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Kazakhstan Searches For More Military Personnel

Kazakhstan’s army is suffering from a high outflow of staff, the country’s first deputy minister of defense, Sultan Kamaletdinov, announced at a parliamentary defense and security meeting on January 30th.  Mr Kamaletdinov explained that between 2020 and 2023 over 17,000 military personnel had left the Armed Forces, mostly contract soldiers but including 4,300 commissioned officers. The deputy minister added that one of the reasons for the outflow is the soldiers’ relatively low salary. The Ministry of Defense announced on January 31st that the ranks of the Kazakh army would be replenished by reserve commissioned officers who have not completed military service. These are university graduates, predominantly from technical courses, who receive the rank of lieutenant along with their diplomas. This year 600 reserve officers will be drafted into the Armed Forces and 152 into the Border Guard Service, the National Guard, and the Ministry of Emergency Situations. Priority will be given to unemployed reserve officers. In the 2024 Military Strength Ranking released by the Global Firepower agency, Kazakhstan ranked 58th of the 145 countries listed — the highest among Central Asian countries. Uzbekistan is in 65th place on the list, Turkmenistan 83rd, Kyrgyzstan 100th, and Tajikistan 107th. Global Firepower ranks the nations of the world based on their current war-making capability across land, sea, and air.

Kazakhstan’s Road Freight Transportation Sees 22% Growth: A Boon for the Economy

In a recent government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov, it was reported that Kazakhstan has seen a significant surge in road freight transportation during the first three quarters of this year. The volume of goods transported by road reached 5.5 million tons, marking a 22% increase compared to the same period last year. This growth trend is also reflected in transit transportation, which has risen by a whopping 44%, climbing from 2.5 to 3.6 million tons. The driving force behind this uptick is the marked increase in cargo transportation to China. Transport volumes have doubled, reaching 1.5 million tons. This surge illustrates the vast potential for further amplifying the volume of transit cargo moving from China to Europe. If the current dynamics persist, transit through Kazakhstan could multiply five-fold by 2029, providing a substantial boost to the country's economic development. Prime Minister Smailov underscored the vital role of developed road freight transportation in shaping the economy. It has direct impacts across all sectors, making it a key factor in the nation's economic landscape. Currently, eight international highway corridors traverse the territory of Kazakhstan, spanning a total length of approximately 13,000 km. These include the Western Europe - Western China route. This promising growth trajectory in road freight transportation positions Kazakhstan as a strategic player in the international logistics and transportation arena. It also underpins the country's commitment to bolstering its economic infrastructure and enhancing its trade relationships, particularly with neighboring China. As we move into 2024, Kazakhstan's transportation sector seems poised for further expansion and success.

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