Today in St. Petersburg Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev took part in the meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council, which gathered the Prime Ministers of the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union.

The meeting was attended by the Prime Ministers of Armenia - N. Pashinyan, Belarus - A. Kobyakov, Kyrgyzstan - M. Abulgaziev, the Russian Federation - D. Medvedev, and the Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission T. Sargsyan.

Traditionally, the meeting of the Intergovernmental Council took place in both narrow and enlarged formats.

In private session, the participants reviewed the implementation of the EAEU digital agenda, the issues of interaction in the fields of agriculture, energy and transport. In particular, discussion covered issues of forming a common gas market, creating a unified system for the transit of goods across the customs territory of the Union using technical means and interfacing state information systems.

The enlarged meeting covered issues of customs cooperation, as well as instruments for regulating integration interaction in cooperation and import substitution in priority industries.

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Bakytzhan Sagintayev, speaking at the enlarged meeting of the EIC, said that the results of today's work - new ideas, projects and initiatives - will contribute to the welfare of all citizens of the states of the region. They will create conditions that will promote economic, political and social stability. Bakytzhan Sagintayev noted that cooperation within the Union demonstrates stable growth of trade turnover.

In the first quarter of 2018, compared to the same period in 2017, the mutual trade of the EAEU increased by 16.4% ($ 13.9 billion); the volume of foreign trade of the Union member states with third countries increased by 23.8% ($ 172.3 billion). According to the forecasts of the Eurasian Development Bank, GDP growth of the EAEU in 2019 will be 2.1%.

Bakytzhan Sagintayev also dwelled on the legislative regulation of cooperation within the framework of the EAEU. Thus, the work on the formation and development of the contractual and legal basis of the Union is conducted in an orderly fashion. Last year, more than 600 acts were adopted, which aim at the development of the integration association.

“We are striving to improve the quality of products, while not creating unnecessary management tools and costs for business. Work is underway to introduce about 70 amendments to the Treaty on the EAEU to improve the law of the Union. Today, trade and economic agreements have been concluded with China, agreements on a free trade zone with Vietnam and Iran. We need to continue to work on identifying partners in the conduct of foreign trade policy,” – Bakytzhan Sagintayev said, stressing that a number of important documents are also due to be adopted in the near future.

It should be noted that negotiations on the conclusion of trade and economic agreements between the EAEU and a number of states have been intensified. Issues of cooperation with Israel, India, Egypt, Singapore, Serbia and other countries are being actively looked into.

“Kazakhstan has always been a supporter of attracting new players to the “orbit” of our integration. Here I would like to note that the President of Kazakhstan put emphasis on the need for cooperation of the EAEU with technologically successful and investment-attractive countries and integration blocs,” – B. Sagintayev said.

The Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reminded the participants of the meeting about the new strategic tasks for further development and enhancement of the attractiveness of the EAEU, set by the Heads of the member states during the meeting of the Supreme Council held on May 14 this year. Thus, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N. Nazarbayev voiced the initiatives to create major infrastructure mega-projects: high-speed railway and highway on the route "China-Kazakhstan-Russia-Belarus-Europe", a navigable canal through the Caspian and Black Seas, as well as a proposal to analyze and eliminate existing obstacles in the mutual trade of the Union.

In this regard, as noted by B. Sagintayev, it is necessary to make maximum use of the existing potential and infrastructure of the EAEU, which will become a bridge between Asia and Europe, the East and West, the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Conducted meetings of the Council of the Commission, in turn, will in the short term significantly reduce the number of barriers.

In conclusion, the Prime Minister stressed that the EAEU is becoming more systematic and thorough.

“For us, this is a priority foreign economic project. We created the EAEU as an open, equitable integration association. Building our relationships on the principles of seeking compromises and working out effective solutions will be a powerful incentive for strengthening the Union, increasing its attractiveness in the world community,” – B. Sagintayev summed up.

