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Ministry of Trade Is Ready to Expand Kazakhstani Export

Sultanov reveals the ministry’s plans

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Kazakhstan has already signed 61 export contracts up to $300 million. Now it is going to start exporting to the EU and the United States. According to preliminary calculations, the total sum of these contacts might exceed $2 billion.

When talking about export, Bakhyt Sultanov, head of the Kazakhstani Ministry of Trade and Integration, compared himself to a traveling salesman. According to Sultanov, the main task now is to promote more local products for export. For example, when it comes to cooperation with Russia, the Ministry sticks to this position.

“We are ready to expand export almost to 90 commodity items. We have been suggesting to our colleagues (in other countries) products up to $250 million. A very promising export direction is Central Asian countries. We work here very hard. We suggested more than 230 commodity items for $500 million in total,” the minister said.

The most important export direction is China where the Kazakhstani Ministry of Trade is very active. Currently, Kazakhstani authorities are trying to promote to the Chinese market 60 commodity items that cost more than $1.3 billion, with the expectation that the country can easily consume all these products.

However, at the moment Kazakhstani producers are not able to supply needed volumes of goods. This is the major problem.

According to Sultanov, during the last six months, Kazakhstan has held more than 50 events abroad where 300 Kazakhstani companies were engaged as participants. As a result, 61 export contracts were signed to the amount of $300 million. Also, thirteen local exporters were supported by the Development Bank of Kazakhstan to the value of 105 billion tenge (Kazakhstani currency).

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Uzbekistan Develops Fruit-and-Vegetable Cluster

The goal is to increase export

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To produce more fruits and vegetables, Uzbekistan is going to implement a cluster system. The Uzbek government has been tasked to do that under President Shavkat Mirzieev's order.

According to Mirzieev, cooperation within the agricultural industry is very poor. At the moment Uzbekistan produces 21 million tons of fruits and vegetables. However, only 1.5 million are used for export. Agricultural logistics centers that grade, process, package and export fruits and vegetables use only 10-15% of their power. The main reason is lack of funding and poor supply, so these centers can operate only during the season.

Authorities hope to fix the industry work using clusters that will be created from a pattern of foreign agricultural clusters. Also, Uzbek farmers will be trained on how to use new technologies to raise output yields.

As an example, Mirzieev cited cotton farming clusters that work successfully. In 2019 almost 73% of all Uzbek cotton was produced exactly in such cotton textile clusters with the growth of the yields between 20 and30%.

However, Uzbekistan does not want to increase cotton exports. In early October 2019 Sardor Umurzakov, head of the Uzbek Ministry of Investment and External Trade, stated that from 2020, the country will focus on textile production and export instead of the export of raw cotton.

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