The Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan has passed the Law “On ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the United Nations on administrative and financial procedures for the Subregional Office for North and Central Asia”.

“The establishment of the ESCAP Subregional Office (Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) in Almaty was sanctioned by the resolution of the UN General Assembly dated December 24, 2008. The Framework Agreement between Kazakhstan and the United Nations on the establishment of the ESCAP office was approved by Decree of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on May 4, 2011. Article 8 of this Agreement provided for the conclusion of a separate international treaty on administrative and financial procedures for the ESCAP Subregional Office. In accordance with the Agreement on administrative and financial procedures, Kazakhstan provides office space to ESCAP and also annually allocates 100 thousand US dollars to cover the costs of operating the office space, as well as expenditures for program activities,” – Minister of Foreign Affairs Kairat Abdrakhmanov said, presenting the bill during the plenary session of the Senate.

According to him, this Agreement is of political importance. Its ratification will allow Kazakhstan to emphasize its commitment to the goals and objectives of ESCAP, to socio-economic interaction with the countries of the Asia-Pacific region. The Subregional Office fits into the concept of the UN hub on multilateral diplomacy, established in Almaty at the initiative of the Head of State. The hub is designed to enhance the effectiveness of the UN and its programs in Central Asia.

ESCAP, along with other UN agencies, supported Kazakhstan's initiative to create an international center for "green" technologies and investment projects, designed to continue the ideas of EXPO-2017, it actively develops regional cooperation in the field of environmental protection, transport, education on statistics, and implementation of the UN’s sustainable development goals.

The Minister noted that Kazakhstan and ESCAP have untapped reserves of interaction. This is especially important in the light of the implementation of the new Strategy for the Third Modernization of Kazakhstan, as well as the provisions of the President's Address of 2018 regarding the development of the country's transit and transport potential. In this context, reactivation of the UN Special Program for the Economies of Central Asia - SPECA remains of interest to Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan is ready to jointly with the ESCAP  Secretariat implement a set of measures to celebrate the 20th anniversary of SPECA in 2018, among which are holding an economic forum on SPECA and the 13th session of the SPECA Governing Council tentatively in October or November of this year in Astana or Almaty.

Answering the questions of Deputies, K. Abdrakhmanov explained that ESCAP will annually report on the use of funds allocated by Kazakhstan, both mandatory and voluntary contributions.

KAZINFORM

Published: 15 February 2018

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