Kazakh government approves list of state functions to be privatised

ASTANA – The Kazakh Parliament approved Sept. 26 the list of state functions to be privatised, resulting from the revision of the draft law “On amendments and additions to certain legislative acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on transferring state functions to a competitive environment” on Sept. 26.

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The preliminary list of functions was submitted to parliament by a government commission, reported the Prime Minister’s website.

The amendments could be classified as a consolidation of basic approaches to state functions which would be transferred to a competitive environment, said Minister of National Economy Timur Suleimenov. Changes would be based on the results of the first transfer.

The key regulations of the draft law include the aims, principles and methods of transfer, criteria, selection and transfer algorithm, monitoring the quality and return mechanisms of the functions and the rights and obligations of executors and potential executors.

Functions associated with national and informational security, defence and protection of public and constitutional order and human rights, liberties and justice would not be transferred.

The suggested algorithm consists of seven main steps: annual selection of state functions, government commission approval of the preliminary list, public discussion, analysing the market readiness level and regulatory impact, approving the transfer list, legislative consolidation of the developed proposals and monitoring the transfers.

“A proposed approach will ensure high quality transfer of the functions to a competitive environment,” said Suleimenov.

Based on initial results, the following functions were approved for transfer – those in the Ministry of Justice regulating appraisal activity, those in the Ministry of Energy regulating ecological activity and those in the Ministry of Health identifying citizens’ satisfaction level with the quality of medical care provided.

The Ministry of National Economy and the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs websites will post the necessary information about the transfers to keep citizens aware of the progress.

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