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Alexey Ivanov to Prepare an OECD Report on Kazakh Competition Law and Policy

Head of HSE-Skolkovo International Laboratory for Law and Development Alexey Ivanov has been selected by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development as a leading international expert to conduct a comprehensive analysis on the status of Kazakhstan in relation to competition and compliance legislation and policy regulation for OECD member countries.

Kazakhstan aspires to join the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, 'the forum' for the world's most developed countries. The 34 OECD member states command 60% of global GDP. Accession to the OECD is a long and complex process, which includes an assessment of the willingness and the ability of Kazakhstan as a prospective member country to fulfill the Organisation's membership requirements. Both economic and non-economic factors will be analysed in the areas of institutional and socio-economic relations.

The development of competition is considered one of the key conditions for a positive outlook for economies in general, and the OECD gives a mandatory assessment of the antitrust law and policy of all potential member states. A detailed, peer-reviewed analytical report is prepared under the aegis of the relevant department of the OECD and a specially selected expert. Russia experienced the procedure of assessment in 2013 with great success that year, and the OECD certified that the field of protection of competition in Russia indeed meets their high standards.

Alexey will conduct an in depth analysis of the antitrust legislation and enforcement in close collaboration with the antitrust authorities of Kazakhstan. The results of the specialist report are marked to be presented at the OECD Global Forum on Competition, 29 - 30 October 2015.

'Our Kazakh colleagues are on the right track, I am certain that they will reach their objectives', says Alexey. 'The legal systems of our countries will continue to converge in a process of Eurasian integration, and we are keen to share our experiences of the modernisation of antitrust law and the policies of the Law of Competition Protection. Of course, in a number of matters, both Russia and Kazakhstan still need to devote attention to liberalising certain aspects, and we are ready to work actively for the benefit of the economy and its consumers'.

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