Poland and Kazakhstan Want to Strengthen Cooperation

June 22. MFA

Poland and Kazakhstan Want to Strengthen CooperationOn June 21-22, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Yerzhan Kazykhanov paid a working visit to Poland at the invitation of Foreign Minister of Poland Radoslaw Sikorski.

During the talks in Warsaw, the sides highly assessed the achievements of the 20-year-long multidimensional partnership, having discussed a wide range of issues including further expansion of political contacts, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation.

During the meeting of Foreign Minister Kazyhanov with the Marshal of the Polish Senate Bogdan Borusewicz, the negotiators considered issues of further strengthening inter-parliamentary relations. The upper chamber of the Polish Parliament traditionally pays great attention to protecting the rights and interests of the Polish community abroad. Recalling his official visit to Kazakhstan, Borusewicz noted with satisfaction the favorable conditions created in Kazakhstan for the Polish community that has an opportunity to study their native language and maintain ties with the historical homeland, traditions and customs.

Later in the day, Minister Kazykhanov met with his Polish counterpart Radoslaw Sikorski.  The parties exchanged views on the current issues of bilateral and multilateral agenda and noted the two countries maintain a high level of inter-state and political contacts, having formed a solid legal basis. At that, student exchange opportunities are actively developing, while Kazakh language, culture, history and tradition is taught in some Polish universities, and Polish language is taught in a number of Kazakhstan’s universities and schools. One of the streets in Warsaw is named as the Kazakh Street.

Foreign Ministers of the two states also discussed cooperation in the Kazakhstan-EU format and called for the continuation of joint work on a new Agreement on enhanced partnership and cooperation between Kazakhstan and the European Union, noting the successful experience of cooperation between the two countries in the implementation of Kazakhstan’s “Path to Europe” state programme, and the interaction within the chairmanship of Kazakhstan in the OSCE.

Astana and Warsaw share similar approaches to many issues of global and regional security, combating transnational crime and drug trafficking. The parties support the continuation of assistance by the international community in maintaining stability in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of ISAF in 2014, and in further strengthening the infrastructure of civilian life in this country.

During the meeting of Yerzhan Kazykhanov with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy of Poland Waldemar Pawlak, the sides noted trade turnover growth despite the crisis, successful investments by Polish companies in Kazakhstan, and their interest in the Programme of Accelerated Industrial and Innovative Development (PAIID). One of the priority topics is cooperation in energy, construction, pharmaceuticals, and telecommunications spheres.

Pawlak is also co-chair of the Kazakhstan-Polish intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation, the next meeting of which is scheduled for September 2012 in Astana. The meeting also discussed Kazakhstan’s bid to host the EXPO 2017 in Astana, the issues of the Customs Union, the forthcoming entry of Kazakhstan into the WTO, and other topics of further development of Kazakhstan-Polish economic cooperation.

Taking into account the geographical locations of the two countries, emphasis was laid on the great potential of further joint development of transport and transit infrastructure in light of the International transit corridor “Western Europe – Western China” project implemented in Kazakhstan.

As part of his trip to Poland, Yerzhan Kazykhanov visited the leading think tank of Warsaw – the Polish Institute of International Relations, where he spoke on “The Priorities of Kazakhstan’s foreign policy”. The Kazakh Foreign Minister, Polish experts and political scientists took part in an interesting discussion on topical issues of regional and international security, the development of bilateral cooperation between Kazakhstan and Poland.

Kazakhstan and Poland established diplomatic relations on April 6, 1992. Over the twenty years, four high-level official visits took place. President of Kazakhstan paid an official visit to Poland in 1997 and 2002, President of Poland visited Kazakhstan in 1999 and 2007.Last year, the trade turnover between the two sates reached U.S. $ 1.8 billion.