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USAID develops export capacity of Kazakhstani enterprises


Thirty high-level managers from export-oriented enterprises in Kazakhstan, including representatives of companies that supply food products, construction materials, household chemicals, and convenience goods to Afghanistan, gathered in Almaty on May 19, 2015 to take part in a roundtable, “Ways to Increase Exports.” The roundtable was organized by USAID’s Regional Economic Cooperation Project (REC) in partnership with the EBRD Small Business Support (SBS) Program, and KAZNEX INVEST. The purpose of the event was to help Kazakhstani enterprises develop their export capacity, diversify products for export, and find new export markets.
Roundtable participants discussed export opportunities, humanitarian procurement requirements, and general problems with exporting goods. They also shared best practices in overcoming barriers to trade and information on how to enter new markets.
As Alma Kassymova, Kazakhstan National Manager of the EBRD SBS Program noted, “the EBRD SBS Program cooperates closely with USAID’s REC Project and KAZNEX INVEST. Through joint consulting services, technical assistance, and trainings we assist Kazakhstani enterprises increase their competitiveness and develop export capacity.”
During the life of the REC Project, total sales (cumulative results from November 2011 through April 2015) of all REC-supported beneficiaries have increased by approximately $30 million.