Brazil is Kazakhstan’s largest political and economic partner in Latin America

Brazil is Kazakhstan’s largest political and economic partner in Latin America

Brazil is Kazakhstan’s largest political and economic partner in Latin America. The country finds Kazakhstan as a key and stable partner in Central Asia. This year, the two states mark 25 years of diplomatic relations. Areas of interaction between the countries are constantly expanding. The countries intend to strengthen cooperation in the aviation industry. Kazakhstan purchased nine aircraft manufactured in Brazil. Next year five aircraft will be delivered. The parties are discussing the possibility of creating a service centre for the aircraft in Kazakhstan. In addition, Brazil and Kazakhstan will also cooperate in agriculture, mining and renewables sectors. Brazil supports Kazakhstan’s anti-nuclear initiatives. The parties are currently negotiating a new agreement, which aims to seek cooperation for the peaceful use of atomic energy.

KAIRAT SARZHANOV, KAZAKH AMBASSADOR TO BRAZIL:

 - The conclusion of this agreement should open up new opportunities for the use, development and application of atomic energy. I must say that Brazil is among the top 10 countries with a full package of nuclear technologies. This year, for the first time a concentrate of natural uranium was added to the list of Kazakhstan’s export products to Brazil. In April 2018, the national atomic company, with the active assistance of the Embassy, won a tender for the export of the concentrate of natural uranium worth US$13.7 million.

According to the latest statistics, the trade value between Kazakhstan and Brazil totalled US$82 million in the first eight months of this year. The list of imported Brazilian products includes sugar, aeroplanes, vehicles, car parts, construction materials, meat and orange juices. In return, Kazakhstan exports sulfur, ferroalloys, plastic products, rubber and ferrous metals to Brazil.