According to the results of the first half of 2020, Kazakhstan’s GDP has decreased by 1.8%, while the forecast was -1.5%. This is due to the downturn in the service sector, despite the relaxation of quarantine measures and the opening of trade and catering facilities from mid-May.
According to the National Bank, such industries, as information and communication (9.0%), healthcare, education and public administration made a positive contribution to the GDP dynamics. There is an increase in the production of mining (2.2%) and manufacturing (4.8%). Economic activity is also supported by the expansion of construction (by 11.2%) and an increase in gross agricultural output (by 2.4%). According to the National Bank, the volume of investments in fixed has decreased by 2.9%. (Kazinform/Business World Magazine)