Kazakhstan and Russia are expanding trans-regional cooperation. A delegation from Pavlodar region visited Tyumen region, Russia’s largest industrial region. Tyumen regional officials expressed their readiness to share their extensive experience in establishing favorable investment climate. There are about 500 investment projects worth over 1.5 trillion rubles under implementation in the region. Today, Tyumen is demonstrating successful implementation of industrial parks. Fourteen companies have their enterprises in four industrial parks of the region.

OLGA ROMANETS, DIRECTOR GENERAL, INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY, TYUMEN REGION, RUSSIA:

- We are interested in such projects as the grain terminal construction, advanced refining of grain and establishment of wholesale distribution center for food stuff. These are the projects that can be developed due to such trans-regional cooperation.

The regional authorities are planning to strengthen economic cooperation in such areas as agro-industrial complex, transport logistics, energy resources and social projects. Russian officials shared their experience in investment attraction with their Kazakh colleagues. Antipinsky Oil Refinery is Russia’s biggest investment project. The enterprise refines nine million tonnes of oil a year with a refinery yield of up to 98%. The plant provides diesel oil to Pavlodar region.

ANDREY SHAMSHURIN, HEAD OF DEPARTMENT, ANTIPINSKY OIL REFINERY, RUSSIA:

- We are planning to conclude petrol supply agreements with these oil supply enterprisesafter we launch the refinery process unit in summer of 2018.

The administrations of Pavlodar and Tyumen regions see great prospects in cooperation. Despite industrial development, Tyumen sees a deficit of vegetables, while there is a surplus of vegetables in the Pavlodar region. The number of greenhouse complexes is growing in Pavlodar due to cheaper electricity.     

BULAT BAKAUOV, GOVERNOR OF PAVLODAR REGION:

- The cost of electricity is two rubles in our region. That’s why we are ready to accommodate power-consuming enterprises in our region, including metallurgic enterprises.  

VLADIMIR YAKUSHEV, GOVERNOR OF TYUMEN REGION, RUSSIA:

- If electricity is twice cheaper, it is, certainly, more attractive and we can discuss these prospects here and attract investors. We will consider this.  

As a result of the meeting, the parties agreed to further strengthen partnerships and discussed short-term cooperation prospects. Kazakhstan and Russia expressed interest in cooperating in low-cost logistics. Experts believe that goods can be transported by river. Pavlodar region can deliver coal, gravel and sand to Tyumen region along the Irtysh River and transport wood from Tyumen.

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