Kazakhstan leads in global nuclear disarmament process – UNDP Administrator H. Clark
May 19. KAZINFORM. ASTANA
Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev has met with Administrator of the UN Development Program Helen Clark in the Akorda Palace today.
As the Presidential press service informs, the parties focused on further strengthening and development of the bilateral relations.
“Our meeting was very constructive. We discussed the bilateral relations between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the UNDP as well as rapid economic growth of the country and its leading role in the international arena. In this view, we noted that Kazakhstan has been a leader in global nuclear disarmament process”, Ms. Helen Clark said at a briefing.
“I am impressed with the progress Kazakhstan has achieved. Your country gained independence twenty years ago, in a very hard time. At the dawn of independence the country’s per capita GDP was about USD 700, and today it makes USD 9,000-10,000. Kazakhstan has a clear vision of development and diversification of its economy. Alongside, it has the same vision of development of the capital city Astana which impressed me with its architecture”, the UNDP Administrator noted.
‘Kazakhstan is a world-recognized country due to its role in international affairs. Its chairmanship in the OSCE last year and in the OIC in 2011, its intention to be a host for many international events and large economic forums proves that the world paves its way to Kazakhstan. Your country is an active supporter of the UN in promotion of multilateral cooperation. It is notable that ex-Speaker of the Senate of Kazakhstan Parliament Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has been recently appointed the UN Deputy Secretary General”, she added.
“Recognizing these achievements the UNDP would like to raise cooperation with Kazakhstan to the level of strategic partnership, especially taking into consideration the country’s role in the region. To date Kazakhstan renders support to less developed countries and shares its experience and knowledge with them. We, as a leading UN agency for development, are working with many countries of the world and attach great emphasis to the relations with Kazakhstan in this direction”, Ms. H. Clark resumed.