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Presidents of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Reaffirm Historic Roots, Growing Economic Relationship
President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev reaffirmed their countries’ growing economic relationship during the Nov. 7 Supreme Interstate Council meeting in Astana.
Nazarbayev noted that since 2012, bilateral trade relations have grown, with trade turnover exceeding $1 billion in the period. In the first eight months of this year, it rose 5.2 percent.
The vast majority of Kyrgyzstan’s electricity and dairy exports come to Kazakhstan, which also receives about half of its fruit and vegetable exports, Nazarbayev said, while Kazakhstan provides most of Kyrgyzstan’s wheat, flour and minerals needs, as well as 53 percent of its nonorganic chemical imports. Since independence, Kazakhstan’s businesses have invested $1 billion into Kyrgyzstan’s economy.
The President also reiterated Kazakhstan’s readiness to support Kyrgyzstan’s effort to join the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia and the Common Economic Space of the same three countries. Both unification initiatives are precursors to the Eurasian Economic Union set to enter into force on Jan. 1, 2015. (www.astanatimes.com)
Kazakhstan participates in CIS Defence Ministers Council
Kazakhstan’s Minister of Defence Imangali Tasmagambetov participated in the meeting of the Commonwealth of Independent States Defence Ministers Council in Moscow on Nov. 11 and held talks with his counterparts from Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan on the development of military and military-technical cooperation.
At a round-table discussion with Azerbaijani Minister of Defence Zakir Hasanov, Tasmagambetov discussed cooperation between the Defence Ministries of the two countries and approved the bilateral cooperation plan for 2015. Tasmagambetov and Minister of Defence of Kyrgyzstan Abibullah Kudaiberdiyev called for stronger bilateral ties and cooperation within the CIS, Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
The CIS defence ministers signed documents on the control of radiation, chemical and biological conditions and the rapid exchange of geospatial information in the interests of the armed forces of CIS countries and discussed the draft concept of military cooperation between the countries of the CIS to 2020. They also discussed plans for joint preparations for the celebration of the 70th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War. (inform.kz)
Kazakhstan to opendiplomatic mission in Ethiopia
Kazakhstan plans to open a diplomatic mission in Ethiopia by the end of 2014, part of the country’s ongoing expansion into the African continent. Kazakhstan regards cooperation with African nations as a promising foreign policy direction. Establishing an embassy in Ethiopia would improve cooperation between the two countries, and Kazakhstan also plans to reach out to the rest of Africa through Ethiopia. The first Embassy of Kazakhstan in Africa was opened in Egypt in 1993. Last year, the country opened an embassy in South Africa. (inform.kz)
Deputy Foreign Minister attends Baku conference on Council of Europe toward neighbouring regions
On Nov. 7-8, Baku, Azerbaijan, hosted a high-level conference to review the progress made within framework of the Council of Europe policy toward its immediate neighbouring regions and exchange views on development of this policy.
Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Volkov, head of Kazakhstan’s delegation, stressed the significant potential of dialogue between Kazakhstan and Europe in his address, noting the rapidly developing cooperation between Kazakhstan and the Council of Europe. Kazakhstan considers the mutual desire to cooperate with the Council of Europe an opportunity to exchange experiences and knowledge to ensure stability, security, economic development and prosperity in the region, he said.
He also highlighted the importance of the Action Plan for cooperation on criminal matters adopted in December 2013. Volkov also discussed the Joint Programme of the European Union and the Council of Europe supporting the government in improving its justice system, which aims to harmonise Europe and Kazakhstan’s systems of justice. (mfa.gov.kz)
Astana hosts Kazakhstan-Italy business forum
A Kazakhstan-Italy business forum focusing on trade, economic, infrastructure and agro-industrial cooperation was held in Astana from Nov. 10-12 with the participation of representatives from 80 Italian companies and more than 200 representatives of Kazakhstan’s national companies and sectoral associations. At the forum, Italian Deputy Minister for Economic Development Carlo Candela said Italy was keen to advance trade cooperation and promote its products across Kazakhstan. Currently, 70-80 percent of Italian products are concentrated in Almaty.
President of the Italian Trade Agency Riccardo Monti announced at the forum that direct flights between Italy and Kazakhstan will be launched soon.
Italy provides 16 percent of Kazakhstan’s trade turnover, coming after only Russia and China. There are now 178 joint Kazakh-Italian companies in Kazakhstan. (inform.kz)
Kazakhstan’s symphony orchestra performs in Brazil and Argentina
Rio de Janeiro hosted the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Kazakhstan on Nov. 6, with the assistance of Kazakhstan’s Embassy in Brazil and Ministry of Culture and Brazilian production company Dell’Arte. The orchestra is on a tour that includes concerts in Brazil and Argentina and is intended to expand and strengthen cultural ties with these countries as well as to introduce Kazakhstan’s culture and art to Brazilian and Argentinian audiences. The orchestra included violinist Galiya Bisengaliyeva, graduate of the London Royal Music Academy, and French conductor Nicole Krauss. Concerts will also be held in Vitoria, Brazil, and Buenos Aires, Rosario and Córdoba, Argentina. In Buenos Aires the concert will be held at the world-famous Colon Theatre. (mfa.gov.kz)
Days of Kazakh Culture in France come to an end
Paris’s Théâtre de la Ville hosted the final event of the Days of Kazakh Culture in France on Nov. 9. A yurt richly decorated with traditional Kazakh ornaments welcomed guests there. From Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, an ethnic village, “Kazakh auly,” welcomed Parisians in the middle of the Palais Royal square between the Louvre and the State Council. Cartoons from Kazakhstan were screened for children and a concert featuring traditional Kazakh music was held.
The events were intended to enrich cultural exchange and ties between the two nations and provide insight into Kazakhstan, its people, development and traditions. (inform.kz)