On April 25th of this year, during his working visit to the Russian Federation, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin held talks with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

The discussion covered a wide range of topical issues of bilateral cooperation. In particular, further strengthening and increasing cooperation in the trade and economic sphere, investment cooperation, industrial cooperation, transport and transit industry, space activities, the development of cross-border cooperation and interregional relations.

“Open confidential relations between our countries are dynamically developing in all sectors, based on the strategic course of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Yelbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev and President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin,” – the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan said.

A. Mamin noted that “the recent official visit of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan K. Tokayev to Moscow and the summit talks gave an additional impetus to the further development of the strategic interaction between the two countries”, stressing “the significance of the agreements reached, aimed at active joint work. And today's meeting is a good opportunity to discuss practical steps for the implementation of these agreements”.

The Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, D. Medvedev, noted the importance of the visit of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Moscow to discuss and solve a number of strategic tasks, to implement large programs that are on the agenda not only in a bilateral format, but also within the EAEU.

“Russia is the main trade partner of Kazakhstan,” – A. Mamin said, noting that “in order to maintain the dynamics of development of trade and economic cooperation, it is necessary to continue working together to expand the range of goods and services supplied, establish direct contacts between the business circles of the two states, and promote goods to the markets of third countries”.

The trade turnover between Kazakhstan and Russia in 2018 amounted to $ 17.6 billion, which is 7.2% higher than the same period of the previous year.

In the context of new measures taken by the Government of Kazakhstan to attract investments, there was an exchange of views on further enhancing investment cooperation between Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation.

“New approaches will create even more comfortable conditions for investors, including for Russian partners,” – A. Mamin said, noting that “the Astana International Financial Center has great prospects for financial integration within the EAEU, attracting foreign investment, development and promotion of capital markets of the Eurasian region”.

A successful example of cooperation was the placement of common shares of the Russian company Polymetal on the AIFC Exchange in April of this year.

The parties noted the role of the Intergovernmental Commission for Cooperation in expanding cooperation in the trade and economic sphere. The next meeting of the IPC is scheduled to be held in Kazakhstan in June of this year.

During the working visit of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Russian Federation, in the presence of the Heads of Government of Kazakhstan A. Mamin and Russia D. Medvedev, an Agreement was signed on cooperation in the implementation of a project for the production of machinery and components for KAMAZ vehicles. The agreement was signed by the Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation A. Morozov, the Deputy Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan A. Yerzhanov, the Director General of PJSC KAMAZ S. Kogogin, the President of the Kazakhstan Auto Business Association A. Lavrentyev, the Chairman of the Board of BRK-Leasing JSC N. Baibazarov, Managing Director of Tobolkz LLP D. Shukizhanova.

The roadmap for the implementation of the project “Organization of production of Kirovets brand tractors and components for them at Agromashholding KZ, JSC” was signed by Chairman of the Board of Directors of Agromashholding KZ JSC, A. Lavrentyev, and Director of the St. Petersburg Tractor Plant S. Serebryakov.

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On April 23, 2019, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Askar Mamin, held a meeting with the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban.

The discussion covered issues of further development of trade and economic, investment cooperation, increasing the volume of bilateral trade. Prospects for deepening mutually beneficial cooperation in the fields of traditional and alternative energy, the nuclear industry and science, the defense industry, aviation, agriculture, especially exports of Kazakhstan's environmentally friendly products, were considered.

In the opinion of the Heads of Government of the two countries, the current volume of bilateral trade shows that there is a great potential for cooperation.

“We consider Kazakhstan a country that achieves tremendous economic results. We are very pleased with our bilateral contacts, ” – Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said, expressing the hope that working together will allow us to increase the volume, expand the structure of cooperation and implement large-scale projects in the future. “Hungary is still very open in relation to Kazakhstan and is looking for opportunities for economic cooperation.”

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan A. Mamin noted that the built trusting relations between Kazakhstan and Hungary create favorable conditions for the development of economic interaction.

“Hungary is an important trade and economic partner of Kazakhstan. We welcome the further expansion of cooperation between our countries,” – A. Mamin said, inviting Hungarian businessmen to take an active part in the implementation of investment projects in Kazakhstan and jointly look for new forms for developing relations.

The Heads of Government of Kazakhstan and Hungary confirmed their intention to increase mutual trade and investment cooperation between the two countries. The upcoming meeting of the Kazakh-Hungarian Strategic Council, which will be held on April 29 of this year in the city of Nur-Sultan with the participation of 100 Hungarian businessmen, will determine the new tools for further increasing the volume and expanding the structure of trade.

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Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin held a meeting with the Minister of State for Europe and the Americas at the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Alan Duncan.

The discussion focused on topical issues and prospects for the further development of bilateral trade, economic and investment cooperation.

