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The 5th Business Forum of Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), 10-11 of November 2016, Astana, Kazakhstan

Visit of the Prime Minister to Entrepreneurship Development Fund "Damu"

March 14, 2013 7:48 pm

Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Serik Akhmetov visited Entrepreneurship Service Center (ESC) at the head office of Fund "Damu" in Almaty. During the visit Prime Minister inspected the Almaty ESC, and held a meeting with the businessmen of the “Southern Capital”. ESC in Almaty was opened on October 1 of the last year.

Lyazzat Ibragimova: "Results of ESC in Almaty and Shymkent demonstrated high demand of businesses in the consultation on the instruments of state support. It confirms the need for the establishment of similar centers in other regions of the country. As for Almaty ESC, today it has already provided fifteen thousand free consultations".

Fund “Damu”, representing the interests of businesses, actually became a platform for direct dialogue between the government and business. Meeting with the prime minister brought together the heads of all business associations of the Republic, representing the interests of businesses, as well as more than 60 leaders of various enterprises of the city. Interest of entrepreneurs in the meeting was also connected with the fact that it was attended by Mayor of Almaty Akhmetzhan Yessimov, Minister of Economy and Deputy Minister of Regional Development, the head of tax committees, and top managers of major banks.

Discussion on all the pressing issues for entrepreneurs had a very lively character. Many business people and representatives of industry associations told the Head of the Government about the difficulties hindering the development of the business.

In nearly every speech, Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov instructed those present at the meeting of heads of departments to prepare their comments and necessary documents. He said that on many issues legislative changes are already being planned: in terms of licensing procedures, taxation, and other areas. 

The first speech at the meeting was made by the mayor of Almaty Akhmetzhan Yesimov. He spoke about the important changes that Almaty city administration has proposed to tax legislation. According to him, it is necessary to introduce a new classification of businesses and the concept of "micro" business – for the businesses that employ not more than eight people. Then the small business enterprise should be attributed to the number of employees from 9 to 100 people, and the average - more than a hundred. Accordingly, there is a need to simplify the taxation, especially for micro businesses.

Chairman of the Board of NEC "Atameken Union" Ablai Myrzakhmetov addressed in his statement on the subject of protection of property rights, calling it one of the fundamental questions of development of small and medium businesses. He stressed that for the further development of business in the country it is particularly necessary to improve the existing licensing system, simplify licensing procedures, especially in the land acts, subsoil and work in the construction sector.

President of the Association of Furniture and Woodworking Mikhail Glukhov suggested a package of proposals to improve the tax regime for SMEs: on oversight bodies, tariff policy and also as well as the head of "Atameken" - permits. In addition, he noted that the need to reform the system of vocational training, which is seriously behind in terms of technological and methodological point of view.

General director of "Central House accountant" Madi Nusupbaev proposed to introduce a system of accounting outsourcing, secure mechanism and procedural rules in law. According to him, it is necessary and beneficial to small and medium-sized businesses, in particular, to individual entrepreneurs. In addition, accounting outsourcing will contribute to the conclusion of a number of small enterprises of the informal sector of the economy.

According Lyazzat Ibragimova, it is very true that it is business service center at the Fund “Damu” has become the place where the representatives of the business, particularly SMEs, can directly discuss their questions with the official authorities.