Doing Business in Kazakhstan 2017 is the
first report of the subnational Doing Business series in
Kazakhstan. It measures business regulations and their
enforcement in four Doing Business areas. The objective of
the study is to gain a broader understanding of the business
regulatory environment across Kazakhstan as well as to
provide good-practice examples and reform recommendations to
help guide policy at the national and subnational levels.
The study focuses on indicator sets that measure the
complexity and cost of regulatory processes affecting four
stages in the life of a small to medium-size domestic
firm—starting a business, dealing with construction permits,
getting electricity and registering property. These four
indicator sets were selected because they relate to areas of
business regulation where implementation of the common legal
and regulatory framework differs across locations. While
highly centralized line ministries hold the direct formal
authority for the delivery of most services across the
territory, regions as well as Almaty city and Astana wield
local power and authority, especially in the areas of
getting electricity and dealing with construction permits.
The indicators are used to analyze economic outcomes and
identify what reforms have worked, where and why.