Republic of Kazakhstan Expressed Its Readiness to Develop Economic and Trade Cooperation with Ulyanovsk Region
During the working meeting on 19 February, Governor Sergey Morozov and Consul General of Kazakhstan in Kazan Zhanbolat Murzalin discussed possible options for economic cooperation and outlined spheres that could improve and expand current joint projects.
The head of the region mentioned, “Government of the Ulyanovsk region welcomes the opportunity to continue negotiations regarding our bilateral cooperation. Over the past few years, we have established a very effective dialogue with your predecessor, Mr. Erkin Tukumov. As a result, we got three successful investment projects. I am talking about the Russian-Kazakh fish processing plant in Dimitrovgrad and two Ulyanovsk manufacturing giants - OOO "UAZ" and AO "CTC Metallokonstruktsiya" - that are now working in Kazakhstan. Thanks to this, the Republic has been one of the top three importers of products made in the Ulyanovsk region since 2016. Foreign trade turnover for the first nine months of 2019 increased by 6.9%.”
The parties discussed options to promote cooperation in the field of aircraft painting. AO "Spektr-Avia" has been working closely with Kazakhstan airline "BEK AIR" since 2012; the Ulyanovsk enterprise has painted active fleet of the second airline in the Republic. Six or seven aircraft of the Kazakh airline "SCAT" also undergo this procedure annually. According to AO "Spektr-Avia", it is planned to establish cooperation with AirAstana this year.
Kazakhstan is an important export destination for the Ulyanovsk region. The region supplies its foreign partner with automotive components and means of ground transportation. Thirty-two thousand UAZ vehicles have been shipped to the Republic over the past ten years; there are also regular deliveries of SKD kits. Two thousand, two hundred and ten hub units were delivered in 2019, and it is planned to provide 2,500 items in 2020.
“I have come with a fact-finding visit and to specify our relations in the sphere of economy and trade. My colleagues and I want to establish a productive dialogue and to continue developing in the identified areas for the benefit of the Ulyanovsk region, Russia and Kazakhstan. There is one specific issue that I would like to focus on - our cooperation in the automotive industry. More and more citizens of our country choose UAZ vehicles. It is a reliable and high-quality car. We should consider expanding localization of two assembly plants operating in Kazakhstan and starting the production of components. This will help to bring our cooperation to the new level,” - Zhanbolat Murzalin emphasized.
As part of the working trip to the region, the delegation of the Republic of Kazakhstan also visited Ulyanovsk Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the industrial park "Zavolzhye", as well as held negotiations on cooperation with the management of the Agency for Rural Development, the Ulyanovsk Region Development Corporation, PSEZ "Ulyanovsk", and the Ulyanovsk State Technical University.
On 20 February, a foreign delegation will visit the Ulyanovsk Automobile Plant to discuss with its management plans for development of two assembly workshops operating in Ust-Kamenogorsk and Kostanay, Kazakhstan.