Latvian businessmen intend to expand cooperation with Kazakhstan
Riga businessmen are going to develop trade and economic relations between Kazakhstan and Latvia. Businessmen working in such fields as information technology, pharmaceuticals, tourism and architecture intend to find out more about Kazakhstan’s investment and export opportunities. Particular attention is planned to be given to transport and logistics potential.
ULDIS REYMANIS, DEPUTY STATE SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS OF LATVIA:
- Our state company LIAA is organizing a round table with businessmen. We are going to Khorgos to meet with Chinese entrepreneurs
Latvian businessmen note that Kazakhstan is one of the most rapidly developing countries in the world. Therefore, they intend to expand mutually beneficial cooperation with Kazakhstan.
ALEXANDER PETROV, BUSINESSMAN:
- We want to provide an opportunity to promote Kazakhstani products to the European markets through our channels. We are interested in everything that Kazakhstan manufactures from auto chemistry to agricultural products. That is, Kazakhstani products can be sold in Europe in the future.
Another investment enterprise working in the sphere of financial instruments and markets is planning to open its representative office in Kazakhstan.
GUNTARS PUPELIS, VICE PRESIDENT, HIGH ENERGY, LATVIA:
- We have our own development plan, which is based on technological improvement and automation of many processes. When we heard about Kazakh President’s plans, we realized that our intensions coincide. Strategically, we decided to open an office there, the first one in Astana. We have made this decision, because we really believe that Kazakhstan will be the center of Central Asia, namely, the financial and technological center.
China is another business partner for Kazakhstan. Cooperation between Kazakhstan and China is expanding. China hopes to increase quota for supply of Kazakhstan’s grain. China is one of the leaders in volumes of food production but the demand is much higher. Organic food products are in the highest demand in China and this opens new opportunities for Kazakhstan. During the working visit, Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister Askar Myrzakhmentov discussed strategic directions of partnership with Chinese Commerce Minister Zhong Shan. Negotiations were held with representatives of the committee on the stimulation of international trade. From 2014 to 2016 Kazakh businessmen put 200,000 tons of food products on the eastern neighbor’s market. This figure is planned to be increased.
ZHOU BANSHAN, CHIEF MANAGER, FOOD PROCESSING COMPANY, HENAN:
- Our company has built a food production plant with the capacity 100,000 tons in Khorgos. Now we intend to purchase 150,000 tons of food in Kazakhstan. The fact is that your grain is fine and organic, it doesn’t contain any additives.
NURZHAN ALTAYEV, DEPUTY CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL CHAMBER OF ENTREPRENEURS ‘ATAMEKEN’:
- We agreed to remove all the barriers in order to establish exports of Kazakhstani beef and mutton to the Chinese markets.
Chinese businessmen expressed interest in organic honey. However, there are restrictions for honey imports in China. It is expected that this issue will be discussed in the upcoming meeting in May. Apparently, it will result in concluding an agreement on lifting the ban.
BOLATKHAN MAKHATOV, DOCTOR OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES:
- The head of state set a very serious task – to increase the inflow of investments in Kazakhstan in all industries. It is important to develop agricultural production and sell processed products rather than raw material.
Kazakh delegation signed four agreements with China, including a framework agreement on cooperation and trade between The United Grain Holding and one of top 5 world leaders in the production of vegetable oil. Asia Pacific Food Capital, in turn, is interested in delivering premium class Kazakh products in the Chinese market.