BAKU, Azerbaijan, Nov. 18
Some 1,700 projects (25 percent of the total number of Employment Roadmap projects) are being implemented in the amount of 107.7 billion tenge ($250 million) with the opening of about 31,000 job opportunities within the roadmap in the border regions of Kazakhstan, Trend reports referring to the press service of the Kazakh government.
The majority of the ongoing projects falls on Zhambyl (457 projects), East Kazakhstan (384 projects), Almaty (314 projects) and North Kazakhstan regions (140 projects).
Moreover, 1,316 projects worth 16.2 billion tenge ($40 million) are being implemented in the border regions via the State Program for Support and Development of Business ‘Business Road Map-2025’. Basically, the realization of the above measures is aimed at providing micro-credits, grants, subsidizing the remuneration rate, bringing the necessary infrastructure to business facilities.
Currently, implementation of the State Program for the Development of Productive Employment and Mass Entrepreneurship for 2017-2021 called ‘Enbek’ is underway.
The program provides for a voluntary resettlement mechanism. So, since the beginning of the year, 451 families, comprising 1,665 people, have moved from labor-surplus regions to labor-deficient border regions.
Subsidies in the total amount of 161.8 million tenge ($3.8 million) for the resettlement were issued. In accordance with the decree of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated February 18, 2016 No. 83 ‘On the determination of regions for the settlement of oralmans (Kazakh repatriates from abroad) and IDPs’, the regions for settlement of IDPs are the border East Kazakhstan, Pavlodar, Kostanay, North Kazakhstan regions (out of the arrived 1,665 people, 574 are employed in permanent jobs, and 25 are engaged in entrepreneurial activities).
At the same time, the main factors affecting the effectiveness of the implementation of the Roadmaps for employment and business in border settlements are the socio-economic development of border areas, their sparse population, rapid growth of urbanization, and others.
Beides, the Ministry of National Economy recommended the heads of the border regions to strengthen the implementation of the roadmaps, as well as 4 to intensify the work on moving the population from the labor-surplus regions to the labor-deficient border settlements within the framework of the Enbek State Program.
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