Astana – Tashkent: successful vector of partnership
Dec 22. Kazpravda. Tashkent
By Maryam TUREZHANOVA
Bilateral cooperation in trade and economy was the main topic of the official visit of Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov to Uzbekistan.
A wide range of issues of bilateral and multilateral cooperation was discussed during the meeting of Serik Akhmetov with President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov. In particular the Kazakh PM conveyed greetings from the Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev to Uzbek President and stressed that Kazakhstan attaches great importance to the development of mutually beneficial cooperation with Uzbekistan.
In turn I. Karimov noted that the historic relations between our fraternal countries have a special character.
During the negotiations in the narrow and expanded formats Serik Akhmetov and his Uzbek counterpart Shavkat Mirziyayev exchanged views on topical issues of the Kazakh-Uzbek cooperation. In particular, the sides discussed bilateral collaboration in trade- economic and water – energy sectors.
Serik Akhmetov thanked them for the warm and friendly welcome which confirms clear understanding of practical problems faced by the two governments.
– We are pleased with the success of Uzbekistan, – said S. Akhmetov, – and consider it common because we have created a solid legal base which has more than 100 contracts and agreements in various fields, including in the economy.
In 1998, the historic treaties were signed on eternal friendship and deepening of economic cooperation, reminded the head of the Kazakh Cabinet.
– I think we now need to continue to work together to deepen these areas of cooperation, – said the head of RK Government. – It is important that the political, economic stability, regional security in Central Asia depends on our concerted actions.
Uzbekistan is one of the key partners of our republic, – continued S. Akhmetov.
– Kazakhstan highly appreciates the results of President Islam Karimov’s visit to Astana in September. The joint statement signed by the two leaders was an incentive for action. We need to implement in practice each point of this document – said S. Akhmetov. – It’s time to sign the agreement on strategic partnership between our countries. One of the examples of strengthening relations may be the creation of the Business Council to promote closer and more effective dialogue between the business communities of our republics.
In addition, our countries need to reach a new level of turnover – up to 5 billion dollars. This is a question of the next few years, noted the PM.
– It is necessary to develop a “roadmap” to expand trade turnover within the Economic Cooperation Strategy, – he said. – If we define the priority sectors of the economy that directly affect the product line, we can significantly increase the volume of bilateral trade.
It should be noted that the trade turnover between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in 2011 amounted to 1.95 billion dollars (exports – USD 1.179 billion, import – 770 million), and increased in comparison with 2010 by 23.9%. During 10 months of 2012, the figure reached $ 1.7 billion and grew by more than 10.8%.
The head of the Uzbek Cabinet Shavkat Mirziyayev in turn welcoming the Kazakh delegation, stressed:
– We consider the official visit of Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Serik Akhmetov to Uzbekistan as a logical continuation of political dialogue at the high level in September of this year in Kazakhstan between Presidents of our countries Islam Karimov and Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Uzbekistan highly appreciates historical and traditional friendly neighborliness, common roots, values and interests which for centuries tightly bind our nations, said Shavkat Mirziyayev.
The sides also discussed the issues of expansion of transit-transport potential and signed a memorandum of understanding between the Committee for Technical Regulation and Metrology of RK MINT and Uzbek Agency for Standardization, Metrology and Certification on cooperation in the field of standardization, metrology and conformity assessment. In addition an agreement on the establishment of the Business Council between the Chambers of Commerce of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan was adopted.