Market "Shapagat" again failed to privatize

According to the official website of capital akimat, next tender will be announced in early January.

The municipal market "Shapagat" was offered to privatization already twice. Electronic bidding on December 27 was declared invalid due to the fact that one of the participants found non-compliance with the terms of the tender documentation. The first auction, on December 11, did not take place because only one application was submitted for the tender.

This was reported at a briefing in the city akimat by Chairman of the Board of JSC "SEC "Astana" Nurlan Zhakupov. Currently, "Astana" SEC owns a 100% share of the authorized capital of "KR "Shapagat" LLP.

Nevertheless, Nurlan Zhakupov said, there is interest in Shapagat from the business community.

"Market "Shapagat" in the money. Net profit for 2017 (2018 is not over yet) amounted to slightly less than 80 million tenge. "Shapagat" is very important and necessary for the SEC and for the city, has a great social function. The mark-up on goods sold at Shapagat is no more than 10 percent of the producer's price. Therefore, Shapagat is one of the most popular markets. A significant part of buyers are pensioners and people from socially vulnerable groups of the population", – said the Chairman of the Board of SEC "Astana".

As Nurlan Zhakupov explained, further stages of the privatization process will be as follows:

"Tender commission will gather, perhaps, changes will be made to the terms of the tender documentation. And the next tender will be announced in the new year, 2019, in early January. If everything goes according to plan, and all interested participants correctly submit the documentation, I think by the end of January we will have an understanding of the winner of the tender and during the first quarter we will finish all the necessary procedures to transfer Shapagat to a competitive environment."

Nurlan Zhakupov stressed that the proposed changes will most likely be technical refinements, but will not affect the seven main tender conditions of social importance.

"It is an inviolable condition. Having passed into private hands, "Shapagat" should, in our opinion, remain a municipal market focused on socially vulnerable segments of the population. Therefore, it will be impossible to change the profile of activities for 10 years, to change the price of renting trading places for three years, to increase the 10% mark-up on socially important food products and so on.

"Shapagat" will remain the same convenient place for shopping, where it will be possible to buy socially important goods at good prices", - said N. Zhakupov.

Recall, the municipal market "Shapagat" was included in the list of organizations proposed for transfer to a competitive environment, the Government decree of April 11, 2017.

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