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14 February, 2020 16:02

Nur-Sultan hosted 5th meeting of Kazakh-Qatari High-Level Joint Commission

The 5th meeting of the Kazakh-Qatari high-level joint commission has taken place in the capital city of Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultan, where investment, finance, health, soil use cooperation was discussed. It has seen the participation of Qatari minister of Commerce and Industry Ali bin Ahmed al Kuwari and Kazakh national minister Ruslan Dalenov, Strategy2050.kz correspondent reports.

Nur-Sultan hosted 5th meeting of Kazakh-Qatari High-Level Joint Commission  | Strategy2050.kz

The meeting is taking place in the lead-up to the visit of Amir of Qatar His Highness Sheikh Tamin bin Hamad al Thani.

“This event (the visit of the Qatari Amir) will serve as a sound push to update the two countries’ interaction, as well as demonstrates our friendly relations between our nations. For us it is an honour and high responsibility,” the Kazakh national economy minister said.

The minister has also outlined that the relations between the countries proved to be effective as 2019 saw the Presidents’ of two States meet on the sidelines of the CICA Summit, bilateral meetings were held, there took place a visit to Qatar by a Kazakh delegation led by the head of the President’s Office.

The governments of the two States continue cementing the relations. So Qatari residents nor longer are subject to visa requirements since October 1, 2019, the memorandum on air communication was concluded, allowing Qatar Airways to operate 7 weekly passenger flights to Nur-Sultan and Almaty, as well as 7 cargo flights between Doha and Almaty.

“The cooperation matters of high significant include investment, first and foremost the Qatar Investment Authority’s intent to engage in Kazakhstan’s Infrastructure Fund through jointly funding projects in Kazakhstan. Cooperation in finance and banking, including the opening of MASRAF ALRAYAN Bank, and the listing of financial products on the AIFC platform by Qatar International Islamic Bank are of special importance,” the Kazakh minister said.

Underlining the unpleasant conditions in the world economy, the minister called for redeeming the economic instruments, approaches and practices.

“Cooperation between Qatar and Kazakhstan is developing in the financial sector, civil aviation, agriculture, investment. Kazakhstan and Qatar enjoy an excellent relationship for many years. I think these meetings are held to conclude our excellent relationship. As you know, we also talked about civil aviation agreements between our nations; we look forward Qatari Airways establishing direct routes to Nur-Sultan and Almaty. This will speed up and accelerate the trade relations between both countries and business relations,” the Qatari minister said.

He has also spoken of the opportunities presented by the privatization programme carried out in Kazakhstan.

“Kazakhstan talked about the privatization programme, which they are taking and we will reviewing its opportunities with them and see where we can contribute. We also talked about the opportunities in Qatar, the recent reforms we have done in our economy, like opening the economy, diversifying the economy, and the opportunities for Kazakh companies to come because we have heavily invested in our infrastructure, ports and airports. Qatar is taking major steps in strengthening its economy and we are looking forward to hosing the World Cup 2022. We also talked about Kazakhstan hosting the next WTO Ministerial Meeting. You know Qatar has an experience in hosting such a meeting in 2001. And we are ready to cooperate if any help is needed. We hope that this meeting will help to resolve many issues existing in the global trade,” he said.

The Qatari side has been investing in education, health and social programmes in Kazakhstan.

He has also said that both countries have a great potential to establish cooperation in environment protection.

By Adlet Seilkhanov,