Kazakh president criticizes implementation of forced development program

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Astana, Kazakhstan, July 2

By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has criticized the results of the first five-year stage of the State Program of Forced Industrial and Innovative Development.

"If we want to be among Top 30 developed countries, then we have no other way than creating our own industry. We need to create a strong manufacturing industry, light industry, primarily to develop our agricultural sector," the president stressed.

"Unfortunately, we failed to create critical mass of successful industrial projects based on innovations and modern technologies," Nazarbayev said at the end of the Republican teleconference on July 2.

The head of state pointed out that the growth of the manufacturing industry is related to the projects that were launched before the forced development program. These projects include Western Europe - Western China corridor, Kazakhmys and subway in Almaty.

The first five-year stage of the state program included the projects that were not directly related to industrialization (mainly resource projects) and some of them fell to infrastructure, according to the president.

"Of course, this is not bad. But our task is to create our own strong manufacturing industry," the head of state stressed.

He went on to add that there were objective reasons of the slowdown in the economic development due to external influences in the world economy.

"We need to be engaged in industrialization. The whole government is accountable for this," Nazarbayev said.

Edited by CN

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