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Toyota Fortuner plant starts production in Kazakhstan 0

Posted on June 29, 2014 by KazCham

Tengri News

Toyota has started producing Fortuna offroaders at its Saryarka AvtoProm plant in Kostanay in northern Kazakhstan. President Nursultan Nazabayev and the President of Toyota Motors Takeshi Uchiyamada started the Fortuner production line in Kostanay via a teleconference from the 27th Foreign Investors Council meeting at the Borovoe resort area.

Albert Rau, the senior managing director of the Toyota Motors Corporation, spoke about exporting the cars to the nearby Customs Union and the Eurasian Economic Union markets that are 11 times the size of Kazakhstan’s limited domestic market for cars.

The Kostanay plant is Toyota’s first production site in Central Asia and is expected to build 250 cars a month. Toyota will use the Complete Knock-Down (CKD) method to manufacture the cars—which means that all the components and technology used in production will be locally sourced. This is likely to provide a fillip to the local economy, create jobs for over 2,500 Kazakhs, and generate up to 3.17 million in taxes for the State.

Baiterek holding (the national holding company funding industrialization projects), has helped Toyota to lease the high-tech production equipments, while the Development Bank of Kazakhstan provided $58.4 million for the plant.

President Nazarbayev congratulated Kazakhstanis on New Year 2012 0

Posted on January 06, 2012 by Alex

Kazinform, Jan 1, 2012

President Nursultan Nazarbayev has addressed annual New Year greetings to all Kazakhstani people. Kazinform disseminates the text of the congratulation with reference to the Presidential press service.


Dear Kazakhstanis!

At these joyful moments we solemnly bid farewell to 2011.

It was a year of the 20th anniversary of independence of Kazakhstan.

The past two decades are only an introduction of a great chronicle of our new country.

Kazakhstan has worthily overcome this historic landmark.

We became a strong, modern and honorable state in the whole world.

We became one of the three countries with the most dynamic economy.

The living standards of the Kazakhstani people have risen.

Pensions and salaries of public sector employees were increased by a third.

A symbol of our victories and achievements – “Mangilik Yel” (Eternal Nation) Triumphal Arch – was unveiled in Astana.

Kazakhstan, Belarus and Russia have adopted the historic Declaration on the Eurasian economic integration.

I want to thank you, my dear Kazakhstanis, once more!

For your support of my course and high confidence, which you rendered me at the presidential elections this year.

For your wisdom, ambitiousness and unity!

These important qualities of our people are manifested in critical moments of the history.

As it was in the last days of the outgoing year.

We proved that the Kazakhstanis are united people who keep peace in the country, honor the traditions of peace and harmony, creativity and friendship.

We will always protect our unity!

My dear Kazakhstanis!

We expect new opportunities and new achievements in the upcoming 2012.

Our key task is improvement of well-being of all Kazakhstani people.

I am convinced that in the New Year Kazakhstan will be stronger thanks to the unity of our people, selfless work, and growth of prosperity and welfare of the citizens!

Dear friends!

This solemn moment of New Year 2012 is filled with joy and warmth in every Kazakh family.

Together we open a door to the future.

I wish you health, peace and welfare, dear compatriots!

Happy New Year!


SOURCE: http://www.kazakhembus.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=827&cntnt01origid=15&cntnt01returnid=201

Kazakhstan at 20 0

Posted on December 18, 2011 by Alex

Martha Brill Olcott, Carnegie Endowment, December 12, 2011

Kazakhstan celebrates the twentieth anniversary of independence on December 16, the celebration of a declaration made just days before the formal dissolution of the Soviet Union. The subsequent two decades should render obsolete designations like “newly independent” or “post-Soviet” for the states that emerged from the collapse of the U.S.S.R. All are distinct countries to be judged in their own right.

This is particularly true for Kazakhstan, which has made a smooth transition from a Soviet-republic to a middle income country. A top ten oil producer rich in other natural resources, Kazakhstan devised a foreign direct investment policy designed to foster economic diversity and advance a multifaceted foreign policy.

Its new capital Astana has become an important and neutral international meeting place, moving Kazakhstan closer toward realizing President Nazarbayev’s goal of being a bridge between Europe and Asia.

