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Deputies determined the agenda for the Senate meeting to be held on September 21 at a meeting of the Senate Bureau chaired by the Speaker of the Chamber Maulen Ashimbaev, press service of the Senate reports.
At the upcoming meeting of the Chamber, deputies will consider the Law "On Public Control" and its accompanying law, "On introducing amendments and additions to some legislative acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on issues of public control and improving administrative procedures." The norms of the documents are aimed at expanding opportunities for citizens to participate in decisions that affect the fate of the country.
At the same time, the law provides for a number of measures to regulate the scope of public control, including regulation of the rights and obligations of its participants.
In addition, as part of the implementation of the Address of the Head of State to the people "Economic Course of a Fair Kazakhstan" this week, senators will hold a visiting meeting of the Committee in the Mangystau region.
In addition, the deputies distributed laws previously adopted by the Mazhilis of the Parliament among the permanent Senate Committees.
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Dinara Shcheglova has been appointed as the Vice Minister of Science and Higher Education by the decree of the Kazakh Government, Kazinform News Agency cites its press service.
Hailing from Semey in East Kazakhstan region, Dinara Shcheglova is a graduate of the Gumilyov Eurasian National University, the Ryskulov Kazakh Economic University and the Kazakh University of Economy, Finance and International Trade.
Throughout her career, Ms Shcheglova worked for the Kazakh Agency for Informatization and Communications as well as JSC "Zerde" National Information and Communications Holding".
Between 2018 and 2019 she was the Vice Minister of Information and Communications of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Afterwards she was an advisor to the Kazakh Prime Minister for two years.
Prior to the recent appointment, she has served as the Vice Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan since 2020.
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Construction of a new railway line Darbaza - Maktaaral with a length of 152 km started in Turkestan region. Alikhan Smailov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, gave an official start to the works in the mode of teleconference, primeminister.kz reports.
A large infrastructure project is being implemented on behalf of the Head of State Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and is aimed at further development of transport and transit potential of the republic. As part of it, a new checkpoint across the Kazakh-Uzbek state border will be opened.
In general, since the beginning of the year, the volume of cargo transportation between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan amounted to 25.8 million tons. The main cargo flow passes through the interstate junction station "Saryagash", which today operates at the limit of capacity.
The construction of the new railway line will allow reorienting cargoes from the existing Saryagash-Tashkent section to the new branch, unloading the Saryagash station and increasing export transportation in the direction of Uzbekistan as a whole. In addition, the project will contribute to the development of Turkestan region by connecting it to the main railroad network of the republic.
In his speech, the Prime Minister noted that today another landmark event is taking place in Kazakhstan.
Railroads are steel arteries that ensure the development of economic and social spheres of our state. Last year the maximum volume of cargo was transported for 30 years of Kazakhstan's independence, which amounted to more than 245 billion ton-kilometers. High rates are maintained in the current year," Alikhan Smailov said.
Head of the Government stressed that by the end of the year the volume of cargo transportation with Uzbekistan is forecasted at the level of about 31 million tons, which is 16% higher than last year.
To expand the capacity of this section, as well as to increase the export and transit potential of our country, we give a start to the construction of a major railway project - a new line Darbaza - Maktaaral," Prime Minister said.
The project is divided into two stages. The first one involves construction of the line Yerdaut - Maktaaral - the state border of Uzbekistan with access to the Syrdarya station.
The second stage envisages commissioning of Zhetysai - state border of Uzbekistan branch with access to the same station. A total of 152 km of railroad track will be built. For the project it is planned to purchase 19.7 thousand tons of rails, as well as 280 thousand sets of reinforced concrete sleepers and rail fasteners.
Construction of the new railroad will create 3,400 jobs. The share of Kazakhstani content in the project will amount to 85%.
After laying the first link of the railroad bed Prime Minister congratulated everyone on the beginning of work and emphasized the need to ensure quality implementation of the project in due time.
