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Welcoming Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Kazakh leader Kassym-Jomart Tokayev expressed gratitude for participation in the work of the Astana International Forum, leading a delegation of government and business officials of Qatar, Kazinform cites Akorda.
The Kazakh President stressed that Qatar is an important and reliable partner of Kazakhstan in the Middle East, and expressed confidence that today’s talks will give a new impetus to the further development of cooperation between the two countries.
We’re to mark 30 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between our countries. Certainly, it is a major milestone. Over this period, we’ve established effective interstate cooperation and constructive political dialogue. Last year, you were in Astana for a state visit. Recently, the Kazakh Prime Minister paid a visit to Qatar. All of this serves as a strong indication of traditional friendship and strong partnership. You personally make a great contribution to the deepening of ties between the countries. I highly appreciate it and is ready to make every effort to further strengthen Kazakh-Qatari relations together with you. On our part, we’re ready to provide all necessary support for Qatari investors," said the Kazakh President.
As the Kazakh Head of State said, Kazakhstan is willing to increase its exports of around 60 products to Qatar by $250 million. He stressed the importance of opening direct flights between the countries to intensify business contacts.
For his part, Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani thanked the Kazakh leader for hospitality and warm welcome.
I with pressure accepted the invitation to take part in the Astana International Forum to visit Kazakhstan again. It is a great honor for me. I’m glad to see you again after my visit to Astana last October. It’s a good opportunity to discuss the realization of agreements reached with brotherly Kazakhstan during last year’s talks. A huge delegation including business officials arrived with me from Qatar. I believe that this will pave the way to successful cooperation between our countries. The bilateral cooperation develops dynamically in different areas. We intend to expand cooperation in all other areas," said the Qatari Amir.
During the meeting, the Heads of State discussed prospects for realizing joint projects in oil and gas, mining and metallurgical, agricultural, financial, and medical spheres. Issues of mutually beneficial cooperation within international organizations were discussed as well.
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At the beginning of his address, the Head of State expressed gratitude to Olaf Scholz for hospitality and excellent organization of the summit. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev noted that the launch of the "C5+Germany" dialogue is very relevant, Presidential press service reports.
The Kazakh leader explained the most important areas of cooperation. He identified increasing trade and economic collaborations as the top priority.
- Central Asian trade with Germany shows a positive trend, totaling $11 billion at the end of last year. Kazakhstan accounts for more than 80% of this trade turnover, and we are ready to increase exports to Germany by an additional 100 non-resource items totalling $850 million. We are talking about products of petrochemicals, metallurgy, food industry, - the President said.
According to Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the growth of mutual trade turnover could be facilitated by the conclusion of long-term contracts for the import of products from the countries of the region, as well as the granting of special trade preferences to Central Asian states, similar to the European Union's Generalised System of Preferences (GSP+). The President suggested setting up a joint working group at the level of the heads of the relevant agencies to draw up proposals for simplifying trade conditions.
The Head of State condemned the sanctions confrontation and spoke in favour of trade without restrictions and barriers.
- Kazakhstan opposes sanction confrontations, as politically motivated restrictions poison the overall atmosphere of international relations and do not contribute to the development of trade and economic cooperation between states. At the same time, we must consider sanctions restrictions in regional politics. We believe that the time has come for constructive diplomacy to find a mutually acceptable formula for peace and cooperation. I recently spoke about this from the rostrum of the United Nations during a session of the General Assembly. Kazakhstan advocates for the development of barrier-free trade and investment cooperation with all interested states. Yesterday, I had productive talks with you, distinguished Chancellor, and the heads of leading German companies on economic cooperation. We believe that the prospects for such cooperation are bright, - emphasized Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.
Agriculture is another priority area for cooperation. With the support of German partners, the head of state suggested creating a Regional Centre for Sustainable Agriculture in Kazakhstan. According to him, the centre could facilitate a broad exchange of theoretical developments, as well as their implementation and commercialization.
There are great prospects for further development of investment partnership.
- For more than 30 years, Germany has consistently been among the main investors in our country's economy. Kazakhstan aims to continue mutually beneficial cooperation with Germany and is ready to create all necessary conditions for German investors, including compliance with ESG principles, - the Head of State said.
As Kassym-Jomart Tokayev noted, attracting large German banks to the region may give additional impetus to investment cooperation.
The Head of State also drew attention to the need for effective cooperation in the field of transport and transit.
- Today, the Central Asian region is becoming a key link in global transport, playing an important role as a continental bridge in the North-South and East-West directions. Of particular importance is the development of the Trans-Caspian route and its conjunction with the Global Gateway strategy. In the medium term, the volume of cargo traffic along this corridor can be increased fivefold. Systematic work is being carried out for this purpose. We invite German partners to take an active part in the development of the Trans-Caspian route and Caspian Sea ports, as well as joint production of transport vessels and creation of logistics centers, - the President stressed.
According to Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Kazakh enterprises are ready to fill the deficit in the world market of titanium and other materials.
