city and the country as a whole. For five years, the budget will receive 7 trillion tenge, and it is also planned to attract 6 trillion in private investment. This will create 300 thousand new jobs and attract 3 million tourists.

It is worth noting that in the field of housing Astana as well as last year is the leader among the regions in housing construction. Since the beginning of the year, 285 billion tenge of investment has been directed to housing construction, which made it possible to commission about 2.4 million m2 of housing (21% of the republican volume), of which 2.3 million m2 are apartment buildings, which accounts for 40% of the republican volume.

In addition, the 7-20-25 program is actively implemented in Astana, which is aimed at creating conditions for the purchase of housing and at the same time provides system solutions for the restoration of the mortgage lending market.

Today second-tier banks have approved loans totaling 22.2 billion tenge, which will provide apartments for 1,533 families in Astana.

In addition, new tools to assist citizens in obtaining their own homes are provided as additional incentives. A program of social assistance of 1 million tenge for the purchase of housing for the workers in education, health care, and police officers, funded from the local budget was launched. So, in 2018, the first 100 certificates were allocated, in 2019, another 2,000 certificates are planned.

Work continued on the implementation of the Nurly Zher State Housing Program. The program provided for 14.2 billion tenge.

In the reporting period, construction of four multi-apartment houses was completed with a total area of ​​62.2 thousand m2 for 635 apartments.

However, one of the problematic issues in the construction are unfinished objects, or the so-called “protracted.” There are now 29 such objects in the city. A roadmap has been developed to solve the problems of the co-investors on the completion of construction of all problem objects by the end of 2022. It is based on clear economic calculations and this problem will be solved soon.

Across the country, including in the capital, a lot of work was done to reduce utility tariffs. As a result, from Jan. 1, 2019, the tariffs were reduced by 13%, heat supply — by 9%, water supply and water disposal — by 10%, removal of solid household waste, elevator services and communal housing services — by 5%. On average, utility rates are reduced by 10%.

The Department of the Committee for the Regulation of Natural Monopolies, the Protection of Competition and Consumer Rights in the city of Astana reported that January receipts contain additional information on the change in tariffs.

On electricity supply (excluding VAT):

  • For individuals: in effect from 2018 — 11.4 tenge per kWh; from Jan. 1, 2019 — 10.33 tenge per kWh; a decrease of 9.3%.
  • For legal entities: in effect from 2018 — 16.01 tenge / kWh; from Jan. 1, 2019 — 14.54 tenge per kWh; a decrease of 9.18%.

On heat supply (without VAT):

  • For individuals: in effect from 2018 — 2,304.82 tenge per Gcal; from Jan. 1, 2019 — 2,074.81 tenge per Gcal; a decrease of 9.98%.
  • For legal entities: in effect from 2018 — 3,556.39 tenge per Gcal; from Jan. 1, 2019 — 3,556.39 tenge per Gcal.

On water supply (without VAT):

  • For individuals: in effect from — 41.26 tenge per cubic meter; from Jan. 1, 2019 — 37.13 tenge per cubic meter; a decrease of 10%.

On water disposal (without VAT):

  • For individuals: in effect from 2018 — 34.81 tenge per cubic meter; from Jan. 1, 2019 — 31.4 tenge per cubic meter; a decrease of 10%.

Municipal solid waste collection:

  • For a comfortable sector: in effect from 2012 — 259.2 tenge per person; from Jan. 1, 2019 — 246.2 tenge per person; a decrease of 5%.
  • For the private sector: in effect from 2012 — 276 tenge per person; from Jan. 1, 2019 — 262.2 tenge per person; a decrease of 5%.

Full information for consumers is posted on the official website of Astana Akimat, the Internet resources of Astana Enerosbyt LLP, on the pages of these organizations in social networks.

 

 

Social infrastructure: Development of transport system

The President’s Address pays a great attention to the strengthening of human capital. Therefore, in 2019, the Akimat of Astana identified the development of vital areas of the city’s development as the main guideline of work.

Health and education will be funded on a priority basis. So, for the development of investment projects in education and health care in 2019, 23.2 billion tenge is provided.

Today there are 48.5 thousand children in preschool institutions and 146 thousand children of school age in Astana. Taking into account the annual growth of their number, in 2019 it is planned to complete the construction of seven schools and five extensions. Construction of two more schools, three annexes, one vocational school, and one kindergarten for children with visual impairment will continue.

For the construction of access roads 5 billion tenge is provided to social facilities and to carry out an average repair of more than 8 km of roads, including on the outskirts of the city. In general, the development of transport infrastructure provides more than 24 billion tenge, which will be directed to the continuation of work on the construction of the Little Ring Road, the construction and reconstruction of roads and utility networks in residential areas, street number 27 in the area from Sh. Beisekova Street to Turan Ave.

Service contracts are actively used to unload the local budget, moving from capital to operating costs, which should improve the quality of services and provide budget savings. For this, a list of 37 PPP projects has been formed, including such types of contracts as catering services, transportation services, the transfer of related services in the health sector: opening of family medical outpatient clinics, after-sales service to equip the furniture stock of state institutions, etc.

