Kassymbek reported that in 2018, the construction industry showed steady growth rates and amounted to 4.1% compared to 2017, labor productivity growth — 9%. Investments in residential construction increased by almost 8%.
“It is indicative that 6-7 tons of private investment was attracted to 1 ton of public funds under the Nurly Zher State Program. A record 12.5 million m² of new housing was commissioned. This is above the level of 2017 by 12%. Entering housing per inhabitant in 2018 amounted to 0.68 m². This is the highest figure among the CIS countries. If you compare, for example, in Russia it is 0.54 m², in Belarus — 0.40 m², in Uzbekistan — 0.36 m². We are increasing the pace of housing construction,” said Kassymbek.
According to him, more than 113 thousand families have improved their housing conditions, including more than 14 thousand families provided with rental and credit housing at the expense of state funds. On the introduction of housing in all regions there is a positive trend.
Along with this, for the successful implementation of the 7-20-25 Program, funding for the construction of engineering communications has been increased to 100 billion tenge. For the execution of the order of the Head of State for the construction of at least 1 thousand rental apartments annually for working youth in the cities of Astana, Almaty and Shymkent, the mechanism and sources of financing have been determined.
“In general, in 2019 we plan to build 13 million m² of new housing. Due to this, about 118 thousand families will be provided with housing. The main task is to bring the target indicator per person to 30 m² by 2030. Today this figure is 21.5 m²,” the minister noted.
In addition, Kassymbek stressed that the issue of using domestic building materials was taken under special control.
“If approximately 86% in housing construction is of domestic content today, we believe that within 3 years we will be able to raise this figure to 90%. This stimulates the production of building materials and will give an additional impetus to the construction industry as a whole. In late 2018, the share of Kazakh production in construction amounted to 77%, thereby exceeding the level of 2017 by 5%, including 86% in housing construction,” Kassymbek added.