At the jubilee 25th meeting of the Berlin Eurasian Club, it was proposed to strengthen Caspian littoral countries’ cooperation with the EU
BERLIN, The German Embassy in Germany together with the Eastern Committee of the German Economy held the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Eurasian Club on Legal and Economic Status of the Caspian: The Prospects of Cooperation with Europe in the Region.
The theme of the event was focused on discussing the investment, logistics and energy aspects of the Caspian littoral cooperation and the Convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea, adopted in the framework of the Fifth Caspian Summit in Aktau in August this year.
The Kazakh delegation was headed by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Roman Vasilenko and Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Germany Bolat Nusupov.
European party in the Eastern Committee of German Economy ( GA�SK ) Managing Director Michael Harms, Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Partnership countries on cooperation in the qogamaraliq representative of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dirk reconciliation of the KazakhGerman Business Council for Strategic Cooperation cochairman, to attend the meetings as well as Kuhne & Nagel, Laurentium, Duisburger Hafen and others. heads of major German companies.
The event was attended by more than 100 representatives of German and European economic and financial companies as well as the expert community.
Within the framework of the Club, a number of interregional cooperation issues were discussed, including cooperation on diversification of transport and energy routes to the Caspian Sea from the revision of the Eurasian integration processes within the framework of the new EU Strategy for Economic Transition to the Asian region, and joint search for productivity of concrete projects.
The Caspian region has a rich history, unique culture, human, natural and resource potential. Because of its geopolitical importance, its geographical position, and the extensive hydrocarbon reserves, the interests of leading global players are here. These factors have led to the necessity to jointly address complex issues related to resources, their transportation, ecology and security with the Caspian littoral states, ie a sound legal basis for peace and stability in the region, said R. Vasilenko.
Speaking about the Convention signed in August, the Kazakh diplomat noted in this document that the principal principles of the operation of the Caspian Sea, including the sea, bottom, subsoil, natural resources and airspace over the Caspian Sea; Determine the boundaries of national jurisdiction and sovereignty; the exercise of sovereign rights in maritime use, maritime scientific research in the area of maritime law, fisheries, various legal systems; security cooperation; the rights and obligations of the parties to the protection of the marine environment and the conservation of biological resources in the water, as well as the Convention to prevent and respond to the current challenges and threats, the prevention and elimination of emergencies,
He then briefed the participants of the NPC on a wide range of efforts by the Government of Kazakhstan to promote effective economic cooperation with the leading countries in Europe and Asia, and conveyed Kazakhstan’s position on the need for further deepening of synergy with the EU, interregional dialogue and intensification of close integration with the EU, Germany and the Caspian Basin countries. .
At the same time, R. Vasilenko emphasized the participation of Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Russia, Turkey and China in the TASIM ( Transurasia superinformation highway ) project, which provides for the creation of the main transit route from Frankfurt to Hong Kong .
The purpose of the TASIM project is to encourage the development of transit potential in the field of information technologies and to transport traffic of at least 23% of the global flow of information by 2030 through Kazakhstan. Implementation of TASIM will ensure the creation of transit infrastructure in line with world standards and will promote the transit potential of Kazakhstan in the direction of EuropeCentral Asia, EuropeChina, the Deputy Minister concluded.
In his turn, Ambassador B. N. Nusupov emphasized the structural level of the relations within the BEC and emphasized the importance of creating a Eurasian integration process called Big Eurasia, which provides for dialogue with structures such as the EEC, the EU and the Chinese initiative Belt and Road. Discussion of the Caspian littoral issues is crucial in promoting Nazarbayev’s initiative.
The legal status of the Caspian Sea, reached at the summit in Aktau, Kazakhstan, will allow for the first time to implement largescale projects in the Caspian Sea. We consider this document a kind of constitution that will serve as a basis for broader negotiations in the Caspian region, the Kazakh diplomat said.
In this regard, according to the Kazakh Ambassador, the main component of the Caspian cooperation should be the integration of technical and financial capabilities of the regional strongest stakeholders ( including the European Union, first of all ).
Managing Director of GESG, speaking about the development of transittransport and tradeeconomic potential of Kazakhstan and the whole of Central Asia, positively assessed prospects of development of interregional cooperation in the Caspian region.
In this regard, he proposed to gradually supplement alternative projects that would enable the Caspian region to become an important link in global economic relations in the event of successful implementation.
M. He underlined the interest of the German and European economies to participate in the infrastructural and energy projects in the Caspian Sea region in the context of the multilateral agreement on the Caspian littoral states. According to him, many German and European companies have considerable experience and knowhow in transnational projects and have demonstrated their competence in addressing complex issues.
During thematic discussions on logistics and energy cooperation in the Caspian Sea, the sides exchanged views on a number of issues of mutual interest and answered questions from guests and media representatives.
At the end of the discussion, in spring 2019 there was a presentation of the 26th meeting of the BEC on the topic Opportunities of the International Financial Center Astana for the region.
The meeting of the Berlin Eurasian Club on Caspian littoral cooperation was based on the results of the agreements and recommendations made at previous BEC sessions as well as the stakeholders’ efforts to improve interregional cooperation.
BEK is the first such project of Kazakhstan in Europe aimed at strengthening dialogue between European and Asian cultures. The BEC secretariat is the German Embassy in Germany and the Eastern Committee of the German economy, which is the leading economic organization of the country, dealing with topical international issues in the global economy. The solemn opening of the Berlin Eurasian Club took place on February 7, 2012 in Berlin. Nazarbaev and a prominent German politician, former vicechancellor, German Foreign Minister
Source: MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN