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Overcoming Trade Barriers in the Republic of Kazakhstan

Published: July 2013

The Executive Committee (EXCOM) of the UNECE recommended at its thirty-fourth session in February 2010 that the Committee on Trade carry out three trade needs assessment studies in selected UNECE member countries and/or sub-regional groupings with economies in transition.
These studies focus on procedural and regulatory barriers to trade in goods, with an eye to on-going development efforts in the areas of trade facilitation, technical regulations and standardization policies. The findings of the studies will be used to: assist countries in their efforts to achieve greater regional and global economic integration; inform donors as to where assistance might be required; and strengthen policy discussions within the Committee on Trade and its subsidiary bodies on where additional work is required.
This study summarizes the findings of the second UNECE trade-needs-assessment, which focuses on the Republic of Kazakhstan. The study was conducted in 2011-2012 pursuant to a request by the Government, and is based on a review of trade facilitation and quality assurance development efforts leading up to the establishment of the Customs Union (CU) of Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation until 2012, as well as the results of in-depth face-to-face interviews with 57 stakeholders using the UNECE evaluation methodology.

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Independent evaluation in 2014

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