Speech by President Nursultan Nazarbayev at the XVIII Congress of the party

Prospects for the decade: a new heritage of the nation

Dear delegates and guests of the congress!

Dear party activists!

I sincerely congratulate you on the 20th anniversary of the "Nur Otan" party!

March 1, 1999 entered the anniversary of our sovereign country as the day our party was founded.

From a historical point of view, this is not a long time, but it will be a whole epoch.

The difficult economic situation at the turn of the centuries required us to make the right choice right away.

We had to carry out strong and important reforms to strengthen our independence and build a strong state.

Otherwise, we would be excluded from world development, which would lead to civilization.

This great party goal, Nur Otan, has become the only political force that justifies the people's trust and ensures steady progress.

I am grateful to the party members who helped me achieve success in critical years.

I would like to summarize what we have done today and share our vision of the future.

First of all, let's focus on specific facts that make sense of our achievements.

The country's economy has grown significantly.

The volume of foreign trade turnover increased by more than 9 times.

About 320 billion dollars of foreign direct investment was attracted to Kazakhstan.

We increased our income 16 times.

Over 141 million square meters of housing was built.

New social infrastructure facilities were built throughout the country.

1400 modern hospitals, clinics and outpatient facilities, 2865 new schools, colleges and kindergartens were opened.

All this is the result of our hard work.

"Nur Otan" promotes government decisions and justifies the confidence of voters.

 Dear fellow party members!

New time dictates new challenges.

The world around us is sinking deeper into a zone of permanent turbulence.

But this is not a reason for despair and fear of the future.

Any crises are accompanied by cataclysms, but at the same time they clear space for growth and open Windows of opportunity.

The main thing is to choose the right vector of development and mobilize the whole society to achieve its goals.

In moving forward, we must take into account the key trends of the modern world.

Today, the competition of States is reduced to the competition of specific people.

Any economic achievements and geopolitical victories have no great value and value, if they do not lead to the growth of the well-being of each person.

This is the basic secret of prosperity and the formula for the sustainable development of States in the twenty-first century.

Today the Congress is considering the party's program until 2030 "Society of well-being: 10 goals of the decade", developed on my instructions.

It opens wide horizons of strategic vision and defines the main contours of the development of society and the state in the coming decade.

I hope that you will discuss the programme in detail and determine the party's agenda.

Today's Congress starts a new stage in the development of Kazakhstan.

The next 10 years are a crucial period in our progress in the top 30 advanced countries.

In this regard, the party should set specific goals.

I will not dwell on them, all of them are indicated in the Program.

I am sure that each of us will make a significant contribution to the formation of an even stronger and prosperous Kazakhstan.

In our activities we must be guided by our national idea.

Its basic components are:

1. national unity;

2. competitive strong economy;

3. intellectual prosperous society;

4. country respected in the world.

All this is the basis for the successful development of Kazakhstan.

In turn, the Doctrine of National Unity rests on four pillars:

1. general history;

2. shared values;

3. common homeland;

4. common future. 

Dear colleagues!

For future prospects, we should not forget about current tasks.

Our main priority is to ensure the standard of living of citizens and the development of Kazakhstan as a socially-oriented state.

Even in the most difficult periods, we fulfilled our social obligations.

The level of social spending in the country has always been high, and in the future it will consistently grow.

Within the framework of various programs, projects and initiatives we carry out large-scale social investments.

We must not reduce development costs and help those in need.

This year more than 45% of all expenses of the republican budget are directed to the social sphere.

At the same time, we have identified certain disproportions and a number of problem points in the social block.

In this regard, I decided to allocate funds from the National Fund to improve the quality of life and the well-being of our citizens.

The government should properly administer the expenses allocated for this purpose.

At the same time, it must be remembered that we live in the face of great challenges and global uncertainty.

Our reserves can be useful in more difficult times.

Social policy should be balanced and not provoke the growth of dependent attitudes.

