National news in brief

On April 10, Kazakhstan’s Senate passed a bill ratifying amendments to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer adopted in Beijing on Dec. 3, 1999. The ratification will decrease financial losses for small and medium-sized businesses while introducing limits on the consumption of substances depleting the ozone layer, minimising the risk of grey schemes and smuggling, harmonising national legislation within the Customs Union and helping implement the concept of Kazakhstan’s transition to a green economy by attracting new technologies. The Senate also ratified the Kazakh-Chinese Intergovernmental Agreement on Cooperation for the Construction of the Dostyk Joint Hydrosystem on the Khorgos River. To become laws, the bills need to be signed by the President of Kazakhstan.

Presidential decree 786, on the state programme of water resources management of Kazakhstan and the introduction of additions to presidential decree 957, on approval of the list of state programmes, was adopted on April 4. The government was tasked with developing and approving the action plan on implementing the programme in one month and submitting the results of monitoring programme implementation as prescribed by the presidential decree 931, on certain issues of further functioning of state planning systems in Kazakhstan, to the Presidential Administration. Central and local executive bodies as well as state bodies directly subordinate and accountable to the President of Kazakhstan were instructed to implement the programme.

Five inter-regional oncology centres equipped with modern equipment will be established this year as part of the government’s cancer programme, Deputy Minister of Healthcare Erik Baizhunussov reported at the sitting of the Nur Otan Party chaired by Mazhilis (lower chamber of Parliament) Deputy Aitkul Samakova on April 17. In particular, a centre of nuclear therapy of international standards will be opened in Semey for treating people with thyroid cancer, pancreatic cancer and other cancers of the glands. “All oncology centres will be equipped with modern equipment and diagnostic tools. These measures are intended to significantly improve cancer treatment in the country and help increase awareness and the early detection of diseases and thus make people undergo screening programmes,” the deputy minister said.

In the North Kazakhstan region, veterans of World War II will receive 117,600 tenge (US$645.90) each on the eve of Victory Day. According to the region’s press service, veterans and equivalents will be rendered social assistance in the amount of 57.7 million tenge (US$316,888) dedicated to the celebration of Victory Day. “In accordance with the order of the administration of the North Kazakhstan region, 344 veterans of World War II will receive social assistance in the amount of 31.9 million tenge (US$175,194), making it 92,600 (US$508.65) tenge for each veteran,” the press service said. With the addition of another 8.6 million tenge (US$47,234) to charity events, the veterans will have 25,000 (US$137.30) tenge each added to the initial amount. “Thus, the total payment to each veteran will equal 117,600 tenge.”

Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council Bektas Beknazarov, Chairman of the Estimation Committee for Control over Execution of the National Budget Kozy-Korpesh Dzhanburchin, Chief of the Presidential Security Service Anuar Sadykulov, members of the government and some governors of regions took an oath to the people and the President of Kazakhstan on April 17. Addressing participants of the ceremony, the President noted that each word of the oath carries a huge responsibility. “Within the framework of the Kazakhstan 2050 Strategy and our goal to become one of the top 30 most-developed countries in the world, the country faces great challenges. Each of us should bear our duties and responsibilities at the highest level. Your duty is to improve the country’s economy, increase the people’s welfare in each region and preserve the unity of the people. If each of us works efficiently, we will achieve all the goals set before us,” the President said.

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