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Washington hosted III Kazakh-American Convention, dedicated to EXPO-2017 (PHOTO)

10 December, 2015 14:32
On the eve of the Independence Day, Washington, DC hosted the III Kazakh-American Convention, devoted to the forthcoming EXPO-2017 international exhibition.

The event was held at the world famous "think tank" - the United States Institute of Peace, the Foreign Ministry states.

The Convention included a power breakfast with members of the US Congress, two panel sessions on "Silk Road" and "EXPO-2017", and also the meeting devoted to Kazakhstan's accession to the WTO.

The representatives of American side were Congress members, Senator John Hoeven, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the House of Representatives Ed Royce, Congressmen Dana Rohrabacher, Robert Aderholt, Alcee Hastings, Xavier Becker and others. White House, State Department, Department of Commerce and the American business representatives addressed the speeches. Scientific and expert circles, the Kazakh Diaspora and the media also attended the event.

The Kazakhstan side included Minister for Economic Integration Zhanar Aitzhanova, Vice Minister of Agriculture Yermek Kusherbayev, representatives of the Ministry of National Economy, Development Bank of Kazakhstan and business structures.

"Honorary Consul of Kazakhstan in North Dakota Howard Dalu was awarded the medal for "20th anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan" on behalf of the Government of Kazakhstan for the development of cooperation in agribusiness. Minister Aytzhanova also handed the Letters of Thanks on behalf of Prime Minister Karim Massimov to Congressmen Rohrabacher and Aderholt for the support in the process of accession to the WTO", the statement reads.

In her speech, the head of the delegation noted the main achievements of Kazakhstan in economy, privatization, and reforms undertaken by the state. Zh.Aitzhanova also invited the audience to actively participate in EXPO 2017.

First Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews and Special Assistant to the US President Celeste Wallander congratulated Kazakhstan on accession to the WTO, noting that "the United States are proud to support countries in this process".

Senator John Hoeven noted the importance of trade cooperation with Kazakhstan. He emphasized the great opportunities for the bilateral trade, the existing potential of Kazakhstan to invest in agriculture, energy, transport and communications.

Chairman of the Committee on International Relations US House of Representatives Ed Royce said that "Kazakhstan is a model of a culture of tolerance at the international level."

The US-Kazakhstan Business Association and the American Chamber of Commerce in Kazakhstan organized the "round table". Representatives of Kazakhstani and American business revealed the prospects for mutually beneficial cooperation. So, NCE "Atameken" held a meeting, which resulted a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Business Council for International Understanding.

The event united the US and Kazakhstan official, business and expert circles and identified promising areas of cooperation.