Kazakhstan is probable to increase goods turnover with Belorus to $500m, if the projects on the participation of Kazakh business in the oil refinery industry, Trend special correspondent in Astana cited the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Belorus to Kazakhstan, Larisa Pakush.
The diplomat said that this yea the goods turnover between Kazakhstan and Belorus made up $270m. Kazakhstan ranks third among CIS for the level of trade ad economic relationships with Belorus and the figure is almost $200m a year (for Russia the figure is $17bn, for Ukraine - $1bn).
In comparative figures it might not so high, while for the dynamic of growth it is a very god figure, because over the past few years the goods turnover between the two countries will almost double," the Belorus diplomat underscored.
For instance, the Minsk tractor plant occupies 40% of the domestic market in Kazakhstan, while the stare in the market of lorries is not so small. Medicine, light industry, food industry enjoy high demand. The presence of Belorus producers of furniture, textile and knitted garments is very visible in all regions of Kazakhstan. .
If to speak about capacities for increase of goods turnover to $500m, it is very real in case the projects on the participation of Kazakh business in the oil refining industry of Belorus, Lakush added.
The national company Kazmunaygas has long taken attempts to acquire oil refinery plant in Europe for trading not only with oil, but also oil products. Two years ago the Kazakh company participated in tenders on purchase of Uniperum in Czech republic and Majeykew Naphta in Lithuania, but were a failure.
Belorus offered Kazakhstan to have own share in the privatization processes. However, the share did not satisfy Kazakhstan. We have two biggest oil pumping plants. A while ago they proposed Kazakhstan to participate in the construction of a plant in Belorus, while our country did not agree. A special delegation headed by Deputy Energy Minister Lazzat Kiinov visited Belorus, Lakush underlined.
Then heads of KazMunayGas stated that the Kazakh company is mostly interested in the privatization of the ORPs., where its possible to purchase to acquire no less than 50% of shares.
"We do not have such a stock packet. Our oil refinery plants cooperate with Russia. They hold a lion share of Russian capital. We have held talks for a long time in connection with the privatization. First our national company did not have enough funds to invest in the oil refinery. New there are funds, while the terms are different. Kazakhstan is offered to pump oil via the Blorus pipelines and participate in the oil refinery. The fact that your oil does not belong to KazMunayGas, as many big oil fields are developed by foreign oil companies, namely the owner defines the most profitable: to pump or refine the crude oil. Only 10% of every tons of oil here belongs to your national company, while the rest 90 foreign companies. Thus, that is the producer to dictate, the diplomat underlined.