Constitutional reform is a step forward in the development of a democratic society, the managing director of the British company Bell Pottinger says. Stuart Leach believes that a country’s Constitution should correspond to new challenges and contribute to the further promotion of democratic reforms.

STUART LEACH, MANAGING DIRECTOR, BELL POTTINGER

As with all reforms, you have to and see as to how they work out when they are in place. However, on the base of it, they seem very very positive steps of the democratic development of Kazakhstan. Clearly, the President has decided to delegate certain powers. He is trying to set up a structure with greater stability within democratic executive functions.

U.S. investors are positive about the redistribution of powers between the branches of power in Kazakhstan, as stated by Josh Studl, head of the company engaged in international cooperation and development.

JOSH STUDL, CEO TREVIAN LLC

Investors are looking for clarity about who the decision making is going to be made in government in Kazakhstan. And the President laid out a clear plan for decision making in the future. I think American investors are going to respond to that and it adds to the attractiveness of Kazakhstan.

Senior fellow of the University of Cambridge Shirin Akiner believes that the redistribution of powers between the branches of government is another visionary and strategic decision. The scientist believes that Kazakhstan was steadily moving to this stage, and that it is very important because the President takes an active part in its implementation. The process comes from within, not from outside.

SHIRIN AKINER, SENIOR FELLOW, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY

I think these reforms are extremely important. What I think is even more important in the reforms themselves is how well the ground was prepared in advance. So, it didn’t’ happen suddenly. There has been a steady movement in that direction and its perfectly understandable, in fact, it was absolutely vital it seems to me.

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