Business • 05 June, 2018

In the course of implementation of VII Civil Forum’s recommendations, volume of state contracts more than doubled

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At the Government meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Minister for Religious Affairs and Civil Society Darkhan Kaletayev reported on the implementation of the recommendations of the VII Civil Forum of Kazakhstan, reports primeminister.kz.

As noted by D. Kaletayev, the Action Plan for the Implementation of the Recommendations of the VII Civil Forum for 2017-2018 is based on the NGO’s recommendations. In total, of the 53 items of the Plan, 18 were executed, and 35 are being implemented.

Together with NGOs and taking into account international practice (Great Britain, Canada, USA, Poland, France and Croatia), a draft law on the activities of non-profit organizations was developed, which was adopted by the Senate and sent for approval to the Head of State. The bill refers to the formation of a state social order based on the needs and active participation of the civil sector.

As part of the Forum's recommendations, a regulatory framework on volunteer activities has been developed. The Road Map for the Development of Volunteer Activity in the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2018-2020 has been approved.

There is a wide range of recommendations concerning public councils. This year the term of office of the first convocation councils is coming to an end. During this period, a large number of initiatives on the improvement of the regulatory framework came from the councils, NGOs and international organizations. A new Model Provision has been prepared. Also, a package of legislative amendments has been developed, which the ministry plans to submit for public discussion.

"Implementation of the recommendations allowed to increase the volume of state orders more than twofold, grant financing — almost five times, to increase by one and a half times the number of regional state bodies implementing state orders," Kaletayev emphasized.

In order to expand the participation of business in social projects, the ASAR Tripartite Cooperation Platform was created.

At the same time, it is proposed to implement a number of systemic measures to improve the quality of state procurement services with the introduction of new mechanisms for the formation, evaluation, standardization.

The Ministry for Religious Affairs and Civil Society plans to take measures to increase the capacity of the civil sector, including in rural areas, to involve them in the implementation and promotion of public policy. The ministry also suggests to work out the question of the appointment of an "ombudsman for interaction with the civil sector" in each state body and take measures to improve the quality and systemic improvement of the training component for civil servants on the basic mechanisms of working with NGOs.

"Trends in the development of civil society in the world have become the basis for the formation of the agenda of the VIII Civil Forum, which will be held this autumn," Kaletayev said.

The consideration of the issue was also made by the President of Almaty Management University A. Kozhakhmetov, who shared his experience in the development of the non-profit sector and civil activity.

Based on the results of consideration of the issue, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev generally supported the ministry's approaches to the implementation of the recommendations of the VІІ Civil Forum and instructed the ministries and akims of the regions to take measures to actively participate and qualitatively study issues related to the organization and holding of the VIII Civil Forum of Kazakhstan.

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