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Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan organises exhibit of photographs from Kazakhstan
Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan and the Secretariat of ANK organised a thematic photo-exhibition named “The Assembly of People of Kazakhstan: Kazakhstan’s model of social accord and national unity” at the United Nations headquarters in New York May 16.
The exhibition presented a photo chronicle of the establishment of this unique public institution, its development and functioning during 20 years, as well as demonstrated cooperation of all ethnic groups and religions living in Kazakhstan.
Deputy head of the ANK Secretariat Leonid Prokopenko made a presentation of the union’s activities.
Representative of the UN Alliance of Civilisations Matthew Hodes stressed the importance of Kazakhstan’s contribution to strengthening and promoting interreligious and intercultural dialogue. He noted the significant results of country’s initiatives, such as the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, High-level Dialogue on Religions for Peace held at the UN General Assembly, as well as the relevance of the international conference “Religion against terrorism” on May 31 in Astana.
EXPO Company keeps public’s attendance cost low
EXPO 2017 has negotiated with the International Exhibitions Bureau to achieve the lowest prices for the event, making it not only affordable to the Kazakh people but also attractive to foreign tourists, said Chairman of the Astana EXPO 2017 National Company Akhmetzhan Yessimov. Tickets will be released June 10 and available only online until August, after which they can be purchased at ticket windows.
“So far, I can say that prices for the tickets will be slightly higher than cinema tickets,” he said at a May 16 meeting of the public council set up to oversee the Astana EXPO 2017 company.
He added that EXPO 2017 has attracted more than $113.2 million and collected $744.5 million in investments. The investments, used to construct the facilities, have created approximately 5,300 jobs.
The chairman added the international community has shown great interest in the exhibition. He noted 84 countries and 14 international organisations have confirmed their participation.
Government to implement seven projects with anchor investors
In 2016, the government plans to implement seven projects with “anchor” investors totalling about 78 billion tenge (US$236.7 million), Minister for Investment and Development of Kazakhstan Asset Issekeshev informed.
“This year, we plan to implement seven projects with the participation of anchor investors and multinational companies, such as JAC, Hikma, Carmeuse Group, Cremonini, Peugeot, Citroen, IVECO, Tenaris totalling about 78 billion tenge in the pharmaceutical, chemical, agricultural, mining and construction industries,” he said.
According to Issekeshev, today 65 projects with participation of multinational companies are being worked on.
“Over the past 11 years thanks to targeted efforts to improve the investment climate, foreign direct investments in Kazakhstan amounted to $212 billion dollars. The industrialisation programme launched in 2010 allowed us to change the structure of investment in favour of the manufacturing sector,” he added. (primeminister.kz)
FM participates in event dedicated Kazakhstan’s investment climate
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov took part in a lunch hosted by the European Business Association of Kazakhstan dedicated to improving the investment climate of Kazakhstan May 17.
The event was attended by Minister for Investment and Development of Kazakhstan Asset Issekeshev, management of the National Agency for Export and Investment KAZNEX INVEST, representatives of the diplomatic corps, international business associations and business circles of Kazakhstan.
Idrissov noted that the country leaders give priority to improving the investment climate and attracting investors to the implementation of priority projects.
He called the diplomatic corps to a more active joint work in this direction, as well as briefed on the ongoing work on the liberalisation of the visa regime with Kazakhstan’s investment priority countries.
In turn, Issekeshev informed on the concrete measures that the government make in order to improve Kazakhstan’s business environment and support foreign investors, as well as touched upon the priorities of industrial and economic policy.