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Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Roman Vassilenko held a meeting with the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Jonatan Vseviov, press service of the Kazakh MFA reports.
During the conversation, the parties discussed in details the issues of further strengthening political cooperation, expanding the bilateral legal framework, intensifying inter-parliamentary cooperation, and interaction within the UN, OSCE and in the context of cooperation with the European Union. The dialogue extended to the exchange of views on current issues of global and regional security.
Acknowledging the intensive political dialogue across all levels, the two officials confirmed their readiness to implement the agreements reached during the meeting between the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and the President of Estonia Alar Karis on the sidelines of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in September this year.
Special attention was given to trade, economic and investment activities, with both parties highlighted the positive dynamics of bilateral trade turnover and the active interaction between their respective business communities.
Deputy Minister Vassilenko emphasized the importance of deepening cooperation with Estonia in priority areas for Kazakhstan such as transport and logistics, including the development of the Middle corridor, as well as digitalization and "green" economy.
In conclusion, both parties expressed their readiness to fully support and advance the bilateral dialogue across the entire spectrum of Kazakh-Estonian relations.
For reference: In the first nine months of 2023, the trade turnover between the two countries amounted to 135.5 million US dollars, in 2022 - 121.9 million US dollars. Today, more than 70 companies with Estonian capital operate in Kazakhstan.
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Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Murat Nurtleu, as part of his participation in the III Antalya Diplomacy Forum, held talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Türkiye Hakan Fidan, press service of the Kazakh MFA reports.
The parties discussed a wide range of issues of political, trade, economic, investment and cultural cooperation. During the conversation, a high assessment was given to the dynamics of the development in Kazakh-Turkish relations across the entire spectrum of bilateral cooperation.
Special attention was paid to the development of transit, transport, cultural and humanitarian cooperation and cooperation between the two countries in the field of education.
The foreign ministers also "compared notes" on issues of the international and regional agenda, including through integration associations, among which the Organization of Turkic States occupies a special place for both states.
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Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Pakistan Yerzhan Kistafin made a working trip to Lahore, press service of the Kazakh MFA reports.
At the invitation of the head of the Nutshell Group, Mohammad Azfar Ahsan, Yerzhan Kistafin, at a business lunch with representatives of the province's business, informed the participants about the favorable investment climate of Kazakhstan, the advantages and trade and economic opportunities of the country for doing business. The Ambassador urged entrepreneurs to visit Kazakhstan and explore promising "niches".
Next, the Ambassador visited the Beaconhouse National University, where he met with the leadership of the educational institution and gave a guest lecture to students. The Pakistani side, noting the great interest and potential, confirmed their intention to develop cooperation with Kazakh universities in the fields of education and science.
Special attention was given to the development of business ties between women entrepreneurs of the two countries during a seminar held at Kazakhstan House in Lahore, as part of the International Women’s Day celebration. Ambassador met with representatives of women's business circles, emphasizing the importance of collaboration in this sector.
The Ambassador held a meeting with the Chairman of the largest diversified conglomerate Nishat Group, Mian Mohammad Mansha. During the talks, the parties discussed sectors of the economy of mutual interest, including the textile industry, production of building materials, electricity generation, hospitality, agriculture and banking. Following the meeting, an agreement was reached on the organization of Mian Mohammad Mansha’s visit to Kazakhstan.
Also, Ambassador, as an honorary guest at the invitation of Sikandar Mustafa, Chairman of the leading agricultural machinery company Millat Tractors, attended a solemn event dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the company, discussing prospects for the development of cooperation with Kazakhstan.
In addition, during the visit of the head of the Kazakh national clothing brand "Tarbiya" Tarbiya Aidimbayeva, meetings were organized with famous designers of Pakistan, during which issues of collaboration and implementation of joint events in the field of fashion industry were discussed.
During the visit, Ambassador, together with the Honorary Consul of Kazakhstan in Lahore, Rao Khalid, took part in a morning show on the Pakistani TV channel Discover Pakistan, and also gave an interview to the Kohenoor News TV channel, telling about the ongoing work on the development of multifaceted cooperation between the two countries, about the results achieved in 2023, as well as further plans planned for the current year.
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Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Roman Vassilenko met with a Czech delegation led by Director of Prague Zoo Miroslav Bobek, who arrived in Astana to discuss the project on the reintroduction of Przewalski’s horses in Kazakhstan, press service of the Kazakh MFA reports.
During the meeting, the parties discussed further implementation of the project and agreed to make joint efforts to ensure the successful reintroduction of the horses. This endeavor holds significance not only for Kazakhstan but also for the restoration of biological diversity on the planet.
I am very pleased that the project, originating from informal discussions between our embassies in Bratislava and Prague and the Bratislava and Prague zoos, has received such powerful development and support from the governments of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Czech Republic," stated Roman Vassilenko during the meeting. "I would like to assure our Czech friends and colleagues from other ministries of Kazakhstan that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan will fully support this important and kind project."
For reference: During the visit of Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Petr Fiala to Astana in April 2023, a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the Forestry and Wildlife Committee of the Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Prague Zoo, laying the foundation for the project for the reintroduction of Przewalski’s horses to Kazakhstan.
The project aims to relocate about 40 horses from Europe to Kazakhstan within five years, establishing the groundwork for the reintroduced population and recreation of the original functional steppe ecosystems.
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As part of the strategy to strengthen bilateral relations and promote Kazakhstan's interests on the international stage, Minister of Industry and Construction of Kazakhstan Kanat Sharlapaev has embarked on a working visit to the United States of America, press service of the Ministry of Industry and Construction reports.
