Presidents of Kazakhstan and South Korea adopted joint statement
April 21-23, 2019 President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in paid a state visit to Kazakhstan at the invitation of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Kazpravda.kz reports with reference to the press service of Akorda.
During the talks on April 22, 2019 in Nur-Sultan, the Heads of the two states noted with satisfaction the development of high-level bilateral cooperation based on mutual trust and mutual respect. They came to a common opinion on strengthening mutually beneficial and practical cooperation in the political, trade- economic, investment, innovation, cultural, sports and tourism spheres.
The Kazakh side noted the importance of cooperation with Korea in the implementation of the Nurly Zhol State Infrastructure Development Program, including on the issue of innovative industrialization. The Korean side emphasized that Kazakhstan is one of the key partners in the New Northern Policy Strategy. The parties agreed on the need to strengthen cooperation for the harmonious implementation of the New Northern Policy strategy and the Nurly Zhol program.
They agreed to closely cooperate in building political trust between the two countries, to expand practical cooperation and to develop friendship between the two peoples through strategic partnership.
It was noted that the two countries have a common position on many issues on the global agenda, including denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and it was agreed to continue bilateral cooperation in strengthening peace and security at the regional and international levels.
Korea drew attention to the experience of creating a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia by the efforts of the States of the region. Given Kazakhstan’s readiness to share its experience in denuclearization and non-proliferation of mass destruction weapons, the parties resolved to continue dialogue and cooperation in this direction.
The parties concurred that the peaceful settlement of the DPRK nuclear issue and development of inter-Korean relations would contribute to strengthening of peace and stability not only on the Korean Peninsula, but throughout the world. In this context, Kazakhstan reaffirmed its consistent support in achieving Korea’s full denuclearization and building a stable peace system on the Korean Peninsula, as well as in developing inter-Korean relations.
The parties commended the in-depth discussion of the issues of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula between the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Korean Foundation and agreed to hold subsequent consultations.
They expressed satisfaction with the growth of bilateral trade between Kazakhstan and Korea and resolved to develop mutually beneficial economic cooperation in the trade- economic and investment areas and welcomed the signing of the Program of the new (updated) economic cooperation Fresh Wind, which reflects specific areas for the development of cooperation in such various areas as infrastructure construction, agriculture, healthcare and culture. It was agreed to constantly monitor the progress of this program in the framework of the intergovernmental commission.
8. The parties highly appreciated the results of the business forum held on April 22, 2019 in Nur-Sultan, and agreed to cooperate for the successful implementation of the agreements, and also noted that the commercial documents signed during the visit of the President of Korea to Kazakhstan, will contribute to the further expansion of trade- economic cooperation. The leaders of the two countries spoke in favor of creating favorable conditions for further enhancing the interaction between the business circles of the two countries.
9. The Korean side expressed interest in in the state program Digital Kazakhstan 2018-2022 and expressed willingness to share experience on digitization of all the economy sectors. Kazakhstan also supported the Korean initiative to establish a Kazakh-Korean joint international IT center in Nur-Sultan.
The heads of the two states welcomed the signing of the Memorandum between the Ministry of Digital Development, Defense and Aerospace Industry of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Science and Information and Communication Technologies of Korea on cooperation in the field of the 4th industrial revolution.
The importance of cooperation in the field of health, in particular development of the health insurance system, public-private partnership in healthcare, medical education and science was noted.
The parties expressed hope for high-quality and timely completion of work within the project Construction of the Big Almaty Ring Road and came to a common understanding that successful cooperation within the framework of this project will give impetus to the further participation of Korea in the strategic projects of Kazakhstan.
Determination was expressed to continue joint efforts to develop transport links between Kazakhstan and Korea. In this regard, cooperation in logistics and transit is deemed important. Kazakhstan expressed interest in expanding the use of the Kazakhstan terminal in Lianyungang (China), and the Korean side proposed to work together to this end.
Commending the cooperation results in the forest sector, including the project “Phytomelioration of the dried bottom of the Aral Sea,” the parties concurred on the need to enhance cooperation in forestry with international organizations, including the Asian Forest Cooperation Organization (AFoCO), to prevent deforestation of the Central Asian region.
Readiness was confirmed to cooperate in joint exploration of outer space for peaceful purposes, and the heads of state welcomed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Science and Information and Communication Technologies of Korea and the Ministry of Digital Development, Defense and Aerospace Industry of Kazakhstan in the joint research and peaceful uses of outer space, also the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Education of Korea on cooperation in education.
The parties also agreed to expand the exchange in various areas, including in the culture-humanitarian sphere.
Kazakhstan highly appreciated the role of Korea in strengthening the capacity of Kazakhstan’s civil servants. The parties confirmed their willingness to work together to modernize the personnel management system in Kazakhstan.
Welcoming the signing of the Treaty between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Korea on the transfer of convicted persons, the parties, noted that the early enforcement of this treaty would contribute to the strengthening of mutual understanding and mutual trust and give a new level to cooperation in the legal sphere.
The launch of the Joint Committee on military-technical cooperation was welcomed, and the parties expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the first meeting, held on February 27-28, 2019 in of Nur-Sultan.
The parties shared the view on the need to continue joint efforts to strengthen peace, stability and sustainable development of the international community through confidence building in the Asian region and highly appreciated the CICA platform for it.
The parties are committed to the continued cooperation in international organizations, including the UN. Korea highly appreciated Kazakhstan’s efforts as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2017-2018, as well as the mediation in strengthening peace and stability.
The holding in October 2019 in Nur-Sultan of the 12th Forum Central Asia - Republic of Korea at the level of foreign ministers was welcomed and the Presidents also praised the ties between the parliaments of the two countries.
The sides expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the state visit of the President of Korea Moon Jae-in to Kazakhstan.
The Korean President invited K.Tokayev to visit Korea at a time convenient for both parties. President K.Tokayev accepted the invitation with gratitude.