ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s ruling Nur Otan political party has developed more than 20 projects to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), improve the educational system and execute the Digital Kazakhstan and Rukhani Janghyru (Modernisation of Kazakhstan’s Identity) national programmes. The key priority, however, is to update the party and increase public trust.
“Nur Otan must be a paragon of modernisation values and a key driving force in our country. We need to create a highly effective political organisation that will maintain a leading position in the long term. All the projects are designed to pursue this goal,” said first deputy chairperson of the party Maulen Ashimbayev.
The initiatives were developed in response to President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s instructions to renovate the country’s largest party.
“For the first time, Nur Otan will apply international project management experience in its activities and will reorganise the work of its central apparatus and regional branches. It is important not to consider each project separately, but to perceive them as one activity meant to address strategic tasks of the party and the state. We will not only need to launch all the projects, but also demonstrate tangible outcomes in a short period of time,” Ashimbayev added.
Considerable emphasis has been placed on projects within Digital Kazakhstan, such as launching 1,000 IT classes and 20 IT centres across the country with the support of NGOs and the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs (NCE). Such projects will significantly contribute to digitisation, he noted.
More than 150,000 school students per year will have an opportunity to learn programming skills and robotics and approximately 35,000 highly qualified IT specialists will be trained at the centres.
The party also plans to create a unified online geo-information service centre, allowing businesspeople across Kazakhstan to learn about renting land lots.
Nur Otan will also seek to control food provisions and modernise sports equipment in educational institutions. Another project involves transforming libraries into modern knowledge centres and making books available in electronic format. The party will also attract volunteers to teach English language to children in rural areas.
Executing the projects will entail the cooperation of governmental organisations and local executive bodies, NCE, business entities and NGOs.