Implementation of 2019 youth initiatives in Kazakhstan

Implementation of 2019 youth initiatives in Kazakhstan

The Year of Youth 2019 in Kazakhstan will see a number of national mega projects launched this year. One of the projects includes the establishment of physical training and health improvement facilities in rural areas by Kazakh student, Dinara Naumova. The facilities will be accessible for people with disabilities. The project is planned to be launched in the Kabanbay Batyr village in Akmola region in March.

DINARA NAUMOVA, STUDENT:

- The Government undertakes a lot of measures aimed at assisting remote rural areas and people with disabilities. The young generation also wants to be part of this movement. We are planning to open facilities with special health improvement equipment in a village to promote healthy lifestyles in rural areas. We will install training equipment and organize recreational activities in cultural centers.

The development of the projects is the result of the Startup Bolashak National Competition of Youth Business. The entrepreneurship contest is aimed at supporting young entrepreneurs to kick-start their business projects. Winners of the competition receive investment support from the Government. Some of the national projects that will be developed include a poultry factory, restaurant and private construction companies.

LAURA DEMESSINOVA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BOLASHAK ASSOCIATION:

- We will continue the same initiatives this year. We plan to organize Bolashak Business Forum for youths in rural areas. We also plan to hold the 4th stage of the Bolashak Startup project together with the Kazakh Ministry of Education and Science. The ‘Our Country, Our Knowledge’ program will continue to be implemented with lectures, meetings and speeches given by prominent Bolashak graduates for Kazakh school and university students.

The Startup Bolashak National Competition of Youth Business was introduced in 2015 and is open to all young Kazakh citizen entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 29. Graduates who did not receive the Bolashak Government scholarship could also participate in the program.

The competition provides seven million Tenge for first prize winner as well as five million Tenge and three million Tenge for the second and third places, respectively.