During the Conference, the participants discussed the best ways to analyse the economic and social situation of a region, to identify disparities between different parts of a region and to define future objectives and actions to be funded by public expenditure. They focused especially on agriculture, industry and innovation, tourism, social welfare and employment, transport and public utilities. 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, Kyzylorda officials obtained the improvement of their TDP, as well as raised the capacity of civil servants to design such strategic documents. The support of the EU Project’s experts was mainly in identifying the structure and content of TDP that sets objectives and tasks for the next five years. As an example, alongside with the plans to develop fish and rice production, Kyzylorda region’s officials has defined as a strategic goal to increase the competitiveness of agro-industrial complexes. Another challenge in the coming year for them is to ensure that it takes advantage of the International highway corridor “Western Europe – Western China”.
“Developing a region requires strong partnership between different level of public administration and with civil society and economic interests. I amimpressed that the Kyzylorda region has committed itself not only to developing its own region but also sharing its experience with partner regions”, – 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 Kyzylorda, East Kazakhstan 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.