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Law & Legal Issues


The Senate of Kazakhstan approved in the first reading the draft law “On introduction of amendments and additions to some legislative acts of the republic related to the issues of Kazakhstan's transition to 'green economy'.” This document was presented to the parliamentary by Energy Minister Vladimir Shkolnik. It involves changes to 12 existing laws. Thus, the water and land codes are amended in order to increase the degree of protection of water bodies, to reduce water scarcity, to improve methodical provision of government agencies and water users.


On March 3, Tashkent hosted a regular meeting of the lower (Legislative) Chamber of the Uzbek parliament, in which the deputies considered a number of draft laws. These documents are aimed at deepening the reforms carried out in various areas of society.


Kazakhstan's Ministry of Finance jointly with the World Bank have developed a new draft law related to bankruptcy of individuals. The news was reported by Aigul Ualieva, head of the debt administration department of the State Revenue Committee under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic. “To date, we have received an instruction of the President to deal with bankruptcy of individuals. In March, we will have to put forward the concept of the draft law on bankruptcy of individuals at a session of the interdepartmental commission,” she said.



The new draft law “On arbitration in Kazakhstan” was presented and considered during the recent expanded meeting of the Committee on the Judiciary System, Constitutional Legislation and Law Enforcement Agencies of the upper chamber of the Kazakh parliament (the Senate). According to the press service of the Senate, the aim of this document is to improve the national legislation in the sphere of arbitration regulation, and to develop the system of alternative settlement of disputes.


Recently, Kazakhstan has been witnessing more frequent complaints of citizens about the matter of the fraudulent activities of certain travel companies, as reported by the Ministry of Investment and Development of the Republic.


Kazakhstan has started the process of unification of the Customs and Tax Codes of the country, with involvement of specialists of the Ministry of Finance. Chairman of the State Revenue Committee under the said Ministry Daulet Yergozhin reported the news on February 25, while delivering a speech at the roundtable meeting on the theme “Reforming Kazakhstan's tax system and improving the customs administration processes.” He also outlined the details of the reform introduced on January 1, 2016.



Before the end of the first half of 2016, the Kazakh parliament will be submitted a draft of the new Subsoil Code for consideration. Deputy Energy Minister Aset Magauov reported the news during the recent briefing at the Central Communications Office on February 23, adding that the document has been being developed for the past year and a half.


The Government of Uzbekistan has issued a decree to approve the list of draft laws scheduled for development and submission to the Parliament in 2016. The text of the document titled “On approval of the program for development of draft laws and their submission to the Legislative Chamber of the Uzbek parliament in 2016” was published on February 22. According to it, the Government intends to prepare 17 draft laws, of which 7 draft laws will be developed in accordance with the acts of the President and decisions of the Cabinet.


Riots on ethnic grounds took place in the south of Kazakhstan, in the village Buryl located 15 kilometers from the city of Taraz. A number of media reported the news, referring to publications on social networks. In addition, referring to anonymous sources in law enforcement agencies of Zhambyl Province, some publications reported the details of the incident.



On March 1, 2016, Turkmenistan will introduce the procedure of obligatory state insurance against fire for legal entities, including foreign ones. A number of local publications reported the news, noting that the corresponding decree was signed by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.