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Foreign Minister Attends EU-Related Gatherings in Brussels 0

Posted on October 16, 2016 by KazCham

Astana Calling

After spending the end of September in New York, Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov travelled to Brussels the first week in October to attend conferences with European Union (EU) officials.

Working with Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajč2ák, Idrissov co-chaired the 15th meeting of the EU-Kazakhstan Cooperation Council. The Oct. 4 session was the first following the signing and provisional application of the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA) between the entities.

“The EPCA has a very big chapter dedicated to trade and economic cooperation. Europe is our main trade partner and the source of foreign investments. Therefore, this sphere has been outlined in the new agreement. Overall, the EPCA covers 29 spheres of interaction,” said Idrissov.

As its name implies, the Сooperation Сouncil provided an opportunity to discuss financial collaborations and the role of the newly-formed cooperation committee trade configuration, which will address import/export and economic/investment issues. The talks specifically noted simplifying the visa regime for Kazakh citizens traveling to the EU, identifying Kazakhstan as a market economy and the future subcommittee on customs cooperation.

“The potential of trade, economic and investment cooperation between Kazakhstan and the EU is far from being disclosed. The main objective of the established structures should be further development of this potential and assistance for the implementation of the EPCA,” said Idrissov.

The meetings included representatives of the Kazakh ministries of National Economy, Investments and Development, Energy and Justice, the National Security Committee and National Centre for Human Rights and the discussions touched on each of their areas of concern – environmental and human rights protection, political cooperation, the rule of law and good governance, internal reforms and combating new threats.

Similar topics plus Afghanistan, Iran, Ukraine and regional cooperation in energy, environment, water resources, border security and combating drug trafficking were on the agenda when Idrissov and his counterparts Erlan Abdyldaev (Kyrgyzstan), Sirodjidin Aslov (Tajikistan), Rashid Meredov (Turkmenistan) and Abdulaziz Kamilov (Uzbekistan) met with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and European Commission Vice President Federica Mogherini. The sides discussed relations within the EU Strategy for Central Asia, initiated in 2007 and renewed in 2015 through 2020.

“Our cooperation with our partners in Central Asia covers a lot of areas, with an eye also on the security challenges. We share a common neighbourhood, we share deep links and that is why we are engaged more than ever in expanding and enhancing our relations,” said Mogherini, according to eeas.europa.eu.

Idrissov later participated in the 18th Berlin Eurasian Club with the theme “EU – Central Asia Energy Dialogue.” The talks, involving German officials and representatives of leading European companies in conventional and renewable energy, provided a segue for the Foreign Minister to speak about EXPO 2017, the future energy-themed international exposition to be held in Astana. He also spoke about his nation’s socio-economic reforms and priorities with the EU.

The Kazakh delegation participated the following day in the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan. Arranged by the EU and Afghan government and attended by representatives of more than 70 countries and 30 international organisations, the conference reviewed joint international and Afghan efforts to increase sustained global support and funding based on a new national development framework. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah presented their vision of the future and track record on reform.

Idrissov noted that Kazakhstan continues to provide political and practical support to Kabul. KazAID, the nation’s official development assistance agency, focuses on Afghanistan, including a pilot project to improve the economic independence and rights of women launched in August with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Kazakhstan also provides university grants to young Afghans within the educational programme initiated by President Nursultan Nazarbayev in 2009.

Following the meeting, Idrissov announced Kazakhstan will allocate $2 million to support the projects of Afghan security forces, adding the country intends to focus on solving the problems of Central Asia, including the stabilisation of Afghanistan, during its 2017-2018 membership on the UN Security Council.

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Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Regarding the Situation in Syria 0

Posted on October 11, 2016 by KazCham

Kazakh Foreign Ministry

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan expresses its deep regret with the announcement of the termination of cooperation between the United States and the Russian Federation on the settlement of the situation in Syria.

Such scenario is fraught with further bloodshed and human losses in this long-suffering country, jeopardizes all the previous agreements and prospects for achievement of a settlement in the foreseeable future. We are very concerned with the disagreement and deepening break in relations between the two actors of the international community – the Russian Federation and the United States – key for finding solutions to the Syrian crisis. This development will not be helpful to de-escalating the conflict and achieving stability in the whole region of the Middle East.

As noted in the September 10, 2016 statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan supported the agreement between the Russian Federation and the United States on the development of the General Settlement Plan of the Syrian crisis. We are deeply concerned that this plan, which gave hope for peace in Syria, was not implemented.

In this regard, we call for the soonest resumption of negotiations between the Russian Federation and the United States on this issue in order to prevent further aggravation of the humanitarian crisis and to end the suffering of the Syrian people.

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Kazakhstan and China to build production facilities worth $26 billion 0

Posted on September 20, 2016 by KazCham

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On 5 September, the Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev attended a briefing on the results of his visit to China, where he took part in the G20 summit in Hangzhou. There, he stated that the two countries have made agreements regarding both the exportation of Kazakh food to China and the construction of joint production facilities.

For the first time ever, Astana and Beijing have agreed that Kazakh flour, grain, beans, oil-bearing crops, meat and poultry will be exported to China.

