The Results of Subnational Doing Business Study in Kazakhstan

10 december 2019

Meeting with Ms. Gaukhar Ospanova - Private sector specialist, World Bank Central Asia Regional Office and our Chamber Almaty members took place in Rixos hotel in Almaty on 4 December, 2019.

The meeting discussed the Supplier Development Initiative in Kazakhstan and the results of the Doing business in Kazakhstan in 2019.

During the meeting Gaukhar made a brief overview of the Doing business in Kazakhstan results and also overviewed Supplier Development Initiative in Kazakhstan - a joint project of the Ministry of National Economy and the World Bank.

Subnational Doing Business goes beyond the largest business city, covers regulations at all levels, captures local differences, provides replicable good practices, helps cities tell their stories and compete and also uses local government participation to promote reform. In 13 regions and 3 cities surveys were made. According to the results no location had the top performance in all areas.

All eight locations benchmarked in 2017 – Nur – Sultan, Shymkent, Karaganda, Pavlodar, Aktobe, Oskemen, Almaty and Kostanay improved their doing business environment in 2018.

All locations benchmarked in 2016 now record and make public data on the frequency and duration of power outages (in 2018).

Only half of the locations benchmarked in Doing Business in Kazakhstan 2017 kept information on outages.

By replicating this international good practice, they joined more than 120 Doing Business economies that calculate these critical inputs for monitoring and improving the quality of electricity supply.

In addition, in 2018 Mangystau (Aktau) and Pavlodar instituted an automated mechanism for monitoring and restoring outages, like the cities of Nur-Sultan and Almaty did in 2015.

This improvement has enabled locations to score more points on the reliability of supply and transparency of tariffs index and improve their overall performance on the getting electricity indicator. For more information please visit

SME Competitiveness project is a joint project of the Ministry of National Economy and the World Bank. The project components focus on building competitiveness of the Kazakh SMEs through activities such as Supplier Development Program and Pilot Cluster Initiative..

The Supplier Development Program’s (SDP) focus is to increase market linkages between the Kazakh SMEs and large local or multinational companies operating in the country. Through the SDP the local SMEs can receive consulting services to assess their current performance level in comparison with international standards and identification of areas for improvement. The firms will have access to trainings and seminars tailored to their business needs, be able to meet the large buyer companies and finally, receive financial assistance with acquiring certification based on large buyers’ requirements.

The program aims to contribute to the increased ability of the Kazakh SMEs to succeed in regional and global market environment. More information can be found at:

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