Pooling efforts for better results

February 04. Kazpravda

Pooling efforts for better resultsPresident Nursultan Nazarbayev met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Frans Timmermans.

The parties addressed the strengthening of bilateral cooperation, specifically in trade-economic and investment area and broached the international agenda topics.

Welcoming the official visit of the Dutch Foreign Minister, Nursultan Nazarbayev emphasized that the Netherlands is a largest investor in Kazakhstan’s economy and trade-economic partner of the European Union. We are interested in the development of bilateral relations, and this visit is important to our countries.

The Dutch Foreign Minister conveyed the Netherlands King’s invitation to President Nursultan Nazarbayev to visit their country for the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague. Meetings with the Prime Minister are also scheduled. He believes that pooling efforts, the Netherlands with access to the sea and with developed port infrastructure, and Kazakhstan, as a country with huge potential, could achieve great results.

The foreign minister noted that The Netherlands are willing to have a part in Kazakhstan’s steps towards the 30 world advanced nations, the Akorda press service says.

Regarding the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit in the Hague, F. Timmermans noted that Kazakhstan knows more than other countries of the tragedy that nuclear weapons entail, referring to the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site and re-emphasizing the need to establish an effective international system that allows to observe all the security issues. Kazakhstan’s course for its preservation is supported by all the countries, – the minister said.


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In the atmosphere of interest

February 04. Kazpravda

By Sergei OSANOV

Yesterday First Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Frans Timmermans.

During the meeting the sides discussed dynamics of bilateral relations between the two countries.

B.Sagintayev stressed that Kazakhstan considers the Netherlands as one of the key partners in Europe.

– For us the upcoming visit of the President to Hague to participate in the Nuclear Security Summit is especially important, said the first vice -premier, as Kazakhstan is a staunch supporter of the idea of ??nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. We believe that the summit will be a venue to discuss topical issues in this direction.

The sides noted with satisfaction that the pace of bilateral trade and economic cooperation between the states is growing from year to year. The Netherlands is the largest investor in terms of funds invested in the economy of Kazakhstan. Thus, the volume of trade at the end of last year amounted to about $ 10 billion. In Kazakhstan there are 795 joint ventures with Dutch capital in various fields. Sagintaev also added that Kazakhstan is interested in the experience of the Netherlands in such fields as support and development of small and medium business, transfer of latest technologies, maritime transport, renewable energy, environmental protection, space exploration for peaceful purposes and healthcare.

In turn, Timmermans added that the Netherlands valued cooperation with Kazakh partners and will assist Kazakhstan in joining the 30 most developed countries of the world. In particular, the Dutch side is ready to share its experience in water management and other technologies from the field of green economy, which is especially important in the run-up to the EXPO 2017 in Astana.

Concluding the dialogue Sagintayev invited the delegation from the Netherlands to participate in the II World anti crisis conference to be held in Astana in May this year.


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FMs discuss priority cooperation areas

February 04. Kazpravda

By Lilia Syzdykova

Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrissov met with his Dutch counterpart Frans Timmermans, who arrived in Astana on his first official visit.

Their talks focused on preparations for the upcoming visit of Kazakhstan President to The Hague to attend the Nuclear Security Summit this March, also topical issues of Kazakh – Dutch bilateral cooperation.

Particular attention was paid to the interaction in agriculture, green energy, in the creation of research centers and innovation parks and in the space industry.

Y.Idrissov invited the Netherlands for a part in the industrial-innovative projects and EXPO 2017 in Astana and briefed on the main provisions of Kazakhstan President’s state-of-the-nation Address.

The parties noted the two countries’ potential in addressing regional issues within multilateral institutions such as the UN, OSCE and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Y.Idrisov underscored that the European vector remains a topmost priority in Kazakhstan’s foreign policy.

Kazakhstan and the Netherlands are long-term partners, and this European nation leads in the investment in the Kazakh economy. Over the time from 2005 to mid-2013 the gross inflow of direct Dutch investments totaled $48.04 billion.

At the subsequent press conference, the two FMs noted dynamism in trade-economic cooperation and the global leadership of Kazakhstan in nuclear security and disarmament. The Dutch FM said his country wants to partner with Kazakhstan in ridding the world of nuclear arms.


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To develop Kazakhstan-Netherlands parliamentary ties

February 04. Kazpravda

The Senate chairman Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev met with the Foreign Minister of the Netherlands Frans Timmermans, who is in Astana on an official visit.

The parties exchanged views on various bilateral relations issues and the situation in the world. As the Senate speaker noted, the Netherlands is a key partner to Kazakhstan in the European Union. Economic, scientific and technical aspects of bilateral cooperation are acquiring a new significance to Kazakhstan in the light of the targets, set in President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s annual state-of-the-nation address.

In turn, F. Timmermans praised Kazakhstan’s Strategy for joining the 30 world advanced nations, adding that the Netherlands is willing to share in this project, including through the exchange of experience in agriculture and alternative energy. In the context of the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague this March, the Dutch Foreign Minister underscored the value of Kazakhstan’s leadership in nuclear disarmament.

Sharing his vision on Kazakhstan-Netherlands parliamentary relations, K.Tokayev expressed hope that the Dutch deputies, including their Senate Chairman, will be visiting Astana to exchange views on topical issues, which will further stimulate the bilateral cooperation. Besides, Kazakhstan MPs intend to develop multilateral contacts within the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.