Alikhan Smailov gives instructions for development of Karaganda region

The Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov held a meeting on the integrated socio-economic development of the Karaganda region when he was in the region on a working trip.

Akim of the region Zhenis Kassymbek, Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development Kairbek Uskenbayev, Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources Serikkali Brekeshev, Minister of Digital Development, Innovations and Aerospace Industry Bagdat Mussin, First Vice Minister of Labor and Social Protection of the Population Akmadi Sarbassov, First Vice Minister of Education Sholpan Karinova presented their reports at the meeting.

The Prime Minister stressed that recently in the Karaganda region, emergency situations related to fires and accidents on the water, as well as accidents at industrial enterprises, have become more frequent.

“The Ministry of Emergency Situations, together with the regional akimat, needs to take all necessary measures to ensure an adequate level of security in the region,” Alikhan Smailov instructed.

The Head of Government recalled that over 176 billion tenge was provided for the development of the Karaganda region in 2022. At the same time, more than 48 billion tenge was allocated to the region as part of the refinement of the republican budget.

“These expenses are aimed at the development of engineering infrastructure, support for the agro-industrial complex and the social needs of the region. The Akimat needs to ensure the targeted and effective use of these funds to achieve high-quality results in all the areas mentioned,” the Prime Minister said.

At the same time, Alikhan Smailov recalled the need to carry out systematic work to prevent unjustified increases in food prices.
In this regard, the head of the Government instructed to strengthen control over trade margins and actively use available market mechanisms, including the "turnaround scheme", direct contracts with farmers in the southern regions and neighboring countries, as well as forward contracts for the supply of agricultural products.

The Prime Minister stressed that diversification of the region's economy is also an urgent issue.

To this end, it is planned to complete 12 projects worth about 222 billion tenge this year through private investment. Also at the design stage, another 34 projects worth over 874 billion tenge.

“These projects are being implemented in such sectors as agro-industrial complex, mechanical engineering, metallurgy, energy, construction industry and paper industry. The akimat of the region needs to launch them on time, as well as ensure the high-quality study of new projects,” said Alikhan Smailov.

Following the meeting, the Prime Minister gave a number of instructions to state bodies and the akimat: to increase the share of roads in the normative state, complete the development of design and estimate documentation for the reconstruction of the Zhezkazgan-Karaganda section of the highway and gradually begin construction and installation work, as well as make proposals for the completion of the construction of backbone networks of heat supply of residential areas in Karaganda.

The Ministry of Labor, together with the Atameken Chamber and the Federation of Trade Unions, was instructed to develop a unified position regarding the establishment of the maximum threshold for employee guilt in the application of mixed liability and to develop approaches to improve legislation on accidents.

The Akimat of the Karaganda region, together with the Ministry of Education, was instructed to ensure the commissioning of 14 kindergartens by the end of 2022 with the placement of a state order for preschool education.

“By joint efforts, we must give a new impetus to the development of the Karaganda region. The growth of the well-being of citizens and the improvement of the quality of life in general depend on this,” Alikhan Smailov concluded.

In Karaganda, the Prime Minister also visited the Terrikon Valley IT-Hub, which provides training for digital specialists in various fields.

“Today, the state provides many preferences for IT companies and conducts various business incubation programs. These are important steps towards the formation of an ecosystem of technological entrepreneurship in the country, including among young people. This work needs to be continued in all regions together with private partners,” the Head of Government said.

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