Kazakhstan

President proposes reforms


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Following his recent re-election President Nursultan Nazarbayev held an extended Cabinet meeting yesterday to discuss institutional reforms including ‘100 concrete steps’.

The full press release as published on the government website is as follows:

In Astana, the expanded government meeting chaired by President Nursultan Nazarbayev

Date: May 5, 2015

The meeting discussed practical aspects of 100 concrete steps to implement the proposals of the head of state of five institutional reforms.

The Head of State outlined a number of specific objectives for each direction of these reforms.

In particular, Nursultan Nazarbayev emphasized that the Agency for Civil Service Affairs and combating corruption should be a single recruiting centre, which will guide the selection of personnel for the entire public service.

The President of Kazakhstan also noted the need to establish a local police service, accountable to the local community.

“It will be responsible for maintenance of public order, combating crime and domestic activities of the road patrol service. It was this service in close cooperation with the local community is to provide mode “zero tolerance” for minor offenses “, – said Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The Head of State drew attention to the importance of the start of the privatization of agricultural land, reforming the tax system, revise policies in the power sector, changes in the construction industry, the further implementation of the program of industrialization and the improvement of customs procedures and trade policy within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union.

Nursultan Nazarbayev stressed that Kazakhstan should be integrated into international transport and communication flows.

“There must be a multi-modal, high-speed” Eurasian transcontinental corridor “. It integrates the air, sea, rail and road links. Eurasian corridor will take place in two directions. The first – through Kazakhstan, Russia and Europe. Second – through Kazakhstan from Horgos to Aktau port, then along the Caspian Sea and the Caucasus to Europe and to the south through Iran and the Persian Gulf. The project is necessary to build a new railway line across the territory of Kazakhstan to the sea port Aktau “, – he said.

In addition, the Kazakh President noted the importance of strengthening national values and patriotism in the minds of the younger generation.

“We need to start the project” Big Country – Big Family “. Within its framework will be created movies, TV shows and programs about the history of the country, the Kazakh culture and modern life of the country. There are organized hiking trails and ethnovillage. Cultural infrastructure will be available for all Kazakhs. Should consider how to implement a school standards values Mangilik El “, – said Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The Head of State said that the Government will put in front of about 5-6 key indicators.

“In turn, it will be determined for each minister and mayor of 2-3 specific indicators. Monitoring will be carried out only on the basis of achieving the target indicators. Intermediate control and extra assignments need to be addressed by giving state agencies more freedom. They will become more independent in their work, but more responsible and accountable, “- said the President of Kazakhstan.

Nursultan Nazarbayev noted the need to strengthen the role of community councils in the state bodies and local administrations.

“They will necessarily participate in the discussion of strategic plans and programs of development of territories; take part in determining the budgets of the field, draft laws and regulations affecting the rights and freedoms of citizens, draft program documents “, – he said.

The President of Kazakhstan also suggested the creation of the state corporation “Government for citizens”, which will become the single provider of public services.

At the end of the head of state stressed that all work should be designated to carry out in a short time.

“There is large-scale work that requires extensive knowledge and study of international experience. Its implementation will raise our country to a new level. The population expects us to follow-up. To do this, each of you has the necessary knowledge, experience and competence. You must live up to our expectations “, – said Nursultan Nazarbayev.

During the meeting, the prime minister of Karim Massimov, who noted that the reassignment of cabinet allows the Government to proceed without delay to the execution of all orders.

“In accordance with your instructions, instructed all relevant ministries and agencies to draft a program of action for the next three months, in order to fulfill certain tasks, taking into account your inaugural speech, received data and programs you installations. In the timeline, the end of June, we introduced you to consider proposals for the continuation of reforms and the fulfilment of your orders, “- said the Prime Minister.

In addition, members of the Government, heads of state bodies and national companies shared their views on the practical implementation of the five issues of institutional reform.

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