Today, as part of his working trip to Karaganda region, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev held a working meeting on the development of the country’s single-industry cities.

The event saw participation of representatives of central and local state bodies, Akims of single-industry cities and heads of the region’s industrial enterprises.

The meeting participants discussed the development of single-industry cities within the framework of the Regional Development Program 2020, the implementation of "anchor" investment projects, issues of idle and under-loaded projects, as well as problems of small and medium-sized business development.

Minister of National Economy Timur Suleimenov and Minister of Investment and Development Zhenis Kassymbek made presentations on these topics. In addition, detailed reports on the situation in their cities were made by Akim of Temirtau Galym Ashimov, Akim of Kentau Abdubakhyt Makulbayev and Akim of Stepnogorsk Anuar Kumpekeyev.

The private sector’s viewpoint was expressed in their speeches by Director General of LLP Talas Investment Company Bakhtiyar Aldashov, Director of LLP Bapy Mining Bakhyt Shalbayev, Vice President of SSGPO Yerlan Alkenov, chief investor of SES Saran LLP Jan Sonnenschein, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ERG Aldiyar Kaztayev.

Summing up the meeting, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev noted that most of the country’s large industrial enterprises are located in single-industry cities and are system-forming. Therefore, technological modernization of such plants, carried out within the framework of implementing President N. Nazarbayev's Address “Third Modernization of Kazakhstan: Global Competitiveness”, is especially important for the residents of these settlements.

At the same time, it is noted that the future of single-industry cities also depends on the active part of the population, in particular, entrepreneurs, who can invest in the development of such sectors as tourism and agriculture.

The Prime Minister instructed state bodies to consider the proposals made at the meeting when developing changes to the current Monotown Development Program for the purpose of increasing their investment attractiveness.

www.primeminister.kz

Published: 28 July 2017

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