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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Today in Ukimet Uyi, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev chaired a meeting of the National Commission on the transition of the Kazakh language into the Latin script.

The discussion covered issues of the spelling of the new Kazakh alphabet based on Latin script and placement on keyboards of computer systems.

The keynote addresses at the meeting were made by the Ministers of Culture and Sports A. Mukhamediuly, Information and Communication - D. Abayev, Deputy Minister of Education and Science A. Aymagambetov, Executive Director of the Sh. Shayakhmetov National Scientific and Practical Center “Tіl-Kazyna”, E. Tleshov.

The discussion saw participation of Deputy of the Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan M. Baktiaruly, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan E. Dossaev, as well as the Rector of Eurasian National University, E. Sydykov, doctor of Philological sciences, professor, Head of the Foreign Languages ​​Department of the Kazakh National University T. Ayapova, Director of the Institute of Linguistics E. Kazhybek, candidate of Philological sciences, Head of the Department of Culture and Speech of the Institute of Linguistics N. Amirzhanova, Chief Researcher of the Institute of Linguistics A. Zhunisbek and others.

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Today in Ukimet Uyi, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev held a meeting with representatives of the Indian company Oberoi, headed by Managing Director for Development Arjun Oberoi.

The discussion covered prospects for cooperation with the company in the field of tourism. In particular, issues of implementation in Kazakhstan of joint investment projects for the construction and operation of a network of hotel complexes were considered.

The Oberoi Group, founded in 1934, operates 32 hotels, two Nile cruisers and a motorized vessel in the backwaters of Kerala. The group is represented in six countries. The company is engaged in servicing flights, restaurants at airports, travel services, car rental, project management and corporate charters. Oberoi is committed to using best environmental practices in technology, equipment and manufacturing processes. Recognizing the importance of quality training in the field of hotel management, the Oberoi Group founded the Oberoi Learning and Development Center in New Delhi in 1966. Today this institution is one of the best in Asia and releases about 100 graduates annually.

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The progress of the implementation of the State program for the development of the agro-industrial complex of the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2017–2021 was reviewed today at the Government meeting chaired by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev.

The Head of State tasked the agro-industrial complex to increase labor productivity and export of processed agricultural products within five years by least 2.5 times. Taking into account the tasks set in July of this year, the Government updated the AIC Development State Program until 2021.

First Deputy Minister of Agriculture A. Yevniyev reported on the progress in implementing the updated state program. It should be noted that the implementation of the state program is for the first time managed in pilot mode using the project-based approach. For this purpose, a full-fledged project office has been created, which conducts operational control and spot monitoring of projects throughout their entire life cycle. The entire state program, in accordance with the standards of project management, has been decomposed into 10 sectoral, 14 regional programs, and other government agencies were involved in the development of 10 related subprogrammes on the development of the agro-industrial complex and rural areas.

A. Yevniyev reported on the progress of the sectoral programs. The sectoral program for the development of animal husbandry has been implemented since the second half of this year and is based on small and medium-sized farms. For its implementation, a special preferential loan product “Sybagha” has been launched.

“This year the plan has already been exceeded, despite the fact that we began its implementation only from the second half of the year. To date, over 600 farmers have received loans. The annual plan for the purchase of cattle by farms is 50 thousand heads. Over 11 months, applications for more than 67 thousand heads have already been received, loans have been approved and granted for 55 thousand heads. The plan for breed conversion of the broodstock is 1 million heads. Already today, about 977 thousand heads or 98% are involved in the breed transformation,” - A. Yevniyev reported.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, for 11 months of this year, exports of beef amounted to 14.5 thousand tonnes. At the same time, according to A. Yevniyev, by the end of the year the Republic will exceed the planned 15 thousand tonnes of beef.

The sectoral dairy program provides for an increase in milk production over 10 years by 1 million tonnes. Target goals have been defined. Before 2027, it is planned to open 527 new family dairy farms with a capacity of up to 400 heads, 139 industrial CDFs starting from 400 heads.

“This year 15 dairy farms have already been commissioned. Of these – 10 are industrial with a total capacity of 7.4 thousand heads, and 5 family farms. By the end of the year, additional 10 farms are planned to be commissioned with a total capacity of 4.5 thousand heads. As a result of the implementation of the program with the same amount of state support, by increasing its efficiency, the volume of milk production just in organized farms for 10 months amounted to 1.3 million tonnes. For comparison, in 2015 they produced 900 thousand tonnes,” – A. Yevniyev said.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan, it is precisely the organized farms that give the main milk growth. Thus, in 10 months they produced 7.8% more milk than in 2017. And this is real, accounted milk, which was received for processing. At the same time, personal subsidiary farms yielded a growth of only 1.9% over the same period.

