Kazakhstan and Germany to open technologies transfer center for preparation of EXPO

Feb 04. Tengrinews

Kazakhstan and Germany to open technologies transfer center for preparation of EXPOKazakhstan Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrissov rendered an official visit to Germany, Tengrinews.kz reports citing the press-service of Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry.

The visit of Idrissov to Germany upon an invitation of the Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle lasted from January 30 to February 1. During the visit Kazakhstan Minister held several bilateral meetings with representatives of German political and business circles.

Idrissov’s visit also included signing of several important bilateral economic agreements. Two memorandums were signed with German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ) on cooperation in development of content for Astana Economic Forum and in key directions of bilateral industrial and technological partnership.

Three documents were signed with German Energy Agency (DENA), German Steinbeis Center and EMD GmbH on cooperation in energy-saving, development of renewable energy sources and creation of Kazakhstan-German Center for transfer of technologies in the framework of Kazakhstan’s preparation for the EXPO-2017.

Idrissov met with representatives of different party factions of German Bundestag and discussed important aspects of the bilateral relations. German deputies noted a key role that Kazakhstan was playing in Central Asia and praised the goals set by Nursultan Nazarbayev in his State-of-Union Address called Kazakhstan-2050.

Kazakhstan Foreign Minister met with Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister of Economy and Technologies of Germany Philipp R?sler to discuss bilateral trade and economic, investment and technological cooperation. The officials also discussed implementation of agreements reached during Nazarbayev’s visit to Berlin in February 2012.

Kazakhstan Foreign Minister had a meeting with a member of the presidium of the Business Council on Strategic Cooperation of Kazakhstan and Germany and deputy Minister of Economy and Technology of Germany Werner Ressing and co-chairman of business council, executive director of Deutsche Bank for Central and Eastern Europe Peter Tils. The meeting covered enhancement of trade and economic and investment cooperation between the two countries. The German party also introduced Idrissov to the course of implementation of the industrial and technological partnership agreements between the two countries reached during Nazarbayev’s visit to Germany in 2012.

Kazakhstan Foreign Minister delivered a speech at the fifth meeting of the Berlin Eurasian Club that was attended by outstanding German political leaders, representatives of business circles and media outlets. In his presentation on European security Idrissov expressed Kazakhstan’s vision of global and regional security, Eurasian integration and suggested to expand the dialog inviting representatives of western and post-soviet community to take part in the Berlin Eurasian Club.

During the last day of the visit Kazakhstan Foreign Minister had talks with Federal Foreign Minister of Germany Guido Westerwelle to discuss the current status and prospects of the bilateral cooperation in political, trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian sectors. After the meeting the officials signed a joint declaration called to expand cooperation between foreign ministries of the two countries.



Kazakh Foreign Minister attends Munich Security Conference


Kazakh Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrissov attended the 49th International Conference on Security Policy in Munich on February 1-3, according to the press service of the Foreign Ministry.

In his speech at the session devoted to the issues of security and stability in South-Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, the Kazakh Foreign Minister said that “Eurasian security is an integral part of the new common global security.”

Idrissov reminded that “three years ago, the OSCE Summit in Astana adopted a declaration, which first touched upon the concept of the Eurasian security, as well as close relationship between the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian security dimensions.” As is known, Kazakhstan as OSCE chairman determined that one of the priorities in the field of security was the active assistance in resolving “frozen conflicts” in the area from Vancouver to Vladivostok, and contributed to this difficult process.

“Kazakhstan, being at the center of Eurasia, is a very important connection between Europe and Asia, and we are pleased that our role in this regard is on the rise,” Idrissov stated.

Concerning the interdependence of security in South-Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Eurasia the Minister noted that these regions, located between the Caspian, Black and Mediterranean seas, are the natural areas of resource and transit cooperation for each other, which determines their common interest in resolving existing crises and ensuring long-term regional stability. In this case, economic growth must be the driving force behind efforts to strengthen stability.

“Stability will stimulate economic growth, and the economic growth in turn will promote stability,” Yerlan Idrissov said, noting that Kazakhstan is interested in the expansion of these markets for its own interests and the interests of the region.

He told about the steps taken by Kazakhstan in this area, including the acquisition of Romanian company Rompetrol, participation in Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline, the acquisition of marine terminals on the Black Sea.

On the sidelines of the conference, the Kazakh diplomat held several bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Spain, Poland, Turkey, Israel, Italy, President of the UN General Assembly Vuk Jeremic and others.