Ministry of National Economy and UNDP signed a cost-sharing agreement on financing the UNDP Country Programme for 2021-2025
December 22, 2022
22 December 2022, Astana - The Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today signed an agreement on government's co-financing of the UNDP Country Programme in Kazakhstan for 2021-2025.
The agreement provides the opportunity to form the necessary pool of projects and the volume of technical assistance to support the regions and the priority and long-term reforms of the Government of Kazakhstan. The allocated funds will be used for the development of the country's regions, including Abay, Zhetysu and Ulytau regions, boosting of the "green" sectors of the economy and support for further institutional reforms in Kazakhstan.
"This year marks 30 years since Kazakhstan joined UN. During our cooperation, more than 200 projects worth over $200 million have been implemented in partnership with the government, public organizations, the business sector and other UN agencies through the transfer of knowledge and innovation in the fields of SME development, green energy and agriculture,"said Alibek Kuantyrov, Minister of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
"The United Nations Development Programme highly appreciates the level of partnership and cooperation achieved with the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Based on the previous results and guided by the Sustainable Development Goals, UNDP will continue to support Kazakhstan in realizing national development priorities and sustaining its growth trajectory by diversifying the economy, modernizing institutions, reducing inequalities, and sustainably managing natural resources,”said Sukhrob Khojimatov, UNDP Resident Representative a.i. in Kazakhstan.
A series of activities are planned to strengthen the investment attractiveness of regions through development of entrepreneurship in rural areas, improvement of digital skills of youth, support to "green" businesses, etc.
The implementation also envisages attracting investments for the large offset projects in Kazakhstan in the areas of energy efficiency, reforestation, and sustainable agriculture; scaling up of implemented pilot projects on energy-efficient modernization of buildings; and testing alternative fuels in the northern regions of Kazakhstan.
UNDP will also continue its methodological support for localization of the SDGs, capacity building in public administration reform, human rights protection, and social protection of vulnerable population.