I had the pleasure and the honor to visit the Kazakhstan Republic, at the invitation of Mr. Daulet Batrashev, the Ambassador of Kazakhstan in Romania, during this spring, and it was a real surprise to find a modern country and a nice people. I visited both the old and the new capital, Almaty and Astana.
Astana continues to remain the focus by organizing numerous high-level international meetings, both in terms of security, peacekeeping, non-proliferation, economic, financial or social and humanitarian. And I mention here The Astana Process – Iran, Turkey and Russia, The Summit of the Global Challenges, the launching of the International Financial Centre Astana, and other several conferences in the field of investments, health, human rights, etc. Through these events, Kazakhstan reaffirms its international status.
I have noticed, and I wish to emphasize the concern of the Kazakh Government in financially supporting the increase in export volume so that more than 400 exporters receive state support every year.
During my visit, I also found out that there are several major projects implemented in Kazakhstan: improving the irrigation systems in the south of the country, improving transport, infrastructure and logistics. There are also projects in the energy sector, including renewable energy and extractive industries.
Another approach, of maximum interest, is attracting foreign and strategic investors and there is an increase in investors’ interest, privatization being a proof of the correct approach of the government and the head of state, President Nazarbayev, towards reforms initiated across the country.
Kazakhstan is the first country on the Silk Road from China to Europe, and this will help it not only in terms of logistics and transport network, but also as an opportunity for regional integration and the proximity of both China, India, Pakistan, as well as European countries.
Kazakhstan continues its multi-vector foreign policy, which involves good neighborly relations with Russia and China and a friendly dialogue with its southern neighbors.
At the international level, Nursultan Nazarbayev’s presence in the United States was of major interest. He chaired the meeting of the UN Security Council on the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Confidence Building Measures on 18 January 2018. As I’ve seen in media, the Trump – Nazarbayev meeting was a great political succes. I think it is worth mentioning that the role of Astana has grown globally and regionally, in cooperation on defense and security, including in Afghanistan, and in the fight against terrorism and extremism.
I appreciate that in terms of politics and diplomacy, the institutional dialogue continued, at the level of the Foreign Ministry and other ministries, between the parliaments of the two countries, to improve bilateral relations, as well as mutual support in various international initiatives and collaborations.
The Embassy of Romania organized meetings in Atyrau with Akim and Vice-Akim of the region, with the leadership of the Regional Chamber of Commerce, the business community in the region, as well as the Rector, Vice-Rectors and Professors of the University of Petroleum and Gas in Atyrau. On this occasion, 3 Business Forums were organized, and Ambassador Cezar Armeanu had three presentations on the opportunities for cooperation with Romania.
In September, the Romanian Ambassy organized the 14th Session of the Joint Interguvernamental Romanian-Kazakh Comission, a Business Forum and an Economic Mission.
During these events, articles of agreement were signed between the Bucharest Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Astana and Almaty Entrepreneurial Chambers (“Atameken Astana” and “Atameken Almata”).
Interest was expressed for the cooperation between SN Nuclearelectrica SA and Kazatomprom in the field of uranium. It was appreciated that building a uranium partnership would be of great interest to Kazakhstan. Also, the interest of Kazakhs for cooperation in IT, agriculture and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises has been expressed, digitization being an absolute priority for Kazakhstan, as president Nayarbazev mentioned in the State Message to the Nation.
I believe that Romania is a key and strategic partner for Kazakhstan in the Balkans and I express my deep belief that our two countries will continue the mutual cooperation in the benefit of the peoples, in protecting the human rights and state of law.
Finally, on this important moment, the Republic of Kazakhstan’s National Day, I want to send my best greetings to the Kazakh people and to the President Nursultan Nazarbayev.