SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in Kazakhstan 2018

The government of Kazakhstan has set an objective to substantially increase the contribution of SMEs and entrepreneurs to employment and value added in the economy. Although there are large numbers of SMEs and entrepreneurs in the country, achieving this growth will require a step change in the productivity of existing SMEs and the emergence of many more medium-sized and growth-oriented firms. This report shows the important achievements of the government in creating a clear vision and structures for SME and entrepreneurship policy, including major improvements in business regulations and through the introduction of the Business Road Map 2020 programme offering direct supports to SMEs and entrepreneurs in areas such as financing and infrastructure. It also highlights the current challenge of doing more to strengthen management capabilities, skills, and innovation in SMEs and new enterprises, and makes a range of specific recommendations for policy actions including further building the incubator and Entrepreneurship Support Centre infrastructure, introducing dedicated support for high-growth potential enterprises, and stimulating supply chain linkages around foreign director investors.

Published on November 30, 2018

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Basic Statistics of Kazakhstan
Executive summary
Assessment and recommendations
SME and Entrepreneurship Characteristics and Performance in Kazakhstan
The Business Environment for SMEs and Entrepreneurship in Kazakhstan
Strategic Framework and Delivery System for SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in Kazakhstan
National programmes for SMEs and Entrepreneurship in Kazakhstan
The Local Dimension to SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in Kazakhstan
Promoting Linkages between Foreign Direct Investment and SMEs in Kazakhstan
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