During his visit the Minister is scheduled to engage in discussions with key figures in American politics and business. A particular focus will be directed towards exploring opportunities for deepening cooperation in the fields of geology and mining, as well as evaluating prospective projects in energy and environmental sectors.
The Minister is set to meet with representatives from leading American companies, including Nisha Biswal, Deputy CEO of DFC, along with members of the USKZBC and the U.S. Geological Survey, to deliberate on potential collaborations and investments in Kazakhstan's economy.
The agenda for the bilateral meetings is expected to cover cooperation in the domain of critical minerals.
Kazakhstan proposes strategic cooperation in this sector to the USA, encompassing the supply of aluminum, scandium, and gallium. Kazakhstan is ready to offer tolling services utilizing existing capacities and to discuss promising projects for the exploration and mining of tungsten, cobalt, lithium, titanium, and other valuable minerals. The discussions are anticipated to address volumes, long-term contracts, and investment support issues in this strategically significant area.
Notably, Kazakhstan produces and processes 17 out of the 50 types of critical minerals identified by the USA. The collaboration between the two countries has already seen success in the supply of titanium, beryllium, tantalum, and niobium. Kazakhstani beryllium and tantalum products are utilized by American entities such as Transport Technologies LLC, IBC US Holdings Inc., and Tosoh SMD Inc.
The visit underscores Kazakhstan's openness to international dialogue and the country's readiness to actively engage with the global community to achieve shared objectives in the industrial and geological exploration spheres.
This visit marks a significant milestone in strengthening bilateral and sectoral ties between Kazakhstan and the USA, paving new pathways for cooperation and fostering a mutually beneficial partnership.
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Ambassador of Kazakhstan Serzhan Abdykarimov held a meeting with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia Tri Tharyat, during which issues of multilateral cooperation and interaction in regional and international organizations were discussed, press service of the Kazakh MFA reports.
Both parties noted the similarity of positions on a number of current international issues and expressed satisfaction with the mutual support of the foreign policy initiatives of the two countries.
The diplomats also discussed the prospects for cooperation within the framework of the UN, the IAEA, and the CICA.
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Ambassador of Kazakhstan Margulan Baimukhan met with the Secretary General of the Benelux Union Frans Weekers and Deputy Secretary Generals Michel-Etienne Tilemans and Jean-Claude Meyer, press service of the Kazakh MFA reports.
The parties discussed promising areas of cooperation between Kazakhstan and the General Secretariat of the Benelux Union. Particular attention was paid to the priorities of Kazakhstan in the European direction, as well as the implementation of the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between Kazakhstan and the European Union.
During the conversation, Secretary General Frans Weekers introduced the Ambassador to the formats of cooperation among the Benelux countries. The leadership of the General Secretariat also informed about cooperation in an intergovernmental and interparliamentary format among member states. The parties also discussed the experience of interaction between law enforcement authorities of the Benelux member states.
In turn, Margulan Baimukhan informed foreign colleagues about the development of the international transport "Middle Corridor", as well as about Kazakhstan’s goals to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. In this regard, the leadership of the General Secretariat expressed interest in the topic of "green" hydrogen production in Kazakhstan.
In addition, the Kazakh diplomat emphasized the main priorities of cooperation between the Central Asian countries and the EU. Special emphasis was placed on the results of the Global Gateway Investors Forum for EU-Central Asia Transport Connectivity held in January 2024 in Brussels, during which it was announced that the European Union intends to attract up to 10 billion EUR of investments in the development of a transport corridor from Central Asia to the EU.
At the end of the meeting, the Ambassador invited Frans Weekers to take part in the Astana International Forum, which will be held in Kazakhstan in June of this year.
For reference: The Benelux Union generates approximately 8% of the GDP of the European Union and includes the Kingdoms of Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The organization was founded on September 5, 1944. The political-economic union initially focused on customs barriers and ensuring the free movement of people, goods and services. Currently, the activities of the Benelux organization covers a wider range of topics, including sustainable development, security, energy, transport, etc.
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Consular consultations between the Foreign Ministries of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Estonia were held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia under the leadership of Bauyrzhan Akatayev, Director of the Consular Service Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, and Tiina Nirk, Director General of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, press service of the Kazakh MFA reports.
During the consultations, the parties discussed in detail the issues of simplification of the visa regime of the European Union for citizens of Kazakhstan, including the next necessary steps of Kazakhstan in this direction.
A special impetus was also given to the issue of improving the mechanisms for protecting the rights of citizens of the two countries, including those engaged in labor activity.
After the consultations, the parties confirmed their interest in continuing cooperation between the competent institutions of the two countries.
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Within the framework of the annual reception of the UNESCO Circle of Permanent Delegates, the Delegation of Kazakhstan presented the culinary traditions of their country to the ambassadors to and the personnel of the intergovernmental organization with a mandate to safeguard the world’s cultural diversity, press service of the Kazakh MFA reports.
The Kazakh corner featured hot dishes, appetizers, and desserts of the national cuisine, which stands as an integral component of its intangible cultural heritage. Aigerim Musagazhinova, a prominent ethnographer and restaurateur, provided to visitors at the stand insightful commentary on the unique traditions and the captivating variety of the national cuisine. Guests were also captivated by her beautifully illustrated book titled Unique Dishes of Kazakh Cuisine, featuring 50 authentic recipes in Kazakh, Russian, and English.
Kazakhstan takes great pride in its remarkable contributions to UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, with 13 inscribed elements showcasing the nation’s identity. Among these, Nauryz, Traditional Spring Festive Rites of Kazakh Horse Breeders, and Flatbread Making and Sharing Culture (Lavash, Katyrma, Jupka, Yufka) are related to various aspects of the Kazakh traditional cuisine.
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