Kazakhstan will expand the geography of non-primary exports this year, Kazakh Vice Minister for Industry and Infrastructure Development Arystan Kabykenov said on Jan. 28 at a press conference held at the press centre of the Government in Astana.
“Sodium cyanide will be shipped to Russia; semolina to China, Europe, Kyrgyzstan, Iran, Russia and Uzbekistan; bags to Russia and Tajikistan; ammonium sulfate to Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan; chromium products and non-alcoholic beverages to Afghanistan, Belarus, Japan, the United Kingdom, Turkey and Turkmenistan; construction services, buses and synthetic, microfiber and cast iron products to neighbouring countries,” The Astana Times quoted Kabykenov as saying.
The ministry also plans to expand the export of railway products to Azerbaijan, Egypt and Uzbekistan; yellow phosphorus and potassium fertiliser to the United States, the Czech Republic, Germany and Poland; water, milk and meat to Afghanistan, China and Singapore; cars to Kyrgyzstan; armature to Tajikistan; cereals to Russia’s Tatarstan; safflower oil to Japan; ammonium nitrate to Georgia; ice cream to Mongolia, according to the newspaper.
Currently, Kazakhstan exports about 800 goods to 119 countries and added 46 new products to its list of exported goods over the past few years.
“About 8-10 Kazakh products appear annually in foreign markets. If these are not new products, then existing ones enter production on an industrial scale. We are planning to expand the export geography this year. In general, the dynamics are positive. Work is underway. We plan to increase the export potential of the non-primary sector of the economy 1.5 times by 2022,” Kabikenov added.
The expected growth in export earnings until 2021 is 725 billion tenge (1.89 bn USD )
According to the ministry, over the past year, the country commissioned more than 30 export-oriented projects. Meanwhile, the participation of Kazakh exporters at international exhibitions and trade missions abroad contributed to the conclusion of more than 100 export contracts worth about $0.5 billion.
Over the 11 months of 2018, total exports grew by 26.4% compared to the same period in 2017. Non-commodity exports amounted to $14.3 billion.
“In 2018, we began to export industrial honey to the UAE market; for the first time, Kazakhstan’s ice cream was delivered to the PRC markets. Within the framework of the trade and economic mission organized in the PRC with the support of our ministry, for the first time, supplies of Kazakhstani meat to the Chinese markets were made, with a long-term contract concluded for five years,” the Press service of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan quoted Kabikenov as saying.
In order to support promoting exports and attracting investment, the Kazakh Chamber of Commerce will open trade missions this year in Belarus (Minsk), Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek), the Russian Federation (Kazan, Moscow, Yekaterinburg), United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan (Tashkent), said Uskenbayev. The ministry plans to open additional trade offices in countries within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and European Union (EU).
In addition, the ministry plans to invite foreign retailers (Metro (China, Russia, Middle East), Migros (Turkey), Auchan (EU, RF), Wumart (China), Vanguard (China), Yonghui (China) to meet with domestic commodity producers.
Exports in Kazakhstan averaged 3507.83 USD Million from 1998 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 9788.50 USD Million in June of 2011 and a record low of 286.50 USD Million in January of 1999, according to Trading Economics.