As part of the sectoral program for the poultry industry, it is necessary to increase the level of poultry meat production by three times over the next 10 years and thereby ensure import substitution. This year, the Makinsk Poultry Factory project has already been launched with an annual capacity of 60 thousand tonnes. This is the most ambitious project at this stage in the poultry industry.

A. Yevniyev noted that the largest reserve in crop production exists in the development of irrigated agriculture. The state program envisages the involvement of 610 thousand hectares until 2021, including 65 thousand hectares in the current year, of which 42 thousand hectares of irrigated land have been introduced today. The remaining area will be introduced before the end of the year. In general, for the implementation of this task, jointly with the Islamic Development Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, projects are being implemented to restore the irrigation and drainage systems of the irrigated lands in demand on an area of ​​128 thousand hectares amounting to more than 100 billion tenge.

In addition, within the framework of this sectoral program, additional 1.5 million hectares of new irrigated lands are planned to be brought into circulation, bringing the area up to 3.5 million hectares. Thus, the share of irrigated land in the total sown area will be 16%, and the gross output will be at 2.4 trillion tenge. Irrigation farming is not only vegetables and fruits, it is also guaranteed feed for livestock.

As part of the sectoral program for the development of intensive gardening, the task has been set to lay out intensive gardens on an area of ​​47 thousand hectares and thereby ensure import substitution over 10 years. In addition, related areas will be developed: the construction of fruit storage facilities, the creation of nurseries and laboratories for the production of virus-free seedlings, the reloading of processing facilities. The main regions where intensive gardens are located are Almaty, Zhambyl and Turkestan regions.

In addition, A. Yevniyev reported on the progress in the implementation of a number of system tasks aimed at providing the agro-industrial complex with the necessary resources. Thus, specific measures are envisaged in order to increase the accessibility of the AIC entities to financing.

First, this year the subsidization of interest rates on loans for fixed assets, as well as the leasing of agricultural equipment and agricultural animals, have been resumed.

“This allowed in just 10 months of this year to lend 2752 units of equipment worth over 50 billion tenge. For comparison, during the entire last year, 2400 vehicles worth 40.2 billion tenge were leased. And this is taking into account the fact that the program was launched in the second half of the current year. In general, in 2018, it is planned to allocate up to 60 billion tenge for leasing programs,” – A. Yevniyev informed.

Second, the approaches to investment subsidies have been changed. Now the share of compensation for investments is equalized on all passports to 25%, with the exception of infrastructure projects for irrigation of pastures, where the percentage of compensation will remain at 80%.

“This gave impetus to the initiation of new investment projects. If last year, 40 large investment projects worth 45.1 billion tenge were approved through KazAgro, from the beginning of the current one - 76 projects worth 104.5 billion tenge,” – the First Deputy Minister of Agriculture said.

Third, in the framework of improving the efficiency of state support, ineffective subsidies are being eliminated, such as, according to A. Yevniyev, per hectare subsidies in crop production, subsidizing of productivity in animal husbandry. According to the results of the reform, of the 54 types of subsidies, 34 will remain, which will be simplified to the maximum and fully automated by the end of the year. This will reduce the time for consideration of applications by an average of 2.5 times and reduce corruption risks. This year, for the first time, the process of issuing subsidies for mineral fertilizers is fully automated.

Work is also continuing to involve financial institutions in financing the agrarian sector by funding them with KazAgro. For two years, the volume of loans in this area increased from 21% to 37%. Since the beginning of this year, the Holding has funded financial institutions for 82.3 billion tenge.

Meanwhile, the loan guarantee system is being improved, thus from 2019 guarantees up to 30% of the loan amount can be obtained by small and medium businesses in priority agricultural areas, as well as those which lack collateral security for development. The relevant rules have been adopted.

In addition, as A. Yevniyev emphasized, work is underway to improve insurance systems in agriculture and credit partnerships, and a new financial instrument is being introduced - the agrarian receipt. To this end, a package of amendments to legislative acts has been formed, which is under consideration in the Mazhilis of Parliament.

In addition, structural changes were carried out this year in the National Agricultural Research and Education Center (NANOTS) in order to promote science, education and dissemination of knowledge to improve the quality of scientific research. The basis for this was the experience of countries which most successfully use innovations in the agro-industrial complex. These are the USA and Brazil, where the main emphasis is placed on the transfer of science to applied tasks and targeted training of scientists.

“This year, program-targeted funding has been increased by 1.8 times from 4.2 billion tenge to 7.6 billion tenge. In addition, since this year, for the first time, business associations have participated in making decisions on the financing of scientific research topics for the next three years. The next step will be the formation of the market demand for research through the introduction of co-financing subsidies. 4.1 billion tenge was allocated for updating the material and technical base of scientific organizations,” – A. Yevniyev said.

