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Undersecretary Reinart: interest to strengthen trade relations with Kazakhstan continues

25.10.2016

25. October 2016 - 10:36

Yesterday, the 5th Session of the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation between Estonia and Kazakhstan was held. During the session, delegations discussed relations between Estonia and Kazakhstan, cooperation in economy, education, transport and agriculture, EXPO 2017 taking place in Astana and opportunities to develop tourism. During the session, Estonia introduced Kazakhstan opportunities in Estonian transport and logistics sector.

“I am glad that in the Central Asia region, Estonia has the strongest cooperation with Kazakhstan. Work of the intergovernmental commission has certainly contributed to it,” said Väino Reinart, Foreign Ministry’s Undersecretary for Economic and Development Affairs, who led the Estonian delegation. Talking about economic cooperation, both countries reaffirmed their interest in strengthening trade relations and forging contacts between entrepreneurs. According to Reinart, the EXPO 2017, organised in Astana, offers additional opportunities to develop economic relations.

Both countries expressed readiness for closer collaboration in tourism, supported by Kazakhstan’s decision to grant Estonian citizens a visa-free stay in their country for 30 days starting from 1 January 2017.

Undersecretary Reinart expressed contentment that collaboration between Estonia and Kazakhstan in the fields of education and science have advanced further. “We see that the number of agreements between higher education institutions and the movement of students between two countries has grown. We are glad that Kazakhstan has added the University of Tartu and the Tallinn University of Technology to its Bolashak scholarship program for university students,” Reinart said. Delegations agreed that cooperation could be developed even further, especially in ICT, medicine, pedagogical education and natural sciences, and also in scientific research.

Kazakhstan’s delegation was led by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Roman Vassilenko. Previous such Intergovernmental Commission’s Session took place in 2013 in Astana. The commission aims to create a framework for cooperation between the two countries in transport, energy sector, tourism, agriculture, education, science and other areas of activity.

At the end of the session, a Protocol of the Session of the Intergovernmental Commission of Estonia and Kazakhstan was signed.

The Protocol can be found here:http://vm.ee/sites/default/files/vvk_5._istungi_protokoll_24.10.2016.pdf (PDF)

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