Kazakh and Swiss Presidents spoke at media briefing
courtesy of RK President press service
After the talks at Akorda residence, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Ueli Maurer held a joint media briefing, Kazpravda.kz cites the Akorda press service reporting.
The President of Kazakhstan, praising the contribution of his Swiss counterpart to the development of bilateral relations, noted that the negotiations with him were held in the spirit of mutual understanding and trust.
Kazakhstan considers Switzerland an important partner in Europe; the countries share common positions on the regional and global agenda, including settlement of the conflict in Syria.
“As you know, Kazakhstan provides a platform for the Astana process on Syria, which complements the Geneva process,” the President said.
He called the economic component the main part of the Kazakh-Swiss partnership.
“Already today, the Swiss Confederation is the third largest investor in our economy and is one of the top ten largest trading partners of Kazakhstan. For 15 years, Swiss investments exceeded $ 24 billion. Mutual trade turnover last year exceeded $ 3 billion,” he cited statistic.
The Kazakh President also said that during the negotiations the parties had concurred on the need to intensify work on diversifying the structure of trade in favor of expanding the non-resource component and investment cooperation.
“We need new high-tech anchor projects. Kazakhstan has a great demand for creation of innovative industries, projects in HT, energy, agriculture, medicine and pharmaceuticals,” Tokayev said, pointing out the prospects of a number of joint projects, in particular, in engineering, chemical, food industry, transport and logistics, tourism and environmental protection.
In addition, given the status of Switzerland as an important financial center of the world, the two leaders noted the existence of opportunities for interaction between the Astana International Financial Center and the financial sector of Switzerland.
Tokayev confirmed interest in opening joint ventures in Kazakhstan with export of final products to adjacent markets.
President of Switzerland arrived in Nur Sultan with a representative business delegation, which provided a good opportunity to discuss in detail the prospects for cooperation in many areas.
“We listened to the interesting proposals of Swiss companies. Kazakhstan counterparts will conduct a thorough analysis of all the offered initiatives,” the President of Kazakhstan concluded.
In turn, the President of Switzerland noted the steady development of relations between the countries, in particular, in the political, trade and economic direction, the important geostrategic location of Kazakhstan, focusing on the role of our country in the One Belt, One Road initiative. In his opinion, Kazakhstan will continue to be a bridge connecting Asia and Europe.
In addition to the economic component, the Swiss leader proposed enhancing cooperation in technology, services, and culture-humanitarian areas, the need to establish a direct flight between Zurich and Nur-Sultan that will help bring people closer and help them know each other better. And this is the main point of our cooperation, Ueli Maurer believes.