“Recent events have shown an acute problem with employment in the western and southern regions. There is a high birth rate, and the economy is not keeping up with the creation of jobs. Therefore, systemic industrialization, the promotion of SMEs, and the development of the service sector in these areas are not a regional, but a national priority”

(from a speech at a meeting of the Majilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, January 12, 2021)