During today’s Government meeting, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev gave a number of tasks on improving the export policy.

First Deputy Minister of Agriculture Kairat Aituganov reported on measures aimed to improve export policy in the agricultural sector. Exports of agricultural products and derivatives amounted to 1.3 billion USD in January-August 2017. Taking everything in consideration, compared with the same period in 2016, there was a 10.6% increase in exports of agricultural products (from 1.2 billion USD to 1.3 billion USD), including 9.9% in agricultural processing.

According to Kairat Aituganov, within the framework of the Roadmap, work is underway to harmonize veterinary and phytosanitary requirements with China, the Middle East, and European countries. In the 9 months of 2017, exports of agricultural products to China increased 20%. Veterinary requirements for the supply of live sheep, frozen and chilled lamb from Kazakhstan to Iran have been coordinated with the Iranian side.  

This year, a standard veterinary certificate was agreed upon jointly with the UAE for the export of meat and meat products derived from large cattle, small cattle and poultry to the Emirates in accordance with the requirements.

“All in all, it should be noted that exports of agricultural products to Saudi Arabia increased 50 times compared with the same period of last year. It is especially worth noting the growth in exports of agricultural products to European countries. In particular, there has been a surge in exports to European countries of oilseeds (flax, rapeseed, sunflower seeds), wheat, and dried legume vegetables,” – Kairat Aituganov said.

There was also an increase in exports of agricultural products to the countries of Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Exports of agricultural products to Vietnam have significantly grown. 240 tonnes of flax seeds were for the first time exported to Singapore. It is worth noting the two-fold increase in exports to Turkey compared with the same period of last year.

In addition, to promote exports, the "NC" Food Contract Corporation” JSC was transformed into an export center for the sale of all agricultural products in foreign markets. As of November 20, 2017, the Corporation exported cereals and oilseeds in the amount of 84 thousand tonnes for a total of 16 million USD to the following countries: China, Iran, the countries of Central Asia, Azerbaijan and Belgium.

In total, by the end of 2017 the Corporation plans to export 120 000 tonnes of grain crops, 2000 tonnes of sunflower oil and up to 2000 tonnes of meat for a total of 31 million USD.

Reports on the measures taken were additionally made by Minister of National Economy T. Suleimenov, Chairman of the Board of the NCE Atameken A. Myrzakhmetov; Deputy Prime Minister E. Dossaev, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture A. Myrzakhmetov also commented on the issues.

Following the consideration of the issue, Bakytzhan Sagintayev gave a number of instructions to the relevant Ministries on improving the export policy, developing mechanisms for supporting non-resource exports. The Ministry of National Economy is also instructed to develop a roadmap on removing barriers, obstacles and restrictions that arise when exporting Kazakhstani products to foreign markets.

Special attention was paid to the importance of creating conditions for the export of organic products.

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Published: 21 November 2017

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