President • 22 April, 2020

Kazakh President to address the situation with coronavirus

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The Head of state Kassym-Jomart Tokayev will make another televised address on the coronavirus situation next week. This was announced by  his press secretary Berik Uali.

It is no secret that the schedule of the Head of state has been seriously adjusted in recent weeks. The country has entered a state of emergency, and the President's working regime can be called an emergency. The amount of operational and analytical information received has increased dramatically, and immediate response measures are required. Today most meetings are held online.

The main topic on the agenda, of course, remains the fight against coronavirus.

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev regularly receives reports from the Government, members of the state Commission on the state of emergency and regional leaders. Recently, the President called the mayors of all regions and cities of national significance and set them a number of tasks related to supporting small and medium-sized businesses, social protection of the population, sowing campaigns and flood control.

The epidemiological situation in the country and the world is constantly changing. Based on the information received, a decision on the possible extension of the state of emergency and quarantine measures will be made in the near future.

At the same time, the Head of state draws attention to the fact that, in addition to crisis management, we must remember about strategic planning. The state of emergency will end sooner or later, and then we will face the full growth of the tasks of structural adjustment of the economy. Therefore, we need to set new goals for the medium and long term. The President has already stated that many programs and concepts need to be updated. The sharp drop in oil prices confirmed that reforms in the economy and financial sector, real industrialization and digitalization are needed. Big changes are expected in the areas of health and education. The President demands the development of strategic decisions that meet the new realities.

As for international contacts, they are now mostly held by phone or in the format of videoconferences as the recent summits of the EEU and the Turkic Council. The rapid exchange of information with our key partners and neighbours is particularly important. During the month, President Tokayev held telephone conversations with the leaders of Russia, China, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Israel, the heads of the UN and the European Council and the US Secretary of state. These negotiations allowed us to quickly and without unnecessary bureaucracy resolve a number of serious issues related to the return of our citizens from abroad, mutual humanitarian support, ensuring uninterrupted transport links, supplies of food and medical equipment. The main concern of the Head of the state is the health and safety of our citizens. He personally calls on all compatriots to comply with the requirements of the state of emergency. For the sake of the health of our loved ones, we must show patience and responsibility. As Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said recently, " there is no economy without people." Therefore, no one will be left without the attention of the state. By direct order of the President, funds to support citizens are allocated from the budget and the National Fund. The Head of state keeps all these issues under constant control.

I would also like to inform you that next week the President will make another televised address on the situation with coronavirus, Berik Uali posts.

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