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1 CONFIDENTIAL Kazakhstan’s Economy CONFIDENTIAL By H.E. Yerlan Abildayev Ambassador Embassy of Kazakhstan in Canada 2011

2 1 OVERVIEW OF KAZAKHSTAN Political status: Republic Area of land: 2.7 million Capital city: Astana Population: 16.3 million (2009) GDP/GDP per capita: USD 146 bln/USD 8,9 (2010) GDP growth: 9.0% p.a. (2003-09) Main religions: Islam, Russian Orthodox Main languages –Kazakh (state language): 64% –Russian (official/business language): 95% Key ethnic groups –Kazakh: 67.0% –Russian: 26.8% –Ukrainian: 3.7% –Uzbek: 2.5% Currency: Tenge (KZT; USD 1 = ~ KZT 146) Source:EIU country profile

3 Astana City

4 Baiterek

5 Palace of Peace and Reconciliation ("The Pyramid of Peace”)

6 Astana City


8 Almaty City at Zailiyski Alatau Mountain foothill

9 Borovoye

10 9 Executive Summary After a decade of exceptionally strong economic growth and development, Kazakhstan’s ability to withstand shocks has been tested since the onset of the global liquidity crisis in 2007. Against expectations by many, appropriate policy responses and strong financial ratios have enabled Kazakhstan, which was identified as being among the worst affected, to avoid a severe banking crisis with a run on deposits, a currency crisis and depletion of FX reserves and a recession. External liquidity position strengthened in the beginning of 2010 as a result of improved balance of payments dynamics. Due to comfortable export prices and continuous FDI inflows in 2010, the current account of balance of payments is positive. Long-term prospects remain good given Kazakhstan’s vast endowment of natural resources and the government policies to support the economy’s diversification through infrastructure development and improvements to the business environment. The government’s key priorities for the next two years include the stabilisation of the financial sector, supporting the small and medium sized enterprise (SME) sector, develop the agro- industrial sector and the real estate market, advancing the diversification of the economy, boosting employment and supporting socially vulnerable groups of the population.

11 10 Resilient fundamentals supported by a strong sovereign balance sheet… 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 GDP growth rate (% change oya) 9.3 9.6 9.7 10.7 8.9 3.3 1.2 7.0 Per capita GDP (US$) 2,070 2,870 3,770 5,290 6,772 8,514 6,496 8,978 Current account (% GDP) (0.9) 0.8 (1.8) (2.4) (7.8) 5.2 6.3 2.95 Trade balance (% GDP) 11.9 15.7 18.1 18.1 14.4 25.1 13.8 19.7 Exports of goods (US$ bln) 42.9 47.7 49.5 47.9 46.1 54.4 43.1 60.0 International reserves (US$ bln) 5 9.3 7.1 19.1 17.6 19.4 18.6 28.0 Key macroeconomic indicators

12 …and a government’s broad ranging Anti-Crisis Plan to limit the extent of the economic slowdown Total anti-crisis funds allocated amount 3 029 bln tenge (20.2 bln. USD), including: Anti-crisis measures on 5 directions – 1 691 bln tenge (11.3 bln USD) Reduction of minimal reserve requirements – 490 bln tenge (3.3 bln. USD) Reduction of tax pressure - 500 bln tenge (3.3 bln. USD) Implementation of new plan of further modernization of economy and realization of employment strategy (Road Map) - 348 bln tenge (2.3 bln. USD)

13 Outstanding and diverse natural resource wealth supports long-term growth prospects The country holds about 3.2% of the world’s total proven oil reserves. Overall prospective resources are estimated at between two and three times the size of proven reserves - Over the next decade, Kazakhstan is expected to double oil production on the back of higher production at the Tengiz field and launch of the Kashagan field, which is the fifth largest in the world by reserves The republic holds 1.4% and 3.4% of the total world reserves of natural gas and coal, respectively. Kazakhstan possesses all known useful minerals including major deposits of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, uranium and gold Kazakhstan is also a significant exporter of grain, ranking among the world’s leading ten exporting countries

