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Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Calls for State Governance Reforms and Approves Chinese Economic Initiatives

In a speech to the heads of the CIS governments at an economic forum in Astana at the end of May, President Nursultan Nazarbayev delineated his vision on state governance reforms, a topic that has become his favorite after his recent re-election. Nazarbayev noted that “difficult times require difficult reforms,” implying that there will be sweeping institutional changes. In mid-May the Akorda, the presidential administration headquarters, published more detailed explanations of Nazarbayev’s pre-election program, called “100 Steps.” These “presidential reforms” are divided into five areas to be implemented in stages…

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