Legal literacy will help business to avoid lawsuits – Timur Kulibayev
Breach of contract is still one of the main reasons for litigation of entrepreneurs. This was announced by chairman of the Atameken Presidium Timur Kulibayev during a meeting in the Supreme Court of Kazakhstan.
“Entrepreneurs often verbally agree with their partners, without concluding a contract, and they do not read properly the text of the contracts. Subsequently, this leads to discrepancies and litigation. Therefore, it is necessary to work together on improving legal literacy of business,” Timur Kulibayev said.
To improve the situation the Atameken NCE RK implemented the Contract Designer project - contract.atameken.kz, which allows entrepreneurs to download the most common samples of legally competent documents for free and also improve them in accordance with their needs. 100 templates prepared by professional lawyers are loaded into the database, businessmen have an access to 500 consultations and 10,000 explanations of government agencies.
In addition, the Atameken intends to introduce into all training programs, including Bastau and Basics of Entrepreneurship for high school students and students, a special course on the basics of law and anti-corruption.
According to Timur Kulibayev, it is difficult for entrepreneurs to understand law and study a large number of reference rules for other legislative acts.
“Understanding all the nuances is a very difficult task for medium and small businesses. For example, the Tax Code has more than 2,700 internal links and about 800 links to other acts. Business, the public sector and the courts need accessible and clear explanations. Therefore, the Atameken together with the Supreme Court and the Ministry of Finance has already launched a project to develop a commentary to the new Tax Code. Similar work is being done today under the new Code “On Subsoil and Subsoil Use”. Accessible commentaries on customs, tax and environmental legislation should also be issued,” Timur Kulibayev said.
At the same time, according to the head of the National Chamber, it is necessary to reconsider the approaches to higher education.
“Every year more than 14,000 lawyers graduated from 66 universities. Almost half of them – 44 per cent – do not work as lawyers. The employers say that the majority of law graduates do not have practical training. Lawyers should be trained only in-person,” Timur Kulibayev said.
In general, the chairman of the Atameken Presidium noted the fruitful cooperation of Atameken with the Supreme Court and the great potential for further joint work.