14 13 New measures of the Government for the industry development The Program of forced industrial-innovative development of Kazakhstan for 2010-2014 (PFIID) Main goal of PFIID – maintenance of diversification and competitive recovery of Kazakhstan economy for a long period PFIID Objectives: - consolidation of business and government effort and concentration of state resources on development of priority sectors of economy; - forming of favorable macroeconomic and investment climate and forming of efficient institutions and mechanisms of government and business interaction Within the framework of PFIID the Industrialization Map is being implemented In present the preliminary portfolio of 115 investment projects with amount of 11,26 trln. tenge has been selected. Expected results: -sustained pace of economic development with the annual EVA growth approx. to 50% - competitive recovery of economy and structural shifts in economy and industry in benefit to productions with high-technological products and high added value - improvement of growth rates of working efficiency and shifts in the structure of GDP with increase of share of manufacture up to 14,5%

15 14 Largest projects of Industrialization Map Agriculture: Construction of grain elevator complex in Mangystau oblast, 7 bln. tenge Construction industry and production of construction materials: Construction of cement plant in EKO, 19.5 bln tenge Oil processing, infrastructure of oil & gas sector: Modernization and reconstruction of Atyrau Oil processing plant, 395 bln. tenge Metallurgy and production of finished metal products: Reconstruction of Taraz metallurgy plant, 12 bln. tenge Chemical and pharmaceutical industry: Construction of Gas-Chemical complex in Atyrau oblast, 945 bln. tenge Energy: Construction of Balkhash thermal power-station, 375 bln. tenge Transport and telecommunication infrastructure: Reconstruction of “Astana- Schuchinsk” automobile road, 114 bln. tenge Others: Locomtive-assembly planti in Asana, 21 bln. tenge In purpose of realization of industrial, innovative, infrastructure projects it is projected to attract credit lines of “Eximbank” of China and China Development Bank in amount of $ 13 bln. and “Vnesheconombank” of Russia in amount of $3 bln. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

16 Multi- annual foreign investment projects ensures sustainability of FDI inflows despite the global crisis  Kazakhstan has become a regional leader in attracting FDI, with the EU and the US amongst the largest investors in the country. Overall FDI in January – September 2010 - 13 bln USD  FDI inflows have become increasingly diversified, flowing into various non-oil sectors of economy such as metallurgy manufacture and financial sector.  Despite the crisis FDI inflows will continue to come into projects of oil & gas sector development.

17 Creation of a Customs Union 1. Increase of trade turnover between countries (Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia). For local enterprises the market will expand to around 170 mln people. 2. As a result of unification of customs tariffs on goods from third countries, the weighted average tariff almost doubled. This will promote the decrease of reliance on imports. This will give the chance to Kazakh goods to penetrate the markets which were firmly occupied by goods from third countries (particularly, from China) due to the difficulty of price competition. 3. Improving the investment and business climate in Kazakhstan (lower VAT, employment taxes) should help to secure foreign inflows to non-oil sectors aimed at common market. 4. The customs union will be a stimulus for cooperation of complementary enterprises and creation of vertically-integrated corporations in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. 5. Unification of tax tariffs will lead to its growth for Kazakhstan, and with additional investment attracted would lead to increase state budget revenues Perspectives of Customs Union (CU) in framework of EurAzEC

18 Kazakhstan’s Top 10 Trade Partners in 2010 Countries Export (mln USD) Import (mln USD) Russia 4820,4 11006,2 China 10122,1 3964,5 Italy 9576,8 1580,6 France 4433,1 501,3 Netherlands 4161,0 301,8 Germany 1749,7 1828,2 Austria 2528,7 222,2 Canada 2439,1 217,2 USA 868,1 1313,1 Britain 1379,5 724,7 Turkey 1234,8 616,3

19 18 THANK YOU…

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