Another important priority for interaction was identified as the sphere of ecology and development of "green" economy. The Head of State expressed gratitude to the German side for the opening of the Hydrogen Diplomacy Office in Astana, which covers all countries in the region. The President also highly appreciated the initiative of the German Government "Green Central Asia", which is a continuation of the "Water Initiative for Central Asia".
The President then pointed out such pressing challenges for the Central Asian region as terrorism, religious extremism, drug trafficking and transnational crime. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev spoke positively about Germany's efforts to address these and other threats through its own project activities, as well as within the framework of the EU, OSCE and other international organizations.
The Head of State dwelt separately on the situation in Afghanistan. In his opinion, it is necessary to continue to support the efforts of the international community and especially the Central Asian states to prevent a humanitarian crisis in this country. In this context, he pointed out the importance of establishing the UN Regional Centre for Sustainable Development for Central Asia and Afghanistan in Almaty.
Summarizing his speech, president Tokayev expressed confidence that the synergy of Germany's political influence and economic opportunities with the enormous potential of the Central Asian states can make a great contribution to the sustainable progress of the region.
The meeting was also addressed by Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of Germany, Sadyr Zhaparov, President of Kyrgyzstan, Emomali Rahmon, President of Tajikistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev President of Uzbekistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Chairman of the Halk Maslahaty of Turkmenistan.
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In his address to the summit participants, the Head of State noted that the C5+Germany dialogue initiative could be a powerful impetus for cooperation between the countries, Presidential press service reports.
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev outlined the priority areas of cooperation that could be the subject of joint efforts by the leaders of the region. First of all, he elaborated on the issues of trade and economic cooperation, development of new transit-transport corridors, and cooperation in the energy sector.
During the meeting, much attention was paid to climate change and water issues. The meeting participants discussed the agenda on the melting of glaciers and the ecological situation in Central Asia. According to the President of Kazakhstan, Germany's experience in dealing with these challenges is very important for the region.
The leaders also touched upon issues concerning the geopolitical situation surrounding the Central Asian region and the European Union. They also exchanged views on the current situation in Afghanistan.
President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier claimed that the Ukrainian crisis seriously affects European security, as well as the security of Central Asian countries.
In response, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev reiterated the need for wise diplomacy aimed at finding mutually acceptable peaceful solutions. He emphasized the need for the parties to engage in real negotiations.
In addition, the President highlighted the importance of expanding cultural and humanitarian ties between the Central Asian states and Germany. In particular, he supported the implementation of joint scientific and educational projects, as well as programs for learning the German language.
During the meeting, President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Zhaparov, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov also delivered their speeches.
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Kassym-Jomart Tokayev participated in the inaugural Berlin Global Dialogue forum. During the "Dialogue of Leaders" session, the Head of State outlined his vision of Kazakhstan's role in global economic processes, Presidential press service reports.
In his remarks, the President noted that convening this forum was timely.
- After decades of globalization and integration, we now face a situation in which conflicts, geopolitical tensions, disrupted markets are deeply eroding global political and economic stability, - Kassym-Jomart Tokayev stated.
He suggested that the world needs new universal values to solve global economic problems. Otherwise, humanity faces an unprecedented fragmentation of global trade, which could lead to a 7% drop in global GDP.
A major part of the President's speech focused on the role of Kazakhstan in helping to stabilize international economic ties.
- With the second largest proven oil reserves in Eurasia, Kazakhstan is a major energy supplier to the global markets. Given that 70% of our oil exports go to the European Union, we stand ready to enhance our export capacities and contribute to mitigating the global energy crisis, - the Head of State said.
Tokayev informed the participants about new prospects for the development of Kazakhstan’s national economy.
- Last year, Kazakhstan’s exports increased by almost 40 percent. While a significant portion of our GDP still comes from the energy sector, our drive towards diversification is accelerating. Witnessing growth in diverse sectors such as automotive, pharmaceuticals, processed metals, and mechanical engineering, Kazakhstan continues to attract significant foreign investment due to our growing reputation as an exceptional environment to do business in, - Kassym-Jomart Tokayev stated.
The President encouraged the forum participants to explore untapped avenues for economic partnership with Kazakhstan. In particular, the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route, also known as the "Middle Corridor," offers new possibilities for trade and investment in the region by halving the transit times for goods transported via existing maritime routes.
It was also noted that Kazakhstan is the first country in the region that ratified the Paris Agreement and adopted the Carbon Neutrality Strategy by 2060. Several important international projects are being implemented in this area.
- "Svevind", a German-Swedish company, is channelling a $50 billion dollar investment in its operations in Kazakhstan, targeting the production of 2 million tons of "green" hydrogen per year. Furthermore, a plethora of investment opportunities exist for businesses aspiring to process raw materials and ores locally, primed for export to the European Union. We are confident that the availability of affordable energy resources, committed state support and competitive labor costs make this an attractive proposition, - Kassym-Jomart Tokayev asserted.
The President voiced his belief that Kazakhstan has emerged as a truly global and reliable trade and economic partner.
In conclusion, Tokayev emphasized the importance of joint responsibility to accelerate a prosperous and inclusive future for all.
