Kazakhstan: Review of the Central Administration

image of Kazakhstan: Review of the Central Administration

This review examines the functioning, structure and organisation of the central government and line ministries in Kazakhstan, as well as their capacities to implement national objectives and priorities, outlined in the Kazakhstan’s Vision 2050. It also focuses on tools, strategic management and accountability frameworks in the Government of Kazakhstan, in line with the strategic management principles outlined in the General Approaches to Modernization of Public Administration of Kazakhstan by 2020.


The general organisation of ministries in the government of Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is considered as one of the countries of the former communist bloc that has been most successful in modernising its governance systems, with the help of a long period of rapid economic development and political stability. However, its reform programme, conducted by a centralised State structure, has so far had less success in enforcing rules of public accountability towards citizens and in enhancing professionalism in the civil service. In this context, this chapter provides an analysis of the structures, functions and relations to other public and private entities of the Kazakh ministries; their policy-making capacity from the design stage to the implementation of measures; and their management of human resources, the budget, the oversight of subordinate organisations, and integrity issues. In each of these areas, the chapter reviews recent decisions, assesses the current situation, proposes examples of good practice from other countries and makes policy recommendations.


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