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NCE “Atameken” Concerned About The Instability Of Kazakhstan's Legislation

Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 17:23

The National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan “Atameken” expresses its concern about the instability of the national legislation, which is constantly undergoing various changes. Deputy chairman of the Chamber Rustam Zhursunov made this statement during the recent ninth Almaty-based Kazakh Forum of Corporate Lawyers, which was devoted to the theme “Legal protection of business in times of turbulence.” In this regard, the NCE suggests changing the system of state planning and approving a medium-term fiscal policy, as it was prior to 2008.


“We are very concerned about the instability of our legislation, which applies especially to the Tax Code. We have changed a total of 2,314 articles. How can one do business in such an environment? Frankly, we just do not understand it. This raises a lot of questions. For example, the Code of Administrative Offenses. Over the past fifteen years, 350 articles have been changed in it. The original doctrine simply does not bear up under scrutiny,” R. Zhursunov said.


“The main existing codes – Customs, Tax, and Administrative Codes – should be introduced changes only once. Because the amendments result in various problems. This should be banned at the legislative level,” he added.


Rustam Zhursunov also noted that officials who violate the rights of entrepreneurs should be held responsible.


“We believe that today there is no system of checks and balances. In total, we have received 13,164 complaints in recent years. Only one person was held criminally liable; two persons were held administratively liable, and 18 people bore disciplinary responsibility,” he said, noting that the “Atameken” Chamber puts forward a proposal regarding the possibility of reducing the amount of fines for entrepreneurs.

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