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20.05.2015, 13:51

Moscow and Kazakhstan to increase mutual trade and promote cultural and humanitarian relations

Moscow and Kazakhstan to increase mutual trade and promote cultural and humanitarian relations

Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has met with Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Speaker of Kazakhstan’s Senate. The meeting was attended by Marat Tazhin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kazakhstan to Russia, and Sergei Cheryomin, Moscow Government Minister and Head of the Department for Foreign Economic Activity and International Relations.

Mr Sobyanin said that Kazakhstan was the largest CIS investor in Moscow and the key supplier to the Moscow food market. Kazakh agricultural producers account for nearly half of the total amount of supplies from the CIS countries.

The Mayor stressed that the high level of bilateral cooperation promises a bright future and offers an opportunity to increase bilateral trade and to further develop cultural, humanitarian and other relations.

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev thanked the Mayor for a warm welcome and said that he, as an “old” Muscovite, had noticed positive changes in the city over the past few years.

Mr Tokayev studied at MGIMO University in 1970–1975 and attended courses at the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy in 1991–1992.

He said that 3,000 students from Kazakhstan were enrolled at Moscow universities. “They are the forward team of our future cooperation,” Mr Tokayev said.

The meeting participants also discussed the further development of bilateral ties in the economy, trade, healthcare, education, tourism and other areas.

In conclusion, the Speaker of Kazakhstan’s Senate pointed out that Astana was preparing for the Moscow Mayor’s visit this autumn.

Cooperation between the Moscow Government and Kazakhstan is based on the following documents:

— An agreement with the Government of Kazakhstan on trade, economic, research and technological and cultural cooperation, of 16 May 1996;

— An agreement with the Almaty Government on trade, economic, research and technological and cultural cooperation, of 3 October 1994;

— An agreement with the Astana Government on trade, economic, research and technological, humanitarian and cultural cooperation, of 20 June 2000.

Moscow also has cooperation agreements with the East Kazakhstan, Akmola and Kostanay regions and the city of Karaganda.

In 2013, Kazakhstan invested $1.14 billion in Moscow.