Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan and the Czech Republic agreed to develop cooperation in trade and industrial sectors
The foreign ministers discussed current issues and prospects of bilateral cooperation in the field of mechanical engineering, energy, “green economy”, agriculture, the military-industrial complex, education, health and tourism, as well as the interaction between the Kazakhstan – the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union – European Union.
During the talks, E. Idrissov noted that the Czech Republic is a reliable partner of Kazakhstan and an important member of the European Union, which have significant potential in trade, industrial and investment fields. He spoke about the benefits of the investment climate in Kazakhstan and welcomed the participation of more than 30 representatives of business circles of the Czech Republic in the Kazakh-Czech business forum held in these days in Astana and Almaty.
“The focus of our joint work should be actively promoting direct dialogue and partnership between the business circles of the two countries,” E. Idrissov said.
E. Idrissov noted that the Czech Republic is one of the most popular destinations among domestic tourists and students. More than 2 thousand people are currently enrolled in higher education institutions of the Czech Republic, and about 100 thousand Kazakhstan tourists annually visit the Czech Republic.
L. Zaoralek congratulated Kazakhstan on the 25th anniversary of independence, saying “the impressive achievements of the country during this period.” He stressed that the Czech Republic became the fourth of the countries – members of the European Union to ratify the Agreement between Kazakhstan and the EU on the expanded partnership and cooperation, supported Kazakhstan’s candidacy to the UN Security Council for 2017-2018 and will participate in the international specialized exhibition EXPO -2017 in Astana for the first time.
“All this is a clear indication that we highly value relations with Kazakhstan,” Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic said.
Parties also identified the importance of further development of inter-parliamentary and inter-regional cooperation as well as cultural and humanitarian contacts between the two countries.
Following the results of the talks a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation between the Academy of Public Administration under the President of Kazakhstan and the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic was signed in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Source: The Prime Minister of Kazakhstan