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16 February 2016
Meeting on the issues of Almaty development and preparation for the 2017 World Winter Universiade

Head of the Presidential Administration Nurlan Nigmatulin, Chair of the National Bank Daniyar Akishev, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Kumar Aksakalov, as well as heads of ministries, local executive bodies, law enforcement authorities, representatives of business and scientific circles took part in the meeting.

President Nursultan Nazarbayev noted that Almaty plays an important role in the nation’s and region’s economy.

The city has formed as a large economic centre; it is a donor of the national budget and provides one-fifth of the gross domestic product as of today. Almaty is also a leading educational centre; almost 40 percent of higher educational institutions are here. There is a big scientific potential that includes 86 scientific research institutes and 11,000 research workers who should make a significant contribution to developing of the innovation knowledge and intensive sectors of economy,” he said.

The Head of State reminded about measures on additional support of the economy aimed at increasing the efficiency of monetary policy and maintaining of financial stability, which were announced at the government’s enlarged meeting.

The main task that I set to the city is attracting investment and creating new jobs. The work assessment of akim and his apparatus will depend on this. It is necessary to actively introduce public private partnerships. The Akim reported that this type of work has already started,” he added.

Nursultan Nazarbayev instructed the akimat to work on attracting investment for implementing big projects in the city. He drew attention to the need to increase the representation of innovative, design and service enterprises in Almaty’s business environment.

A modern city needs an innovative economy. As of today, 150 companies are involved, 42 higher education institutions, including six national and one third of all students are in Almaty,” said the head of state.

In this regard, Nursultan Nazarbayev set a task on creating conditions for young scientists and students to implement their ideas and introduce new developments by instructing Kazakh Minister of Education and Science Yerlan Sagadiyev to take the fulfillment of this instruction under special control. Moreover, the President urged local executive bodies to be involved in supporting small and medium business.

Nursultan Nazarbayev also drew attention to further developing housing construction.

For housing construction 47 billion tenge will be allocated, more than 3,000 apartments will be built as part of the Nurly Zhol programme. The cost of 1 square metre for accommodation for Almaty will not exceed 200,000 tenge,”  he maintained.

The head of state also instructed the government in collaboration with the 2017 World Winter Universiade organising committee and Almaty’s akimat to take all necessary measures to prepare for the 2017 World Winter Universiade.

Conducting the Universiade shall give a new impulse to developing the city, improve its architectural appearance, and raise the level of service in hotels, restaurants, public transport, and sports objects. This will stimulate small and middle business, increase the volume of services and create new jobs,” he said.

The President noted that a number of preparation projects need a quicker finishing.

The Medeu ice rink, Shymbulak ski resort and Baluan Sholak sports and culture palace cause some concern. Moreover, it is important to think how to use those facilities after conducting the games. The strain on the budget should be minimal while the sports facilities should be available to the public,” he stressed.

Nursultan Nazarbayev also said citizen safety needs to be increased before the games and instructed the city to install video cameras and street lighting.

Kazakh Minister of Investment and Development Asset Issekeshev and Minister of Culture and Sports Arystanbek Mukhamediuly and Akim of Almaty Bauyrzhan Baibek spoke during the meeting.


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