Kanat Almagambetov, Deputy Chairman of the Board of KTZ, emphasized that the Darbaza-Maktaaral line will connect two remote districts of Turkestan region - Maktaaral and Zhetysai - with the rest of Kazakhstan.
Nine stations will be built. The railroad will give a direct exit of cargoes from Kazakhstan to these areas and from these areas to Kazakhstan. Because now they have to pass the border with Uzbekistan. This affects the development of the districts. After construction, they will get a new serious impetus," he said.
Kazakhstan's transit potential will also increase significantly, he said.
Cargoes that go to Afghanistan, Iran, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will pass through this line faster. Another effect: tension on the Saryagash-Tashkent section will be eased. In recent years, there has been a lot of cargo there. At the same time, not all of them are transferred in time, because this junction is not designed for such a cargo flow. It has increased dramatically in the last two or three years. Construction will help unload this main section and give movement to passenger trains," Kanat Almagambetov said.
He also said that the construction of a railroad through Pakistan to India is currently under discussion. And the launch of the line Darbaza - Maktaaral will be a significant contribution of Kazakhstan to the development of this strategic route.
We forecast that the cargo flow will additionally increase by 10-14 million tons. And further growth up to 20-25 million tons is possible. This section, bypassing the Tashkent junction, will be much faster to carry cargo in both directions," Kanat Almagambetov concluded.
It should be noted that as part of further expansion of transport and transit potential of Kazakhstan, the Government is systematically working on the development of railway infrastructure. In particular, the construction of second tracks on the section Dostyk - Moyinty and a new railroad bypassing Almaty is already underway. In the near future it is planned to start work on a new railroad line Bakhty - Ayagoz with access to the third international junction with China. In total, over 1300 km of railroads will be built in the republic within three years.
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Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov held a meeting on the implementation of the National Project "Modernization of Rural Health Care", primeminister.kz reports.
Within the framework of the national project, implemented in fulfillment of the instructions of the Head of State Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, it is planned to open 655 primary health care facilities in the regions. Among them are 257 medical stations, 238 medical assistant stations and 160 medical outpatient clinics. This year 99 facilities are under construction. As of today, 20 of them have already been completed, and work on the rest is still in progress.
In addition, the national project provides for the modernization of 32 multi-disciplinary central district hospitals with the opening of stroke centers, cardiology, intensive care, rehabilitation departments, as well as the provision of modern equipment.
Prime Minister pointed out that akimats of Karaganda, Zhambyl, North-Kazakhstan, Kyzylorda, Kostanay and several other regions should accelerate the work on construction of new PHC facilities and ensure their commissioning by the end of the year.
Implementation of the national project is under control of the Government. The Minister and Akims of the regions need to intensify work in this direction," Alikhan Smailov said.
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Issues of realization of the project of construction of Alatau city (G4 City) in Almaty region between Almaty and Konayev were discussed at the meeting in the Government under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov, primeminister.kz reports.
With the participation of heads of central government agencies and Akimat of the region, approaches to the development of the city were considered. According to the plan, it should become a point for attracting domestic and foreign investments, an international business hub operating according to high world standards. The experience of creating such famous centers of the world as Dubai, Singapore, Tianjin, etc. will be taken as a basis.
In particular, the development of Alatau city will allow to increase the level of trade and investment interaction with China and Central Asian countries, launch a number of new production and commercial projects, introduce best practices in various spheres and industries. To this end, conditions and incentives will be provided for attracting investments and conducting business activities. This includes tax and customs preferences.
The possibility of introducing a special legal regime, including the right of the International Financial Center "Astana" on the territory of Alatau city will also be considered.
Prime Minister emphasized that during the implementation it is necessary to take into account international experience and use such support measures, which have shown the greatest effectiveness.
In addition, there is a need to intensify the construction of the required infrastructure in cooperation with business, in particular, through the mechanism of public-private partnership.
