A regular Government meeting will take place in Ukimet Uyi on Tuesday, May 22, at 10:00.

On the agenda:

• The progress of spring farm work.

• Prevention of forest and steppe fires, as well as preparedness for their elimination.

• Preparations for the UNT.

• Issues of digitalization of the labor and social sectors.

Following the meeting, a press conference will be held at the Government press center with the participation of representatives of the leadership of the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population.

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

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The entire book fund of Kazakhstan will be digitalized, creating a single online library. This was announced by Minister of Culture and Sport of the Republic of Kazakhstan Arystanbek Mukhamediuly at the opening ceremony of the festival “Rukhani Kazyna”.

“The work on the modernization of libraries is already yielding results. Today, the number of libraries with access to the Internet is increasing, the book fund is being updated, and work is being done to digitalize the book fund. We want to work with the Nur Otan Party to transform our libraries into modern Knowledge Centers and modernize them. As a result, we will form a single network of online libraries, the entire book fund of the country will be digitized,” – Arystanbek Mukhamediuly said.

According to him, in seven regions of Kazakhstan: Aktobe, Zhambyl, Pavlodar, Almaty and East Kazakhstan regions new museums will open, as well three new libraries will open in Zhambyl, South-Kazakhstan, and Aktobe regions. In addition, libraries in 15 regions will be updated in accordance with new standards.

Recall, as part of celebrating the Day of Day of Workers of Culture and Art, Astana is hosting the I Festival of organizations and workers of culture and art “Rukhani Kazyna – 2018”.

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The construction of the Saryarka gas main will launch in July this year, following an official ceremony.

“The official start of the construction of the Saryarka main gas pipeline is planned for July this year. The first stage, along the Kyzylorda-Zhezkazgan-Karaganda-Temirtau-Astana route, will be completed by December 2019,” – Minister of Energy Kanat Bozumbayev said during the Government hour in the Majilis.

The Minister recalled that the preliminary cost of the first stage of the project is 267.3 billion tenge. “The working group, which I am chairing, detailed the competence of all concerned parties. Akimats of Karaganda, Akmola regions and Astana have developed roadmaps for the construction of infrastructure, taking into account the timing of the construction of the main gas pipeline and regional networks. The first stage should cover 171 settlements along its route. Thus, the project will increase the pace construction of gas infrastructure, and in the future will cover entire Kazakhstan,” – the Minister told the Deputies.

Kanat Bozumbaev informed that the level of available gas infrastructure in the country today is 47.38%, 1320 settlements have access to gas. In the framework of transfers, about 13 billion tenge is allocated for the development of regions from the national budget. However, due to technical limitations, out of the 16 regions, the regions of the central and northern parts of the country remained outside the scheme for the construction of gas infrastructure. Thanks to the fifth social initiative of the Head of State, the issue of setting up gas infrastructure in the city of Astana, Karaganda and parts of the Akmola region will be resolved.

Recall, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev announced the decision to build a gas pipeline to Astana from Kyzylorda region in March this year, presenting five social initiatives at a joint session of the chambers of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

“We will implement the project to build a gas main along the route Karaozek in the Kyzylorda region, where the main gas pipeline passes through Zhezkazgan, Karaganda, Temirtau to Astana. Perhaps when the gas comes here, we will think about other cities - Pavlodar, Petropavlovsk and, of course, Kokshetau,” – Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

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The Strategic Session of the XI Astana Economic Forum took place today in Astana in the EXPO Congress Center with the participation of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan B. Sagintayev.

The roundtable included brainstorming sessions on six areas of development of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Leading Kazakhstani and international experts, business and government representatives discussed implementation of breakthrough projects and decisions on the following priorities: institutions and economic policy, human capital development, digitalization and information technologies, new money and financial sector, clean energy and green technologies, urban development.

The Strategic Session was opened with a welcome word by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev.

Summing up the results of the three-day informative intellectual marathon of the Global Challenges Summit, the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan noted that the AEF Strategic Session will sum up all conclusions, proposals and recommendations from the discussions and choose among them useful for the country’s Government, for the practical work of state bodies.

B. Sagintayev drew attention to the 5 megatrends outlined during the speech of the Head of State at the AEF: widespread digitalization, the energy revolution, the growth of the world population, the change in the pace and nature of urbanization, the transformation of the global labor market. At the same time, the Prime Minister stressed the importance of joint search for solutions to megatrends.

With regards to the first area of brainstorming “Institutes and economic policy”, the session participants discussed the issues of technological modernization and new markets for Kazakhstan, macroeconomic stability in the context of global turbulence, structural reforms in the face of global economic challenges, tools for reducing inequality, and stimulating investment.

