On September 5, 2018, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Japan Yerlan Baudarbek-Kozhatayev met with Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Asian Population and Development Association (APDA), former Prime Minister of Japan Yasuo Fukuda to discuss his visit to Kazakhstan.
Yasuo Fukuda will take part and deliver a speech in the international conference "Investing in Youth", which will be held on October 19-20, 2018 in Astana. The Asian Population and Development Association headed by Yasuo Fukuda is co-organizer of the event along with the Majilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the United Nations Population Fund.
The Asian Population and Development Association was formed in 1982 on the initiative of the Government of Japan. The main objectives of the association are to promote initiatives to improve the living standards and welfare of the population, as well as the implementation of population and reproductive health programs in Asian countries.
The Japanese politician during the talks highly estimated the economic policy of Kazakhstan, which became the basis for increasing the number and welfare of the country's population. He also focused on the successful gender policy of the country, noting high positions in the gender equality global rankings.
In the opinion of Yasuo Fukuda, this conference will be an important platform for the exchange of experience in population and development, establishment of a common strategy for the preservation of reproductive health and the protection of the rights of women and youth, and the development of dialogue between parliamentarians from more than 50 countries.
In his turn, Ambassador Yerlan Baudarbek-Kozhatayev informed about the main directions of Kazakhstan's development and international initiatives of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev, including the establishment of the "International Financial Center" Astana", holding the Summit of the Heads of State of Central Asia and signing the Convention on the Caspian Legal Status.