As part of his working visit to Almaty, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev visited the Almatygenplan Research Institute, where he familiarized himself with plans for the further development of the southern capital.

During the inspection of the new building of the Institute, commissioned in November of this year, the Prime Minister got acquainted with the work of the situational center. Following the example of New York, Singapore, London, a Big Data Platform was created for efficient city management. In other words, this is the future think tank of the city of Almaty. In the situational center, 10 urban and National systems are already integrated. Within two years it is planned to integrate 27 systems and databases. The system contains data on car traffic in the city, the daily volume of passenger traffic of public transport, data on the workload of schools and kindergartens. There is ongoing analysis of the crime situation, monitoring of budget execution.

Akim of the city B. Baibek reported that more than 1000 development indicators are being analyzed in real time. Based on the analysis of Big Data, a long-term predictive modeling of various urban indicators is built: the efficiency of the Almaty economy, the size and composition of the population, the influence of indirect factors on socio-economic development. Various megalopolis management models are being developed that fit into specific management decisions.

In addition, the Prime Minister inspected the digital 3D holographic layout of Almaty and public reception Open Almaty, formed to provide services to the public on various issues. Representatives of all district Akimats, housing, employment and social protection departments, passenger transport, natural resources and architecture, city prosecutor's office, police, state revenue department, EMER, PSC, National Chamber of Entrepreneurs, mediators provide services in the front office of the public reception.

On the territory of the institute, there was also a presentation of driver projects implemented in the framework of the President’s Address “New Development Opportunities in the Conditions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution”. Thus, since the beginning of 2018, the initiative “50 drivers of Almaty development” has been launched via the project principle, designed to ensure further growth of the economy and drastically change the face of the city.

As the Deputy Akim of Almaty, S. Makezhanov noted, to date, 18 out of 50 projects worth 124 billion tenge have been implemented. The largest number of projects are implemented in the social sector - 30%, in the field of transport - 25%, energy and landscaping, 10% each. Along with this, the Digital Kazakhstan program is being actively implemented in the city. A technology hub was created in Almaty, where 40 companies operating in the field of online trading, automated logistics, software development, and blockchain technologies are represented. Today, the city’s share in the production of IT products is 50%. Within the framework of SmartCity, systemic digital projects are being implemented in the areas of security, monitoring of mudflow activity, public transport, education and healthcare.

Today, as part of his working visit to Almaty, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev visited a number of infrastructure facilities in order to get acquainted with the development of the tourism potential of the city: the Almaty-2 railway station and the Visit Almaty tourist hub. It also hosted the presentation of the new Carsharing service.

During his visit to the new tourist hub Visit Almaty, which opened in the Baluan Sholak Palace of Sports in November of this year, the Prime Minister was told that every tourist can get all the necessary information in the consulting center: maps, guides, atlases of mountain routes, brochures of tour operators, announcements of cultural events, etc. In addition, consultants are called upon to assist in solving various problems - from emergency, law-related and health, to logistics, for example, “where to eat and how to get to Kok-tobe”. Over 11 months, more than 25.2 thousand tourists received a consultation at the center.

B. Sagintayev examined the tourist information center. At the yurt-photozone, the Director of the Qazaq Oner artisans center A. Zhanserikova presented a yurt and noted the good location of the hub. Here projects are being implemented to promote tourism potential, an analysis of the competitiveness of the region and the development of tourism is carried out. On the territory of the center there are seven educational zones, decorated in the national style, there is a co-working platform for tourists.

Deputy Akim of the city E. Aukenov, in turn, said that thanks to the work being done, the number of tourists in the city this year increased by 11% compared to last year. 43.6% of tourists visited Almaty, almost half of all foreign tourists coming to Kazakhstan. The number of tourists arriving in Almaty in the II quarter of 2018 amounted to 503 thousand people.

One of the projects to increase the tourism attractiveness will be the reconstruction of Almaty-2 railway station, scheduled for 2019–2020. During the site visit, B. Sagintayev was informed that the project envisages the construction of an additional terminal, the second route between Almaty-2 and Almaty-1, underground passages and new passenger platforms for suburban routes. In general, the modernization of the station will increase the effective area of ​​the facility twice.

