OPENING OF A NEW EXPORT DIRECTION FOR KAZAKHSTAN BUSINESS
Last weekend the second trade mission of Kazakhstan producers of goods and services was held in the capital of Afghanistan, with the assistance of the National Company “KAZAKH INVEST”. The first similar event was successfully held in 2013, where the agreements for the supply of Kazakhstan products, fat and oil products, flour and transformers, were reached to the market of Afghanistan for the total of $27 million.
The current trade mission was held in the format of a business forum, in which there were 11 representatives of domestic enterprises, including a number of manufacturers of food production and building materials, such as «Tsesna-Astyk» holding (production of grain products), «Golden Food Company» LLP (production of refined sugar and canned goods), the «Pioner» group of companies (production of flour and flour products), «Inter Trade» LLP (flour production and distribution), «Almaty bridge construction plant» LLP ( manufacturing of reinforced concrete structures and products), «SIEGER WDF» LLP (production of PVC profiles, window sills, pipes and fittings), «IT&M» LLP (manufacture of rubber insulating materials), «Elif Chemicals» LLP (production of dry building mixtures), Semipalatinks woodworking plant №1 (plate production), «Keruen Plus» LLP (production of PVC profiles, PPR and PVC pipes and fittings, window sills), «Tectum Engineering» LLP (production of wave and flat slate, asbestos-cement pipes).
The trade mission of the Kazakhstan business was met with the interest of the Afghan side, in which they expressed their readiness to continue mutually beneficial cooperation with Kazakhstan. Representatives of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce highly appreciated the quality of Kazakhstan products and confirmed the existing demand of the presented products in the local market.
In return, Kazakhstan producers, participants of the trade mission, noted the high importance and need for the state support for the promotion of their goods and services for export. According to Almaz Ryskalov, director of «Elif Chemicals» LLP: “Within the framework of the business forum, fruitful negotiations were held with the Afghan partners, who expressed high interest in cooperation with our company. To begin with, we have agreed to supply in two carriages of gypsum board and finishing products per month.”
Askar Arynov, managing director of the export promotion service department in the National Company “KAZAKH INVEST”, have stated: “The turnover of goods between Kazakhstan and Afghanistan amounted to be 489.4 million dollars in 2016, which is 30.7 % more than in 2015. The amount of export from Kazakhstan to Afghanistan have also increased by 30.7%, amounting to 486.9 million US dollars. This is the highest index in the last 5 years. We consider Afghan market as the most promising for our exporters. We plan to send our domestic producers interested in export on quarterly basis. With the assistance of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Republic of Afghanistan and the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce, we are ready to organize negotiations with the Afghan companies, interested in purchasing products from Kazakhstan.
The logical continuation of the trade mission of Afghanistan is the business seminar, which is scheduled for June 20 2017 in the format “Supplier Workshop”. Within the framework of this event, bilateral meetings of Kazakhstan producers with procurement companies of Afghanistan, which supply goods to humanitarian organizations, will be held.
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«KAZAKH INVEST» National Company» JSC* is included in the structure of the Ministry for Investment and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan. «KAZAKH INVEST» National Company» JSC is the national operator in the system of development and promotion of the non-primary sectors, as well as a specialized stated company in the field of attracting and cooperation with the foreign investors. «KAZAKH INVEST» National Company» JSC is financed from the republican budget and renders its services on a gratuitous basis.
*According to the decree of the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan dd 01.03.2017 №100 «National Export and Investment Agency «KAZNEX INVEST» JSC is renamed to «KAZAKH INVEST» National Company JSC.