PRESIDENT’S WEEK

7 November 2016

              Meeting with the Emperor of Japan Akihito

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Japan, Tokyo

In the course of the meeting the current state of relations between Kazakhstan and Japan and the prospects for their further progressive advance have been discussed.

Nursultan Nazarbayev underscored the close cooperation between the two countries in various fields, highlighting the regular participation of the Japanese side in the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions held in Astana, as well as a close partnership in the field of international security, including nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

The President of Kazakhstan noted the inestimable contribution of Japan to resolving global conflicts, and facilitating sustainable regional development. As Nursultan Nazarbayev stressed, our country performing responsible mission of the UN Security Council non-permanent member in 2017-2018, respectively, will also take measures aimed at building a nuclear-free world and solving the issues of energy, food and water security.

7 November 2016

Visit to Tokyo Rope enterprise

Japan, Tokyo

The Kazakh leader got acquainted with the company’s business, and surveyed its output. During the visit Nursultan Nazarbayev also took part in the ceremony of remote start via teleconference for “Tokyo Rope Almaty” plant for manufacturing steel products in Kazakhstan.

The plant, located in Almaty, will produce a variety of metal products, among them heavy-duty grids for further production of gabion systems used for prevention and elimination of emergency situations.

The projected capacity in the first phase will amount to 5 thousand tons of metal products per year, with its further increase. It is expected that the company’s output will not only be utilized in Kazakhstan, but also supplied to CIS and foreign markets.

Tokyo Rope is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-tech steel wire ropes, guy ropes for bridges, steel wire cords for tires, wire for the solar industry and other metal products.

7 November 2016

Meeting with members of the Kazakhstan-Japan Friendship Parliamentary League headed by Chairman Takeo Kawamura

Japan, Tokyo

In the course of the talks the Head of State noted that the Kazakhstan-Japan Friendship Parliamentary League is making indispensable contribution to the strengthening of the strategic partnership between the two nations.

The President of Kazakhstan expressed gratitude for the support given to our country, and the efforts exerted for enhancing cooperation.

– You have supported our bid to host EXPO-2017 and our concerted efforts to nuclear disarmament, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The Head of State drew attention to making the Kazakh-Japanese cooperation more active in all areas.

– We celebrate the 25th anniversary of Independence; it is a very short period of time. During that period, I believe, we have achieved considerable success. Further development of relations with Japan is essential for us. We are the Asian countries, we have a common destiny, the President of Kazakhstan said.

Takeo Kawamura, in turn, thanked Nursultan Nazarbayev for the allotted time for the meeting.

– It is 25 years next year since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Kazakhstan and the EXPO will take place as well. We would like to use these events to strengthen inter-parliamentary exchanges, Chairman of the Kazakhstan-Japan Friendship Parliamentary League said.

Takeo Kawamura also congratulated our country with the election as the non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2017-2018, noting that Kazakhstan in that position will succeed in making even greater contribution to the cause of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

In that context the Head of State stressed that he had previously submitted a manifesto “World. XXI Century”, and appealed for achieving the goal of building a world free of nuclear weapons by 2045 at the UN General Assembly and expressed hope for assistance from Japan to these initiatives.

7 November 2016

Talks with the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe in expanded format

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Japan, Tokyo

During the meeting the President of Kazakhstan and the Prime Minister of Japan discussed a wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation, among which are political cooperation, trade and economic and cultural-humanitarian relations.

– Japan makes one of the first countries in the world, actively supporting our independence and lending support for all these 25 years. The development of the friendly partnership relations with your country has been on top of Kazakhstan’s agenda. Today we have discussed a wide range of questions, upon which we will collaborate in the future, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The Head of State noted that the adopted joint statement specifies the strategic ways of bilateral relations development.

– We have agreed on continuing the active political dialogue, cultivating contacts at all levels, contributing to security enforcement in the region in every way, facilitating trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian ties, and working collectively against challenges in the modern world, the President of Kazakhstan said.

The Head of State underscored that our country is interested in deepening the all-round partnership with Japan, having all potential for that. In such a case, bilateral trade and economic cooperation is the driving force.