Here, the Prime Minister was informed about the development of the transport infrastructure of the southern capital, presented the new Carsharing service system. The system allows through the mobile application to issue a per-minute car rental. This service is available to anyone with a driver's license. In Almaty, the service was launched in October of the current year, for the past time the number of registered users of the service exceeds 10 thousand people. B. Sagintayev examined a number of new cars available for service users. In total, more than a hundred new cars have been launched, while the number in 2019 will be 500, and by 2021 there will be a fleet of 1.5 thousand cars in the country. According to the company ‘Anytime’, in March 2019, it is planned to launch the service in Astana, at the end of 2019 - in Shymkent.

According to Almaty Akimat, this year the renewal of the city’s bus fleet will reach 80%. At the expense of private investment, a car park and a plant for the production of third generation electric buses were built. Their further launch on the routes of the city will have a positive effect on the ecological situation in Almaty. Also in Almaty, the first BRT (high-speed public transport) line in Kazakhstan was organized, 110 kilometers of designated lanes for public transport and one-way traffic were introduced on 10 central streets, and a cycle corridor from Orbit to Green Bazaar was formed. Two metro stations are under construction, which will make it possible to connect the center with bedroom districts and the annexed territories of the city.

Today, 97% of all transactions in public transport in Almaty are carried out via non-cash methods. An automated dispatching control system with a GPS system and video cameras on buses was introduced, as well as a system of fines for complaints from passengers when subsidizing carriers. The city has a system of photo and video recording of traffic violations, 709 lanes are monitored, from next year a double increase in posts will begin.

Recall, the Head of State pays special attention to the development of tourism. In the Address to the People of Kazakhstan "New Development Opportunities in the Conditions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution" it is noted that one of the promising sources for any region is the development of inbound and domestic tourism, which today creates every tenth job in the world. In this regard, the Government is carrying out comprehensive work on the development of infrastructure and the removal of barriers in the tourism industry. In 2019, the State Program for the Development of Tourism until 2023 will be developed for the first time. The main indicator of the program will be the increase in the share of tourism relative to GDP to 8%.

Today, on the instructions of the Head of State, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev arrived in Almaty with a working visit in order to get acquainted with the implementation of the President’s Addresses, as well as with the implementation of the planned targets of a number of state programs. Upon arrival at the metropolis, the Prime Minister held a meeting with young scientists from scientific organizations and universities, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

During the conversation, an exchange of views on the current state and prospects for the development of science in Kazakhstan took place. The discussion covered issues of the development of the science management system and the doctoral program, the equipping of higher educational institutions with modern equipment, the improvement of the degree system.

The Head of State declared 2019  the Year of Youth. Opening the meeting, Bakytzhan Sagintayev noted that comprehensive support for young people is becoming a priority of state policy. For the development of science, the best conditions are created, subsidies, benefits and other support measures are provided. At the same time, in turn, young people are expected to give back active and effective returns in all areas of the economy. Young people should take concrete initiatives, offer their knowledge to increase productivity and increase jobs. For example, these are scientific developments in the field of agriculture, aimed at improving the quality of the harvest.

In his Address, the Head of State gave a number of instructions on improving the science management system, which must be implemented in the near future.

The main instructions from the Addresses “New Development Opportunities in the Conditions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution” and “Growth of the Welfare of Kazakhstanis: Increase of Incomes and Quality of Life” on science:

- Within five years, it is necessary to increase expenditures on education, science and health care from all sources up to 10% of GDP;

- Development of university science with a priority on research in metallurgy, petrochemistry, agro-industrial complex, bio-and information technologies;

- The implementation of a phased transition to English applied research;

- The implementation by universities of joint projects with leading foreign universities and research centers, large enterprises and TNCs;

- Private sector co-financing of all applied research and development;

- System policy to support young scientists with the allocation of quotas in the framework of scientific grants.

