Thank you for expressing your interest in the exciting opportunities available for businesses outside the UK, particularly in Kazakhstan. This vast country, with its stunning landscapes and untapped potential, offers a wealth of prospects for those seeking to expand their ventures.
Kazakhstan, being the ninth-largest country in the world, boasts soaring mountain ranges, sprawling deserts, and arid steppes. Its strategic location between the Caspian Sea, Russia, and China, positions it at the heart of the historic Silk Road. With a diverse population of 19 million, Kazakhstan is a modern market with a strong financial outlook and a rapidly growing economy.
The country’s transformation is evident in its cities, where once-empty plains and grasslands have given way to thriving urban centers. Astana, the gleaming capital, stands as a testament to Kazakhstan’s ambitions and achievements. The magnificent Khan Shatyr, designed by renowned British architect Sir Norman Foster, symbolizes the country’s dominant position in the region. With an economy that grew by 4.1 percent in 2021, Kazakhstan’s economic strength surpasses that of its neighboring countries, making it an attractive destination for investment.
A significant contributor to Kazakhstan’s economic success is its exceptional mineral wealth. The country is home to abundant reserves of uranium, copper, zinc, and many other elements. The natural resource sector, responsible for a substantial portion of the country’s GDP and exports, presents exciting opportunities for UK firms involved in geological exploration, mining systems development, drilling, and engineering services.
To ensure transparent and comprehensive state regulation of the mining industry, Kazakhstan adopted a new Mining Code in 2018, aligning national standards with internationally recognized ones. This step has made it even easier for foreign businesses to engage with the mining sector and participate in its development.
In addition to mineral resources, Kazakhstan’s oil and gas reserves contribute significantly to its natural riches. The industry is embracing innovation and modernization, creating a demand for efficiency solutions and clean technology. The country also offers immense potential for the modernization of its energy infrastructure, including renewable energy projects.
Agriculture is another thriving sector in Kazakhstan, with over a third of the population relying on the country’s extensive rangelands for their livelihoods. After years of underinvestment, agricultural businesses are seeking modern production technologies. Opportunities abound for businesses to provide farm management technologies, advanced veterinary techniques, and invest in specialty crops, greenhouse operations, and sustainable irrigation systems.
These technological advancements in sectors such as mining, agriculture, and energy lay the foundation for Kazakhstan’s evolution into a high-tech, diversified economy. UK companies have the opportunity to contribute to the country’s development by providing telecommunications and infrastructure expertise, catering to the demands of a modern regional powerhouse.
Kazakhstan’s financial reforms have positioned it as one of the most promising markets in the region. The Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC), established in 2018, offers a comprehensive legal platform based on English Common Law, making it an attractive destination for foreign businesses. The AIFC Court, operating independently from the domestic judicial system, ensures fair and enforceable decisions, providing reassurance to companies entering the market.
From its robust economy and strong regulatory environment to its gateway status for Central Asian markets, Kazakhstan presents a range of benefits for UK businesses looking to capitalize on its vast opportunities.
The Department for Business and Trade (DBT) is dedicated to supporting businesses like yours as you explore the potential of selling to Kazakhstan. We offer a wide range of free support throughout your exporting journey. To learn more about Kazakhstan and how DBT can assist you, please visit our website at great.gov.uk.