Business community in Kazakhstan asks government to reduce inspections

Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Masimov (left) speaks at the Congress of Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs (Atameken photo)

ASTANA (TCA) — On June 16, Kazakhstan Prime Minister Karim Masimov took part in the 3rd Congress of the country’s National Chamber of Entrepreneurs Atameken, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

The Prime Minister was informed on the Chamber’s activities and problems facing Kazakhstan’s business. Among the main problems are a lack of affordable finance, shortage of working capital, low demand in the construction and commodity markets, as well as increase in the number of SME inspections on the part of government agencies.

Speaking at the Congress, the Chairman of Atameken Timur Kulibayev urged the Government to support the business community and to reduce the number of inspections and supervisory bodies in the country.

“We counted 61 controlling and supervisory authorities in the country, 45 of them are central departments,” Atameken quoted Kulibayev as saying. “Tax audits are quite disturbing for the business community. Similar issues arise in the construction industry, in environmental, sanitary, epidemiological and firefighting spheres.”

Masimov instructed the Ministry of Finance together with the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs to consider and make proposals on reducing the number of inspections.

Masimov also said that this week the President made a decision on redistribution of resources within the existing programs for further support of SMEs and employment.

In addition, Masimov said that the Head of State decided to support infrastructure development for individual housing construction. According to the Prime Minister, it will be a good incentive to increase construction volumes in the country.

The Prime Minister called on the business community to pay more attention to employment, increase the labor productivity in agriculture, increase the labor mobility, produce more essential goods domestically, and increase investments in the base material sector.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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