One of the priorities in the region is to support small and medium-sized businesses. More than 79 thousand business entities operate in the region, 232.2 thousand people are employed in this area - almost every third working resident of the region. In 2017, the volume of their products exceeded 1,031.6 billion tenge.
Since the launch of the Business Roadmap 2020 program, 1,404 projects have been supported for a total of 160.6 billion tenge, including 254 projects approved in 2017 for a total of 32.3 billion tenge. Rendered state support measures under this program contributed to the expansion of production of metal products, the acquisition of advanced agricultural equipment, the renewal of fleets, the modernization of medical equipment. As a result, more than 69.4 thousand of existing jobs were created and about 19.2 thousand new jobs created (including 8.8 thousand new jobs in 2017 and new ones created -1.3 thousand). The budget revenue received 24.1 billion tax payments, including for 2017 –2.7 billion tenge.
The real support for business in 2017 was the implementation of a new Program for the Development of Productive Employment and Mass Entrepreneurship. Over the year, 1,313 start-up entrepreneurs were trained on it, of which 827 rural and urban residents received preferential microcredits.