As A. Duncan noted, Kazakhstan has all the opportunities for doing business and the necessary conditions have been created to attract foreign investment. Against the background of the UK’s exit from the European Union, A. Duncan assured that the continuity of key provisions in trade and economic relations between Kazakhstan and the United Kingdom would be ensured.

“Kazakhstan and the UK have a huge potential for building up bilateral cooperation that needs to be used effectively,” – Prime Minister A. Mamin said.

More than 850 legal entities, branches and representative offices with British involvement are registered in the Republic of Kazakhstan, among them Royal Dutch Shell, Ernst & Young and others. In order to further increase the interaction of business structures, in October of this year, another Kazakh-British investment forum will be held in London, which will attract new interested representatives of large British businesses.

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The Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Askar Mamin, has chaired a meeting of the Board of Directors of Samruk-Kazyna National Welfare Fund JSC.

The discussion covered issues of implementation and adjustment of the comprehensive privatization plan for 2016-2020. During the meeting, a report on the Fund’s risk management policy was heard and measures to further improve the internal control system were approved. In addition, the results of the Foundation’s charity work were summed up, and a number of procedural issues were resolved.

A decision was made to transfer to the municipal property of Akimats of the respective regional centers - JSC Atyrau International Airport, JSC Aktobe International Airport and JSC Pavlodar Airport. This decision was made taking into account the need to ensure transport accessibility and mobility of the population, as well as the social importance of airports for the development of regions.

It was noted that revenues from the core activities of the Group of Companies of the Fund increased by 35% in 2018. Net profit increased by 2 times compared with the figures for 2017. Positive production financial results allowed the Fund to continue and expand the implementation of social programs in the field of health care, healthy lifestyle, medicine, education and charity.

During the meeting, the Annual Report on the implementation of the Fund’s charity program for 2018 was reviewed. The charity operator on behalf of the Fund is the Samruk-Kazyna Trust Corporate Fund. In 2018, the Corporate Fund supported 32 charity projects worth more than 5.5 billion tenge, covering more than 250 000 people. The areas cover the following categories: assistance to people, communities in the social and medical sectors, development of the media, cultural community, human potential, strengthening labor relations and investments in the sustainable development of society, as well as the implementation of a regional program of social investments in the regions of the Fund's presence.

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The Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Askar Mamin, held a meeting with the Director General of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, Alexey Likhachev.

The discussion covered a wide range of issues of cooperation in the nuclear field. The interlocutors discussed current issues of the development of projects for the extraction and enrichment of uranium at Kazakh-Russian enterprises.

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Today in Ukimet Uyi, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Askar Mamin, and the Chairman of the National Bank of Kazakhstan, Erbolat Dossaev, signed an Agreement on the Coordination of Macroeconomic Policy Measures for 2019

According to the signed document, “the growth of welfare and the standard of living of the population is the main goal of the state’s economic policy.” In this regard, the achievement of this goal requires concerted actions by the Government and the National Bank to conduct effective macroeconomic policies.

Directed to implement the Address of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Yelbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev dated October 5, 2018, as well as the instructions given at the enlarged meeting of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on January 30, 2019, close coordination and joint measures are important conditions for improving the overall macroeconomic policy of the state and contribute to the achievement of the goals of the Strategic Development Plan of the Republic of Kazakhstan until 2025.

Thus, through the signed Agreement the Government and the National Bank defined the following tasks:

Balanced fiscal policy

Effective monetary policy and measures to control inflation

Ensuring the stability of the foreign exchange market

Attracting investment and the availability of funding for the economy

Development of the government securities market

Implementation of state programs of financial support for the development of the economy

Improvement of real sector enterprises

Stability of the financial system

Reducing the shadow economy and the development of non-cash payments

Consumer protection and improving financial literacy

The Government will pursue a stable and predictable fiscal policy aimed at ensuring macroeconomic stability, reducing the dependence of budget expenditures on oil prices, and increasing the efficiency and stability of government spending. At the same time, “in the field of social policy, all budget initiatives aimed at increasing the real incomes of the population will be fully implemented”.

In the direction “implementation of state programs of financial support for economic development”, the Government and the National Bank of Kazakhstan will work together to increase the effectiveness of state support measures for the real sector, taking into account the number and scale of state programs for financing real sector enterprises.

“The Government and the National Bank will continue the implementation of the Nurly Zher and 7-20-25 housing programs. The Government will take measures to increase the supply of affordable housing. The National Bank will continue financing the 7-20-25 program. Measures for the balanced implementation of the two housing programs will provide affordable housing for various segments of the population, involving both budgetary and private sources of financing,” – the text of the Agreement states.