“The list includes 51 facilities, two of which have already been constructed. The construction of four facilities worth a total of $2.5 billion will be completed this year. During five years it is planned to build enterprises for a total of $26 billion,” said Nazarbayev.

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FM Idrissov Presents Diplomas to Winners of ‘Kazakhstan through the Eyes of Foreign Media’ Contest 0

Posted on September 15, 2016 by KazCham

Astana Times

The Kazakh Foreign Ministry hosted a ceremony Sept. 6 to award the winners of the third annual “Kazakhstan through the Eyes of Foreign Media” contest organized by the Ministry and the Club of Chief Editors of Kazakhstan.

The winners represent France, Jordan, Russia, Turkey and the United States. As a prize, they received a trip to Kazakhstan in September, including visits to Astana, Almaty and the Borovoye resort area, as well as an extensive cultural programme.

“The media as a ‘fourth’ estate of power performs vital educational and ideological work, forms the informational space and has a huge impact on public opinion,” said Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov in welcoming the winners.

He also briefed the guests on the nation’s initiatives in various fields, in particular, nuclear non-proliferation and the fight against terrorism and extremism.

Guests representing the diplomatic corps as well as the sponsors of the contest attended the event.

American Douglas Burton, who writes for “The Washington Times,” won for his article “Kazakh Studying Abroad in Ambitious ‘Future’ Programme Aims to Lift Former Soviet Republic.” In it, he told the story of a Bolashak Presidential Scholarship Programme student, Shalkar Nursetov, who studied at George Washington University to pursue a Master’s degree in media and public affairs.

This year, the contest attracted 60 entries from 29 countries. The victors will tour the same areas visited by last year’s prize-winning journalists from Argentina, Egypt, Indonesia, Poland and Uzbekistan.

Idrissov noted the raising quality of the applications this year and continued growing interest in Kazakhstan’s dynamic development and upcoming major events, such as EXPO 2017 and the Winter Universiade in Almaty next year.

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Nazarbayev Suggests Unified Effort in Global Development at G20 Summit 0

Posted on September 12, 2016 by KazCham

Astana Times

It has been eight years since the 2008 global financial crisis made the G20 a “summit-level” primary platform for global economic governance. The most urgent task facing the current G20 Summit is to promote the steady recovery and growth of the world economy and guard against new financial risks.

As a major country, China needs to promote the reform and reshaping of the international economic system and the world order, thus joining hands with other countries to shape the prospects for the international economy with stable, strong and sustainable development.

In speaking at the summit, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev noted the G20 meeting is being held in a complicated time.

“The rates of global economic growth, trade and capital flows are decreasing. It affects the welfare of millions of people. The formation of new transcontinental trade and investment associations may lead to a decrease of the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) role and fragmentation of the world economy. These processes may become a start for a new stage of a war in the international markets,” he said.

Nazarbayev stressed the way of global development depends largely on the united actions of the entire world community. In his view, the leading role in international economy and finance regulation should be played by a single global organisation.

“Such kind of structure can be created through the transformation of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) into the Global Development Council, which should serve as a global economic regulator,” he said. The head of state presented the proposal at the 70th jubilee session of the UN General Assembly in New York last September.

Nazarbayev noted the current coordination of monetary and fiscal policies, as well as structural reforms are important. It is not sufficient, however, to ensure stability in the long term. He suggested developing more substantive proposals to stabilise exchange rates around the world, including the developing countries.

The President suggested a new industrial revolution, digital economy and innovation.

“I fully support this approach. Implementation of this task is only possible on the principles of inclusiveness. We need to determine the midpoint of the dialogue between the G20 and the developing countries. As an alternative, I suggest considering the Kazakh communication platform G-Global, which is open to all participants. This platform brings together more than 30,000 experts from 140 countries,” he said.

Nazarbayev added Kazakhstan actively supports implementing the UN’s sustainable development goals, the Paris agreements and the principles of green economy. In this regard, he invited the participants to take part in the upcoming international exhibition EXPO 2017 in Astana, which will be held under the slogan Future Energy.

The President concluded by noting Kazakhstan’s vision of the world’s most pressing issues was presented in the Manifesto “The World. The 21st Century.” He expressed hope for support in implementing its ideas and formation of a world free from nuclear weapons.

Nazarbayev held a number of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the summit, including with United States President Barack Obama, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Nazarbayev also met with Chinese business magnate and philanthropist Jack Ma, the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, a family of successful Internet-based businesses. They discussed cooperation issues with the company and the prospects of expanding its activities in Kazakhstan, including realisation of joint projects in the field of electronic commerce and payment systems integration.

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Kazakhstan Says Expo 2017 Buildings Nearly Ready 0

Posted on September 10, 2016 by KazCham

World Expo News

Construction of the venues for the 2017 Universal Exposition in Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital, is in the final phase, the chairman of the board at NC Astana EXPO-2017 JSC said Tuesday.

“The international pavilions are nearly complete. In October we will hand over the exposition to the participants, who have begun to contact us seeking approval of their projects,” Akhmetzhan Yessimov said.

