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B. Sagintayev discusses with entrepreneurs of Almaty perspective directions of development of the city’s business environment

24 October 2017, 14:10

Today, as part of the working visit to Almaty, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Bakytzhan Sagintayev met with members of the Regional Council of Atameken NCE, where topical issues and the most promising areas for the development of small and medium businesses were discussed.

During the event, the Minister of National Economy Timur Suleimenov made a presentation on development of the business environment within the framework of the draft Strategic Plan 2025, Chairman of the Board of Atameken NCE, Ablay Myrzakhmetov and Chairman of the Committee of Manufacturing Industry of the NCE, Vladimir Bobrov spoke on business cooperation with state bodies and the effectiveness of measures state support.

From the side of the business community, the president of the Astana Group of Companies, Nurlan Smagulov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Technodom Operator JSC, Eduard Kim, founder of Redprice LLP, Ramil Mukhoryapov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the holding company Basis-A, Alexander Belovich, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Centras Capital, Eldar Abdrazakov and CEO of Smart Pay LLP, Olzhas Kundakbayev.

During the meeting, participants also discussed a number of issues, including subsidizing city bus routes, digitizing tax administration, improving the efficiency of advisory bodies, providing online access to information on land plots, creating small industrial zones, transferring non-core assets of LEB to a 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.

In this issue, work is under way on 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 microcredit is granted up to 18 million tenge with a nominal rate of no more than 6%.

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

The work on the revision of the legislation has also been completed for the purpose of providing the business with reports and information to state bodies. At the first stage of the work, about 1,600 information requirements are planned to be reduced by 30%.

It was noted that the requirements in regulatory legal and technical acts for the construction of health facilities and education are an important issue. To solve these issues, a working group is functioning, and necessary changes are being made to Construction Rules and Regulations. At next stage it is planned to cancel more than 30 obsolete sanitary rules to health and education organizations.

To solve the problems of unreasonable tax inspections, the number of scheduled inspections has been reduced, counter checks of suppliers have been excluded, and so on, which will eventually reduce the number of inspections by 40%.

In addition, a lot of work was done to ensure business access to public procurement and purchases of a quasi-public sector, in this direction, an electronic procurement platform, a system of category and pre-qualification selection were introduced. Work is also underway to increase the share of local content for each system-forming enterprise. In particular, an analysis is carried out to form a range of products and demand from 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 assistance the state can provide to solve emerging issues in order to continue a comprehensive work in this direction.