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Saturday, September 26th, 2020

ALMATY AND ST. PETERSBURG TO DEVELOP COOPERATION ROADMAP

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The parties agreed to develop a Cooperation Roadmap in healthcare, education, tourism, culture and SMEs spheres, Strategy2050.kz refers to the press service of Almaty’s Mayor.

Russia’s delegation led by member of the Government of St. Petersburg – Chairman of the Committee on Interethnic Relations and Implementation of Migration Policy Oleg Kapitanov arrived in Almaty with a cultural and business mission.

The delegation was received by Mayor of Almaty Bakytzhan Sagintayev. They discussed the prospects for the development of relations between the two cities. The parties agreed to develop a Roadmap for cooperation in healthcare, education, tourism, culture and SMEs spheres.

The delegation also participated in the conference Almaty – St. Petersburg: the territory of new opportunities.

Deputy Mayor of Almaty, Yerzhan Babakumarov, made a welcoming speech. He noted that the event will positively affect the development of cultural and business relations between Almaty and St. Petersburg.

Kazakhstan and Russia have a long historical special relationship, confirmed by the Eternal Friendship and Brotherhood Treaty. Our relations can be considered the standard of interstate relations. Almaty and St. Petersburg can play a big role in strengthening the good neighborliness of the two countries. By the way, fraternal relations between Almaty and St. Petersburg are more than 20 years old. And today we can give a new impetus for further cooperation, Yerzhan Babakumarov said.

Consul General of the Russian Federation in Almaty, Yevgeny Bobrov, noted that Kazakhstan and Russia need to increase joint work. According to him, Almaty and St. Petersburg have many similarities, and cooperation is very close. In 2018, trade between Russia and Almaty amounted to $ 4.7 billion.

I would like to confirm the words that our two states are not just strategic allies, but also equal partners. We really have a very rich common history. And our task is not only to preserve everything that we received from our fathers and grandfathers, but also to increase and improve our relations, Yevgeny Bobrov said.

Member of the Government of St. Petersburg – Chairman of the Committee on Interethnic Relations and Implementation of Migration Policy in St. Petersburg Oleg Kapitanov noted that Almaty and St. Petersburg are on the same launch sites.

Our delegation includes representatives of the cultural and education community, businessmen. The most advanced companies are present in Almaty from St. Petersburg, O. Kapitanov said, noting that the mission is not only cultural and educational in nature, but also pursues purely practical goals for establishing long-term mutually beneficial ties in business, educational and humanitarian projects.

The delegates from St. Petersburg and heads of specialized departments of the Mayor of Almaty discussed the priorities of trade and economic cooperation, the prospects for interaction and implementation of joint projects in the system of preschool, general, additional and secondary vocational education. In addition, priority issues of humanitarian cooperation, including partnerships in the fields of culture and tourism, were put on the agenda.

As part of the mission, a ceremonial transfer of literature about St. Petersburg to the National Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan and a gala concert of the Quintet of Four musical group and the Mariinsky Theater soloist Leonid Zakhozhayev took place.

Source: Kazakhtan 2050

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