ASTANA, February 4, 2019 - Foreign Minister Beibut Atamkulov recently met with the Ambassador of Germany to Kazakhstan Tilo Klinner, to discuss the prospects for bilateral cooperation.
During the conversation, the sides discussed the current state and future potential of Kazakh-German cooperation in the political, trade and economic spheres. They emphasised recent deepening ties between Kazakhstan and Germany, and reiterated their mutual commitment to further expanding and strengthening relations between the two states.
The sides discussed the further development of cooperation between Kazakhstan and Germany, as well as the implementation of the agreements reached as a result of negotiations between President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Astana in July 2017.
Germany is an important and strategic partner of Kazakhstan in the European Union. “We are interested in expanding the scope of bilateral cooperation, in particular, in attracting German technologies and investments in the Kazakh market. In the light of the new tasks assigned to the Foreign Ministry, our cooperation will gain a new impetus,” Mr. Atamkulov said.
The Ambassador of Germany noted that the ongoing development of relations with Astana is one of Germany's diplomatic priorities in the region. Mr. Klinner welcomed the plans for further modernisation of the Kazakh economy and expressed willingness to assist in the implementation of joint projects.
Germany is one of the main European investors in Kazakhstan. From 2005 to 2018, investments from Germany to Kazakhstan amounted to $8.6 billion. The trade turnover between January-November 2018 reached $1.9 billion. There are currently 450 enterprises operating in Kazakhstan with German capital.