Premier Ponta’s visit to Astana will stimulate Romanian-Kazakh economic relations

ents will be on the agenda of the visit Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta will pay to Kazakhstan, at the invitation of his Kazakh counterpart Serik Ahmetov.  The visit to Kazakhstan is part of an Asian tour of the chief of Government, also including Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and China. ‘It is a long-waited visit of the Romanian chief of Government to my country, because the agenda of our bilateral cooperation is very large and we must discuss a multitude of aspects, starting with the energy topics and ending with the mutual investments,’ Kazakhstan Embassy to Romania’s Charge d’Affairs Talgat Kaliyev told Agerpres.  He said that Rompetrol, which belongs to KazMunaiGaz Kazakh national company, had a strategy of increasing investments in Romania and, in the near future, concrete projects could be announced.
The diplomat evoked the bilateral contacts between Romania and Kazakhstan and voiced his trust that the visit of Prime Minister Victor Ponta would intensify the trade exchanges and the economic cooperation in general.  ‘We have begun this year in a dynamic manner: first there have been consultations on a Foreign Affairs Ministry level. Secretary of State Bogdan Aurescu paid a visit to Astana, recently installed Deputies’ Chamber Speaker Valeriu Zgonea participated in the Economic Forum of Astana. I believe it is a good start – now we have the Premier’s visit, which, in my point of view, will stimulate our bilateral relations, mainly those concerning trade and economy,’ Talgat Kaliyev said.  When asked if Kazakhstan managed to have good, balanced relations with the East and the West, he showed that his country was open to negotiations on trade aspects with any states, including Romania. ‘This is the direction of the current situation on the international agenda, on the world markets. Kazakhstan wants to be involved in all kinds of organizations on all levels. We see no problem in the fact that we are members of the Customs Union [with Russia and Belarus] and, at the same time, we are intensifying the trade relations with the rest of the world, mainly with Europe. The European Union is ranked first in the chart of our trade partners. China occupied the third place. This does not obstruct the trade growth between Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus. At the same time, we are open to negotiate on trade topics with any state, including with Romania. Romania, to us, is a very interesting country: it is a European Union member state, also taking into account its geo-strategic position, here in the Black Sea region. It is close to Ukraine, Turkey, the Middle East,’ the diplomat pointed out. On the visit of Prime Minister Victor Ponta to Astana, an agreement will be signed between the National Defence Ministry of Romania and the National Defence Ministry of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the cooperation in the area of military staff training, based on reciprocity. Moreover, a cooperation agreement will be signed in the culture area between the Ministry of Culture of Romania and the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Ponta began a visit to Baku on Wednesday as part of an Asian tour that will take him to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and China. The Romanian prime minister stressed his visit to the four Asian states has a prevailing economic character.

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