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Prohibition against the sale and lease of agricultural land to foreigners will be established by law

29.04.2021 415

At the meeting of the House, senators reviewed the bill “On Making Amendments and Additions to Some Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Issues of Land Relations”.

The land issue is a crucial item on the public agenda. In response to the inquiries and expectations of the society, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev proposed his own solution to this problem. In particular, the Head of State, availing himself of the right of legislative initiative, has sent to the Parliament the bill prohibiting the sale and lease of agricultural land by foreigners.

In their turn, deputies from both Houses of the Parliament thoroughly and promptly carried out extensive work to comprehensively review the document. At different stages, the general public, experts, and scientists actively participated in this process.

Apart from the statutory prohibition against the sale and lease of agricultural land to foreigners, the bill also envisages the alienation of land should a person no longer be a citizen of Kazakhstan or should a foreigner be a member of a legal entity of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Conceptually, this bill was passed by the Senate today, however, in the discussion, the need to make changes to it arose. In this regard, the Senate meeting decided to forward the document to the Mazhilis.

“Land is the primary asset of our people, the symbol of our sacred Independence. The land issue is therefore of great strategic importance. This bill prohibits the sale and lease of agricultural land to foreigners, stateless persons, foreign legal entities, and kandases. The document also establishes a procedure for the alienation of agricultural land in the case that a person who is a member or shareholder of a legal entity of the Republic of Kazakhstan ceases to have Kazakhstani citizenship. As a whole, this bill, above all, protects the interests of our people and state”, Deputy Chair of the Senate Nurlan Abdirov stressed.

The remarkable thing is that the improvement of the legislative regulation of land issues in the country will be continued also after the adoption of this important Law. Recently, the Land Commission, which includes five senators at once, finished its work. Numerous proposals for improving the legislation in this area were made during the meetings of this commission. Based on these proposals, the Government is currently developing a package of legislative amendments in the area of land use. It is expected that the relevant bill will also be submitted to Parliament for consideration shortly.

Moreover, at the meeting, senators considered and adopted the Law “On Making Amendments and Additions to Some Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the Regulation of Banking, Microfinance and Debt Collection Activities in the Republic of Kazakhstan”.

The document, elaborated at the instruction of the Head of State, aims to improve the legal framework regulating microfinance and debt collection activities. The Law envisages the imposition of a prohibition that would prevent collectors from making calls from other people’s phone numbers, and they will also be obliged to make video and audio recordings of the process of any interaction with debtors.

(Press Office of the Senate, 74-72-27. Photo by E. Ukibayev)

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