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1st Republican Mazhilis of public councils being held in Astana

The 1st Republican Mazhilis of public councils has been launched in Astana under the auspices of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Civil Society of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Astana city 13 November, 14:58

The aim of the event is the exchange of positive practice and the development of recommendations for improving the activities of public councils, as well as the definition of mechanisms and directions for further cooperation between public councils and state bodies.

Within the framework of the event, the plenary session "Public Councils: Practice of Activities and Mechanisms of Interaction with the State and Society" was held with the participation of Deputy Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bektas Beknazarov, Deputy Prime-Minister of Kazakhstan Yerbolat Dosayev, Minister for Religious Affairs and Civil Society Nurlan Yermekbayev, Permanent Representative of the UN Development Program Munkhtuya Altangerel.

In 2016, as part of the implementation of the National plan "100 specific steps", the public councils were created as a form of dialogue between the State and civil society.

There are 229 public councils at the republican and local levels in Kazakhstan (16 at the republican level, 213 at the regional level). 4,055 people participate in the work of public councils, of which 818 are representatives of NGOs.

During the work of the public councils, 213 Governors of various levels, heads of 16 central and more than 1,300 local executive state bodies were heard. Over 600 socially significant projects were discussed at public hearings. Recommendations are given to more than 9 thousand draft normative legal acts.

"The activities of the councils positively influenced the process of forming an accountable and transparent State and allowed thousands of active citizens to take part in the public life of the State", Minister Nulan Yermekbayev said in his speech.

During the Mazhilis of public councils, a number of problematic issues related to maintaining the status of public councils in the current form, changing the powers of the councils to eliminate duplicative functions with maslikhats, and reducing the representation of state bodies in the councils were raised and discussed.

The Republican Mazhilis continued with panel discussions and training seminars to discuss the positive experience of the activities of public councils, to develop performance indicators, to strengthen interaction with the public and the media.

The event was attended by representatives of public councils, expert community, NGOs, heads of state bodies and international organizations, with the total of about 500 delegates.

As a result of the event, a resolution will be adopted with specified decisions and recommendations of the participants.