Foreign Ambassadors assuming the mission in Kazakhstan

February 01. Kazpravda

By Julia Mager

Foreign Ambassadors assuming the mission in KazakhstanAt a ceremony in Akorda Nursultan Nazarbayev received credentials of the ambassadors of Japan, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Sultanate of Oman, Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

The heads of the diplomatic missions in our country are: Japan- Masayoshi Kamohara, Pakistan – Shaukat Ali Mukadam, Oman – Saeed bin Mohammed bin Ali Al-Barami , Netherlands – Henri Hubert Drisser and Afghanistan – Muhammad Farooq Baraki .

Nursultan Nazarbayev congratulated them on the start of their diplomatic mission in Kazakhstan, expressing assurance that their work will give a new impetus to the relations and pledging that Kazakhstan will continue a balanced foreign policy course.

He also expressed hope that the ambassadors’ sending states will support Kazakhstan’s intention to join WTO and the EXPO – 2017 that the country will be hosting. The theme of this international exhibition, he believes, will be another important direction for the countries’ convergence.

The adopted Conception for the Foreign Policy of the Republic of Kazakhstan 2014-2020, Nursultan Nazarbayev went on, – will give a significant boost to our further cooperation. He hopes the diplomats will support its implementation.

The President noted with satisfaction a high cooperation level between Kazakhstan and the Kingdom of Netherlands. It is a leading economic partner to our country, – said Nursultan Nazarbayev. – Last year our turnover reached 10 billion dollars. The volume of Dutch investments in Kazakhstan’s economy is about 48 billion. Partnership in energy is actively developing and we are interested in a bigger share of  the Dutch companies in the state program of industrial-innovative development, introduction of advanced technologies in the industry.

The President also emphasized the importance of the established Business Council “Kazakhstan – Netherlands” that will help forge closer contacts between the two countries’ economic departments and business circles. These and other questions might be discussed in the frames of the visit to Hague, scheduled this March, where he is attending the Global Nuclear Security Summit.

The President said our country is interested in the development of mutually beneficial cooperation with Japan, an important strategic partner in the Asia- Pacific region.

– The two countries have established a constructive and trustful dialogue at all levels, bilateral structures and contractual legal framework are sound.  Given a high technological level of your country, Kazakhstan is interested in the share of leading Japanese companies in joint high-tech industries. I hope that the adoption in the near future of the Roadmap for strengthening economic and investment relations will serve the purpose. We need to expedite the signing of the Agreement on the Liberalization, Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments, which will contribute to a full-scale trade and economic cooperation between our countries.

Nursultan Nazarbayev said that he welcomes the efforts of the Afghan Government to stabilize the socioeconomic situation in the country and that on its part Kazakhstan gives humanitarian and economic assistance, participates in the implementation of infrastructure projects in Afghanistan, builds schools , hospitals, bridges, repairs roads and sends gratis food supplies there. An education program for Afghan students was launched. Kazakhstan is interested in a stable and secure Afghanistan, and will support efforts for it.

The President thanked Pakistan for its continued support of Kazakhstan’s foreign policy initiatives. This country is an active member of the CICA and regularly takes part in the congresses of leaders of world and traditional religions. Given a high economic potential and favorable geopolitical location, Pakistan is a promising trade partner to Kazakhstan.

– The two countries have joint projects in agribusiness, and Kazakhstan can export grains to Pakistan.

Kazakhstan is interested in enhancing interaction with the Sultanate of Oman, so is the leadership of Oman, to which the outcomes of Nursultan Nazarbayev’s visits point. Given the two countries’ economic potential, the President opined, we need to boost pragmatic cooperation in agriculture, petrochemicals, energy, transport, tourism and construction. He invited Omani companies for a part in the major industrial projects and to share best practices and expertise in the extraction and transportation of energy carriers.

Addressing the ambassadors, Nursultan Nazarbayev then said that Astana is a symbol of major changes in our country, looking to the future, and he hopes that its atmosphere will contribute to their fruitful work towards strengthening of cooperation. The President promised his personal and the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s support to them in every way in their mission.

On completion of the ceremony, the diplomats appeared before the media. Japanese Ambassador Masayoshi Kamohara reconfirmed his country’s intention to further develop cooperation with Kazakhstan, to which he will work in his mission.

Pakistani Ambassador Shaukat Ali Mukadam said he had invited the Kazakh President to visit his country in 2014 and shared his opinion on Astana, which he visited 13 years ago in the time of scaled construction, and which has developed  into a dynamic and modern city. The main purpose of his diplomatic mission, he continued, is bringing bilateral relations to a new level. The “new horizons” are the spheres of trade, economy and human resources management. Bilateral sales of 2012 are $ 36 million, and in the next three years they want to bring them up to $ 100 million – said the Pakistani diplomat.

Ambassador of Oman Saeed bin Mohammed bin Ali al-Barami in turn pledged to make every effort to develop fruitful relations with Kazakhstan.

The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Henri Hubert Drisser informed about the upcoming visit, next week, of his country’s Foreign Minister, who will have a series of meetings with Kazakhstani leadership.

– The President of Kazakhstan will be a guest of honor at the Global Nuclear Security Summit this March in the Hague, – the ambassador said. – Kazakhstan and the Netherlands share views on many key international agenda issues, including counter-terrorism and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. The Netherlands is a major investor in Kazakhstan’s economy and supports Kazakhstan’s movement to the ranks of 30 world advanced nations. He also noted an active bilateral cooperation in agriculture, space industry, power generation and many other areas.

Afghan Ambassador Muhammad Farooq Baraki also confirmed his country’s interest in enhancing economic and political relations with Kazakhstan and in the development of cooperation in other areas.

He conveyed gratitude to Kazakhstan for a substantial assistance to his country in the economic recovery.