In order to increase the satisfaction of the city residents with public services, as well as to improve the socio-economic development of the capital as a whole, by creating conditions for connecting new consumers to the centralized heat supply, water supply and drainage system and providing parks for leisure activities, work is being carried out to modernize and develop power and utility facilities.

As part of the development of the storm sewage system of the city of Astana, in order to prevent flooding of streets, roads, houses, courtyards and sidewalks, the implementation of an action plan for the construction of linear facilities and structures of storm sewers proceeds in a planned and gradual manner.

Today, the storm sewage system of Astana city consists of 13 treatment facilities and 3 storage ponds, 380 km of main sewers of stormwater, drainage and chute-aryk sewer networks provide drainage of surface runoff from an area of ​​12.93 thousand hectares.

In 2018, two wastewater treatment plants were launched (near the Logistics Center and near the M-2 interchange), and seven stormwater sewage pumping stations were reconstructed (near Mechta TD, Sh. Kudayberdyuly St., Abylay Khan Ave., intersections of Syganak and Sauran streets, in the vicinity of the underpass along Republic Ave., in the LCD Quarter of the French Quarter, in the area of ​​the Astana-Arena Stadium) and in the main storm sewers. This increased the catchment area by 700 hectares, provided an increase in the total capacity of the treatment facilities by 12.2 thousand m3 / day. The construction of wastewater treatment plants in the area of ​​the new railway station and in the promising development area of ​​the village of Telman has also begun.

In 2018, the implementation of a number of major projects was completed, allowing the city’s population to be provided with high-quality drinking water and timely wastewater disposal.

The reconstruction of the emergency section of the water pipeline with a length of 4.6 km and a diameter of 1200 mm from the railway station was completed ahead of time. Railway to the street. Mustafina

Also completed the construction of sewers on the street. E 29, which will ensure the removal of runoff from the cottage massif Nova City and the Vienna quarter.

In order to improve the living conditions of the population of the Koyanda country estate (right side), as well as the need to provide electricity and engineering networks for the infrastructure of this village, in 2018 the construction of 10 kV overhead lines was completed, the complete transformer substation was installed.

This year, travel was provided on 22 streets with a length of 21 km, medium repair was carried out on 13 main thoroughfares, with a total length of 17.8 km, and asphalt roads were installed on 51 streets in individual construction areas with a total length of 26.92 km.

New construction started on Uly Dala Avenue from Turan Avenue to Sh. Beisekova Str. No. 29 in the area from Prospekt Magіlіk El to Prospekt Tauelsіzdіk, Ave. Tauelsіzdіk from Uly Dala Ave to ul. No. 29, E22 from Turan to E102, streets in the military town area. The construction of these objects is carried out not only in order to relieve traffic congestion, but also to ensure the engineering and transport accessibility of adjacent buildings.

At the same time, it should be noted that in order to relieve traffic tensions, the city is building the Small Ring Road, passing along Koshkarbaev Avenue, Uly Dala and Akzhol, Beisekova streets with a total length of 46 km. In the period from 2007 to 2018, 25.8 km of roads, 9 road junctions, bridges and overpasses were built.

The work carried out has improved the transport situation in the city.

For example, piercing the street Sarayshyk to the street Sh. Beisekova unloaded Kurgalzhinskoe highway by 18% and st. Orynbor by 26%.

Completion of construction of Akmeshit, Turkіstan, No. 24, Buhar Zhyrau, Ryskulova ensured transport accessibility in the area of ​​the Expo 2017 exhibition.

In turn, the streets Akmeshіt and Turkіstan unloaded the avenues of Mangіlik El by 12% and Kabanbai batyr by 9%. In addition, it became possible to launch two public transport routes to service new residential complexes along these streets.

Construction of streets Baitursynov and Nazhіmedenov provided transportation to the railway station Nurly Zhol, due to which the old station was unloaded by 70% (a large number of trains were transferred to the new station). Also, six public transport routes were launched along these streets to service residential complexes and the Nurly Zhol station.

 

Accessibility of education: Coverage of pre-school education increased to 90%

According to the capital akimat, in the field of education in the last two years there has been a positive trend in the coverage of children with preschool education.

For example, in 2016 the coverage of preschool education was 70%, today this figure has increased to 90%. A significant role in this was played by the involvement of the private sector. It covers almost 30% of the total number of children covered.

According to the instructions of the Head of State on the need to ensure a gradual transition of secondary education to per capita funding, from Sep. 1, 2019, 80 metropolitan schools (except 5 gifted ones) have passed.

In addition, the state order is placed in 8 out of 15 private schools for 3,000 places, where the average expenditure per student is between 160 and 250 thousand tenge per year. Subsequently, their number will be increased (Akbulak-1, Akbulak Development Center, Economic Lyceum, Alpamys, Nurorda, Central Economic School, Metropolitan, Spectrum School, Haileyburi). This measure will lead to a decrease in parental payment and will enable schools, without increasing pay, to fully provide quality education.

