Astana – Minsk: the force of mutual attraction

Sept 22. Kazpravda. Astana

By Laura Tusupbekova

Astana - Minsk: the force of mutual attractionA roundtable, arranged by the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in our country, was timed to 20th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and Belarus.

The meeting was attended by Belarusian diplomats, RK minister for emergency situations, co-chair of the intergovernmental commission for trade-economic cooperation Vladimir Bozhko, RK first vice-minister of industry and new technologies Albert Rau, representatives of RK foreign ministry.

Opening the meeting, the Belarusian Ambassador Valery Brylev said the bilateral relations are of strategic character, based on traditional and time-tested friendship between the two peoples and political dialogue.

Within the recent years, our countries have done a lot to enhance bilateral cooperation, and fill it with new content. At present, the two republics are implementing the two Presidents’ instructions to double mutual turnover.

At present 12 joint assembly plants – “BelAZ”, “MTZ”, “Gomselmash”, etc. are working in Kazakhstan, production of Belarusian mechanical-engineering and agricultural machinery in RK is underway. Kazakhstan share in these projects is growing. About 60 projects are being implemented.

Mutual turnover in 2011 was $ 769.2 million, in January – June 2012 it made up $ 479 million with a growth of 116.8%. The countries are using natural geographical advantages: Belarus can be “western gateway” to Europe for our country and the Republic of Kazakhstan – the basis for promotion of Belarusian goods in China and Southeast Asia.

Dynamic development of intergovernmental partnership is conditioned by involvement of Kazakhstan and Belarus in regional integration organizations – EurAsEC, CSTO and the CIS, and establishment of the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space brought bilateral relations to the new strategic level.

Cultural and humanitarian cooperation is developing too. The Days of Kazakhstan culture were held in Belarus and the Days of Belarusian culture – in Kazakhstan. In 2009, a bas-relief to M.Auezov was opened in Minsk, and Minsk secondary school No. 143, located in the Auezov street is named after this prominent Kazakh writer. About 200 Kazakhstanis are taking training in Belarusian universities and the Military Academy. A Center for Belarusian language and culture will be opened at the Eurasian National University in Astana.

In general, cooperation is developing in all directions.