The main task of the state is to give people work so that they can earn a living.

Assistance should be provided to those in special need and be strictly targeted.

I will personally control that all allocated funds reach every family and a specific person!

On my instructions, the party conducted an analysis of the problems of particular concern to our citizens today.

Among them are issues of raising children's allowances, improving the situation of large families, providing housing, upgrading social infrastructure, and others.

A significant contribution of the party to their decision will be the implementation of social policy in three directions.

It:

1. raising incomes and supporting low-income groups of the population;

2. addressing housing issues for low-income citizens and improving education and health care;

3. integrated development of regions.

 

FIRST. Today it is important to strengthen measures to improve the welfare of Kazakhstani families.

They will directly affect more than 1 million civil servants working in the field of health, education, social protection, culture, sports, agriculture and others.

I charge from July 1, 2019:

- raise wages for low-paid public sector employees to 30 percent;

- to raise on average by 25 percent grassroots workers of the executive bodies who work directly with citizens at the district and regional levels.

For these purposes in 2019-2021 almost 980 billion tenge will be allocated additionally.

Increased attention should be paid to low-income categories of citizens and large families.

Every Kazakhstani family should feel the results of the ongoing reforms today, and not in the distant future.

I especially consider it necessary to strengthen support measures for our large families.

Today in the country about 340 thousand families have more than 4 children.

More than 500 billion tenge is allocated annually to support families with children.

These families have different income levels.

Therefore, first of all, the state should show special care and attention to large families with low incomes.

Currently, more than 111 thousand families (571.6 thousand people) receive targeted social assistance from the state.

I am instructing the Government to expand the coverage of low-income families, especially large families, to increase the criterion for providing targeted assistance to 70 percent of the subsistence minimum (from 14,849 tenge to 20,789 tenge, PM - 29,698 tenge).

For targeted support to families with children eligible for targeted social assistance, establish a minimum payment for each child in large families in the amount of 20,789 tenge.

All procedures for the assignment of social assistance should be as simple as possible and translated into a proactive format.

When calculating the aggregate income of such families, separate allowances should be excluded from the calculation, such as large families and mothers with many children, disability benefits for children, scholarships.

As a result, targeted social assistance will reach more than 830 thousand people in 2019, including almost 550 thousand children.

I also instruct to increase the allowance to parents, guardians and families (persons) raising disabled children in

30 percent.

This will affect more than 100 thousand people.

I charge additional 300 billion tenge for 2019-2021 for the implementation of these measures.

The basic principle of social assistance remains a social contract and the mandatory participation of able-bodied family members in employment measures.

I also instruct akims to reach every family and strengthen measures for those in need of assistance at the expense of the local budget, taking into account regional possibilities.

Last year alone, similar field assistance was provided in excess of 135 billion tenge.

This support must continue.

You should not spend money on minor matters.

It is logical that for incomplete families with many children it is necessary to create conditions for working at home, and for families with many children in the country to allocate a separate quota of grants and microcredits.

The government and akims should carry out this activity jointly with the party “Nur Otan” and NPP “Atameken”.

Akims should revise regional programs of assistance to families in need, taking into account the “Baytyty otasy” (“Happy Family”) party project.

It is aimed at system support for the family institution in Kazakhstan.

SECOND. It is necessary to intensify work on the provision of housing and the improvement of education and health care.

I am instructing the Government to build in the framework of the Nurly Zher program more than 40 thousand rental apartments, mainly for low-income families from among large families.

In the next seven years, it is necessary to allocate an additional 50 billion tenge annually for these purposes.

You should also increase the availability of housing for large and single-parent families, families with children with disabilities, with low incomes.

For this category of citizens I charge to develop a preferential mechanism for the provision of housing loans at 2-3 percent per annum through the system of housing and construction savings.

For these purposes, the House Construction Savings Bank will be allocated annually at 50 billion tenge.

Reforms in education need to be brought to logical results.

