On the New Appointment in the Ministry of Agriculture

All Akorda’s attempts not to allow for team reshuffles inside the state apparatus and the quasi-state sector are failing thus confirming the fact the principle of «if something is forbidden but greatly desired then that something can be allowed» is still dominating the life in Kazakhstan.  

To support this idea, we will recall the recent appointment in the Ministry of Agriculture. In the beginning of July, the agency’s head Umirzak Shukeyev got a new deputy, Berik Tursynbekovich Beysengaliyev.

From the latter’s biography, it follows that, from May 2012 till May 2018, he was working as the Managing Director — Board Member of the Samruk-Kazyna National Welfare Fund, in other words, was under direct Shukeyev’s command.

Based on unofficial sources, Beysengaliyev is quite close to Umirzak Shukeyev and not only through work but also personally. It was he who, starting from at least 2009 after his appointment as the Deputy Chairman of KazAgro National Management Holding, has been Shukeyev’s confidant in many private matters including daily routine, vacations, unofficial contacts with petitioners, and so on, and so forth.

The people in the state apparatus including those in Nazarbayev’s Administration, Prime Minister’s office, and the Anti-Corruption Agency are well aware of this fact. Nonetheless, once again, Umirzak Shukeyev has managed to achieve something that is officially forbidden and, judging by the numerous loud statements of certain high-rank officials, is even punishable by law — to carry out a team reshuffle. 

The reasons why the Vice Prime Minister (who is simultaneously acting as the Ministry of Agriculture) has appointed Beysengaliyev his deputy lie on the surface and are, in our opinion, quite valid and rational. Because all top-managers (and not only in Kazakhstan) want to have by their side their allies and subordinates on whom they can rely and of whose loyalty and professional skills they have no doubt.

It is for this reason that all Akorda’s attempts not to allow for team reshuffles fail. Therefore, one can only recommend to the Kazakhstan authorities to stop fighting the phenomenon (since it is invincible) and try to regulate it instead. For example, to establish an institute of dependent persons whom their bosses will declare members of their own «team» and who will have to automatically lose their positions if their patron resigns.


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