It was moderated by Director of the Center for Economic Analysis “Rakurs” Oraz Zhandosov. Among the experts were Minister of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan Timur Suleimenov, Director of the ADB Permanent Representative Office in the Republic of Kazakhstan Giovanni Capannelli, Senior Director for Development Economics of the World Bank Shanta Devarajan, Senior Advisor to the UNDP Regional Hub for Europe and the CIS Ben Slay, President of the Nazarbayev University Shigeo Katsu and others.

With regards to the second area of discussion, the development of human capital, questions were raised on the issue of what kind of education should be in Kazakhstan in the 21st century, on the introduction of new technologies, such as web 2.0, augmented reality, the Internet of things in the learning process. Proposals of experts were considered regarding the development of creative industries and the stimulation of creative activity, as well as tools for attracting human capital into the country.

Ilya Slutsky, the partner of MedMe venture fund, moderated this discussion. Among the experts were Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan Yerlan Sagadiyev, Minister of Labor and Social Protection of Population Madina Abylkassymova, Member of the Board of Directors of the Lifespan.io crowdfunding platform and Life Extension Support Foundation Elena Milova, Professor of Practice of the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo, Member of the Expert Council of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives Pavel Luksha and others.

The topic of digitalization and information technologies was elaborated upon with discussions of the issues of practice and challenges of digital public administration, the definition of Kazakhstan’s priorities based on key strategies and successful practices of public administration in the era of universal digitalization. Solutions were proposed for the digitization of companies and businesses, the development of a domestic cluster of IT projects and the promotion of transfer of advanced technologies to Kazakhstan.

The moderator of this topic was Philip Serazhetdinov, partner of GVA Kazakhstan. Opinions on this topic were shared by Minister of Information and Communication of the Republic of Kazakhstan Dauren Abayev, researcher at the King’s College London, researcher of the role of social media in crisis situations, Gregory Asmolov, former Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation Mikhail Senatorov, Chairman of the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association Gilles Breton, Partner and COO of BCG Kazakhstan Sergey Perapechka and others.

With regards to new money and the financial sector, the attention of experts was drawn to the issues of advanced regulators, how to build a competitive financial center. Topics discussed include the introduction of new money technology, which specific projects can be implemented in Kazakhstan using blockchain technology and how to get the most benefit from using future money.

The moderator here was the Managing Partner of Tomashevskaya & Partners Zhanna Tomashevskaya. Proposals and recommendations were shared by Minister of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakhyt Sultanov, Deputy Chairman of the National Bank Oleg Smolyakov, Executive Director of Earthport - cross-border payment systems Harold Bose, the founder of FinTechStage Matteo Rizzi and others.

A rich and constructive exchange of views took place during the discussion of the current fifth direction of the program of the session “Clean Energy and Green Technologies”.

As the forum participants noted, in an age of rapid development of various future technologies it is important to modernize the economic sectors in the context of preserving natural resources and using alternative energy options.

Questions were raised about what institutional, financial and technological barriers exist hampering the growth of the green economy in Kazakhstan, how to encourage businesses to invest in energy-efficient solutions and innovations. The participants also considered ways to increase the competitiveness of the fuel and energy sector of Kazakhstan, attract investment, digitalize the fuel and energy complex, and increase the depth of processing.

The issues of green economy, barriers and incentives for its implementation, taking into account the world experience, were addressed in the speeches of experts - Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kanat Bozumbaev, Director of the Kashgar Science Center, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences Fu Bihong, Vice President of Beijing Piesat Information Technology Guo Tao and others. The discussion was moderated by the project manager of AM Sputnik Vadim Dolganov.

Discussing the sixth direction of the session “Development of Cities”, experts tried to predict how cities will turn out in 2050, what would be successful megacities in the XXI century and, directly, the modern megapolis in Kazakhstan.

Megaprojects for megacities of Kazakhstan, development of their transport system, ecology and issues of improving the quality of life and urban environment were discussed by experts: Deputy Minister of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan Aybatyr Zhumagulov, Deputy Akim of Astana Malika Bekturova, Co-founder, former Program Director and honorary member of World Future Council Herbert Girardet, founder and Director of Atomik Architecture Mike Oades and others. Managing Partner of GVA Kazakhstan Bulat Stolyarov moderated the discussion.

Following the discussion, the moderators of the working groups presented the results of brainstorming sessions. The package of experts' proposals is designated as “The TOP necessary decisions and development projects of the Republic of Kazakhstan”. All expert recommendations and proposals will be summarized, adapted to the Kazakhstan national agenda. The conducted Brainstorming will allow finding approaches and proposals that will benefit Kazakhstan's further growth, and will be accepted by the world community as a search for answers to global challenges.

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On the instructions of the Head of the state, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov took part in the extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul, convened on the initiative of the current Chairman of the Organization – the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan in connection with the events in the Gaza Strip on May 14, 2018.

