Written by the former Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, this text examines the benefits to accru from adopting a Western-model mixed economy for Kazakhstan but cautions against wholesale transplantation of the model. It stresses that account must be taken of objective differences between Kazakhstan and the West in terms of the present level of development of the production base and the state of labour motivation. Its conclusion is that it is vital to press ahead with reforms since much works remains to be done. This volume aims to prove valuable as a source of information on Kazakhstan's economic development and also the plans and strategies that guide Kzakhstan's government.
Azekhan Kazhegeldin, former Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, is a specialist in the fields of economics and international law, on which he has published widely. He has been jointly responsible for drawing up two government programmes dealing with the reform of Kazakhstan's economic system, which has been supported by international financial organisations. In 1996 he was named as "Reformer of the Year" by the Adam Smith Institute in London.