Modern realities require the development of new skills and competencies in our children.

The components of success here are the constant professional development of teachers, an advanced material base and relevant training programs.

As I have previously instructed, at least 1 advanced university and 10 modern colleges should work in each region.

The main criterion for the effectiveness of educational institutions is the employment of graduates.

Every citizen of our country should be not only educated, but also healthy.

It is necessary to ensure access to quality health care regardless of where you live.

Domestic medicine, first of all, needs to focus on the prevention and promotion of a healthy lifestyle.

Expenditures on public health services and primary health care should be increased from 40 to 60 percent of total health financing.

This is the practice of all developed countries of the world.

I charge to allocate in addition about 120 billion tenge for the development of the healthcare sector.

As a result, the quality and accessibility of inpatient medical care in 7 regions with coverage of about 100 thousand patients per year will increase.

 

THIRD. It is necessary to start implementing a regional policy aimed at improving the quality of life throughout the country.

We still have “gaps” in regional development.

Why are the roads good in some areas and bad in others?

Why somewhere utilities operate stably, but somewhere fails?

It turns out that there are akims who really work, know and solve people's problems.

But there are those who avoid communicating with the population and ignore the real needs and requirements of the inhabitants of the regions.

Akims need to be closer to the people and do everything possible for their benefit.

We have various programs, sufficient resources have been allocated, but people do not see concrete results.

This state of affairs is not permissible.

The government and akims of all levels should really solve all social problems in a constructive manner, without populism and chasing after indicators.

Each region is strategically important.

We must create a New Map of the country, based on the updated regional standards of quality of life.

In recent years, an enormous and historically important work has been carried out on the construction of a republican road transport network.

In general, we have built and reconstructed more than 12.5 thousand km of automobile roads and 2.5 thousand km of railways, sea ports.

Built autobahns are important, but more importantly the road to the house.

The expansion of the network of modern local roads is the key task of the Government, the execution of which is necessary to control the party.

I am ordering to allocate an additional 350 billion tenge for these purposes.

By 2025, these measures will help improve the condition of 95 percent of regional and district roads.

All objects of regional transport infrastructure, including airports, auto and railway stations should be modernized.

To solve the problems of the outskirts of large cities - Astana, Almaty and Shymkent, an additional 90 billion tenge will be allocated for 2019-2021.

The development of small and single-industry towns will also annually provide an additional 10 billion tenge over the next three years.

The most important priorities are ensuring access to clean drinking water for all residents of the country and conducting large-scale gasification.

I charge an additional 140 billion tenge for the provision of water supply and sanitation.

This will solve the problems in this area for more than 2.2 million people.

I am also instructing to additionally allocate about 190 billion tenge for gasification and electricity supply.

These measures will allow gas supply to 1.1 million people, as well as significantly improve the reliability of regional power supply.

I am instructing the Government to provide for these purposes about 920 billion tenge for 2019-2021.

Considering the above, Nur Otan should launch the Utty Meken party project with an emphasis on the development of the country's engineering and social infrastructure.

We also have opportunities to improve the well-being of 7.5 million villagers.

First of all, the Government, together with akims and maslikhats, needs to select villages with prospects, and develop the social sphere there, create boarding schools.

We must turn our villages into points of growth and sustainable development.

It is necessary to adopt the experience of the PRC on the development in the village of the business of producing consumer goods, processing agricultural products, and so on.

There you need to build housing, build roads, communications, social facilities, develop small and medium businesses.

And here people from unpromising rural settlements will strive.

The village has the potential to earn and live with dignity.

In this regard, I instruct the Government to develop proposals for the implementation of the special project “Auyl-El Besigi” and ensure its financing in the amount of 90 billion tenge for 2019-2021.

This will help to consolidate the youth in the village.

All the above-mentioned directions and projects are complex in nature, related to the long-term goals of the party and will soon bring tangible benefits to people.

