Mazhilis begins legislative implementation of President’s state-of-the-nation address

Mazhilis begins legislative implementation of President’s state-of-the-nation address

Mazhilis, the Lower House of the Kazakh Parliament, is starting the legislative implementation of President’s state-of-the-nation address, Chairperson of the Mazhilis Nurlan Nigmatulin said at a plenary session of the Lower House of Kazakh Parliament that was held today, on September 2. 

“In his state-of-the-nation address, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev presented a comprehensive action plan for 11 priority areas of the country’s development. The main task of the members of the parliament is to ensure prompt and high-quality legislative support for the practical implementation of the state-of-the-nation address of the Head of State,” Nigmatulin said. 

He added that by the end of this year the members of the Kazakh Parliament will have to adopt a package of amendments to the legislation on the civil service. The law on industrial policy, which Nigmatulin said would be drafted before the end of the year, will also be on top of the agenda. As part of the economic recovery bill, he focused the attention of the members of the Mazhilis on the importance of legislative support for the President’s initiative to introduce a new tool, which is a strategic investment agreement. 

“The government was instructed to develop a unified law covering all procurement activities of the quasi-public sector by the end of the year. Members of the Kazakh Parliament have also repeatedly raised this issue. President Tokayev set a task for us to revise the Tax Code and bylaws in conjunction with the ‘Atameken’ National Chamber of Entrepreneurs,” Nigmatulin stressed. 

A draft Environmental Code, which is now under Mazhilis’ consideration, is among the legislative acts the chamber of the parliament is working on. Nigmatulin spoke about the need to protect national parks and other natural resources of Kazakhstan by law and to strengthen criminal and administrative prosecution of citizens who commit offences in this area. 

“Members of the Kazakh Parliament will have to establish a legislative framework to reform the law enforcement and judicial systems, protect businesses from excessive interference of security forces, as well as protect citizens, and especially children, from cyberbullying. In addition, the Law on Public Councils, which is under consideration by the Mazhilis, is to be adopted by the end of this year. The instruction of President Tokayev to draft and adopt the Law on Public Control, as well as the Law on Access to Information, is also on the agenda,” Nigmatulin added.