– Kazakhstan is the largest trade and economic partner of Japan in Central Asia. The volume of mutual trade turnover in 2015 amounted to half a billion dollars so far. This is not the level that corresponds to our potential, and we will steadily expand the horizons of cooperation, including in the field of high technologies, agriculture, nuclear power, automotive and steel industry, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The additional platform for more intensive cooperation in exploration of rare earth metals, nuclear power industry, banking sector, chemical industry, agriculture and transport is the sixth meeting of the Joint Commission of Kazakhstan and Japan’s governmental and private sectors on economic cooperation with the involvement of business circles of two countries in Tokyo.

In addition, the President of Kazakhstan noted that the issues of expanding humanitarian ties were under consideration during the talks.

– At present, Japan is one of the main participants of the process of forming the adequate architecture of international relations, in Central Asia inclusive. We both are nonentity members of the UN Security Council and agreed that our collaborative work will be devoted to the struggle for a nuclear-free world. It is a task for all mankind, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The Prime Minister of Japan, in turn, said that he welcomed the visit of the Head of State on the eve of the 25th anniversary of establishing the diplomatic relations between our two countries, and further strengthening of which is very important for Tokyo.

– I am encouraged that we have signed a joint Sino-Kazakh statement, focused on further developing the strategic partnership between our nations. This document will become a landmark for our further cooperation, which includes the issues that Japan place great store on, namely improvement of the investment environment in Kazakhstan, fostering activities of the Japanese companies in the Kazakh territory, maritime safety, the problem of North Korea, and others, Shinzo Abe said.

The Japanese Prime Minister stressed that stability in the region of Central Asia is very important to the international community.

– During today’s meeting we have had a frank exchange of views, including on Central Asia as a whole. Next year Kazakhstan takes a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council as well, and at today’s talks we have held a fruitful discussion on international issues, Shinzo Abe said.

In addition, the Japanese leader emphasized, our countries are working extensively as co-chairmen  of the Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

– I have an intention, hand in hand with President Nazarbayev, to further work for the active development of relations between Japan and Kazakhstan, Shinzo Abe said.

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Within the framework of the official visit of the Head of State the following documents were signed in Japan:

– Joint Statement of Kazakhstan and Japan “On special strategic partnership between Kazakhstan and Japan in the age of Asia’s prosperity”;

– Memorandum of Understanding between the Investment and Development Ministry of Kazakhstan and the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry of Japan;

– Agreement on Japan’s participation in EXPO 2017 between “NC “Astana EXPO-2017”  JSC and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO);

– Memorandum of Cooperation between “Astana” International Financial Centre and Japan Securities Dealers Association;

They have also exchanged notes on the exemption of visa requirements for holders of diplomatic and service passports of Kazakhstan and Japan citizens from January 1, 2017.

8 November 2016

The meeting with Foreign Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida

Japan, Tokyo

During the meeting the parties discussed various aspects of the Kazakh-Japanese cooperation, and exchanged views on key matters of the international agenda.

The Head of State has noted that Kazakhstan and Japan have grown to a high level of partnership, and the negotiations in the framework of the visit are directed at its further expansion.

– Japan and Kazakhstan dominate the anti-nuclear movement; our countries have experienced the harm of nuclear weapons. I am confident that we will collaboratively keep that work going. My forthcoming visit to Hiroshima is aimed at showing solidarity with the Japanese people; we are working together on building the world without nuclear weapons in XXI c., Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The President of Kazakhstan turned attention to the close cooperation of our countries in the international arena.

– I would like to bring into focus the commitment of Japanese diplomacy in every direction, including in Central Asia. Japan and Kazakhstan follow similar views on all international affairs, he said.

Fumio Kishida, in turn, laid emphasis on the fruitfulness of the talks between President Nursultan Nazarbayev and the Prime Minister of Japan.

– We feel sincere respect for your leadership since Kazakhstan has gained independence. Election of Kazakhstan as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council is the indicator of your successful leadership,  Japan’s Foreign Minister said.

8 November 2016

Visit to Tokai University

Japan, Tokyo

During the visit the Head of State inspected “Tokai Challenger” solar vehicle and had a talk with the Kazakh students getting educated under “Bolashak” Program at the University.

