Kazakhstan’s subsoil is rich in many types of mineral resources. Prospected reserves allowed building strong oil-and-gas, uranium and coal extractive industries, developing extracting and processing industries in ferrous, non-ferrous and precious metals, various types of non-metal mineral resources. The mining and smelting complex is formed of more than 200 mining and processing plants exporting their produce to the European countries, to the Unites States, to China, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, and to other countries.
The priority in the future development of the natural resource industry in Kazakhstan is being given to a deeper processing of raw materials and production of output with a high added cost. In other words investment will be favoured not only into the mining industry but also, and to a greater extent, in processing.