During today’s Government meeting chaired by Prime Minster Bakytzhan Sagintayev, AIFC Manager Kairat Kelimbetov reported on the activities of the Astana International Financial Center.

The official presentation of the Astana International Financial Center will be held in Astana on July 5 this year, timed with the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the capital of Kazakhstan.

According to Kairat Kelimbetov, the event will be held in the Expo Congress Center. Leaders of major international companies, development institutions, financial organizations were invited to participate in the ceremony. Prior to the official opening, there will be plenary sessions on the strategic directions of development of the AIFC. Among the significant events, it is planned to hold the 13th World Islamic Economic Forum. At the same time, the first AIFC international conference on legal issues will be held at the Nazarbayev Center.

“As of this moment, all the necessary infrastructure and bodies of the AIFC have been created,” – Kairat Kelimbetov said.

In the legal and regulatory framework of the AIFC, a total of 30 AIFC general-purpose acts and 17 financial services regulation acts were developed and subsequently adopted by the relevant bodies of the AIFC. In total, about 50 acts constitute the legislative framework of the AIFC.

To date, the AIFC Financial Services Regulatory Committee has registered 10 companies as participants in the AIFC, including the China Development Bank.

“In general, it is planned that about 100 companies will be registered by the end of 2018,” – Kairat Kelimbetov said.

According to Kairat Kelimbetov, the AIFC garners great interest among potential investors. The AIFC acts as a modern high-tech infrastructure, with a favorable jurisdiction providing all the necessary conditions for attracting both direct and portfolio foreign investments.

Within the framework of the Comprehensive Privatization Plan, joint work is being carried out to launch the IPO of national companies of the National Welfare Fund Samruk-Kazyna on the Exchange. A roadmap for launching the IPO of Kazakhtelecom in 2018 has been approved. It is also planned to approve similar road maps in 2018 for companies JSC NAC Kazatomprom, JSC Air Astana, JSC NC KazMunayGas.

The International Arbitration Center has attracted 18 international arbitrators, and work continues to find more. In addition to resolving disputes, in 2018, both AIFC bodies plan to conduct a number of educational events and conferences, including with the participation of the Academy of Justice at the Supreme Court, and national universities.

"We need content, so that investors would believe and come to the country. Therefore, we emphasize the importance of the IPO of national and private companies, the localization of the management companies of the National Fund, the introduction of investment residency and transport accessibility of Astana. All this is the basis for the active and effective development of the AIFC as a regional financial hub,” – Kairat Kelimbetov said.

Following the consideration of the issue, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev noted that the AIFC is a very significant project and one of its main goals is to attract investments and create appropriate conditions for stimulating investment activity and instructed the Ministries to provide all necessary assistance.

The Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Finance, National Economy, Internal Affairs, Investments and Development, as well as the Akimat of Astana and Astana-Expo were instructed to provide the necessary assistance in preparation for the official presentation of the AIFC.

The Ministry of Information and Communication together with the AIFC, in order to actively promote AIFC both in Kazakhstan and abroad, is assigned to provide constant information support.

The Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Internal Affairs, Labor and Social Protection of Population, the Astana Akimat together with the Border Service of the National Security Committee were instructed to take measures to create favorable conditions for simplifying the procedures for issuing the necessary documents for the participants of the AIFC to expand direct air services between Astana and leading financial centers in order to facilitate the functioning of the Expo Center.

Recall, the establishment of the Astana International Financial Center is one of the key steps of the Plan of the National “100 concrete steps to implement the five institutional reforms of the Head of State” aimed at diversifying the economy and developing the country's financial sector.

The Astana International Financial Center was created in pursuance of the Decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated May 19, 2015, "On the Astana International Financial Center”, and it has been fully operating since the beginning of 2018.

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During today’ Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Deputy Chairman of the Agency for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption Aigul Shaimova presented the National Report on the state of civil service in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Aigul Shaimova noted that the Agency has for the first time prepared the draft of the National report on the state of the civil service. The draft report contains the stages of development of the country’s civil service, analysis of the current state of the system, international expert assessments, as well as proposals for further improvement in this area.

In particular, the first section describes the stages of development of civil service through the prism of the implementation of the country’s strategic documents.

“During the years of independence, three reforms have been carried out in this area. All of them were directly connected with the processes of state transformation and the formation of the public administration system. The institutionalization of this field began with the signing of the Decree of the President “On Civil Service,” – Aigul Shaimova said.

According to the Deputy Chairman of ACSAC, as a result of consistent reforms, a unique model has been created that is based on the principles of meritocracy, efficiency and accountability to society.

“Our country in 20 years has ranked up 65 positions in the World Bank's rating in terms of the “effectiveness of the Government “,” – Aigul Shaimova noted.

The second section provides an analysis of the state of the civil service for the entire period of independence.

