WEEKLY REVIEW: Kazakhstan increases agricultural exports to CU countries


WEEKLY REVIEW: Kazakhstan increases agricultural exports to CU countriesKazakhstan simplifies the conditions for resettlement of oralmans (ethnic Kazakhs). Kazakhstan increases agricultural exports to the Customs Union countries. Kazakhstan deepens cooperation with China in civil service sphere.

On Monday, April 21, newly appointed Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan Serik Akhmetov had a meeting with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in Baku. During the meeting, it was stressed that bilateral ties between Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan develop successfully in various spheres, including political, economic, energy and other areas. The sides were confident that minister Akhmetov’s visit to Azerbaijan will expand cooperation in the military sphere as well. In addition, the visiting Kazakhstani minister met with Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Artur Rasizade to discuss bilateral military cooperation.

On Tuesday, April 22, Kazakhstan’s Minister of Trade and Social Protection of Population Tamara Duissenova announced that the Government had fully supported measures stimulating resettlement of ethnic Kazakhs from other countries to Kazakhstan. Many aspects of the Law “On migration of the population” were revised and simplified. For instance, it was the Government that determined the resettlement area for repatriates. Those who wanted to move to another location had to provide proof of financial means. From now on, oralmans are free to choose the area of resettlement. In case repatriates are ready to resettle to the areas with lack of workforce, they will receive employment benefits. Besides, now Kazakhstan will grant citizenship to oralmans within one year.

The same day Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrisov addressed the 2014 Conference of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Caspian states in Moscow. He declared that Kazakhstan is committed to coordinated activity within the framework of interaction between the Caspian states.

“Only coordinated efforts will allow us to successfully integrate the resources of coastal states into the world economy, and our newly planned infrastructure projects, as well as those that are being implemented will contribute to the development of the existing capacity of our countries and the Caspian region in general,” Minister Idrissov said.

Idrissov also met with his Iranian colleague Mohammad Javad Zarif and Vice Premier – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov on the sidelines of the conference.

On Wednesday, April 23, Agriculture Minister Assylzhan Mamytbekov told a meeting of the Business Council under the Ministry of Agriculture that Kazakhstan doubled agricultural exports to the CU countries in 2013. The increase in exports can also be seen in the field of processing of agricultural products. Thus, in 2013 the total exports of processed agricultural products increased by 60%.

On Thursday, April 24, Chairman of the Kazakh Civil Service Affairs Agency Alikhan Baimenov and Vice Minister of Human Resources and Social Security of China Mr. Xiaochu Wang signed the Memorandum of Understanding. Mr. Baimenov noted that Kazakhstan and the People’s Republic of China have stepped up bilateral cooperation in the sphere of civil service over the past two years. Under the memo, the parties will conduct experts’ meetings, exchange knowledge in the field of civil service and so on.

The 8th sitting of the Kazakh-Turkish intergovernmental economic commission, co-chaired by Deputy Prime Minister – Industry and New Technologies Minister of Kazakhstan Asset Issekeshev and Turkish Minister of Economy Nihat Zeybekçi, was held in Astana on Friday, April 25. The parties underlined steady development of economic cooperation between Kazakhstan and Turkey, expressed satisfaction with adoption of the New Synergy joint economic program and signing its realization action plan for 2012-2015. As part of his trip, Nihat Zeybekçi met with Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov, Vice Premier – Minister of Industry and New Technologies of Kazakhstan Asset Issekeshev, and Economy and Budget Planning Minister Yerbolat Dossayev. The sides stressed the need to raise potential of trade and economic ties between the two nations and continue existing agreements between the presidents of Kazakhstan and Turkey. The Turkish minister expressed interest of the Turkish business community in developing industrial zones in Kazakhstan on mutually beneficial terms.