Kazakhstan to continue efforts to streamline business processes, PM tells Atameken Congress

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh government will continue efforts to streamline processes to do business in Kazakhstan, Prime Minister Askar Mamin said Oct. 24 at the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs Congress opening ceremony. 

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“The government and Atameken Chamber are working closely for more efficient realisation of the strategic objectives set by Kazakhstan’s First President (Nursultan Nazarbayev) and President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on providing qualitative growth and improvement of Kazakh people’s prosperity,” said Mamin.  

More than 30 percent of the population are actively involved in small and medium-sized businesses, which represent a 28.5 economic share. The policy challenge is to raise the rate to 35 percent through 2025 and to no less than 50 percent by 2050. Systemic and structural effort is already underway, he noted.

“We urge domestic business to participate in all these processes, being eager to create attractive terms both for Kazakh and foreign investors,” he added.

As a result of the completed work, Kazakhstan has recently moved up to 25th place on the World Bank Doing Business Rating. To further improve the country’s business climate, authorities are creating the eighth package of legislative initiatives aimed at opening bank accounts and simplifying companies’ registration procedures, as well as protecting minority shareholders. Efforts will be focused on attracting investments into the manufacturing industry, fuel and energy and agro-industrial complexes, tourism, transport and logistics. 

The principle of presumption of an entrepreneur’s good faith will be followed, meaning all uncertainties and issues not regulated by existing laws would favour businesspeople. At the same time, the government will reserve a transition period for norms, imposing additional obligations on businesses and citizens.  

Mamin also noted more than 14,000 projects received government grants totalling 2.5 trillion tenge (US$6.5 billion) during the years of the Business Roadmap 2020 state programme. At the same time, the government is paying particular attention to local content development, taking measures to protect internal markets from dangerous and low-quality goods, expanding the Economy of Simple Things office and identifying the top ten goods for import substitution. 

As experts noted, business development mostly depends on the regions, which is why the government and chamber have monitored all areas to define regional growth points. The review system currently has approximately 1.8 million respondents and the survey is continuing throughout the country. As a result, measures of government support will be developed at the district and rural region level. 

Mamin added the main objective is to increase exports of non-primary goods with higher added value. As a result, 500 billion tenge (US$1.3 billion) is already available for the following three years and seven goods groups have been identified for export diversification. 

“The government does its best to create the most favourable conditions for doing business. We keep working on further improvement of the business environment,” the prime minister said.

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