“We now have 98 participating countries in the exhibition. That in addition to 18 international organizations. In June of this year we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Tourism Organization” to cooperate in planning and promoting the event, the former mayor of Almaty said.
Tour packages for the expo will be priced in the range of 100-330 euros ($112-$337), NC Astana EXPO-2017 JSC tourism and promotion director Allen Chayzhunusov said Tuesday during a meeting with the Astana Public Council.
“For example, a tour for 20 people for three days: the economy package will cost 40,000 tenge (100 euros), the standard package will have a price of 59,000 tenge (155 euros) and the premium package will start from 125,000 tenge (330 euros),” Chayzhunusov said.

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Kazakhstan Committed to Opening Economy and Modernizing Society, by Karim Massimov, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan 0

Posted on July 15, 2016 by KazCham

The Diplomat

“The interests of our overseas partners are taken fully into account when new policy is being shaped.”

From our earliest days as an independent country, Kazakhstan has consistently pursued a dual track policy: actively seeking international investment and knowledge to help drive economic development, while building political stability, national unity and human capital for social progress. It was a deliberate choice which, over the last 25 years, has helped transform our nation and its prospects for the better.

Good relations were established with countries all around the world, leading to increased trade. Our welcome to overseas companies has seen long and successful partnerships forged to the benefit of them and our country. Similarly, we have been able to establish a strong track record of political stability, ethnic and religious harmony and sustained improvement in human development indicators. Needless to say, the dual policy tracks have not only been complementary but mutually reinforcing.

The result is that Kazakhstan has been the favorite destination for overseas investment in our region. More than $210 billion in foreign direct investment has flowed into our country over the last two decades. The strong growth that this has helped drive has provided the revenue to improve dramatically the living standards and quality of life of our citizens. And Kazakhstan’s citizens and international investors alike have come to expect safety in everyday life and respect for diversity as a matter of fact.

There is no question but that the country cannot stand still or slip backwards, because we are committed to building on the progress we have already achieved and strengthen and diversify our economy and modernize our society. Achieving our ambition of joining the ranks of the top 30 developed countries by 2050 requires us to continue removing any barriers which stand in the way of sustainable development.

This is why, at a time when economic shocks from beyond our borders and control could have caused us to slow the pace of reform, we have responded by accelerating the modernization of our economy and society. We have been implementing wide-ranging reforms to improve the performance of our institutions, opening up state industries through a comprehensive privatization program and taking decisive steps to improve the investment climate.

Equally important, one of the planks of the institutional reforms we launched last year aims to create an open government that is more accountable to our citizens. This means that in the first instance we have to communicate in the clearest, most concise way to explain government’s intent, policy designs, implementation approaches and timelines behind reform packages. The recent public outcry over proposed land use reforms is a case in point – we are learning to listen, and as a result we have set up a land reform commission with participation of a cross-section of citizens. Moving to this more participatory approach may not be all smooth sailing, and there likely will be ups and downs, but the fact is that we are learning.

Read full article at The Diplomat

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Kazakhstan’s Central Reference Laboratory in Almaty 0

Posted on July 14, 2016 by KazCham


The Central Reference Laboratory is expected to focus on some of the world’s most dangerous emerging pathogens with support from the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, drawing off of years of U.S. and Kazakhstan’s joint cooperation.

Watch video at NunnLugarCTR


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President Erdogan thanked President Nazarbayev for contribution at restoration of the Turkey Russia relations 0

Posted on July 12, 2016 by KazCham

Turkish Weekly

Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev held a telephone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

During the talk the Turkish President congratulated President Nazarbayev on the election of Kazakhstan as a nonpermanent member of the UN Security Council for 2017-2018 in New York on June 28.

The President of Kazakhstan, in turn, expressed his condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the terrorist attack in Istanbul.
Nazarbayev noted that Kazakhstan strongly condemns the actions of the international terrorism and extremism threatening global security.

The President of Turkey thanked the Kazakh President for his contribution and big work aimed at restoration of the relations between Turkey and Russia.
The Turkish President also informed Nazarbayev about his recent telephone conversation with President of Russia Vladimir Putin and expressed hope that the relations between Ankara and Moscow would improve.

The telephone conversation was held on the initiative of the Turkish side.

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Posted on June 29, 2016 by KazCham

Kazakh Embassy

Time for Younger Nations to Have a Louder Voice (watch video)

This year Kazakhstan is celebrating its 25th anniversary as an independent nation. Over the years, Kazakhstan has demonstrated its commitment to multilateralism, global peace-building, security and development, as well as its efficiency as an impartial honest broker working for the common benefit. At the initiative of its founding President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, the country has launched meaningful international processes, including the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) and the triennial Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions. It has also chaired key organisations such as the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and has been busy promoting valuable global and regional initiatives such as the establishment of a world free from nuclear weapons and the Eurasian Economic Union.

In just over two decades, Kazakhstan has managed to become an economic and geopolitical success story. The country has also illustrated its willingness to be a trustworthy partner in a region that faces many challenges.

See more at Kazakh Embassy

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