Kazakhstan-Russia: Cross-border cooperation

Kazakhstan is expanding interregional and cross-border cooperation with Russia. The North Kazakhstan and Omsk regions signed more than 10 partnership agreements in different areas. Last year, the trade turnover of the two regions amounted to 280 million Tenge. The number of joint enterprises is growing every year. In five years, they have increased by 40%. To date, 247 enterprises have already been opened. The parties agreed to launch a joint project in Kazakhstan to produce agricultural machinery as well as repair existing ones.

ALEKSANDR BURKOV, ACTING GOVERNOR, OMSK REGION IN RUSSIA:

 - One of the enterprises is engaged in the repair of machinery and tractor equipment. Mostly, it's K-700. Today, there are a lot of these tractors in Kazakhstan's agricultural fields. The repair base, specialists and technology are needed. Therefore, we see that the region is involved in this with a great desire to help. We are ready to work here.

KUMAR AKSAKALOV, GOVERNOR, NORTH KAZAKHSTAN REGION:

 - In fact, we are worried by the same questions. First of all, this is development of territories and cities as well as improvement of the quality of life of our regions. We understand that the great potential lies in resolving these problems and better interaction between the border areas.

The countries intend to increase cooperation in areas such as engineering, industry, agrobusiness and tourism. In return, representatives of Kazakhstan have invited Russian businessmen to implement joint projects in Kazakhstan. They noted that the country has created a favorable climate and appropriate privileges for the investors.