While the slow pace of political reform has frustrated Kazakhstan’s pro-democracy activists, under the leadership of its four-term president Kazakhstan has seen no major strife despite its ethnic diversity.

These achievements notwithstanding, tough tests lie ahead. The country’s economy is dependent on foreign direct investment and therefore sensitive to global economic risks. More importantly, the strength of Kazakhstan’s political system has yet to be tested as the country has yet to experience a transfer of power from its founding president. Only when this occurs—and it is inevitable—will Kazakhstan have completed its final transition from independence.

A Cautious Beginning Sets the Stage for the Future

Well-endowed with human and natural resources but wary of the risks associated with individual statehood, Kazakhstan did not declare independence until there was no hope that the Soviet Union could be saved.

The challenges Kazakhstan faced were formidable, but its ability to respond has created a solid foundation upon which to build.

Economic Challenges After Independence

Kazakhstan shared a 7000-kilometer border with Russia, and its economy and basic infrastructure—especially in the north—was completely integrated with that of Russia. Russia’s economic collapse created unemployment and hyperinflation in Kazakhstan, which was part of the ruble zone until 1994.

But the severity of this crisis strengthened the hand of economic reformers in Kazakhstan and encouraged the introduction of macro- and micro-economic reforms at a faster pace than in Russia. More attractive terms for foreign economic investment, especially in the oil and gas sector, were offered as well. Russia’s 1998 economic crisis led to further differentiation of the two economies.

Security Challenges After Independence

Kazakhstan inherited the world’s fourth largest nuclear arsenal. Nazarbayev’s decision to give up these weapons brought him international stature. The choice to dispose of them with Washington’s help, and with Moscow’s approval, served as a defining moment in the U.S.-Kazakh and in the Kazakh-Russian relationships. Since then, Kazakhstan has been a vocal supporter of nuclear disarmament initiatives and the peaceful use of uranium.

Infrastructure Security Challenges After Independence

Kazakhstan is at a disadvantage as a land-locked state several thousand miles from the nearest open port. To compensate it has taken advantage of all the bilateral and multilateral funding available for infrastructure improvements. As a result, Kazakhstan enjoys the modern port of Aktau on the Caspian, improved roads and rails to link Kazakhstan’s principle cities (many previously accessible only via Russia), and enhanced transit links with China.

This improved infrastructure has made Kazakhstan an important transportation corridor in NATO’s Northern Distribution Network for supporting military operations in Afghanistan.

Social Challenges After Independence

Kazakhstan inherited a Soviet-era social welfare system on the brink of collapse. In response it overhauled its pension system, giving citizens the choice of private and public plans. It modernized health care and education systems, with private sector services now existing alongside public ones. The entire population can access coverage from the social welfare net, although the quality of services is not yet uniform across the country.

Ethnic Challenges After Independence

Home to a hundred nationalities at the time it declared its independence, Kazakhstan had an ethnic Russian population two-thirds the size of its ethnic Kazakh one.

In marked contrast to the Caucasus, Kazakhstan experienced no bloodshed at independence. While a large number of Russians left, the majority accepted Kazakh citizenship. One reason for this was the government’s commitment to build a multi-ethnic and multi-confessional secular state in which Kazakh would be the national language, but in which Russian would remain a language of international communication.

Political Challenges After Independence

The collapse of the Soviet Union occurred in part because of popular demand for political participation and government accountability. Kazakhstan’s survival required a loyal citizenry, one which accepted the legitimacy of Kazakhstan as a state and respected the authority of its government.

But Kazakhstan’s citizens wanted very different and potentially conflicting things. For ethnic Kazakhs the creation of Kazakhstan was a form of nationhood restored, but for all the rest Kazakhstan was simply the territorial unit in which they lived.

The country’s demographics served to reinforce the basic conservatism of Kazakhstan’s political leadership, which was also shaped by a Soviet mindset holding that leaders understand the will of the people better than the population itself. Traditional Kazakh culture, which awards respect to elders, also reinforced this mentality. All this has led to a go-slow approach to political and social change. Because the majority of the voting age population had the same socialization, it is hard to say whether or not the majority of Kazakhstan’s citizens are dissatisfied with the country’s political system—critical though they may be about specific policies.

