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Mr. Costel Alexe, Chairman of the Romanian Parliamentary Friendship Group with the Republic of Kazakhstan: Our countries have very good bilateral relations, with strategic potential

On the occasion of the National Day of the Republic of Kazakhstan, I would like to convey heartfelt congratulations and warm wishes, on behalf of the Romanian Parliament and from me personally.

Romania was among the first countries to recognise Kazakhstan’s independence, on the 17th of December 1991. We are proud to share the friendship based on the common values of freedom and democracy.

Kazakhstan has come a long way in a short time. In 24 years, it had moved from a Soviet republic with no private sector to a sovereign state with a market economy ranked as one of the fastest growing in the world.

Our countries have very good bilateral relations, with strategic potential. During the 23 years that have elapsed since the establishing of the diplomatic relations, the Romanian-Kazakh bilateral cooperation has had a continuously ascending path, with significant results on the political and economic levels. All these facilitated Kazakhstan to acquire the first position among Romania’s trade partners from Central Asia.

When we talk about economic and trade relations, there is always room for progress. There, the global context marked by economic and financial deficiencies had an impact on this area within the bilateral cooperation. In this regard, we consider that it is necessary to intensify contacts between the Romanian and Kazakh businessmen, in order to identify new ways and areas of economic cooperation.

At the same time, the presence of KazMunaiGaz in Romania can be the basis for deepening cooperation in energy field.
An important goal of Romania in relations with the Central Asian states is to achieve inter-connectivity in energy field and freight in the region of the Black Sea-Caspian Sea, capitalizing the transit potential across the Black Sea, between Georgian ports and the port of Constanta.

The development of sectorial bilateral cooperation represents a stated goal of Romania: there is potential in areas such as IT, chemical industry, agriculture, emergency medicine.

Romania is keen to accept to university young Kazakh people for technical degrees such as oil and gas, engineering, petrochemicals and IT, cybernetics etc.

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