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27.11.2017

PPP Law in Kazakhstan (unofficial English translation)

Since 1991, Kazakhstan, Central Asia’s largest economy and oil producer, has had to rely on the deteriorating infrastructure it inherited from the Soviet Union. As a result, nearly every piece of public infrastructure (e.g., roads, hospitals, power plants, kindergartens, sewerages) in Kazakhstan requires a different degree of upgrading or expansion. It is expected that proper PPPs and project finance deals will finally take off in Kazakhstan in the near future, firstly because proper legislation on PPPs has been put in place in 2015 and, secondly, after decades of neglect, the government of Kazakhstan has finally not only declared, but seems to confirm its readiness to improve the investment climate and to attract private investments through PPPs (including into the housing and utilities sector) and decided to invest at least part of the wealth from commodity exports in long-postponed infrastructure projects.

10.10.2017

Kazakhstan - Data Protection in the Financial Sector

Over the past 25 years Kazakhstan has developed its own financial sector, which is considered to be the most advanced in Central Asia. With the evolution of financial sector and the complexities of key players involved, the need for regulation of dealing with data arose.

05.10.2017

White-Collar Crime Practice

GRATA International is launching a new practice in Russia - White-Collar Crime. In keeping with GRATA International's practice of informing about important legal developments that might affect their business, we highlight the impact of criminal law on business in Russian Federation.

27.09.2017

The International Comparative Legal Guide series - Mining Law 2018: Kazakhstan

GRATA International Kazakhstan contributed to the International Comparative Legal Guide series - Mining Law 2018 with the chapter on Kazakhstan. 

Major Economic and Social Developments in Uzbekistan

Uzbek government intensifies restructuring of the state apparatus by adding modern-thinking specialists to the management, alongside with radical improvements in legislation, directed to full-scale liberalisation, increasing trade turnover and development of local industry, attracting foreign investors, full transfer to market economy and overcoming such obstacles as corruption, restrictions for payment on current international transactions, tariff and non-tariff barriers.

21.09.2017

The International Comparative Legal Guide series - Franchise 2018: Kazakhstan

GRATA International Kazakhstan contributed to the International Comparative Legal Guide series - Franchise 2018 with the chapter on Kazakhstan. 

20.09.2017

The International Comparative Legal Guide series - Franchise 2018: Russia

GRATA International Moscow office contributed to the International Comparative Legal Guide series - Franchise 2018 with the chapter on Russia. 

25.08.2017

The Intellectual Property and Antitrust Review 2017: Kazakhstan

GRATA International Kazakhstan office experts became the contributors of the 2017 edition of The Law Reviews Guide to The Intellectual Property and Antitrust Review 2017 Kazakhstan

Changes in the legislation on foreign investments in Russian companies of strategic importance

On July 30, 2017 the amendments to the Federal Laws "On Foreign Investments in the Russian Federation" and "On the Procedure for Making Foreign Investments in Companies of Strategic Importance for National Defense and State Security" came into force, in particular, clarifying the notion of a foreign investor and supplementing the list of activities of strategic importance for the national defense and state security, as well as establishing new consequences of non-compliance by foreign investors of the obligation to submit information to the competent authority on the acquisition of 5 percent and more of the shares (stakes) of the strategic company.

08.08.2017

Some Upcoming Changes in IP Legislation

Kazakhstan's accession to the World Trade Organisation, membership in the Eurasian Economic Union requires the improvement of national legislation in the area of intellectual property, elimination of contradictions and gaps, both within the provisions of national legislation and between national law and provisions of international agreements, to which Kazakhstan is a party.

07.08.2017

Regulation in the telehealthcare sector in Russia

The Federal Law No. 242-FZ dated 29 July 2017 amended certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation on the use of information technologies in the area of health care providing, in particular, for features of medial aid using telehealthcare technologies, e-document flow in the medial aid provision and the establishment of the Unified State Information System in the healthcare sector.

05.07.2017

Kazakhstan Supports Renewable Energy for Economic Diversification

Kazakhstan's 2020 Strategic Development Plan states that the use of renewable resources and energy sources is an effective method to diversity the country's economy. Kazakhstan is therefore creating incentives to develop wind power, solar and geothermal energy, and to introduce new technologies that will effectively use the country's water resources to provide the population with drinking water.

30.06.2017

Appeal commission considering appeals on results of tax and customs audits as well as notifications on elimination of violations

Please be advised that on 27 June 2017 the regulation on the Appeal commission of the Ministry of finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan[1], which will be operating from 1 July 2017, was officially published.

23.06.2017

Register of entrepreneurs

Register of entrepreneurs (hereinafter – the ‘Register’) is a main electronic data source on all types of entrepreneurs. The procedures of maintenance and use of the Register are regulated by the respective rules.The Register is formed by the Ministry of national economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan. 

15.06.2017

Client note: Pricing mechanism for construction projects

In 2015, a new pricing mechanism for construction projects was approved in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Keeping GRATA’s practice of informing clients on important legal developments that might influence their business, we would like to draw your attention to some important legal changes regarding implementation of construction projects.

