Business News in Brief

“Under the law on improvement of conditions for business, the number of procedures during the registration of enterprises will be reduced by three times,” said Minister of National Economy Yerbolat Dossayev said at the sixth Economic Forum of National Business Experts 200 Kazakhstan on Nov. 14. “Under the law, it is planned to reduce the terms of registration for subjects of [small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)] to one hour and reduce the number of procedures and terms in the sphere of export-import operations, construction and registration of enterprises by three times,” Dossayev said. According to him, the law will be adopted by the end of the year.

 
Slightly more than 20,390 jobs were created in the Mangystau region in 2014, Akim (Governor) of the Mangystau region Alik Aidarbayev said at a Nov. 14 Central Communications Service (CCS) media briefing. 2,973 jobs were created in the industrial sphere, 3,753 in the construction sphere, 1,124 in the transport sphere, 858 in education, 136 in agriculture and 5,586 in other spheres of economic activity. And just more than 2,310 people who applied to employment centres signed social contracts and became participants of the Employment Road Map 2020 (79 percent of the total number of people who applied). Of those, the share of unemployed was 82.6 percent (1,913), the share of self-employed was 15.4 percent (356), Aitdarbayev reported.

 
Twenty-three projects were implemented in the Mangystau region within the Industrialisation Map in 2010-2013, which total 160.3 billion tenge (US$887.4 million), said Alik Aidarbayev, Akim (Governor) of the Mangystau region, at a Nov. 14 media briefing. “In 2014, it is planned to launch 14 projects totaling 104.9 billion tenge (US$580.5 million). They will help create 902 new permanent jobs. Three of them amounting to 53.3 billion tenge (US$295.1 million) have already been launched. 468 jobs were already created. The following projects have been launched this year: Kaspi Cement LLP, a cement plant in the Shetpe village of the Mangystau region, a gas-turbine power station by MangystauMunayGas and a clothes manufacturing and dry cleaning plant in the Karakiya district,” the Akim informed.

 

Kazakhstan produced goods worth 15.5 billion tenge (US$85.8 million) during the first five years of industrialisation within the innovation grants programme, Chairman of the Board of the National Agency for Technological Development Sanzhar Izteleuov said at a Nov. 17 briefing in the Central Communications Services (CCS). “In the course of the programme for grant funding, about 680 million tenge (US$3.8 million) in taxes were paid and products worth 15.5 billion tenge (US$85.8 million) were produced, of which about 50 percent was exported,” Izteleuov said. According to him, during the first five years of the programme, more than 1,400 applications have been processed and reviewed, 227 of which received financial support. “According to the grantees, there were 83 innovative patents, four registered trademarks and 28 applications for international organisations,” the head of the agency said. In addition, he said that there are five international technology transfer centres in countries such as the United States, Korea, China, France and Norway with whom the Kazakh agency is looking to cooperate.

 

“Kazakh constructor bureaus have developed 198 kinds of new products,” said Sanzhar Izteleuov, Chairman of the Board of the National Agency for Technological Development (NATD) on Nov. 17. According to him, the commercialisation centres handled about 406 applications, of which 122 projects were supported. As Izteleuov noted, the NATD has eight technology parks, four industrial design offices and five international technology transfer centres. There are four foreign and three domestic venture capital funds and 21 commercialisation offices, which operate at universities and research institutes. “In general, over the last five years we have launched about 4,000 ideas and developments, 570 of which were supported,” the head of the NATD stated.