Following the EIC meeting, the assignments of the Intergovernmental Council on the formation of the common gas market of the Eurasian Economic Union and the working group on the issues of integration interaction in cooperation and import substitution in priority industries were signed, as well as a number of organizational documents. It was decided to hold then next meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council in Belarus in October this year.

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Within the framework of his working visit to West Kazakhstan region, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev met with the region's active core and business representatives to discuss topical issues of the region's social and economic development.

The meeting began with an analysis of the implementation of the instructions of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N. Nazarbayev, given during a working visit to West Kazakhstan region on May 15 this year.

Deputy Prime Minister E. Dossaev reported on the measures taken by the Government. During his trip, the Head of State gave instructions to overhaul the highways of National importance, provide the necessary amount of raw materials for increasing the supply of petroleum products to the domestic market, as well as a number of instructions for the defense industry complex.

With regards to major repairs of roads for the development of transport communication between Kaztalovsky, Zhanibek and Bokeyorda regional centers and Uralsk, repairs were launched on the section of the Chapaevo-Zhalpaktal-Kaztalovka road stretching 35 km with the amount of financing of 1 billion tenge at the expense of the National budget.

“With regards to the roads “Kaztalovka - Zhanibek - the border of the Russian Federation” and “Unige - Bisen – Sayhin” with a total length of 245 km, a design organization has been determined, which is currently developing design and estimate documentation. All the necessary funds, including for the development of design estimates, are provided from the National budget,” – E. Dossaev said.

Next year, at the expense of the National budget, it is planned to begin the reconstruction of the “Podstepnoye-Fedorovka-Russian border” highway, with the deadline being 2021. In the draft National budget for 2019-2021, within the established limits, expenses for the amount of 17.3 billion tenge were approved. Currently, tendering procedures are under way to start the development of design specifications and estimates; the contract is to be concluded in August-September of this year.

In addition, E. Dossaev told about the work done to provide JSC Condensate with the necessary amount of raw materials to increase the supply of petroleum products to the domestic market. Thus, in June 2018, the Ministry of Energy included the oil refinery JSC Condensate in the schedule for Kazakh-produced oil transportation via trunk oil pipelines and by rail. According to the schedule, as of July of this year, a trial quota of 15 thousand tonnes has been approved.

“The further supply of the plant with raw materials will be carried out taking into account the needs of the domestic market in petroleum products and the technical capabilities of the JSC Condensate oil refinery,” – E. Dossaev said.

In addition, in pursuance of the instructions of the Head of State regarding the defense industry complex, in order to secure state defense orders for JSC West Kazakhstan Engineering Company, JSC Uralsk Plant Zenit and JSC Scientific Research Institute Gidropribor, the Government held four meeting with the participation of managers of these enterprises. E. Dossaev noted that to date all problematic issues have been considered and concrete measures have been taken to address them.

“All the instructions of the Head of State are constantly monitored by the Government,” – Deputy Prime Minister E. Dossaev summed up.

Then, during the meeting with the active core, the discussion covered in detail the issues of development of the industrial sector, trade, transport and logistics, education, health, tourism, agribusiness, mass entrepreneurship, technological renewal and digitalization, attracting investment and productive employment.

Akim of the West Kazakhstan region A. Kulginov reported on the work of the Akimat for the first half of the year within the framework of project management. Currently, the region provides 4.5% of the country's GDP and 9% of industrial production.

“There is an increase in manufacturing in the manufacturing industry by 17%. There is production growth in agriculture – by 3.1%. External investments increased by 4.3%. The volume of completed construction works increased by 7.2% and amounted to 44.1 billion tenge,” – the regional Akim A. Kulginov said.

According to A. Kulginov, the implementation of state programs and activities within the framework of the project management contributes to the dynamic development of the region. There is growth of gross added value in basic industrialization (by 20%), agro-industrial complex (by 16%), development of ICT (by 6%). There is also an increase in labor productivity in basic industrialization (by 28%), agribusiness (by 16%), ICT (by 16%), transport and logistics (by 8.5%), trade (by 0.7%). According to the results for 6 months, the growth of investments in the development of transport and logistics increased 1.7 times, healthcare - 1.6 times, trade - 43%, ICT - 35%, tourism - 18% and in the fuel and energy sector - 3% .

