ASTANA – The responsibilities of numerous government ministries were reorganised Jan. 25 by decree of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
The Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development was split into the Ministry of Healthcare and the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population.
The responsibility to establish and implement state healthcare policy was transferred to the Ministry of Healthcare while forming and implementing state social and labour policies was transferred to the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population.
The President also assigned new functions to other ministries. The Ministry for Investments and Development (MID) will perform export promotion, and the responsibility for developing tourism industry, previously with MID, is now within the scope of the Ministry of Culture and Sport.
The export promotion programme allows small- and medium-sized enterprises that are current or potential exporters of non-raw material processed products to receive comprehensive financial, service and information support, as well as expand the scope and geography of their exports.
The Ministry of National Economy is to delegate the sanitary and epidemiological welfare functions to the Ministry of Healthcare. The Ministry of National Economy also passes electricity issues and some functions in overseeing heating and gas supplies to the Ministry of Energy while the responsibility for architecture, urban planning, construction, housing relations, water supply, drainage, utilities and management of municipal waste to the Ministry for Investments and Development.
The President also appointed former Vice Minister of Healthcare and Social Development Yelzhan Birtanov the new Minister of Healthcare.
Tamara Duissenova, previous Minister of Healthcare and Social Development, was appointed Minister of Labour and Social Protection of the Population.
Elsewhere, the new Chairperson of the Committee on Legal Statistics and Special Records of the Office of the Prosecutor General is Bagdat Mussin, until recently the head of KazPost. Saule Aitpayeva was relieved of this post by President Nazarbayev’s order.