Kanat Makhanov

Kanat Makhanov

Senior Research fellow

Kanat Makhanov is a research fellow at the Eurasian Institute of the International H.A Yassawi Kazakh-Turkish University. He holds a BA in Business Economics from the KIMEP University from 2012. In 2014 he earned his Masters degree in Economics from the University of Vigo (Spain), completing his thesis on “Industrial Specialization in autonomous regions of Spain and Kazakhstan”. His main research interests are Spatial Economics, Economic Geography, Regional Economics, Human and Economic Geography.

Staff's Publications

February 10, 2016

New Prospects of Grain Exports of Kazakhstan

Nowadays grain is the third most important commodity that Kazakhstan exports after oil and gas products, and metals. Kazakhstan is one of the major players in the world grain market. Vast plains with an appropriate soil type and climate in the northern regions of Kazakhstan allow to harvest many millions […]
November 10, 2015

Recent Developments in the External Debt of the Economy of Kazakhstan

In recent years, the economy of Kazakhstan was affected by two major external factors, such as changes in the trade regime associated with the accession to the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and decrease in oil prices. These factors have influenced many aspects of the economy of Kazakhstan. While evaluating the […]
September 15, 2015

Trade Cooperation Between Kazakhstan and China: Recent Trends and Future Perspectives

In August 30, 2015 President Nursultan Nazarbayev paid an official visit to China to take part in the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Pacific Day. Apart from discussing current issues of mutual interest, the two leaders discussed new opportunities of bilateral trade. The visit ended […]
June 9, 2015


Issues concerning spatial development for many years were on the periphery of the economic policy agenda of Kazakhstan since its existence as an independent state. The launching of the “State Program on the Development of Monocities for 2012-2020” can be considered as the first spatial development program in more practical […]
April 14, 2015

Kazakhstan’s Trade with Central Asian Countries

Kazakhstan entered into the Customs Union with Russia and Belarus on July 1, 2011, and this decision played a crucial role in determining the country’s foreign trade policy. On January 1, 2015, the Customs Union transformed into the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) implying a greater importance of economic integration and […]
March 3, 2015


One of the most distinct features that still determines the economic and social landscape of Kazakhstan and other Post-Communist States is the relatively small and underdeveloped private sector, which is supposed to be one of the most essential driving forces of the modern competitive market economy. A strong and competitive […]