In his address to the staff of the higher education institution the Kazakh President drew attention to the partnership relations established between Tokai University and Nazarbayev University.

– Today Astana has become one of the largest research and education centres of Eurasia. We’ve gone ahead and make young people interested in studying at our university; we hope that the Japanese youth will get education here, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The Head of State spoke about creation in our country of two intellectually innovative clusters to form a science-oriented economy – “Astana Business Campus” high-tech park of Nazarbayev University and “Alatau” research park in Almaty.

– I invite Tokai University to joining the active co-operation with these research and innovation centres, the President of Kazakhstan said.

In conclusion, Nursultan Nazarbayev congratulated those present on Tokai University’s upcoming 75th anniversary in 2017, expressing hope that the Kazakh-Japanese relations will further grow strong in all areas.

The Head of State has been given the degree of Honorary Doctor of Engineering Science at Tokai University, which is the leading research establishment in Japan.

Tokai University Rector Yamada Kiyoshi emphasized that Nursultan Nazarbayev has been awarded the diploma and medal of Doctor for his contribution to Kazakhstan’s modernization for the period of its independence, as well as the development of scientific and educational services in accordance with international standards.

– He has proclaimed significance of improving, modernizing and globalizing education and science, the natural science and technical disciplines, in particular, and a number of important political steps have been undertaken in that direction, Yamada Kiyoshi said.

8 November 2016

Meeting with business people of Japan

Japan, Tokyo

In his speech, the President stressed that the meeting with the representatives of top-ranked Japanese companies is among the most important ones inside of his visit.

– I am sure that the results of this visit will play a crucial role in taking the strategic partnership between our countries to a qualitatively new level, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The President of Kazakhstan noted that the two countries cooperate on a wide range of areas, including the oil and gas industry, metallurgy, finance, mining industry; there are more than 50 Japanese companies working in our country.

– At the same time, the potential of our relationship has not been fully realized. Therefore, the current meeting is intended to enhance trade and economic cooperation, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The Head of State underscored that Kazakhstan is taking systematic measures to improve the business environment and attracting investment, and it takes the 35th place according to the World Bank’s “Ease of Doing Business’.

The Kazakh President made a point of the work being carried out to further improve the business environment and changes in the structure of our country‘s economy.

– The state program of industrial-innovative development is being implemented so that to get away from the raw material orientation. It names several priority sectors of the economy. They are oil refining, oil-gas, agricultural chemistry, ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgy, food processing, automotive industry and electrical engineering. Investors in priority sectors are exempt from corporate income tax and land tax for 10 years, and the property tax – for 8 years, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The Head of State also noted that during the years of independence the total investment only from Japan amounted to about $ 10 billion.

– We have a liberal tax regime and the tax administration is quite simple, only 13 taxes. Consistency of regulations in respect of tax rates and employment sector is guaranteed. In 2015 we expanded the list of visa-free regime for citizens of 35 countries, and the next year there will be 56 countries. Investors from Japan can freely enter Kazakhstan, the President of Kazakhstan said.

Nursultan Nazarbayev also drew attention to the opportunities offered in connection with the implemented large-scale privatization program in the country, which covers about 800 companies worth about $ 10 billion.

In addition, the President of Kazakhstan spoke about the activities of special economic areas with a package of incentives and easing of licensing procedures as well as industrial zones, where the participants are provided with necessary infrastructure by the government.

– We are prepared to give Japanese companies a platform for the purposes of projects in special and industrial zones. In addition, we are ready to place these areas under management of the Japanese companies, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The Head of State made it clear that Tokyo’s experience is significant for the project to establish “Astana” International Financial Centre, which will enforce the best practice and has already got the cooperation with Japan Securities Dealers Association going.

The President of Kazakhstan called the companies of Japan to take an active part in the international trade show “EXPO-2017”, adding that the “Mixed Smart Technology – Experience and Challenges” pavilion of Japan promises to be the biggest and most interesting.

Nursultan Nazarbayev expressed confidence that Kazakhstan’s large-scale economic initiatives will make Japanese businesspeople interested.

