The regions of Kazakhstan and Russia are expanding their mutually beneficial cooperation. In the first quarter of 2018, trade between Kostanay and Chelyabinsk regions grew by 20 per cent with the equal shares of exports and imports. Raw materials for metallurgical enterprises form the biggest share of Kazakhstan’s exports to Russia. However, the shares of food products are also increasing in the export of the Kazakh goods.
TATYANA KUZNETSOVA, REGIONAL MANAGER OF RUSSIAN TRADE COMPANY:
- We have been cooperating with a Kazakh company for over 10 years. At first, our cooperation is focused on sales. However currently, the Kostanay factory produces goods under our brand name. We are proud of the good quality of products over the years of cooperation and never faced difficulties with our partners from Kostanay.
Sweets made in Kostanay are in great demand in many shops of Chelyabinsk. Customers praise both the good taste and the packaging of the confectionery.
RAISA SAFAROVA, RESIDENT, CHELYABINSK, RUSSIA:
- Kazakh products are very tasty. We buy caramel and sweets in boxes. We like presenting them as gifts, because the packaging is very beautiful. Their cookies and marmalade are also very tasty. We like their products and our friends also buy them.
There are 130 Kazakh-Russian joint enterprises operating in Chelyabinsk. A new road map will allow the development of new cooperation fields and will give an impetus to higher trade volumes. The new agreement covers certain projects and period of their implementation.
DMITRIY GLUKHARYOV, SENIOR STAFF, MINISTRY OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, CHELYABINSK REGION, RUSSIA:
- There is a strategy of the regional development in Chelyabinsk and a similar strategy is operating in Kazakhstan. The strategy provides for changes in the economy. We are trying to develop machine-building and transition to digital economy. Kazakhstan is also working on the same developments. That’s why, the mutual exchange is very important and interesting. I think we will succeed and transition together to a new economy and the fourth digital transformation.
The export of flour from Kostanay region to Chelyabinsk grew by 22 per cent over the six months of this year. Kazakh dairy producers also see a seven per cent growth. The export of vegetable oil to the neighboring Russian region grew by 8 times.