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Tomsk region trade turnover with Kazakhstan in 2018 amount to $70 mln

© РИА Томск. Павел СтефанскийTomsk region trade turnover with Kazakhstan in 2018 amount to $70 mln

TOMSK, Apr 16 – RIA Tomsk. The trade turnover between the Tomsk region and the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2018 increased by $ 10 million and amounted to almost $ 70 million, the press service of the regional administration said on Tuesday.

According to the press service, the consul of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Russia Konysbek Zhusupbekov is on a working visit to the Tomsk region. On Tuesday, April 16, the governor Sergei Zhvachkin met with the consul.

"At the meeting, the head of the region noted that Kazakhstan is among the three largest international partners of the Tomsk region. In 2018, the trade turnover between our region and the republic amounted to almost $ 70 million, having increased by more than 10 million over the year", – is said in the statement.

It is specified that Kazakhstan mainly buys petrochemical and forest products from Tomsk citizens, and supplies to the Tomsk region vegetables, salt and rolled metal products. In addition, 60% of foreign students at Tomsk universities are –- young people from Kazakhstan. "Today there are 6.7 thousand of them, but we can train more", – Zhvachkin is quoted in the message.

It is also reported that at the meeting the Tomsk governor said that he had “submitted to the Russian government a proposal to supplement the program of interregional cooperation between Russia and Kazakhstan with activities for the exchange of experience in the robotics industry, including the holding of robot competitions in Russia and Kazakhstan".

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