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30 January 2019
Meeting with akims of regions and cities of Astana, Almaty and Shymkent

Addressing the leaders of the regions, the President of Kazakhstan stressed that improving life quality and well-being of the population is the government’s main responsibility.

- The most important thing is social issues, utility rates, prices for essential products, medications. All these aspects are meant to be under your special control, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The Head of State particularly actuated the issues of ensuring full availability of housing and utilities infrastructure until the end of the heating season, as well as safety and the prevention of risks of flooding as we approach the flood season.

- Last year there were a lot of accidents, they should not be allowed to take place again. It is important to quickly respond to threats of a natural nature and take appropriate preventive measures. In Urdzhar region of East Kazakhstan, almost 800 people and 280 cars were stuck in the snow. We shouldn’t put people in danger. Elimination of consequences of emergencies is several times more expensive than their prevention, the President of Kazakhstan said.

In addition, Nursultan Nazarbayev noted the need for prompt response to complaints and appeals from citizens, including through creation of “barrier-free” interaction formats.

The Head of State drew attention to the need to work with active young people, who are the mainspring of positive changes in the country.

- I have recently met with the youth. There are awesome young people in your regions. If you at least once get them together and talk, you will hear many useful suggestions. It is necessary to involve such active representatives in the work, to teach others by their example, the President of Kazakhstan said.

Nursultan Nazarbayev pointed out to the regional akims and the leaders of cities of national significance their responsibility in ensuring the personal safety of citizens and public law and order in the regions.

- We launched a law enforcement reform. We gave you the right to appoint the heads of police departments and set goals for law enforcement and crime prevention. You are on a par with them responsible for the order at the local level, the Head of State said.

The President of Kazakhstan dwelt separately on the need for timely providing spring field work with machinery, seeds, fertilizers and fuel and lubricants, as well as solving the debt problems of some large agricultural producers.

In conclusion, Nursultan Nazarbayev instructed the Presidential Administration to ensure control over accomplishing all the tasks set today.

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