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A system of housing and utility tariffs to be reformed in the Eastern Kazakhstan, writes News Agency ‘Kazinform’ citing Irina Gentzler, Director, Urban Economy Department (IUE)

Specialists in the Eastern Kazakhstan note excessive administrative burden and high level of bureaucracy at a stage of tariff adoption and monitoring.

In fact, a similar project in water supply sector has been launched in four regions of the country. Today there are 26 entities on the list of participants. Specialists are working to refine the approaches to tariff setting for power- and water supply, seaports and airports. Improving a methodology for support of vulnerable groups is also under way. Besides, a list of the natural monopoly subjects which are entitled to take out loans or borrow from a financial organization – in this case, from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) - has been approved.

Irina Gentzler mentioned several proposals among which is the provision of housing support to cover all kinds of housing costs, determining the rates of maximum housing costs and so on. “By 2020-2021 a transition to the upgraded [tariff] system may take place nationwide. Today Astana is a pilot site. If the Eastern Kazakhstan, being the region embracing the tariff reform, wishes, at the same time, to become a pilot site for modernizing a housing support system there, so that these two lines of activity be developed in parallel, EBRD, the Government and the consultants are prepared to do so”, - notes I. Gentzler.


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