– Our today’s meeting is crucial as it is the business community that will implement the agreements reached with your country’s government. We have a desire to broaden relations, to deepen trade and boost the trade turnover, he said.

The President of Kazakhstan noted that our country is busy with modernizing transport infrastructure; it participates in the project of the new Silk Road, which provides a means of solving the issues of logistics and opens up fresh opportunities for cooperation between our countries’ business communities.

8 November 2016

Speech at the National Diet (Parliament of Japan)

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Japan, Tokyo

The Head of State expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to address the National Diet.

– The Legislative Assembly of your country has great historical traditions of democracy and makes an essential contribution to prosperous democratic development of the country. Currently, Japan is the leader; it is the third economy in the world, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The President of Kazakhstan emphasized that the Japanese people’s diligence and their desire to improve contribute to the effective growth.

– Japanese philosophy of “kaizen” has made it possible not only to achieve managerial and technological heights, but to also firmly establish itself among universal human values. I can say that the mentality of the Japanese nation is close and in tune with the philosophy of the Kazakh people. We are united by community of challenging, sometimes tragic destiny of our peoples. Kazakhstan and Japan have learned to own cost the destructive power of weapons of mass destruction, he said.

Nursultan Nazarbayev pointed to measures taken by Kazakhstan in strengthening international security, and stressed the importance of joint efforts to build a world free of the nuclear threat.

– We see the establishment of a global anti-nuclear movement as the crucial task. Our proposed “ATOM” project has this purpose. I invite our Japanese friends to support that initiative. The UN General Assembly at the initiative of Kazakhstan on December 7, 2015 adopted a resolution on the Universal Declaration on organization of the world free of nuclear weapons. Japan has become one of the coauthors of our proposed UN resolution, which proclaims August 29 – the day when I signed the Decree on Testing Area Closure – as the International Day against Nuclear Tests, the President of Kazakhstan said.

The Head of State reminded that Kazakhstan and Japan have begun to co-chair the 9th Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. In this regard, the parties adopted two important political statements on the early entry into force of that document.

The President of Kazakhstan also noted the “World. XXI Century” Manifesto, which was voiced in March the current year at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.

– There, I shared my vision of how to come to a world free of war and conflict. And I have taken the decision on initiation of the international prize for a nuclear-free world and global security. It is intended to express our appreciation to the world leaders and politicians, whose activity is directed at consolidation of the peaceful coexistence of nations on our planet, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The President stressed that currently the risk of using nuclear weapons is higher than ever since the end of “Cold War”.

– The world is sliding into a new nuclear age, potentially more dangerous and unpredictable. One of the greatest challenges of the XXI c. is the threat of nuclear terrorism and illicit trafficking in nuclear and radioactive materials. Collapse of confidence as never before among global leaders leads to degradation of safeguards to prevent the use of nuclear weapons. Today, more than ever, the political will of world leaders is required to turn back the tide of these negative trends, the President of Kazakhstan said.

The Head of State has placed greater focus on the issues of regional security, noting the importance of confidence-building between the Asian countries and the need for transformation of the CICA into the Organization for Security and Development in Asia.

– From next January 1 Kazakhstan, the first among the countries of Central Asia, will proceed to duties of a non-permanent UN Security Council member during 2017-2018. Coincidence of timing of Kazakhstan and Japan’s participation in the Security Council in 2017 opens up additional opportunities for cooperation, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The President of Kazakhstan noted that the fate of many Japanese is bound with Kazakhstan.

– We have lively recollection of the resistance of Japanese prisoners of war caught alone with the harsh conditions of survival in the Soviet Kazakhstan. We are offering all the necessary assistance to those who is seeking for making clear the fate of their loved ones, the Head of State said.

In view of this, Nursultan Nazarbayev has told the Japanese parliamentarians the story of a war prisoner Ahiko Tetsuro, who stayed in Kazakhstan after release from the camp. Having been in his homeland, he still came back to our country, where he lives with his family.

The President of Kazakhstan noted that currently the major powers are promoting a number of integration projects in Eurasia.

– Organization of a peaceful, stable, prosperous and economically strong Eurasia will be beneficial to all, the Head of State said.

