Minister of Religious Affairs and Civil Society meets with Head of EU Delegation to Kazakhstan
Minister of Religious Affairs and Civil Society Nurlan Yermekbayev met with Ambassador, Head of the European Union Delegation to Kazakhstan Traian Laurentiu Hristea.
N.Yermekbayev emphasized the signing of the Kazakhstan-EU Agreement on Expanded Partnership in Astana, December 21, 2015, which is intended to promote further comprehensive development of relations between the two countries.
The Minister briefed on the main activities of the Ministry, informed on facilitating the development of partnership and mutual understanding relations between the state and religious organizations, civil society.
N.Yermekbayev noted that due to historical conditions there is a unique situation in Kazakhstans religious sphere, therefore, the special approaches that take into account specific character of the country are required for the harmonious development of relations between the state and religion, between numerous confessions.
The Minister informed on the measures for state support of non-governmental organizations, creation of favorable conditions for their development, and proposed to work out the issue of implementing in Kazakhstan joint social projects, to consult and take measures on global and regional security.
Head of the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan informed on the ongoing work within the regional cooperation, shared plans and expressed interest in developing cooperation with the Ministry.
The meeting concluded with reaching agreements on cooperation for the development of civil society and ensuring the right to freedom of religion.
Kazakhstan-EU external trade turnover amounted to $31 billion in 2015 (import $3.8 billion, export $24.3 billion). The EU direct investment inflow into the Kazakhstans economy over 2005 September 2015 was $107.4 billion (of $218 billion in total). The main investors are the Netherlands, France, UK and Italy.
Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan