National news in brief

Up to one million trees will be planted in Kazakhstan as part of the national tree planting campaign, reported the Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources press service. The campaign was launched in all schools Oct. 3 and will be launched throughout the country Oct. 12. Prime Minister Askar Mamin and Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources Magzum Mirzagaliyev planted trees in an alley in Turkestan during their working visit to the Turkestan Region. An environmental hour was also held in all schools with the participation of local authorities.

A roadmap for supporting entrepreneurial activity was adopted in the Aktobe Region, reported the regional press service. All systemic problems are listed in a single register, which includes 619 questions. Currently, 489 issues have been resolved, 28 are at the solution stage and 102 are at the discussion stage with state bodies. More than 58,000 small and medium-sized businesses operate in the region, a 10.6-percent increase compared to last year. One third of the population is employed in small businesses. 

A rice processing plant with approximately 80 employees was launched Oct. 2 in the Kyzylorda Region. The facility, with a capacity of more than seven tonnes per hour, is adapted to waste-free production. The company invested its own funds to purchase and install modern equipment. “Due to state support, farmers have received a high rice crop in recent years and are making a significant contribution to increasing the country’s grain reserves. This year, farmers cultivated 88,000 hectares of agricultural land. Harvesting activities are in full swing,” said regional akim (governor) Kuanyshbek Iskakov.

Kazinform reports 7,277 individuals took part in the Development of Productive Employment and Mass Entrepreneurship state programme for 2017-2021 in Nur-Sultan. Approximately 5,000 people were subsequently employed and 550 participated in short-term vocational training. State support of 100 or 200 monthly calculation indices (MCI) will be provided for start-up businesses for those who have not previously received financial support. Microloans will also be issued in rural and urban areas to start-up entrepreneurs with agricultural cooperatives whose members have not reached retirement age, as well as to peasant and farm enterprises.

Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s national carrier, has completed the International Air Transport Association’s Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) for the seventh time, reported the company’s press service. The next audit is scheduled in 2021. The airline was first audited in 2007 and reaffirmed its commitment to safety standards every two years. The audit programme is an internationally recognised and accepted evaluation system designed to assess an airline’s operational management and control systems. “The IOSA programme adopts all applicable International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) safety requirements from the annexes to the Convention on International Civil Aviation. During an audit in May 2019, documentation and implementation of nearly 1,000 IOSA standards were verified on all aspects of the airline’s activities. These included organisation and management, flight operations, operational control and flight dispatch, engineering and maintenance, cabin operations, ground handling, cargo operation and security,” reads the release. 

The Ruhani Zhangyru (Modernisation of Kazakhstan’s Identity) project office is offering free tours every Wednesday to seven historical sites in Nur-Sultan, according to the city administration press service. All the sites are on the Sacred Geography of Kazakhstan list, which includes the ALZHIR Museum and Memorial Complex, merchant Vasily Kubrin’s house, Matthew Kubrin and Sons trade house, merchant Silin’s house, former Islamic school building, city government buildings and a gymnasium built in the late 19th century.