Nursultan Nazarbayev noted that our country is already working on the promotion of that idea. In particular, implementation of a number of infrastructure projects, activities of pairing the EAEU and  China’s “One Belt and One Road” initiative and the initiative of “EAEU – European Union” dialogue has been announced.

The President of Kazakhstan stated that during the 25 years of independence our country has carried out ambitious reforms, effecting the transition from a planned administrative system to the market, and at the time being has entered upon the most important institutional reforms, adopting the Nation’s Plan “100 Specific Steps”.

– Plan implementation makes provision for creating Kazakhstan of XXI century with a more balanced political system, intelligent civil society institutions and the knowledge-based economy. All that will allow our country to meet challenges of the global negative trend and enter the world’s top thirty most developed countries. We look forward to working with Japan to achieve that ambitious goal, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The Head of State noted that Kazakhstan is the largest trade partner of Japan in Central Asia.

– We are interested in building mutually beneficial cooperation in high technology areas, utilization of advanced technology and know-how of your country. We are calling the Japanese companies to cooperate in implementation of Kazakhstan’s program of industrial-innovative development and a large-scale campaign on privatization. I am confident that the spirit of strategic partnership and mutual understanding between our two countries will lead our relations to a new level, the President of Kazakhstan said.

In conclusion, the Head of State noted that his current visit is taking place on the eve of the 25th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between our countries.

– I am convinced that effective coordination and constructive trust are meant to be the key to rapprochement in Asia. The nations of Kazakhstan and Japan can be collectively instrumental in well-doing of our region and promoting the ideals of peace and reconciliation in the international arena, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

8 November 2016

Meeting with Сhairman of the Boao Forum for Asia, Former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda

Japan, Tokyo

During the meeting the Head of State noted that Kazakhstan is fully engaged in the work of the Boao Forum for Asia, being the important platform for high-level dialogue between politicians, businessmen and scientific figures.

Nursultan Nazarbayev stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation between the organizing committees of the Boao Forum for Asia and the Astana Economic Forum.

The President of Kazakhstan told about fruitful meetings in the framework of the current formal visit to Japan.

– I have had talks with Prime Minister Abe, had the floor at the National Diet, and had a meeting with representatives of business circles, the President said.

Yasuo .Fukuda noted that Nursultan Nazarbayev’s speech at the Japanese Diet had been very well received, and negotiations with the Prime Minister ended with reaching the specific agreements.

– It reiterates that there is a large space for cooperation between our countries,  the Chairman of the Boao Forum for Asia said.

8 November 2016

The meeting with the Goi Peace Foundation President and Chairperson, spouses Hiroo and Masami Saionji

Japan, Tokyo

During the meeting with the Foundation managers, Nursultan Nazarbayev noted that Kazakhstan is making its strong contribution to solving the problems of global security and peace, disarmament and non-proliferation, control of terrorism, as well as to settlement of regional issues.

The Head of State expressed confidence that the Foundation could implement a number of projects in education, science and culture in our country, bringing into focus preparedness to facilitate cooperation towards promoting the culture of peace and humanism values.

The Goi Peace Foundation, established in 1999, is among the major non-governmental institutions in Japan; it conducts a wide international activity in the area of promoting peace initiatives.

8 November 2016

Participation in the 2016 Goi Peace Foundation Culture of Peace Special Award ceremony

Japan, Tokyo

During the ceremony, the Head of State stressed that the Culture of Peace Prize presentation to him shows solidarity with the people of Kazakhstan, who experienced the nuclear experiment at the Semipalatinsk test site.

The President of Kazakhstan noted that the closure of the testing area is a key date as long as it was then that our country settled down to  a course of building a world free of nuclear weapons.

– Approximately 500 explosions, equivalent to two and a half thousands of atomic bombs thrown off on Hiroshima, forever changed our relationship to the nuclear threat. Therefore we have become the first country to close the nuclear test site, voluntarily renouncing the fourth largest nuclear arsenal, and have created a nuclear-free zone in Central Asia, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The Head of State pointed out that the coming year for the first time in its history Kazakhstan starts its responsible mission of the UN Security Council non-permanent member for the period of 2017-2018.

