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PM Notes Kazakh Economic, Security Contributions at ASEM Summit




Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov took part in the Asia–Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit and held bilateral meetings while visiting Ulan Bator, Mongolia, July 14–15.

ASEM is an inter-regional open dialogue process, offering a format through which its 53 member countries can collaborate on politics, security, finance, economic issues and social culture. The organisation facilitates discourse on issues in each area and names strengthening the relationship between the two regions in a spirit of mutual respect and equal partnership as a key objective, according to

The summit, entitled “Promotion of the ASEM Partnership for Strengthening Cooperation,” included discussions of the fallout from the global economic and financial crisis, traditional security threats and new challenges, the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons, energy security, sustainable development, climate change, environmental issues and promoting cultural ties.

Addressing the summit, Massimov said, “Kazakhstan is lucky to have a leader like President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who actively promotes internationalisation and mutual economic cooperation with all foreign partners. Thanks to his efforts, Kazakhstan has become one of the founders of the Commonwealth of Independent States [CIS] and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation [SCO]. [Nazarbayev] initiated the establishment of the Eurasian Economic Union [EAEU], as well as the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia [CICA],” reported

Prime Minister also commented on Kazakhstan’s efforts to develop and enhance transport infrastructure linking Asia and Europe through the country’s Nurly Zhol economic stimulus programme and the One Belt, One Road project launched by China.

“Kazakhstan’s new railways connect the country with Turkmenistan and Iran, thus providing the shortest route to the Persian Gulf. Also, new railways connect Almaty with the Chinese port of Lianyungang. The Western Europe-Western China transport corridor is coming to completion. I am sure that these improved transport links will strengthen cooperation between the ASEM member states,” he said.

The prime minister also discussed the possibility of envisioning the region as a “Greater Eurasia.”

“Thanks to modern transport and communications systems, today, Europe and Asia compose a united continent of Greater Eurasia, which represents more than 50 percent of the global [gross domestic product] and 60 percent of the world’s population and includes over a third of the world’s land. It is our duty to work together in order to restore and promote the development of an open and interconnected Greater Eurasia with our friends in East Asia,” he said.

Kazakhstan’s location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia makes it a natural bridge between East and West, Massimov stressed. He added that Greater Eurasia presents opportunities for collaboration and close partnerships that may benefit ASEM and the world as a whole, and that the ASEM forum is one useful way of building such partnerships.

In addition to the ASEM summit, Massimov met with Czech President Milos Zeman to discuss developing cooperation in mechanical engineering and agriculture. He noted that Kazakhstan considers the Czech Republic one of its most important economic partners.

Massimov also met Prime Minister of Mongolia Jargaltulga Erdenebat, Prime Minister of Romania Dacian Cioloș, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte and Prime Minister of Finland Juha Sipilä to talk economic, trade and investment cooperation.

Massimov and Erdenebat also discussed increasing contacts between the countries’ business communities, identifying energy, agriculture, transport infrastructure, housing, mining and gold and uranium processing as promising areas of cooperation.

Massimov met July 14 with the Kazakh diaspora living in Mongolia’s Ulgii district, promising them financial assistance from the government of Kazakhstan following the recent, devastating flood in the area. More than 88 percent of the nearly 90,000 residents of the district are ethnic Kazakhs.




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