Kazakhstan-Poland: Mutually beneficial business partnership
Kazakhstan and Poland will expand trade, economic and investment cooperation. A joint business forum in Astana brought together more than 450 entrepreneurs. Agriculture, industry and tourism are priority spheres for partnership. Working groups have been created to develop small and medium-sized businesses, engineering and agriculture. In total, there are more than two dozen international treaties between the countries, 115 joint ventures operate in Kazakhstan. Forum participants signed ten agreements on cooperation and investments.
AYAN YERENOV, CHAIRMAN, FOREIGN TRADE CHAMBER OF KAZAKHSTAN:
- We discussed cooperation opportunities in agriculture, in particular, in growing apples. Polish businessmen are interested in accessing the Chinese and the Middle East markets.
JERZY STARAK, PRESIDENT OF SUPERVISORY BOARD, POLPHARMA:
- We invested about $80 million in a project to create a pharmaceutical factory in Shymkent. The majority of the employees are Kazakhs. We signed another memorandum to modernize the factory's laboratories for the production of new medications.
Italian businessmen are going to conclude mutually beneficial contracts. Representatives of 35 companies arrived in the capital to participate in a joint forum. European business is interested not only in investing, but also in sharing its industrial-innovative experience. The Italian company named "Eni" intends to build a wind park with a capacity of 100 megawatts in Kazakhstan. In addition to implementing projects in the field of green energy, Italy is ready to develop cooperation in such sectors as pharmaceuticals, infrastructure, agriculture, industry. Over the years of cooperation, the total volume of Italian capital investments in Kazakhstan has exceeded $6 billion. Investors are interested in Kazakhstani food products, in particular meat and grain.
IVAN SCALFAROTTO, VICE PRESIDENT FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF ITALY:
- There are several reasons why Poland is interested in Kazakhstan. Along with sharing best practices in the development of renewable energy sources, we have come here to find new cooperation opportunities in the field of agro-industry and infrastructure.
ARMAN KASHKINBEKOV, DIRECTOR GENERAL, RENEWABLE ENERGY ASSOCIATION OF KAZAKHSTAN:
- The state launches large-scale projects with the support of international financial institutions, but we need to create long-term conditions for small private investors. It could be small or hybrid solar stations for remote villages in Kazakhstan.