TOP NEWS OF THE WEEK OF THE PRESIDENT

24 January 2017

Participation in the meeting of the Working Group for reauthorization of governmental departments

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During the meeting, the President noted that the issue of redistributing powers between the branches of government is consistent and a logical step in the country’s development.

– Implementation of one of the five institutional reforms proposed by me is supposed to give the Government the additional executive powers in the economic sphere. In the President’s competence will be the main defense capability issues, foreign policy, public administration, the Constitution protection and ensuring the effective work between branches of government, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The Head of State made a point of reducing the powers originally referred strictly to the President of Kazakhstan’s competence.

– For example, the program approval authority, issues of personnel changes in the Government, creation of new governing bodies can be transferred to the Government and the Parliament’ competence, – Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The President of Kazakhstan emphasized the need for effective strengthening the Parliament’s role in the public administration system.

– Under our conditions, the Government is generated by the winning party or faction. Thus, the Parliament’s role should be redefined in relation to the Government on many issues, the Head of State said.

In addition, Nursultan Nazarbayev particularly dwelled on issues of public authorities’ accountability for the reforms and their successful implementation.

Head of the Working Group reported to the Head of State on the elaborated proposals for a redistribution of powers between branches of government.

– As consistent with the assigned mission the proposals have been formulated in three directions.

Firstly, the proposal for a redistribution of the Head of State’s statutory powers, which do not require amending the Constitution. In this regard, the proposals of state bodies have been generalized. In whole, the proposals relate to the powers that govern the social and economic sphere. They are economic governance issues, finances, state property, and the powers associated with solving certain issues of administrative-territorial structure.

Secondly, the Supreme Court and the Attorney General’s Office have submitted offers for further improvement of the judicial and law enforcement systems, which do not require amending the Constitution. The proposal concerns the judicial control strengthening, further reducing the participation of prosecutors in civil and administrative proceedings. Total 13 proposals have been presented in the judicial sphere, that does not require constitutional changes.

Thirdly, the Working Group separately considered about 40 proposals, involving the correction of the Constitution norms. Representatives of the deputies, scientific and expert communities have taken an active part in the issue. The offers include expanding the Parliament and its Chambers’ powers, including the Government formation. It is also proposed to strengthen the accountability of the Government to the Parliament and its Chambers.

There have also been suggestions on strengthening the independence and responsibility of the Government. Part of the proposals aimed at the judicial sphere modernization is also associated with a change in the Constitution. In particular, we are talking about a possible clarification of the status and functions of the Supreme Court and determining the requirements for judges. It has been proposed to harmonize the rules governing the status and powers of prosecutors. The suggestions have been made on improving the mechanism of constitutional control.

Hereby, basic approaches that involve the redistribution of statutory authority without amending the Constitution are being brought in for your consideration.

The approaches to possible changing the Constitutional provisions, aimed primarily at increasing the Parliament’s powers, as well as strengthening the Government’s independence and responsibility have also been developed and brought in for your consideration, A.Dzhaksybekov said.

The Working Group member Z.Fedotova noted the constructive character of the proposed amendments.

– We are mainly passing over organizational and executive functions, which a Government should have; it is now the Cabinet’s responsibility.

As part of the Parliament’s activities, we see that the Majilis is largely empowered with the approval, Professor at the Public Administration Academy said.

At the same time, the Working Group member M.Beketaev has presented the analysis conducted by the Government to determine the norms anchoring the presidential powers.

– 11 constitutional laws, 20 codes and 298 laws have been analyzed. The norms that establish the President’s authority can be found in the 11 codes and 80 laws. The Cabinet, jointly with the Working Group, developed 32 proposals for redistribution of the Head of State’s powers. These suggestions involve amendments to the legislation, and do not require the Constitution amendments, the Minister of Justice said.

Also, “Kazakhstan Union of Lawyers” Republican Public Association Chairman has noted that there is a discussion based on the analysis in all branches.

– The legal community is backing up the reforms, noting their relevance and timeliness, R.Mukashev said.

Other members of the Working Group had also the floor at the meeting.

24 January 2017

Meeting with Kozy-Korpesh Dzhanburchin, the Chairman of the Accounts Committee for Control over Execution of the Republican Budget

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K.Dzhanburchin reported to the President on the main results of the Audit Committee for 2016 and the tasks for the coming period.

In addition, the Accounts Committee Chairman informed the President of Kazakhstan on the measures taken in implementing the Law “On state audit and financial control.”

Along with that, K.Dzhanburchin reported on the anti-corruption activities, both in the Audit Committee, and the State Audit facilities.

In conclusion, the Audit Committee Chairman reported on the conducted work in 2016 by the National Certification Commission to certify persons applying for a state auditor.

Following the meeting the Head of State has given a number of specific instructions.

25 January 2017

Participation in the ceremony of lighting the fire of the 28th World Winter Universiade-2017

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                      Astana, Nazarbayev University

In his address, the President noted that the forthcoming Universiade is the largest sports event through the history of independence, contributing to enhancing the unity of its nation.

– All that we have done – we have done for the youth. The Student Games’ social infrastructure and sporting venues of – all that will serve us for years and years, the President of Kazakhstan said.

Nursultan Nazarbayev expressed confidence that Kazakhstan’s people will support the national team and the Universiade-2017 will be a truly national holiday.

In conclusion, the Head of State wished the athletes good luck and bright victories in the upcoming competitions.

25 January 2017

Visit to the School of Medicine’s new building at Nazarbayev University

During the visit the Head of State inspected the new building of the medical school, which fully meets the modern requirements of industry-specific training.

Nursultan Nazarbayev has also had a meeting with students and teachers.

During the meeting, the President of Kazakhstan noted that at the present time the world is at the cutting edge of scientific progress in medicine and biology.

– Teaching level and equipment at the new medical school can be compared with the best world universities. So I am expecting great breakthroughs form you. Your research, laboratory capacity, and scientific potential of the lecturers allow you to find new methods for treating the most difficult diseases and prolong life. The School has been established as the main basic school, which will lead the rest of the universities, the Head of State said.

Nursultan Nazarbayev also stressed that in the XXI century medicine and biology come to the fore along with information technology.

– All fundamentals are interrelated and a lot of discoveries occur at their joint. Science must progress within these walls, and we need versatile scientists, the President of Kazakhstan said.

In conclusion, the Head of State congratulated everybody with the opening of the educational institution’s new building and wished success in achieving their goals.

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The School of Medicine building has 9 floors with a total area 39 825 sq m., which houses research and teaching laboratories, a simulation center, an anatomical laboratory, lecture halls and rooms for group study, a library, a dining room and the office space.

28 January 2017

Telephone conversation with the Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin

During the conversation the Heads of State have exchanged views on topical issues of the global agenda, among which are the results of the international meeting on Syria in Astana.

Vladimir Putin thanked Nursultan Nazarbayev for the high level organization of inter-Syrian negotiations in Astana and creation of all necessary conditions.

In turn, the Kazakh leader has noted that the Syrian crisis settlement should be carried out exclusively by peaceful means, and expressed readiness to continue to cooperate fully in the process.

Presidents of Kazakhstan and Russia have also reviewed the schedule of upcoming meetings.

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