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Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Head of State holds a meeting on the activities of the National Modernization Commission

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The meeting was attended by Prime Minister B. Sagintayev, Chairman of the Majilis N. Nigmatullin, Head of the Presidential Administration A. Zhaksybekov, members of the Government, heads of central state bodies and national companies, Akorda press service reports.

The meeting heard reports made by Chairman of the Agency for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption K. Kozhamzharov, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration T. Donakov, Minister of National Economy T. Suleimenov, First Deputy Chairman of the Senate B. Beknazarov.

Having heard the reports of the heads of the working groups, the President of Kazakhstan dwelled on the implementation of certain areas of the Five Institutional Reforms.

Regarding the first reform. Based on the results of the attestation of senior staff of the “B” corps, many Ministries and Akimats have revealed a weak knowledge of strategic and program documents. This concerns, first of all, the Ministries of Agriculture, Healthcare, Education and Science, and practically all Akimats. The situation with career advancement of civil servants has improved. At the same time, a number of state bodies show frequent changes in top management in connection with “team displacements, � Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The Head of State stressed that positions, made vacant by one’s resignation, are filled with people who have worked with the head in different periods, and instructed to take additional measures to correct this issue.

Also, the flow of appeals from the population about violations of law and order to the Presidential Administration is not reducing. There is no real competition at the pre-trial stage. Lawyers and law enforcement officers have insufficient qualifications. Procedures for obvious and minor offenses should be simplified as much as possible. People should not wait months for decisions on simple matters. Decisions of judicial and law enforcement bodies should be laconic, clear for citizens’ understanding, � Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

In addition, the Head of State dwelled on the work of local police and focused on preventing the decline in its manageability and efficiency in responding to emergencies.

“The local police was and remains in the uniform system of internal affairs bodies. But the Akim has the right to set before the police tasks to enforce law and order of local significance and to prevent violations, � the President of Kazakhstan said.

Regarding the third direction of the Five Institutional Reforms, Nursultan Nazarbayev noted that 13 out of 50 steps were completed, and the rest are in the works.

At the same time, the President of Kazakhstan once again reminded about the need to exclude from the draft new Tax Code ineffective benefits and preferences, and also instructed to conduct a wide outreach work on this issue.

In addition, the Head of State emphasized the importance of implementing the Law on expanding regional electric grid companies, which should lead to a reduction in the cost of electricity for consumers.

“The task was to attract at least 10 transnational companies to the processing sector to create export goods and enter global markets. Last year, only three joint projects were launched, implemented by Tenaris, EFCO and Coca-Cola. At the same time, the company that produces Coca-Cola has been operating in the country since the last century, � the President of Kazakhstan said.

Nursultan Nazarbayev also noted the lack of significant progress in implementing projects in priority sectors of the economy with the participation of “anchor investors” over the past 2 years.

We talk about this every year. So far, no project with a strategic investor in these industries has been implemented. We created the special national company “Kazakh Invest”. Gave it a special status, representative offices were created in all regions. Half a year has passed, where are the results? � the Head of State inquired. The Prime Minister was instructed to fix the areas of responsibility in the work to attract investors.

Nursultan Nazarbayev also dwelled on the plans and prospects for further work of the AIFC and its institutions.

The President of Kazakhstan noted the problem of corruption in the subsoil use sector, despite the measures taken by the Government, and instructed to review the legislation in this area.

In conclusion, the Head of State outlined the large amount of forthcoming work of all branches of power for the further implementation of the Plan of the Nation.

The Government’s accountability and control over the Parliament and its chambers are strengthened within the framework of constitutional reforms. Each head should promptly and competently solve them at their level, without shifting responsibility to others. Current issues should not be taken to the level of the President, � Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan

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