On May 17, 2002, ICNL made a presentation on social partnership issues at the quarterly donor's 
roundtable. Alex Nisengolts presented an overview of the various social partnership models, public 
participation mechanisms, and mechanisms used internationally to provide state support to the NGO 
sector. Alex also updated the participants on the Constitutional prohibition on state financing of public 
associations, the Concept on the State Support of Nongovernmental Organizations in the Republic of 
Kazakhstan and the progress in the development of the Program and draft social procurement 
legislation. ICNL books on  The Legal Status of Noncommercial Organizations in the Republic of 
Kazakhstan (a Practical Guide), Legal Mechanisms of Public Financing of Noncommercial 
Organizations,  and Comparative Research and Legislation on Social Partnership Issues  were also 
made available to the participants. 
ICNL continued its work on the draft law on youth policy. Although the adoption of this law has been 
strongly supported by the Government of Kazakhstan, the existing draft is largely declarative and 
contains substantial errors and contradictions with existing legislation.  ICNL has prepared a 
commentary to the draft law and distributed it to parliamentarians and the Ministry of Culture, 
Information and Social Accord. ICNL expert Vadim Nee has also met with the Ministry and 
parliamentary officials to explain the problems with the draft law. 
ICNL continued to provide technical assistance to ANNOK in drafting draft regulations on open 
parliamentary hearings. The proposed regulations seek to improve transparency in the development 
and adoption of legislation, provide access to information on legislative initiatives to the general 
public, and enable constituents, experts, and NGOs to present their views on important issues. In 
April, ICNL has participated at the ANNOK roundtable on the proposed regulation on open 
parliamentary hearings and the development of a strategy for the advancement of an NGO sponsored 
regulation. ICNL has also provided ANNOK with parliamentary hearings procedures from CEE and 
NIS countries as well as technical assistance in the drafting of this regulation. The draft regulation has 
been presented by ANNOK to parliamentarians and will be examined by the parliamentary working 
group that is drafting amendments to the parliamentary procedures of Majilis. 
On May 8, Alex Nisengolts made a presentation at the USAID Partners' Forum on NGO legislation in 
Kazakhstan and the changes brought about by the new Kazakhstan Tax Code that entered into effect 
on January 1, 2002.  While the Tax Code has provided significant new benefits to noncommercial 
organizations, religious organizations, and organizations operating exclusively in the social sphere, it 
has also made it more difficult to foreign and international donors to provide grants and humanitarian 
aid. Foreign NGOs that want to give grants must now be included in a special government list of 
grant making organizations while humanitarian aid is now exempt from taxation only in case it is 
transferred to the Government of Kazakhstan and then distributed by the government through 
authorized organizations. The presentation drew significant interest from the attendees, many of 
whom signed up for the ICNL seminar on the Taxation of NGOs and International Organizations 
under the New Kazakhstan Tax Code that was held on May 28. ICNL book The Legal Status of 
Noncommercial Organizations in the Republic of Kazakhstan (a Practical Guide) was also provided. 
For further information about the May 28 seminar, please see below. 
On May 28, 2002, ICNL in cooperation with Tax Standards Formation Fund (TSFF), ICNL conducted 
an educational seminar on the taxation of NGOs and international organizations under the new 
Kazakhstan Tax Code. The seminar was sponsored by the Global Training Development/USAID and 
was attended by 28 NGO participants and 21 representatives from international and foreign 
organizations. The purpose of the seminar was to examine the Tax Code requirements in detail, 
discuss NGO rights and responsibilities, and the existing problems with the Tax Code 
implementation. Particular attention was paid to the practical aspects related to the use of tax 
exemptions and the issues pertaining to grants and humanitarian aid. An important goal of the seminar 
was to receive practical comments and NGO opinions with regards to the new Tax Code provisions 
affecting their activities and improve NGO awareness of the importance of the role of the Third Sector 
in lobbying for tax changes that are favorable to NGOs. ICNL will continue its work on bringing 
Kazakhstan tax legislation in accordance with international best practices. ICNL plans to undertake 
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