Kazakhstan and Zimbabwe to expand trade cooperation
Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev has met with President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa, who arrived in Kazakhstan for an official visit, the press service of Akorda informed.
The Head of State noted the importance of deepening relations between the two countries and separately highlighted the main aspects for further cooperation.
In our foreign policy, including in the African direction, we seek to develop broad trade relations and mutual support of international initiatives, the President of Kazakhstan said.
In turn, the President of Zimbabwe thanked Nursultan Nazarbayev for the opportunity to visit Kazakhstan and particularly noted the warm welcome extended to his delegation.
During the meeting, the sides discussed the establishment of bilateral cooperation in agriculture, mining, as well as the modernization of the transport and logistics network of Zimbabwe and the implementation of joint projects in the field of processing.
Speaking to the representatives of the mass media, the Head of State stressed that the current visit was the first since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and Zimbabwe in 1992.
Today’s meeting is of historic importance in the process of strengthening relations between the two countries, as well as between the regions of Central Asia and South Africa, Nursultan Nazarbayev stated.
The President of Kazakhstan noted that during the bilateral negotiations, agreements were reached on supporting political dialogue and expanding trade cooperation.
Along with this, there are prospects for establishing relations in individual areas. Our countries are somewhat alike. Zimbabwe, like Kazakhstan, is very rich in its subsoil. Our agriculture is also developing in a similar way. Kazakhstan is ready to consider issues of cooperation and exchange experience in the mining industry, the supply of agricultural products to Zimbabwe, the Head of State said.
In addition, Nursultan Nazarbayev pointed to the existing interaction opportunities in the field of mining in Zimbabwe.
The President of Kazakhstan also noted the potential for cooperation in the modernization of the transport and logistics network of Zimbabwe and the implementation of joint processing projects.
On many key issues on the global agenda, our views coincide. We appreciate the support from Harare of Kazakhstan’s international initiatives, the Head of State said.
Nursultan Nazarbayev stressed that as a result of the negotiations, the parties confirmed their intention to continue working together and the established practice of mutual support within the framework of the United Nations.
We also agreed on close cooperation within the African Union, in which Kazakhstan is an observer. In general, the first official visit of Emmerson Mnangagwa to Astana confirmed the mutual desire of our countries to develop close relations in various fields, the Head of State said.
In conclusion, the President of Kazakhstan expressed confidence that the agreements reached during the visit would give a positive impetus to cooperation in a wide range of areas.
In turn, Emmerson Mnangagwa expressed interest in using the Kazakhstani experience in the development and modernization of the national economy.
Zimbabwe is at the stage at which Kazakhstan was 20 years ago. We need to learn from a friendly country how it built its economy over 27 years. We admire your achievements and strive for a similar path of development, Emmerson Mnangagwa said.
The President of Zimbabwe also noted Kazakhstan’s experience in creating the National Welfare Fund and the Astana International Financial Center.
In addition, Emmerson Mnangagwa pointed out the importance of developing Zimbabwe as a transport and logistics hub for South Africa, following the example of Kazakhstan.
In conclusion, the President of Zimbabwe expressed support for the international initiatives of our country in the area of strengthening security and building a world without nuclear weapons.
Source: Kazakhtan 2050