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LONDON, 19 September 2019 – Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United Kingdom Erlan Idrissov met with the recently appointed UK Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Christopher Pincher MP to discuss the state and prospects of the Kazakh-British strategic partnership.
The Kazakh diplomat briefed his colleague on the ongoing reforms in Kazakhstan and the strategic continuity of the country’s political course, the implementation of the long-term development strategy until 2050 adopted by the First President of Kazakhstan – Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev, as well as the recent state-of-the-nation address by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev titled “Constructive public dialogue – the basis of stability and prosperity of Kazakhstan”.
The UK Minister of State noted the importance of the political and economic reforms taking place in Kazakhstan and reaffirmed London’s commitment to further expand comprehensive strategic cooperation with Nur-Sultan. The sides noted the positive dynamics of Kazakhstan-UK relations and the intensity of bilateral contacts at the highest and high levels.
The sides discussed the priority areas of trade and economic cooperation, as well as the preparations for the upcoming major bilateral events. In October, London will host the Kazakhstan Global Investment Forum 2019, the meeting of the Kazakh-British Business Council, as well as the sixth meeting of the Intergovernmental commission on trade, economic, scientific, technical and cultural cooperation.
The sides also discussed the activities of the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC), which serves as an important platform for financial and investment cooperation between the two states. According to Mr.Pincher, a simplified tax regime and an independent court based on the principles of English common law are an important factor in attracting foreign investors to the AIFC. The UK Minister of State highlighted London’s readiness to continue support and cooperation in the further expansion of the Centre’s work.
In the context of the UK leaving the European Union and implementing the “Global Britain” strategy and in terms of discovering new areas of cooperation between Kazakhstan and the UK, the sides discussed the advantages of Kazakhstan’s territory in accessing neighbouring markets.
The sides focused on scientific, educational, cultural and humanitarian ties, stressing the importance of further strengthening cooperation between Kazakh and UK universities. The sides discussed a number of upcoming events and projects in this sphere. In particular, on 25 September, the British Library will host the launch of two anthologies of modern Kazakh literature (prose and poetry) translated and published by the Cambridge University Press with the support of the National Bureau of Translation of Kazakhstan, the British Council and the Embassy of Kazakhstan in the UK.