Consulting in Kazakhstan
In Kazakhstan, the market for consulting services emerged about 20 years ago, shortly after independence. At first, international consulting companies "captured" the market, the public sector hired only foreign consultants, paying them large sums under contracts. It was believed that there is no internal expertise in Kazakhstan, although in foreign companies represented in the country, 9 out of 10 employees are Kazakh citizens.
Recently, the situation has begun to change. Domestic consulting firms grew stronger, developing their own methodologies, and accumulating more experience in consulting activities.
To solve long-accumulated economic and social problems, Kazakhstani business and government are increasingly turning to local consultants. At the same time, there is a rethinking of the tasks and functions of consultants, who are required not only to develop recommendations, but also ensure their proper implementation.
In our practice, as local consulting firm, we were involved in projects when companies needed help in the completion phase of a project. The company initiated the project internally, but could not complete it and defend it in front of shareholders. Our experience and the competence of our employees helped to resolve this issue.
Analyzing our own consulting experience and having learned more about the market, we can conclude that the state now more than ever needs to look for and nurture its own experts, including consulting firms. This means that the consulting market will develop, and Kazakhstani companies will continue to gain strength. At the same time, it should be understood that foreign consulting companies have entered the Kazakhstani market, having hundreds of projects around the world behind them, proven practices and methodologies and a wide pool of experts. Kazakhstani businesses and the state should effectively use both foreign and domestic consultants.