PRESIDENT’S WEEK

13 September 2018
Briefing for media representatives on the results of an official visit to the Republic of Turkey
Ankara, Republic of Turkey


Speaking to media representatives, Nursultan Nazarbayev thanked Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his hospitality and congratulated him on his victory in the last presidential elections.
The head of state stressed on the strategic nature of relations between Kazakhstan and Turkey.

“Our relationships based on common history and spiritual values are rapidly developing and strengthening in all directions,” said the President of Kazakhstan.

Nursultan Nazarbayev dwelled in details on the results of the talks with the President of the Republic of Turkey R. Erdogan.

– Today we held meaningful and fruitful negotiations with the President of Turkey. This meeting allowed us to exchange views on topical issues. In general, I want to note that Astana and Ankara always openly discuss regional and international problems, according to which our positions are similar, – the Head of State said.

The President of Kazakhstan also expressed confidence that the Third Meeting of the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council between Kazakhstan and Turkey will give an additional impetus to bilateral relations.

Nursultan Nazarbayev stressed the interest of both countries in further strengthening and deepening of political dialogue and friendship between fraternal peoples.

In addition, the Head of State dwelled on the issues of trade, economic and investment cooperation between the two countries.

– Now in our country there are more than 1800 enterprises with the participation of Turkish capital. The volume of trade between the countries last year amounted to almost 2 billion US dollars. We agreed that in the future this figure will reach 5 billion US dollars, “said the President of Kazakhstan.

Nursultan Nazarbayev noted the interim results of the implementation of the joint program “New Synergy” and dwelt on the results of negotiations with the “captains of the Turkish business”.

– In general, on the basis of the visit, agreements on commercial projects worth about 2 billion US dollars were signed. In the near future, we need to make efforts to implement the agreements reached today, “the Head of State underlined.

The President of Kazakhstan also urged Turkish investors to actively participate in the development of the transport and logistics hub that operates on the basis of the Aktau and Kuryk ports.

– Today, during the talks, we discussed our cooperation in transit transport, oil and gas, military-technical, agricultural, tourist, cultural, educational, scientific and technological fields. We agreed to strengthen our cooperation in these areas, – concluded Nursultan Nazarbayev.

In turn, R. Erdogan expressed gratitude to the Head of State for the official visit and highly appreciated the results of the meetings held.

The President of the Republic of Turkey spoke about the key results of the talks on expanding trade and economic relations, deepening cooperation in the educational and cultural spheres, noting their positive dynamics.

13 September 2018
Participation in the Third Meeting of the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council between Kazakhstan and Turkey
Ankara, Republic of Turkey


Addressing the meeting participants, the President of Kazakhstan elaborated on the current issues of bilateral cooperation.
“Relations between Kazakhstan and Turkey are developing in the spirit of strategic partnership, an important component of which is trade and economic interaction,” Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The head of state stressed that Turkey is one of the important investment partners of Kazakhstan.

The President of Kazakhstan dwelled on concrete measures to further strengthen bilateral ties.

In particular, Nursultan Nazarbayev pointed to the need for effective use of the opportunities of the intergovernmental commission between Kazakhstan and Turkey in resolving issues of mutual cooperation.

In addition, the Head of State noted the results of the joint program “New Synergy” and talked about the prospects for the development of the investment partnership.

– Today, Kazakhstan is updating the transport infrastructure in the framework of the program “Nurly Jol”. As a result of its implementation, we plan to become the leading logistics hub in Central Asia. In this regard, we need to effectively use the transit potential of our countries, “said the President of Kazakhstan.

Nursultan Nazarbayev also focused on strengthening relations in the oil and gas and military industries.

At the same time, the Head of State especially emphasized the importance of establishing productive ties in the agro-industrial complex, tourism and scientific and technical spheres.

During the meeting of the Council, special attention was also paid to issues of cultural and humanitarian cooperation.

13 September 2018
Meeting with representatives of business circles of the Turkish Republic
Ankara, Republic of Turkey


Speaking to representatives of Turkish business, the Head of State noted the positive dynamics of trade and economic cooperation between the two states.
– Relations between Kazakhstan and Turkey are based on mutual friendship, brotherhood and trust. Turkey is one of the top ten trading partners of Kazakhstan. The trade turnover between our countries in 2017 grew by 27% and amounted to almost 2 billion US dollars, – said the President of Kazakhstan.

