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Kairat Abdrakhmanov meets with the Head of the EU Delegation

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by March 16, 2018 General

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov met with the Head of the European Union representative office in Astana, Ambassador Traian Hristea.

The meeting took place within the framework of discussions on the prospects for further development of relations between Kazakhstan and the European Union in the context of the agreements reached at the 16th session of the Kazakhstan – European Union Cooperation Council on February 26, 2018, in Brussels.

The parties agreed on the need to begin developing a roadmap, which will reflect the joint efforts to implement the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA), which was signed in Astana on 21 December 2015. At the moment, the EPCA is being preliminary applied until its ratification by all 28 EU member states: 23 EU states and the European Parliament have already approved it.

In addition, K. Abdrakhmanov and T. Hristea examined promising areas of cooperation in the field of interconnectedness and development of transport and logistics links on the Eurasian continent, as well as current positive trends in cooperation between the states of Central Asia. The Head of the EU Delegation told about the European Union’s EU Strategy on the interconnection between Europe and Asia, which is planned to be adopted before the Asia-Europe Forum (ASEM) summit in October. Along with this, the process of elaborating a new EU Strategy for Central Asia continues with the active involvement of countries of the region, including Kazakhstan. It is assumed that the new EU Strategy will be adopted in the beginning of the second half of 2019.

Special attention was paid to cooperation in the issues of promoting sustainable development in Afghanistan. The EU ambassador reported that the European Commission, responding to the relevant initiative of the Kazakh side, has begun preparing the first phase of the project to finance the training of Afghan women in higher education institutions of Kazakhstan, which will be implemented within the framework of developing the educational program of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Afghanistan, implemented since 2010.

During the meeting, the European diplomat was also informed about the implementation of institutional reforms in Kazakhstan aimed at ensuring the rule of law and improving legislation in various spheres of public life.

K. Abdrakhmanov elaborated in detail on the Five Social Initiatives of President Nursultan Nazarbayev aimed at creating new incentives for economic development, empowering the middle class and further developing the country’s human potential.

In this regard, the parties discussed ways of interaction between Kazakhstan and the European Union in the implementation of these initiatives, taking into account that they fully correspond to the main areas of cooperation of the Republic of Kazakhstan with the EU, its member states and financial institutions such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European investment bank.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan

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