Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, using goods that they did not previously supply to each other, can increase mutual trade turnover by $70 million, Acting Deputy Minister of Industry and Construction of Kazakhstan Ilyas Ospanov told reporters at the business forum of the two countries in Dushanbe.
“According to preliminary data, we looked at the commodity balance of countries, we see that, in principle, we have goods that are simply not traded among themselves and their turnover can easily reach $70 million. This is what is in Tajikistan, what is in Kazakhstan, but in principle there is no such trade,” he said.
He noted that this category includes mining engineering products, agricultural products, as well as marble and granite, which are produced in Tajikistan.
During his speech at the forum, Ospanov noted that according to the results of the first half of the year, trade turnover between Kazakhstan and Tajikistan amounted to $557 million. According to the statistics agency under the President of Tajikistan, Kazakhstan ranks second among the CIS countries in terms of trade volume with the republic after Russia.
In August of this year, the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon visited Astana on a working visit. The press service of the leader of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev then reported, following the results of negotiations between the heads of the two states, that trade turnover was planned to increase to $2 billion this year.
Source : Крестьянские Ведомости