New Work Estimation Criteria to Be Introduced for Governors

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev announced recently new criteria to be introduced to estimate the level of efficiency of akims (governors), reported the Akorda press service.

“The volume of private investment and the number of newly-created jobs will be among major criteria for evaluating the work of governors,” said the President during a meeting with the heads of regional administrations in the Akorda presidential palace on Nov. 30.

Meanwhile, in 2016 the country celebrates its 25th anniversary of independence. In this regard, the President emphasised that the upcoming holiday should be organised without involving unnecessary spending. He also pointed out a number of areas where the regional administration should work together with the government and the presidential administration.

“In order to implement these reforms, we have adopted several fundamental laws. We have to organise our work in accordance with it starting from next year,” added Nazarbayev.

Nazarbayev stressed that, despite the difficulties in the current year, the expected economic growth in regions is about 2 percent.

“We were able to compensate the decline in the commodity sector thanks to non-extractive sectors. The growth of manufacturing industries has also been secured. This year, we have a good harvest, as we have collected 22 million of tonnes of grains and oilseeds. Seven million square metres of new housing areas have been introduced in the country. All this is the result of the harmonious work of the regions with the government. It is important to ​​use the available reserves in all areas and involve idle enterprises to increase sales,” the President said.

To reach high economic indicators, governors should use public-private partnership mechanisms in the construction of highways and social objects, he said.

In addition, Nazarbayev stressed the importance of political stability, taking into account the needs of the population, timely salary payments, pensions and benefits, monitoring of prices for socially important goods, ensuring the smooth operation of public utilities and the appropriate level of enforcement.