During the meeting held at the Almaty residence of the President of Kazakhstan, Bauyrzhan Baibek reported to the Head of State on the ongoing work concerning the city’s social and economic development
The President of Kazakhstan noted the important role of Almaty in the economic scale of the whole country and stressed that he personally controls the issues of the city's development.
- If the city's population reaches 2 million people, then it becomes economically self-sufficient. It creates new opportunities, becomes the centre of attracting small and medium-sized businesses. Such cities can create goods and raise the country without raw materials, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.
The Head of State turned attention to the issues of gasification and ecological improvement of Almaty.
- We need to keep on working towards gasification of power plants, private housing, and gasification public and private vehicles. In the years ahead, we should come to the fact that we will only ride electric cars in Almaty and Astana, the President of Kazakhstan said.
In turn, B.Baibek informed the Head of State of the beginning of constructing the Big Almaty Ring Road (BAKAD) and attracting investments for $ 1.5 billion to actualize the project.
-The project implementation will relieve the city of 10% or 40-60 thousand cars per day, which will positively affect the ecological condition and will include the transport and logistics network of Almaty in the system of Western Europe-Western China, the Almaty akim said.
Along with that, during the meeting, there was a discussion of issues of transferring industrial enterprises outside the city limits, as well as measures taken by Almaty’s akimat to provide housing for citizens from among the socially vulnerable segments of the population.
- This year, about 6 thousand rental apartments have been distributed, including 1,748 apartments in the Athletic Village. Thus, every third family in the queue is provided with housing, B. Baibek reported.
Following the meeting, the Head of State has given a number of specific instructions on Almaty city’s further development.
Almaty’s economic advance is expected at the level of at least 3% for the year.
The growth of industry, construction, investments, number of active SMEs will be more than 3%, of housing construction - more than 2%. Output of products by SMEs has grown by 20.7%.
The Central Government Budget has collected taxes by 6% more (KZT1.3 trillion), and to the local budget - by 10% more (KZT372 billion) compared to the last year.
The development amounted to 99.5%, the existing savings - 1.5 billion tenge.
Almost 45,000 jobs have been created as a result of the Cabinet’s anti-crisis program and local measures.
The city’s bus fleet in 2017 was renewed by 30%, 500 buses were purchased.
Almatygengplan, a research institute on architecture, urban planning and the development of the city's master plan, has been established.
Together with the Cabinet, the process of transferring the Alatau Free Economic Zone to communal ownership was initiated.
Together with Samruk-Kazyna Fund the issue is being worked out to transfer the heat power plant 2 to gas.
As part of widening and modernizing the international airport, a new runway 3B has been built, old buildings have been demolished for the construction of a VIP terminal, and a sketch of a new building is being developed.
Repair works have been carried out in 93 student dormitories, social and living conditions were improved. The construction of 4 hostels for 2 thousand people is nearing completion.