Checkpoints on Kazakh-Kyrgyz border will be opened only if there is an opportunity to control the situation – PM Massimov
June 9. KAZINFORM. ASTANA
Establishment of the Customs Union by Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus opens big opportunities for development of the economies of the three states. On the other hand, the area of the Customs Union with the population of 170 million people, which will be formed on July 1, becomes more attractive for investors.
As President Nursultan Nazarbayev noted at the IV Kazakhstan Investment Summit in Almaty, the “doors of the Customs Union are widely open for those who wish to cooperate with Kazakhstan on a mutually beneficial basis.” However, to use the advantages of the Customs Union in full its market should be protected both through the high import duties and strengthening of the external borders.
Kazakhstan is responsible for security on the southern borders of the Customs Union. The Kazakh Government takes measures to strengthen the borders. This work is constantly monitored by Prime Minister Karim Massimov.
Due to the 2010-2012 budget rectification the Government allocated additional funds in connection with the entrance into the Customs Union, including KZT 4 billion for the construction and equipping of customs posts and KZT 5 billion for the construction and modernization of frontier posts.
Making a working trip around Zhambyl region on June 8, 2010 Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov was familiarized with the equipment of the Aisha-Bibi customs post on the Kazakh-Kyrgyz border. The Aisha-Bibi post is one of the three posts opened on the Kazakh President’s instruction on May 20. The Prime Minister informed that the Government was going to consider the issue of increasing the range of goods passing through the Kazakh-Kyrgyz border. The proposal was initiated by the Kyrgyz side.
“Other checkpoints on the Kazakh-Kyrgyz border will be opened only if there is an opportunity to control the situation”, K. Massimov emphasized.
Due to the establishment of the Customs Union and the need to strengthen the southern borders of Kazakhstan the law-enforcement bodies hold intense activities on combating drug traffic. On June 1 the police in south Kazakhstan has launched an annual anti-drug operation called “Poppy-2010”. The main purpose of the operation is to destroy plants under cultivation and in the wild and shut down delivery routes to prevent the drugs from reaching the market.
Since 2008 the Government of Kazakhstan has tightened the legislation on drug trafficking. A jail term for drug smugglers is 15 to 20 years or life sentence. Such measures allow to limit the participation of citizens of neighboring states in drug smuggling and use them as drug couriers.