Kazakhstan: Advise on the design of an overarching privatisation programme via IPO and measures to achieve MSCI emerging market classification



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Local Currency and Capital Markets Development

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06 Jun 2018

Project Description

This Technical Cooperation (TC) project is taking place within the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD or Bank) Initiative on Local Currency and Capital Market (LC2) Development. Moreover, Kazakhstan is one of the priority countries in the LC2 Strategic Initiative and this project aligns with the Strategic Initiative’s operational approach and main instruments.

In 2016, EBRD, the TheCityUK and Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) formed a capital markets working group. The objective of the working group was to offer advice and input on the planned capital market integration aligned with best international practices. The results of the findings of the working group were presented to the interested stakeholders in 2017. The working group especially highlighted the importance of a well sequenced and timed privatization programme for SOEs, which can serve as a catalyst for capital market development in Kazakhstan.

According to the Decree of the President of Kazakhstan and decisions of the Government of Kazakhstan, the privatization of selected SOEs through initial public offerings (IPO) and their subsequent listing on the Astana International Exchange (AIX), is planned. It is assumed that this can significantly contribute to the local capital market development. Therefore, AIFC requested support from EBRD in form of a TC project for the design of an overarching privatization programme and advise how to achieve MSCI emerging market classification for Kazakhstan.
The TC was developed jointly with AIFC, and the project contributes to institutions, laws and policies that promotes market functioning and efficiency. Moreover, project supports the capital market development and reform efforts of the AIFC and the Government of Kazakhstan.

Individual assignments drawn from this project will primarily provide hands-on advisory assistance focusing on privatization of SOEs via IPO, improving existing or creating new IPO processes in line with best practice and international standards.

Any competitive selections for business opportunities relating to this project will be published on the EBRD's website: Consultancy Procurement Opportunities.

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