As the First Deputy Minister of Agriculture informed, the new knowledge dissemination system will rely on the system of agro-parks and regional centers, which will carry out the agro-maintenance, transfer of the necessary technologies for the farmers of the region and their observance, will use the scientific potential of research institutes and universities to transfer selective knowledge and necessary technological solutions based on regional centers.

“In order to ensure the availability of sales markets and export development, measures are being taken to protect the domestic market and expand foreign markets. The Chinese market is open to many agricultural products (for example - fish products, pedigreed horses, frozen lamb, honey, wheat, wheat bran, soybeans, slaughter horses, rapeseed meal, beef, alfalfa hay, flour, vegetable oil, barley, corn). Due to these measures, in the first nine months, exports of agricultural products to China increased by 42%,” – A. Yevniyev said.

Veterinary requirements for the supply of live sheep, frozen and chilled lamb, beef, and edible eggs are agreed with the Iranian side. This year, the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan plans to harmonize the requirements for live cattle.

Restrictions on the supply of cattle and small ruminants to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as well as meat and meat products, chicken eggs to the UAE, have been lifted. 171 Kazakhstan enterprises are included in the Registers of foreign countries that have the right to export agricultural products. For example, 153 enterprises received the right to export to China various types of agricultural products, 17 fish processing enterprises have permission to export fish products to the European Union.

According to the First Deputy Minister of Agriculture, the International Epizootic Bureau (OIE) filed a dossier on the division of the territory of nine regions free of foot and mouth disease without vaccination into five zones, which will simplify international trade. Negotiations are planned with the veterinary and phytosanitary services of Israel, Kuwait, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, and the European Union countries on the possibility of supplying Kazakhstani agricultural products. As a result, exports of agricultural products for the nine months increased by 28.3%, of which exports of processed products increased by 10%.

As part of the AIC Digitalization program, electronic field maps are being created, which are a key element of precision farming, 24 million hectares of arable land, or 100% of the total sown area, and 24.6 million hectares of pastures or 35% are digitized. By the end of the year it is planned to complete the full digitization of pasture fields.

“With regards to the automation of the subsidization process, out of 15 types of subsidies, 3 subsidies (fertilizers, herbicides, hectares) were launched with full automation of the process. Blockchain technology is used in electronic grain receipts, which made it possible to ensure the security of operations with grain receipts in the amount of 5 million tonnes of grain,” - A. Yevniyev said.

A. Yevniyev also reported that the measures and indications of sectoral programs were cascaded into regional programs. To date, all areas have developed and defended their programs.

“In order to monitor the implementation of the state program in the regions this year, instead of 103 indicators, which were previously monitored in the regions, a rating of regions by 30 indicators has been developed, aimed at encouraging regional leaders to take measures to increase labor productivity,” – A. Yevniyev assured.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, in the country as a whole, there has been an increase in the volume of attracted investments in the fixed capital of agriculture, for 10 months it was 18.4%, and in food production - 34%. Diversification of crop acreage continued in crop farming.

In turn, Chairman of the Board of KazAgro R. Kurmanov said that according to the results for 10 months, the volume of funding of financial organizations amounted to 83 billion tenge, or 30% of the total lending. By the end of the year it is planned to reach the figure of 37%.

“In terms of increasing the level of technical equipment and intensifying production in the agro-industrial complex, 2752 units of equipment worth 50 billion tenge were leased, which is 20% more than in 2017,” – R. Kurmanov said.

Akims of Zhambyl region - A. Myrzakhmetov, Turkestan region - Z. Tuimebayev, Akmola region - M. Murzalin, West Kazakhstan region - A. Kulginov, Mangystau region - E. Tugzhanov also reported on the implementation of the state program in the regions.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture U. Shukeyev said that a new sectoral program for the development of irrigated land is ready, which will be submitted to the Government in December. This program will include issues of subsidizing equipment for greenhouses.

This year, the AIC Development State Program for 2017–2021 was implemented at an intensive pace. And due to the fact that the agro-industrial sector is a fairly extensive field and has many areas, this program provides for the implementation of specific projects. At the level of the Ministry of Agriculture, work is carried out within the framework of project management. As a result, the entire program for the development of the agro-industrial complex should consist of specific projects: at the rural, district, and regional levels.

Summing up the consideration of the issue, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev outlined the positive dynamics of changes in the indicators of the state program, while noting the lag behind the intended results in a number of regions. In this regard, the Ministry of Agriculture, together with the Akimats, is instructed to ensure the achievement of all target indicators and the positive dynamics of the main indicators of the development of the agro-industrial complex before the end of the year.

At the end of the year, the Government will hear reports of regional Akims on the work carried out as part of the project management on agriculture and the digital economy.

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