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On January 15, Kazakh Ambassador H.E. Ms. Raushan Yesbulatova met with the Director-General of the Department of South Asia, Middle East and Africa of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand H.E. Mr. Dusit Manapan.
During the meeting, a wide range of issues, primarily in the activation of the main directions in the field of politics, economy, trade and investment, as well as the expansion of the legal framework were discussed. In this context, Ms. Yesbulatova drew the interlocutor's attention to the need for further joint implementation of the results of the 3rd Meeting of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission of Kazakhstan and Thailand.
Talking about the agenda of the parties on the platforms of international organizations, the Kazakh diplomat noted the recent successful Chairmanship of Thailand in ASEAN, during which the Thai side held a significant number of events. There was also a constructive exchange of views on coordination and interaction in international and regional affairs within the framework of UN, CICA, DSA, ASEM, etc.
Discussing the current state of trade and economic relations, the parties stressed the trend of annual increase in mutual trade, as well as the activation of economic councils, business communities and circles, inter alia as a result of the exemption of Thai citizens from visa requirements for up to 30 days, starting from October 2019.
Mr. Manapan supported Ambassador's proposal to expand the investment area by joint efforts, taking advantage of the geographical location of the two countries in the center of their regions – in Central and South-East Asia.
Summarizing 2019, the parties emphasized mutual active participation in the activities in Nur-Sultan and Bangkok, such as the visit of high-level parliamentary delegation of headed by the Speaker of the Senate H.E. Mr. P. Wichitcholchai to Kazakhstan, the representation of the Thai side in the meeting of Secretariat of Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, in the I Forum of Asian Writers, in the 8th Global Summit of UNWTO and others.
In addition, the diplomats stressed that the past year was very full of political events for both countries, where early presidential and parliamentary elections were held.
Informing about the ongoing reforms in Kazakhstan, Ms. Yesbulatova noted that in his first Address to the People of Kazakhstan, President Tokayev announced the concept of a "Listening State", and that the main goal of the reforms is "a strong President – an influential Parliament – an accountable Government".
At the end of the meeting Kazakh Ambassador briefed about important events in Kazakhstan in 2020, such as the 25th Anniversary of the Constitution of Kazakhstan and the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan, celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Victory in the Second World War, the 175th Anniversary of the great Kazakh poet Abai Kunanbayev, the 1150th Anniversary of the great thinker al-Farabi, and the 12th World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference which will take place in Kazakh capital in coming June this year.