Today, a meeting of the Economic Expert Council was held in Ukimet Uyi with the participation of Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev.

The discussion covered the development of public-private partnership in the regions, as well as the economic agenda for 2019.

A package of proposals on the PPP system was delivered by the Chairwoman of the Governing Board of the Association of Taxpayers, Z. Yertlessova. The discussion saw participation of Deputy Prime Minister E. Dossaev, Ministers of National Economy T. Suleimenov, Healthcare - Y. Birtanov, Advisor to the Director General of the JSC “Kazakh Institute of Oil and Gas” Z. Kulekeyev, Chairman of the board of Directors of JSC “Centrans” E. Abdrazakov, Chairman of the Board of NCE Atameken A. Myrzakhmetov, Director of the Public Foundation “Center for Economic Analysis Rakurs” O. Zhandosov, Director of the Oil Gas Project LLP, Z. Akhmetov, Chairman of the Board of Halyk Bank JSC U. Shayakhmetova, Director of the Public Fund “Center for Analysis of Social Problems” M. Makhmutova, Head of the Center “Astana International Scientific Complex” A. Buranbayev and others.

As part of a study on the effective application of the principle of public-private partnership, field meetings were held in the regions with representatives of local executive bodies, the Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Center for Public-Private Partnership JSC, entrepreneurs and experts. Also under the Ministry of National Economy, a Working Group on the Development of PPPs was established, which includes representatives of industry-specific government agencies, experts and business representatives. As a result, proposals were made to improve the situation in this area.

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Today, a regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the National Welfare Fund Samruk-Kazyna JSC was held in Ukimet Uyi under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev.

During the meeting, the results of the Fund’s work for 2018, including the implementation of the Transformation Program, were reviewed, and the Samruk-Kazyna JSC Development Plan for 2019-2023 was approved.

The meeting was addressed by the Fund’s Board Chairman A. Yessimov, Independent Director R. Evans, Co-managing Director for economics and finance - board member E. Zhanadil, Managing Director for Transformation, Privatization and Restructuring N. Rakhmetov, Managing Director - Head of the Directorate for Asset Management A. Satkaliyev, Acting Managing Director for Strategic Development L. Borankhulova and others.

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A meeting of the Council on Export Policy was held today in Ukimet Uyi, chaired by Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev.

The discussion covered issues of strengthening systemic measures of state support of non- resource exports. In particular: approaches for financial and service support of enterprises in order to create new export positions, expand the presence of Kazakhstani goods in “traditional” markets (China, Russia, Uzbekistan, etc.), as well as enter new sales markets.

A report on the agenda was delivered by the Minister of Investments and Development, Zh. Kassymbek. The discussion saw participation of First Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan A. Mamin, Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Agriculture U. Shukeyev, Ministers of National Economy T. Suleimenov, Finance – A. Smailov, Chairman of the Board of Baiterek Holding A. Arifkhanov, Chairman of the Board of KazakhExport JSC R. Iskakov, Deputy Chairman of NCE Atameken E. Zhumagaziyev.

According to the Ministry of Investments and Development, since 2013, the share of exports of the processing industry in total exports increased by 9% (from 23% to 32%). In the first 9 months of this year, products amounting to $ 44.5 billion were exported (figures for January-September 2017 - $ 34.5 billion). In general, the export basket consists of 800 commodity items. Today, Kazakhstani products are exported to 123 countries of the world.

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Today’s Government meeting covered the results of the country's socio-economic development and the execution of the state budget for 11 months of the year. Having heard the reports of the heads of Ministries and regional Akims, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev gave a number of instructions.

The Prime Minister stated that the results for 11 months show a positive growth. The Government continues to work on the implementation of the instructions of the Head of State. Good results were indicated in the transport sector and trade. At the same time, it was entrusted to pay special attention to communication and construction sectors, which should give an additional impetus to industrial development. All the opportunities for implementing the instructions of the Head of State to ensure GDP growth of 4% for the year are available.

On the issue of budget execution, according to the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan, all the necessary conditions for the utilization of the National budget have been created. At the end of the year, budget expenditures will be executed at 99.6%, in the regional context – 1.8 billion tenge may not be spent. However, as the Akims of regions and cities of National significance reported during the meeting, full utilization of budget funds is possible.

Prime Minister B. Sagintayev noted that the order of the Head of State should be carried out. At the next meeting of the Government, this issue will be considered, as well as the results of the work of the central state bodies and Akimats on the implementation of the designated tasks.

