ASTANA – Nurlan Sauranbayev has been appointed new Akim (Mayor) of Shymkent, the third largest city in Kazakhstan. He replaced Gabidulla Abdrakhimov, who was appointed Secretary of Kazakhstan’s ruling Nur Otan party.
Throughout his career, Sauranbayev worked in national companies, including Kazakhstan Temir Zholy, KazMunayGas, served as vice minister for industry and new technologies and deputy defense minister, among other positions.
“As agreed by the Administration of Kazakh President and city maslikhat (city administration), Governor of the South Kazakhstan region appointed Nurlan Sauranbayev as mayor of Shymkent,” the region’s press service stated.
South Kazakhstan region Akim (Governor) Zhanseit Tuimebayev introduced the new mayor Nov. 7.
“You are a highly qualified specialist, who served in different fields of public service. You have a vast experience on managing positions,” Tuimebayev told Sauranbayev in front of the gathered city officials.
“I hope that as a mayor Nurlan Sauranbayev will make every effort, use his knowledge and experience to further develop the economy of the city and drew particular attention to several issues that negatively impact social and economic development,” added the governor.
Tuimebayev also gave instructions to ensure implementation of state programmes, increase revenues to the city budget, attract investors to develop small and medium entrepreneurship and introduce measures meant to develop infrastructure in settlements adjoining the city.