To introduce a moratorium on the creation of new special economic zones, to reduce non-core areas, as well as to form a separate list of priority activities within the manufacturing industry by level of redistribution. These proposals of the senators were discussed today during a round table on "Assessing the efficiency of special economic zones".
Opening the round table, Chairman of the Committee Serikbay Trumov noted that special economic zones are created to accelerate the development of modern, highly productive, competitive industries, creating a new level of quality services, attract investments, introduction of new technologies in the industry and regions, as well as providing employment.
During the discussion on the efficiency of SEZ activities Deputy Finance Minister Marat Sultangaziev made a report. He said that the Accounts Committee for Control over Execution of the Budget conducted an audit of special economic zones, which revealed a number of systemic flaws and violations in terms of incomplete infrastructure, low levels of investment in industry and low production volumes.
In addition, speeches were also made by the Vice-Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development Marat Karabaev, First Vice-Minister of Energy Murat Zhurebekov, as well as General Director of SEZ "Innovation Technologies Park" Olzhas Sartaev.
At the end of the round table senators prepared recommendations to be directed to the Government. In particular, Serikbay Trumov noted the necessity of working on the issue of differentiated approach when providing benefits depending on the amount of investment, the priority activities in the SEZ, stressed the importance of creating a possibility of buying the land by SEZ participants after the commissioning of all facilities, the introduction of combined approach and others.
(Senate Press Service, 74-72-27. Photo by N.Baybulin)