During the Conference, the participants discussed the best ways to analyse the economic and social situation of a region, to define future objectives and actions to be funded by public expenditure. They focused especially on industry and innovation, tourism, social welfare and employment, transport and development of roads. Participants also discussed the benefits of involving private sector and citizen groups with concrete experience of problems and solutions in the regional planning process.
Within the framework of the Project, East Kazakhstan officials have improved the quality of their TDP, discussed its implementation in the region, including performance-monitoring systems related to the work of the Administration. The support of the EU Project’s experts was mainly in designing the structure and planning the content of TDP covering objectives and tasks for the next five years. As an example, East Kazakhstan region officials are planning to accelerate innovation partnerships in the region, development of agricultural cooperatives and improvement of service delivery capacity and performance.
The conference was attended by representatives from East Kazakhstan region as well as officials from Pavlodar, Akmola, Karagandy, Northern Kazakhstan region, also Mangystau and Kyzylorda region, as well as representatives from Astana and Almaty cities. Its purpose was to discuss with visiting regions’ staff how East Kazakhstan region has worked in recent months with the Kazakhstan Regional Development project to develop their Territorial Development Programme. Many speakers expressed the hope that the visiting participants would learn from and adopt the approach pioneered by East Kazakhstan region with the help of the Project.
“The East Kazakhstan regional Administration has worked with us very intensively to develop a PRT that can guide the development of their region in coming years. I think their approach is creative and serious within the framework of the State Planning System and applies international best practice. It is good to see they are keen to share it with neighbouring administrations,”- stated Colm McClements, Team Leader of the Kazakhstan Regional Development Project.
The Support Program of EU Project, launched in April 2015, aims to support administrations of East Kazakhstan, Kyzylorda and Mangystau regions to develop their TDPs. They are being designed in line with the “100 Concrete Steps” program set out by President Nursultan Nazarbayev on 20 May 2015, in particular regarding industrialization, economic growth, transparency and accountability of the State, as well as enhancing the competencies of civil servants.
Support Programme to MNE and Regions in the Elaboration of Territorial Development Programmes (TDPs) is delivered by the Kazakhstan Regional Development project. The project is funded by the European Union and implemented by a consortium led by GDSI Limited, Ireland. Total budget of the four-year-project (2013-2017) is EUR 6,288,000.
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