In Focus: Foreign Policy Priorities
Strengthening UN & Int’l security
Kazakh President urges the world to unite to fight terrorists
President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev believes terrorism emerges where there is no government.
“Terrorists and extremists emerge in places where there is no government. They are comfortable with this way of living. They seized a piece of Iraqi land and a piece of Syrian land and called themselves the Islamic State. Terrorism spreads across the world. There are 65 million refugees, including 14 million children. Over the past three years, more than one million people have died. There are five million refugees inside Syria itself. They left everything behind; they have no place to live, no medicine to cure diseases. How can one live happily, if there are people who die of hunger at this very moment,” Nazarbayev told MIR TV Channel in an exclusive interview.
President Nazarbayev called on all countries to unite to fight terrorists.
“Without joint efforts there will be no victory,” the President stressed.
During the interview, Nazarbayev also shared his thoughts on the recent terror attack in Saint Petersburg and the similarity between the CSTO and NATO. (mir24.tv)
Hosting EXPO 2017
Security during the EXPO 2017 is top priority
First Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin held April 11 an off-site meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission on security and law enforcement measures during the preparation and holding of EXPO 2017.
During the meeting, the heads of government agencies responsible for ensuring security reported on the work being carried out.
In order to protect public order and security, handle and promptly resolve emerging issues, a set of measures has been adopted and an operational headquarters and a working group have been established with the heads of special, law enforcement and other state agencies and organisations included.
A police department was opened on the EXPO 2017 territory, and a fire department is now operating near the exhibition. One month before the opening of the exhibition, a security centre will open.
In addition, entrances to the exhibition complex are equipped with metal detectors, X-ray sets as well as video-analytics and face-recognition systems.
For visual control and prompt response, more than 2,000 CCTV cameras have been installed at the exhibition sites monitored by the operational control centre of the Department of Internal Affairs of Astana.
Summing up the results of the commission meeting, Mamin highlighted that organisational and preparatory work for the expo is being carried out. At the same time, he noted that ensuring the safety of the participants and visitors is a top priority. (expo2017astana.com)
The Khorgos-Eastern Gate SEZ holds B2B conference for Latvian companies
Heads of major Latvian transport and logistics companies, headed by Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia to the Republic of Kazakhstan Jurijs Pogrebnaks, got acquainted with the possibilities of the Khorgos-Eastern Gate Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and discussed prospects to develop relations in transport and logistics services between Latvian and Kazakh entrepreneurs.
The Latvian delegation included representatives of the free port of Ventspils, Latvia’s largest rail carrier LDZ Cargo, Riga Transit LLC, Citadele Bank and others.
The B2B conference presented comprehensive information on the SEZ activities.
Pogrebnaks said there is great potential for cooperation between Kazakhstan and Latvia not only in transport and logistics, but also in pharmaceuticals, information technologies, food production and construction.
“Kazakhstan is an important transit partner for Latvia. Of particular interest to us are the opportunities of the dry Port located on the territory of the Khorgos-Eastern Gate SEZ,” he said.
Head of Foreign Economic Affairs Office of the Republic of Latvia in the Republic of Kazakhstan Vladimir Samoilenko said “the invitation to visit one of the most promising logistics and industrial sites with the most modern infrastructure caused increased interest of Latvian carriers working on the Silk Road routes or planning to start their operations in this direction.”
The Latvian delegation appreciated the level of organisation of the conference and its results. Large Kazakh transport and logistics companies, including Dry Port operator KTZE-Khorgos Gateway LLP, attended the event. (railways.kz)