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Today at the meeting of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Minister of Energy K. Bozumbayev reported on the development of the fuel and energy industry for 11 months of 2018.

According to the Ministry of Energy, for 11 months of 2018, the main indicators of the fuel and energy industry show a positive growth trend.

The volume of oil and condensate production amounted to about 82.4 million tonnes, showing an increase of 4.9% compared to the corresponding period of 2017. As K. Bozumbayev noted, oil production in three large projects amounted to 49 million tonnes, including 12 million tonnes at the Kashagan field, 25.9 million tonnes at Tengiz, and 11.1 million tonnes at Karachaganak. Oil exports amounted to 66 million tonnes of oil, which is 3.8% more than in the same period of 2017

“The volume of oil refining amounted to about 15 million tonnes of oil, showing an increase of 8.6% compared to the same period of 2017, and 2.4% higher than the plan for 11 months of this year. The volume of production of petroleum products (aviation kerosene, diesel fuel, fuel oil, gasoline) amounted to 10.6 million tonnes, showing an increase of 9.3% over the same period in 2017 and 3.9% of the plan for 11 months of this year,” – Minister of Energy K. Bozumbayev reported.

In general, according to the Minister, the situation in the oil products market is stable, there is no shortage of fuel. As of December 10 in Kazakhstan, the average retail price for AI-92 gasoline is 154.8 tenge, for inter-seasonal diesel fuel - 193.2 tenge. The amount of fuel residues at the country's oil depots is enough to cover the needs of the domestic market: Аi-92 gasoline reserves – 267.5 thousand tonnes (for 30 days), and diesel fuel - 143.2 thousand tonnes (for 11 days).

“Due to the disparity of retail prices for oil products at gas stations of the country compared to neighboring countries, there is evidence of high consumption of fuel and lubricants by transit transport in the border areas of the country,” – K. Bozumbayev said.

In this regard, in order to prevent a rise in fuel prices in Kazakhstan, as well as to reduce the risk of a shortage of diesel fuel, the Ministry of Energy is working on measures to temporarily ban the export of petroleum products (diesel fuel) outside the borders of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the basis of current legislation that does not contradict the norms EAEU.

The retail price of AI-92 gasoline in Kazakhstan is 154.8 tg/l, in the Russian Federation - 230.5 tg/l, in Uzbekistan - 273 tg/l, in Kyrgyzstan - 234 tg/l. The price of one liter of diesel fuel in Kazakhstan is 193.2 tenge, in the Russian Federation - 246.5 tenge, Kyrgyzstan - 250.8 tenge, in Uzbekistan - 208 tenge.

Gas production amounted to 50.5 billion m³, showing an increase of 4.8% compared with January-November 2017, or 6.1% more than the plan for 11 months of this year. Gas exports amounted to 17.9 billion m³, which is more than in the same period in 2017 by 14%.

According to the Ministry of Energy, 2.8 million tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas was produced, which is 7.3% more compared to the same period of 2017. Production of petroleum bitumen amounted to 809 thousand tonnes, which is 147% compared to the same period of 2017 and 108% of the plan for 2018.

Electricity generation amounted to 96.7 billion kWh, which is 4.8% more compared to the same period in 2017.

The volume of uranium mining amounted to 19.6 thousand tonnes (the plan for 11 months is 19.4 thousand tonnes, the plan for 2018 is 21.6 thousand tonnes), which is 93% compared to the corresponding period of 2017, and 100.8% to plan for 11 months of this year.

“The fuel and energy industry continues its dynamic development. Achievement of the main targets is being constantly monitored by the Ministry,” – Minister K. Bozumbayev summed up.

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Today at the meeting of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, First Deputy Minister of Agriculture A. Yevniyev reported on the results of the development of the agricultural sector for 11 months of 2018.

According to the voiced data, agriculture is showing good growth rates. According to A. Yevniyev, for 11 months of this year, agricultural output increased by 2.9%. The main driver of growth was livestock breeding. Growth in this industry was 3.9% compared to 2.3% in crop production.

In the current year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, 22.8 million tons of grain were harvested at a yield of 15.1 c/ha.

Production of meat in live weight increased by 4.3%, milk - by 3.3%, eggs - by 10.6%.

“Food production over the period increased by 1.7%,” – First Deputy Minister of Agriculture A. Yevniyev reported, while noting that in a number of regions the volume of food and beverage production is decreasing. One of the reasons for the decline in production, according to Akimats, is a decrease in public demand for soft drinks.