– That is a great credibility extended to us by the international community. Apart from the issues of non-proliferation, we also intend to focus, together with Japan and our other partners and friends, on the issues of food, water and energy security, the President of Kazakhstan said.

Nursultan Nazarbayev expressed confidence that in the XXI century it is in the mankind’s control to get over a decent road to the world free of the nuclear threat.

– I believe that the will and intelligence of the international community, coupled with the energy of careful collective action, will hinder our planet from falling down the abyss of a nuclear catastrophe. We must not forget the tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Semey, the Marshall Islands and other places. I encourage to tirelessly stand up for clearing the world from the threat of nuclear catastrophe, he said.

The Culture of Peace Special Award of the Goi Peace Foundation is given to individuals and organizations that have demonstrated the most significant contribution to dissemination and promotion of culture of peace.

9 November 2016

Visiting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

During the visit the Head of State has participated in the ceremony of laying wreaths to the Memorial Cenotaph to console the victims of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima in 1945.

The President of Kazakhstan has seen the exhibits of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum as well.

9 November 2016

Participation in ceremony of “Special Honorary Citizen of Hiroshima” title presentation

Japan, Hiroshima

The Head of State thanked the authorities and the public of the city of Hiroshima for granting him the title of Special Honorary Citizen, calling it a sign of solidarity of Kazakhstan and Japan in the anti-nuclear movement.

– The Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are a worldwide symbol of the struggle of humanity against mass destruction weapons. The whole world appreciates your efforts and invaluable contribution to building a world free of the nuclear arsenal, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The President of Kazakhstan noted that he visited Hiroshima to pay tribute to the tens of thousands of victims of the atomic bombing.

– A visit to Hiroshima and familiarity with the Memorial Peace Park exhibits once again reinforced my belief in the importance of the initiatives we have put forward in the field of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. Being here in Hiroshima, seeing the horror of the effects of the atomic bomb, I urge the world leaders to renounce nuclear testing and prevent the recurrence of the nuclear tragedy, the Head of State said.

Nursultan Nazarbayev reminded that immeasurable damage to the Kazakh land and human health had been caused by continuous nuclear weapon tests at the Semipalatinsk test site, which lasted for more than four decades.

– The song “Zaman-ai” we have heard today sung by little Hiroshima citizens has become the symbol of spiritual closeness of our nations in strive to free the world community from the nuclear evil, the President of Kazakhstan said.

The Head of State called for applying best efforts to prevent such tragedies.

Nursultan Nazarbayev also noted that during the talks with Prime Minister Abe the agreement was reached on integrating efforts of the two countries for further action to organize the world free from the threat of mass destruction weapons.

Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui on behalf of all residents of the city thanked Nursultan Nazarbayev for his visit, emphasizing that granting him the Special Honorary Citizen Title comes from the appreciation of his merits in the struggle for a nuclear-free world.

– You closed the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site on August 29, 1991, based on the wishes of the people of Kazakhstan. You came forward with the initiative to create a nuclear-free zone in Central Asia and to announce August 29 as the International Day against Nuclear Tests. You are at the forefront of organizing a world without nuclear weapons, K.Matsui said.

9 November 2016

Briefing for local media on results of the official visit to Japan

The Head of State stressed that the talks taken place in the framework of the visit were successful.

– I take the view that as a result of the visit we have achieved all the goals we have set. The joint statement has been signed, in which our relations are defined as strategic, deepened and trustworthy, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

Kazakhstan President noted the importance of Japanese companies’ participation in Kazakhstan’s business projects, place greater focus on the agreement in the sphere of development of small and medium-sized businesses, as well as the interest of Japanese entrepreneurs in Kazakhstan’s agriculture.

– I hope that Japanese companies will come to us. During the meeting with business professionals of Japan, at least, they talked about the high level of interest. Our delegation members familiarized the Japanese colleagues with the business climate in our country. It is difficult now to find the money; everybody saves and the crisis is going on. Under these conditions the respect for our country is a good sign, he said.

Nursultan Nazarbayev also noted that the anti-nuclear theme takes a special place in the relations between the two countries.

