Assigns responsibilities to Cabinet members
Kazakhstan’s new Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Serik Akhmetov, chaired the first government meeting since his appointment on September 27.
He said that the new Cabinet would maintain continuity and build on the cumulative experience of its predecessor, many of whose members have retained their positions.
However, the recent ministerial changes should be taken as a call to action for the entire Government, and the beginning of a new phase in its work, the Prime Minister said. The primary goal of the new Government will be the adoption of the three-year draft budget which has been approved by Parliament and which is essential for the implementation of the state program, he added.
Another key focus will be to further Kazakhstan’s integration with the global community, through active participation in the Single Economic Space and accession to the WTO.
Maintaining stable macroeconomic conditions and economic growth will remain a top priority. Mr Akhmetov cautioned that a second wave of the global economic crisis is not beyond the bounds of possibility, emphasizing that the Government will continue to monitor conditions and be prepared to meet all challenges in the development of the global economy.
Implementing the programme for a Society of Universal Labor will also remain high on the agenda of this Government, which will oversee the necessary changes to legislation in order to pave the way for social modernization.
The new emphasis on regional development in Kazakhstan will ensure that his Cabinet members work closely and actively with the regions, Mr Akhmetov said.
He called for a review of progress on the key areas of the 2020 strategic development plan: industrialization, residential development, education, healthcare, drinking water, and employment. Stressing the importance of achieving the defined targets in each of these areas, he said that additional funds would be allocated if necessary to advance progress.
The Prime Minister went on to assign primary responsibility for the following areas of government between himself and his four deputies:
– The Prime Minister will deal with strategic issues of economic, financial, fiscal and customs policy; public finance; international relations and international cooperation; foreign investment; and improving the investment climate.
– Deputy Prime Minister Krymbek Kusherbayev will focus on issues of regional policies; operational management of the economy; agriculture, land and water issues; the environment and natural resources; development, construction and modernization of housing and communal services; and transport infrastructure and logistics.
– Deputy Prime Minister Yerbol Orynbayev will take charge of education, science and health; social modernization, social policy and social partnership; and culture, sports and religion.
– Deputy Prime Minister Kairat Kelimbetov will primarily focus on the economic and financial sector, with responsibility for issues of macroeconomic policy, fiscal policy, management of state assets, financial sector issues, tax and customs policy.
– Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Industry and New Technologies Asset Issekeshev will manage implementation of the state program for industrial innovation 2010-2014; government policy to increase the use of local content in industrial output; industrial development; technical regulations; and foreign investment.