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At the meeting of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Minister of Investments and Development Zh. Kassymbek reported on the results of the socio-economic development of industries, construction and transport sectors for 11 months of this year.

According to Zh. Kassymbek, at the end of 11 months the volume of industrial production was 104.5% (plan – 103.3%), including 104.7% in the mining industry, 104.9% in the processing industry. Positive volumes industrial production are maintained in 14 regions.

According to the Minister, in the mining sector, iron ore production increased by 7.3% due to an increase in production at SSGPO. The production of non-ferrous ores increased by 3.9%.

“In the manufacturing industry, there is growth and achievement of annual targets in the sectors: engineering – 15.7%, leather products - 8.1%, chemical industry - 7.2%, paper - 5.1%, rubber and plastic products – 2.9%, furniture production – 2.4%,” Zh. Kassymbek reported.

With regards to the transport complex, according to the data of the Ministry of Investments and Development, the volume index for 11 months was 104.6%. Zh. Kassymbek noted that the planned annual figure will be achieved by increasing the volume of transit container shipments and increasing gas exports to China.

The physical volume index for construction was 103.9%, the planned figure was achieved (the plan was 103.6%). Positive growth is observed in 13 regions. At the same time, according to the Minister, a number of regions need to increase the growth rate of construction work in order to fulfill the annual plan.

“In general, the annual target for construction (103.6%) is expected to be achieved through the volume of construction and assembly work in Atyrau region for the amount of over 600 billion tenge, Astana for 530 billion tenge and Almaty for 340 billion tenge. It should be noted that the growth rate of the construction work is also influenced by quarterly submission of reports by small business entities, due to which a high indicator is achieved by the end of each quarter,” - Zh. Kassymbek said.

Reporting on the development of housing construction, the Minister said that according to the results for 11 months, 11 million m² of housing was commissioned, which is 114.3% compared to the same period in 2017.

“In total, 96 761 dwellings were commissioned in the Republic, including 37 026 individual houses. Compared to last year, an increase in the volume of housing commissioning persists in 16 regions of the country,” - Zh. Kassymbek concluded, stating that in general, by the end of 2018, it is planned to achieve IFO target values ​​for all major sectors supervised by the Ministry of Investments and Development.

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At the Government meeting chaired by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Minister of Finance A. Smailov, as well as heads of a number of Ministries and Akims of the regions reported on the state budget execution for 11 months of 2018.

Reporting on the state budget for 11 months of this year, Minister of Finance A. Smailov reported that the plan for state budget revenues (excluding transfers) was exceeded by 102.6%. The budget received 7.38 trillion tenge. This is 232 billion tenge more than in 2017. The revenues of the National budget were executed at 102.1%, local budgets - 104%.

The Minister of Finance noted that as a result of carrying out measures for the utilization of budget funds, the pace of implementation has improved compared with 11 months of 2017. State budget expenditures were executed at 98%, the National budget — 98.6%, and local budgets — 98.2%.

According to the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the National budget received 5.3 trillion tenge, which exceeds the annual plan for 2017. At the same time, annual plans for export customs duty on crude oil and mineral extraction taxes have already been exceeded by 109 billion tenge and 38 billion tenge.

The growth rate of revenues amounted to 120%, which is 873 billion tenge more than in the same period last year. This increase was formed mainly due to tax revenues.

“The tax increase was influenced, firstly, by an increase in the production of goods and services in certain sectors of the economy. Secondly, the rise in prices for major exports and the rise in the average price of oil and the US dollar exchange rate. Thirdly, the improvement of tax and customs administration,” – A. Smailov said, stressing that, given the monthly dynamics of income, including taxes, the net budget revenues are expected to be 103% complete by the end of the year.

Expenditures of the National budget for 11 months of this year amounted to 8.7 trillion tenge, or 98.6%. According to the results of the year, according to the Ministry of Finance, expenditure performance of the National budget is expected at the level of 99.6%.

|During the reporting period, the regions received targeted transfers in the amount of 698 billion tenge. At the local level, 668 billion tenge was utilized, or 95.6%. Non-fulfillment amounted to 30 billion tenge. Of these, 2 billion tenge – savings. Uncommitted funds – 28 billion tenge. This is 34 billion tenge less than for 11 months of last year,” – A. Smailov reported.

the a recent budget adjustment, targeted transfers were reduced by 8 billion tenge, 1.8 billion tenge were redistributed between regions. The Minister of Finance indicated that all the conditions had been created for the full utilization of the allocated funds by local executive bodies.

