As part of his working trip to Shymkent, Prime Minister Askar Mamin held a meeting on the development of the city.
Akim of Shymkent Murat Aitenov, Minister of Culture and Sports Aktoty Raimkulova, First Vice Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development Kairbek Uskenbayev, vice ministers of national economy Yermek Alpyssov and energy — Zhumabay Karagayev, Chair of the Board of Baiterek NMH Aidar Arifkhanov reported on the implementation of the comprehensive plan for the development of Shymkent for 2019-2023, the socio-economic situation, infrastructure construction, the issue of electricity and gas supply, investment projects, as well as the readiness to conduct activities as part of the acquisition of the status of the CIS cultural capital.
“This year, Shymkent is the cultural capital of the CIS. The President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Kemelevich Tokayev is planning to participate in the official opening of this year,” said Mamin.
The head of government noted the importance of timely resolution of pressing socio-economic issues and improving the quality of life of city residents, as well as holding at the highest level all the planned activities within the framework of the year of the CIS cultural capital.
Mamin instructed the relevant state bodies and the Shymkent akimat to ensure high-quality preparation of all activities within the framework of the CIS cultural capital year, as well as to consider financing infrastructure projects in the fields of water, electricity and gas supply, housing construction and transport within two weeks.
As part of the working trip, Mamin familiarized himself with the construction of a new passenger terminal at the Shymkent International Airport with a capacity of 2,000 passengers per hour, which is planned to be built by October 2020.
During the visit to the Ontustyk Special Economic Zone, the head of government was informed of 23 ongoing projects totaling 58.8 billion tenge with the creation of over 1,700 new jobs. The construction of a plant for the production of pumping equipment and pipeline valves in 2020-2025 is presented as one of the major promising projects. The project cost is 26.5 billion tenge, 1,500 jobs will be created.
The prime minister visited a sewing and spinning and weaving mill, which has been idle for many years, where he got acquainted with the projects of the Investment Fund of Kazakhstan JSC for their launch and further development of the textile cluster in Kazakhstan. The planned commissioning of enterprises this year will ensure the creation of about 800 new jobs and double the volume of cotton processed in Kazakhstan.
The head of government inspected the progress of the project on restoration and museumification of the “Shymkent Settlement” (Citadel), discovered during archaeological excavations. Here will be built a museum of antiquity, a gallery, an amphitheater. The project carries historical value and is intended to become an attractive tourist attraction in Shymkent.
For developing the region’s tourism potential, Mamin also visited the Kaskasu gorge, Tolebi district of the Turkistan region, located 60 km from Shymkent, where he got acquainted with the Kaskasu tourism and recreation complex project.