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Press release to the draft of law “About amendments into some legislative acts of RoK as per competition”

On Sept.20th 2016 at the Mazhilis of RoK Parliament was conducted Parliament hour as per: “Discussion of the draft of law of RoK “About amendments into some legislative acts of RoK as per competition” within execution of 53rd step of the Nation plan “100 confident steps on execution of the five institutional reforms”.

Participants of the thematic meeting became Vice minister of national economy of RoK A.Arifkhanov, Chairman of the committee on regulation of natural monopolies and protection of competition of the Ministry of national economy of RoK S.Zhumanagrin, deputy Chairman of the Committee on regulation of natural monopolies and protection of competition R.Akhmetov, A.Zhumabayev, A.Maitiev, Chairman of the Association on development of competition and product markets Zh.Ertilesov, heads of the structural divisions of committee on regulation of natural monopolies and protection of competition, also deputies of the Mazhilis of RoK Parliament.

During the meeting with report as per: “General regulations of the draft of Law of RoK “About amendments into some legislative acts of RoK as per competition”, spoke Vice minister of national economy of RoK A.Arifkhanov.

During his speech he noted that for setting national anti monopoly legislation in accordance with the best practices of OECD with participation of the anti monopoly department, there was conducted Review of the competitive legislation and policy in Kazakhstan. On the basis of this Review, prepared proposals which being fulfilled in two stages. “At the first stage made basic changes within the frame of the accepted Business code. Among most important changes is reduction of the participation of the state in the business activities with further acceptance of the List of types of activities performed by legal entities, over 50 % of shares of which belong to the state”, said A.Arifkhanov.

“Second package of amendments provided to you for Revision in the form of draft of the law “About amendments into some legislative acts of RoK as per competition”. The law draft regulating goals, status and order of work of the anti monopoly department, also mechanism of cooperation with law enforcement bodies and anti monopoly departments of other countries” – commented A.Arifkhanov.

Considering settled positive practice, offered to expand usage of institute of notification, by distributing it for abuse of the dominating position, except setting monopoly high prices, and for unfair competition. Important tool of regulation is anti monopoly compliance which allows to the business work out along with anti monopoly department principles and rules of behavior at the product markets and corporate risks of violations of rules.

Next part of the speech A.Arifkhanov dedicated to the important goal – about how to regulate certain markets after January 1st 2017.

“As you know we refused from price regulation effective January 1st 2017, offering a tool of anti monopoly regulation, that is more soft tools, but at the same time having more complicated consequences and first of all financial ones” – said A.Arifkhanov.

“As per request of the Kazakhstan business representatives, when revising the law draft with anti monopoly department, deputies made proposals oriented for implementation of the new tools of protection of the interests of faithful businessmen and liberalization of current legislation” – informed A.Arifkhanov.

“A mutual job with you on improving competitive legislation and bringing it in compliance with OECD requirements has got high rating from leading foreign expert companies and anti monopoly agencies, in the result of which Kazakhstan from July of current year could become a members of the Committee on competition of OECD, which will allow to Kazakhstan to adopt best practices of anti monopoly regulation, - noted A.Arifkhanov.

Also with report as per “Concept of regulation and development of competition” spoke Zh.Ertlesova, and with report on “Amendments into some legislative acts of RoK as per competition (first reading)”, spoke deputy M.Kazbekova.