Kazakhstan PPP Centre gets new board chairman

The government of the central Asian country has named a new head to its PPP Centre, after rolling out six projects over six years.

The government of Kazakhstan has appointed a new chairman of the board for its PPP Centre. Oynarov Azamat Ryskulovich has replaced Abiyessov Zhomart Amangeldievich, with the latter moving on to another appointment within government.

Amangeldievich had served as chairman of the board since 2011, and during his tenure the Centre made substantial progress, according to a government statement. He helped to pass amendments to PPP laws and legislation to open up and develop the sector more, and completed the institutional framework for PPP development.

He also oversaw some internal transitions for the PPP Centre and the establishment of regional PPP centres. The government credits his leadership in giving Kazakhstan a “strong image… as a leading state among CIS countries in the field of legislative and institutional development of public-private partnerships”.

His replacement Ryskulovich has worked in various research and governmental positions, including the Economic Planning Agency, the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Regulation of Natural Monopolies and Protection of Competition. Most recently he was an advisor to Amangeldievich in the PPP Centre.

The Kazakh PPP Centre did not respond to requests for comment.

Kazakhstan’s PPP Centre was founded in 2008, but to date the only type of PPP it has rolled out has been Build-Transfer-Maintain (BTM), which essentially works like a concession. All project finance in Kazakhstan has come in the form of bank loans rather than equity.

The Kazakh government often provides financial support to PPP projects, but the process of approval for PPPs in the country has been criticised for being too long and complicated, as it involves four separate government offices. The majority of Kazakhstan’s current concessions are in the transport, energy and social infrastructure sectors.