Towards a More Effective, Strategic and Accountable State in Kazakhstan

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This review examines the recent reforms undertaken by the government of Kazakhstan in the area of public governance and evaluates their impact on the effectiveness, strategic capacity and accountability of the state. The review places particular emphasis on strategic planning, policy and programme evaluation, risk management, devolution and functional reviews, privatisation and the oversight of state-owned enterprises – all areas in which the government has taken or considered significant initiatives. The report offers a number of recommendations for further progress towards an effective, strategic and accountable state.



Foreword and acknowledgements

In the past decades, Kazakhstan has been undergoing the gradual transition from a planned to a market economy, including the commoditydriven economic surge of the first decade of this century and the recent impetus for a transformation of public governance. In May 2015, the President of the Republic unveiled a vast and ambitious programme of reforms entitled the 100 Concrete Steps, in order to bring about five institutional transformations: the creation of a modem and professional civil service; the establishment of the rule of law; industrialization and economic growth; a unified nation for the future; and transparency and accountability of the state. In January 2017, the President announced a further revision of the Constitution, aiming in particular to devolve some of the powers of the Presidency to the Cabinet and to the Parliament.


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