TİM Chairman Gülle: Our Export to Kazakhstan Is Increasing

Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) continues its Virtual Trade Delegation programs with Kazakhstan to reduce the effects of Covid-19 on export. Noting that Türkiye-Kazakhstan trade volume has increased, TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle said, "It was very valuable that our export to Kazakhstan increased despite the pandemic in 2020 and approached the level of 1 billion dollars. In the first 9 months of this year, our export to Kazakhstan increased by 36 percent, reaching the total figure of the previous year. We have exported 4,487 items to Kazakhstan this year. That is an extremely serious figure. As friend and sister countries, we should stay closer together at such a time when there are significant structural changes in global trade chains."

Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM), the only umbrella organization of more than 100,000 exporters with 61 exporter associations and 27 sectors, working for the goal of "Türkiye Giving a Foreign Trade Surplus", continues its new generation trade activities with many countries from different geographies at full speed. In this context, TİM organized the Virtual Trade Mission program, which will create opportunities for new collaborations and sales for participating companies in Kazakhstan, and to increase export figures. The opening of the program, realized with the organization of TİM under the coordination of the Ministry of Commerce, was made by Türkiye's Nur-Sultan Ambassador Ufuk Ekici and TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle.

"Our apparel sector is number one"

Stating that they have signed the 99th Virtual Trade Delegation organization since the beginning of the pandemic, İsmail Gülle said, “This delegation is our tenth virtual trade delegation to the Turkic Republics. As for Kazakhstan, we are carrying out our fifth delegation. We attach special importance to the delegations organized to the Turkish Republics. Since the first day it announced its independence, Kazakhstan has established successful relations with our country in all areas and carried out multidimensional and strategic cooperation. Today, the volume of bilateral trade, which amounts to about $3 billion, clearly shows the stable trade between the two countries. It was very valuable that our export to Kazakhstan increased despite the pandemic in 2020 and reached the level of 1 billion dollars. In the first 9 months of this year, our export to Kazakhstan increased by 36 percent, reaching the total figure of the previous year. When we look at our export to Kazakhstan on a sectoral basis, our apparel sector came first with $287 million, our chemical sector came second with $100 million, and our machinery sector came third with $96 million in export. Compared to last year, our export to Kazakhstan increased by 67 percent in ready-to-wear, chemical substances by 29 percent, and machinery by 36 percent. Our greatest desire is that this increase continues exponentially both in Kazakhstan and in other countries in the region. We have exported 4,487 items to Kazakhstan this year. That is an extremely serious figure. As friend and sister countries, we should stay closer together at such a time when there are significant structural changes in global trade chains."

"Kazakhstan has great potential and capacity"

Stating that Kazakhstan is a prominent country on different issues, Türkiye's ambassador to Nur Sultan, Ufuk Ekici said, "Kazakhstan will celebrate its 30th independence anniversary on December 16th. Half an hour after declaring independence, Türkiye was the first country to recognize Kazakhstan. Since then, both our investors and exporters have carried out very important activities in this country."

Stating that it is possible to see exporters from Türkiye in many different sectors in Kazakhstan, Ekici stated that Kazakhstan is a sister country with the highest economy in Central Asia, “Kazakhstan is a country where our common history, language, and religion are one. In this sense, it gives us some advantages. Kazakhstan strengthened its economy with the establishment of oil production, natural gas, which began in the 70s, and then new oil fields in the 90s since the declaration of independence. Today, about 70-80 percent of its export is oil and petroleum products. When we look at imports, we can say Kazakhstan is a net importer. In the early 90s, our trade volume with Kazakhstan was about 30 million dollars, today it is about 3 billion dollars. There is greater potential and capacity. Together, we will strive to further increase this capacity and to make better use of the existing capacity. Our exporters can penetrate the market more easily by finding partners, contacting companies that establish import and sales chains, opening 'showrooms', and institutionalizing. We have said that most of its exports are petroleum and petroleum products, but in many other fields, it imports textiles, small machinery, and similar parts from our country.

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