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President’s Five Social Initiatives: opinions of international experts

07 March 2018, 15:40

March 5 of this year at the joint session of the Chambers of the Parliament, the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev addressed the people of Kazakhstan and voiced new five social initiatives. The relevance and timeliness of the reforms are widely discussed not only within the country, but also beyond its borders.

Elbasy's initiatives aimed at improving the well-being of the people were positively evaluated by international experts.

Dmitry Zhuravlev, General Director of the Institute for Regional Problems, expressed the following opinion about the new social initiatives of the President:

"All of this should create people a level of life and education that will make them worthy employees in the new economy. This model will become the basis for others. Most likely, Kazakhstan will become a leader, at least for the countries of our standard of living. At the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President, it is believed that the new social initiatives of the Head of State are unprecedented — especially against the background of other countries in the world. Therefore, it is not accidental that Nursultan Nazarbayev noted that the implementation of the program will fill the constitutional norm about the 'social state' with new content."

Kazakhstan will only benefit from these initiatives — Singapore Press Club

"Financial benefits play a significant role, but social cohesion is more vital. President Nursultan Nazarbayev clearly understands that it is necessary to improve the living conditions of socially vulnerable segments of the population, which will also contribute to the economic growth of Kazakhstan. Thus, he pays special attention to meeting the basic needs of the people, such as housing, higher education, increasing wages and improving the amenities of those in need. Obviously, in the light of comprehensive modernization of the country, the President is trying to cover all areas of development.

Often socially vulnerable segments of the population have to "shout" to be heard. In this case, it is noteworthy that the President understands what bothers them, and takes concrete measures to improve the conditions of their lives. This is a clear example of the provision of equal opportunities, through paying attention at more vulnerable categories. Kazakhstan will only benefit from these initiatives, as the people will be united in the further development of the country," writes Santosh Kumar, Honorary Secretary of the Singapore Press Club.

Realization of the program will fill the constitutional norm about the "social state" with a new content — the IRP

Presidential initiatives in the context of world media

The address of the President N.Nazarbayev to the people of Kazakhstan that actively covers new social initiatives has not been left without attention of the world mass media.

The President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev initiated the construction of a gas pipeline that will supply the northern regions of the country with gas, Tass reports.

"In Kazakhstan, they will halve the mortgage rate on housing. The new program of mortgage lending, together with other large-scale social reforms, was proposed by the President Nursultan Nazarbayev during a speech at a joint session of the Parliament and the Government," reports the correspondent of MIR 24, Nazar Akhmarov.

The proposed initiatives also relate to tax cuts, improving the quality of education, granting preferential microcredits to businesses and gasification.

"The president announced a reduction in taxes: for those who received less than 25 times the minimum monthly rate, the tax will decrease from 10% to 1%. The incomes gained as a result of reforms the Head of State proposed to spend on increasing salaries. After the implementation of the reforms, at least 2 million citizens of Kazakhstan will earn more than they do now,” the article emphasizes.

Here's what writes:

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev promised to lower taxes from January 1, 2019. For two million citizens who receive low salaries, fees will be reduced by 10 times.

"Reducing the tax burden to raise wages for low-paid workers. To support Kazakhstani people who receive relatively low wages, from January 1, 2019 I propose to reduce the tax burden tenfold and tax them at a rate of 1 percent," the President said at the meeting of the Parliament.

Benefits for individual tax will be introduced for those who receive a salary less than 25 times the minimum calculated index per month (analogous to the Russian minimum wage). As a result of tax cuts, the salaries of Kazakhstanis will grow.

"The funds released from this reduction are aimed at increasing the payment of their labor. As a result, at least one third of the country's wage earners — more than two million people — will receive increased wages without increasing the burden on employers," Nazarbayev said.

The President also noted that in future the government should study the prospects for introducing progressive taxation.


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