The potential and reserves of further economic development of the region were also considered during the meeting.

First Deputy Minister of Investments and Development R. Sklyar said that within the framework of project management and the project for attracting investments the Akimat announced 50 projects worth $ 6 billion with a deadline until 2022. As for the current year, 9 investment projects worth $ 53 million are planned to be commissioned within the framework of project management. In addition, construction and installation of 6 projects worth $ 463 million will start this year.

In turn, Deputy Minister of Energy B. Akchulakov reported on plans and tasks for the development of the region's oil industry complex. According to him, in the framework of project management, target indicators for the fuel and energy complex for 2018 have been broken down in conjunction with the region, namely, the growth of GVA at 2.7%, investments - 7.1%, labor productivity - 4.6%, workers employed in the fuel and energy sector at 9100.

“The indicator for investment growth in the fuel and energy complex is met. The volume of investments in oil production is 89 billion tenge, refining - 3.2 billion tenge, electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning - 2.2 billion tenge. The growth in labor productivity was 95.5%, the number of employees in the first quarter of this year was 9434 people with the plan of 8200,” – B. Akchulakov said, stressing that the operational plan for the half-year on the volume of oil production in the region is being executed.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture G. Issayeva reported on the measures of state support and the work plan for the development of the agro-industrial complex. According to her, in the current year about 8 billion tenge was allocated for subsidizing the industry of the West-Kazakhstan region. For example, 2.6 billion tenge was allocated for the development of livestock production, 1.1 billion tenge for the development of crop production, more than 800 million tenge for subsidizing priority crops, over 190 million tenge for the development of seed industry, for mineral fertilizers and herbicides - more than 111 million tenge. At the same time, in the framework of the Productive Employment and Mass Entrepreneurship Program, more than 4 billion tenge is provided for lending to rural residents in the region, which contributes to the involvement of the unemployed in productive activities and the formal sector.

Representatives of several Ministries also made speeches via video-conferencing during the meeting.

Deputy Minister of Culture Sport E. Kozhagapanov reported on the development of tourism in the West Kazakhstan region, the analysis of the fulfillment of the President's instructions regarding the development of tourism and the available reserves of further growth in the share of tourism in the region’s GRP. According to him, the region has a great potential for development of the tourism industry in several areas.

“In the National map of potential points of tourism growth we together with Akimat have defined two areas. The first is Bukeyordinsky historical and cultural museum complex and development of children's and youth tourism in the region. Both directions can generate a tourist flow of up to 30 thousand people,” – E. Kozhagapanov said.

Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Protection of Population N. Mukushev told about the assessment of the Roadmap on labor flows and tasks of the region on employment and creation of new jobs. According to the data of the Labor Ministry, there are 57 500 productive workplaces in the West-Kazakhstan region. In 2018, it is planned to bring this number up to 58 thousand. In the current year, it is planned to cover 1500 people with short-term courses, coverage as of July 1 of this year amounts to 1085 people or 72.3%, 328 people have completed their training, of which 102 people or 31% are employed.

Deputy Minister of National Economy M. Zhunusbekova reported on the development of mass entrepreneurship and modernization of trade, as well as on reserves and economic opportunities for the development of the region. Growth of indicators was recorded in Basic Industrialization, AIC and ICT. In addition, in the first half of the year, there is a positive trend in the growth in the number of active SMEs - 3.3%.

Minister of Healthcare Y. Birtanov reported on the current situation and plans for further work to expand competition and increase the share of the private sector in medicine. In this regard, there is a need to increase the inflow of investments in the field of rehabilitation and rehabilitation services, as well as a need for additional measures for the prevention and management of key diseases.

