Vlast.kz. reported that the Anti-Corruption Service of Kazakhstan has unveiled a multifaceted strategy to combat corruption within the nation.
One of the central elements of Kazakhstan's anti-corruption plan is the introduction of a state register of corrupt officials. Under this system, all individuals found guilty of corruption will have their information entered into the register. The primary purpose of this registry is to facilitate background checks by employers when considering potential candidates. This initiative aims to create greater transparency in hiring processes, ensuring that individuals with a history of corruption are identified and evaluated accordingly.
To further combat corruption, the Anti-Corruption Service proposes to increase the legal liability of legal entities involved in corrupt activities. This signifies a commitment to holding not only individuals but also organizations accountable for their role in corruption offenses. The exact measures and penalties for legal entities have not been detailed in the report but are expected to be addressed through legislative changes.
The Anti-Corruption Service is also considering legislative changes that would criminalize both the promise and offer of bribery. The definition of a bribe offer includes any clear and understandable indication, whether oral, written, or electronic, of the intent to bribe another party. Similarly, the promise of a bribe encompasses notifying the recipient about the time, place, and method of providing the bribe. Such measures are designed to deter corrupt activities at their inception, making it easier for law enforcement agencies to intervene and prevent corruption from taking root.
Earlier Daryo reported that Arman Shakkaliyev, Kazakhstan's Minister of Trade and Integration, highlighted Kazakhstan's trade potential at the eighth Belt and Road Summit in Hong Kong on September 13.