Friday, September 15, 2006

Privet Mir

Welcome to Kazconnect, a blog devoted to discussions of the growing opportunities--and periodic pitfalls--on the Kazakh market. What sectors are hot; what business trends are emerging; what other global players are thinking about this market.

It is amazing how much the country has changed since the Soviet collapse, and equally amazing how little people outside of the region know of Kazakhstan and what its culture, economy, and people are like. Beyond of course what they've learned from Borat and his soon-to-be released movie “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.” Oh well, as they say, "There's no such thing as bad publicity." Kazakhstan certainly is garnering a lot more of the latter thanks to Borat than their hired lobbyists in D.C. could have ever dreamed of. And if the Kazakh authorities could just learn to laugh at themselves a bit and leverage the tremendous amount of PR that Borat's outlandish and even boorish antics are providing, they could do a tremendous amount to end the stereotypes and ignorance about the "real" Kazakhstan. And terminate Patton Boggs' retainer to boot!

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