Minister of Education and Science Y. Sagadiyev, in turn, reported that the region is actively working to digitize the education sector. Thus, to date, 86% of schools have broadband internet access with a speed of 4 Mbit / s and above, 90% are equipped with computer hardware. 90% of kindergartens are connected to an automated system. At the same time, there are several areas which require special attention. These are the introduction of electronic grade-books and the installation of Wi-Fi in schools.

Minister of Information and Communication D. Abayev reported on the digitization of economic sectors and the development of the ICT sector. According to the results of the first quarter of 2018, the growth of gross value added (GVA) was 14.7%. The number of employees in the field of ICT was 3200 people; the growth of labor productivity was 16.2%.

Comments on the development of entrepreneurship and support of domestic producers of goods and services were added during the discussion by the regional specialist J. Akbay and Director of JSC "Zenith" V. Valiyev.

Summing up the meeting, Prime Minister B. Sagintayev noted the need for comprehensive achievement of target growth indicators in 12 areas of development for effective solution of tasks set by the Head of State to create a new model of Kazakhstan's economic growth. The Prime Minister stressed that for this purpose it is necessary to pay considerable attention to the development and promotion of domestic enterprises, services and goods, which in turn will require intensive training of local work force. According to B. Sagintayev, the issue of training and retraining of personnel should become one of the important priorities of economic modernization. The Prime Minister paid special attention to the development potential of the manufacturing sector.

“I see that all companies in the regions want to develop, they have the opportunities and, most importantly, there are trained personnel who can produce any products that our major buyers need, especially in the oil and gas sector,” – B. Sagintayev said, noting that the measures taken will allow stepping away from import in favor of locally produced goods.

In general, the Prime Minister noted the positive dynamics of economic growth in West Kazakhstan region.

“All the issues raised by the Head of State during the visit are being fully resolved. Those issues that require a budget change will be put into the next year's budget and systematically resolved. We must achieve growth rates of at least 5-5.5% from 2021, and this year must be completed with the rate of not less than 4%,” – B. Sagintayev concluded.

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As part of a working visit to West Kazakhstan region, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev visited a microdistrict under construction in Zachagansk to examine the progress of construction of residential houses under the "Nurly Zher" program and the stages of the "7-20-25" program, and also inspected the halls of the specialized PSC, where he got acquainted with the automation of the process of providing public services under the one one-stop-principle.

During the inspection of the multi-apartment apartment building under construction, the Prime Minister was informed that the building would be put into operation in July of this year. Akim of Uralsk M. Mukayev said that the state housing programs announced by the Head of State are being implemented at full speed. In 2015-2017, the volume of housing commissioning increased by 159%. According to the Akimat, 3828 dwellings were built in the region in the past year, which is 38.6% more than in 2016. Within the framework of the state program “Nurly Zher” launched in 2017, seven residential houses (1106 apartments) were put into operation for a total of 9 billion tenge. As of July 1 this year, 2234 dwellings (234.9 thousand sq m of housing) were commissioned; this is 115% compared to the same period of 2017. In total, 415.7 thousand m² will be introduced in the current year, this is about 3.8 thousand dwellings.

“In 2018, 13 billion tenge were allocated to the construction industry. To date, construction of 43 residential buildings (6400 apartments) is underway: within the framework of state programs, there are 21 houses for 3200 apartments, private-public partnerships – 10 multi-storey apartment buildings for 1400 apartments, private investment funds – 12 multi-storey residential buildings for 1600 apartments with a total area of ​​apartments of 80.5 thousand m²,” - Akim of Uralsk M. Mukayev said.

Along with this, within the framework of the new housing program "7-20-25" and through private investments, the development of a new microdistrict “Akzhayik” with a total area of ​​425 hectares began on the outskirts of the regional center. It is planned to build 150 multi-storey residential buildings.

In addition, within the framework of public-private partnership, new houses are being built in the region in place of demolished dangerous and dilapidated buildings. Thus, in 2017, 7 dangerous houses were demolished in Uralsk, in place of which new buildings are being built. 13 houses deemed hazardous are being demolished this year.

In addition to state programs, private multi-storey apartment houses are being actively built in Uralsk. According to the Akimat of the city, in the last three years alone, 35 multi-storey apartment houses have been built, with a total area of ​​250 000 m², with 4500 apartments. At the moment, private investors are building 12 residential houses (1600 apartments), with a total area of ​​80.5 thousand m².

Within the framework of the President’s “Five Social Initiatives”, it is also planned to build six dormitories for students near the city's educational institutions. Thus, 1650 students will be provided with housing. At the moment, land plots are designated, design work is underway.

In 2017, a record amount of housing was put into operation in Kazakhstan - 11 million m². Thus, thanks to the program "Nurly Zher" more than 100 thousand families received new housing. This year the task is to introduce over 12 million m², or more than 103 thousand dwellings.

Continuing the working trip, Prime Minister B. Sagintayev visited the new specialized Public Service Center, where he familiarized himself with the methods of providing public services on a "one-stop shop" principle. As the Director of the specialized center M. Basarov noted, over two months of work, the center's employees provided more than 15 thousand different services.

“Residents of the city switched to a more convenient format for receiving services. They re-register cars and change driving licenses online. Earlier the time of receiving these services was about 6 hours, now with the help of new features of the center, car owners spend about 90 minutes on this. The specialized PSC on average provides 350-370 services daily. It is planned that up to 70 000 car owners will be serviced annually in the special center,” - M. Basarov said.

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Today, as part of a working visit to West Kazakhstan region, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev met with the public of the three districts to discuss the execution of the instructions of the Head of State to develop transport communication between district centers and the regional center in the framework of the Nurly Zhol State Program, and also got acquainted with the progress of construction motor roads “Uralsk – Taskala – the Russian border Ozinki” and “Kaztalovka - Zhanibek - Bokey Orda”.

The meeting with representatives of Kaztalovsky, Zhanibek and Bokeyorda districts covered topical issues of full-scale modernization of roads and improving the state of the roads of the local network in the framework of the fulfillment of the Address of the Head of State to the people of Kazakhstan “New Development Opportunities in the Conditions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.

Opening the meeting, Bakytzhan Sagintayev noted that the Head of State pays special attention to the development of the West Kazakhstan region as a whole, including the state of highways, as one of the main economic drivers of the country's development, as well as interregional and intraregional mobility of the population. 24.9 billion tenge was allocated for repair of the region’s motor roads during 2014-2017. 453 km of motor roads were repaired, and the regional center was connected to the district centers - Karatobe, Shynghyrlau and Zhanakala. In addition, intraregional repair works were carried out in a number of districts of the region, and the centers of the Burlinsky and Syrymsky districts were connected.

With a view to radically improve the state of local roads, the Head of State, in the framework of his visit to the West Kazakhstan region this year, instructed to allocate additional funds. Thus, 23.9 billion tenge were allocated, of which 11 billion tenge were sent to the Taskalinsky district and 1.7 billion tenge to the Kaztalovsky district. During the discussion, it was noted that due to the allocated funds, the reconstruction of the Uralsk-Saratov route will also be completed. With the modernization of this road, economic activity of the border regions is expected to grow due to travel time being reduced by 1.5 times.

In addition, for the next 3 years, transfers from the National budget in the amount of 18 billion tenge are provided for parity co-financing from the local budget. The total volume is 36 billion tenge. As a result, over 700 km of roads will be repaired.

Chairman of the Board of KazAvtoZhol JSC E. Kizatov, reporting on the implementation of the State Program for Infrastructure Development Nurly Zhol for 2015-2019 in the West Kazakhstan region, demonstrated on the map of the region the progress of construction and reconstruction of roads. According to him, in 2018, 13 projects for the total amount of over 16 billion tenge are envisaged.