Corruption and Independence

The division of assets at the time of independence led to crony capitalism, which reached the top echelons of power. But over the past decade Kazakhstan has sought to emulate many of the best practices of resource rich states. Kazakhstan has a sovereign wealth fund and shares in strategic state enterprises are now managed more transparently and some are internationally traded. Additionally, all government enterprises are under the supervision of Samruk-Kazyna, a national development and investment agency. Kazakhstan participates in the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative. Prosecution of government officials for corruption has increased, although, as the Kazakh government itself admits, a lot more needs to be done.

Geopolitical Challenges After Independence

Kazakhstan’s independence has always depended on Moscow’s tacit acceptance of its right to survive. This support was not a given twenty years ago, as northern Kazakhstan was viewed as part of “historic Russia.”

But through a combination of Nazarbayev’s skills and Russia’s weakness under Boris Yeltsin’s rule, Moscow’s influence in Kazakhstan was reduced to a point where both Kazakhstan’s independence and its territorial integrity became non-negotiable. Today, even a resurgent Russia would find it difficult to challenge either.

Kazakhstan now has an international presence. In recent years Kazakhstan has chaired the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Islamic Cooperation Organization, and was the founder of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia, whose chairmanship is now exercised by Turkey.

Kazakhstan has joined Russia’s customs union and the two countries are considering steps for further integration. But unlike twenty years ago cooperation between them can no longer be on the basis of Moscow’s “diktat.”

What Will the Next Ten Years Bring?

With a confidence sparked by the challenges already met, Nazarbayev and Kazakhstan’s leadership have laid out an ambitious agenda for the next ten years designed to make Kazakhstan one of the 50 top economies in the world.

Kazakhstan is sure to face further challenges in meeting these targets. Most striking is that of political transition. While the face of the governing Kazakh elite grows more youthful every year, power must still eventually pass from Nazarbayev to a new leader and from the current elite to a generation raised in independent Kazakhstan.

There are likely to be differences in values between generations, not just among the elite but within the population, and the kind of political institutional choices Kazakhstan makes in the next few years could make it easier for the country to withstand a possible values gap.

A multi-party system, a stronger parliament, a cabinet of ministers, and a prime minister answerable to parliament, are all ways to smooth the process of generational change. Nazarbayev and other key members of the country’s leadership are committed to the goal of expanding political competition. In the past five years all of these institutions have begun to be strengthened, but it is not clear that they will develop into democratic institutions quickly enough to serve as effective counterweights for Kazakhstan’s future presidents, who are unlikely to enjoy the same political support as its founding leader. Expanding the arenas of political competition could help insulate the government from the impact of social shocks as well.

Helped in part by its large national sovereign wealth fund, Kazakhstan was able to weather the 2008 global economic crisis without major social dislocation. Financial resources now partly depleted, it would be harder to respond as vigorously to a downturn in today’s global economy.

Kazakhstan remains vulnerable to drops in commodity prices that are needed to create the revenues used to support economic diversification programs. These revenues help pay for the programs of educational innovations and training designed to prepare the next generation of Kazakhstan’s workforce to be gainfully employed in a diversified economy.

Geopolitical trends are also difficult to predict. The next decade could see a revanchist Russia, a run-away Chinese economy in search of more economic space, a Europe turning inward to preserve its Union, a United States seriously weakened by only partially successful foreign wars, civil wars, and international conflicts in the Middle East, and a rise in global jihadist movements.

Any of these would have consequences for Kazakhstan. But given its twenty-year track record in successfully dealing with the unexpected, one can be optimistic that Kazakhstan’s leaders will find ways to manage any of the geopolitical, political, economic, and social challenges that they may need to confront.

SOURCE: http://www.kazakhembus.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=809&cntnt01origid=90&cntnt01category_id=6&cntnt01returnid=90

Kazakhstan/Islam: Kazak President visits Egypt University of Islamic Culture in Almaty 0

Posted on November 04, 2011 by Alex

IINA, Oct 24, 2011

ALMATY, 26 Dhul Qadah/24 Oct (IINA)-Spiritual, religious and ideological guidelines as well as the development of traditional Islam all topped a meeting at the «Nur Mubarak» Egypt University of Islamic Culture in Almaty involving Nursultan Nazarbayev and representatives of the Muslim clergy and future Islamists.

