Success of Kazakhstan’s economy will depend on our common work – K.Tokayev


Success of Kazakhstan's economy will depend on our common work - K.TokayevChairman of the Senate Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in an interview with “Kazinform” correspondent told about the outcome of the third session of the Parliament of the V convocation, challenges facing the adoption of t”Kazakhstan-2050″ Strategy, the experience of the UN and the Senate’s plans for the next session.

– Mr. Tokayev, Parliament has completed its 3d session of the V convocation. What are the main results of the work of the supreme legislative body? What laws, passed in the last session, were the most important?

– The main priority issue of Parliament’s third session was legal support for sustainable economic growth. Last year, during a joint session of both chambers of Parliament, President Nazarbayev instructed deputies to implement the task.

During this session Parliament adopted more than 100 laws aimed at economic modernization, reform of the pension system, modernization of trade unions’ activity. An important step in the work of Parliament was legislative support reform for law enforcement and judicial systems. In the current session, the deputies did a great job on further humanization of criminal legislation. Parliament adopted four Codes including Criminal, Criminal Procedure, and Criminal Executive Code of Administrative Offences.

Senate considered and then passed a law aimed at resolving issues of organizing and conducting international specialized exhibitions. It is one of the four laws, adopted during the session, which have been declared by the Head of State urgent.

– What challenges have been set for Senate in connection with the adoption of “Kazakhstan-2050″ Strategy?

– To create a solid legal basis for legislative support of President’s initiatives noted in “Kazakhstan-2050” Strategy, the last session of Parliament passed more than 30 laws and 4 codes.

During the session, the Parliament passed a law to clarify the parameters of the national budget, providing for increase of pensions, social benefits, social assistance, scholarships for students, salaries of civil servants – doctors, teachers and other social workers of the public sector.

– Treaty of the Eurasian Economic Union was signed few weeks ago. What problems do you think may arise during the implementation of the treaty’s provisions? What role will Parliament play in dealing with these problems?

– The basis of the agreement is legal base of the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space, which rules have been optimized, improved and brought into the line with WTO regulations. I would like to note that Kazakh MPs have extensive experience and professionalism, providing legal support for all integration processes in Eurasia.

Economic integration is an ongoing process that requires constant attention and meticulous work of all involved government, public and private institutions. As noted by the leaders of the three countries during the signing ceremony held in Astana, ‘it is not the end but the beginning of the process’.

– Would you tell me about the plans for the next session?

– Senate will continue to work to improve the quality of laws via deep and thorough analysis.

Next session s work will be focused on ratification of the EAEC, reform of the Civil and Civil Procedure Codes, strengthening the legislative framework of youth policy, strengthening the protection of intellectual property, improvement the system of public procurement, taxation and fiscal policy.

But the main priorities of the session will be identified by President at a joint meeting of the Chambers which is to be held in September the current year.