The implementation of the Agreement will ensure the achievement of the following indicators:

- Attracting investment in fixed assets at a level of 16.8% of GDP in 2019 and more than 30% of GDP per year by 2025;

- Bringing the share of small and medium-sized businesses to 28.2% of GDP in 2019 and 35% of GDP by 2025;

- Reduction of the share of the shadow economy by 40% over three years.

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At the Government meeting, the progress of the implementation of the Nurly Zher and 7-20-25 programs was reviewed. Presentations were delivered by the Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development R. Sklyar, Chairman of the Board of the Mortgage Organization "Baspana" K. Altynbekov, as well as Akims of Pavlodar and West Kazakhstan regions, where there is underachievement of indicators of the State Program.

“The programs Nurly Zher and 7-20-25 are the basis of the policy of the Head of State to improve the living conditions of the population,” –the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan A. Mamin said, indicating the need to take action in the following areas.

First. Further development of housing construction.

“This year we have to commission 13.1 million square meters. Akims and relevant government agencies need to accelerate the pace of work on the allocation of land, infrastructure and utilities infrastructure, as well as support for investment housing programs,” – said A. Mamin said.

At the same time, in accordance with the instructions of the Head of State, it is necessary to observe a single architectural style in individual housing construction. This order, as the Prime Minister noted, is being carried out only in three regions: Aktobe, North Kazakhstan and Kostanay regions. In other regions, work is just beginning. In this regard, it is entrusted to intensify work in this direction.

Second. Amendments to the Nurly Zher State Program in accordance with the instructions of the Head of State.

As part of the implementation of the President’s social support measures, about 6 thousand needy large families will be provided with housing in the span of 5 years.

“From May 1, we will start the distribution of apartments to the needy, 22.5 thousand families will receive housing through a housing loan through the House Construction Savings Bank,” – A. Mamin said.

It is noted that this mechanism will be launched after making amendments to legislative acts.

Third. Increase in local content in construction up to 90%.

At an enlarged meeting of the Government, the Head of State set a goal to increase local content. Production of building materials is one of the special areas of the program of the Economy of simple things, for the implementation of which an amount of 600 billion tenge has been allocated.

“For this purpose, concessional lending and state support measures are provided. It is necessary to develop new projects,” – the Prime Minister stressed. “The use of local products has a multiplicative effect on related sectors of the economy, creating jobs.”

For example, large-scale construction is underway in the city of Turkestan, where, as noted by A. Mamin, projects for the production of building materials should be implemented. In general, it was entrusted to create similar production in all regions.

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By the Decree of the Government, Yermek Alpysov was appointed to the post of Deputy Minister of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Y. Alpysov was born in 1971 in the North Kazakhstan region. He graduated from the Abay Almaty State University, I. Zhansugurov Zhetysu State University.

He began his career in 1993. Over the years, he worked in the commercial sector.

In 2004–2008 - Deputy Akim of Aksu district of Almaty region. In 2008–2012 - Deputy Mayor of Taldykorgan. In 2012–2015 he served as Akim of the city Taldykorgan.

From 2015 to 2017 - State Inspector of the Department of State Control and Organizational-Territorial Work of the Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

From 2017 to the present, he held the position of Deputy Head of the Department of State Control and Organizational-Territorial Work of the Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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By Government Decree, Aidarbek Saparov was appointed to the post of First Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

A. Saparov was born in 1966 in the village of Krasnoe, Bulaevsky district of North Kazakhstan region. He graduated from the Omsk Agricultural Institute, M. Kozybayev North Kazakhstan State University.

He began his career in 1984 at the Kalinin state farm. Over the years, he worked in the private sector. In 2003–2006 - Deputy Director, First Deputy Director of the North Kazakhstan regional representative office of Prodcorporation JSC. In 2006 - Head of the Regional Territorial Inspectorate of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan in North Kazakhstan Region. In 2006–2008 - Akim of the Shal Akyna district, North Kazakhstan region. From March 2008 to April 2010 - Akim of the Magzhan Zhumabayev district, North Kazakhstan region. From April 2010 to September 2011 - Deputy Akim of the North Kazakhstan region on agriculture. From September 2011 to the present, he served as First Deputy Akim of North Kazakhstan region.

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A meeting of the Government will be held in Ukimet Uyi on Tuesday, March 19, at 09:00.

On the agenda:

- The implementation of the state housing program “Nurly Zher” and the program “7–20–25”;

- Labor regulation measures.

Following the meeting, a press conference will be held at the press center of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan with the participation of Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan R. Sklyar, Chairman of the Committee for Construction and Housing and Communal Services of the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan M. Zhayymbetov and Chairman of the Board of Zhilstroysberbank of Kazakhstan JSC L. Ibragimova.

Live broadcast will be available on the website PrimeMinister.kz and on Facebook, VKontakte, Twitter, Periscope and Odnoklassniki social networks, on the official YouTube channel, as well as via mobile apps for Android and iPhone.

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