Within the framework of his working visit to Almaty, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev has held a meeting today with the members of the Regional Council of the NCE Atameken, which covered topical issues and the most promising areas for developing small and medium business.

 In the course of the meeting, Minister of National Economy Timur Suleimenov reported on the development of the business environment within the framework of the draft Strategic Plan 2025. Chairman of the Board of NCE Atameken Ablay Myrzakhmetov and Chairman of the Manufacturing Industry Committee of the NCE Vladimir Bobrov made reports on issues related to cooperation of the business with state agencies and the effectiveness of state support measures.

In turn, the business community was represented in the discussions by President of AstanaGroup Nurlan Smagulov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of TechnodomOperator JSC Eduard Kim, Founder of Redprice LLP Ramil Mukhorjapov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Basis-A Alexander Belovich, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Centras Capital Eldar Abdrazakov, and Director General of SmartPay LLP Olzhas Kundakbayev.

In the course of the meeting, the participants also discussed a number of issues, among which are: subsidizing of city bus routes, digitalization of tax administration, improvement of the efficiency of advisory bodies, online access to information on land plots, creation of small industrial zones, transfer of non-core assets of local executive bodies to the market, as well as the opening of a full-scale Business Service Center in Almaty.

Bakytzhan Sagintayev noted that SME development is one of the most important priorities of the Government's work, and the main goal here is to create favorable conditions for the development of domestic business.

With respect to this issue, work is under way in a number of areas, in particular, on providing financial support measures. For example, currently more than 13 000 business projects have been financed, the Program for the Development of Productive Employment and Mass Entrepreneurship has been adopted, under which microcredits are granted of up to 18 million tenge with a nominal rate of no more than 6%.

Along with financial, there is also legislative support - measures are being taken to deregulate the business. To date, the number of permits has been reduced more than threefold and an audit has been carried out of state control and supervisory functions. Practical recommendations have been developed, suggesting the abandonment of the existing order of conducting selective inspections and most of the special inspections.

A revision has also been completed of the legislation related to the provision of reports and information by business to state bodies. At the first stage of this work, about 1600 information requirements are planned to be reduced by 30%.

Another important issue was also determined to be the requirements in regulatory legal and technical acts for the construction of health and education facilities. There is a working group to solve these issues, and necessary changes are made to SNiPs. The next stage entails the elimination of more than 30 obsolete sanitary rules to health and education organizations.

To solve problems related to unreasonable tax inspections, the number of scheduled inspections is being reduced, counter checks of suppliers are eliminated, and so on, which will eventually reduce the number of inspections by 40%.

In addition, a lot of work was done to provide business with access to public procurement and the quasi-public sector procurements, in this regard, an electronic procurement platform and category and pre-qualification selection systems were introduced. Work is also underway to increase the share of local content within each system-forming enterprise. In particular, an analysis is carried out to form a nomenclature of products and demand among large enterprises.

In conclusion, it was noted that it is important for the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan to know exactly what impedes the development of business, and what state assistance can be provided to resolve emerging issues in order to continue carrying out comprehensive work in this direction.

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Published: 24 October 2017

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