Two projects are scheduled for this year: the reconstruction of the highway “Burlin - Aksay – Zhympity” and the reconstruction of the road from the National highway “Podstepnoe - Fedorovka – Russian border” to Alghabas, Terektinsky district of the West Kazakhstan region. 100% of funds were utilized during 6 months. With regards to “Full and medium repair of motorways of regional and district importance” in 2018, 5 projects are planned for the amount of 3 billion tenge.

First Deputy Minister of Investments and Development R. Sklyar reported that the total length of the public-use road network of the West Kazakhstan region is 6496 km. By the end of the year, a tender will be held for six lots for the development of design estimates. Compared to 2014, the state of local roads has been improved by 4%. In general, by 2025 it is planned to improve 75% of local roads.

During the meeting, Chairman of the Council of Veterans of the Bokeyorda district I. Mashutov made a speech on behalf of the local community. He noted that major work has been started to repair the roads both of National and local importance.

“The construction of high-quality roads will ensure the chances of developing local tourism and the recognition of this beautiful land,” – I. Mashutov said.

Summarizing the meeting, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev instructed the Ministry of Investments and Development together with KazAvtoZhol JSC and the regional Akimat to take into account all the proposals voiced, as well as to ensure the qualitative and timely implementation of the planned works on all sections of roads.

The inspection of the ongoing work on modernizing road infrastructure began with the Prime Minister getting acquainted with the construction of the road section “Uralsk - Taskala – Russian border Ozinki”. The length is 100 km, of which 27 km were completed last year. In the current year, 9.5 billion tenge were allocated for repairs.

The Deputy Akim of the region M. Satkanov reported that after the completion of the construction in November of this year, 7.5 thousand vehicles will utilize this road per day. Travel time will be reduced by 1.5 times. The road surface can withstand the weight of a 13-tonne vehicle. In general, it is expected that the reconstruction of roads will increase the economic activity of the border regions through reducing travel time.

Bakytzhan Sagintayev also got acquainted with progress of repairs of the section of the highway “Kaztalovka - Zhanibek - Bokey Orda”. Thus, in accordance with the instruction of the Head of the State, in order to connect the centers of Kaztalovka, Zhanibek, and Bokeyorda districts with the regional center, design of major repairs of the roads "Kaztalovka-Zhanibek" and "Unege-Bisen-Sayhin" with a total length of 245 km was launched. The implementation of the projects is scheduled for 2019-2021.

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Today, on behalf of the Head of the State, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev arrived in West Kazakhstan region on a working visit to get acquainted with the implementation of the President's Addresses “Third Modernization of Kazakhstan: Global Competitiveness”, “New Development Opportunities in the Conditions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, “Five social initiatives”, as well as state and sectoral programs.

The first place of visit was one of the largest deposits in the world - the Karachaganak oil and gas condensate field, which covers an area of ​​more than 280 square kilometers. Production performance makes up about 45% of the total gas production in the Republic and about 16% of the total production of liquid hydrocarbons, and the total estimated reserves exceed 2.4 billion barrels of condensate and 16 trillion cubic feet of gas.

During the visit, Prime Minister B. Sagintayev got acquainted with the technological process of hydrocarbon production. The main results of the work of the enterprise were elaborated upon by the CEO of Karachaganak Petroleum Operating BV Edwin Blom. Karachaganak contains 12 billion barrels of liquid hydrocarbons and 57 trillion cubic feet of gas, of which about 11% has been mined to date. E. Blom reported that in the 21st year of development of Karachaganak, production performance amounted to 42% of the total in the Republic, and this indicates that there are great prospects for further development of the field.

According to him, KPO consistently demonstrates high production rates, with special focus given to issues of industrial safety, labor protection and the environment.

“Our environmental indicators are at the global level. Very strict environmental safety standards are maintained not only in production, but also on a larger scale. For the second year we have been organizing an environmental forum in Uralsk, to which we are inviting not only KPO staff, but also contractors to discuss the improvement of environmental safety. Because, even if today the indicators are good, maybe tomorrow they will not be good enough. The environment is changing,” - Edwin Blom said.

