Corruption at Kazakhstani customs and massive document circulation restrain international trade - expert

Date: 05:04, 20-05-2014.

Astana. May 20. KazTAG - Massive document circulation and corruption at Kazakhstani customs restrain international trade in Kazakhstan, said Zhanat Yertlesova, chair of tax bearers association of Kazakhstan.

"For many years we have been ranked 186th out of 189 states in the world on the indicator "international trade” in the Doing Business rating. Only South Sudan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are behind us. I think the problem is connected with document circulation, corruption at the customs. It is purely our Kazakh problems. After all a lot of things are done in our state for business development," she said.

In her opinion the situation deteriorates every year.

"When I talk with state servants about it I hear only one explanation - we have no sea access. But other states which are ahead of us, even Afghanistan, are in the same situation!" she said.

At the same time, according to Yertlesova, Kazakhstan will be able to increase its competitiveness after accession into the Eurasian Economic Union.

"On the competitiveness index Kazakhstan is ranked 94th in the world, Russia- 107th. There are many components here: very high share of state in the economy, corruption, business climate. There is a direct order of the President on all these things. Integration will let Kazakhstan become stronger," she added.

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