To enhance cooperation
Nov 02. Kazpravda
By Guliam TULESHEVA
Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov paid an official visit to Kyrgyzstan where he met with President Almasbek Atambayev and took part in the IV Intergovernmental Council.
During the meeting with the leader of Kyrgyzstan the sides discussed the state and prospects of bilateral relations, including in trade, economic and investment spheres. United by the ties of long-term strategic partnership, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan expressed willingness to further strengthen and enhance cooperation on the entire spectrum of bilateral relations.
Particularly Serik Akhmetov said that Kazakhstan will continue the course of constructive cooperation with Kyrgyzstan and stressed «the importance of dynamic development of bilateral relations based on friendship and good neighborliness between the two fraternal republics.»
Another important issue on the agenda of the visit was the meeting of Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov with head of Kyrgyz Government Jantoro Satybaldiev. The sides discussed a wide range of issues of Kazakh- Kyrgyz relations in trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian collaboration.
RK Prime Minister noted the high level of economic cooperation between the two countries.
– On the instructions of the President, bilateral trade on the results of 2012 exceeded one billion dollars, — said S. Akhmetov. — We are ready for a more serious dialogue on a wide range of our bilateral relations; first of all it is trade-economic cooperation. Our countries have a high potential for increase of cooperation, and at the same time there are issues that need to be solved together, — he said.
Prime Minister of Kazakhstan expressed confidence that the meeting of the heads of government will give further impetus to bilateral cooperation between Astana and Bishkek.
Kyrgyz Prime Minister also expressed confidence that the trade turnover between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan will continue to grow in the current year and will exceed the last year’s figure.
According to the Customs Control Committee of RK Finance Ministry, last year the trade turnover between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan reached the level of USD 1.058 billion with the increase of 41 % compared to the same period in 2011. At that Kazakhstan’s exports amounted to 725.9 million dollars, import — 333, 04 million dollars.
The Kazakh delegation headed by Prime Minister S.Akhmetov also took part in the meeting of the IV Intergovernmental Council, which was held in the framework of the official visit. Speaking at the meeting Serik Akhmetov, thanked the hosts for their warm welcome and expressed confidence that “today’s meeting will give impetus to further development of bilateral relations and solving the issues of mutually beneficial cooperation, including in such areas as water and energy, transportation, agriculture, finance and cross-border cooperation.”
J. Satybaldyev in turn speaking about the topicality of the agenda noted the problems of the two countries in modernization and diversification of economy. According to him, Kyrgyzstan is interested in deliveries of Kazakh natural gas, crude oil and petroleum products. Also the project on the construction of a high-voltage power line is very promising. In addition, Kyrgyz republic is interested in cooperation in the field of efficient use of water and energy resources, exports of electricity, creation of a stable parallel power system, as well as in addressing the issues of quality of life in border areas.
The sides signed two important documents — the protocol of the IV session of Kazakh — Kyrgyz Intergovernmental Council and a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation between the Ministries of Finance.
S. Akhmetov said that the decision of the Intergovernmental Council will give a good impetus to the development of trade and other sectors.
Kazakhstan is one of the major investors of Kyrgyz economy, and we have good potential for bilateral trade, — added the PM of KR. — I think the efforts of business and government agencies of our countries in 2013 will be successful, and all the problems that exist in the economy will be solved and regulated.