National News in Brief

Russian company 2GIS has launched a city information centre application for Atyrau, reports Kazinform. More than 9,000 social, cultural, residential and business facilities are included in the free mobile app. “The city is growing, developing. We will add new facilities each month. All information is entered free of charge. It also has information about the urban public transport in 23 route directions. The app works offline. We now have 10 people in our team and it took four months to study the city,” Timur Faizulin, commercial director of the 2GIS information centre, said at a briefing on the launch.

Olshem.kz, a website measuring key indicators of leading information portals, has been launched. Twenty-five websites are participating in the project. Olshem displays data analytics on five key indicators in real time: information about visitors, the number of unique users, users’ geodata, traffic sources, and the best publications in the last 24 hours, seven days and 30 days. Olshem visitors can access a comparative analysis between the participating websites and download analytics for the month. “Olshem.kz is a new resource for the domestic market, developed jointly with the Chartbeat advanced data analytics company whose services are used by 75 percent of the U.S. media market. It aims to create an open, transparent and professional media market and to use the best international standards. The website will help obtain information about the readership of portals participating in the project and increase the focus of publications in the media,” reads a release by Olshem on the launch.

The Bakytty Otbasy (“Happy Family”) housing programme will start accepting documents in Almaty from March 11, the city administration has announced. The down payment will be 10 percent of the apartment price with an interest rate of 2 percent. The government will allocate certificates of 1 million tenge (US$2,700) since out of 1,276 large and incomplete families in queues, many do not have the opportunity to pay the down payment. “The special action plan was adopted including the housing programme. It has preferential housing mortgages, scholarships for schoolchildren and students, social and benefit payments and employment opportunities. Overall, more than 5.5 billion tenge (US$14.5 million) was allocated from the local budget to support socially vulnerable groups and large families,” said Almaty Akim (Mayor) Bauyrzhan Baibek March 7.

The number of women entrepreneurs in Kazakhstan increased to 581,000 by the end of January 2019, 3.6 percent more compared to last year, reports Ranking.kz. Their share of the total number of individual entrepreneurs rose from 47 to 47.2 percent. “There are 485,200 companies, which is 10.7 percent more than last year. The share of existing private entrepreneurs with women managers also increased from 46.5 to 46.8 percent. The top three regions with the highest proportion of women-led small and medium-sized enterprises include the Kostanai region with 30,400 companies, the Karaganda region with 46,600 companies and the East Kazakhstan region with 50,600 companies,” said the report.

 

Kostanai authorities will allocate 10 billion tenge (US$26 million) to 2021 to develop mono-towns, according to the regional press service. This year, 500 million tenge  (US$1.3 million) will be provided for the reconstruction of thermal and trunk networks in Lisakovsk and Rudny. More than 20,000 people will receive benefits, as criteria for providing social assistance have changed. On average, the amount of benefits per child will more than quadruple from 4,706 tenge to 20,789 tenge (US$12 to US$54) per month. More than 15,000 healthcare workers will receive a salary increase. “The local executive authorities are responsible for this initiative. They should support the business projects, build new enterprises and create new workplaces,” said member of the Nur Otan party’s regional political council Gulmira Kapenova.

More than 7,000 new residents, including 423 external migrants, moved to the Pavlodar region last year, reports pavlodarnews.kz. “Some 344 people moved permanently from the Commonwealth of Independent States, 70.9 percent of them from Russia; 34.2 percent of the external migrants – 79 people – came from Germany. People from Mongolia and China are less represented. As for internal migration, 21.1 percent came from Astana and 18.7 percent from the East Kazakhstan region. Overall, 6,609 people moved from other regions. As of Jan. 1, 2019, the population was 753,804 people, which is 1,050 people less than last year,” said head of the regional statistics department Zhenis Shakatov.