The Chamber meeting was held under the chairmanship of Maulen Ashimbayev.
The senators considered and adopted the Law “On Amendments and Additions to Some Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship and Compulsory Social Health Insurance”. The document was initiated by the Parliament deputies for legislative regulation and systematization of mechanisms for the development of social entrepreneurship in our country.
Now social entrepreneurs will receive tax benefits if they train and improve the skills of their employees from among the socially vulnerable segment. The state will also ensure the availability of infrastructure to support social entrepreneurship entities and provide them with financial, information, consulting and methodological assistance.
“The Head of State constantly pays great attention to solving social issues, as well as providing support to low-income citizens and people with special needs. In this context, the development of social entrepreneurship is of great importance. It should be particularly noted that these amendments and additions to the laws were initiated and prepared by the Senate deputies. For the first time in the domestic legislation, the definition of social entrepreneurship is given”, Maulen Ashimbayev said.
The Senate Speaker also noted that in order to implement the instructions of the Head of State, this Law provides for additional measures to restore economic growth and support entrepreneurs affected by the pandemic.
“The law provides for a reduction in value added tax by 70 percent for new manufacturing enterprises, exemption from corporate income tax of income reinvested in new fixed assets of the manufacturing industry. Also, a special tax regime is introduced using a special mobile application to support private entrepreneurship. This simplifies the separate processes of individual entrepreneurs and their interaction with the tax authorities”, the Senate Chairman said.
The Senators also adopted the accompanying Law “On Amendments and Additions to the Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On Taxes and Other Mandatory Payments to the Budget” (Tax Code)” and the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On Enactment of the Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On Taxes and Other Mandatory Payments to the Budget” (Tax Code)”.
During the meeting, the Law “On Amendments and Additions to Some Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Inclusive Education”, initiated by the Parliament deputies, was considered and adopted.
The Law is aimed at exercising rights of persons with special educational needs to accessible education without discrimination and at providing them with inclusive education at all levels of education.
Now educational organizations that teach children with special needs shall adapt educational programs in accordance with individual development characteristics and capabilities of students and pupils. The Law specifies a procedure for enrolling children with disabilities to kindergartens and schools.
“In his Address, the Head of State instructed to create appropriate conditions for education for citizens with disabilities. As part of this, the Parliament deputies have specially drafted this Law. We hope that in the future this will improve the state educational policy and create equal opportunities for citizens with disabilities for education without any discrimination”, the Senate Speaker said.
In addition, the senators adopted the Laws “On Ratification of the Protocol on Amending the Lease Agreement for the Baikonur Complex between the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Government of the Russian Federation dated December 10, 1994” and “On Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Government of the Russian Federation on Cooperation in Launching Soyuz-2 Rocket Vehicle from Baikonur to Launch Space Vehicles in the North Direction to Circumpolar Orbits”.
The documents set out the obligations of the parties to ensure the environmental safety of the population and territories. The laws will allow harmonizing our previous commitments, as well as developing the scientific, technical, industrial, and socio-cultural capacities and infrastructure of the Baikonur complex.
“Baikonur is the first cosmodrome that opened the gates to the outer world for humanity. Currently, Baikonur holds a special place in space exploration. Therefore, it is important to use it effectively. The laws adopted in this regard will strengthen cooperation between the two countries in this area”, Maulen Ashimbayev said.
The Senate deputies considered election and dismissal of judges of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan. As advised by the President of the country, Kanat Musin was elected a judge of the Supreme Court. The elected judge took the oath. Based on advice of the Head of State and in accordance with the Constitution, the senators dismissed Supreme Court Judge Denis Shipp because of his appointment to the post of Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council.
During the meeting, the senators voiced deputy requests. Both requests were devoted to the Atyrau region problems. So Gumar Dyusembayev spoke about the need to reconstruct, update the material and technical base of two fish hatcheries and to raise the salaries of their employees. Sagyndyk Lukpanov spoke about the problem of deficit of funds allocated within the framework of the state programs “Business Roadmap-2025” and “Economy of Simple Things” to the region.
(Senate Press Service, 74-72-27. Photo – Ye. Ukibayev)