It is a great honor for me to become part of the Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth Initiative. Four years ago we announced the start of the implementation of the Almaty-2020 Development Program, the key principle of which is to take care of every citizen. I am convinced that participation in the community of Champion Mayors will allow our city to take a fresh look at ways to solve urban problems and make our city more inclusive.
– Mayor Bauyrzhan Baibek
Bauyrzhan Baibek was born 19 March, 1974, in Almaty. He has a university degree in pedagogy, international economics, music, and a Ph.D. in political science. During his studies he has received an International Educational Scholarship “Bolashak” – awarded to high-performing students. At the beginning of his career, he took up diplomatic posts for Kazakhstan in the Federal Republic of Germany. Following a distinguished career in diplomacy, Mr. Baibek held various positions in the Administration of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In 2006 he was appointed as Chief of Protocol of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, after that in 2009 Deputy Head of the Administration of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan later on, In January 2013 First Deputy Chairman of the “Nur Otan” Party, and in August 2015 he was appointed as the Mayor of Almaty.
As a Bolashak presidential program fellow, he continued to actively participate in the implementation of the educational program. Bauyrzhan Baibek became anHonorary member of the “Bolashak” Association, a permanent member of the Board, Honorary Professor of the “Eurasian Economic Club of Scientists”, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of corporate fund “Bolashak”, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Kazakh Humanities and Law University, and Standing Committee of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties.
Bauyrzhan Baibek is actively involved in sports and inspires Almaty residents to participate. He has been awarded for his contribution tothe sustainable development of cities. Married, has 2 daughters and 4 sons. He speaks Kazakh, English, German and Russian.
Almaty is the cultural and financial center of Kazakhstan, providing 1/5 of the country’s GDP.
Within the framework of the Almaty – 2020 development program (recognized by ESCAP as a best practice for urban development), projects are being developed to improve the environment and public transport, protect the city from risks and other tasks identified in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Some inclusive development priorities are:
1. A Comfortable city
High-quality streets and transport that serves all the population
Almaty’s “Sustainable transport strategy” program includes construction of the BRT and LRT system, metro, extension of dedicated bus lanes, bicycle lanes; renovation of sidewalks and public spaces, etc
2. A Social city
Access to quality education, healthcare and other social services
Social housing programs benefit a range of vulnerable population groups including low-income families, youth and the elderly people
A mayor’s public reception office ensures that the city is ‘open’ to its residents
3. An Integrated city
Significant improvements in standards of living in annexed territories, taking into account the principle of a polycentric system
4. An Active City
Citizen engagement and networking through social events, forums, meet-ups and discussions to create a sustainable multi-stakeholder platform that brings together civil society, the private sector and local authorities
The WeAlmaty project is an EU funded collaboration with the Almaty department of strategy and budget planning
The main principle of the Program is to take care of each city inhabitant. Conditions for public transport, pedestrians and bicycles have been created to improve mobility and the environment. Putting people at the centre of policy decisions improves public spaces for residents. 60% of Almaty’s historic center includes sidewalks and green areas.