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Maulen Ashimbayev: Parliament Adopted 110 Laws for Past Year

29.12.2020 407

Chaired by the Speaker of the Senate Maulen Ashimbayev, a meeting of the House was held.

The Senators considered and adopted the draft law On Ratification of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty.

“It is known that in 2003, Yelbassy declared a moratorium on the death penalty. It was a historic decision for our legal system. Not a single death penalty has been registered in the country since then. By the decision of the Head of State, Kazakhstan joined the international pact promoting the abolition of the death penalty. Abolition of the death penalty is undoubtedly an important step towards developing a society based on the rule of law and a state based on humanistic principles,” Maulen Ashimbayev noted.

The Senators also considered four more draft laws initiated by the deputy corps.

One of them is the Law On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan concerning Education.

Before the pandemic, the process of distance learning had not been legislated. The amendments clarify the concept of “distance learning” and determine the distance learning procedure. In addition, certain standards are introduced to ensure the quality of textbooks.

The Senators also worked through the draft law On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan concerning Veterinary Issues.

It introduces an electronic veterinary passport to the database for the identification of farm animals. It also allows the use of photo and video equipment for the control of state veterinary and sanitary inspectors. This will reduce corruption offenses in this area.

Also, the Senate Deputies adopted the Law On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan concerning the Cotton Industry and the Repeal of the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On the Development of the Cotton Industry”.

According to the Senators, the current law includes excessive regulations, which reduce the inflow of foreign investments, and financial institutions give almost no loans to the industry. The new draft law cancels unnecessary administrative barriers. This in turn will improve the investment climate of the industry, increase sowing of cotton, improve the quality of cotton and export revenues of Kazakh companies.

At the meeting, the Senators also passed the draft law On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan concerning Security Activities.

The document contributes to improving the quality of security services. In particular, a licensed selection of security organizations will be made to ensure reliable protection of strategic, critical and vulnerable to terrorism facilities. Such a requirement meets international standards for the protection of facilities and will improve the security of citizens.

Summing up the work of the Senate for the year, Maulen Ashimbayev spoke in detail about the legislative work.

“During the year the Parliament carried out a great deal of work on legislative support for the reforms of the Head of State and the strategic policy of the country. This year the Parliament has adopted 110 laws. About 30 of them were initiated by Deputies,” the Senate Chairperson said.

The Senators passed a large set of laws to recover the economy, support businesses and ensure social protection of citizens. A number of documents have also been passed over the past year to strengthen democratic processes, protect human rights and protect the environment.

“The main priority of our work is to develop the country’s economy and improve the well-being of citizens. At the same time, special attention is paid to the development of the countryside, support for small and medium-sized businesses, and the promotion of national values. This year, several parliamentary hearings organized by the Senate have comprehensively discussed the work in these areas,” the Senate Speaker said.

At the end of his speech, Maulen Ashimbayev thanked the Senators for their work and said that in the coming period the deputy corps would have a serious work to do on the further implementation of the political and socio-economic reforms of the Head of State.  

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