Kazakhstan - Sector Competitiveness Strategy


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Policy Handbooks for Sector Competitiveness in Kazakhstan

6 February 2013

Building on the Kazakhstan Sector Competitiveness Strategy published in May 2011 these Policy Handbooks outline practical steps for policy makers looking to reform sectors with a high potential for attracting foreign investment. The second in a series, these Policy Handbooks were released at a launch event in Astana, Kazakhstan on 6 February 2013.

Enhancing Skills through Public-Private Partnerships in Kazakhstan's Information Technology Sector

English | Russian


Promoting Investment in Kazakhstan's Agribusiness Value Chain

English | Russian



Improving Access to Finance in Kazakhstan's Agribusiness Sector

English | Russian


Date of publication
6 May 2011


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The initial findings from this report were presented at a launch event on 3 November 2010.

Since 2000, the economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan has been growing at an annual rate of between 8%-9%, making it one of the ten highest performing economies in the world. Kazakhstan attracts more foreign direct investment than all other Central Asian countries together. To date, the country’s strong economic performance has been driven largely by its natural resources sector. The oil and gas sectors alone attract three quarters of foreign investment inflows. However, Kazakhstan’s non-energy sectors, with their competitive advantages, could be potential new sources for growth.

In 2009 Kazakhstan launched a far-reaching programme to diversify its sources of foreign direct investment. To support this effort, Kazakhstan asked the OECD to undertake a Sector Competitiveness Review. This report represents the first phase of the review. It provides an assessment and strategy to help Kazakhstan enhance the competitiveness of its non-energy sectors including agri-business, fertilizers, logistics, business services, and information technology. While it acknowledges that the government has successfully implemented a first generation of business climate reforms, the report recommends that sector-specific policy barriers be further addressed. For example, policy makers could stimulate quality improvements and modernise production in some sectors by facilitating access to finance, attracting modern retailers and addressing skills gaps in the workforce.

This review was carried out under the aegis of the OECD Eurasia Competitiveness Programme, a regional programme that contributes to economic growth and development in eleven countries of the former Soviet Union as well as Afghanistan and Mongolia.


Mr. Antonio Somma ( - +33 (0)6 23 42 51 46

Ms. Vanessa Vallee (vanessa.vallee@oecd.ord) - +33 (0)6 28 56 06 10



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