Kazakhstan and Russia are expanding economic cooperation. The trade between the countries has increased by almost 30% amounting to more than $11 billion in nine months. The export volumes from Kazakhstan to the neighboring state are also growing. Among the companies actively conquering the Russian market is the Aktobe rail-beam plant. At present, this is the only enterprise in the whole territory of the EAEU manufacturing long-length heat-strengthened rails of the "R-65" standard. After reaching full capacity next year, the plant will produce 430 thousand tonnes of rolled products a year, including rails for high-speed lines. In nine months of this year, the enterprise produced more than 116 thousand tonnes of products worth over 31 billion tenge. Among the main consumers are companies from Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Azerbaijan.

Atyrau region is actively increasing cooperation with the border regions of the neighboring country. In 2017, the number of joint ventures in the region reached three hundred and fifty.

KARLYGASH BEKBAYEVA, DEPUTY HEAD OF REGIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEPARTMENT:

- Commodity turnover with Russia in January-September 2017 amounted to 13 billion 508.9 million U.S. dollars, which is 36.3% more than in the same period of 2016. Exports of goods amounted to 12 billion 229.5 million U.S. dollars, growth by 48.0%, imports - 1 billion 279.4 million U.S. dollars, a decrease in imports made up 77.9%.

This service company is an example of successful cooperation. The company, established in 2005, specializes in the design, repair and maintenance of technological equipment and pipelines for chemical, petrochemical and oil and gas refining industries. It successfully competes with the world's largest brands thanks to the conditions created in Kazakhstan.

YERKIN HAZHENOV, DIRECTOR GENERAL, KAZAKHSTAN-RUSSIAN COMPANY:

- We have to update the production base, introduce innovations and attract high-tech specialists to be competitive. Our staff takes training in Russia and we exchange experience.

The Atyrau company for the production of polyethylene, heat-resistant pipes and stop valves is also planning to cooperate with Russia.

OMAR ABDIYEV, GENERAL MANAGER, POLYETHYLENE PIPE PLANT:

-Our product lasts for more than 50 years. It is resistant to aggressive environments; it is an alternative to steel pipes and valves, which require construction of water wells. Our products save the state's budget and reduce the amount of repair works. The water will always be clean. There will be no biological growth. This is a huge saving for budget.

Kazakhstan’s food industry enterprises also strengthen their positions in the Russian market. Export volumes of sweets, milk and macaroni made in Kazakhstan are growing.

YELENA KUPTSOVA, COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR, FOOD COMPANY:

- We are leaders in Kazakhstani market. Customers love our products, because we maintain the quality. Our breakfasts are organic. As for the Russian market, our goods are in demand in the Siberian region. We want to establish a reliable partnership.

This year, Kazakhstan exported medicines, medical equipment, food products, transformer and cable equipment, industrial products to the Russian market in bigger volumes.

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