Nurly Zhol programme created 100,000 jobs in 2016

ASTANA – More than 100,000 jobs were created as part of the Nurly Zhol programme in 2016, said Minister of National Economy Timur Suleimenov at a Feb. 14 governmental meeting. The programme is designed to spur economic growth, particularly in the construction in transport, housing and social sectors.

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“At the end of the year, 469.6 billion tenge (US$1.46 billion) or 99 percent were disbursed on target transfers. The incomplete budgeting was caused due to savings on public procurement,” said Suleimenov.

Last year, 151.3 billion tenge (US$471 million) was allocated for the road sector development with full disbursement of funds. The construction and road works were completed on 611 kilometres of roads. As a result, the Astana – Temirtau, Almaty – Kapshagai and Astana – Petropavlovsk roads were opened. This year, the work in this direction will be continued,” the minister said.

Engineering and communication infrastructure were provided for housing projects in all regions of the country and 2,208 kilometres of engineering networks were constructed. The supply of infrastructure to the business projects as part of the Business Road Map programme 2020 is also underway.

“The development of infrastructure in the field of education is of special attention. The total elimination of emergency schools and three-shift learning will be provided by 2018. Currently, 52 objects including 35 schools and 17 kindergartens were opened,” he said.

In 2016, 739 billion tenge (US$2.3 billion) was allocated for the implementation of the Nurly Zhol programme. As a result, it has had a positive impact on economic growth and GDP growth amounted to 1 percent.

In 2017, 387 billion tenge (US$1.2 billion) was allocated for the initiative to ensure economic growth with an expected contribution to GDP growth of 0.5 percent.