“Оntustik” special economic zone is noted in the annual global rating “Free economic zones-2018” in the international fDi Magazine. The fDi Magazine is a part of the “Financial Times” publishing group. The magazine analyzes the global foreign direct investment market. The international rating of economic zones annually evaluates any type of investment projects around the world: special economic zones, export processing zones, free ports, etc. Each year, experts evaluate the work of about 50 zones from around the world in different nominations. Rating participants are determined by a number of indicators, such as the number of residents, global coverage, available infrastructure, etc.
While assessing the special economic zones experts noted significant achievements of the “Ontustik” SEZ in attracting investments from China in the amount of 140 million dollars. The fDi Intelligence declared “Ontustik” special economic zone the winner in five categories: “China strategy”, “Expansions”, “Marketing slogan”, “Charity initiatives” and “Community outreach award”.
Moreover “Оntustik” special economic zone was awarded the “Editor’s choice: Ones to watch” from fDi Magazine editor Ms. Courtney Fingar. As fDi Magazine noted: “With the specific aim of developing the textile industry, Ontustik SEZ in Shymkent in southern Kazakhstan has been highlighted as one to watch. The zone’s proximities to a supply of raw cotton, as well to a motorway that allows the movement of raw materials finished goods to emerging market countries, are important draws for investors. Investors can access free land for temporary use until 2030, and enjoy tax incentives, a free customs zone and management team support. Ontustik SEZ opened its first representative office in 2017, while engaging in international roadshows in Turkey, Dubai and South Korea.”
The inclusion of Ontustik SEZ in the international free zones rating means that it has now become a full player in the global investment field. Foreign Direct Investment Intelligence Diplomas are a sign of quality and trust for foreign investors and partners. Now "Ontustik" SEZ gained international recognition.