13.06.2017

Tax and customs benefits for EXPO-2017 participants

The Agreement on benefits and exemptions for official participants connected with performance of the International specialized exhibition EXPO-2017 in Astana[1], the Rules on performance of tax obligations by persons entitled to benefits and exemptions in accordance with the Agreement[2], effective 17 June 2017, as well as the Rules on application of special customs procedure[3] provide for separate tax and customs regimes for EXPO-2017 participants.

01.06.2017

Legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Support for Use of Renewable Energy Sources

In Strategic Development Plan of the Republic of Kazakhstan until 2020, it is noted that one of the directions for successful diversification of the economy is the introduction of modern technologies based on renewable resources and energy sources.

Clarification of the State revenue committee on refund procedure of excess value added tax within the framework of risk management system

Please be informed that the State revenue committee of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan (hereinafter – the ‘Committee’) provided a clarification in its Letter[1] on refund procedure of excess value added tax (hereinafter – ‘VAT’) within the framework of risk management system (hereinafter – ‘RMS’).

Client note: Main changes in the customs law of Kazakhstan

The Decision No. 46 dated 11 May 2017 of the College of the Eurasian economic union introduced changes to the ‘Procedure of introduction of amendments and (or) additions to the declaration on goods’. 

International Comparative Legal Guide to: Data Protection 2017 - Kazakhstan

GRATA International Kazakhstan office experts became the contributors of the 2017 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Data Protection published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London

12.05.2017

Kazakhstan and the Belt and Road

Shaimerden Chikanayev, Partner of GRATA International with a review of Kazakhstan prospects within China's "One Belt - One Road" initiative

Shaimerden Chikanayev, a Partner at GRATA International Law Firm, took part in the meeting workshop titled 'Implementation of PPP projects in Almaty'.

Shaimerden Chikanayev, a Partner at GRATA International Law Firm, took part in the meeting workshop titled 'Implementation of PPP projects in Almaty'. The workshop was also attended by Akim of Almaty city, deputies of Akim of Almaty city, officers and heads of Akimat departments, NC SEC 'Almaty' JSC, Almaty City Development Centre JSC, and Kazakhstan PPP Centre JSC.

04.04.2017

Chinese FDIs under the One Belt One Road Initiative: Kazakh law aspects and perspectives

Kazakhstan has high ambitions in OBOR as it is geographically an ideal junction between China and the West and its interest in OBOR is indisputable – with Kazakh government already being involved in Nurly Zhol (Path of Light), a $9 billion domestic economic stimulus plan to develop and modernize roads, railways, etc.

Clarification of the State revenue committee on issue of electronic invoices prior to the respective law enactment

Please be informed that the State revenue committee of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan (hereinafter – the ‘Committee’) provided a clarification in its letter dated 29 March 2017 No. КГД-08-2-17021-КГД-7951 regarding issue of electronic invoices prior to enactment of the respective law (hereinafter – the ‘Law’).[1]

30.03.2017

Shaimerden Chikanayev on development of the PPP projects market in Kazakhstan

Shaimerden Chikanayev, Partner of GRATA International law firm made comments to the national newspaper "Kazpravda" on the development of the PPP projects market in Kazakhstan.


Key Potential Changes in Oil and Gas Regulation

The Republic of Kazakhstan (“RoK”) wishes to change its subsoil use legislation and replace the current Law on Subsoil and Subsoil Use dated 24 June 2010 (the “Law”) by a new Code on Subsoil and Subsoil Use (the “Code”).

The Franchise Law Review: Kazakhstan

GRATA International contributed to the Law Business Research Guide series - Franchise 2017 with the chapter on Kazakhstan. 

24.03.2017

Clarification of the State revenue committee on application on import of goods and payment of indirect taxes

Please be informed that the State revenue committee of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan (hereinafter – the ‘SRC’) clarified in its letter dated 13 March 2017 No. КГД-08-3-13036-КГД-6468 that the Kazakh exporter is obliged to provide the tax authorities with an application on import of goods and payment of indirect taxes submitted along with VAT declaration and received from the importer in case of export of goods to the member-states of the Eurasian economic union (the EAEU).

23.03.2017

Islamic finance in Kazakhstan

The question whether or not Islamic finance will have a future in Kazakhstan is not an easy one to answer. There is definitely strong support from the government of Kazakhstan for Islamic finance as an alternative source of funding for infrastructure, SMEs and such. Nevertheless, so far the pace of expansion of Islamic finance in Kazakhstan does not meet the high expectations of its promoters. In this article, SHAIMERDEN CHIKANAYEV tries to give an overview of the current legislative and regulatory framework for Islamic finance in Kazakhstan.

Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union

As of today, the Treaty on the Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union (hereinafter – the ‘EAEU Customs Code’) is in process of signing. It is expected that the document will come into force not earlier than 29 December 2017.

The Technology, Media & Telecommunications Review 2017: Kazakhstan

GRATA International Kazakhstan contributed to the The Law Review series - The Technology, Media & Telecommunications Review 2017 with the chapter on Kazakhstan. 


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