- In June of this year, upon my initiative, we launched the first Astana International Forum - a unique and inclusive platform established to advance global cooperation and dialogue in this time of geopolitical polarization. It is my sincere hope that the Berlin Global Dialogue and the Astana International Forum, standing as valuable spaces for international dialogue in Europe and Eurasia, can reinforce their respective efforts in addressing our global concerns, - concluded Tokayev.
After his speech, the Kazakh leader addressed questions from the forum participants.
The forum was also attended by Federal Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz, President of the European Council Charles Michel, Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander De Croo, Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama, and other senior politicians, heads of international companies and financial institutions.
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The Kazakh President, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, stated Russia has no territorial claims with regard to Kazakhstan, Kazinform reports.
The Kazakh President said that the country maintains regular friendly contacts with Russia bilaterally as well as within the certain integration groupings.
As for the border between Kazakhstan and Russia, it was delimited and demarcated, approved and ratified by the parliaments of both countries. Hence, we have no concerns regarding territorial claims on the part of Russia, said Tokayev.
Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev arrived in Germany for an official visit earlier today.
As part of the visit, the Head of State is expected to hold talks with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
The Kazakh leader is also slated to take part in the Central Asia-Germany Summit set for September 29 in Berlin.
On top of that, President Tokayev will address the Berlin Global Dialogue international forum as well as hold a series of meetings with German business community.
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Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev received Head of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov, Presidential press service reports.
The meeting focused on the prospects for the development of cooperation in trade and economic, investment, agrarian, and cultural and humanitarian spheres.
The Kazakh President noted that Tatarstan traditionally takes a leading place among Russian regions in terms of the volume of economic cooperation with Kazakhstan.
There is every reason to stress that Kazakh-Tatar cooperation develop dynamically and take an important role in our multifaceted relations with Russia. Last year, the trade turnover between Kazakhstan and Tatarstan rose 22.5%, surpassing $597mln. Major projects in the field of mechanical engineering with participation of Tatneft, KAMAZ are carried out successfully. There are other projects," said Tokayev.
For his part, Minnikhanov also drew attention to the strengthening of trade and economic cooperation between Kazakhstan and Tatarstan.
Mr. President, thanks a lot for your time and the opportunity to meet with you, report on our joint projects. And of course, special thanks for today’s Innoprom. Its preparation as well as the holding is solid. We arrived with huge delegation of over 100 people, 38 companies. Our task is not only to present our large-sized businesses or trade and economic relations, but to make medium- and small-sized enterprises of ours work with your country," said the Tatar President.
During the talk, the Kazakh Head of State pointed out that the Kazakhstan-Russia Interregional Forum serves as a good platform for interaction. The upcoming Forum to be held in November in Kostanay is to largely focus on agriculture. The Kazakh President believes that this issue will be of interest to entrepreneurs of Tatarstan taking into account their rich experience in processing agricultural products and huge potential for cooperation in this sphere.
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At the meeting with the U.S. President Joe Biden in New York, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev noted the importance of ratification of the Protocol to the Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty by the U.S., Kazinform reports.
At the meeting with the U.S. President Joe Biden, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev noted the importance of ratification of the Protocol to the Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty by the U.S., Kazinform reports.
Earlier, the Protocol was ratified by the PRC, Russia, France and Great Britain. This step will let complete the process of institutionalization of the region’s non-nuclear status and will become a milestone in international efforts on strengthening the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation process.
Central Asia is the only region in northern hemisphere where the deployment of nuclear arsenals is prohibited. Similar zones were set up in Latic America, Africa, Southeast Asia and in South Pacific area.
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Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Murat Nurtleu participated in a working meeting of the foreign ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization in New York, Kazinform reports via the Kazakh MFA.
Murat Nurteu informed his colleagues about Kazakhstan’s stance on various aspects of the CSTO’s activity.
The working meeting of the CSTO foreign ministers was held a friendly atmosphere. The sides confirmed their commitment to further development of the further CSTO-UN mutually beneficial cooperation.
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During the conversation, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was informed about GE Healthcare's plans to localize production of ultrasound machines with subsequent production of CT scanners, angiographs and mammographs, Presidential press service reports.
The President of Kazakhstan emphasized that this initiative fully meets the goal of increasing the share of domestic production of medicines and medical equipment to 50% by 2025.
Rob Walton told the President about GE Healthcare's intention to create a Centralized National Digital Archive of Clinical Images of the Republic of Kazakhstan. This will simplify the management of patient data and, as a result, reduce the cost of services.
The company also implements educational programs to improve the qualifications of healthcare personnel by opening GE Healthcare Academy on the basis of the Astana Medical University. The educational institution will be able to start full-fledged operations in October this year.
The head of state praised the strategic partnership with GE on important healthcare projects in Kazakhstan.
During the meeting, a Framework Agreement on the main terms of the GE Healthcare investment project between the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and GE Healthcare was signed.
GE Healthcare operates in more than 140 countries. In 2022, the company had revenues of $19 billion and a market capitalization of $34.5 billion.
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