The work to increase the network of private schools has been intensified. In Astana, for the new school year, four new schools have been opened, in the next two years it is planned to introduce new private schools for 6-7 thousand places, including by attracting investments.

In Astana, primary school students are provided with free hot meals. For these purposes 4 billion tenge was allocated from the local budget for this academic year. Food quality is monitored on an ongoing basis in school canteens. According to the results of monitoring unscrupulous suppliers are identified.

 

Quality healthcare: Reduction of personnel shortage and modernization of medical education

In the health care system, in order to reduce the burden on the doctor, the network of outpatient clinics is being reorganized. In 2018, 105 general practitioner sites were opened. Thus, indicators of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries were achieved, and citizens had access to primary health care.

In addition, on the first floors of residential complexes, a project is underway to open the family doctor’s ambulance clinic “Doctor at the House.” This provides maximum access for city residents. In 2018, in the framework of the development of public-private partnerships, 7 polyclinics were opened.

The project focuses on suburban areas. Thus, at the expense of private investment, a medical outpatient clinic was built in residential areas Prigorodny and Ondiris.

One of the important ways to improve the quality of medical services is to reduce staff shortages and modernize medical education with the transition to international standards of education. More than 5 thousand people completed advanced training courses. Of these, 80 people were trained in the best clinics in the world.

Active work is being done on the implementation of the SMART Medicine project, which implies not only process automation, but also the release of doctors from the routine paperwork and switching to electronic format of medical documentation, which will enable more communication with the patient and improve the quality of diagnosis and treatment.

Computer equipment is 100%. A lot of work has been done on digitizing documentation, more than 1 million medical documents have already been translated into electronic format. Already today, 95% of the population of Astana has an electronic health passport, which in the future will be updated with new medical records and will store all information about the patient.

In anticipation of the implementation of the compulsory social health insurance system, active explanatory and preparatory work is being carried out with the population, the medical community and employers of the city, clinics in the capital are ready to work in the universal insurance system. 

 

Digitalization: New technologies reduced mortality on roads by two times

In his Address to the people, the Head of State placed special emphasis on the issues of digitalization, which became the cornerstone of economic development and improving the quality of urban life.

Smart Astana technologies are used in Astana. The first stage of the implementation of the Internet of Things (Smart Lighting) project, Big Data, Smart Education and Smart Medicine, including the first auction based on the blockchain technology in the implementation of the program “1000 Street Trading Sites,” is the first project of this format in the country.

With the help of the Unified Contact Center of the Akimat, the iKomek weekly forms and analyzes the rating of system problems. Last year, more than 1 million citizens received and considered.

Thanks to the first in the country PPP project implemented on Sergek video surveillance, Astana roads became the safest in the country. Mortality rates have been halved (48%). The number of traffic accidents decreased by 15%, the number of injured in road accidents decreased by 16%.

In 2019, work on the formation of a smart city framework in Astana will be completed.

 

The Year of Youth: Specialized resource center and virtual museums to open in Astana

This year is declared the Year of Youth. Currently, a regional roadmap “Youth Astana-2019” has been developed. The document consists of 90 projects covering 11 key areas. These are youth infrastructure development, education, employment, health care, affordable housing, business development and financial literacy, support for talented youth and other important areas.

In this regard, in the framework of the Year of Youth in the capital is planned to open a youth resource center. This center will help improve the quality of institutional services of all youth organizations in the city, as well as improve the interaction of youth organizations with government bodies. In addition, the Center for Civil Initiatives and the project office of Rouhani Zhangyru will be located there.

One of the first in Astana launched a call center with a short number "2019." He provides comprehensive legal advice to young people on employment, entrepreneurship, housing and education.

Special attention is paid to the development of youth infrastructure. At the beginning of 2018 there were 16 courtyard clubs in the capital, and now there are 32. This year it is planned to increase the number of courtyard clubs to at least 50.

The implementation of the instructions of the Head of State indicated in the program articles “Rouhani Zhangyru” and “Seven Facets of the Great Steppe” will be continued in 2019. The Akimat of the capital, together with the Ministry of Culture and Sports, plans to complete the creation of the historical and cultural complex Bozok until 2020.

It is planned to create several virtual museums, local history museums and historical and archaeological movements in schools, to digitize archival materials. In particular, together with the Ministry of Culture and Sport, it is planned to complete work on the historical and cultural complex Bozok until 2020. Consequently, Bozok will become a cultural, tourist and research center of the international level, as well as a scientific and methodological base of archaeological and ethnographic research in the Eurasian region.

Within the framework of the Kieli Astana project, expeditions will be organized for the study of historical monuments in the territories of four archaeological sites. According to their results, it is planned to release special books, magazines and photo albums. These events will contribute not only to the development of the business image of the capital of tourism, but also to improve the historical and cultural potential of the capital.

In addition, a national club of historical reconstructions “Uly Dalanyn Uly Orkenietteri” will be created in Astana. On its basis, a festival will be held in Astana and other regions of the country, dedicated to the culture of the ancient Saks, Huns, the era of the great Turkic kaganates.


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