President Tokayev speaks about economic situation, development of medical science and support of Kazakh citizens
Coronavirus pandemic demonstrated a particular importance of the development of medical science in Kazakhstan, said Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in the interview to the “Egemen Qazaqstan” newspaper. Another important goal is to raise the status of medical staff. President Tokayev believes that it is necessary to expand the scope of social guarantees for doctors and improve incentive system.
“In the future, special attention will be paid to biomedical research, because the country’s basis in addition to the brave army is medicine. It is necessary to increase the relevance of this issue. Recently, a modular infectious diseases hospital was opened in Nur-Sultan that was built in just two weeks. The hospital is equipped in accordance with international standards. I visited it on purpose. Our scientists developed a diagnostic test system. Undoubtedly, such specific work will improve the industry. Kazakh Health Ministry should continue actively and systematically working to improve the quality of medical services,” said the President.
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev also said that falling commodity prices worsened the economic situation in Kazakhstan and in the world. According to the International Monetary Fund, global GDP is decreasing this year. Reconstruction after such a crisis will not be easy, the President opined. Without immediate actions, the global recession will continue. Countries are making every effort to support their citizens. Kazakhstan allocated nearly 6 trillion tenge (approximately US$2.335 billion) for anti-crisis measures.
“Of course, giving money to citizens will not improve the situation. Comprehensive and systematic measures should be taken during the crisis. First of all, it is necessary to give people jobs. More than 250,000 jobs will be created. There are infrastructural and engineering projects as well as housing and communal services in each region. We will mobilize the unemployed for their construction and repair,” said President Tokayev.
Kazakhstan has a clear strategic direction of the development. The President said that reforms are being conducted in the country in accordance with modern requirements.
“The Parliament is currently discussing a number of significant legislative changes under my initiative. A draft law on the organization and holding peaceful assemblies is under consideration. There is no doubt that this is a very important document that will determine the democratic development of our country. Political parties participating in the elections to the Mazhilis and Maslikhat will establish a 30 percent quota for women and youth. In this regard, there will be relevant amendments. Significant legislative changes will also be made to facilitate the registration of political parties and the formation of a parliamentary opposition institution. I hope that these changes will be concrete steps towards further liberalization of political processes. Comprehensive reforms will continue. This is our strategic landmark,” emphasized Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.
The President said that one of the most relevant issues in the country is housing. Much work has been done in this area as well.
“The Government set a task to revitalize the housing construction. Starting from 2020, 10,000 families with many children as well as families with children with disabilities will receive apartments every year. New types of social assistance were introduced for low-income and large families. For example, the families with many children began receiving benefits regardless of income. More than 500,000 Kazakh citizens were exempted from paying loans. These initiatives are aimed at improving the quality of life of the population. Last year, a law on teacher status was passed doubling their salaries in the next four years. This work is carried out regularly. The salaries of other public sector employees are also increasing,” commented the President.
In conclusion, the President thanked Kazakh citizens for resilience in the difficult period. He said that the state of emergency has significantly changed daily lifestyle.
“The most valuable things are human life, human relations, the health of citizens and the welfare of society. We also understood how important it is to support each other. Everything else can be put in order gradually,” said Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.