Johanns Furthers Agricultural Cooperation with Kazakhstan (06/27/07)
Johanns Enhances Agricultural Cooperation With Kazakhstan
Stresses Strategic Advantages of Trade and
Investment Mission to Kazakhstan
USDA Secretary concludes trade and investment mission, during
which representatives of 18 U.S. companies and
associations met with local agricultural
industry entrepreneurs and Kazakhstani
government officials and observed the day-to-day
operations of local businesses during site
visits to agribusinesses. (07/27/06)
USDA Radio Reports on the Trade and Investment Mission to Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan’s Potential For U.S. Agribusiness
Benefits of Trade and Investment Missions (07/27/06 -
Farm Trade Mission To
Kazakhstan Coming Up (07/18/06 -
Johanns To Lead Trade and Investment Mission to Kazakhstan
USDA Secretary Mike Johanns announced plans for
his travel to Astana and Almaty, Kazakhstan, July 24–28, during which he
will lead representatives of 18 participating U.S. companies and
associations on a U.S. trade and investment mission and meet with top
government officials of the largest Central Asian economy. (07/20/06)
— Detailed Summary of the Trade and
Investment Mission (Printable version)
U.S. Promotes Integration of South and
Central Asia (U.S. Department of State;
Johanns Announces Trade and Investment
Mission to Kazakhstan
U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)
Launches Central Asian Infrastructure
Integration Initiative (10/14/05)
U.S.–Central Asian Trade and Investment Framework Agreement
(Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan
[.pdf; USTR; June 1, 2004])
- Recent USDA Reports
- Trade How-To's for U.S. Exporters
- Country Analysis
- Background on Foreign Policy With
Recruitment Summary of the Trade and Investment
Secretary Mike Johanns will lead the United
States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Trade and Investment Mission
to the cities of Astana and Almaty, Kazakhstan, July 23–28, 2006.
The primary goal of the USDA mission is to promote trade and
investment, particularly in agricultural commodities, processed food
products, agricultural inputs, livestock genetics, and food
processing and agricultural equipment.
The USDA is recruiting approximately 15 U.S.
agribusinesses to participate in this mission. In Kazakhstan,
ground transportation, domestic flights, translation services, and
meeting facilities will be covered by the U.S. Government.
Representatives from the Kazakhstani private
agribusiness sector, officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, the
Ministry of Industry and Trade, federal investment agencies, and
local governmental organizations will participate in the Trade and
Kazakhstan Offers U.S. Partners:
Approximately four times the size of Texas,
Kazakhstan is the largest country in Central Asia.
has Central Asia’s largest economy with double-digit growth in
2000-01, and growth over 9 percent annually in 2002-2005.
A strong agricultural sector, featuring
grain and livestock production in the north and fruit and
vegetable production in the south. Roughly 20 percent of
Kazakhstan’s labor force works in agriculture. Kazakhstan is
Central Asia’s largest grain exporter.
Increasing agricultural exports is a key
part of Kazakhstan’s economic diversification strategy away from
its overdependence on the oil sector.
Strong economic ties to the
United States. Kazakhstan is the largest recipient of foreign
direct investment (FDI) in Central Asia, and the United States
is the largest foreign investor. There are well over 100
American companies doing business in Kazakhstan today.
Notable progress in transforming from a
centrally-planned economy to a more transparent, less regulated,
more market driven business environment.
effective fiscal and monetary policy has maintained
macro-economic stability and limited inflation to 6-8 percent
over the last three years.
Kazakhstan has made significant steps
towards accession to the WTO, and hopes to join in 2007.
Tax laws are considered to be among the
most comprehensive in the former Soviet Union. The latest Tax
Code, which entered into effect on January 1, 2002, applies
taxes universally and allows only a limited set of exemptions.
The best banking system in the former
Soviet Union according to the International Monetary Fund and
During the visit, U.S. agribusiness will be provided:
Unique opportunities to dialogue
with potential business partners.
Meetings with and presentations
by key Kazakhstani federal and local officials.
Briefings on the macroeconomic
situation, legal and regulatory environment, banking sector,
privatization process, land code, and investment climate.
Information on U.S. government
programs to facilitate commercial relations.
Logistical support, translation
services, one-on-one meetings, and site visits.
For more information, please contact:
Darrell A. Upshaw
USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service
Promoting Agricultural Trade and Investment Main
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