Bakytzhan Sagintayev was also briefed in detail about the operation of the facilities for expanding and prolonging the exploration of the Karachaganak field. Today, oil is mainly exported via the CPC pipeline leading to the port of Southern Ozereevka on the Black Sea. Another route for the sale of oil is through the Atyrau-Samara pipeline, which connects to Transneft's transport system, which provides access to the port of Primorsk and a number of European destinations.

Speaking about technological modernization of the enterprise and introduction of Industry 4.0 elements, the CEO of KPO informed that to date the shareholders of the consortium have invested over $ 23 billion in the development of Karachaganak. The development of the field involves the most advanced technologies. This allows combining skilled subsoil use with obtaining the maximum economic return. At the same time, the management of KPO intends to continue investing in the maintenance of technological equipment.

“Currently, the plans for digitalization, to which the President of the country has called, are very enthusiastic. We see a number of initiatives that cover security, environmental responsibility, human capital, etc. KPO is already a high-tech enterprise, but digitalization involves the most intensively developing innovation, so we need to constantly expand local staff,” – E. Blom said, stressing that support of local commodity producers is also one of KPO's key priorities.

In addition, KPO supplies electricity for the needs of the population of the West Kazakhstan region. For these purposes, there is a gas turbine power station, the main purpose of which is to provide own electrical energy for the entire production complex of the field and nearby settlements.

Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev got acquainted with the continuation of the technological chain of oil and gas processing at the plant of JSC Condensate. Here, production of K5 class gasoline was launched during a teleconference with the participation of the Head of State.

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Condensate JSC V. Dzhunusov told about the modernization of the plant, and also informed about the measures taken to automate and digitize production. In 2017, the plant was modernized, increasing the capacity of the enterprise to 850 thousand tonnes per year. In addition, a plant for hydrotreatment of diesel fuel to the ecological class K5 was launched in June 2018. In general, more than $ 200 million was invested in the reconstruction of the plant.

This modernization allowed to cover the deficit of motor fuels in the domestic market of the country, and also increased income to the budget with regards to excises and other types of tax payments. In addition, the plant provides a decent income for more than 1000 residents of the region (employees of the enterprise and their families), creating highly-qualified jobs. Since the launch of new gasoline units, over 80 000 tonnes of gasoline of the highest ecological class K5 have been sold. About 1 billion tenge of excises were paid to the region's budget during this period.

The sale of high-octane gasoline and diesel fuel produced at the plant is carried out not only in the West Kazakhstan region, but also in nearby areas. In addition, half of the output is exported abroad. For example, vacuum gas oil is exported to Belarus, tar sales are focused on Russia.

The West Kazakhstan region is of great industrial importance for the country. The industry of the region is represented by enterprises of oil and gas production, refining of petroleum products, machine building, metallurgy, defense, mining, clothing and food industries. The volume of industrial production in January-June 2018 amounted to 1184.6 billion tenge. The index of physical volume amounted to 98.6% of the corresponding period of 2017. Within the framework of IIDSP and the Industrialization Map, 7 projects worth 7 billion tenge are being implemented in 2018, creating 262 jobs.

During the working visit, Prime Minister B. Sagintayev will also visit a number of industrial and social infrastructure facilities, he will hold a meeting with the region's active core and business representatives to discuss project management issues.

In particular, the construction of the highway “Uralsk - Taskala - the Russian border Ozinki” and “Kaztalovka - Zhanibek - Bokey Orda” will be inspected. These routes improve transport communication between the district centers and the regional center. Here, the Prime Minister will discuss the implementation of the state program “Nurly Zhol” with representatives of Kaztalovsky, Zhanibek and Bokeyorda districts.

Further, the Prime Minister will travel to Zachagansk to inspect the construction of residential houses under the program “Nurly Zher” and to familiarize with the implementation of the “7-20-25” program.

In the specialized public service center B. Sagintayev will get acquainted with the process of automation of available state services and implementation of regional projects of the state program “Digital Kazakhstan”.

