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US Donates 12,000 English-Language Books to Schools and Libraries in Kyrgyzstan

The United States has donated over 12,000 English-language books to 30 schools, libraries, and universities in the Osh, Jalal-Abad, and Batken regions of south Kyrgyzstan. The much-welcomed project is the initiative of a collaboration between the Rotary Club of the Fergana Valley, the Women’s Peace Bank Public Foundation, Osh State University, the U.S. Embassy, and the Kyrgyz government. The Rotary Club of Annapolis’ “Books for International Goodwill” project played a key role in securing book donations. The donation includes books for all ages – children to adults – and covering a wide range of subjects, is an invaluable resource for learning the English language. “These books are more than just paper and ink,” said U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Lesslie Viguerie. “They are keys that unlock the world of English language learning and bridges connecting the people of the Kyrgyz Republic and the United States.” The donation was further praised by Akylai Karim, Project Leader at the Rotary Club of Fergana Valley and Women Peace Bank, who announced:  “This initiative is a celebration of the Kyrgyz-American friendship, trust, and collaboration. It will have a lasting, positive impact as youth learn English by reading these books and dream big about their future.”  

Kazakhstan and China to Cooperate on Innovative Technology

On 23 May, the Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry of Kazakhstan hosted the first meeting of the Subcommittee on Innovative Cooperation of the Kazakh-Chinese Intergovernmental Cooperation Committee. During the meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan’s First Vice Minister of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry Kanysh Tuleushin, and Deputy Minister of Science and Technology of China Chen Jiachang discussed their respective countries’ cooperation in developing the 5G network, aerospace industry, and e-commerce. The subcommittee agreed to expand cooperation in the implementation of joint scientific and innovative projects in space research, the use of microsatellites, monitoring agriculture and natural disasters using remote sensing, digitalization of the agricultural sector, and seismic monitoring. An agreement was also reached on training young talent in the field of innovation, including short-term internships and joint scientific projects. The co-chairs of the subcommittee pledged to exchange information on current developments in scientific and technological innovations in China and Kazakhstan.  

Kazakhstan and South Korea to Strengthen Economic Cooperation

On May 23, Minister of Industry and Construction of Kazakhstan Kanat Sharlapaev participated in the 10th meeting of the Kazakh-Korean Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation. Regarding the strength of economic ties between Kazakhstan and South Korea in industrial cooperation, Sharlapaev reported that the current implementation of 15 joint investment projects worth $854.4 million will create over 4.7 thousand jobs. To date, seven projects involving the production of buses, trucks, and elevators have been launched in Kazakhstan, costing $188.9 million and creating over 2.7 thousand jobs. In 2023, with the participation of Korean companies including Daewoo Bus Global Corporation, Hyundai, KIA, and the Youngsan Glonet Corporation, the output of Kazakhstan’s electrical engineering and automobile industries reached $8.4 billion. In the same year, 34.1 thousand tons of ferroalloys worth $55.4 million were exported to the Republic of Korea. A joint project between Mineral Product International and SIMPAC Group is now underway to produce ferroalloys in Kazakhstan’s Pavlodar region. The minister confirmed his country’s readiness to cooperate with Korea in the energy sector by urging Korean companies to support the modernization and construction of new power plants in Kazakhstan. Finishing on an optimistic note, Sharlapaev announced, “Kazakhstan sees great prospects for the further development of cooperation with the Republic of Korea in all directions.”    

