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Kazakhstan’s urban population to reach 70% by 2050

21 january 2014, 13:20
Marat Abilov ©
Marat Abilov ©
Kazakhstan’s urban population is set to reach 70% by 2050, Bolat Zhamishev, the Minister for Country’s Regions Development told a briefing at the Public Communications Service.

“In line with the global trend towards urbanization, the urban population in Kazakhstan will grow from the current 55% to around 70%”, the Minister said.

“The way urbanization will grow within the following 15-20 years will define the economic development of the nation”, he believes.

He elaborated that urban areas account for growth of the non-petroleum GDP and is its major driving force.

As of September 1, 2013, the country’s population stood at slightly over 17 million. The urban population stood at 9 million 384 thousand people.

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