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Senate Speaker: Demographic development is a factor of the country's competitiveness

20.02.2024 74

A Government hour was held in the Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the topic: "Demographic growth is the basis of the strategic advantage of the nation" as part of the implementation of the Address of the Head of State to the people of Kazakhstan "The Economic Course of a Just Kazakhstan".

Opening the work of the Government Hour, Senate Speaker Maulen Ashimbayev noted that in his Message to the people, the Head of State emphasized the key role of demographic growth as a factor in increasing the country's competitiveness and outlined the importance of effective use of existing potential. In this regard, the country has adopted the Concepts of Migration Policy and Rural development, as well as developed a National Development Plan until 2029.

Maulen Ashimbayev also focused the attention of the meeting participants on the potential opportunities and challenges caused by the demographic situation in Kazakhstan. These changes, in turn, affect the pension system and social security in general. Among the trends, the youth of the nation, the gradual increase in life expectancy and urbanization were noted.

As the Speaker of the Senate noted, urbanization will provide the necessary conditions for labor productivity growth and the spread of innovations. According to national statistics, the share of the urban population is already 62%.

"According to UN forecasts, urban population growth in the Central Asian region will continue in the medium term. Of course, this is a positive trend. At the same time, we must not forget about the development of rural areas, the creation of jobs, and the development of social infrastructure. In this regard, it is important to ensure the high-quality implementation of the measures laid down in the National Development Plan until 2029, the Concept of Rural Development and other regional development plans," the Speaker of the Senate stressed in his speech and focused on the tasks of developing social, transport and engineering infrastructure, taking into account the changing demographic situation.

Special attention was paid to the problems of imbalance in the socio-demographic and economic situation of the regions, ensuring conditions for employment, increasing the level of education, labor productivity and income of young people, as well as support for young families. According to Maulen Ashimbayev, sustainable economic development directly depends on the size of the population, the level of well-being of citizens and the availability of labor resources.

"In matters related to the demographic development of our country, it is important to increase the effectiveness of interdepartmental cooperation.  Balanced demographic development is one of the factors of the country's competitiveness. The agenda of building a Just Kazakhstan is based on the principle of "human-centricity". This is, first of all, the priority of human interests and needs, improving the quality of life and well-being of the population. This is one of the key goals of our country's demographic policy," the Speaker of the Senate concluded.

In addition, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Tamara Duissenova, Chairman of the National Commission for Women and Family and Demographic Policy under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Minister of Culture and Information Aida Balayeva, Representative of UNFPA in Kazakhstan - UNFPA Country Director in Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan Olof Ronnie Lindstroem, Acting Representative of the United Nations Children's Fund made presentations at the right hour (UNICEF) in Kazakhstan, Leticia Bazzi-Vale, as well as representatives of the expert community and akimats.

(Senate Press Office, 74-72-27. Photo by N.Baibulin)

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