The agreement on the establishment of this educational institution was signed back in 1993. Later on, the school began teaching Islamic Studies, which was the first ever speciality of this kind in the country.

The main purpose of the university is to train our own specialists who will work in Kazakhstan mosques. Studying Islam, you should not forget about the ancient history and rich traditions of our people. You should know their history, culture, literature and philosophy. When you have finished training, you will work in the mosques in all regions of Kazakhstan, and you need to explain to people how important it is for our society’s unity, peace and harmony.

This year, the state has allocated 100 grants for training of students under the Islamic Studies speciality. Next year, the same number of specialists is to be trained under the state order. Teachers of this university have no doubts about their students.

“The most important issue nowadays is the preparation of highly qualified personnel who are able to respond to challenges. Of course, the graduates of our university will be able to adequately respond to this. They are professionals and patriots who love their homeland and their president”, Ali Rauf, Teacher, Egypt University of Islamic Culture said.

According to Islam Serikbai a first-year student who studies with great interest and pleasure. The level of teaching is very high here. They have built a very good university building this year. Once I have graduated from this university, being a patriot, I want to make my contribution to the development of religion and Islam in my country. Serikbai knows that each year, the university sends successful students to have practice in the Cairo Arabic Language Centre.

Today, Kazakhstan is an example of the peaceful co-existence of people of different nationalities and religions. Muslims, Orthodox Christians, Catholics and Jews have for centuries been living and working peacefully on the fertile land of Kazakhstan. The head of State always regards the friendship of the peoples as a «golden treasure», which is why it is unacceptable for the actualization of radical religious ideas.

The Supreme Mufti of Kazakhstan, Absattar Hajji Derbisali, said “we are very thankful to Nursultan Nazarbayev for his constant assistance and his fatherly care. He never divides people into Muslims or non-Muslims, all citizens of Kazakhstan consider Kazakhstan their homeland. Taking care of them is the duty of our president, who has great credibility in the world. We are very grateful to him and we will be following his instructions and we will try to do it with honour”.

In the middle of October, President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a law on religious activity in Kazakhstan. The preamble of the document acknowledges the historic role of Islam and the teachings of the Hanafi studies and orthodoxy in the development of the culture and spiritual life of the people of Kazakhstan. At the same time, it emphasizes respect for other religions.


Hollywood to Meet Kazakhstan in New $30 Million Movie

Astana Calling, Oct 28, 2011

Hollywood star Antonio Banderas, most recent Bond girl Olga Kurilenko, and the star of Basic Instinct Sharon Stone will feature in Kazakhstan’s new film “The World is Your Oyster”.

Earlier this month, Banderas and Kurilenko arrived in Almaty to shoot some of the scenes of the film. Other scenes in which actors are involved will be shot in Hollywood.

Altogether, 28 Hollywood actors will star in the US$ 30 million movie directed by Salamat Mukhammed Ali.

British actor Peter O’Toole, famed for his work in Lawrence of Arabia, 1960, is expected to come back to Almaty to continue shooting in early November.

A gangster melodrama with elements of action and martial arts will be the first film to be released worldwide in four languages: Kazakh, Russian, English, and Chinese. Dubbing will be made in Hollywood.

Armand Assante, who is a co-producer, will also feature in the movie.   Japanese actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, who is well-known for his roles in “Memoirs of a Geisha”, “Mortal Combat”, “Hachiko”, and the Chinese film star Bolo Yeung will also perform in the film.

Karlygash Mukhamedzhanova of Kazakhstan will play the leading female role. When selecting the cast, Armand Assante insisted on her participation. Commenting on the filmmaking process, Assante said he was impressed by the young actress’ work in Yegor Konchalovsky’s “Return to A”.

Mukhamedzhanova’s character, Aliya, is a prototype of Aliya Moldagulova, a young Kazakh sharpshooter who died in World War II.

“There is a lot of drama in my character’s life. She is a real fighter. She is a present day Aliya Moldagulova,” the actress said.

The film will be released in the spring of 2012.

SOURCE: http://www.kazakhembus.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=786&cntnt01origid=15&cntnt01returnid=201

Nazarbayev Addresses GA, Says Kazakhstan Followed Spirit, Letter of UN 0

Posted on September 28, 2011 by Alex

President Nursultan Nazarbayev visited New York on September 20 through 22 for the UN General Assembly (UNGA) debates, a unique forum for the international community to address global issues.