Nursultan Nazarbayev focused on issues of investment cooperation and implementation of joint projects in various sectors of the economy. In particular, it was noted that Turkey has invested in Kazakhstan since its independence of more than 3 billion US dollars, and today there are about 2000 enterprises with the participation of Turkish capital.

In addition, the Head of State spoke about the results of the New Synergy program aimed at supporting entrepreneurs of the two countries.

– Within the framework of this program, 23 projects worth US $ 800 million were launched, which allowed creating three thousand jobs. Yesterday representatives of business of our countries signed 24 contracts worth more than 1.7 billion US dollars. This is a clear example of our mutual trust and cooperation, “the President of Kazakhstan stressed.

During the meeting, Nursultan Nazarbayev drew attention to the economic advantages of Kazakhstan and the favorable conditions created for doing business there.

– Kazakhstan is carrying out comprehensive work to improve the investment climate. In order to develop entrepreneurship, relevant amendments were made to the legislation. In the World Bank’s “Doing Business” rating, Kazakhstan ranks 36th among 190 countries. Our state is a member of the OECD Investment Committee, “the Head of State noted.

Nursultan Nazarbayev also spoke about the activities of the Foreign Investors Council under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kazakh Invest company and various preferences for investors.

– In Kazakhstan, there are 11 special economic zones and 24 industrial zones. For their participants, tax and other benefits are provided. I invite Turkish companies to develop their business in Kazakhstan, “said the President of Kazakhstan.

The head of state also dwelled in detail on the transit-transport capabilities of Kazakhstan.

– Kazakhstan is actively developing transcontinental multimodal transport between Europe and Asia. Through our country there are 5 railways and 6 highways of international importance. A lot of work is underway to develop trans-Caspian multimodal transport. We modernized the port of Aktau and expanded its potential, “said Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The President of Kazakhstan pointed to the possibility of participation of foreign investors in the process of privatization of industrial enterprises and the implementation of innovative projects in the agro-industrial complex.

In addition, the Head of State invited Turkish businessmen to take part in the work of innovative clusters created on the basis of the Nazarbayev University and the Park of Innovative Technologies, as well as to consider the prospects for implementing joint projects in the tourism industry.

– The International Financial Center Astana was established on the basis of Expo-2017, which works on the basis of the best models of financial centers in New York, Singapore, London and Dubai. Its legal status is enshrined in the Constitutional Law, the working language is English. This is the only center in the region whose activities are governed by English law, “the President of Kazakhstan stressed.

Speaking about the main advantages of the financial center, Nursultan Nazarbayev noted the existence of special tax, currency, visa and labor regimes for the participants of the IFAC.

In conclusion, the Head of State urged the businessmen of the two countries to actively participate in the development and strengthening of interstate relations, using all the conditions created.
13 September 2018
Meeting with the President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Ankara, Republic of Turkey

After the official welcoming ceremony, negotiations were held between the presidents of Kazakhstan and Turkey.
During the meeting, the heads of state discussed topical issues of bilateral cooperation and strengthening of trade and economic relations.

In addition, Nursultan Nazarbayev and Recep Tayyip Erdogan exchanged views on key topics on the international and regional agenda.

September 11, 2018
Meeting with the executive staff of the Presidential Administration


During the meeting, Nursultan Nazarbayev thanked Adilbek Dzhaksybekov for his work as the Head of the Presidential Administration and other public positions, and also highlighted his contribution to the formation and development of the statehood of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

– You all know Adilbek Ryskeldinovich, who has been with me for many years. He was the first akim of the capital, at all posts he worked responsibly and honestly. I wish him good health and further success, “said the President of Kazakhstan.

The head of state presented the participants of the meeting with the new Head of the Presidential Administration Aset Isekeshev.

– Aset Orentayevich was my assistant, served as minister, vice-premier. Over the past two and a half years of work in the main city of the country, he received a good estimate of Astana residents. He is distinguished by his active position and creative approach. Now we need such a person. When he was akim of the capital, we duly held EXPO-2017 and the 20th anniversary of Astana. I am sure that Aset Orentaevich will cope with this duty, “Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

At the end of the meeting, the President of Kazakhstan focused on the key role of the Presidential Administration in further ensuring economic growth and improving the well-being of the people, and outlined the main priorities of its activities for the forthcoming period.

– The apparatus is faced with an important task – to promote the qualitative implementation of all previously adopted state programs and monitor their implementation. I especially want to emphasize that now the work is moving to the regional level, the activities of the akimats of all levels need to be coordinated effectively, help them and act together, “the Head of State instructed.