The Prime Minister's working visit will be concluded with a meeting with the active core and representatives of business in the regional Akimat, where the issues of project management will be discussed, as well as the results of work for 6 months of the year, and plans for further solving the tasks given in the President's Addresses “Third Modernization of Kazakhstan : Global Competitiveness”, ”New Development Opportunities in the Conditions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, “Five Social Initiatives”.

Recall, Bakytzhan Sagintayev is making a series of working trips to the regions on behalf of the Head of State. Earlier he made trips to Atyrau, Karaganda, Kostanay, Kyzylorda, Mangystau, South Kazakhstan, Akmola, Aktobe regions.

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By the order of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Zarina Nurlanova was appointed to the post of Head of the Press Service of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Press Secretary of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Zarina Nurlanova was born in 1986 in Taldykorgan, Almaty region. In 2008 she graduated from the Kazakh Humanitarian and Law University with a degree in Sociology, in 2017 – from KAZGUU University and UBIS University with a degree in Business Administration. She speaks Kazakh, Russian and English.

She began her career in 2009 as Manager of Arna Media Advertising LLP. In different years she worked as Executive, Managing Director, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Qazcontent JSC, headed the Institute of Eurasian Integration, and also served as Adviser to the Minister of Information and Communication of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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Today in Ukimet Uyi, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev met with representatives of the National Public Association “Writers' Union of Kazakhstan”  headed by Chairman Ulybek Yesdaulet.

The discussion covered current issues and new creative projects of the Writers' Union of Kazakhstan.

The Writers' Union of Kazakhstan is a non-governmental organization uniting more than 750 Kazakhstani professional writers.

The Writers' Union has creative subdivisions for Kazakh, Russian, Uighur (since 1932), German and Korean (since 1977) literature.

It has 5 interregional branches in Astana, Shymkent, Karaganda, Semipalatinsk, and Uralsk.

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A meeting with Kazakhstan’s military delegation took place today in the General Staff Headquarters of the Armed Forces of Kyrgyzstan.

This is the first official visit in the history of Kyrgyz-Kazakh relations since Independence.

Kazakhstan’s military delegation, headed by the Minister of Defence, Colonel-General Saken Zhasuzakov, arrived in Bishkek yesterday. He met with the President, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Kyrgyz Republic, Sooronbay Jeenbekov.

The meeting with the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Kyrgyz Republic, Major-General Rayimberdi Duishenbiev, is taking place today.

During the talks, the parties will discuss the situation in the Central Asian region, exchange experience on the issues of the armed forces of the two states and issues of ensuring joint security. Following the dialogue, an agreement on cooperation in the field of military intelligence between the governments of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan is expected to be signed.

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Today in Ukimet Uyi, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev held a meeting on the current status of operations within the framework of project management of the Third Modernization of Kazakhstan.

The meeting covered the preliminary results of work for the first half of the year and plans for the second half of 2018 with regards to indicators and performance of measures in productive employment and development of the education sector.

Minister of Education and Science Yerlan Sagadiyev reported on the ongoing work on planning and forecasting labor resources, changing the content of higher, technical and vocational education (TVE) educational programs, taking into account the needs of the new economy, as well as measures to liberalize educational services and attract investment, attract foreign students.

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Today in Ukimet Uyi, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev held a meeting on the current status of operations within the framework of project management of the Third Modernization of Kazakhstan.

The meeting covered the preliminary results of work for the first half of the year and plans for the second half of 2018 with regards to indicators and execution of actions in the context of the project management of the Akimats of Kostanay, Pavlodar and North-Kazakhstan regions.

Akim of Kostanay region A. Mukhambetov, Akim of Pavlodar region B. Bakauov, and Akim of North Kazakhstan region K. Aksakalov presented the main socio-economic indicators of the regions and reported on the development of transport and logistics, agribusiness, education, health, tourism, trade, mass entrepreneurship, and on the progress of basic industrialization, attracting investment and productive employment.

In their speeches the Akims focused on the measures taken to form a new model of economic growth.

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