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Senate Bureau discusses priorities for new session

At its first meeting in a new parliamentary session, the Bureau of the Senate discussed the tasks set by President Nursultan Nazarbayev when he addressed both houses on 1 September.

Around fifty new draft laws aimed at further institutional reforms and large-scale socio-economic transformations are to be debated in Parliament, Senate Chairman Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said. They also include measures to strengthen the country's security.

Speaker Tokayev told the meeting that the President has urged the Parliament to focus on strengthening the quality of the measures before them and to help explain their purpose and impact to the public. He called on Senate members to step up their communication efforts to inform on the novelties in laws by engaging more actively with the media and population both nationwide and in the regions.

The Bureau members discussed the agenda for the Senate meeting on 15 September. This includes the election Senator from the of Almaty Oblast Nurlan Kylyshbayev to a Senate standing committee and the proposal by the Chairman of the Senate that Alexander Goriyainov and Talgat Zhakan were elected as members of the Accounts Committee for Control over Execution of the Republican Budget.

The Senate will also consider the ratification of the Kazakh-Afghan intergovernmental agreement on cooperation on civil defense and the prevention and elimination of emergencies.

The Standing Committee on Socio-Cultural Development and Science is to discuss the draft law which amends the Agreement made in 1994 “on the mutual recognition of privileges and guarantees to participants and disabled veterans of the Great Patriotic War, of participants of military actions on the territory of other states and the families of deceased servicemen".

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