Lithuania – Kazakhstan: New opportunities for bilateral cooperation

Oct 05. Baltic Review

Lithuania - Kazakhstan: New opportunities for bilateral cooperationPresident Dalia Grybauskait? has left for an official visit to Kazakhstan where she will meet with President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Prime Minister Karim Massimov and the Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament, Ural Mukhamedzhanov. The President will also open the Lithuanian-Kazakh Business Forum where a bilateral business council will be established.

During the President’s meetings with the leaders of Kazakhstan special focus will be placed on enhancing economic cooperation and business contacts.

“Kazakhstan is an important partner of Lithuania in Central Asia and a country of new economic opportunities for our business people. It is a rapidly developing nation which is strongly interested in modern technologies and innovative business ideas,” the President said.

According to the President, Lithuania and Kazakhstan are transport leaders in their respective regions. Making the best possible use of the opportunities offered by transnational transport corridors will help transform both countries into major transport junctions connecting the European Union and Asia.

President Grybauskait? said that if the transit container train project Saul? could be launched by the end of 2011, the cargo flow between Lithuania and Kazakhstan would significantly increase and the Lithuanian seaport of Klaip?da would become Kazakhstan’s gateway to the European Union and Nordic countries.

Lithuanian business people are interested in investing in telecommunications, optical media, solar batteries, construction and urbanistics as well as in implementing joint agricultural projects, establishing research and industry clusters, and developing transport and logistics centers.

The Presidents of Lithuania and Kazakhstan will also discuss bilateral relations and nuclear safety issues.

Agreements on bilateral readmission, cooperation in culture, research and agriculture will be signed in Kazakhstan.

President Dalia Grybauskait? will unveil a commemorative stone at ALZHIR (Akmolinsk camp for traitor’s wives in the Gulag system) where many Lithuanians were exiled. She is also scheduled to meet with the Lithuanian community in Kazakhstan.


Lithuania proposes direct flight to Kazakhstan


Damir Baimanov

Lithuania proposes to Kazakhstan to open direct flight Vilnius-Astana-Almaty. Lithuanian Minister of Transport and Communications Eligijus Masiulis made it public at the meeting with his Kazakh counterpart Berik Kamaliyev on Thursday.

According to Mr. Eligijus Masiulis, the flight will help our businessmen work intensively. “We are ready to provide the best conditions for it,” he added.

Berik Kamaliyev informed that Kazakhstan and Lithuania signed the agreement in the field of civil aviation, which served as legal framework for opening flight service.