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Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Steps Up Anti-Corruption Rhetoric and Actions

In the last few days, President Nursultan Nazarbayev has notably stepped up his criticism of corruption and excessive bureaucracy within the government. At the cabinet meeting on 2 February, he went so far as to say that a “fifth column” of traitors exists among top officials who deliberately sabotage the government’s progress. He also alleged that an excess of supervisory and regulatory agencies are harming small and medium-sized businesses, citing Kazakhstan’s falling ranking on the World Bank’s Doing Business index. He demanded that the General Prosecutor’s Office, together with Atameken, the national chamber of entrepreneurs, enact a sweeping revision of oversight bodies in two months, implying that excessive administrative functions and officials will be cut.

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