Kazakhstan and the OECD



OECD and Kazakhstan sign a renewed MoU, 21 November 2018 Kazakhstan Minister of National Economy, Mr. Timur Suleimenov (left) and OECD Secretary General, Angel Gurría (right) signed a new Memorandum of Understanding on 21 November 2018 at Eurasia Week, in Paris, France.

Latest news: 21 November 2018

On the final day of Eurasia Week 2018, the OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Kazakhstan’s Minister of National Economy, Mr. Timur Suleimenov, signed a new Memorandum of Understanding between the OECD and Kazakhstan, which will provide a framework for co-operation over the years to come. 


In January 2015, the OECD and Kazakhstan embarked on a two-year programme of structured co-operation, the OECD Kazakhstan Country Programme, which supported Kazakhstan’s reform efforts across a wide range of policy domains. The Country Programme was extended until the end of 2018. It has provided the framework for carrying out several dozen OECD projects with the country and has provided an opportunity for Kazakhstan to increase its participation in a number of OECD committees and their subsidiary bodies. Kazakhstan has also adhered to a growing number of OECD instruments under the Programme.

The new agreement, which runs until end-2022, provides a framework for further co-operation and reflects the commitment of both the OECD and Kazakhstan to build on the success of the Country Programme.


Under the Country Programme, the OECD and Kazakhstan have worked together to advance Kazakhstan’s reforms in order to combine sustained economic growth with social inclusion, strengthen competitiveness and diversify the domestic economy, increase the effectiveness of public institutions, and achieve better environmental outcomes. Additionally, the Programme has provided a framework for promoting OECD standards in the wider Central Asia region, which has been an explicit aim of the Country Programme from its inception.

In view of this progress and building on this continuous relationship, the OECD and Kazakhstan signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to structure their co-operation over the next years.

The MoU will provide Kazakhstan and the OECD with a framework for their work together on a wide range of policy challenges, including, among many others:

  • public governance and anti-corruption
  • green growth and environment policy
  • fiscal affairs
  • health, employment and social inclusion
  • education and skills
  • competitiveness, investment and business climate
  • trade
  • competition, state ownership and privatisations.

Latest OECD Publications on Kazakhstan 

Eurasia_Cover_KZminingReport_web Reform of the Mining Sector in Kazakhstan: Investment, Sustainability, Competitiveness (2018)

This report offers an analysis of Kazakhstan’s recent efforts to improve the policy framework for the mining sector, with a focus on the new Code on Subsoil and Subsoil Use. It highlights recent improvements but also identifies gaps and challenges still to be addressed if Kazakhstan is to realise the potential of its hard mineral resource endowments.

Russian version


Reforming Kazakhstan - Progress, Challenges and Opportunities (2018)

This volume presents an overview of the work done in the main areas covered by the first phase of the OECD-Kazakhstan Country Programme in 2015-2017, assessing both progress made and the challenges ahead with respect to public governance, economic reform, green growth and social policy. It also considers the linkages between these various strands of policy, in an effort to derive cross-cutting lessons for the future and to present a more integrated understanding of Kazakhstan’s reforms.

 Russian version


 National Health Accounts of Kazakhstan (2018)

This report assesses how Kazakhstan measures up in the development and application of its national health accounts, delivering a set of recommendations to improve the country’s health care financing information. As Kazakhstan has made significant economic progress over recent decades, health has risen on the policy agenda with a number of sector reforms introduced to modernise the system and improve the health of the population. Informing this agenda and monitoring progress towards health system goals requires accurate, timely and comprehensive information on health care financing and spending. A clear understanding of the resource allocations and drivers in the health sector is a prerequisite to support health system performance in Kazakhstan.

Key Publications 

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Participation in OECD Bodies

Kazakhstan participates in the work of many OECD Committees, Working Parties and other bodies, including actively in a dozen of them. For instance, the country has become a Participant in the Competition Committee (2016), the Committee on Statistics and Statistical Policy (2016), and the Working Party on State Ownership and Privatisation Practices (2016), and an Associate in the Investment Committee(for the work related to the Declaration). It has also joined the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit-Shifting (BEPS) Project (2016), an initiative involving over 100 countries in an effort to tackle tax avoidance strategies that exploit gaps and mismatches in tax rules to artificially shift profits to low or no-tax locations.

Kazakhstan participates in numerous other OECD activities and projects, including:

Statistics from Kazakhstan are also gathered in OECD platforms including: 

Additional Forms of Engagement

From 2012 to 2016, Kazakhstan served as co-chair of the OECD Eurasia Competitiveness Programme’s Central Asia InitiativeIn 2017, it became the first country in the region to host the OECD Eurasia Week, a ministerial-level event that serves as a platform for a discussion on a broad spectrum of thematic issues relevant to further improving the region’s competitiveness.

Key Events and Meetings

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