Inspectors should not be able to hold businesses liable on formal grounds — Alikhan Smailov

On Thursday, July 7, the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov held a meeting on the introduction of regulation "from scratch" in entrepreneurial activity and automation of state control and supervision.

During the meeting, the Minister of National Economy Alibek Kuantyrov said that the analysis of regulatory acts in the areas of public catering, trade, accommodation services, transport and agriculture revealed a number of redundant and overlapping requirements that do not meet the basic conditions.

In the coming months, it is planned to conduct an analysis in six more areas: information and communication, computer programming, real estate, warehousing, mining and pipeline transport activities.

The Prime Minister noted that at present there are many formal requirements for business that can be abolished without harm to ensure proper control.

Alikhan Smailov stressed that the presence of such requirements negatively affects the business climate in the country, therefore, the central government agencies, together with the NCE Atameken, should work to reduce regulatory acts.

“The Head of State has set a task for us to provide greater freedom to business. This is one of the main areas of work of the Government in the framework of the formation of a new economic policy. Inspection authorities should not be able to hold businesses accountable on formal grounds,” said Alikhan Smailov.

In this regard, the Prime Minister instructed the relevant authorities to intensify work on cleaning up the regulatory framework from excessive requirements for businesses by revising and reducing them.

Alikhan Smailov also approved the approaches of the Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry in terms of creating an automated risk management system while ensuring state control and supervision.

“Inspection agencies should respond when there are high risks of violations. Reducing the administrative burden on businesses and launching a risk management system are the basic steps in the ongoing reform. Once again I remind the heads of central government agencies of their personal responsibility for the results of this work,” the Prime Minister concluded.

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