The Kazakh side expressed concern over the deterioration of the situation in Palestine, declared the unacceptability of the use of armed force against its civilian population and called on the international community to take all possible measures to immediately end the violence.

The head of Kazakhstan's foreign policy department also stressed that Jerusalem is a home to representatives of different ethnic groups and religious beliefs, where the Palestinians and Israelis should respect each other's right to exist. Any attempt to subject this right to any doubt, as well as to change the historical status of the city, endangers peace and stability throughout the Middle East.

Reiterating Kazakhstan's adherence to the implementation of the decisions and resolutions of the UN General Assembly and Security Council, the head of the Foreign Ministry noted that Kazakhstan stands for an early, full and comprehensive settlement of the situation in the Middle East in the framework of constructive political dialogue and calls on the leadership of Israel and Palestine, concerned parties to take concrete steps to ensure a political solution that would make possible the peaceful coexistence of two States.

Heads of states, governments, parliaments and foreign ministers of more than 40 member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation took part in the extraordinary OIC summit in Istanbul.

Following the summit, a communiqué was adopted in which representatives of OIC member states expressed full and comprehensive support to the Palestinian people.

On the “margins” of the summit, K. Abdrakhmanov also met with the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenča. The interlocutors discussed topical issues of cooperation within the UN, including in the context of Kazakhstan's membership in the UN Security Council.

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An extraordinary congress of the national public association “Kazakhstan National Geographic Society” QazaqGeography commenced its work on May 19 in Astana, in Nazarbayev University.

The congress saw participation of members of the Board of Trustees and the Management Council of QazaqGeography, as well as active members of the geographical society.

Organizational issues were discussed at the congress, in particular – the introduction of a new post - the Chairman of QazaqGeography. The voting resulted in Askar Mamin being elected to the position. Also, the Regulation on the Chairman was approved and the relevant amendments to the Charter of the KNGS were adopted. Also, a working meeting took place, covering topical issues of the development of the “Kazakhstan National Geographic Society”.

For reference: RPA “Kazakhstan National Geographic Society” QazaqGeography, created in October 2013 on the initiative and with the support of Chairman of the Board of Trustees of QazaqGeography K. Massimov, works in five areas:

- Geography, climate;

- Environment, natural resources;

- Biodiversity;

- Tourism, travel, local history;

- Historical and cultural heritage, ethnography.

To date, 11 representative offices are operating in the following regions: Almaty, Akmola, Aktobe, East Kazakhstan, West Kazakhstan, Karaganda, Kostanay, Mangystau, Pavlodar, North Kazakhstan and South Kazakhstan regions. QazaqGeography implements projects sponsored by the Eurasian Group (ERG), Vostoktsvetmet LLP, Kazakhmys Corporation LLP.

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Within the framework of the XI Astana Economic Forum: Global Challenges Summit 2018, a panel session took place on the topic “The Future of Civil Society. New civic activity”.

The panel session was attended by representatives of state bodies and non-governmental organizations, political scientists, experts from near and far abroad.

Addressing the participants with a report, the Minister of Religious Affairs and Civil Society of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Darkhan Kaletayev, raised a number of topical issues on the further development of civil society in Kazakhstan.

“Kazakhstan is moving in a common direction with world trends. The Head of State singled out five major megatrends of planetary development. Among them are the digitization of all aspects of human activity, the energy revolution, the rapid growth of the world's population, the change in the pace and nature of urbanization, and the global labor market. Therefore, for the first time within the framework of the AEF-2018 transformation, we decided to peer into the future of civil society. We invited competent experts to discuss the issue of how the new civic positive activity will influence the daily life of people and the state,” – Darkhan Kaletayev said.

D. Kaletayev shared his observations on the influence of social networks on the mass consciousness of people, and also noted the fact that traditional institutions of civil society compete with new network institutions for the right to have a monopoly on the expression of the opinion of the population. According to him, social networks and the Internet have opened us another kind of civic activity - virtual, when everyone can participate in the discussion of state initiatives, social problems and make constructive proposals for their solution.

The Minister noted that civil society should become a conductor of a new transformation, for this it needs to acquire knowledge, develop new skills and competencies, and improve the culture of communication and interaction.

The topic of current trends of NGO development, social entrepreneurship, and forms of civic activity was additionally elaborated upon by well-known experts: Head of the Center for Applied Research “TALAP” Rakhim Oshakbayev, Director of the Public Fund "Center for Analysis of Social Problems" Meruert Makhmutova, Director of the Center for Civil Society and Non-Profit Research, Higher School of Economics, Irina Mersiyanova (Moscow, Russia), Rector of AlmaU University Gulmira Kurganbayeva, political scientist Sayasat Nurbek.

Within the framework of the panel session, an interactive exhibition was held focusing on implemented innovative projects and best practices in the sphere of civil society.

