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Kazakhstan working for transcontinental connectivity

Posted on November 14, 2014 by KazCham

The Astana Times

An editorial in The Astana Times praised Kazakhstan’s  efforts to promote “transcontinental connectivity” and its achievements in following a “multi-vector foreign policy.”

Kazakhstan enjoys treaties, strategic partnerships and cooperation with many international bodies like the UN, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and others. It’s recent acceptance into the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) was another huge step in this direction.

Kazakhstan further aims to build connections with China, Russia, Europe and Asia, through economic and infrastructural projects.

President Nazarbayev has in the past urged the international community to take “real action in matters of elimination of protectionist barriers, opening markets and increasing bilateral trade.” He has spoken against international sanctions and for the need to reform the global financial architecture.

One of Kazakhstan’s top priorities is revitalizing the Silk Road, connecting Europe and Asia through projects like the Western China-Western Europe highway and through diversifying energy.

Kazakhstan was the only Central Asian country to be invited to the ASEM summit, where more than 50 other countries interacted. President Nazarbayev spoke with many leaders from countries like Britain, Japan, Germany, China, South Korea, Hungary, Italy and the Netherlands to expand mutual cooperation. These meeting, Nazarbayev has said, helped raise Kazakhstan’s profile at the world stage and attract investments for Kazakhstan’s economic development.

Kazakhstan is also flexible in its foreign policy and continues to strengthen relations with Russia, while developing strong ties with China in key areas of trade and economic development.

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