Kazakhstan is a nation of 19.5million people with a vast mineral wealth. However, the events of 2022 have changed the face of Kazakhstan. In the first 8 months of this year 1million Russians migrated into Kazakhstan opening 13,000 companies and inject US$200 billion into the economy. In the last two months allegedly another 3 million Russian have been trying to enter Kazakhstan over the 3,500km common border they have with Russia. Kazakhstan has only 38,000 hotel beds and the price of rentals in Kazakhstan’s main cities is now like Auckland. Each new Russian migrant is required to invest US$300,000 into the Kazakh economy.
Kazakhs greatly admire New Zealand for our clean green image and non-nuclear treaties. They adopted the same stance in the first year of independence. They required Russia to remove all nuclear installations form Kazakh territory. President Tokayev has declared his intention to reform Kazakhstan removing corruption and advancing greater democracy and representation of the indigenous peoples in the governing process.
Friday 16th December 2022 was the 31st year of Kazakhstan’s independence from the USSR. This year Max Purdy and Gulnar Kulybekova (global business woman who has migrated to NZ) have been developing export opportunities for NZ exporters to export produce and goods to Kazakhstan.
His Excellency the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart is trying to create alternative supply chains into Kazakhstan on account of changes since the Covid supply crisis. He has led the Kazakh Government to invest in 6 bulk cargo air freighters to operate from Singapore to Almaty from March 2023. New Zealand already has a good service from Auckland and Christchurch to Singapore. President Tokayev is building three new 1million population planned cities. He has required those who embezzled money from the Government in the past, to return the funds or face prosecution. US$350 billion was taken and so far US$200 billion has been returned.
New Zealand is seen as an alternative food source seeing our seasons are the opposite to Kazakhstans. Kazakhs love rugby (there are 25 professional clubs in Kz) and skiing and ice skating. So there is a huge tourism opportunity available here too.
From the 1st October 2022 Air Asia started a daily service from Kuala Lumpur to Almaty.
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