Today, the Senate discussed the implementation of the recommendations of the parliamentary hearings on the topic “Light Industry of Kazakhstan: Current Status and Prospects for the Development of High-Performance Business”. It should be reminded that, as a result of the hearings held on March 4, 2020, a package of 69 recommendations was sent to the Government. Today, senators and senior officials from a number of ministries, relevant government authorities and representatives of the business community discussed which points have been fulfilled and which are still to be fulfilled.
Chairman of the Committee on Economic Policy, Innovative Development and Entrepreneurship Dauren Adilbekov mentioned that senators were not satisfied with the previous report made last December. That time, the execution of recommendations was at a low level. That is why it was decided to hold another meeting.
“During our previous meeting last December, our Committee found that not enough work was being done by the government authorities to implement the recommendations. That is why we have met with you again. It is worth mentioning that some work has been done by government authorities in this period. However, it is important to realize that often the system solution of problems in this area is also dependent on representatives of the domestic business,” Dauren Adilbekov said.
In the words of Vice-Minister of National Economy Timur Zhaksylykov, their agency is currently implementing crisis response measures of State support for entrepreneurs. As well, a mechanism was launched to refund bank loans on favorable terms for small and medium-sized business entities in the worst-hit sectors of the economy.
Vice-Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development Amaniyaz Yerzhanov also told about the implementation of the Senate’s recommendations. They have already executed more than 40% of the proposals made by participants of the parliamentary hearings. The remaining items to be included in the currently drafted Roadmap for the development of light industry until 2025.
The lead speaker at the last meeting, senator Yedil Mamytbekov, noted that there are outstanding problems with the trade barriers faced by Kazakh exporters across the EAEU, as well as with the poor quality of goods imported into our country. On top of that, according to the deputy, it is now important to ensure that the National Standard is mandatory for manufacturers of school uniforms. This would enable to increase the production of school uniforms with 100% Kazakhstani content.
(Press Office of the Senate, 74-72-27. Photo by E. Ukibay)