As the review shows, today in many respects the Kazakh civil service meets international standards, and is ahead in some of them. Thus, unlike some countries, Kazakhstan avoided problems related with the aging of the state machine and gender imbalance. The qualitative composition of civil servants has improved: now 92% of civil servants have higher education. The state machine is stable.

Aigul Shaimova also talked about the ongoing work on the further motivation of civil servants.

“As you know, this year a new system of labor remuneration is being tested. It is tested in four state agencies. Also, in order to increase the attractiveness of the civil service in the countryside, the employees working in rural areas will be subject to the project “With a diploma - to the village”. This will allow providing them with social benefits for the acquisition and construction of housing,” – the Deputy Chairman of ACSAC said.

The issue of eliminating overwork is also currently being addressed. As a mechanism, it is proposed to eliminate the imbalance in the distribution of employees in the regions.

The final chapter of the National Report outlines the prospects for further development of the civil service and tasks aimed at ensuring the country's entry into the world's top thirty countries.

In general, the document will identify the main directions for the further formation of a professional state machine.

Summing up the consideration of the issue, the Prime Minister noted that the Government approves the National report on the state of the civil service in the Republic of Kazakhstan and instructed the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption to submit the report to the Office of the Prime Minister by March 1, so that it would be further submitted to the Executive Office of the President.

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During today’s Government meeting, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev gave specific instructions on the execution of the task set by the Head of State to ensure timely preparedness for the flood period.

Reports on the state of preparedness for the 2018 flood season were made by Akims of the Akmola region M. Murzalin, the Kyzylorda region - K. Kusherbayev, the North Kazakhstan region - K. Aksakalov, the Almaty region - A. Batalov, the East Kazakhstan region - D. Akhmetov, the Karaganda region – Y. Koshanov, the Kostanay region - A Mukhambetov, South-Kazakhstan region - Zh. Tuimebayev.

Following the consideration of the issue, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev instructed First Deputy Prime Minister Askar Mamin to control the overall coordination and implementation of the Roadmap. Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Agriculture Umirzak Shukeyev was instructed to monitor the execution of the Plan for the accumulation and distribution of flood and thawed waters.

The Prime Minister noted that there is a lot of work to be done to execute the President's order regarding the construction of new reservoirs, as well as elimination of flood hazards. In addition, Bakytzhan Sagintayev instructed to develop a draft program for the resettlement of the population from areas subject to flooding hazards.

Bakytzhan Sagintayev also reminded about the great responsibility that lies with regional Akims to prevent and eliminate flood risks.

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Minister of Energy Kanat Bozumbayev reported on the state of preparedness for the 2018 flood period in the course of the Government meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev.

In his report, Kanat Bozumbayev noted that in order to swiftly provide hydrometeorological information, RSE Kazhydromet is conducting observations using the state monitoring network, which includes 310 hydrological posts, 339 meteorological stations and posts, and two snow avalanche stations.

In the event of sudden changes in water bodies, all hydrological stations switch to enhanced monitoring, conducted every four hours.

In addition, there is a system for communicating warnings to the Committee for Emergency Situations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Committee on Water Resources of the Ministry of Agriculture and to local executive bodies in the event of natural hydrological developments.

In order to determine moisture reserves in ravines which have accumulated large snow reserves not included in calculations, the specialists of Kazhydromet branches and regional departments of emergencies conduct on-site investigations on all basins of plain rivers using snow and swamp-going vehicles.

“The main hydrological forecasts of Kazhydromet during flood period will be provided to concerned state bodies and regional Akimats on a weekly basis starting from March 1, 2018, with a seven-day lead time and updates every three days,” – Kanat Bozumbayev said.

The Energy Minister also noted that work is under way within the framework of the Roadmap for the Prevention and Elimination of Flood Hazards for 2017-2020.

Reports on the water reserves in the river basins accumulated in 2017 and up to February 1, 2018, were sent in time to concerned state bodies.

“In general, the analysis of accumulated water reserves, the depth of soil freezing and the fullness of reservoirs show with 70-90% certainty that in the case of “amicable spring” there may be risks of flooding of settlements, infrastructure facilities in Karaganda, North Kazakhstan and Akmola regions,” – Kanat Bozumbayev said.

Following the Energy Minister's report, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev asked Kanat Bozumbayev about the issue of ensuring the timeliness of the Kazhydromet forecasts, which may be the reason for the local authorities' failure to take a number of necessary measures to prevent flood hazards.

“The forecast system has changed. If earlier we made a hydrological forecast for three months ahead, beginning from March 1 we will switch to a new system: a seven-day advance forecast. Its probability is more than 90%. Every three days there will be an update. That is, all state bodies are more likely to be informed about the ongoing climate and other changes,” – Kanat Bozumbayev said.

