Chairman of Kusto Group
During COVID collaboration is the best way forward
As we enter the second year of COVID-related disruptions, it remains clear that our economic and public health challenges are not going away soon. While the ongoing global vaccination programme is a step in the right direction, the impact of the lockdowns and travel restrictions will be felt for years to come.
A bold next step in US-Kazakh agricultural cooperation
On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of joining the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin and the President of Valmont Industries Stephen G. Kaniewski for a video conference, celebrating our agreement to commence formal cooperation in agriculture, irrigation and agricultural science in Kazakhstan.
US-Kazakh agribusiness collaboration
On Wednesday, November 18, Kusto Group Managing Director Daniel Kunin joined representatives from Valley Irrigation, Tyson Foods, Global Beef and others at the Global AgConnect Forum to discuss US-Kazakh agribusiness collaboration. The conference was organised by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (USA) and Valley Irrigation, and demonstrated the strong support between Kazakhstan and high-levels of US State Government.
During today’s tough times World Water Day reminds us of progress made on other long-term challenges
World Water Day 2020 came at a sombre time for the entire world. As all industries wrestle with the outbreak of COVID-19, there is great pressure on the global agricultural sector to keep production levels up.
Keep our faith in innovation to help agriculture weather this storm
Last month, my colleague Daniel Kunin gave an insightful interview on Kusto Group and, especially, Kazakhstan’s agricultural transformation. Then, last week, to mark World Water Day I wrote about the challenges the sector is facing due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.
World Entrepreneurs’ Day 2019: Lessons from Kusto Group
World Entrepreneur’s Day 2019 arrives as Kusto Group marks another successful year. From our early days transforming ailing businesses in post-Soviet Kazakhstan, Kusto now operates across the globe, from Vietnam to Israel to Canada, with interests stretching from real estate to agriculture.
Akmola region welcomes Kazbeef’s latest meat processing plant
Yesterday saw the official opening of Kazbeef’s latest meat processing plant in Akmola region, Kazakhstan. This plant is the country’s only producer of marbled beef, free from hormones and antibiotics using the latest American technology, as a result of partnerships we have formed with leading U.S. agricultural companies
Kusto brings Wendy’s to Central Asia
Kusto Group has helped to bring Wendy’s, the world-famous fast-food brand, to Central Asia. As part of a joint project with Wissol Group and a local partner, we have opened two Wendy’s restaurants in Tashkent, the vibrant capital city of Uzbekistan. And many more are on the way!
Kusto Group presents stand-out agricultural projects at Year of Youth ceremony
The opening ceremony of Kazakhstan’s Year of Youth took place last week, led by his Excellency, President Nazarbayev. The ceremony kicked off the President’s new initiative to promote opportunities for young people in Kazakhstan and showcased some of the brightest talent in the country. Events like this help Kusto play its part to ensure Kazakh youth are empowered to help the country prosper.
Kazakhstan Singapore Business Forum
This week, I travelled to Kusto’s adopted home: Singapore. I was taking part in the Kazakhstan-Singapore Business Forum, speaking with a range of business partners, political and community leaders about Kazakhstan’s tremendous potential and discussing ways to boost ties between our countries.
Kusto Group extends its reach into the seed market
I was delighted last week to introduce KAZSEED to the world, as part of Kusto Group’s rapid expansion of our agriculture division. This latest development has been undertaken in partnership with our friends at Baumgartner Agriculture Science and Service (BASS).