- Oct 25, 2021
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Crypto Mining in Kazakhstan Needs Additional Regulations, Lawmaker Says
New regulatory requirements and criteria for the crypto mining industry must be adopted to streamline its operations while developing a comprehensive ecosystem for digital assets. That’s according to a recent statement by Dyusenbay Turganov, member of the Mazhilis, the lower house of Kazakhstan’s parliament.
Quoted by the local business news portal Inbusiness.kz, the deputy noted that mining has been a legal industrial activity since the adoption of legislative amendments in 2020. He also reiterated that starting from January 2022, miners operating in accordance with the law will pay a new type of
“Nevertheless, against the backdrop of a brewing power shortage, society has an incorrect, misled opinion about digital mining as the culprit of the energy crisis and it seems that government agencies are not addressing this problem to the required extent,” Turganov elaborated. He also commented that “effective measures and their results are not visible, there is no due coordination of government bodies in this important process.”
‘Gray Miners’ Blamed for Power Shortage, Various Solutions Considered
Kazakhstan has registered a growing deficit of electrical power, exceeding 7% in the first nine months of the year, which has been largely
Dyusenbay Turganov insists, however, that it’s uncontrolled electricity consumption by illegal mining farms that’s the main reason for the current situation. To solve the issue, the government has to step up efforts to identify so-called “gray miners” and suppress their illegal activities, he added. That would allow authorities to limit their consumption of power which is badly needed by legitimate consumers, the lawmaker stressed. Turganov has been quoted as stating:
It is needed to develop and adopt the necessary requirements and criteria for streamlining the activities of miners and the development of an integrated ecosystem for the circulation of digital assets based on the
The parliamentarian proposes that miners get involved in the development of renewable energy sources in Kazakhstan and help deal with imbalances in the nation’s power supply system. Authorities should also take steps to expand the country’s generating capacities, he urged.
Turganov’s suggestions come after a group of his colleagues in the Mazhilis
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