Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov outlined the main priorities of Kazakhstan's foreign policy in Asia.

During the Government hour in the Majilis, the Foreign Minister noted that Kazakhstan pays great attention to the development of trade, economic and political ties in the Asian region.

"Asia’s role will continue growing in the foreseeable future. Asia is a rapidly developing region with a population of more than 4 billion people and a 34% share in the global economy. Already today, 7 states of this vast region are among the 20 largest economies of the planet,” – Kairat Abdrakhmanov said.

The Kazakh Foreign Minister also said that the total volume of Kazakhstan's trade with Asian countries for January-September of this year grew 23% compared to the same period last year. In monetary terms, this figure is 13.3 billion USD. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is carrying out intense work on organizing the Head of State’s foreign policy actions. With regards to the issue in question, the Head of State made 9 foreign visits in 2016-2017: twice to China, to Japan, South Korea, Iran, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. At the same time, the heads of 12 Asian countries and governments visited Kazakhstan.

“With regards to East Asia, Kazakhstan pursues a pragmatic and active policy. First of all, we pay special attention to the development of multilateral strategic relations with the People's Republic of China. Today, China is a state with an advancing geopolitical influence, it has a powerful economy, financial and technological capabilities,” – Kairat Abdrakhmanov said.

According to the announced data, in 10 years China has invested in Kazakhstan more than 14 billion USD and is one of our country’s main foreign investors.

“Kazakhstan aims at deepening mutually beneficial partnership with Japan, the driver of which is trade-and-economic cooperation. Astana and Tokyo are close allies in the field of nuclear non-proliferation,” – Kairat Abdrakhmanov said.

The Kazakh Foreign Minister added that during the official visit of the Head of State to Japan in November 2016, a joint statement on expanded strategic partnership was adopted and 13 bilateral commercial documents in such sectors as transport, petrochemicals, finance and nuclear power worth about 1.2 billion USD were signed.

“South Korea is one of our key partners in developing the industry and diversifying the national economy. In 10 years, South Korea has invested almost 4.6 billion USD in the economy of Kazakhstan. Mongolia also holds an important place in Kazakhstan's foreign policy, due to the presence of the Kazakh diaspora in the country. Among the priority issues of bilateral cooperation are the opening of a consular office in the Bayanolgy aimak, as well as the construction of a highway connecting Mongolia and Kazakhstan, running through the territory of China and Russia,” – Kairat Abdrakhmanov stressed.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs has named a number of other Asian countries with which Kazakhstan is establishing cooperation and intends to strengthen it.

KAZINFORM

Published: 25 December 2017

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