NUR-SULTAN – Prime Minister Askar Mamin reviewed the Akmola region’s socio-economic development during a June 15 working trip, finding that the region had seen a steady increase in economic development since the beginning of the year.
The next round of improvements will include infrastructure development in Shchuchinsk-Borovoye resort and the capital’s suburban areas.
Akmola Region had an increase in all macroeconomic indicators from January to May, Akmola region Akim (Governor) Yermek Marzhikpayev said. Industrial production totalled 284.1 billion tenge (US$740.59 million). As of June 1, fixed assets of the regional economy attracted 83.2 billion tenge (US$216.89 million), a 4.4 percent increase year-on-year. In agriculture, production increased by 13 percent and totalled 63.6 billion tenge (US$165.79 million).
Approximately 129 billion tenge (US$336.28 million) distributed to the region to improve public good went toward building three kindergartens, six schools and five healthcare facilities. In addition, 116 large and low-income families received housing and 610 million tenge (US$1.59 million) through targeted social assistance.
The prime minister also reviewed a draft action plan to discuss at the 2020 Interregional Cooperation Forum of Kazakhstan and Russia. State authorities expect the forum to facilitate tourism in the region. First on the agenda are the Shchuchinsk-Borovoye resort development plan and the Aul-El Besіgі project to develop the capital’s outskirts.
Mamin told regional officials to resolve the Shchuchinsk-Borovoye resort area’s ecological issues and modernise infrastructure around it, creating high-quality and affordable services. The project should create 7,000 jobs.
“The foundation of the state programme for the development of tourism are the top 10 sites in Kazakhstan, one of which is the Shchuchinsk-Borovoe resort zone,” said Mamin. “By providing a multiplicative effect on the development of transport and telecommunications, construction, trade, agriculture, and tourism, it contributes to the socio-economic development of the country: the flow of investment and the creation of jobs.”
Kazakhstan plans to increase tourism’s share in gross domestic product (GDP) to 8 percent by 2025.
The Aul-El Besigi state programme will launch 19 projects (eight by contract) by the end of the year. In addition, 10 projects will be implemented to develop Nur-Sultan’s suburbs through developing water and wastewater networks and building roads.
The Industrial and Innovative Development State Programme will also start five projects for 9.3 billion tenge (US$24.24 million), creating 434 permanent jobs.
The Kazakhstan Agro Innovation Corporation plant, which produces 1,500 units of agricultural machinery per year, plans to increase its capacity to 5,000, creating more than 400 new jobs.
The Kazakh-Russian machine-building enterprise KAMAZ-Engineering plans to reach an output of 2,500 vehicles per year.
In addition, 71 projects in the Economy of Simple Things category worth 87.6 billion tenge (US$228.36 million) develop consumer goods in the region.
A company called Dva Kita, for example, has produced 12,700 units of furniture since the beginning of 2019. It plans to expand its line and increase production. For these purposes, 1 billion tenge (US$2.60 million) of private investment will be attracted.