ASTANA. KAZINFORM – Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov took part in the plenary session of the 10th Anniversary Forum of Machine Builders of Kazakhstan, held within the framework of the II International Specialized Exhibition for Mechanical Engineering and Metalworking “Kazakhstan Machinery Fair” in Astana. This was reported by MIA “Kazinform” with reference to the press service of the Government.
Opening the forum, the Prime Minister read out the welcoming speech of the Head of State Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.
“Dear participants of the Forum! I congratulate you on the start of the anniversary X Forum of Machine Builders of Kazakhstan! This is an authoritative dialogue platform that brings together representatives of the state and business to search for new approaches to the development of the industry.
Conditions have been created in our country to support the manufacturing industry and mechanical engineering. As a result, Kazakh companies have mastered the production of new types of products, such as freight and passenger cars, cars, buses, electric locomotives and transformers.
The implementation of the Program for the development of export-oriented industries and the support of local producers has begun. The Law “On Industrial Policy” was adopted, the main priorities and vector of the industry development were determined. The implementation of the law will increase the availability of raw materials for our manufacturing enterprises. It is gratifying that domestic machine builders are also entering foreign markets – the volume of exports has already reached two billion dollars.
I am convinced that realizing the potential of the industry to the fullest will make it possible to increase the country’s economic growth and technological progress and contribute to social development. I wish you all success and new achievements!”, the text of the greeting of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan reads.
In turn, Alikhan Smailov stressed that domestic engineering makes a significant contribution to the stable economic development of the republic. Thus, over the years of industrialization, production volumes in mechanical engineering increased 6 times and amounted to 2.3 trillion tenge in 2021. The growth of the industry over the past 3 years averaged 20%.
“In the current realities, the Government continues the policy aimed at supporting domestic producers. This is providing affordable raw materials and financing, reducing import dependence, modernizing existing and creating new industries,” the Prime Minister said, adding that the Government is ready for an open dialogue and joint work with business.
As part of the plenary session, Alikhan Smailov took part in a question and answer session, during which he expressed his opinion on the situation with the import of engineering products and the relocation of foreign companies to Kazakhstan.
“Our imports today significantly exceed exports. This situation needs to be reversed. To address this issue, systemic and comprehensive measures are required. The time has come to think about the development and adoption of a program document – a Comprehensive Plan for the Development of the Engineering Industry. Because only a long-term approach will make it possible to achieve serious results in this direction,” Alikhan Smailov emphasized.
The Prime Minister also got acquainted with the exposition of the Kazakhstan Machinery Fair exhibition, where more than 240 companies from 17 countries presented their products and technologies: Kazakhstan, Austria, Belarus, Germany, Denmark, Israel, Spain, Italy, Russia, Turkey, Uzbekistan, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, South Korea and Iran.
In addition, Alikhan Smailov held a meeting with Adnan Dalgakiran, Chairman of the Turkish Mechanical Engineering Federation MAKFED, during which he called on Turkish companies to actively invest and open their production in Kazakhstan.
“Our country is interested in implementing joint projects in the field of mechanical engineering with experienced Turkish companies,” the Prime Minister noted.