In order to implement the task of the Head of State to improve the performance of Kazakhstani science, the Government is conducting systematic work to support youth initiatives in Kazakhstan. The main goal is to diversify sources, budget funds should play the role of a “lever” for attracting private funding, including through the inclusion of Kazakhstani scientists in major international scientific projects. The allocation of grants for the commercialization of scientific results on co-financing terms has been launched, the private sector is being attracted. Thus, for the introduction of domestic scientific developments in the framework of 138 projects, about 3.2 billion tenge were attracted from non-state sources. Along with this, scientists together with the business community are implementing a number of projects under the auspices of the Science Foundation and the World Bank.

The meeting also included reports of young scientists who raised relevant issues and voiced proposals for the further development of the industry. Director of the Center for Scientific Research of Almaty Management University Daniyar Sapargaliyev touched upon the issues of improving the system of awarding a degree. Director of the Astana branch of the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Chairman of the National Scientific Council on Energy and Mechanical Engineering, Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Associate Professor M. Zdorovets, in turn, spoke about the current system of science management and measures for its modernization.

Head of the Center for Physical and Chemical Methods of Research and Analysis of the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Candidate of Chemical Sciences, Professor B. Kenessov paid attention to the development of university science and doctoral programs, as well as equipping higher educational institutions with modern equipment. A scientist, teacher at KazNU, E. Doszhanov raised issues of social support for young scientists, in particular, the provision of hostels. The presentation by the Head of the laboratory of the National Center for Biotechnology, Head of the research project, Candidate of Biological Sciences M. Zhabagin covered the development of interdisciplinary sciences. In addition, issues of commercialization of the industry on the example of genomic research were raised.

Doctoral student of Nazarbayev University, Vice-Chairman of the Alliance of Young Scientists B. Abdikenov told the audience about the importance of developing artificial intelligence, in particular about the benefits of using it in the field of health care (personal medicine), education, agriculture (autonomous agricultural machinery). Head of the Department of the Kazakh State Women's Pedagogical University, Candidate of Pedagogic Sciences, Nargiz Baltabayeva spoke about the benefits of courses and trainings for young teachers, and also made a proposal for the introduction of a new tool for training young teachers.

The lecturer of the Center for Postgraduate Education of the Kazakh Research Institute of Oncology and Radiology E. Ishkinin noted that in Kazakhstan it is necessary to develop the practice of internships for young scientists in international laboratories, to develop the scientific potential through learning from foreign scientists.

Head of Laboratory of the Institute of Information and Computing Technologies, Candidate of Technical Sciences, R. Musabayev noted that information and computing technologies are the basis for the development of scientific potential. In turn, the Deputy Director of the branch of the A.H. Margulan Institute of Archeology, Candidate of Historical Sciences, T. Mamirov touched upon the themes of the implementation of the main priorities of the Head of State’s article “The Seven Facets of the Great Steppe”, and also highlighted the importance of further studying the historical and cultural heritage.

Academic Secretary of the Ch. Valikhanov Institute of History and Ethnology, M. Kozybayeva. raised the issue of prospective development of research institutions and grant research, also focusing on the incentive system for young scientists.

Summing up the meeting, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev thanked the participants for the open dialogue and voiced proposals. It was noted that in the matter of the development of science, it is necessary to clearly understand which areas should be further improved, which issues need special attention in order to systematically and dynamically develop scientific activities in Kazakhstan. It was outlined that it is necessary to develop areas where Kazakhstan can establish itself among other states.

According to the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan, in Kazakhstan, 386 organizations were engaged in research and development in 2017, 22 081 people were involved, including 17 205 researchers, including 7733 young scientists under the age of 35 years. In projects and programs approved for funding for 2018–2020, within the framework of grant and program-targeted funding, the proportion of young scientists younger than 35 years old increased to 49.3% of the total number of performers participating in research, which is 1.4 times higher than in the studies of 2015–2017.

The main scientific center of Kazakhstan is Almaty. The number of research workers in the city is 8.8 thousand people - about 40% of all scientists in Kazakhstan. The city accounts for 36.8% of research and development. The number of organizations performing research and development is 131.

During his working visit, the Prime Minister will also visit a number of infrastructure and social facilities, through which he will get acquainted with improvements in the quality of education and training, as well as the development of transport infrastructure in the city, the tourism industry, etc.

