Kazakh-British Forum held in Manchester
Nov 28. MFA
In Manchester on the eve of the Day of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom Erzhan Kazykhanov addressed the participants of the 7th Kazakh-British Forum and Presidential “Bolashak” scholars doing their technical degrees in the universities of Northern England.
The speech emphasized historical role of the Head of State in development of independent Kazakhstan, stabilization and modernization of its economy, improvement of the living quality and standards of the people of Kazakhstan, democratization of the political system, formation of the foundations of the rule of law and civil society, strengthening of interethnic and interreligious harmony, recognition of Kazakhstan as a responsible and reliable partner by the international community.
The priority attention in the speech of the Ambassador of Kazakhstan was given to the principle provisions of the “Nurly Zhol – Path to the Future” Annual State of the Nation Address delivered by the President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Erzhan Kazykhanov stressed upon the priority sectors of the national economy defined by the President of Kazakhstan, calling for British business to take an active part in the development of transport, logistics, energy and other infrastructure in Kazakhstan. The representatives of the British companies have noted the timeliness of the President’s Message and the importance of stimulating further economic development of Kazakhstan, as well as attracting foreign investment.
The United Kingdom ranks third after the United States and the Netherlands in terms of direct investment into our country’s economy, which exceeds $10 billion. Bilateral trade has been growing steadily, reaching $2.3 billion in 2013. There are more than 600 companies with British capital in Kazakhstan. They are involved in a variety of industries, including energy, transport, mining, metallurgy, education, health, banking and other sectors.