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Kazakhstan’s export strategy focuses on Customs Union

November 22, 2013, 12:19 UTC+3 ASTANA
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ASTANA, November 22. /ITAR-TASS/. The Customs Union’s market takes a major part of Kazakhstan’s export strategy, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Industry and New Technologies Aset Isekeshev told the Expert-200-Kazakhstan economic forum on Friday.

“We have estimated the potential of commodity markets for the next ten years to see which products would be most promising there. Thus, we have chosen priorities and here the Customs Union is taking a very big part of our export strategy,” he said.

The country considered 45 possible markets, the deputy prime minister said.

“Those are bordering regions in Russia, which are about ten; Russia and Belarus, which means the Customs Union, plus Ukraine, Western China, Central Asia, as well a Turkey and the Caucasus.”

“No doubt, that accession to new markets is never easy, there are many issues to consider, but without development of the export, without development of those markets further forced development of the industries would be impossible. We realise this clearly, realise the problems, and we shall mind it in the support instruments.”

Isekeshev told about one of new export directions to Afghanistan. Kazakhstan’s export to that country has reached 300 million dollars in the current year, mostly it was export of floor.

“This is a clear proof our private companies are accessing markets of the kind,” the deputy prime minister said in conclusion.

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