Kazakh and Czech FMs discuss trade, industrial cooperation

ASTANA (TCA) — Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov held talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Lubomir Zaoralek, who arrived in Kazakhstan on an official visit on November 21. The foreign ministers discussed prospects of bilateral cooperation in the fields of mechanical engineering, energy, green economy, agriculture, the military-industrial complex, education, health and tourism, as well as the interaction between Kazakhstan and the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union and European Union, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reports.

Idrissov noted that the Czech Republic is a reliable partner of Kazakhstan, and the two countries have significant potential in trade, industrial and investment cooperation. He spoke about advantages of the investment climate in Kazakhstan and welcomed the participation of more than 30 representatives of business circles of the Czech Republic in the Kazakh-Czech business forum held in Astana and Almaty these days.

“The focus of our joint work should be actively promoting direct dialogue and partnership between the business circles of the two countries,” Idrissov said.

Idrissov also said that the Czech Republic is one of the most popular destinations for Kazakh tourists and students. More than 2 thousand Kazakh students are currently enrolled in higher education institutions of the Czech Republic, and about 100 thousand Kazakhstan tourists annually visit the Czech Republic.

Zaoralek stressed that the Czech Republic became the fourth of the countries-members of the European Union to ratify the Expanded Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between Kazakhstan and the EU, supported Kazakhstan’s candidacy to the UN Security Council for 2017-2018, and will participate in the international specialized exhibition EXPO 2017 in Astana.

“All this is a clear indication that we highly value relations with Kazakhstan,” the Czech Foreign Minister said.

Sergey Kwan