Today, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev took part in the opening ceremony of the forum "OECD Eurasia Week 2017” and greeted the participants with a welcoming speech.

The cooperation between Kazakhstan and OECD has been carried since 2008 within the framework of the Eurasia Competitiveness Programme (ECP), the participants of which are 13 countries of Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Eastern Europe.

The main OECD event within the framework of the ECP is the culminating annual affair – Eurasia Week, where representatives of 35 OECD member-countries meet with partner-countries of the Eurasian Continent to discuss ways to strengthen relations. The previously held Eurasia Week in Paris resulted in Kazakhstan being elected as the country to host the retreat session in 2017.

Today, the event is attended by ambassadors and minister of OECD countries, members of governments and representatives of state bodies of 13 ECP countries. OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría, who heads the organization since 2006 and was re-elected for the third term until 2021, has also arrived to participate in the forum.

In his speech at the forum’s opening ceremony, Bakytzhan Sagintayev noted that Kazakhstan supports integration processes for the development of economy and trade throughout the Eurasian space. In this connection, the Republic commits to continue contributing to the enhancement of the sustainability of social and economic development in Eurasia, building up a modern export policy and stimulating innovative entrepreneurial activity with direct cooperation with the OECD.

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The OECD is an international economic association of the most competitive countries, interacting on the principles of democracy and a free market economy. In accordance with N. Nazarbayev's instruction, within the framework of the Third Modernization of Kazakhstan's economy, a draft National Roadmap was developed and approved to implement the best practices and recommendations of the OECD, which were received following the implementation of the Country Programme of Cooperation.

This year, the OECD approved the extension of the Country Programme until the end of 2018, which provides for the implementation of 13 new projects in such areas as public procurement, budget management, PPP, critical risks, regional business development, taxation, etc.

Published: 24 October 2017



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