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"Korean-Kazakhstan Tax Forum is unique, because it's a first joint event beetween KIMEP (CATRC) and University of Seoul”, says Natalya Pak, Research Assistant at CATRC.

Of particular interest was the fact that a group of practitioners, professors and students from the University of Seoul joined the Tax Forum. After the KIMEP CATRC team the lead contribution to the organization of the forum was made by Hyejung Byun, Assistant Professor, University of Seoul, who also brought her students with her. These students have specialized and focused on taxation throughout their studies since their freshman years.

On February 9, the Forum ran a series of lectures and discussions attended by the KIMEP community and visitors from the corporations.

Many students joint with faculty presented comparative research on several issues in Kazakhstan-Korea taxation. Bibinur Imankulova (CATRC Research Assistant) and Seonmi Kim and Daum Jung (University of Seoul) reviewed the two countries' investment climates and trade and investment relations.

"During the short period, I learned something academically and was motivated by students at KIMEP", said Seonmi Kim, "I learned so much more than I had expected that can't sum up in a word."

Anar Gabdul (CATRC Research Assistan) and Vladimir Tyutyuryukov, Visiting Professor at KIMEP, jointly with Hyunseung Lee, (University of Seoul) reviewed the countries' two domestic tax systems. Assel Sakieva (CATRC Research Assistant) made a joint presentation on international tax provisions in domestic legislation with Yongheon Jeong (University of Seoul). Natalya Pak (4th year KIMEP student and lead organizer of the Forum) identified its previously ignored tax benefits in the Kazakhstan-Korea Tax Treaty.

Several more KIMEP students contributed reports.  Shynar Bitigenova (Research Assistant at CATRC) made the audience familiar with the Suitable investment structures into Kazakhstan while Assiya Yermukhametova (Research Assistant, CATRC) discussed the special tax regimes in Kazakhstan in relation to recent developments in the region - especially the creation of the Customs Union.

Finally, Assistant Professor Seonghoon Moon of Hallym University concluded the investment session of the forum with a presentation on the topic "The Taxation of Financial Instruments in Korea."

"I saw unlimited potential in Kazakhstan and a shining future for KIMEP students," said Hyunseung Lee. "I won't forget these events in Almaty."

The Korea-Kazakhstan Tax Forum was generously sponsored by Shinhan Bank, a major Korean bank with operations in Kazakhstan, and Linkage Mind, LLP, a Kazakhstani law firm. From the KIMEP side, the organization of the Forum was supported by team of the KIMEP College of Continuing Education.