Mining market in Kazakhstan

Industry highlights

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Export Development Canada's position


Global exploration share


World Bank Ease of Doing Business score

Uranium and chrome

lead Kazakhstan's mining sector


5-year compound annual growth rate of industry

US$17.1 billion

National mining revenues

Can $219 million

Kazakhstan ranks 42nd overall in Canadian mining assets abroad


Canadian companies operating in Kazakhstan

Mining is a priority sector in Kazakhstan that employs nearly 190,000 professionals. Kazakhstan is among the top 10 leading countries with significant mineral resources, offering numerous opportunities for Canadian mining supply and services (MSS) companies of varied expertise. Kazakhstan's diverse geography provides very substantial reserves that generate 29 non-ferrous, 3 ferrous and 2 precious metals, and 84 industrial minerals. The mining industry in Kazakhstan focuses mainly on extraction and export of raw materials and base metals.

Key opportunities for Canadian mining suppliers


Cleantech is the fastest growing sub-sector of Kazakhstan mining industry. The Government of Kazakhstan plans to implement Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development environmental standards for the mining industry. Local mining companies are gearing up to implement cleantech technologies and equipment to meet those high standards, as well as in response to global demand for decarbonization of mining operations. The new Environmental Code of Kazakhstan (No 400-VI ЗРК), adopted January 2, 2021, will motivate subsoil users to replace their old technologies and equipment, providing opportunities for Canadian companies offering new technologies.


Kazakhstan's US$2.3-billion geological exploration program for 2021 to 2025 aims to increase exploration to replenish Kazakhstan's mineral resource base. Opportunities for Canadian companies exist in:

Information and communication technologies

The Kazakh mining industry's 2018-2025 digitization plan includes 192 projects (79 already completed) and the market is expected to grow further in the upcoming 5 or 6 years. Opportunities exist for Canadian MSS companies offering digitalization and automation of all stages of minerals production process.

Notable challenges for Canadian mining suppliers in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan business landscape

Request a meeting

To learn more about the mining industry in Kazakhstan, contact Gaziz Shotanov (, Trade Commissioner, at the Embassy of Canada to Kazakhstan.

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