This year we are celebrating 25 years of diplomatic relations with the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Romania was among the first to recognize the independence of Kazakhstan on Dec. 17, 1991, just one day after President Nazarbayev signed the Constitutional Law declaring the country’s independence.
I would like to mention all testimonies of the work that have been done in these years of independence, all remarkable achievements for President Nursultan Nazarbayev, for the central and local authorities and of the people of Kazakhstan.
The Republic of Kazakhstan has become a respected member of the international community, a model for its region – Central Asia and its status of non-permanent member of the Security Council of the United Nations confirms this role.
I need to seize the substantial potential of common understanding between Bucharest and Astana. Romania wants to represent the gate of Kazakhstan towards Europe while this country is the Romanian’s most important partner in Central Asia.
Romania has been a constant supporter of relations development between the European Union and the Republic of Kazakhstan.
My country is geographically a bridge towards Europe for Kazakhstan; the priority attached to connectivity (energy & international freight transport) and I have to point that in June 2017, Constanta Port became party to the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan) also in line with China’s initiative-The New Silk Road.
I consider that in 2017 the most remarkable event discussing about our bilateral dialogue was the visit to Kazakhstan of the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mister Teodor Meleşcanu. I also have to mention the visit to Astana of the State Secretary, Mister Dănuţ Nicolăescu and the very good bilateral political dialogues with his counterpart Mister Roman Vassilenko, the Deputy Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Beyond their clear political implications, high-level visits have merits on technical level, encouraging our institutions and companies to meet more often, to know better each other, to discuss and to find common projects and business opportunities.
The history of the bilateral relations between Romania and the Republic of Kazakhstan is not only relevant from a political, diplomatic or economic point of view, but also from the perspective of human interaction, of links between our people and of our interest to better know each other’s culture and traditions or to understand our contemporary societies.
In times that are complex and challenging, in a world that is rapidly changing, education and people-to-people contacts are key elements that can ensure mutual understanding and bring support for values that our countries share, building bridges in areas that are sometimes affected by geographical distance.
I have to reaffirm Romania’s interest to develop the overall bilateral relations with the Republic of Kazakhstan.
We noticed the increasing interest shown by our institutions and experts to cooperate in various fields like education, science and culture, research, I.T. The establishment of the first lectureship of Romanian language, culture and civilization in Central Asia in Karaganda; contacts between well-known Romanian universities and very important education centers of the Republic of Kazakhstan could be very good examples of our very good relations.
I am confident that EXPO 2017 Astana – Future energy – it was the starting point for a new level of quality in our overall economic cooperation in terms of diversification and bringing together a larger variety of economic actors, including Small and Medium Enterprises. In this respect I would like to underline the very good results of the 13th session of the Romania – Kazakhstan Joint Commission on Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation hosted by Bucharest October this year. I consider that Kazakhstan economic programs offer proper premises to diversify bilateral trade. I encourage the Romanian companies and institutions to be more present and to try to participate to the programs launched by His Excellency, President Nursultan Nazarbayev, 2050 Strategy, The Kazakhstan Way, Nurly Zhol Program, One goal, One Interest, One Future, The Five Pillars of the Public Administration, 100 Concrete steps. All of them offer a lot of opportunities in this respect. The Romanian Embassy in Astana is very focused on: – -Strengthening the diplomatic mission, by intensifying the bilateral dialogue, enhancing cooperation and co-ordination of joint actions with the Republic of Kazakhstan.
– Supporting the country’s efforts to be part of international structures, and Romania can maintain and strengthen its role as a major and privileged partner of Kazakhstan as long as we are the main channel / gateway to Kazakh access to the European Union.
– Increasing Romania’s knowledge of the general public in Kazakhstan by supporting bilateral cultural, educational and scientific exchanges and greater visibility.
The genuine and complex mission of the contemporary diplomacy presupposes the use complementary instruments to classical political and diplomatic action by increasing the public visibility of actions, by mobilizing all resources and by involving some social actors (local public authorities, NGOs, universities) in a diversified partnership.
We are looking to develop the pro-active diplomacy imperatives on all levels – parliamentary, governmental, economic and cultural diplomacy – in order to achieve the proposed objectives: Romania’s position as a pole for the promotion of our economic interests in Central Asia and the shaping of a Consistent images of the national character of all Romanian approaches.
Thus, on each level, I propose objectives that can be summed up as follows:
– Using the existing potential for increasing the value of Romanian exports, both through a more active presence of companies in the country, at different fairs, exhibitions, meetings, but also by diversifying the offers, with emphasis on those in the sphere of services with high added value. – Fully exploiting the opportunities that the international event “EXPO 2017 – The Energy of the Future”. – On the other side, to explore new venues – such us assistance for Development. We are setting up a new body ROAid and we notice Kazakhstan has a similar body AID Kazakh (Kazakh Overseas Development Agency).
– The Cooperation Agreement between Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the two countries was on my agenda and has already been signed on 28 July 2017. – Romania is very open to negotiate a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in emergency situations and energy system development – Human resources training and management in tourism and I.T representing our other main priorities, – Repositioning on the Kazakhstan market of the Romanian companies and products specialized in the production of furniture, clothing, footwear and launching the pharmaceutical products on this market. The commercial-economic component, as well as the cultural, sport, tourism, educational, scientific cooperation partnerships, will become the main directions of cooperation between our countries. Taking into account the geographical positioning of Romania and Kazakhstan and the recent increase in the number of passengers traveling from Bucharest to Astana and return, but also to facilitate travel from the Romania and Kazakhstan neighboring countries, in a faster period of time to Kazakhstan and Romania, I’m looking to find solutions for opening a direct flight from Bucharest to Astana, because for me a direct Astana-Bucharest flight is needed; In this respect, a partnership between Tarom and AIR Astana could be taken into account.
We express our gratitude to our Kazakh friends for their support of the Romanian community and for the activity of the Assembly of Peoples.
At parliamentary level we have very good working contacts through Parliamentary Friendship Groups.
The new coming year, 2018, will have a special significance, Romania will celebrate the Great Centenary and for sure we will organize important events to be better known our history and culture.
I would like to emphasize the importance of Romania’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council in the 2019 elections.
I take this opportunity to congratulate Kazakhstan Republic for The Independence Day!