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Regulatory and Procedural Barriers to Trade in Kazakhstan

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Kazakhstan’s trade performance can grow by focusing on its domestic capacity to trade, according to a survey of companies and state agencies undertaken by ITC and the UN Economic Commission for Europe. Those surveyed seek stronger trade regulations and procedures, better transport and logistical services, and infrastructure for standardization, quality assurance, accreditation and metrology. Capacity building and enhanced public-private sector consultation would benefit state agencies, exporting and importing companies, transport and logistics providers. Technical requirements and conformity assessment are top reported obstacles by Kazakh companies. Rules and certificates of origin challenge manufacturing exporters, while quantitative restrictions affect agro-food exporters.

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Country context of Kazakhstan

The Republic of Kazakhstan is one of the most dynamic economies in the Central Asian region. With a per capita gross domestic product (GDP) of US$ 11,000 in 2011, Kazakhstan is classified as an upper middle-income country. From 2001 to 2011 Kazakhstan’s economy grew on average of 8 per cent annually. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), during the last decade Kazakhstan was one of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world.

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