Chairman of the Senate Maulen Ashimbayev met with representatives of diplomatic corps and international organizations working in Kazakhstan.
The Senate Speaker noted that, in the last sessions, legislative activity of the Senate of the Parliament was focused primarily on solving two main tasks – providing a legislative framework to combat the coronavirus pandemic and reduce its negative socio-economic consequences, as well as legal support for comprehensive reforms initiated by the President of Kazakhstan.
In his speech, Maulen Ashimbayev highlighted the key draft laws adopted during the pandemic and aimed at supporting citizens and businesses.
“Kazakhstan has taken large-scale anti-crisis measures to protect our citizens and support the economy. More than $14 billion, or 9 percent of the country's GDP, was allocated for the given purposes last year. Anti-crisis laws were promptly adopted, including amendments to the budget, Tax Code, on support for business and investors, support for medical workers and others”, the Senate Speaker reminded.
He also spoke about activities of parliamentarians on legislative support of systemic reforms initiated by the Head of State.
“In general, the modernization agenda of the President of Kazakhstan is clearly outlined. First of all, it is a democratization of political system, ensuring its balance, increasing political competition, creating necessary conditions for realization of citizens' rights”, the Chairman of the Senate stressed.
Maulen Ashimbayev called improving the public administration efficiency, openness of state bodies to the population and their people-centred focus as the next priority on the agenda of the Head of State. These approaches are based on the Listening State concept.
“In social sphere, reforms of the President of our country are aimed at implementing a fair, inclusive social policy, modernizing the education and healthcare sectors. We believe that everyone should have opportunity to fulfil own potential, while citizens in need of help should not be neglected by the state”, Maulen Ashimbayev said.
According to the Speaker of the Senate, economy priorities are diversification, development of manufacturing industry and overcoming dependence on raw materials, as well as systematic support for small and medium-sized businesses. All these tasks are correlated with priorities of post-pandemic development.
"In general, since 2020, the Parliament has adopted 175 laws. Half of them, namely 91 laws, were adopted to provide legislative support for modernization agenda of the Head of State. A quarter of all the adopted laws have been drafted as legislative initiatives by deputies”, Maulen Ashimbayev said.
The Senate Speaker elaborated on the main laws adopted as part of the reforms of the President of our country.
Maulen Ashimbayev also recalled that the Head of State signed a Decree “On further measures of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the field of human rights”.
“In accordance with this Decree, we will adopt very important laws in the coming period. In particular, these include laws aimed to protect the rights of persons with disabilities, create mechanisms to combat all forms of discrimination against women and to protect the rights of citizens in the field of criminal justice, to prevent torture and ill-treatment. Modernization of judicial and law enforcement system and the eradication of corruption will receive particular attention as well”, the Chairman of the Senate noted.
According to him, reforms implemented at the initiative of the Head of State lead to qualitative changes in political system and have a long-term character.
In conclusion, Maulen Ashimbayev indicated the Senate interest in development of international cooperation and exchange of experience in the field of modernization reforms.
“In the Parliament, we attach special importance to recommendations of international organizations, foreign politicians and experts regarding the reforms being carried out in our country. The laws we adopt to a large extent take into account such recommendations. We are open to cooperation and interested in constructive interaction with the Parliaments of other countries”, said Maulen Ashimbayev.
The meeting was moderated by Vice-Speaker of the Senate Nurlan Abdirov. Senators Vladimir Volkov, Dauren Adilbekov and Dinar Nuketayeva also spoke during the event.