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, transport, agriculture, as well as on social welfare and employment. 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, in recent months, Mangystau region officials have worked to improve the quality of their TDP, discussed its implementation in the region. 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, Mangystau region officials are planning to work intensively on the development of Aktau city, also to establish innovation partnerships in the region, to diversify the economy of the region and to accelerate development of agricultural cooperatives and improvement of service delivery capacity and performance.
Over 65 people including representatives from Mangystau region as well as officials from Atyrau, Aktobe, and West Kazakhstan regions attended the conference. Its purpose was to discuss with visiting regions’ staff how Mangystau 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 Mangystau region with the help of the Project.
“It is really great to see that the Mangystau Administration is showing such leadership in managing the development of the region and even in supporting the development of regions through sharing their experience and knowhow”- 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 Mangystau, East Kazakhstan, and Kyzylorda 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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