Kazakh President reshuffles key government and ministry posts

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev made changes Sept. 18 to the leadership of some key government agencies and ministries.

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Tokayev appointed Roman Sklyar as Deputy Prime Minister, Beibut Atamkulov as Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development, Mukhtar Tileuberdi as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Krymbek Kusherbayev as Secretary of State and Yerlan Koshanov as Head of the Presidential Administration. The President also reappointed Galymzhan Koishybayev Head of the Prime Minister’s Office and relieved Marat Tazhin of his position as Secretary of State, reports Akorda.kz.

“K. Kusherbayev, an experienced civil servant, has been appointed Secretary of State to replace M. Tazhin, to whom I express gratitude for his many years of public service. His knowledge will be in demand for the good of our country. B. Atamkulov was transferred to the post of Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development. He carried out useful work on the structural reorganisation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the expansion of its functions. Having had a long working career, R. Sklyar has become Deputy Prime Minister,” Tokayev wrote on Twitter.

Roman Sklyar

Sklyar was born in Pavlodar in 1971. He graduated from Pavlodar State University with a civil engineering degree, also completing postgraduate degrees in economics and law at other universities. He previously served as Pavlodar Region Deputy Akim (Governor) and First Deputy Akim, Vice Minister of Transport and Communications, Vice Minister and First Vice Minister for Investment and Development, Vice Minister of National Economy and Kazakhstan Temir Zholy Vice President. He has served as Minister of Industry and Infrastructure since February.

Beibut Atamkulov

Atamkulov was born in the Almaty Region in 1964. He graduated from Kazakh Polytechnic Institute with a degree in metallurgical engineering and from St. Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance with the degree of Candidate of Economic Sciences. He previously served as Minister-Counselor at the Kazakh embassies in Russia and Iran, Consul General in Frankfurt in Germany, Ambassador to Malaysia with concurrent accreditation to the Philippines, Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam, Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies and the Ministry of Investment and Development, South Kazakhstan Region Akim and Minister of the Defence and Aerospace Industry. He has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs since December 2018.

Mukhtar Tileuberdi

Tileuberdi was born in the Shymkent Region in 1968. He graduated from Sergey Kirov Kazakh State University with a philosophy degree. He previously served as Ambassador to Malaysia, Ambassador to the Philippines, Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam, Ambassador to Switzerland with concurrent accreditation to the Principality of Liechtenstein and the State of Vatican, Advisor to the Secretary of State for International Affairs and Counsellor at the Kazakh Embassy in Israel. He has served as First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs since 2016.

Krymbek Kusherbayev

Kusherbayev was born in the Kyzylorda Region in 1955. He graduated from Vladimir Lenin Kazakh Polytechnic Institute with a civil engineering degree, also completing postgraduate degrees in political science and philosophy at other universities. He previously served as Assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Press Secretary to the President, Advisor to the President, Minister of Education, Culture and Healthcare, Akim (Governor) of West Kazakhstan Region, Mangystau Region and Kyzylorda Region and Ambassador to Russia with concurrent accreditation to Finland and Armenia. He has served as Head of the Presidential Administration since June.

Yerlan Koshanov

Koshanov was born in the Zhezkazgan Region in 1962. He graduated from the Zhezkazgan Region branch of the Karaganda Polytechnic Institute with a mechanical engineering degree, also completing postgraduate degrees in trade and economics at other universities. He previously served as Deputy Head and Head of the Prime Minister’s Office, Vice Minister of Transport and Communications and Chairman of the Ministry of Transport and Communication’s Civil Aviation Committee. He has served as Karaganda Region Akim since 2017.

Galymzhan Koishybayev

Koishybayev was born in Kyzylorda in 1968. He studied at Lomonosov Moscow State University, where he completed his undergraduate and postgraduate education. He previously served as Ambassador to Lithuania with concurrent accreditations to Latvia, Estonia and Ambassador to Finland, Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Ambassador-at-large and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. He has been serving as the Head of the Prime Minister’s Office since March, and his appointment by the presidential decree means he has become a member of the Government.

Marat Tazhin

Tazhin was born in Aktobe in 1960. He graduated from the Almaty National Economic Institute in with an economics degree, also completing postgraduate degrees in philosophy and sociology at other universities. He previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the National Security Committee, Assistant to the President and Secretary of the Security Council, First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration and Ambassador to Russia. He has served as Secretary of State since March.