Reporting on the monitoring of the use of budget funds A. Smailov said that the issue is being constantly monitored. Over 11 months, 2887 audits were carried out. 1.5 trillion tenge of budget funds was covered. Financial irregularities in the amount of 155 billion tenge were determined. This is 60% lower than in the same period of 2017. Of these, 134 billion tenge was eliminated by performing work, providing services, supplying goods, reimbursing the budget and reflecting it in budget accounting. 2243 recommendations were sent to audited entities. Of these, 1395 were fulfilled.

In conclusion, A. Smailov noted that all administrators were recommended to approve preliminary plans for public procurement and start announcing relevant tenders for the 2019 budget. According to the latest data from the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the public procurement portal announced purchases totaling 5 trillion tenge. Of these, through public tender – 3.4 trillion tenge.

“This work is monitored by the Ministry of Finance. According to the results for the reporting period, we can say that by the end of the year, the revenues of the National budget will be fulfilled at 103%, expenses – 99.6%,” – A. Smailov said, stating that the cash balance crossing over to the next fiscal year in the amount of about 200 billion tenge, will allow timely and continuously financing the expenditures of the new fiscal year.

During the meeting, reports on measures taken to ensure the full utilization of allocated funds in the regions were delivered by Akims of Mangystau regions – Y. Tugzhanov, Turkestan region — Zh. Tuimebayev, Kyzylorda region — K. Kusherbayev, Astana Akim — B. Sultanov, and First Deputy Akim of Almaty region — L. Turlashov, Deputy Akim of Karaganda region — S. Shaydarov. Reports on the ongoing work to fully apply allocated funds by the end of the year were delivered by Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Agriculture U. Shukeyev, Ministers of Defence – N. Yermekbayev, Internal Affairs – K. Kassymov, Education and Science – Y. Sagadiyev, Culture and sport – A. Mukhamediuly.

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Today, at the meeting of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Minister of National Economy T. Suleimenov and Chairman of the National Bank D. Akishev reported on the results of the country's socio-economic development for 11 months of this year.

Reporting on the state of the economy, Minister of National Economy T. Suleimenov noted that GDP growth for three months remained at a steady 4.1%.

“The main drivers of economic growth were high investment and consumer demand, as well as manufacturing activity in the basic sectors of the economy. Investments in fixed assets continue to play a key role in the growth of the economy. Over 11 months, their volumes increased by 18.3%,” – T. Suleimenov reported.

According to the Ministry of National Economy, the expansion of manufacturing activity in industry and agriculture has had a positive impact on the transport sector. Also, trade increased due to low inflation and growth of incomes of the population. In general, the service sector provided a growth of 4% and contributed 2.3 pp to GDP growth.

Foreign trade keeps the pace of steady growth. Growth for 9 months amounted to 21.6%. Exports increased by 28.2%. This is mainly due to the increased supply of petroleum, agricultural products, petroleum gases, aluminum and copper ores.

“The situation on the labor market is stable. From the beginning of the year, 468.6 thousand people were employed (as of November 1). Wages are growing dynamically. In January-October, the average monthly salary increased to 159.5 thousand tenge. According to estimates, it grew by 2.2% in real terms,” – Minister of National Economy T. Suleimenov reported, noting that real incomes increased in January-June in 13 regions of the country.

In general, against the background of a slowdown in inflation, according to the Ministry of National Economy, real money incomes by the end of the current year will remain in the positive zone.

At the same time, T. Suleimenov noted that in connection with the upcoming holidays, consumer demand will grow, respectively, there will be an increase in trade, which will positively affect the GDP.

The Chairman of the National Bank, D. Akishev, in turn, reported that the inflation rate in November was 0.9%. Annual inflation remained at the level of October and amounted to 5.3%. This, according to the NBK, is the lowest annual inflation rate since 2015. It is expected that by the end of the year inflation will be in the target corridor of 5-7%. It was noted that on December 5th of this year, the National Bank decided to keep the base rate at 9.25%. This decision will increase the demand for tenge and assets.

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A meeting of the Government will be held in Ukimet Uyi on Tuesday, December 11, at 10:00.

On the agenda:

- The results of socio-economic development and execution of the National Budget for 11 months of 2018

- The progress of privatization.

Following the meeting, a press conference will be held at the press center of the Government with the participation of the Ministers of National Economy Timur Suleimenov, Finance – Alikhan Smailov.

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

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