Tell a friendHow to ensure the growth of export supplies from Kazakhstan to foreign markets and fulfil obligations to trade partners? This question was raised by the participants of the meeting of the headquarters on export issues held in Astana under the chairmanship of the Minister of Trade and Integration of the Republic of Kazakhstan Arman Shakkaliev, press service of the Ministry of Trade and Integration reports. Despite the good performance of Kazakhstan's trade with other countries in the first 9 months of 2023, exports of finished goods showed a decline. Commodity producers have great internal reserves to improve the situation, but it is necessary to solve the difficulties with transportation. "Exporters have something to carry, but nothing to carry. According to the transportation plan for November 2023, 8.5 million tonnes of cargoes were declared to be transported in the export direction, of which only 3.6 million tonnes were agreed, i.e. 4.9 million tonnes were denied to shippers. These facts clearly show why our exports are not growing at the rate they could", - Minister Arman Shakkaliyev said. In this regard, the head of the agency asked the members of the headquarters for specific cases and proposed to jointly develop measures to solve the problems. As Raimbek Batalov, Acting Chairman of the Board of "Atameken", noted, the lack of a clear plan to provide wagons negatively affects the export process. As a result, commodity producers cannot sell their products. Business representatives agreed that there is a need for a clear picture of railway capacity, so that shippers will have a better opportunity to plan their transportations efficiently. According to Satzhan Uzbekov, head of the Department of the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Kazakhstan, this year the transportation of goods by rail in the export direction has increased by half compared to the same period last year. Only for grain there is an increase in deliveries to China by three to four times. According to the ministry's forecasts, cargo transportation to China will show a new record in December. "A large volume of traffic is carried out, but there are restrictions on joints. This year we are fully exhausting our throughput capacity in the direction of China. At the end of the year, the volume of traffic to China will increase to 27.6 million tonnes. This is the maximum capacity of the infrastructure, which we have achieved, thanks to the relevant work", - Satzhan Uzbekov said. According to the information of Zeynulla Abdumanapov, Chairman of the National Association of Exporters "KazGrain", the volume of exports this year has decreased on the contrary. "Compared to last year, exports have decreased many times over. Since the pandemic, KTZ has accustomed us to carry cargo in containers, we have put this work in two years, but in September 2023 we restricted containerised transport of grain crops and milling products to China. Container transportations are limited by 85%. Now they can only be carried out by those stations that have paragraph 8 and 10. KTZ cuts the main transport plan by 60-70%, the only argument is that the junctions are loaded. We used to be able to regulate our shipments by submitting applications for inclusion in the additional transport plan. But today they do not co-ordinate them for us", - the head of the association shared the common problem. In turn, the representative of the Ministry of Transport said that the norms on paragraphs were provided for when there was all the necessary infrastructure at the stations, the station itself carried out cargo operations. "Now the corrective norms have been adopted, the work on paragraphs is underway. As for plans, there are rules of cargo carriage, an additional plan is agreed not to the detriment of the main one. If a consignor fulfilled the declared norm last month, they agree on a plan. Unscrupulous consignors are denied additional transportations", - Satzhan Uzbekov concluded. At the headquarters meeting, business representatives voiced several proposals to improve planning efficiency. Firstly, to automate the review of applications for carriage, so that the consignor knows why he was refused and at what section the cargo was not allowed through. Secondly, to publish KTZ's transport plans for open commodity positions, in particular, for agro-industrial complex, in the public domain on a monthly basis. This will allow commodity producers to qualitatively plan the dispatch of products. In addition, the participants of the meeting are interested in the implementation of a project to prioritise export shipments. "We are doing general work aimed at a specific result. This is not a criticism. We understand that transports should not suffer. The export headquarters itself is needed to promptly solve the issues that arise. The Ministry of Transport is ready to take the proposals into work. We will prepare issues related to cargo prioritisation together with the ministries of agriculture, industry and energy, we will work on them and show them to the Ministry of Transport in order to make appropriate changes to the rules. Another proposal is to apply penalties to those shippers who submit applications but then refuse to send cargo. In this case, they should be deprived of the opportunity to submit applications to the main transport plan for exactly the volume that was not delivered in the previous month", - Arman Shakkaliev concluded.
