Why Kazakhstan

Access to Markets
  • A member of the WTO
  • A member of the EAEU with preferential access to a common market comprising more than 180 million consumers
  • A gateway to the neighbouring markets with over 500 million consumers
150 million
Caspian Sea Countries
50 million
Central Asian markets
300 million
Western China
Vast natural resources
Kazakhstan has a wealth of natural reserves
World’s leader in production of uranium
2-nd in explored reserves of chromium, lead and zinc
3-rd in explored reserves of manganese
5-th in explored reserves of copper
Top 10 in explored reserves of coal, iron and gold
Robust transport and communication infrastructure
Kazakhstan has 24 Airports (72 air corridors). The capital, Astana, hosts 126 international and 289 domestic flights to international financial centers such as Frankfurt, London, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Seoul. Direct flights to over 55 international destinations depart from Almaty International Airport weekly.
Kazakhstan accounts for 70% of transit traffic passing between China and Europe, as well as in other directions. Kazakhstan’s land transportation system enables transits from the southeastern provinces of China to Europe in a maximum of 15 days (3 times faster than sea transits).
Time-efficient cargo transportation
Western Europe - Western China Transcontinental Auto Expressway allows products to be shipped between China and Europe in just 10 days.
Sea Ports Aktau and Kuryk with a combined capacity of 27 million tonnes. Developed Sea Port infrastructure in other countries include Batumi (Georgia) and logistics terminal in the Pacific port of Lianyungang (China).
Kazakhstan boasts the most advanced telecommunications infrastructure in Central Asia
Region’s highest internet penetration rate of 77% and extensive 4G network
Human Capital
Diverse Population
~20M people
~40% of population under 25 y.o.
The highest literacy rate in the region - 100%
Highly-skilled, cost effective workforce Average monthly wages:
$416 Kazakhstan, $549 Russia, $701 China
Visa-free regime for the citizens of 79 countries including all OECD members
128 higher education institutions, 8 of them are listed in the world’s best universities “QS Stars Development Road map” ranking 2018
BOLASHAK International Scholarship: Over 10 thousand specialists have been trained in the world’s top 100 universities
Government Incentives and Support
14 Special Economic Zones
  • corporate income tax
  • land tax
  • customs duties
  • value added tax on import products
  • property tax
37 Industrial Zones
  • Access to established infrastructure and digital networks
  • Options for long-term leases and repayment schedules based on cadastral land value
  • No sectoral restrictions
  • Opportunity to conclude an investment contract with the government.
Investment Contract offers the following incentives:
  • In-kind state grants (land plots, buildings, equipment, etc.)
  • Exemption from customs duties and value added tax on import products
  • Exemption from taxes
  • Investment subsidies
Priority Sectors of the Economy
Transport and Logistics
Mining and Metallurgy
Agriculture and food industry
Chemistry and Petro-chemistry
Astana International Financial Centre
The Astana International Financial Center plays a key role as the regional business center and comprises 6 core pillars:
Capital markets
Asset management
Private banking
Islamic finance
Financial technology
Green finance
Advantages of AIFC
  • AIFC offers special tax, visa and employment regimes
  • English is the official language at the AIFC
  • AIFC Court and International Arbitration Center (separate and independent from the Republic of Kazakhstan judicial system) provide a common law court system and operate to the highest international standards
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