Central Asia: Economic cooperation

The Central Asian countries are expanding their economic cooperation. The food industry’s share in the mutual trade is gaining momentum. In the first quarter of 2018, Kazakhstan’s export potential totaled US$14 billion which is 27 per cent higher compared to the same period last year. The bigger share of exports comes from the regions. For instance, producers in Akmola region exported almost US$106 million worth of products. Grain, seeds of the agricultural crops, flour, dairy and meat products, as well as beverages are among the most popular goods. Since the beginning of the year, the regional enterprises manufactured products worth almost 200 billion Tenge.

SAMAT SANIYEV, CHIEF SPECIALIST, ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEPARTMENT:

- The main consumers are Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Poland, among the European countries. Afghanistan is our main flour consumer, as over 40 per cent of flour produced in Akmola region is shipped to Afghanistan.

A pasta factory in Arshaly village of Akmola region that opened last year is also exporting its products to the Central Asian countries. The enterprise is exporting up to 80 tonnes of pasta to Kyrgyzstan per month and is expected to export its goods to a number of other foreign countries.

BEIBITZHAN BEISEKIN, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF FACTORY:

- We are planning to extend the variety and quantity of products. We are currently working on it and we have partners in Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan. We also want to cooperate with Uzbekistan and other foreign countries. We have representatives in Almaty, Shymkent, Karaganda and Astana.

The factory processes about 200 tonnes of flour and produces 24 tonnes of ready-made products per day. 11 types of pasta are being produced. The factory officials are planning to expand the variety of pasta. 12 projects with the total cost of US$11 billion are being implemented in Akmola region as part of the establishment of the food belt in region.