Kazakhstan is the 9th largest country and largest landlocked country in the world bordering Russia, China, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Kyrgyzstan. A country so large and with powerful neighbors that tends to be overlooked by the American population. However, Americans tend to think that Kazakhstan is much like the mockumentary “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” played by British actor Sasha Baron Cohen. To disbelief, the film has depicted Kazakhstan in a more generalized satire of the former Soviet Union and it’s former satellites instead of what the country is actually like. The reality is Kazakhstan is a country surrounded by powerful neighbors that is starting to harness the power to compete on the world stage to one day succeed its goal of being one of the 50 most powerful countries in the world.
Kazakhstan gained it’s independence from the former Soviet Union on December 16th, 1991 and was the last Soviet satellite to gain independence. Since then, over the past 20 years it has grown to be a prominent democratic society in Central Asia and is setting the model for its neighbors on how to be successful and stable. With Kazakhstan on the rise it has set some goals for itself to be even more prosperous and with its resources, its in the prime of its time to become a powerful nation over time.
So why is this here? Why follow this blog? There’s a very important reason. As the world keeps growing and becoming interconnected, there are opportunities out there that people need to jump on. Kazakhstan has opportunities for everyone to take advantage of. For example, there are those who are looking to go on vacation, but the global recession has hit their pocketbooks. So why spend lots on money on a ski trip to Switzerland, especially where you won’t get much for an American dollar due to the exchange rate, when you can travel to Kazakhstan with amazing skiing and beautiful scenery where the American dollar goes much further. Another is Kazakhstan has a large amount of resources such as the largest producer of uranium (exceeding Australia and Canada), a major producer and exporter of rare earth metals, minerals, copper, ferroalloys, gold, coal, and oil with refineries across the country (with the largest oilfield discovery in the past 30 years at the Kashagan oil field on the Caspian shelf). For companies looking to invest in a foreign market, there’s plenty of opportunities in Kazakhstan to invest and make a profit. For here, the goal is to promote a cultural exchange and create dialogue to shy away from the preconceived stereotypes of Kazakhstan and enrich in the beauty of Kazakhstan’s culture, people, landscape, technology, and positive impact its making on the world. Follow our Twitter @kazakhworld for news, information, and cool stuff about this amazing country in the heart of Central Asia.