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Within the briefing for media representatives after the Senate meeting, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov spoke about measures to strengthen responsibility for crimes in the sphere of family and domestic relations, primeminister.kz reports.
As noted by the head of the Government, the Law "On Prevention of Domestic Violence" in Kazakhstan was adopted back in 2009. Moreover, Kazakhstan was the first country in the CIS, where such a law was adopted. In subsequent years, the legislation was repeatedly amended in the direction of increasing responsibility.
The latest changes were introduced just recently. In particular, the term of arrest was extended to 15 days, and in case of repeated violation - up to 25 days. In addition, the possibility of repeated reconciliation has been excluded and sanctions for causing serious or medium harm to health as a result of domestic violence have been toughened from 3 to 6 years," Alikhan Smailov said.
At the same time, he added that the norms that were adopted earlier are having an effect. Thus, for the last four months the number of domestic tyrants brought to justice has increased. If at the end of the 2nd quarter of this year it was 7 thousand people, then at the end of the 3rd quarter already 27 thousand citizens.
According to changes in the legislation, now there is no mandatory statement of the injured party is not required. The statements of witnesses or recordings from video cameras are enough. Often the injured party either does not write a statement or withdraws it. Now this situation has changed fundamentally. We see positive dynamics in the statistics of law enforcement agencies," the Prime Minister noted.
According to Alikhan Smailov, work in this direction continues. In mid-October, a bill on women's rights and child safety was submitted to the Government. It contains more than 90 amendments, including those aimed at strengthening responsibility for domestic violence. Most of them were supported and the bill will soon be submitted to the Majilis of the Parliament of Kazakhstan.
As for myself, I do not accept any violence against women. Moreover, I myself raise my daughters, and I want them to feel safe in our country," the Prime Minister said.
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Answering questions of journalists after the Senate meeting, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov told about further implementation of state mortgage programs in Kazakhstan, primeminister.kz reports.
Head of the Government emphasized that providing citizens with affordable housing, especially families with many children and families raising children with special needs, is one of the main priorities of the Government.
Currently we are implementing such programs as "Bakytty Otbasy" (2-10-20) and "Shanyrak" (5-10-20). Over the past three years, about 43 thousand Kazakhstani families have improved their housing conditions through participation in these programs. We will continue their realization," Alikhan Smailov said.
According to him, another popular product is the program "7-20-25". However, due to the limits on financing set by the National Bank, this program does not allow to cover the existing demand of the population.
In this regard, Otbasy Bank and Baiterek Holding started to develop a new program "9-20-25". At the same time, budget funds will not be used for its implementation.
We are now making calculations. It is planned to attract 150 billion tenge of extra-budgetary funds annually. It will allow to provide housing for additional 8 thousand families per year. Now the terms of the program are being worked out. It will be launched in the near future, it will take at least a month. It is expected to start next year," Alikhan Smailov said.
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Issues of improving the quality of public services were considered in the Government session chaired by Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov, primeminister.kz reports.
Minister of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry Bagdat Mussin reported that today about 93% of public services are provided electronically. Compared to last year, the number of services provided via smartphones has increased 6 times.
Along with this, the introduction of proactive services, which do not require citizens to contact government agencies, continues. Currently, their number has reached 40, and more than 2 million services have been provided. Work in this direction continues with the participation of focus groups of citizens.
The Minister added that previously citizens had to provide about 50 million paper certificates annually. However, through modern technologies this process has been digitized. However, today there are still facts of demanding certificates by employers and schools. This issue is planned to be fully resolved in 2024.
