Multilateral cooperation connects Kazakhstan and China
Today, strategic and multilateral cooperation connects Kazakhstan and China. Programs of the transport and logistics connection such as ‘Nurly Zhol’ and ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ have significantly contributed to the development of relations between the two countries. China’s initiative was first put forward five years ago by President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping in Kazakhstan. As part of the mutually beneficial partnership, 51 projects are implemented covering production of petroleum products, aluminium and copper enrichment. For example, a plant is being built in the suburbs of Almaty to produce steel pipes of large diameters.
CHEN DAYU, COMPANY GENERAL DIRECTOR:
- Now the Chinese company is building oil and gas pipelines in Kazakhstan. The pipes of our factory will mostly meet the demand.
The new plant will use modern automated equipment to produce pipes. Finished goods will allow Kazakhstan to reduce imports by 70%. The company plans to start operating at the end of this year. The total cost of the project amounted to US$100 million.
DMITRIY RODIONOV, CHIEF ENGINEER:
- This will have a very significant impact on the development of the oil and gas industry as well as oil production and transmission networks. This will also influence the city because the pipes which will be produced in this plant can be used for heating and water supply networks of the trunk pipelines.
The countries are developing partnerships in the agro-industrial sector. China is showing a great interest in Kazakhstan’s agricultural products.
TIMUR SHAIMERGENOV, KAZAKH VICE MINISTER OF DEFENSE AND AEROSPACE INDUSTRY:
- Cooperation between Kazakhstan and China improves the level of development of Kazakhstan’s agricultural production. Chinese enterprises are actively interested in various joint projects, including the import of Kazakhstan’s organic agricultural products.
International experts say that the development of Kazakh-Chinese relations as part of the Belt and Road Initiative is mutually beneficial. In return, it will favourably affect diversification and modernization of Kazakhstan’s economy.