Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has inked a six-month $660K pact to provide US outreach for Kazakhstan’s national oil and gas company.

The firm will educate US policymakers and business leaders about KazMunayGas’ strategic energy and mineral production as well as investment opportunities in the Central Asian nation of 19M people that borders Russia.

It also may work with Kazakhstan’s Washington embassy on behalf of KMG.

In May, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken praised Kazakh president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev for his political and economic reforms that have promoted prosperity, strengthened security and protected human rights.

Kazakhstan has targeted businesses that have pulled out of Russia in the aftermath of sanctions put into place following the invasion of Ukraine.

More than 40 companies have expressed interest in either relocating production or opening new facilities in Central Asia’s richest countries, Almas Aidarov, Kazakh deputy foreign minister, told the Astana Times on July 21.

Honeywell opened its first automation and safety equipment plant in Almaty in July.

Carsberg, TikTok, Australia’s Fortescue Metals Group and Brazil’s WEB electrical equipment maker shifted operations from Russia to Kazakhstan.

Brownstein’s contract runs through the rest of the year and renews automatically for another six-month period unless either party wants to terminate the relationship.

Former California Republican Congressman Ed Royce, who chaired the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Marc Lampkin, one-time aide to House Speaker John Boehner, work on the Kazakhstan business along with State Dept veterans Samantha Carl-Yoder and Lauren Diekman.