Recall that the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan is making a cycle of working visits to the regions on behalf of the Head of State. Bakytzhan Sagintayev has already visited Atyrau, Aktobe, Karaganda, Kostanay, Kyzylorda, Mangystau, Turkestan, West Kazakhstan, North Kazakhstan, Akmola, Pavlodar, East Kazakhstan, Almaty and Zhambyl regions.

Today in Ukimet Uyi, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev chaired a meeting of the Government Council on Investment Attraction.

During the meeting, the discussion covered issues of further improving the investment climate in the country, and a presentation was made of new approaches to a package of legislative changes aimed at improving investment legislation.

The draft law was prepared based on the results of joint discussions and system analysis in the framework of dialogue platforms with investors. The adoption of the proposed approaches will contribute to a significant improvement in the investment attractiveness of the country.

Over the past 13 years (from 2005 - I half of 2018), the gross inflow of direct investments in Kazakhstan amounted to $ 277 billion. In the first half of 2018, the volume of gross FDI showed an increase of 15.4% and amounted to $ 12.3 billion (first half year 2017 - $ 10.5 billion).

For 10 months of this year, the volume of attracted investments in fixed assets amounted to 8.6 trillion tenge, which is 20.8% (or 2.1 trillion tenge) more compared to the same period last year. At the same time, the share of foreign investments amounted to 29.5% (2.5 trillion tenge).

This year, 29 projects were implemented with the participation of foreign investors in the amount of $ 3.45 billion with the creation of 6 thousand jobs, of which 8 projects with the participation of TNCs in the amount of $ 604 million with the creation of 1.3 thousand jobs.

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

The discussion covered the results of the development of sectors of the country's economy in 2018, as well as forecasts and objectives for the next year. In addition, participants discussed measures to further simplify tax and financial reporting forms.

Reports on the development of the oil service market, the construction industry, the engineering industry, as well as the improvement of the tax administration system were delivered by Chairman of the Board of Directors of the CentrAsiaGroup A. Khudaibergen, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the BI Group holding A. Rakhimbayev, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the AllurAuto Group A. Lavrentiev, Partner of PwC company M. Ahern and PwC Tax Director D. Tokmurzina.

The discussion also saw participation of Deputy Prime Minister E. Dossaev, Minister of Energy K. Bozumbayev, First Deputy Minister of Investments and Development R. Sklyar, Head of Centras Group E. Abdrazakov, Director General of the Globalink Logistics Group S. Khan and others.

A regular meeting of the Council on the Transition to Green Economy under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan was held in Ukimet Uyi under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev.

The meeting participants reviewed the implementation of the Action Plan of the Concept for the transition of the Republic of Kazakhstan to a “green economy” for 2013–2020, and approved the schedule of the Council’s work for 2019.

The Minister of Energy K. Bozumbayev reported on the measures taken to further improve the environmental situation and ensure a high-quality transition to a green economy. The discussion saw participation of the Head of the International Center for Green Technologies and Investment Projects R. Zhoshybayev, Chairman of the Board of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan A. Myrzakhmetov, the Executive Director of the Kazakhstan Association of Waste Management KazWaste V. Mustafina, Director of the Scientific and Educational Center “Green Academy: B. Yessekina, Chairman of the Board of the ALE “Coalition for a Green Economy and the Development of G-Global” S. Rakhimbekova, Chairman of the Board of the ALE “The Association of Environmental Organizations of Kazakhstan” A Solovyova.

In addition, the meeting was attended by the Assistant to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan E. Zhamaubayev, Ministers, regional Akims via videoconferencing, as well as Heads of international and domestic non-governmental organizations, among them the Director of the UN Environment Program in Central Asia, O. Atymtayev, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Kazakhstan V. Vremis, Director of the Department for Sustainable Development and Urbanization of UNDP in Kazakhstan R. Zhampiisov.

The main documents defining the current state policy in the field of atmospheric air protection are the Environmental Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Concept on the transition of the Republic of Kazakhstan to a "green economy". The Government is actively working within the framework of the implementation of the paragraphs of the National Plan for the implementation of the Head of State’s Address to the people of Kazakhstan, announced on October 5 of this year.

