President Nazarbayev receives Premier Akhmetov in Akorda

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ASTANA. July 24. KAZINFORM – Today Nursultan Nazarbayev has received the Prime-Minister of Kazakhstan Serik Ahmetov. During the talk Serik Akhmetov has reported on the results of socio-economic development of the country for the first half of 2013 and told about plans for the latter half of the year, according to the press service of Akorda.

"Despite the crisis in Europe, by the end of the year, we are expecting GDP growth to 6%. The increase is being observed in almost all areas of the economy, especially in fixed assets investment. Inflation is 2.7%, which is positive impact on the growth of the population's income", said the Premier.

Nursultan Nazarbayev noted that economic advance amid unstable global economy was a good indicator, and there were provisions for its further increase.

Kazakh President stressed that it was necessary to continue active work in the regions within the next half of 2013.

"It is important to ensure the designed capacity of the projects which are to be implemented in the framework of industrial and innovative program. Growth in manufacturing industry and in the field of mechanical engineering is a good achievement. Financial sector also has a positive advance. Due to the fact that Kazakh goods' export has reduced, such domestic companies as "ArcelorMittal Temirtau" JSC and "Kazakhmys" LLP are experiencing some difficulties and they are being given necessary support under my instruction. However, the management of "ArselorMittalTemirtau" promised to maintain annual production of 3.5 million tonnes despite the reduction of export potential”, said Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The President entrusted to hold timely preparation for harvest and to ensure expanding of foreign markets for agricultural products.

Following the meeting, the President of Kazakhstan made a number of specific instructions on the issues discussed.

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