Today in Ukimet Uyi, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev held a meeting on the development of e-education in the framework of the Digitalization Program.

The meeting participants discussed issues of introducing e-education at all stages of the learning process, from pre-school institutions to higher educational institutions of the country.

Currently, a digital queuing and appointment system for kindergartens is currently being implemented in 13 cities and one region. With regards to secondary education, digital school registers and grade books are being launched in the framework of public-private partnership. With regards to professional and higher education, the multi-level Unified information system for the management of higher education is being introduced. Integration of the National Educational Database with the information systems of state bodies is planned to be carried out before 01.01.2018.

Digitalization of the system will allow creating a single database accessible with the Individual Identification Number. In the future, movement through the levels of education (kindergartens, schools, colleges, universities) will be carried out electronically, without the need to collect additional documents and certificates at each stage of education.

For reference: Today, out of 7047 public schools throughout the country, more than 4355 schools (62%) are connected to high-speed Internet. This figure for colleges is 90%, universities - 100%.                                                                                                                

A press conference took place today Ukimet Uyi with the participation of Deputy Minister of Energy Magzum Mirzagaliyev, covering the implementation of the fifth initiative of the President “Further development of the country’s gas infrastructure”.

Magzum Mirzagaliyev noted that in 2014 the Government approved the general plan for the development of Kazakhstan’ gas infrastructure for 2015-2030. According to this plan, it is expected to achieve 56% coverage of the country with gas by 2030, compared to today’s 47%. This will provide gas to more than 1600 settlements or 3 million people.

“The development of gas transportation infrastructure has an important strategic significance for the economy of the country and for ensuring the country's energy security. This will also improve the ecological and social well-being of the country's population,” – the Deputy Minister said.

According to the speaker, domestic gas consumption during the years of independence grew 1.5 times (from 9 billion m3 in 1991 to 13.8 billion m3 in 2017). The growth of gas consumption by municipal and household enterprises and the population is due to the implementation of a set of measures provided for by the General Plan for Gas Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

With regards to the Saryarka gas main project on the route Kyzylorda-Zhezkazgan-Karaganda-Temirtau-Astana-Kokshetau-Petropavlovsk, KazTransGas JSC has developed a feasibility study, which received a positive opinion from RSE State Expert Review Agency. According to the feasibility study, the total cost of the Project is 370 billion tenge (including VAT). The project is expected to be implemented in stages.

According to M. Mirzagaliyev, on the instructions of the Head of the State, the first stage on the route Kyzylorda - Zhezkazgan - Karaganda - Astana stretching 1081 km and costing 267 billion tenge is currently being worked out. This section of the gas pipeline will provide natural gas to the population of Astana, Karaganda, Temirtau, Zhezkazgan and nearby settlements along the main gas pipeline route.

The implementation of the Saryarka project will reduce the emission of pollutants in Astana to 36.1 thousand tonnes per year. It is expected that in the period of construction of the Saryarka main gas pipeline about 800 workplaces will be created and in the period of operation – 225 jobs.

Also, in order to fill the main gas pipeline and ensure gas supply to consumers, Akimats of the Karaganda, Akmola regions and Astana were involved in working out the issues of design and construction of gas distribution networks. Thus, the first stage of distribution networks should be ready for connection to the main gas pipeline as it is completed in December 2019.

Recall, on March 5 of this year the Head of State, in his Address to the people of Kazakhstan, instructed to construct the Saryarka main gas pipeline along the route Kyzylorda-Zhezkazgan-Karaganda-Temirtau-Astana to provide gas infrastructure to Astana, central and northern regions of Kazakhstan within one and a half years, that is, before December 2019 .

The meeting of the foreign ministers of the guarantor states of the Astana Process on Syrian Peace began in the capital of Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Kairat Abdrakhmanov delivered a welcoming speech on behalf of the host country. The Kazakh Foreign Minister reminded that exactly one year had passed since the Astana Process was launched and summed up the results of its work.

“As you know, a year ago, the Heads of State of Russia and Turkey offered President Nursultan Nazarbayev to hold peace talks between the Syrian government and representatives of armed opposition groups. Being convinced that peace is the only alternative to war, that the only way to peace is negotiations, Kazakhstan agreed and offered Astana as a platform to support inter-Syrian negotiations under the aegis of the UN in Geneva. There are certain obstacles on the way to peace, but the eight rounds of talks in Astana have allowed putting an end to the impasse in the negotiation process. This initiative, which was launched in January 2017, led to the fact that the conflicting parties for the first time came to the negotiating table at this site,” – he said.

Kairat Abdrakhmanov noted that the first significant steps were taken at this site to strengthen confidence-building measures between the Syrian government and the armed opposition.