Also, according to him, new approaches are being used in the compilation of forecasts: mathematical models, studies using radars.

“I can not speak for our services, but it is certain that Kazhydromet will give forecasts with a reliability of over 90%,” – Kanat Bozumbayev said.

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During today’s Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, the Ministers of Internal Affairs K. Kassymov, Energy - K. Bozumbayev, Investments and Development K. Kassymbek, Deputy Minister of Agriculture Y. Nyssanbayev, and regional Akims reported on the state of preparedness for the 2018 flood season.

According to Minister of Internal Affairs Kalmukhanbet Kassymov, the main forecast of the water content of rivers in the flood period will be prepared by Kazhydromet weekly starting from March 1, with updates every three days. Engineering protection of settlements is carried out in accordance with the roadmap “A set of measures for the prevention and elimination of flood hazards for 2017-2020”.

204 actions were carried out before the end of last year.

“108 defensive dams were built and reinforced, 71 hydraulic structures, 8 bridges, 12 highways were repaired. In total, 12.56 billion tenge was spent on establishing engineering protection, including 6.16 billion tenge from the National budget,” - Kalmukhanbet Kassymov reported.

Reserves in the amount of 8.4 thousand tonnes of fuels, 123 thousand tonnes of inert materials, 759 thousand bags and 6.5 tonnes of explosives were prepared for the flood period of 2018. Snow is removed from settlements, with local executive bodies having already removed 3.8 million m3.

Akimats allocated 24.7 billion tenge for extraordinary reserves and reserves for urgent expenses.

There are 1665 hydraulic structures on the territory of Kazakhstan in total. Of the total number of hydraulic structures, only 72 are equipped with local warning systems.

In order to promptly respond to possible complications during the flood period in the spring of 2018, the Ministry of Internal Affairs has formed a group of forces and assets totaling more than 14 thousand people and more than 2 thousand units of equipment. The National Guard is preparing to deploy three camps for the affected population with a capacity of 1000 people each. The helicopters of Kazaviaspas are on high alert.

The public warning system is fully operational and includes the use of electric sirens, interception of television and radio broadcasting, SMS messages, the use of operational vehicles of the Ministry of Internal Affairs equipped with loud-speaking devices.

Several actions have been taken to prepare for the evacuation of population from areas of possible flooding: areas for receiving the evacuated population have been designated, evacuation routes were updated, and the necessary transport was allocated.

In the first ten days of March, the national command and staff exercise "Koktem-2018" headquartered in Ust-Kamenogorsk will be held to test the preparedness of the State Civil Protection System.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture Yerlan Nyssanbayev reported on the work on the conservation, accumulation and distribution of flood waters.

Schedules have been developed and coordinated with regional Akimats for each reserve in accordance to the capacity of reserves and expected intake. The Water Resources Committee has set up a flood control commission for the flood season of 2018. Similar commissions have been established in the RSE Kazvodhoz and its branches.

The operation of reservoirs is monitored daily, 24-hour watchdogs have been set up at all the national facilities. In hazardous areas, necessary stocks of construction and other inert materials have been prepared to prevent breakthrough, appropriate machinery and mechanisms have been prepared as well.

109 priority projects are planned to be implemented as part of the "Flood Waters Accumulation Plan”, including with a capacity of over 10 million m3 at the expense of the National budget - 30 projects, and with a capacity of less than 10 million m3 from local budgets- 79 projects.

“In pursuance of the instructions of the Head of State with regards to the construction of the Buzuluk and Kenbidaik reservoirs in Akmola region, the Ministry of Agriculture has developed investment proposals, which received a positive assessment from the Ministry of National Economy on October 2, 2017. The estimated cost of the construction of reservoirs is 13.6 billion tenge. The Ministry of Agriculture is working on allocating financial resources for the development of a feasibility study for the two above-mentioned projects in 2018,” – the Deputy Minister of Agriculture summed up.

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Today in Ukimet Uyi, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev held a meeting on the execution of instructions of the Head of State, given at the extended Government meeting on 09.02.2018, with regards to the development of special economic zones.

The meeting focused on the main indicators of SEZs and measures to improve their effectiveness.

Reports on the progress of the execution of Presidential instructions and work plans were delivered by Minister of Investments and Development Zh. Kassymbek, Akims of Mangystau oblast Y. Tugzhanov, South Kazakhstan - Zh. Tuimebayev, Almaty - A. Batalov, Atyrau - N. Nogayev, Zhambyl - A. Myrzakhmetov, Pavlodar - B. Bakauov, Karaganda - Y. Koshanov, and the cities of Astana - A. Issekeshev, Almaty - B. Baybek.

In addition, Ministers of Energy Bozumbayev, National Economy - T. Suleimenov, Finance - B. Sultanov and the heads of managing companies of the special economic zones reported on measures taken in their respective fields to fill the current SEZs.

