In Focus: Foreign Policy Priorities
Strengthening UN & Int’l security
Kazakh delegation participates in UN Security Council meeting on Afghanistan
A Kazakh delegation took part in the meeting of the UN Security Council on the situation in Afghanistan held at the UN headquarters in New York March 10. The meeting started with a minute of silence to commemorate the victims of the recent terrorist acts in Kabul. The council’s members condemned the attacks and called on the international community to join their efforts to combat the threat of terrorism.
Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the UN Kairat Umarov stressed that the situation in Afghanistan remains unstable due to instability and the high risk of terrorist acts, as well as the growth of illegal drug production and trafficking, which negatively influences whole Central Asia region.
The Kazakh side proposed to establish a regional UN centre on the ground of the existing international structures in Almaty that could coordinate targeted humanitarian and economic assistance to Afghanistan and Central Asian states.
Hosting EXPO 2017
Kenya agrees to participate in EXPO 2017
EXPO 2017 Commissioner Rapil Zhoshybaev and Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Kenya, Commissioner of Kenya’s National Section at EXPO 2017 Chris Kiptoo signed an agreement March 13 on Kenya’s participation in the international specialised exhibition in Astana.
The parties discussed Kenya’s involvement, the contents of its pavilion and the holding of a national day ceremony. The meeting noted that the EXPO 2017 platform will improve bilateral relations and increase bilateral trade turnover. Kiptoo noted the importance of signing a memorandum on cooperation between the chambers of commerce of Kazakhstan and Kenya.
Kiptoo informed that Kenya intends to present the country’s achievements in alternative energy sources, in particular, in the use of solar energy. In 2017, the country plans to launch a solar photovoltaic power plant with a capacity of 50 MW, which will cover 81 hectares of desert land.
He also noted that Kenya intends to abandon the use of fossil fuels and will transition to 100 percent use of renewable energy sources by 2050.
Experts optimistic about the future of autonomous vehicles in Kazakhstan
Iveco representative in Kazakhstan Lorenzo Bernardeli said he is optimistic about the future of autonomous vehicles in Kazakhstan during a recent international forum in Astana. Its partner in Kazakhstan will most likely be the AllurGroup assembly plant in Kostanai.
During the forum, the representative of Iveco, Lorenzo Bernardeli, presented futuristic concepts of the cars with innovative solutions. Iveco is part of the CNH Industrial Corporation and is introducing cutting-edge technologies in the commercial technology sector. The speaker noted that the producer adheres to plans to transition to unmanned cars and expressed hope that Kazakh colleagues will be able to follow suit.
Bernardeli also said the range of Iveco cars manufactured in Kostanai was adapted for Kazakhstan to meet the needs of customers in this market, including climatic conditions and road conditions of the southern and central regions of the country.
“We are seeing a rapid development of production in Kazakhstan and the desire of our innovative partner AllurGroup to test and implement innovations and technologies; we think that models of futuristic cars will be available to the Kazakhstan market in the future,” he said.
Kostanai’s plant was the first plant to switch to the full-cycle production of cars and became a springboard for the formation in the country of adjacent production of auto components and spare parts, such as batteries, tires, glasses, electrical engineering, among other technological products while the plant is also developing commercial transport. (dknews.kz)