Kazakhstan: New Government targets at ‘real action’

ASTANA (TCA) — Kazakhstan’s new cabinet of ministers “should be the Government of real action, aimed at concrete results,” Prime Minister Askar Mamin said at the first meeting of the new Government on February 26, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

The Prime Minister said that the new composition of the Government should meet the high expectations of the Head of State.

President Nursultan Nazarbayev has set priority tasks for the Government aimed at raising the level and quality of life of the population, further diversifying the economy, creating new high-performance jobs, and developing small and medium-sized businesses.

“We need to get tangible results that can affect the improvement of the quality of life of the population,” the Prime Minister said.

President Nazarbayev appointed Askar Mamin as the country’s new Prime Minister on February 25, four days after the President sacked the previous Government for what he described as its failure to raise living standards and diversify the economy away from the energy sector.

The 53-year-old Mamin had served as deputy prime minister since 2016.

The previous Government was led by Bakytzhan Sagintaev, whose premiership started in 2016.

In addition, in accordance with the Decree of the President on measures for the further improvement of the public administration system, the Ministry of Defense and Aerospace Industry of Kazakhstan has been transformed into the Ministry of Digital Development, Defense and Aerospace Industry with the transfer to it of the functions and powers of the Ministry of Information and Communications in the field of communications, informatization, e-government, and the development of public policy in the provision of public services.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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