Kazakhstan and Singapore Join Forces to Boost Economy and Transport

On 23 May, Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s made his first state visit to Singapore to engage in meetings with Singaporean President Tharman Shanmugaratnam focusing on connectivity, critical raw materials, and economic cooperation. Over 140 Singaporean companies and joint ventures currently operate in Kazakhstan. The country has invested over $1.7 billion in the Kazakh economy and bilateral trade is forecast to exceed $2 billion. Tokayev hailed Singapore as a time-tested and reliable partner of Kazakhstan and in talks with Singapore Prime Minister Lawrence Wong, expressed confidence that his visit would strengthen bilateral relations. Citing the complementary nature of their countries’ economies, Lawrence Wong stated that Singapore can provide a gateway to further Kazakhstan’s interaction with ASEAN countries and in turn, Kazakhstan can facilitate Singapore's rapprochement with Central Asian countries. Regarding economic and investment cooperation, the parties reaffirmed their mutual commitment to expanding joint ventures in green energy, transport and logistics, digitalization, finance, agribusiness, connectivity, e-commerce, and mining and processing of critical minerals. President Tokayev and Prime Minister Wong welcomed the implementation of Alatau City (G4 City); a thousand-kilometer Special Economic Zone to be developed by Kazakhstan with support from Singaporean company Surbana Jurong in the region of Almaty. Tokayev expressed his gratitude to the Singaporean company for developing the comprehensive master plan for the project which he described as a catalyst for boosting both his country’s economy and that of Central Asia. Tokayev and Wong also commended the partnership between Singapore’s PSA International and Kazakhstan’s national railways company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) aimed at increasing the potential of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR). A Memorandum was signed by KTZ and PSA to further develop Kazakhstan’s transport and transit potential and an agreement made to increase the volume of cargo transit through Kazakhstan by means of a synergy of their assets in China. Today, KTZ operates railway terminals in China in the dry port of Xi'an and the seaport of Lianyungang. Assets held by PSA include marine terminals in six ports and railway terminals in 13 cities in China. Speaking at the Kazakhstan-Singapore Business Forum later in the day, Tokayev emphasized that because it offers “the shortest and most sustainable route from Central and East Asia to Europe,” TITR has the potential to radically enhance Eurasian cooperation. The Kazakh president outlined promising areas of cooperation between the two countries, and announcing Kazakhstan's readiness to supply critical raw materials and natural resources to Singapore, stated: “Considering that global demand for rare metals will quadruple by 2040, Kazakhstan, which has approximately 5,000 unexplored deposits, can become a reliable partner for the joint development of this potential. We have high hopes for long-term cooperation with the Indorama company, which is interested in exploring copper and phosphate deposits in Kazakhstan.” Tokayev also called on Singaporean companies to expand partnerships in the production of clean energy and the transfer of technology and expertise.

Kazakhstan and Malaysia Set to Expand Cooperation

On May 16, Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim made an official visit to Kazakhstan to engage in talks with President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. The meeting focused on expanding cooperation in political, trade, economic, investment, and humanitarian spheres. In his opening speech, Tokayev hailed Malaysia one of Kazakhstan's most important and reliable partners in Southeast Asia, and continued:  “Kazakhstan and Malaysia have a history of long-standing ties of friendship and cooperation - so I believe your visit will provide a very strong impetus to the further development of ties between our countries. We are ready to make additional efforts to advance our interaction and cooperation in many important areas.” The Kazakh president welcomed the participation of Malaysian companies in the implementation of new projects and promised necessary support from the Government of Kazakhstan. In addition, he commended the 30-day visa-free regime which benefits citizens and in particular, business men and women, travelling and working between the two countries, and noted the convenience of direct flights. Regarding cooperation in education, attention was drawn to the fact that more than 500 Kazakh students are currently studying at Malaysian universities. In turn, Anwar Ibrahim stressed the importance of strengthening Malaysia’s trade and economic cooperation with Kazakhstan, and stated: “We can make the most of growing economic relations. We have created a huge commodity market in Malaysia. Our country has now become a regional hub for the production of computer chips with significant investments from the USA, Europe, especially Germany, and China. I think we can share this experience and at the same time, learn from your successful transformations of various fields.”    

Kazakhstan’s President Commends Growing Cooperation Between Central Asian States

On May 16, Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev hosted the first meeting in Astana of Security Council secretaries from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, and the military attaché of the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Kazakhstan. In his opening address, Tokayev announced that the aim of the meeting was to provide an effective platform for the collaborative prevention of external and internal challenges and threats, and to develop necessary response measures. The Kazakh leader began by noting the steady growth of trade and economic cooperation between the Central Asian countries and stated that over the past five years, intraregional trade  had risen by 80 percent to exceed $10 billion.  He explained that large regional projects not only bring tangible mutual benefits, but also change the entire configuration of the Central Asian economy. The development of transport and logistics potential is becoming a new reference point for the rapid development of the region. Cultural and humanitarian ties have also intensified, contributing to the further rapprochement of the Central Asian states. Returning to the pressing issue of the need to join forces in countering transboundary challenges and threats, he announced: “First of all, we are talking about the fight against international extremism and terrorism, drug trafficking, and arms trafficking. In this regard, Afghanistan must be the focus of our common attention. Complex multidirectional processes are now evident in this country. Whilst signs point to a stabilization and revival of the economic situation, there remain high risks associated with the activity of international terrorist organizations, as evidenced by the bloody terrorist attack in the Moscow region [in March]. In our opinion, one of the strategic tasks at present is the active involvement of Afghanistan in regional ties. And for this, much depends on the coordinated position of our countries. We consider it urgent to create a UN Regional Center for Sustainable Development Goals for Central Asia and Afghanistan in our country.” Tokayev expressed his satisfaction with the growing regional cooperation and mutual trust and concluded:  “Some 10 years ago, there was no such situation in the Central Asian region. Now heads of state, heads of government, secretaries of the Security Councils, heads of law enforcement agencies, not to mention heads of economic departments, closely interact with each other. And this is a very good sign that the situation in the Central Asian region is moving towards sustainable development.”    

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