It was noted that today Kazakhstanis are increasingly using new digital services. In particular, these are electronic powers of attorney, online purchase and sale of cars, online registration of mortgages, etc. At the same time, next year the process of assigning pensions will be changed, which will be conducted in a completely new format. Projects are also being developed to abolish 12 different types of certificates required for employment, Internet connection, submission of declarations, and queuing for kindergarten.
During the meeting, a platform for online real estate transactions was also presented. Thus, when buying or selling real estate, for example, a house, an apartment or an office, there will be no need to go to a notary or to the Central Office, as before. Such online service will be provided using Blockchain and biometric identification technologies. All actions and videos performed on each property will be stored in the "e-government". Thus, the process that took several days has been reduced to 1 hour.
In addition, another project was presented - I-Qala. Today, a new owner of a house has to go around the utilities to conclude contracts for water, heat, etc. connection. More than 700 thousand people face this difficulty every year, and citizens used to spend up to 30 days to solve it. Currently, the Ministry is introducing an easier format.
Thus, the apartment owner is sent a corresponding SMS and all utility contracts are concluded online. Thanks to this, there is no need to go around the companies-operators in person. Today in the capital more than 80 thousand contracts have been successfully concluded in this way. Now this service is being launched in Almaty. Similar work will be carried out in other regions of the republic.
Chairman of the Board of Government for Citizens State Corporation Arman Kenzhegaliyev also spoke at the meeting.
As noted by the Prime Minister, today most public services are available in electronic format, including through applications on a smartphone.
Provision of electronic public services is an important component of improving the quality of life of citizens. The digitization of processes has made it possible to significantly reduce appeals to state bodies, the need to obtain paper certificates. This is not only de-bureaucratization, but also saving time of citizens," Alikhan Smailov said.
He emphasized that the measures taken by the state as a whole allowed Kazakhstan to rise to the 8th position in the UN rating on online services.
This is a great achievement of our country, which is noted by international experts. This work should be actively continued. It is necessary to constantly improve the level of service of the provided services, especially in the centers of public services," Prime Minister pointed out.
According to him, in the context of automation of services the Government for Citizens State Corporation should become a full-fledged driver of offline services.
As the Head of State noted, it is necessary to proactively provide services throughout a person's life. For this purpose, reengineering of business processes is being carried out. It is important to move away from the practice of collecting applications and supporting documents when the necessary information is already available in databases," Alikhan Smailov pointed out.
He emphasized that state bodies should implement approaches when services are provided "by default". One such example is the project "Digital Family Map" implemented on the platform "Smart Data Ukimet".
This approach should be scaled across all life situations," the Prime Minister said.
At the same time, he noted that 22 types of public services are still unavailable on the "Electronic Government" portal. Among them are such as recognition of education documents, appointment of housing assistance, extension of the lease term of a land plot.
People also complain about incorrect data. Only for 10 months of this year received more than 56 thousand applications for correction of information. This indicates insufficient quality work in the integration of various databases and digitization of information," Alikhan Smailov pointed out.
He added that visitors of the centers are dissatisfied with long queues and lack of comfortable conditions in the premises. In particular, citizens with special needs can't get to some buildings of the Central Office because of the lack of special ramps and elevators.
It is extremely difficult to get through to the Single Contact Center. Applying for licenses and permits is so complicated that applicants have to turn to consulting companies and individuals. In general, the above examples reduce the positive effect of the great work being done. Therefore, it is necessary to respond sensitively to complaints and recommendations of citizens, to take prompt action," Head of the Government emphasized.
In this regard, Prime Minister instructed to automate the remaining types of public services, which were declared as electronic, until the end of March 2024, as well as to expand the list of proactive services on a systematic basis.
It is necessary to regularly check the actual performance of each public service. Special attention should be paid to the ease of its receipt, correctness of data and their safe storage. And in general, we should optimize the list of documents requested from the population," Alikhan Smailov said.
According to Prime Minister, the main focus should be on quality and timely provision of services to businesses and citizens, including persons with special needs.
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