Kazakh and Tajik businesses recently signed agreements to export from Kazakhstan to Tajikistan grains from the Akmola region, flour and pasta from Aktobe, Kyzylorda rice, Kostanay sweets and cement from Taraz, according to the Foreign Trade Chamber of Kazakhstan.
The agreements were signed as a result of meetings of Kazakh businesspersons with Tajik colleagues.
“Tajik business has shown their interest in Kazakh companies. As a result of negotiations, a number of Kazakh companies like Novoaldzhansky Flour Milling Plant, Agner, Yntymak and Nur Kas, LTD found direct buyers of their products. The concluded contracts worth $4 million and first pitch starts in April,” the Chairman of the Foreign Trade Chamber Meirbek Mazhitov explained.
Kazakh business people also recently met with representatives of a Tajik company that plans to open a new Auchan (French-owned brand) hypermarket in Dushanbe, which may become the Central Asia’s largest.
“Kazakh domestic producers successfully presented their products to the chamber’s managers and plan to conclude contracts in the near future. It’s known that the range of the exported products has 12,000 commodity positions. In the next few years, the Tajik company plans to open five hypermarkets and 20 supermarkets, as well as establish a trade network in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Due to the geographical location, both Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan manufacturers are well positioned for a successful promotion of their products in Central Asian markets and particularly in Tajikistan. I would encourage domestic producers to take the opportunity, Mazhitov said.
In order to deliver goods abroad directly from Kazakh companies, avoiding intermediaries, five contracts have been signed with transportation providers, including free delivery and freight.
In addition to bilateral meetings, a briefing was held with the participation of the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Tajikistan Agibai Smagulov and representatives of Kazkommertsbank. The participants were consulted on products delivery, financial conditions and the state of support in Tajikistan.
The main objective of the Foreign Trade Chamber of Kazakhstan is to strengthen trade relations with foreign partners and develop economic cooperation between small- and medium-sized businesses in the country.