External news in Brief

Kazakh Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Kairat Lama Sharif met on Aug. 25 with Chairman of the Sarjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) Abdullah bin Sultan Al Owais. At the meeting, Sultan Al Owais was briefed on the activities of the Kazakh National Chamber of Entrepreneurs, its development and government support of small and medium-sized businesses. According to Lama Sharif the main aspects of investment policy are aimed at improving the investment climate in the country. The ambassador also highlighted the importance of increasing investment cooperation between the two countries and participation of the Sharjah business community in the development of key sectors of Kazakhstan’s economy. In this context, the chairman reaffirmed SCCI’s commitment to strengthening investment cooperation between the two countries. He also noted positive growth in the number of small and medium-sized Kazakh companies registered in recent years within SCCI, which now exceeds 100 companies.

 

Pursuant to the decision of the 21st session of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan (APK), the opening ceremony of the Kazakhstan Centre of Peace and Accord was held Aug. 26 in London. Deputy Chairman of APK and head of the Secretariat of the Assembly Yeraly Tugzhanov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kazakhstan Kagazy and member of the British House of Commons Sir Tony Baldry, British investors, scientists and representatives of companies in the two countries cooperating within the framework of the agreements on bilateral cooperation took part in the ceremony. At the event, Tugzhanov presented Kazakhstan’s model of interethnic tolerance and social harmony and spoke about the Assembly’s role, mission and international cooperation. The deputy chairman also said that representatives of such countries as France, Germany, Great Britain, the United States, Israel, Sweden, Turkey, China, Russia, Spain, Holland and others sent more than 60 requests to APK to study its experience. The model was presented in the UN and in various OSCE countries. Tugzhanov emphasised that the opening of the centre would serve as an impetus for strengthening cooperation and expansion of bilateral relations in the priority sectors of political, trade, economic, educational and cultural cooperation. Baldry said greater efforts should be taken to strengthen cooperation when controversy mounts between nations and cultures in the world. One of the goals of the centre is to share Kazakhstan’s experience in building a united state and promoting the development of scientific initiatives. One of the directions of the centre’s activity will be for students in British educational institutions to read a special series of lectures on the Kazakh model of interethnic tolerance and social harmony written by President Nursultan Nazarbayev, promotion of G-Global ideas, organised teaching of the Kazakh language, joint research, organised meetings of the clerisy of the two countries and promotion of English translations of classic Kazakh literature. At the end of the ceremony, the participants agreed that the opening of the centre would make an essential contribution to strengthening the policy of peace and accord in the international community.

 

Kazakh Ambassador to Jordan Bulat Sarsenbayev said his country has developed a roadmap to boost cooperation between the two nations. In an interview with the Petra news agency, Sarsenbayev said that the two-year plan aims to boost agricultural, industrial, civil, defence and energy relations. The ambassador added that the new directives came as a result of His Majesty King Abdullah II’s latest visit to Kazakhstan and to cap the productivity of the country’s 21-year diplomatic relationship with the Kingdom. The roadmap includes hosting joint meetings in Astana before the end of this year, including meetings of the Higher Kazakh-Jordanian Committee and foreign affairs officials, as well as of the Kazakhstan-Jordan Business Council, he explained. The new cooperation in the agricultural sector will benefit from the quality of Kazakh wheat in Jordan and the region as well as establish partnerships in the area of wheat farming that take advantage of the vast swathe of wheat-producing land in Kazakhstan. The directives also include cooperation in the field of energy, especially exploration of uranium in the central parts of the Kingdom, the ambassador added.

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