"Kazinform": Digest of the Uzbek President's visit to Kazakhstan

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"Kazinform": Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has highly appreciated the results of the meeting with the Head of Uzbekistan, Kazinform reports.

"The important factor of friendly relations is our close ties in culture and history. Over 1 mln ethnic Kazakhs live in Uzbekistan and nearly 500,000 Uzbeks consider both states as their own home. We have agreed to hold days of culture, and Kazakhstan invites youth, students of Uzbekistan to study in our universities. Probably, we should make such an exchange" Nazarbayev said.

The Head of the State also noted that Uzbeks in Kazakhstan have their ethnic cultural centers, theatres and Uzbek schools, and they are represented in the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan and the Parliament of our country. There are no unsolved issues between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan for today.

"I highly appreciate our meeting. The first state visit of Shavkat Miromonovich Merziyoyev opens up new horizons for cooperation", Nursultan Nazarbayev concluded.


Sepcial economic zones will be established in Uzbekistan. Chairman of Uzbek Chamber of Commerce and Industry Alisher Shaikhov informed, Kazinform correspondent reports.

"Of course, we see that there are conditions. 170 agreements signed between our states are a very serious legislative basis to develop cooperation between the two countries. Here we have great opportunities in terms of diversification of our cooperation, creating new production facilities both in Uzbekistan and in Kazakhstan. There are industrial, free economic zones operating in Uzbekistan. But we are planning to establish new ones. Certainly, they will be very close to Kazakh border, and, of course, involvement of your business will make you and us more competitive in the global market", Shaikhov said at Kazakh-Uzbek Business Forum in the Independence Palace.

According to him, cooperation between the two countries should be based on complementarity principles to avoid competition. It is necessary to use all available resources for development of cooperation.

Alisher Shaikhov also informed that over 200 companies represented in the Business Forum exhibition show only a part of possibilities at the disposal of Uzbekistan.


The new leadership of Uzbekistan has fully opened up new opportunities for trade and removed barriers. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev stated following the results of negotiations with his counterpart in Akorda, Kazinform correspondent reports.

"Astana and Tashkent take leading positions in bilateral economic and trade partnership in the entire Central Asia region. The sales between our countries in the last year alone amounted to USD2bln, and the growth of trade in physical items was equal to 16 percent", Nazarbayev said.

The Head of the State stressed that recently the relations between two countries started to develop in a completely different way.

"Only for the last five months (...) the goods turnover between our countries on both sides has increased by 30 percent including new goods. Four trade centers have been established. Sales of grains (export) have increased by 30 percent and Uzbek fruits and vegetables (import) by 25 percent compared to the previous time. This is because the new leadership team of Uzbekistan has fully opened up new opportunities for trade and removed barriers", Nursultan Nazarbayev underlined.

The President added that inter-economic relations have been actively developing and over 800 enterprises involving Uzbek capital investments are operating in various areas of Kazakh economy.

"As a part of the negotiations our Governments have started a detailed practical work over the agreements reached", Nazarbayev summarized.


Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has invited Nursultan Nazarbayev to visit Kazakhstan, Kazinform correspondent reports.

"I consider the negotiations and the visit of today to be historic", Mirziyoyev said during a bilateral meeting in Akorda.

The Head of Uzbekistan also stated that election of Kazakhstan as a non-permanent member of UN Security Council is historic and of vital importance for Central Asia region.

"I am confident that measures for Afghanistan will be adopted for two years of non-permanent membership [of Kazakhstan] in UNSC", Shavkat Mirziyoyev added. The Uzbek Leader underlined that stability and peace in Afghanistan are very important for Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

"We have agreed to meet more frequently, exchange views and move forward. I invite you, Nursultan Abishevich, to visit Uzbekistan at any time convenient for you. I will be very delighted to meet you in Uzbekistan', Mirziyoyev added.


Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his counterpart Shavkat Mirziyoyev have signed a number of documents, Kazinform correspondent reports.

In particular, the Presidents signed the Joint Declaration on Further Enhancement of Strategic Partnership and Strengthening Good-neighborliness between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

In addition, the First Deputy of Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin and his counterpart Achilbay Ramatov signed the Agreement on Interregional Cooperation, Strategy of Economic Cooperation for 2017-2019 and the Protocol on amendments to the Agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation.

Kazakh Minister of Investments and Development Zhenis Kassymbek and Uzbek Minister of Foreign Economic Affairs, Investments and Trade Elyor Ganiyev signed the Protocol on amendments and additions to the Agreement on International Road Transport.

Foreign Ministers of the two countries Kairat Abdrakhmanov and Abdulaziz Kamilov signed the Program of Cooperation between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs.

Kazakh Minister of Defense Saken Zhassuzakov and his counterpart Kabul Berdiyev signed the Agreement on Military Cooperation between the countries.

After negotiations Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his counterpart Shavkat Mirziyoyev have signed a number of documents, Kazinform correspondent reports.

In particular, the Presidents signed the Joint Declaration on Further Enhancement of Strategic Partnership and Strengthening Good-neighborliness between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

In addition, the First Deputy of Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin and his counterpart Achilbay Ramatov signed the Agreement on Interregional Cooperation, Strategy of Economic Cooperation for 2017-2019 and the Protocol on amendments to the Agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation.

Kazakh Minister of Investments and Development Zhenis Kassymbek and Uzbek Minister of Foreign Economic Affairs, Investments and Trade Elyor Ganiyev signed the Protocol on amendments and additions to the Agreement on International Road Transport.

Foreign Ministers of the two countries Kairat Abdrakhmanov and Abdulaziz Kamilov signed the Program of Cooperation between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs.

Kazakh Minister of Defense Saken Zhassuzakov and his counterpart Kabul Berdiyev signed the Agreement on Military Cooperation between the countries.

March 25, 2017

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