B. Sagintayev at meeting with Akmola region’s activists and business: We will help those who strive for export and competitiveness
Within the framework of the meeting, the work of the region’s activists on creating the necessary conditions for ensuring quality and sustainable growth of the economy in the conditions of a new global reality was considered. In particular, in such areas as the agro-industrial complex, attraction of investments, development of the basic sectors of the economy, mass entrepreneurship, technological modernization and implementation of the elements of Industry 4.0, digitalization, training and creation of new jobs, and further diversification of the economy.
Opening the meeting, Sagintayev emphasized that the Akmola region is a special industrial and agrarian region, where the large-scale agricultural production and industry are concentrated. To date, with the support of the state, along with agriculture, the branches of machine-building, metallurgical and processing industries, the construction materials industry and tourism are developing. To date, the Government is preparing new development programs and there are plans to intensify the further development of the agro-industrial complex and attract investment in the processing industry.
This year, a lot of work is being done to implement the Address “New Opportunities Under the Fourth Industrial Revolution” and the Five Social Initiatives of the President. Technological re-equipment of the basic industries, raising the level of labor productivity and developing competitive export production are the Government’s key guidelines.
The Regional Akim Malik Murzalin reported about the socio-economic development of the region in the context of implementing the instructions of the Head of State. In five months of the year, positive dynamics of development has been observed in all spheres of the economy.
Enterprises of the industrial sector make a significant contribution to the development of the region. With the increase in the share of manufacturing (almost 80%), the agrarian region has traditionally become an industrial-agrarian one. (In 2017, the share of industry in the structure of the GRP of the Akmola region is 25%, including manufacturing � 20%, agriculture � 15%). In the Republic of Kazakhstan, the share of the manufacturing industry in the total volume of industry is 40%.
Representatives of large enterprises of the region also spoke during the discussion. General Director of Altyntau Kokshetau JSC I. Kogay, General Director of Tynys JSC K. Kalmanbayev, Director of PO Kokshe-Cement M. Iskendirov, Director General of JSC “Kokshetauminvody” S. Maksimets, Director of Zhukov hotel complex I. Zhukova, Director of Novopek LLP A. Zhakupov, Director of Makinskaya poultry farm R. Tokseitova, director of LLP “Kamenka and D” of Sandyktau district, A. Dzheyranov spoke on the issues of increasing the competitiveness of business. In particular, the topics of technological modernization, digitalization on the example of the Digital Plant project and robotization, subsidizing agricultural machinery and further upgrading the region’s infrastructure were touched upon. First Vice Minister of Agriculture Arman Yevniev made comments on the mechanisms of subsidizing the agro-industrial complex.
Further, Minister for Investments and Development Zhenis Kassymbek reported on the tasks and perspectives of the region on technological modernization of industrial enterprises and digitalization.
At present, the MID RK in conjunction with the akimat is working to form a plan for digitalization of the region. Eight regional projects implemented by seven enterprises are already included in the draft plan (LLP Kazatomprom, JSC Altyntau Kokshetau, JSC Kazakhaltyn and LLP RG Gold, LLP PO Kokshe Cement, LLP Semizbay U, LLP Stepnogorsk Mining and Chemical Combine). The introduction of digital technologies will increase the competitiveness of enterprises.
Minister of Labor and Social Protection of the Population Madina Abylkassymova told about employment issues and creation of new jobs.
As of June 1, 5,453 new jobs were created in the Akmola region, including 2,979 in rural areas, of which 3,403 are permanent (550 in agriculture, 451 in industry, 101 in construction, 136 in transport, 743 in wholesale trade, and in other sectors of the economy � 1422).
Minister of Culture and Sports Arystanbek Mukhamediuly, in his turn, reported on the development of tourism in the Akmola region, in particular the Shchuchinsk-Borovoe resort zone.
The tourist cluster of the region includes over 700 tourism enterprises. The cultural and historical segment of the cluster is represented by 900 monuments, most of which are under the protection of the state and are used for providing sightseeing programs. There are about 80 tourist routes in Akmola region, eight among them are approved routes for sacred places. This year, it is planned to build nine tourism facilities worth 2.8 billion tenge with the creation of more than 170 jobs.
Chairman of the Atameken NCE A. Myrzakhmetov informed about the urgent issues of the development of mass entrepreneurship in the region.
Summarizing the meeting, Bakytzhan Sagintayev noted the importance and relevance of all thetopics and issues raised. The development of entrepreneurship is one of the main priorities of the Government in creating a new model of the country’s economic growth. To date, systemic measures are being taken to improve the business climate and stimulate business activity of SMEs. All proposals aimed at supporting entrepreneurship are under special control of the Government.
The Prime Minister also drew attention to the need to develop domestic production of goods and equipment, and further access to world markets.
“We need to work more on agricultural processing, go out for export. It is necessary to support domestic commodity producers: it is better to use your product than to resort to import. It is very important that the regions work in these areas,” the Prime Minister said, assuring that the Government will support export-oriented commodity producers.
As of June 1, 2018, the number of active SMEs is 43.1 thousand, which is 1005 more to the level of the previous year (2.4%). As of May 1, 2018, SME loans were issued for 77.7 billion tenge, which is 36.3% of the total volume of loans issued (an increase of 24.1% compared to the same period in 2017), the highest level of loans in the sphere of agriculture 47.5%, in the sphere of trade � 23%. Among the regions of the country for issuing loans to SMEs, Akmola region ranks first (157.5% compared to the same period in 2017).
Source:The Prime Minister of kazakhstan