World Monitor Magazine WM_Energy 2017 - Page 47

EXPERT OPINION and environmental challenges across Eurasia. However, perhaps the most important milestone was the launch of the OECD Kazakhstan Country Programme in January 2015. The programme involves analysis, capacity-building and policy dialogue across a wider range of policy issues than ever before. Initially envisaged to run for two years, the Programme has been enriching for both sides and is being extended until the end of 2018. (AM): OECD’s work here in Kazakhstan is, in turn, situated in the context of its broader engagement with the countries of Eurasia. The OECD member states, Eurasian countries and the OECD Secretariat see the programme as a vehicle for co-operation across a wide range of issues and for fostering stronger ties among the Eurasian countries themselves. It encompasses both country-specific projects aimed at supporting individual Eurasian countries and regional activities and networks (such as the ECP, the Green Action Programme and the Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia). Increasingly, some Eurasian countries are also beginning to adopt OECD principles and standards to guide policy-making, as well as to join broader global activities, such as the ‘Base Erosion and Profit Shifting’ initiative, which brings together over 100 countries and jurisdictions in an effort to combat cross-border tax avoidance.We are confident that OECD’s work with Kazakhstan and in the region will ultimately contribute to better policies and thus tomore inclusive and sustainable development in the region. Further details on OECD Eurasia Week can be found at oecd.org/eurasia-week/.