ASTANA – Kazakhstan has been ranked 52nd among the largest exporting countries this year, sending more than 800 manufactured products to 113 countries. Exports of processed goods grew 22 percent in the first nine months to $11.1 billion, a rate expected to grow two times by 2025.
“We are among the world leaders in the supply of uranium, copper, titanium, ferroalloys, yellow phosphorus, flour, cottonseed oil, wheat and flax seeds. Over the past five years, the qualitative structure of exports has improved significantly, while a third of the exported products fall to the non-primary sector of the economy,” said Minister for Investments and Development Zhenis Kassymbek at a recent government meeting.
He added ferroalloys, oil products, copper, rolled metal, propane, butane and zinc exports have also increased. Exports to Central Asian countries increased 30 percent totalling US$1.5 billion.
The government developed a national export strategy programme earlier this year in an effort to improve export support.
“In general, the successful implementation of the National Export Strategy of Kazakhstan, along with the achievement of the objectives of the State Programme for Industrial and Innovative Development of Kazakhstan for 2015-2019, will successfully fulfil the task of the head of state to increase non-primary exports by 2025,” he said.
Kazakhstan’s food products are also in growing demand, judging by the fact the volume of exports totalled 145 million tonnes valued at more than US$2 billion. Meat and poultry products have recently started being exported to Afghanistan, Iran and the United Arab Emirates, while vegetable oil and honey is now shipped to China.
Food products are typically exported to Russia and Central Asia, said Kazakh Invest Deputy Chairperson Meirzhan Maikenov at a press conference after the meeting. Kazakh brands have been actively promoted to Russian retail networks in the past few years, resulting in more than 1,000 trade outlets selling Kazakh goods.
“At the same time, I would like to note that Kazakh products are available not only in the Siberian regions that are close to Kazakhstan. Last week, the first deliveries of Kazakh products were made to the stores of the northern regions of Russia,” he added.
The number of exported goods has increased 15 percent every year.