Kazakhstan, Afghanistan Discuss Economic Cooperation

The Kazakh-Afghan Intergovernmental Commission for Trade and Economic Cooperation met in Kabul Sep. 16-17 to deepen economic relations between the two Central Asian countries.

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A wide range of promising spheres of cooperation for 2014 between Kazakhstan and Afghanistan was discussed during the recent meeting in Kabul.

The commission was chaired by Kazakhstan Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Bozhko and Afghanistan Commerce and Industries Minister Anwar ul-Haq Ahadi.

The parties discussed “promising spheres of cooperation for 2014, such as civil service, education, transport, agriculture, standardization, ore mining industry and emergency,” Kazakhstan’s Central Communication Service reported.

The sides also discussed the protocol of the 5th meeting of the commission. The meeting participants noted that almost all decisions made within the 5th meeting have been fulfilled, the protocol of the 6th meeting had been signed and the 7th meeting had been scheduled for 2014 in Kazakhstan.

Among the meeting’s participants were representatives of Kazakhstan ministries, the Agency for Civil Service Affairs, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce and some of Kazakhstan’s largest companies. The Afghan side was represented by members of ministries, representatives from the national power company and deputy governors from several provinces.

In recent years, political and economic ties between these two countries have strengthened significantly. Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev met several times in recent years. Kazakhstan has also supported Afghanistan in its bid to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

The head of the Kazakhstan delegation also met with Afghan Vice-President Karim Halili during the visit to Kabul.

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