Opening of the Forum on Trade and Investment Facilitation for Development took place in Astana
The Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo, as well as world-class experts, including ministers and heads of delegations from 40 WTO member countries and WTO observer countries (from the CIS, the Asia region, Eastern Europe and countries of the Middle East). The day before, the seventh round table on accession to the World Trade Organization took place in Astana September 26-27.
The Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev addressed the participants at the opening ceremony.
In general, the work of the Forum is organized in four thematic sections. The first section is devoted to promoting and increasing trade and investment for sustainable development, competitiveness, growth and diversification of the economy. The second direction is the business opinion on solving complex issues in the field of investment promotion. During the third section, it is planned to exchange experience in promoting investment and innovation. Successful stories and problems at the domestic and regional levels will also be discussed. The work of the fourth session will be held on the theme “Participation in multilateral cooperation for the promotion of investment for development.”
During the discussions, a comprehensive and constructive exchange of views will take place on the most varied aspects of the chosen topics. After the event, consideration and adoption of the “Astana Statement” is expected.
The forum is intended to acquaint the WTO members with the investment opportunities and successful experience of Kazakhstan in attracting investments, will open the horizons for expansion of investment activity in the country and will give a new impetus to the further development of multilateral relations of the WTO member countries.
Source: The Prime Minister of Kazakhstan