An official event was held in Astana to launch an educational program as part of the Ready4Trade Central Asia project.
The Ready4Trade Central Asia project (R4TCA) aims to support the development of intra-regional and international trade in the five countries of Central Asia. The project is funded by the European Union and implemented by the International Trade Center (ITC) in close cooperation with national partners. In Kazakhstan, ITC’s institutional partner is the operator of state support measures for exporters – “QazTrade” Trade Policy Development Center” JSC.
The training program for Kazakhstani entrepreneurs, developed by experts from the International Trade Center with the participation of QazTrade specialists, is aimed primarily at representatives of small and medium-sized businesses. Free training will improve skills in various areas of international trade: features of export procedures, transit routes, quality and compliance standards, as well as specific requirements of the European Union market.
Seminars are held both offline under the guidance of instructors and on a special national platform www.qaztradeacademy.kz.
– Any entrepreneur who is interested in improving international trade literacy can take the course. To do this, you only need to register on the portal www.qaztradeacademy.kz. After completing the training, the participant can get a certificate. In addition, on the same platform, you can watch other training seminars conducted by QazTrade experts for exporters, – said Ainur Amirbekova, Director of the International Integration Department of QazTrade.
As QazTrade Deputy General Director Nurlan Kulbatyrov noted, the training program is designed for both beginners and existing exporters. According to him, at present there are 546 companies in Kazakhstan – active exporters of non-commodity goods. At the same time, 80% of them belong to the category of “small and medium businesses.” At the same time, 80% of them belong to the category of “small and medium businesses.”
“We give them theoretical and practical skills, digital skills, how to use the platform, step-by-step instructions for obtaining certification and entering the markets of neighboring countries,” Kulbatyrov explained.
World Trade Center Manager Shaun Lake believes that the courses help participants to be well prepared for export due to their problem-based approach.
– Our methodology has been tested and received a lot of positive feedback from instructors and participants. It is expected that the educational program will help Kazakh businesses to better prepare for the export of their products to the regional and international level by gaining practical knowledge and real cases, he said.
Director of the Export Promotion Department of the Ministry of Trade and Integration Omirbek Bashtay said that in January-July, exports of non-commodity goods from Kazakhstan amounted to $37.5 billion, which is 21% higher than the same period last year.
– With such growth, we plan to exceed the target by 4%. We are moving at a good pace and should achieve our goals. We are already moving from nearby markets to far-abroad markets, for this we have all the support measures, – said Omerbek.