01.03.2016

Major Kazakhstan legislation changes for 2015

In keeping with GRATA’s practice of informing clients regarding important legal developments that might influence their business, allow us to draw your attention to the following changes in Kazakhstani legislation that occurred during 2015.

kazakhstan in 2015 at a glance:


In 2015 Kazakhstan’s economy was badly hurt by the impact of falling oil prices and economic troubles in neighbouring Russia and China. The local currency (Tenge) has shed more than a half of its value since August 2015, when previous governor of the National Bank, Mr Kelimbetov, announced a move to a free float.

As a response to the worsening social and economic situation, the “100 Concrete Steps” program, called the Plan of the Nation, was unveiled in 2015, soon after President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s re-election. It is designed to provide the strong national platform needed to overcome short-term challenges and achieve the country’s ambition of joining the top 30 developed countries by 2050.

The concrete steps, which are shorter and more precise measures, are grouped under the five institutional reforms: formation of a professional state apparatus; the rule of law; industrialisation and economic growth; identity and unity; and formation of accountable government.

Below we provide a brief overview of the respective legal acts adopted in 2015 for the implementation of each of these five institutional reforms:

  • REFORM I. FORMATION OF A PROFESSIONAL STATE APPARUTUS
  1. The Law on Corruption Countermeasures
  • REFORM II. SUPREMACY OF THE RULE OF LAW
  1. The New Civil Procedure Code
  2. The Law on Astana International Financial Center
  3. The Law on Judicial System
  4. The Law on Supreme Judicial Council
  5. The Resolution on Application of Bankruptcy and Rehabilitation Legislation by the Courts
  • REFORM III. INDUSTRIALISATION AND ECONOMICAL GROWTH
  1. The New Commercial Code
  2. The PPP Law and relevant bylaws
  3. The Law on WTO Accession
  4. The Law on Special Defensive, Antidumping and Compensational Measures
  5. The Law on Ownership Right Further Protection
  6. The Law on Amendments to Electric Power Industry
  7. The Law on Amendments Related to Non-performing Loans,  Financial Services and Financial Organisations
  8. The Law on Agricultural Cooperatives
  9. The Privatisation Decree
  10. The Rules of Electronic Trades
  • REFORM IV. THE IDENTITY AND UNITY OF THE NATION

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  • REFORM V. FORMATION OF ACCOUNTABLE GOVERNMENT
  1. The New Procurement Law.

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Shaimerden Chikanayev

Partner, Director of Banking & Finance Department