“Since the launch of these talks, four de-escalation zones and a mechanism for monitoring the cease-fire regime have been established. They helped to provide more humanitarian assistance. These and other achievements of the Astana process cannot be ignored. This process also influenced the creation of necessary conditions, which in the end could lead to the cessation of hostilities,” - the Minister said.

Kairat Abdrakhmanov believes that despite difficulties, the Astana Process proved its effectiveness and relevance as a platform on which all parties to the conflict can express their views and, most importantly, negotiate and discuss concrete steps.

“We must also remember that the Astana Process is not separated from the UN initiative, but rather is fully aimed at integration with the Geneva Talks. Any agreement reached in Astana undoubtedly complements the Geneva Process and gives a positive impetus to the political regulation of the Syrian conflict,” – he added.

Meanwhile, Kairat Abdrakhmanov also believes that the meeting between foreign ministers of Iran, Russia and Turkey, which takes place in Astana for the first time, makes it possible to establish tripartite cooperation in the near future and discuss the results achieved during the first year of cooperation on the settlement of Syria in the time of joint work.

“We also attach great importance to the meeting of the working group on the release of prisoners, the transfer of bodies of the deceased and the search for missing persons. We are convinced that the work of this group will strengthen confidence between all the conflicting parties. It will give a significant impetus to the development of our activities in this regard,” – he said.


Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov met with the Head of the European Union representative office in Astana, Ambassador Traian Hristea.

The meeting took place within the framework of discussions on the prospects for further development of relations between Kazakhstan and the European Union in the context of the agreements reached at the 16th session of the Kazakhstan - European Union Cooperation Council on February 26, 2018, in Brussels.

The parties agreed on the need to begin developing a roadmap, which will reflect the joint efforts to implement the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA), which was signed in Astana on 21 December 2015. At the moment, the EPCA is being preliminary applied until its ratification by all 28 EU member states: 23 EU states and the European Parliament have already approved it.

In addition, K. Abdrakhmanov and T. Hristea examined promising areas of cooperation in the field of interconnectedness and development of transport and logistics links on the Eurasian continent, as well as current positive trends in cooperation between the states of Central Asia. The Head of the EU Delegation told about the European Union's EU Strategy on the interconnection between Europe and Asia, which is planned to be adopted before the Asia-Europe Forum (ASEM) summit in October. Along with this, the process of elaborating a new EU Strategy for Central Asia continues with the active involvement of countries of the region, including Kazakhstan. It is assumed that the new EU Strategy will be adopted in the beginning of the second half of 2019.

Special attention was paid to cooperation in the issues of promoting sustainable development in Afghanistan. The EU ambassador reported that the European Commission, responding to the relevant initiative of the Kazakh side, has begun preparing the first phase of the project to finance the training of Afghan women in higher education institutions of Kazakhstan, which will be implemented within the framework of developing the educational program of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Afghanistan, implemented since 2010.

During the meeting, the European diplomat was also informed about the implementation of institutional reforms in Kazakhstan aimed at ensuring the rule of law and improving legislation in various spheres of public life.

K. Abdrakhmanov elaborated in detail on the Five Social Initiatives of President Nursultan Nazarbayev aimed at creating new incentives for economic development, empowering the middle class and further developing the country's human potential.

In this regard, the parties discussed ways of interaction between Kazakhstan and the European Union in the implementation of these initiatives, taking into account that they fully correspond to the main areas of cooperation of the Republic of Kazakhstan with the EU, its member states and financial institutions such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European investment bank.


Today in Ukimet Uyi, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev held a meeting on the development of e-healthcare in the framework of the Digitalization Program.

The meeting focused on issues of implementing the e-healthcare system in four segments: health improvement and disease prevention, early detection of diseases, medical care, disease management and rehabilitation. The development of digital healthcare will be patient-oriented and will allow to ensure the transition to paperless management of medical data and medical documents, it will allow doctors to make swift clinical decisions thanks to electronic access to up-to-date patient data, the time of doctor's appointments will be reduced by 50-60% and the time of obtaining the results of checkups will halve.

For reference: To date, the share of digitalization in healthcare organizations is 76.4%. By 01/01/2019, it is planned to bring this figure to 100% (including at the level of regional centers).

Doctors and nurses are 82.8% equipped with computer hardware. By the end of 2021 it is planned to bring this figure to 100%. Internet access is available to 51.0% of health organizations. By the end of 2021 it is planned to bring this figure to 100%.

Today in Astana, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev met with President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, who is in our country on an official visit.

The meeting focused on issues of the current state and expansion of trade-and-economic- cooperation between the two countries in the field of energy, agriculture, transportation, transboundary water use, civil aviation, migration, healthcare, culture, education and science. In addition, the sides considered promising areas of interregional linkage, direct contacts between business structures of Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, as well as issues of export potential of the two countries.

