Kazakhstan’s export potential
Kazakh producers are actively enhancing the export potential of Kazakhstan. In the first quarter of this year, international trade totaled US$14 billion, which is 27 per cent higher compared to the same period last year. The large share of shipments is accounted for the regional enterprises. For instance, enterprises of Akmola region exported goods worth US$106 million. Grain, seeds of agricultural crops, flour, dairy and meat products, as well as soft drinks are among the most popular goods. Bearings and plastic bags manufactured in Akmola region are in high demand among the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries. Since the beginning of the year, local enterprises produced almost 200 billion Tenge worth of industrial goods.
SAMAT SANIYEV, STAFF, AKMOLA REGIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEPARTMENT:
- We export our goods primarily to the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) member countries. 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.
Producers in South Kazakhstan region are also expanding the country’s export potential. The regional agricultural products including meat, melons, vegetables and fruits, cotton fibre and oil are highly appreciated and in increasing demand in foreign markets. Meanwhile, barite processing plant is launched in the region, where up to 60,000 tons of barite concentrate will be produced annually. According to specialists, the mineral is widely used in oil and gas, as well as extractive industries, geological exploration, healthcare, nuclear industry and road constructions. The products will be shipped to Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Russia.
SERIK ZHUSSANBAYEV, DIRECTOR OF ENTERPRISE:
- Kazakhstan’s demand in barite is estimated at 200,000 to 250,000 tons per year. Our enterprise will be able to cover a quarter of this demand. There is a high quality ore at a nearby field, developed back in Soviet times. We have produced 4,000 tons of concentrate. We are holding talks on the shipments of goods to foreign countries.
Meanwhile, the volumes of industrial manufacturing are increasing in Zhambyl region. Local producers manufactured goods worth 133 billion Tenge in the first four months of this year. The enterprises of mining and manufacturing industries are the leaders in the region. Modernization of enterprises and the development of export potential contributed to the growth.
TALGAT SHALDARBEKOV, SPOKESPERSON, ZHAMBYL REGIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEPARTMENTS:
- In the first quarter, the manufacturing volume grew due to sales of products both in domestic and foreign markets. For example, chemical products, such as mineral fertilizers are sold in the domestic market, and other products, such as yellow phosphorus is sold in the neighboring countries and beyond.