Government Ponders Measures to Improve Kazakhstan’s Standing in Global Competitive Index

ASTANA – At a regular government meeting on Dec. 4 led by Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov, improving Kazakhstan’s standing in the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) was discussed. The discussion focused specifically on improvements needed to be done by the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

“The ministry has identified a set of targeted measures aimed at improving the country’s positions in the GCI rankings. They include the complete registration of criminal allegations and the optimisation, automation and digitilisation of certain services and licenses,” Minister of Internal Affairs Kalmukhanbet Kassymov, said.

Deputy Minister of Justice Zauresh Baimoldina reported on efforts to improve indicators assigned to the Ministry of Justice, including the effectiveness of legislation on administrative regulations, property rights, the effectiveness of legislation regarding conflict resolution and intellectual property protection.

According to her, over the past five years, Kazakhstan has improved in these fields. At the same time, the justice ministry proposed new measures to promote Kazakhstan in the GCI rankings.

Separately, Minister of National Economy Yerbolat Dossayev discussed the comprehensive plan for the socio-economic development of the Zhezkazgan, Satpayev and Ulytau districts of the Karaganda region for 2012-2017, which is currently being implemented.

“In 2012 and 2013, four projects totaling 23.4 billion tenge (US$127.5 million) were completed and 306 new jobs were created. In the region, two new companies opened and two social service facilities were repaired. This year, 57 projects totaling 14.4 billion tenge (78.5 million) were launched, five of which are related to the provision of medical technological equipment to infrastructure and social services. By the end of the year, 10 measures are expected to have been completed,” Dossayev said.

Nurmukhambet Abdibekov, the Akim (Governor) of the Karaganda region, noted that this year’s goals had been achieved. Industrial production totaled 140 billion tenge (US$762.9 million), agricultural output increased by 6 percent; the number of active SMEs increased and 19,000 square metres of housing were commissioned.