National news in brief

Military machines made in Kazakhstan were highlighted in the May 7 Defender of the Homeland Day parade in Astana. Commander in Chief of the Land Forces of Kazakhstan Murat Maikeyev said, “The interesting aspect of the military parade this year was the demonstration of our military machines produced and modernised in our country. We also demonstrated unmanned aircraft in Astana.” According to Maikeyev, special units of the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Emergency Situations, Border Guard of the Committee of National Security and National Guard were involved in parade activities. More than 2,500 servicemen, about 250 units of military machines and 75 aircraft were involved in the event.

Two nine-storey houses are being prepared for commissioning in the Algabas micro district of Almaty through the Affordable Housing 2020 Programme’s Leasehold Housing project. In total, 108 apartments in two nine-storey houses built by the Kazakhstan Mortgage Company through the housing programme will be commissioned. The housing will be certified by Almaty’s Department of Housing and Housing Inspection. Procedures began in late April of this year. According to First Deputy Head of the Department of Housing and Housing Inspection of Almaty Turusbek Izmaganbetov, one square metre of housing in the Algabas district will cost 120,000 tenge (US$659) for programme participants.

Twenty-two new healthcare facilities will be commissioned in the Zhambyl region this year, a representative of the press service of the regional administration reported. This year, 25 healthcare facilities are being constructed in the Zhambyl region and 22 of them are planned to be commissioned. The rest will be commissioned next year. The total cost of the project is 4.6 billion tenge (US$25.2 million). In particular, a multidisciplinary hospital with 300 beds will be opened through the 100 Schools, 100 Hospitals Programme in Taraz this year at a cost of 2.6 billion tenge (US$14.2 million). Another 16 healthcare facilities will be opened outside of the programme at a cost of more than 630 million tenge (US$3.4 million). In total, 20 healthcare facilities were opened last year and 44 facilities opened in the period from 2009 till 2012.

The government and the Samruk Kazyna Fund have analysed the 599 companies that form the structure of the fund and determined which will be privatised. On April 29, the final list of these companies was approved and the majority of companies will be fully or partially sold in 2014. The private sector will be offered shares in 106 companies of the fund. In 2014-2016, different packages of shares in 94 subsidiary companies of Samruk Kazyna will be available on the market: 28 companies within Kazakhstan Temir Zholy are subject to full or partial privatisation, 23 of KazMunayGas, 21 of Kazakhstan Engineering, 10 of Samruk Energy, seven of KazAtomProm and two of the Kazakhstan Electric Grid Operating Company (KEGOC). After 2016, it is planned to fully or partially sell shares of eight companies of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy and four of KazMunayGas. “The work on privatisation will be as transparent as possible. We also plan to regularly publish materials on the progress of selling these assets to the private sector,” Nurlan Rakhmetov, financial director and member of the board of Samruk Kazyna, said.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan will open operations control centres in 35 towns of the country by 2020, Minister of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan Kalmukhanbet Kassymov told an April 28 Central Communications Service media briefing. “Presently, the main task of the ministry is to organise the work of the institution so no one would be left without attention. This is what the head of state wants from us. Therefore, we have been seriously working in the sphere of registration of crimes. We also introduced a system of electronic registration of incident reports. In 2013, we registered more than 2 million reports,” Kassymov said. In total, according to information provided by the ministry, the number of serious crimes has dropped by 22 percent over the last three years and robberies shrunk by half. “We also plan to open special operations control centres for controlling the work we do to ensure safety in the streets. They already exist in all regional centres and later will be opened in smaller towns. By 2020, we will open operations control centres in 35 towns of the country,” he noted.


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