Foreign experts about Kazakh President’s Address
On September 1, 2020 Head of State Kassym-Jomart Tokayev delivered his annual State-of-the-nation Address “Kazakhstan in a new reality: time for action”. There, the President announced a number of initiatives, which were appraised by many foreign political experts, deputies, observers, journalists and so on. Read more on Strategy2050.kz.
Mr.Deniss Borodits, Chairman of the Board at Tallinna Linnatranspordi Aktsiaselts and former member of the Riigikogu (Estonian Parliament), paid his attention to Kazakhstan's investment policy.
“First of all, it seems interesting to preserve and subsequently expand support for investors, including the issuance of in-kind grants, the provision of soft financing and ensuring the stability of relevant laws”, he said.
According to him, under the conditions of stagnation in world markets due to the COVID epidemic, such measures are not only timely, but absolutely necessary in order to maintain the points of economic growth.
The representative of the Estonian business community also distinguished President Tokayev's plans to develop the agricultural sector by supporting agricultural cooperatives, liberalizing (simplifying) the supervisory activities of the state bodies, increasing the share of small and medium-sized businesses and minimizing tax liabilities.
“All of these measures will create conditions for improving the country's business climate, and so it will make the local market even more interesting for a potential investor”, the expert concluded.
Israeli political strategist Yuri Bocharov noted that the first unit of the Address about a new model of government, creation of an Agency for Strategic Planning and Reforms aroused his particular interest. Also it appears to him that the tasks of reducing the bureaucratic apparatus cannot leave anyone indifferent.
“It seems to me that in the context of the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, this is a very good and correct solution that will find understanding in all sectors of society”, he stated.
Yuri Bocharov pointed out that the State-of-the-nation Address is dedicated to urgent issues of the country's socio-economic development and tasks to further improve the welfare of Kazakhstanis and, as always, contains specific steps and tasks for the country's development.
“The President pays much attention to education, healthcare and family, rightly noting that “education is a debt that the present generation must pay to the future”. The President also stressed the importance of strengthening the healthcare system and expressed concern about the family and demographic situation, the issues of safety and protection of children's rights. Amidst the pandemic in the world and the economic crisis caused by it, the unit of the Address “Development of the healthcare system” in which the Government will have to radically revise the approaches to the organization of primary healthcare, becomes especially relevant”, the Israeli political strategist said.
Executive Secretary of the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) Gianluca Esposito welcomes Kassym-Jomart Tokayev's reference to the “systemic” fight against corruption and the importance of preventive measures.
“Prevention of corruption before it materialises is indeed at the heart of GRECO's assessment work. An independent, impartial and fair justice system is a key component of the rule of law and, in turn, a prerequisite for any effective fight against corruption. I note with interest the mention of this issue in the President's speech”, he assured.
Mr. Gianluca Esposito said GRECO looks forward to its first assessment of Kazakhstan, which will begin in 2021.
“GRECO is ready to provide detailed, individual recommendations based on the results of the assessment, as well as the assessment of actions against corruption in countries with different legal and political systems, based on more than 20 years of GRECO experience. As with all other member states, GRECO's recommendations for Kazakhstan will be based on a technical analysis of existing legislation as well as its practical implementation in accordance with our established anti-corruption standards”, the Executive Secretary concluded.