As is known, yesterday, on March 14, the Head of State N. Nazarbayev met with President of Tajikistan E. Rahmon in both narrow and enlarged formats. During the meetings, the parties discussed issues of bilateral cooperation and prospects for their further development.

For reference: Diplomatic relations between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Tajikistan were established on 07.01.1993. Tajikistan is Kazakhstan's second major trading partner in the Central Asian region, which accounts for about 20% of total trade with the countries of the region.

Turnover for January-December 2017 amounted to 776.3 million USD, which is 31.5% higher than for the same period last year (590.2 million USD). Export from Kazakhstan to Tajikistan in 2017 increased 23.3% and amounted to 458.7 million USD.

This was announced by Deputy Minister of Education and Science Bibigul Assylova in press conference on the construction of dormitories for students of universities and colleges based on public-private partnership within the framework of the Five Social Initiatives.

According to the speaker, the Ministry has begun working on implementing the Third Initiative “Increasing accessibility and quality of higher education and improving the living conditions of student youth”. Thus, meetings were held with representatives of the Ministry of National Economy, universities, the National Bank, second-tier banks, private developers in order to determine the mechanisms for implementing this task.

“The issue of improving the living conditions of student youth is planned to be tackled through private funds, including from universities, colleges, investors and other partners,” – the Deputy Minister stressed.

The appeal of this mechanism for universities, colleges, investors is that their expenses will be justified through state-guaranteed gradual reimbursements of a part of investments for building dormitories. However, if colleges, universities or private partners do not have land, local executive bodies will allocate a land plot with engineering and communication infrastructures.

As Bibigul Assylova noted, the draft law “On Amendments and Additions to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Improving Living Conditions for Students and the Development of Per capita Normative Financing” is already being drafted. Soon it will be submitted for coordination to concerned state bodies.

The preliminary outline of the project implementation is as follows:

- A university, college or private partner prepares a design of the dormitory. Further, they conclude an agreement with Financial Center JSC.

- In the second stage, they receive a loan from a bank by contract, hire a developer and build the dormitory. If they build the dormitory, then from the day of its launch into operation they will receive an appropriate amount per one bed every month.

“Banks, universities and developers tentatively agree on the proposed scheme. According to the information of second-tier banks, there is sufficient tenge liquidity. The issue of entrepreneurs' access to inexpensive borrowed resources, including from foreign financial institutions, is also being considered,” – B. Assylova summed up.

Answering the journalists' questions about whether the construction of new dormitories will entail an increase in tuition fees, B. Assylova stressed that providing students with dormitories will not affect tuition fees in any way. In addition, the Ministry of Education and Science plans to set a course for cheapening dormitory construction, since the designs submitted to date are slightly overstated in terms of costs.

For reference: 530 thousand students are studying at universities of the country, including 204 thousand (38%) non-residents who need dormitories. According to the President's Five Social Initiatives, by 2022 it is necessary to ensure 75 000 new beds in student dormitories.

A press conference on the issue of setting up gas infrastructure in central and northern regions within the framework of the Five Social Initiatives of the President will take place in Ukimet Uyi on Friday, March 16, at 11:20.

The speaker is Deputy Minister of Energy Magzum Mirzagaliyev.

Live broadcast will be available at and on social networks: Facebook, VKontakte, Twitter, Periscope and Odnoklassniki, on the official YouTube channel, as well as via mobile applications for Android and iPhone.

Deputy Minister of Finance Tatiana Savelyeva stated one of the main problems in civil service - a shortage of qualified personnel.

“The root of all problems is the lack of qualified civil servants, including due to the big flow of workers to the quasi-public sector. Here we have certain imbalances,” – Tatyana Savelyeva said in a roundtable on the preliminary assessment of the draft National budget in the Senate of the Parliament.

According to the Deputy Minister, this situation with administrators of budget programs results in such problems as the inability to set concrete goals, determine performance and effectiveness indicators, the insufficient level of quality and completeness of budgetary requests.

“Second reason - the inadequate physical infrastructure in both central and regional state agencies caused by a lack of funds. This results in overstatements of expenditure with a view of further reallocation of funds, tackling of current problems at the expense of long-term development. Third reason – the lack of motivation among administrators to determine clear priorities within the framework of limited resources resulted from accelerated increase in spending over a long period of rising oil prices,” – Tatyana Savelyeva added.

The fourth reason, according to her, is the emphasis on protecting expenditures, and not results at all stages of the budgeting process.

The fifth reason – there are hindrances in the exchange of information between the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of National Economy, the Accounts Committee with regards to audit results, performance assessments and monitoring of the implementation of budget investment projects.


Today in Ukimet Uyi, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev held a meeting on issues of improving the business climate in the country.

The meeting participants discussed the proposals of NCE Atameken on measures to increase the share of local content in procurement, as well as the draft plan to increase the competitiveness of domestic producers.



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