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Today, within the framework of the XI Astana Economic Forum, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev met with the Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian consulting company PEMANDU, Idris Jala.

The conversation covered issues of interaction with government structures and the business community of Malaysia on joint implementation of innovative projects and the exchange of experience in the areas of economic transformation, the transformation of government institutions and the development of optimal solutions for managing the activities of the government machine.

Kazakhstan considers Malaysia as one of the key partners in the South-East Asia region. Bilateral political interaction between countries is developing quite dynamically. Astana and Kuala Lumpur maintain regular contacts at the highest and high level.

Currently, Malaysia is implementing the National Transformation Programme (NTP), which consists of two components: the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) and the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP). These programs have similar goals and objectives with the main directions of Kazakhstan's economic policy.

In 2009, in order to ensure the planned implementation, analysis of achievements and shortcomings in the economic strategy, a special governmental structure was created under the office of the Prime Minister of Malaysia: the Performance Management & Delivery Unit (PEMANDU), the functions of which include the monitoring of the progress of implementation of state programs.

For reference: According to the Bloomberg magazine, PEMANDU was recognized as one of the world's top 20 government innovation companies, and its CEO Dato' Sri Idris Jala is among the most influential politicians in Asia.

Today, PEMANDU has the status of an independent consulting company in the field of public sector transformation and business development. It acts as the main body for the implementation of the methodology of Big Fast Results (BFR) and “6 Secrets of Transformation”. The BFR system is a symbiosis of corporate knowledge and practices of the public and private sectors. First of all, it is aimed at analyzing the expectations of the population of the country and effectively meeting macroeconomic indicators. At the same time, the use of BFR allows developing effective mechanisms for implementing the goals set and to improve the efficiency of the state bodies' implementation of their functions.

Idris Jala worked in the Royal Dutch Shell oil-and-gas company, worked as managing director of Shell Sri Lanka and Shell Malaysia, served as Vice President of Shell International, the CEO of the Malaysia Airlines, and was Malaysia's Senator and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

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Today, within the framework of the XI Astana Economic Forum, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev met with co-founder and co-director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, Andrew MacAfee.

The conversation covered issues of cooperation within the framework of the Digital Kazakhstan State Program, in particular – within the framework of the Astana International Financial Center, the International Center for Green Technologies and Investment Projects, the International Technopark of IT Startups.

For reference: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) is a team of internationally recognized scientists and researchers who study how people and business work, interact, and ultimately thrive in the era of rapid digital transformation. IDE studies help companies adapt to new ways of doing business in the digital economy. IDE is part of the Sloan School of Management of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The IDE team is headed by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, who are co-authors of several well-known publications that describe in detail the interaction of digital technologies and employment.

The IDE pays special attention to several topical issues related to digital economy. IDE researchers, often in partnership with business, government and other institutions, carry out innovative research in four key areas:

- Productivity, employment and inequality;

- Big data and confidentiality of innovation;

- New digital business models;

- Social analytics and digital experimentation.

In his book “The Second Machine Age” A. MacAfee writes that just as the industrial revolution laid the foundation for the modern world, “the second machine age” creates a new world before our eyes: all social structures and economic principles will be revised, technologies will radically change literally all parts of life.

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Today in Astana, within the framework of the XI Astana Economic Forum, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev met with international relations expert, political scientist Parag Khanna.

In the course of the meeting, a constructive exchange of views took place on the issues of technological revolution, urbanization, digitalization, financial revolution, as well as economic growth and global security in the light of all global trends and challenges.

Parag Khanna, as one of the leading experts on globalization, shared his vision on the future development of the modern world in general and Kazakhstan in particular.

For reference: Parag Khanna graduated from the School of Foreign Service, finished undergraduate and graduate programs at Georgetown University, as well as the London School of Economics and Political Science (PhD). He worked in various analytical organizations in the United States, Europe and Asia, including: Council on Foreign Relations, Brookings Institution (USA), LSE Ideas at the London School of Economics, European Council on Foreign Relations, Singapore Institute of International Relations. He served as Senior Adviser to the US Armed Forces for Special Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, Deputy Director of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, consultant to the National Intelligence Council of the United States as part of the Global Trends 2030 program, and also was a member of the Committee on Future Economy in the Government of Singapore, a member of the advisory boards of GeoQuant, Graticule Asset Management Asia, East India Capital Management, DBS Bank (innovations), WEF Councils on the global agenda (geo-economics) and on the initiative "Future of Urban Development".

P. Khanna is the author of a number of bestsellers on the future world order, in particular: "The Second World: Empires and Influence on the New Global Order" (2008), "How to Manage the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance" (2011), " Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization "(2016). He is the co-author of the book “Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization” (2012). His latest book, the “Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State”, was published in 2017.

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