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Senate Ratifies Kazakh-Uzbek Strategic Partnership Treaty, Passes Permissions and Notifications Law

A plenary meeting of the Senate has taken place under the Chairmanship of Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on 24 April.

During the meeting, the senators ratified the Treaty on Strategic Partnership between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Uzbekistan. The Treaty is one of the fundamental documents containing the basic principles of interaction between the two countries, and is aimed at improving the legal foundation as well as giving new powerful impetus to bilateral cooperation in politics, trade, economics, and cultural and humanitarian areas. According to the Treaty, the sides will provide joint support and mutual assistance to prevent threats to their independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The House also passed the Law on Permissions and Notifications. The document was elaborated in line with President Nursultan Nazarbayev's 2012 State of the Nation Address entitled as "The Socio-Economic Modernization as a Main Vector of Kazakhstan's Development". This document announced by the President as urgent was aimed at resolving a number of systematic problems in the country's licensing system. In particular, the law envisages a comprehensive list of permissions and notifications, provides the analysis of regulatory impact before and after the introduction of new permits and notifications, introduces a classification of permissions and notifications according to the level of danger, and secures the notion of "permission".

While considering this draft law, the senators drew the Government's attention to the necessity of upgrading the quality of law drafting and the avoidance of ambiguity in the explanation of new norms. In this regard, the Senate Chairman suggested that the Justice Ministry should strengthen monitoring and coordinating work while involved in the preparation of draft laws.

The senators considered two readings and passedaccompanying amendments to legislation pertaining to the licensing system.

The House also passed the Law on the Denunciation of Agreement on Common Order of Exports Control of the Member-States of the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC).

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