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Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

Abdrakhmanov: Transfer of power to Parliament and Government – serious historical step of Kazakhstan

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Opening the meeting, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov called the site unique, consistent to discuss topical issues of political development of Kazakhstan in accordance with the international standards. Recommendations, which are discussed further in the working groups and sub-groups of the Advisory body, are developed there. The platform develops institutionally, receives support from the civil society, government officials, members of the Human Rights Commission under the President of Kazakhstan, the Constitutional Council, the Central Election Commission, international organizations, including the EU, UN, OSCE and others, the Foreign Minister noted.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, summarizing four years of the intensive dialogue the Advisory body developed more than two hundred recommendations on a wide range of issues of the political and social and economic development of Kazakhstan. These recommendations were prepared in strict compliance with the provisions of the Strategy “Kazakhstan-2050”, the Concept of Kazakhstan joining the top 30 most developed countries of the world, five institutional reforms, the National Plan “100 concrete steps”, as well as the work of Kazakhstan to incorporate the OECD standards.

In this context, K. Abdrakhmanov shared his views with the participants of the Advisory body on the significance of the recent address of the Head of State to the people of Kazakhstan on the issues of redistribution of powers between the branches of the government.

“The transfer of the presidential powers to the Parliament and the Government is a serious historical step of Kazakhstan towards the increasing efficiency of the management system and its adaptation to the needs of Kazakhstan in the XXI century”, the Minister stated.

In this regard, he emphasized the importance of the work of the Advisory body, which should be directed to the development of legal Kazakhstan, where the rule of law and separation of powers are fundamental principles. He also shared his vision concerning Kazakhstan in the future, which should become a country with the strong political system based on the rule of law, with a stable high-tech and clean economy, a country where each human rights are protected, and the duties and responsibilities are clearly defined, where everyone knows his place in the society and is a reliable “shareholder” of a stable and successful future of Kazakhstan.

Such approaches to collaboration were supported by all members of the Advisory body. In his speech, director of Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law Yevgeny Zhovtis agreed that four years the Advisory body has become a unique platform for dialogue, where people can openly discuss and communicate their positions on the issues of democracy, rule of law and human rights. At the same time, he called on all members of the Advisory body in 2017 to make greater efforts to ensure the practical implementation of their results, and to consistently implement the international standards in the legal fabric of Kazakhstan. This work should be carried out throughout the block of human rights issues, including freedom of expression, assembly, religion, etc.

This call was supported by the Advisory body participants, including the representatives of the international organizations. Thus, Regional representative of the Central Asian Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ryszard Komenda, UN Resident Coordinator in Kazakhstan Norimasa Shimomura, head of the Office of the OSCE programs in Astana Gyorgy Szabo, as well as representatives from the EU and USAID expressed readiness to support the process of implementation of the international obligations of Kazakhstan.

At the end of the meeting the work plan of the Advisory body for 2017 was approved. This document is the basis for the activities of the platform, and suggests carrying out this year’s four meetings to discuss a wide range of issues: from registration and statements of NGOs to the presentation of national reports of Kazakhstan in the UN human rights committees.

Source: Kazakhstan 2050

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