Kazakhstan: COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support (CARES) Program (AIIB-000405)

  • Kazakhstan
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Government of Kazakhstan
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  • Education and Health
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 750.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ AIIB website

Updated in EWS Sep 28, 2020

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Project Description

According to the AIIB website, the objective of the proposed Program is to mitigate the adverse impacts of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the health, income, and economic opportunities of Kazakhstan population.

The CARES Program (Program) will be supported through a Loan extended by AIIB under AIIB's COVID-19 Crisis Recovery Facility and co-financed with a policy-based loan extended by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) under its Countercyclical Support Facility COVID-19 Pandemic Response Option. The Program would cover the Government of Kazakhstan's immediate COVID-19 health policy response, social protection and employment recovery measures, and stimulus measures.

The Program includes: (i) cash payments to the unemployed (USD95 per month per person); (ii) mitigations to higher food price impacts such as, a lower VAT rate, nationwide food supply program to provide free food to 1.1 million people, price caps for essential foods and and procurement of 41.6 thousand tons of essential foods to support vulnerable groups; (iii) Increase of all social payments (pensions, benefits, etc.) by 10 percent; (iv) new tax incentives such as, zero percent property tax rates (for retail, trade, catering, entertainment and hospitality sectors), land tax (for agricultural producers), income tax for individual entrepreneurs and for SMEs in catering, lodging, transportation, consulting and tourism sectors, six-month exemption from payroll taxes.

This Loan will be co-financed with the ADB as lead co-financier, and the Program's environmental and social risks and impacts have been assessed in accordance with the provisions of ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement applicable to policy-based lending (PBL).


Investment Description
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
Contact Information


Edwin Hin Lung Yuen

Senior Private Sector Operations Specialist /  edwin.yuen@aiib.org


Martin Naegele

Client Relations Officer /  martin.naegele@aiib.org



Joao Farinha Fernandes

Senior Financial Economist, Central and West Asia Department / jfarinha@adb.org



Dauren Kenbeil

Director General, State Borrowing Department, Ministry of Finance / D.Kenbeil@ie.gov.kz



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