One of the innovations of the new Environmental Code being developed will be the transition to the principles of best available technologies (BAT), according to which plant operators will have to implement preventive measures to reduce emissions into the atmosphere by improving technological processes in order to reduce the negative impact on the environment.

Today in Ukimet Uyi, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev, on behalf of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N. Nazarbayev presented state awards to civil servants and employees of national companies for their contribution to the socio-economic and cultural development of the country and achievements in public and social activities.

The Order of Barys ІІІ degree was awarded to the Chairman of the Committee on Water Resources of the Ministry of Agriculture I. Abishev. The Order of Parasat was presented to the Chairman of the Board of Kazakhtelecom JSC K. Yessekeyev, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Protection of Population S. Zhakupova, Chairman of the Committee for Construction and Housing and Communal Services of the Ministry of Investments and Development M. Zhaimbetov, freelance Adviser to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan S. Kenesarin. The Order Kurmet was presented to  Executive Secretaries of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs E. Kosherbayev, the Ministry of Healthcare - B. Tokezhanov, the Ministry of Defense and Aerospace Industry - A. Akhmetzhanov, the Ministry of National Economy - A. Zhumabekov, Deputy Minister of Justice Zh. Yeshmagambetov, First Deputy Minister of National Economy R. Dalenov , Deputy Minister of Finance B. Sholpankulov, Deputy Minister of Education and Science B. Assylova, the Chairman of the Committee for Geology and Subsoil Use of the Ministry of Investments and Development A. Nadyrbayev, as well as the Chief Expert of the Press Service of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Sh. Shahay.

During the awards ceremony, Bakytzhan Sagintayev presented the Yeren Yenbegi Ushin medal to Chairman of the Environmental Regulation and Control Committee of the Ministry of Energy A. Primkulov, Chief Inspectors of the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan K. Kalibekov, D. Sapanov, A. Sarsenbina, Divisional Head of the Press Service of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan D. Nakenova and others.

In addition, a number of civil servants were awarded an honorary certificate of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the anniversary medal “Astana 20 zhyl”, the badge “Uzdik Memlekettik Khyzmetshi” and gratitude of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Today in Ukimet Uyi, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev held a meeting with representatives of Genertec Holding (China General Technology Group) headed by chairman of the board Lu Yimin.

The discussion covered prospects for investment cooperation in the development of the automotive industry and innovative technologies.

Earlier, on December 11, 2018, an equity investment agreement was signed in Astana between the largest Kazakhstani automaker, Saryarka AvtoProm LLP, and the transnational Chinese state company for the import and export of vehicles CMC (China National Machinery IMP. & EXP. CORP), a member of Genertec (China General Technology Group), providing for the inflow of capital in the Kazakh car manufacturer (51% of the share). The cooperation will significantly improve the development of the Kazakhstan car industry and improve cooperation in the Eurasian market.

Genertec - (China General Technology (Group) Holding, Ltd.) is a state-owned company, founded in March 1998, the largest service provider, introducing modern equipment and technology, the largest importer and exporter of light industry products, medical products, the largest distributor and service provider of mobile products, as well as an important equipment manufacturer, an international engineering contractor, a manufacturer and supplier of medicines, a supplier of technical and consulting services, and a construction and land agent. CMC (China National Machinery IMP. & EXP. CORP.) Is a major international project designer, contractor for project management services and a service provider in the automotive industry, is part of Genertec.

According to the Ministry of Investments and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, in 2017 the volume of production in the automotive sector amounted to 19 547 vehicles in the amount of 149.7 billion tenge, physical volume index in the sector - 139%. The increase in production compared to 2016 was due to the mass production of passenger cars since the beginning of the current year by 3.2 times, as well as an increase in the production of buses by 81% and special equipment by 52.6%. It should be noted that in 2017, the volume of exported vehicles increased 6 times compared to 2016 (258 units for 1.4 billion tenge) and amounted to 1 548 units worth more than 5 billion tenge.

According to the results of 10 months of 2018, the volume of production in the automotive sector amounted to 25 897 vehicles in the amount of 162.9 billion tenge. There is an increase in the production of passenger cars by 86% (24 155 units), trailers and semi-trailers 2 times (448 units).

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.

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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