Kazakhstan producers looking to US market

ASTANA (TCA) — A meeting of Kazakhstani producers with Michael Roberts, the head of the consulting company Roberts Group, a representative of the US retail company Wal-Mart Stores Inc, operating under the trade mark Walmart, was held at the initiative of the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan. Mr. Roberts arrived in Kazakhstan to explore the possibilities of trade and economic cooperation with Kazakhstan, Atameken reported on its website.

Representatives of the Kazakh Chamber of Commerce and the largest domestic producers of food products attended the meeting.

“Today there is a unique opportunity to get clarification from the American side about the rules of the game on the US market, learn about requirements domestic products must comply with for export to the US. Michael Roberts responded positively to the development of trade and economic relations with Kazakhstan on a long term basis, with a focus on the import of Kazakh products, attracting US technologies and investments in Kazakhstan,” said the director of Atameken’s department of SMEs development, Kayrzhan Ibraev.

The meeting also discussed the possibility of selling Kazakhstani products through the Walmart trade network in the US.

Samples of a number of Kazakhstani products have been transferred to the Walmart office for further examination with regard to compliance with Walmart’s quality requirements.

Following the meeting, the sides agreed to start negotiations on the conditions of access to the US trading networks and on the requirements for Kazakh products.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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