Over five years, investments from Kazakhstan to other countries increased by $551 million. According to the National Bank, in 2021 the volume of investments in foreign countries amounted to $2.5 billion. While in 2017 to $2 billion (+25%, or by $551 million). Compared to 2020, investments increased by 76%, or more than $1 billion ($1.4 billion in 2020).
The Cayman Islands received the most money from Kazakhstan last year at almost $746 million (+459% over five years). This is followed by Russia, which received $534 million (+43%), and the United States at $311.7 million (an increase by 12.5 times).
The largest increase in the amount was observed in the Seychelles. In 2021, $224.4 million was sent from Kazakhstan, while in 2017 only $600 thousand (an increase by 374 times).
The volume of investments in Uzbekistan increased 14 times, to $146.2 million in 2021. The amount of injections into the Netherlands decreased by 32% over five years, to $102 million.
Earlier, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev instructed to ensure a clear monitoring and verification of transactions and persons unreasonably withdrawing funds from the country. Later, the Ministry of Finance spoke about measures to return illegally exported assets abroad. And the Financial Monitoring Agency reported that in January 2022, suspicious money transactions worth 2.6 trillion tenge were carried out from Kazakhstan.
By Milana Beinoeva for LS (Kazakhstan).