For reference: There are 11 special economic zones in Kazakhstan. A total of 165 projects were launched on the SEZs, 13 thousand jobs were created. The volume of investments in SEZ projects is 787 billion tenge.

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The naval operational headquarters of the Anti-terrorist Center is being established in Aktau. This was announced by Deputy Minister of Investments and Development Roman Sklyar at the extended meeting of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Defense and Security.

“A number of measures have been implemented to ensure counter-terrorist protection of sea facilities. In particular, amendments were made to legislation on merchant shipping, obliging the owners of ports and sea vessels to have plans for prompt response in the event of a terrorist threat,” – Roman Sklyar said.

The Deputy Minister also added that ships are equipped with an alert system reacting to attacks; a long-distance satellite tracking system is being implemented to monitor ships.

“In addition, the requirements for the identification of ship crew members have been toughened; in particular, the provision of biometric data is now mandatory. Also, according to the National Security Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the naval operational headquarters of the ATC (the headquarters of the Anti-terrorist Center) is being created in the city of Aktau. The structure will include all involved state bodies, the headquarters will be managed by the Head of the Coast Guard Administration of the General Staff of the Border Service of the NSC,” – Roman Sklyar summarized.

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A regular Government meeting will take place in Ukimet Uyi on Tuesday, February 20, at 10:00.

On the agenda:

• The preparedness of central and local executive bodies for the flood period of 2018.

• AIFC activities.

• National report on the state of civil service in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Following the meeting, a press conference will be held in the Government press center with the participation of Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Yury Ilyin.

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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A delegation of the Ministry of Defense and Aerospace Industry paid a working visit to Bishkek, where it held a number of meetings with heads of military departments and ministries.

Minister of Defense and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan Beibut Atamkulov met with the Chairman of the State Committee for Defense Affairs of Kyrgyzstan, Mirbek Kasymkulov.

The parties discussed issues of cooperation in the defense industry, establishment of inter-factory cooperation, as well as prospects for mutual supplies of military products.

In particular, the Kazakh delegation offered cooperation in the field of aviation equipment maintenance (repair of helicopter equipment), and also offered the Kyrgyz side products and services of the defense enterprises of the Republic of Kazakhstan for the power ministries and departments of the Kyrgyz Republic.

The conversation with the Minister for Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic Kubatbek Boronov covered the possible supply of multifunctional helicopters manufactured by the Kazakhstan enterprise Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering LLP to the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Kazakhstani enterprises of the defense industry can supply military products to Kyrgyzstan, including light industry products. For example, the Kazakh company Tarazkozhobuv LLP has the opportunity to supply military footwear for the personnel of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic.

The Kazakh delegation offered cooperation to Kyrgyz partners in the joint use of Kazakhstan's space systems for the prevention and management of emergency situations in the Kyrgyz Republic.

The proposed cooperation in the space sector includes exchange of information and experience in remote Earth sensing, as well as the training of personnel in space activities, according to the press service of the Ministry of Defence and Aerospace Industry.

Also, according to the information of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Kyrgyzstan, a meeting took place between the Kazakh Minister and the Chief of General Staff of Kyrgyzstan, Raimberdi Duishenbiev.

The sides discussed the state of military-technical cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan and noted the positive changes in cooperation development, the report says.

At the end of the working visit to Kyrgyzstan, Minister B. Atamkulov invited his Kyrgyz counterparts to take part in the V International Exhibition of Arms and Military Equipment “KADEX-2018”, which will be held in Astana from May 23 to May 25, 2018.

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The Military Institute of Land Forces has for the first time hosted an extended meeting involving rectors of higher educational institutions of Kazakhstan on the issues of military education and the training of reserve officers at military departments of higher educational institutions of the country.

“As was pointed out in the Address of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev to the people of Kazakhstan, the world is entering the era of the fourth industrial revolution, an era of profound and rapid changes: technological, economic and social. At the same time, the high achievements of science and technology are firstly reflected in weaponry and military equipment, which is supplied to equip the army of Kazakhstan. Therefore, we need to take a new look at the military training system,” - Minister of Defence Saken Zhasuzakov said.

The participants of the extended meeting discussed military education and science, the training of the mobilization reserve, as well as the latest innovations and scientific achievements. Heads of higher educational institutions in their reports spoke about modern methods of the current educational process.

It is noted that in 25 years of establishment of the country’s military sector, much has been done in the formation and development of the military education system. With regards to the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan, a military-educational cluster was created, which includes secondary specialized, higher and postgraduate education. The timely measures taken have made it possible to make significant changes in the legislation on education and in the training programs for military educational institutions. The training of mobilization reserves is carried out through using the potential of the military departments at civilian higher educational institutions.

Following the meeting, the Defence Minister gave corresponding instructions on the further improvement and development of the military education system.

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