WEEKLY REVIEW: Kazakhstan will 'bring to life' local air traffic network, recover 16 local airports

ASTANA. August 2. KAZINFORM This week the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan shifted its focus to the regions of the country.

On Monday, July 29, Chairman of the Civil Aviation Committee of the Ministry of Transport and Communications Beken Seidakhmetov said that Kazakhstan plans to revive the local air traffic network at the level of districts and regions. In his words, local executive bodies have already submitted proposals for the recovery of 16 local airports.

Preparations for the gubernatorial elections and fight against hepatitis were also high on the Government's agenda this week. Currently, there are 16 regional center that provide help to those suffering from the disease.

On Tuesday, July 30, Kazakh Minister of Finance Bolat Zhamishev said that People's IPO Program is not an opportunity to get rich.

"For the population it is one of the tools of savings. There is an opportunity to put money on the deposits in banks. There is an opportunity to acquire property, and there must be a way, as in any other country, to buy the securities," he added.

First Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Regional Development Bakhytzhan Sagintayev made a working trip to Kyzylorda region on Wednesday (July 31) to survey the work of Kokaral dam that was built within the framework of the project to regulate the Syrdaria River and preserve the northern part of the Aral Sea. The aim of the project is to improve the socioeconomic situation and ecological balance in the Aral region and develop fishing industry there. In the town of Aralsk, Minister Sagintayev visited a fish processing plant that was constructed in line with EU standards and commissioned in 2009. He also surveyed the construction sites of the houses being erected in the town under the aegis of the Affordable Housing-2020 Program.

Afterwards, the First Vice Prime Minister chaired a session on the results of the commission's work concerning the aftermath of the crash of the Russian carrier rocket Proton-M in Baikonur. The sitting was also attended by Environmental Protection Minister Nurlan Kapparov, governor of Kyzylorda region Krymbek Kusherbayev, head of the National Space Agency Talgat Mussabayev, head of the Russian Federal Space Agency Vladimir Popovkin and others.

On Thursday, August 1, a traditional monthly seminar dedicated to the fight against hepatitis was held. At the event it was noted that Kazakhstan is the only country in the post-Soviet space that provides treatment to those suffering from the disease free of charge. Currently, there are 16 regional center where one can get help, including consultations, medical checkup, etc.

Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Serik Akhmetov congratulated the railway workers on their professional holiday on Friday (August 2).

"In general, your sphere is an infrastructure framework that provides the country's economic space integrity," Akhmetov said. "Kazakhstan has built more railroads than other CIS countries during the same period. The total length of the constructed railways and the railways under construction is 2500 km. The railway workers are one of the most honorable professions synonymous to reliability, competence and a high level of discipline. Your work has always been and remains the basis of the stability of the economic development of Kazakhstan."

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