Almaty rgn reports nearly 103% growth in agriculture
NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM - President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was briefed on the current social and economic situation and prospects for the development of Almaty region by its akim (governor) Murat Sultangaziyev, Kazinform cites the Akorda press service.
According to Sultangaziyev, positive changes in the region's economy are observed. In particular, agriculture has risen by 102.8%, manufacturing - 105.2%, trade - 103%, construction - 114.3%. The region's administration office pledged to maintain the positive trends by the end of the year.
The President noted that it is essential to live up to the citizens' trust and pointed to the adoption of concrete measures to improve the quality of living in rural areas to this end.
The Head of State was also informed about the ongoing work to amend the plan of social and economic development of Almaty region and the city of Konayev in view of new opportunities made possible after the administrative and territorial reform. According to the governor, special attention is attached to developing the economy's sectors with high investment attractiveness. They include construction, industry, agriculture, manufacturing, trade, and tourism.
In addition, Sultangaziyev told about the work to transfer the administration center of Almaty region to Konayev. Comprehensive measures are ongoing to create necessary conditions for local executive bodies and employees of government organizations.
Following the meeting, the President set a number of tasks to increase the standard of living of the residents of the region, including the solving of the issues in the housing and communal services, restoration of irrigation systems, three-shift schools, medicine, and public transport.
Smailov instructs to speed up realization of G4 City project in Almaty rgn
NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM – Kazakh Premier Alikhan Smailov held a meeting on the realization of the G4 City project in Almaty region, Kazinform cites primeminister.kz.
The meeting focused on the measures to create a special economic zone, develop unbar planning documents, and issues of сconcluding investment residency.
Following the meeting, the Kazakh PM instructed to speed up the deadline for approving a concept of a general plan for G4 City development.
Persian Gulf countries interested in investing in Kazakhstan
NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM - Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov held a meeting with Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf, the Secretary General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf arrived in Kazakhstan for an official visit, Kazinform cites the press service of the Kazakh government.
The sides debated the issues of cooperation in trade and economic, investment, transport and logistics, energy and agroindustrial sectors.
During the meeting, the Kazakh PM pointed out that Kazakhstan takes an interest in further strengthening its strategic partnership with the Organization's countries.
«We have huge potential for developing trade and investment cooperation. Kazakhstan is ready to further ensure a favorable business climate for all investors. Therefore, taking this opportunity I'd like to invite business circles of the Council to implement joint projects,» said Smailov.
The Head of the Kazakh government noted that the country is ready to increase its export of high-quality flour, oilseed, and other agricultural products to the countries of the Persian Gulf, as well as strengthen interaction in transit, including the development of the Trans-Caspian international transport route.
Smailov added that the expansion of the geography of flights, including the inauguration of direct flights from Kazakhstan to Oman and Bahrain, should be dealt with to further develop inter-State ties.
In his turn, Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf pointed out that the last visit of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to Saudi Arabia contributed greatly to the strengthening of relations with the Arab countries.
«The Persian Gulf countries have great plans to invest in Kazakhstan. We think it is important to hold joint business forums to determine mutually beneficial areas of cooperation. In particular, we're interested in developing partnership in energy, agriculture, and education,» he said.
N. Korea reports no new suspected COVID-19 cases for 6th day: state media
SEOUL. KAZINFORM - North Korea's new suspected COVID-19 cases stayed at zero for the sixth consecutive day, with apparently no remaining fever patients under treatment, according to its state media Thursday, Yonhap reports.
No new fever cases were reported over a 24-hour period until 6 p.m. the previous day, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, citing data from the state emergency anti-epidemic headquarters.
It did not provide information on additional deaths or those under treatment. As of July 5, the death toll stood at 74, with the fatality rate at 0.002 percent.
The total number of fever cases from late April to 6 p.m. Wednesday stood at 4.77 million and 99.998 percent of them had recovered, it added, reporting five new recoveries.
The previous day, the KCNA had said that five patients were being treated, suggesting that all fever patients have recovered.
Despite the apparent absence of new fever cases, the KCNA said the country is still maintaining its antivirus measures.
«Activities for consolidating the current anti-epidemic situation and preventing the outbreak of new epidemics are intensified across the country,» it said in a separate English-language report. «Unified command and control over the overall anti-epidemic work is maintained.»
Health authorities have introduced a «quadruple test information system for COVID-19» and are implementing preventative measures against the spread of other infectious diseases entering the country, considering the global spread of monkeypox, it added.
In Seoul, a South Korean government official was cautious about whether or when the unpredictable North will declare an end to the coronavirus crisis.
Speaking to reporters on background, the unification ministry official cited the need to keep an eye on Pyongyang's moves, rather than making hasty predictions. North Korea observers say the Kim Jong-un regime is likely to make a related decision, taking local political situations and the spread of other contagious viruses at home into consideration.
The North disclosed its first COVID-19 case on May 12 after claiming to be coronavirus-free for over two years and immediately declared a «maximum emergency» virus control system.