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Kazakhstan and South Korea Forward Cooperation in Forestry

On June 17, Kazakhstan’s ambassador to South Korea, Nurgali Arystanov, participated in a celebration of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, established by a UN General Assembly resolution in 1994. Organized in Seoul by the Korea Forest Service, the event was attended by major Korean companies, private and international organizations including the Asian Forest Cooperation Organization (AFoCO), as well as students from ecological clubs promoting anti-desertification activities. In his speech, reported by Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry, Arystanov noted the successful cooperation between Kazakhstan and the Republic of Korea in the development of forestry, including a joint project to plant saxaul on the desiccated bed of the Aral Sea. He also hailed Astana’s Kazakhstan-Korea Friendship Garden a “symbol of friendship between the Kazakh and Korean peoples.” The ambassador expressed his appreciation of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Kazakhstan and the Korea Forest Service during Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol’s state visit to Kazakhstan on June 11-13. The document provides for cooperation in combating forest fires and the introduction of advanced technologies for monitoring forests using drones, artificial intelligence, and satellites. Progress on cooperation in the forestry sector was further discussed by Ambassador Arystanov and the Minister of the Korea Forest Service, Nam Sung-Hyun, during the former’s visit to Seoul.    

Iran Seeks Observer Status in EEU

A note of Iran’s request to obtain observer state status in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) was submitted to the Eurasian Economic Commission, the EEU’s governing body, on May 27. The EEU is an economic integration bloc uniting Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia. According Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Trade and Integration, the economic feasibility of granting such status to Iran is currently being analysed by heads of the EEU member states and following results, consultations will be held with representatives from the republic. In 2018, the EEU and Iran signed a temporary agreement leading to the formation of a free trade zone between the two parties. More recently, on December 25, 2023, EEU heads of state signed a Free Trade Agreement between the EEU and its member states, and also, with the Islamic Republic of Iran. The agreement provides for duty-free trade for about 90% of commodities, which accounts for more than 95% of mutual trade between the parties. Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Trade and Integration emphasized the great potential of furthering trade between Kazakhstan and Iran. Mutual trade amounted to $302 million last year and in December, an Action Plan was signed between Kazakhstan and Iran to increase trade turnover to $3 billion.  

Kazakhstan Insurers Sign Partnership with Warren Buffett’s Company

Nomad Insurance, a company from Kazakhstan, has announced a strategic partnership with Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI), which is part of the Berkshire Hathaway holding company headed by legendary American investor, businessman and philanthropist, Warren Buffett. "BHSI, a giant in the insurance and reinsurance industry with a turnover of more than $74.6 billion, is known for its measured and cautious approach to partner selection. The company enters into partnership agreements with only one insurance partner in each of the 178 countries where it operates. This event is especially significant due to the personality of Warren Buffett, who is the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway," Nomad Insurance stated. As representative of the company, Shakir Iminov noted, this is a landmark event for Kazakhstan's insurance market, which speaks about its growing attractiveness to international investors.

Kazakhstan Set to Develop Halal Market

From 4 to 12 June, over 100 certification and accreditation specialists from Kazakhstan attended a training seminar on Halal standards in Astana. Over the duration of the course, participants received training on Halal requirements and OIC/SMIIC international standards set by international experts in Halal accreditation and certification. In her address, Zhanna Esenbekova, Chairperson of the Technical Regulation and Metrology Committee of the Ministry of Trade and Integration of Kazakhstan, emphasized the importance of national legislation adapted to ISO SMIIC standards for Kazakhstan’s economy as well as the need for trained specialists to promote and monitor compliance with Islamic requirements and standards. “Halal standards are receiving increasing attention worldwide and the areas of Halal standardization are expanding. Not so long ago, Halal concerned only a few types of everyday products, but today Halal has expanded its boundaries to areas such as transport and logistics, finance and credit, tourism and hospitality, clothing and footwear production, restaurant business and many others,” reported Esenbekova. One of the seminar’s lecturers, international expert Emre Kırıcıoğlu, added: “Today, the Halal market has over 1.8 billion consumers worldwide and a turnover of 2 to 5 trillion dollars, with regard to Halal financing. Kazakhstan has a reputation for self-sufficiency in food supply. Local meat, grain and vegetables are fine in quality and grown under favourable conditions. Given the profile of a large sector of the population, your country is well positioned to compete in international markets in products acceptable by Islam.”  

Kazakhstan and Central Asia Present Investment Opportunities to Swedish Parliament

The first business seminar on the investment climate and business opportunities in Kazakhstan and Central Asia was held last week in Stockholm, Sweden. As reported by Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry, the event was attended by Chairman of the Sweden–Central Asia Friendship Group of the Riksdag (Swedish Parliament) Bjorn Soder, Ambassador of Uzbekistan to Sweden Nodir Ganiev, Ambassador of Sweden to Kazakhstan Ewa Polano, Ambassador of Sweden to Uzbekistan Tomas Danestad, Chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for Eurasia Heinz Sjogren, and representatives of Swedish ministries and large companies. Speaking at the event, Bjorn Soder noted the strategic importance of enhancing cooperation between Sweden’s and Central Asia’s public and private sectors. Attention was drawn to Central Asia’s huge potential for strengthening trade and economic relations with Sweden, and the limitless prospects for expanding investment partnership. Ewa Polano and Tomas Danestad shared their views on the dynamic development of Central Asia, emphasizing that Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are the “core-countries” of the region. Referencing growing competition in the region, the two ambassadors called on the Swedish business community to invest in Central Asia, as well as expand its presence in the region. Representative of Scania AB, Fredrik Wijkander, outlined the Swedish company’s presence in Kazakhstan where it has been operating since 2007. In 2023, the assembly of Scania trucks was launched in Saran, in the Karaganda region, and in 2024, Scania AB set up Scania Central Asia as an independent business unit in the region with its head office in Almaty. Fredrik Wijkander said that despite the high competition from Chinese automakers, the Swedish company will continue to strengthen its presence in Central Asia and expand production. To this effect, he confirmed plans for the assembly of trucks and buses, and establish local production in Kazakhstan.    

Kazakhstan and U.S. Focus on Strengthening Trade and Investment Cooperation

On 14 June, in Astana, Minister of Trade of Kazakhstan Arman Shakkaliev met U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai to discuss key areas of cooperation between the two countries. As reported by the Kazakh Ministry of Trade and Integration, the USA is among Kazakhstan’s ten largest trading partners. With bilateral trade turnover demonstrating a steady growth, Kazakhstan is ready to increase non-resource exports of 90 commodities worth over $770 million to the U.S. During the meeting, Kazakhstan's trade minister mooted cancelling the Jackson-Vanik amendment, which restricts trade relations between the two countries, and expressed hope for an imminent decision by the U.S. Congress on the issue. “We count on the soonest positive outcome of the work on the cancellation of the Jackson-Vanik amendment, which will give a new impetus to the development of trade and economic relations between our countries,” said Shakkaliev. He also noted the important role of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) of the United States in strengthening bilateral trade and economic relations. For its part, Kazakhstan is ready to undertake necessary work to resume the application of the USA GSP. Trade Representative Katherine Tai spoke optimistically on the development of trade relations and strengthening economic ties between the United States and Kazakhstan. After remarking that the extension of the USA GSP program will be considered by the US Congress next year, she confirmed her readiness to assist Kazakhstan in this matter.

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