In October 2015, Chris was approached by OECD to contribute to this initiative.
OECD's aim, in concert with the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, is, in OECD's words:
The OECD Kazakhstan Mining Competitiveness Project aims to boost the competitiveness of Kazakhstan’s mining sector, improve the business climate for mining, and attract foreign direct investment. Working directly with the Government of Kazakhstan, businesses and experts, the project addresses critical policy areas, by focusing on enhancing rule of law and regulations, attracting investment in exploration, creating clusters with local suppliers, and helping the country move up the mining value chain.
A conference call was arranged with Chris on 27 October 2015, attended by several key OECD members of this project, during which Chris spoke at length concerning the mining situation in Kazakhstan and his concerns and suggestions for further development.
In January, Chris attended a workshop in Astana by invitation and spoke further about development needs, especially relating to sub-soil procurement legislation, its limitations and future development. This legislation is administered by NADLoC (National Agency for Development of Local Content Joint-Stock Company), with a representative at the workshop.
Further information concerning both October's telephone conference and this month's workshop will be provided in additional blogs.