Most importantly, food prices in Zambil and Atyrau have risen
Since the beginning of the year, the prices of socially significant products have risen by 3.2%. According to Kapital.kz Business Information Center, Bakhyt Sultanov, Minister of Trade and Integration, expressed this at a government meeting.
In the same period last year, prices rose by 4.8%, of which 4.1 percentage points. Due to the quarantine peak, it dropped in March. As a result of operational measures, we managed to stabilize the price. In the past three weeks, prices have only increased by 0.2%. In the same period last year, prices soared by 3.5%. Let me remind you that in those days, due to the first quarantine measures, prices have risen explosively,” the minister said.
He recalled that in order to prevent further price increases at a government meeting on March 11, a roadmap for price stabilization was approved, which included 45 measures. However, in some areas, prices are still rising. As of April 6, Zambeli and Atyrau had the largest price increases, which were 4.2% and 3.8%, respectively. Eastern Kazakhstan and the Akmola region had the lowest growth rates at 2.9%.
“Avoiding price increases is an important indicator of the implementing agency. The high price reflects the inadequacy of measures taken,” Bakhyt Sultanov emphasized.
The Minister suggested that several decisions should be made in the minutes of the meeting: disciplinary measures should be taken against the vice president who allows the largest price increase. The Zamakim in Atyrau and Zambeil will be condemned.
“The Bureau of Competition Protection and Regulation should continuously monitor the issue of preventing price collusion among major commercial entities. Taking into account quarantine measures, the central and local administrative agencies need to strengthen control and take appropriate actions to prevent important social commodities, especially commodity prices that rely on imports and exports. Rose,” said the Minister of Trade and Integration.
In addition, he announced the need to raise the amount of financing for the “revolving plan” (a convenience loan for financing retail chains, while the chain stores have the obligation to control prices) to 50 billion tenge.
Inflation rate dropped to 7% in March
Food inflation is still in the double-digit growth zone