In his speech to the UNGA’s general debates, President Nazarbayev summarised some of the major achievements his country had made over the past twenty years of its independence. Among others are the historic closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site and convening of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building in Asia (CICA), a multilateral security dialogue of 22 countries representing world’s half population. Last year, Kazakhstan became the first post-Soviet country to assume the chairmanship of the OSCE. Its yearlong stint culminated in a historic summit, first since 1999.

This year Kazakhstan chairs the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. Kazakhstan furthers all efforts to strengthen international and regional security, promote dialogue between the Islamic world and the West, counter Islamophobia and enhance nonproliferation regime, Nazarbayev said in his address.

The Kazakh leader called upon the world leaders to draft a Universal Declaration of Nuclear-Free World. He called the situation when some countries are allowed to have and perfect their nuclear weapons while others are prohibited even to develop one paradoxical. He urged the de-facto nuclear states to refrain from their ambitions and join comprehensive treaties.

Speaking of the global recession, Nazarbayev stressed the need to change the paradigm the United Nations works in the economic sphere. Forecast and elimination of reasons of world crises should be the major work of international financial institutions, Nazarbayev added. An effective mechanism of global economic management with clear-cut rules and norms of responsibilities of all parties, the introduction of a world reserve currency, and strict control of speculative capital are needed.

A global pact on information and cybersecurity is vital to deter the increasingly frequent attacks by hackers against governments, businesses and other institutions, said the President. He also underlined the need for what he called an international legal framework of the global information space.

Nazarbayev said the emergence of a new world order is accompanied by the growth of conflicts. He told that it was worrying that world’s total arms expenditures are growing twice faster than during the Cold War, or 6 per cent per annum. He repeated the urgency to set up a UN Fund of Peacekeeping Efforts, a proposal he put forward 19 years ago. To this end, every country would contribute 1 per cent of its military budget.

He called upon UN’s closer cooperation with regional organisations such as CICA, SCO and CSTO in the Eurasian region.

The Kazakh President confirmed his country’s support for a Palestinian State, as without an independent Palestine, peace in the Middle East is impossible.

He underlined that only trust and unity could be the foundation of a new and fair world order.

On the sidelines of UNGA, the Kazakh leader held a number of bilateral meetings with presidents of Austria, Cyprus, European Council, Finland, Georgia, Latvia, Poland, Republic of Korea, Slovenia, Ukraine, and USA, prime ministers of Turkey and UK, and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

The following day, President Nazarbayev delivered a keynote speech at the High-Level Meeting on Nuclear Safety and Security on the margins of the UN General Assembly’s sixty-sixth session. The meeting focused on strengthening the global nuclear safety regime and ensuring maximum nuclear safety standards.

In his speech, President described nuclear security as triune whole, consisting of protecting humankind from nuclear weapons, countering potential nuclear terrorism, and ensuring safety of atomic energy. He called for improvement of planetary management mechanisms in nuclear energy development. According to Nazarbayev, “unified, strict and internationally recognised standards and criteria to ensure safety of nuclear energy sites are needed’. He also underlined the importance that the world community be immediately informed of any minor incidents at any nuclear sites. And while the global radiophobia is growing it is of paramount importance to strengthen public trust of nuclear energy on the basis of true and realistic information, he added.

He also thanked the UNGA for declaring August 29, the day of closing the Semipalatinsk test site, the International Day of Actions against Nuclear Tests.

The leader of Kazakhstan also reaffirmed his country’s readiness to host the IAEA’s Low Enriched Uranium bank.

On the sidelines of the UNGA sixty-sixth session, Kazakh Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov attended the Ministerial Meeting “The New Silk Way”. As the current chair of the OIC CFM, he also participated in an Organization of Islamic Cooperation – European Union meeting as well as the OSCE Ministerial Troika meeting. He also held talks with its Chairman-in-Office Audronius Azubalis. He met separately with First-Vice-President of the European Commission and EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Affairs Catherine Ashton, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.

SOURCE: http://www.kazakhembus.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=780&cntnt01origid=15&cntnt01returnid=201



Nazarbayev, Sarkozy to adopt joint declaration in Paris 0

Posted on September 24, 2011 by Alex

E.Ostapenko, Trend, Sept 19, 2011

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev will have a meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy during his working visit to Paris today.