More than 2 trillion tenge will be allocated from the budget for their implementation in the next three years.

These funds should be sought through a radical improvement in customs administration and optimization of budget expenditures.

At the same time, it is necessary to exclude financing of non-priority, costly activities on the ground.

These measures in the next three years will allow the budget to receive 1 trillion tenge.

It is also necessary to allocate from the National Fund an additional 1 trillion 350 billion tenge during 2019-2021.

On my instructions, the new party program was developed based on a study of key global trends and an analysis of the situation in all regions of Kazakhstan.

It identifies specific goals and projects that should become the foundation of the state social policy for the next three years and set the perspective for the whole decade.

As you know, we have changed the Government, whose composition has been updated by 70 percent.

The new cabinet, all akims, should immediately proceed to the implementation of the instructions I have voiced.

Each member of the Government and akims will be personally responsible and personally responsible for the results of work.

 

Dear delegates to the congress!

The party should be actively involved in solving everyday issues of the population.

To intensify this work the project “Halyka kөmek” is called upon.

Today, it is important to quickly respond to the actual needs of society, focusing on the attention of government agencies.

This is the most effective strategy.

For this, it is necessary to form a powerful system of feedback to the public.

It is important to strengthen the work of public receiving parties.

In fact, they should become a “single window” of assistance for our citizens according to the principle “here and now.”

In this issue there should be no bureaucratic delays.

This should apply not only to state benefits, but also to targeted assistance provided by volunteers and entrepreneurs-patrons.

All branches of “Nur Otan” should be focused primarily on this work.

The party should represent the interests of all segments of the population and act as a key link between the citizens and the state.

Today, questions of the effectiveness of current state programs, including in the social sphere, are coming to the fore.

In this regard, I instruct Nur Otan, together with the Presidential Administration, to create a Center for evaluating the effectiveness and monitoring the implementation of state programs and reforms.

It is necessary on the party platform to conduct quarterly hearings of the responsible state bodies on the implementation of state programs.

Reports will be reported to me.

On the basis of them we will draw the appropriate conclusions.

In general, I stress once again: economic development should be aimed at increasing the real well-being of the population.

Nur Otan, together with the Atameken Chamber of Entrepreneurs, needs to work to improve the principles of state support for business.

Purposeful efforts to eradicate corruption should continue.

The focus of special attention should be the youth, because for her the future!

This year I declared the Year of Youth.

The party should seek to improve the effectiveness of state youth policy.

The party should become one of the main “social elevators” for active citizens and a source of personnel for the system of public administration at all levels.

The new generation of modern managers should appear from the “Youth Party Reserve”.

All Nur Otan members must be true patriots and have an impeccable reputation.

The authority of the party among the population is created not only by large-scale actions or activities in the center

The image of the party in the eyes of ordinary Kazakhstanis is shaped by daily work in the field.

Primary party organizations should be a key element in solving local and regional tasks.

We need to work on the pithiness of party activities, especially in the regions.

We must conduct an honest and open dialogue with the people and do everything possible to improve their well-being and quality of life.

Solving such large-scale tasks requires the party to be extremely focused and responsible in their work.

“Nur Otan” should become the main institution of public control.

It is necessary to take into account all the proposals I voiced today in the Party Program.

 

Dear Colleagues!

"Nur Otan" is a party full of achievements and a bright future for the future.

We have a long-term strategy, rich natural resources, political will.

The strength of the state is measured by the pace of economic development and the quality of life of the population.

Therefore, I would like to see that my people who trust me are not happy now, but now happy.

Our position is peace and tranquility, our motto is abundance and unity.

A solid foundation of independent Kazakhstan is peace and harmony!

Being a party is not a government, but faithful service to the country!

We are the party of national unity.

Today's congress opens a new stage in the development of Kazakhstan.

On the 30th anniversary of the country's independence, our brother will be safe and well off!

It's time to act, brothers!

Go Nur Otan!

Go Kazakhstan!

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