The two presidents are expected to sign a joint declaration after the meeting, Novosti-Kazakhstan reported referring to the Kazakh Foreign Ministry.

“The Presidents of Kazakhstan and France are expected to adopt a joint declaration which will reflect the main results of the negotiations and the intentions of the sides to further develop overall cooperation,” Novosti-Kazakhstan quoted official representative of the MFA Askar Abdrakhmanov as saying.

According to Abdrakhmanov, Nazarbayev and Sarkozy will discuss the performance of the Presidential Commission Nazarbayev-Sarkozy, as well as global and regional issues.

Political relations between France and Kazakhstan were established after independence and have intensified in the past decade. President Nazarbayev has paid several visits to France since 1992.

France has increased its presence in Kazakhstan since 2008. The consulate in Almaty was turned into a Consulate General In 2010. The French economic mission is represented in Astana and Almaty.

There is strategic partnership treaty, several intergovernmental agreements and trade agreements between the two states.

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Kazakhstan Daily News Roundup – September 22, 2011 0

Posted on September 22, 2011 by Alex

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Pakistan, Kazakhstan agree on joint efforts against terror 0

Posted on September 13, 2011 by Alex

Daily Times, Sept 8, 2011

* Two sides decide to relax visa regimes for businessmen, launch of joint ventures

* Discuss ways to enhance cooperation between armed forces

ASTANA: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, on Wednesday, agreed to counter common challenges of terrorism and extremism by reinforcing bilateral cooperation to ensure regional stability and prosperity.

The hour-long meeting held at the Akorda Palace encompassed a whole gamut of issues, including the need for evolving collective strategies to promote regional stability, besides enhancing cooperation in the fields of trade, communication and energy.

Prime Minister Gilani, whose visit is being termed as significant for reviving relations with Kazakhstan after 16 years, discussed with President Nazarbayev ways to cement relations by joining hands for region’s development.

The two sides also agreed on facilitating each others’ businessmen by relaxing visa regimes, holding of bilateral business forums and single country exhibitions and launching of joint ventures in the sectors of pharmaceuticals, cement, engineering goods and automobiles.

The two leaders discussed ways to enhance cooperation between the armed forces of Pakistan and Kazakhstan and the security institutions by establishing a mechanism to exchange information on counter-terrorism and drug trafficking. Pakistan and Kazakhstan agreed to enhance bilateral trade and facilitate their businessmen to promote investment in diverse areas.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani along with his Kazakh counterpart Karim Massimov witnessed the signing of the agreement at the Government House after the two leaders met and also co-chaired the delegation-level talks. Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FPCCI) President Senator Ghulam Ali inked the document on behalf of Pakistan Government, while Tatyana Zhdanova, Vice President Chamber of Commerce and Industry represented the Kazakh side.

The agreement aims at promoting market research, developing commercial relations and expanding projects between the two countries. It will promote trade and enhance economic and technical cooperation.

Speaking on the occasion, Gilani said Pakistan highly valued its relations with Kazakhstan and had the earnest desire to comprehensively upgrade these ties. He said both the countries had the capability and resources to make a significant contribution to peace and development of the region.

He stressed the need for translating the goodwill that existed between the two nations into concrete cooperation for the mutual benefit of their peoples.

Gilani said Kazakhstan played a pivotal role in Asia, as it was richly endowed with natural and human resources.

He lauded major economic strides made by Kazakhstan in the last two decades, and added that Pakistan and Kazakhstan needed to jointly tap the full potential of bilateral relationship. On Afghanistan, the prime minister said Pakistan shared an interest to see a peaceful, secure, sovereign, independent and united Afghanistan.

He said Pakistan supported an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process. The prime minister linked the vision of close regional economic integration with international connectivity over land, air and sea, facilitative regimes for promoting investments, trade and cooperation in sectors of energy, industry, agriculture, mines and minerals.

He said Pakistan would be happy to provide overland transit for Kazakhstan for trade through its ports.

SOURCE: http://www.kazakhembus.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=776&cntnt01origid=15&cntnt01returnid=201

Kazakhstan Daily News Roundup – September 5, 2011 0

Posted on September 06, 2011 by Alex

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