– We did the right thing, having visited Hiroshima. Consolidation of Kazakhstan and Japan’s forces and joint initiatives are very important, especially because in “World. XXI Century” Manifesto I have put forward a task to put an end to weapons of mass destruction this century, the President of Kazakhstan said.

9 November 2016

     A state visit to the Republic of Korea

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The President of Kazakhstan as arrived in Seoul. The meeting with the President Park Geun-hye is forthcoming. It is intended that in negotiations the leaders will consider the key aspects of the international agenda and the Kazakh-Korean relations, and signing of bilateral agreements is scheduled based on the results. Meetings with business people and visit to Yonsei University are going to take place.

9 November 2016

Congratulations to Donald Trump on the election as the United States of America 45th President

Nursultan Nazarbayev has sent congratulations on behalf of the people of Kazakhstan and on his own behalf, noting that the current year marks 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

“I believe that under your leadership the United States will remain a mainstay in maintaining stability, security and prosperity throughout the world”, the telegram says.

The Head of State expressed confidence that Kazakhstan’s non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council in 2017-2018 will be the important period of our partnership.

“We are ready to make a significant contribution to the work of the Council and work closely with the US on all relevant issues”, the telegram states.

In conclusion, the President of Kazakhstan wished Donald Trump every success and invited him to visit Kazakhstan.

10 November 2016

Visiting the Monument to the Fallen for Their Country

Republic of Korea, Seoul

The Head of State took part in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Monument to the fallen for their country, paying the tribute to their memory with a minute of silence.

The President of Kazakhstan has also made the entry in the visitors’ book.

10 November 2016

Talks with the President of the Republic of Korea Park Geun-hye in expanded format

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The two leaders discussed a wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation, including trade and economic, financial, investment, transport and communications, research and technical cooperation.

The sides also exchanged views on topical issues of international and regional agenda, including nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, global security from the threat of cybercrime.

In addition, in the talks Nursultan Nazarbayev and Park Geun-hye gave consideration to the implementation of agreements reached during the state visit of the President of South Korea to Astana in June, 2014.

Prospects of further development of bilateral relations and intensification of mutual trade turnover have been defined. The Heads of States have settled to carry out further work on taking the Kazakh-Korean strategic partnership to a new level.

At the talks, the Korean side expressed hope that Nursultan Nazarbayev’s anti-nuclear initiatives will receive intensive promotion in connection with Kazakhstan’s election as a non-permanent UN Security Council member for 2017-2018.

The ways of mainstreaming cooperation in the energy sector, the possibility of implementing joint projects in the sphere of oil and gas processing, medical tourism, as well as creation of a free trade zone between the Republic of Korea and the Eurasian Economic Union have been addressed to.

Of particular interest for the Korean side are the prospects of transit-transport cooperation.

The Head of State highlighted the end of Kazakhstan’s terminal construction at the port of Lianyungang on the Pacific coast of China.

– A terminal has transported about one million containers. There is a railroad connecting a “dry port” Khorgos at the border with China to the sea port of Aktau on the Caspian Sea, and a railway across Turkmenistan and Iran to the Persian Gulf. All these areas can be used by Korean business, the President of Kazakhstan said.

President of the Republic of Korea noted that she is particularly happy to host the President Nursultan Nazarbayev on the eve of the 25th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between our countries.

– While personal trust and friendly relations between heads of states are strengthening, our strategic partnership is also getting strengthened. The Kazakh-Korean relations have been developing very rapidly based on the mutual reinforcing cooperation, Park Geun-hye said.

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Within the framework of the Head of State’s formal visit to the Republic of Korea the following documents have been inked:

– Joint Declaration of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Korea on further deepening of the strategic partnership;

– Joint Action Plan between Investment and Development Ministry of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Commerce, Industry and Energy Ministry of the Republic of Korea;

– Memorandum between Investment and Development Ministry of the Republic of Kazakhstan and  Transport, Land and Infrastructure Ministry of the Republic of Korea to support the investment and innovative projects in the field of transport.

10 November 2016

               Meeting with representatives of business circles of Korea

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The meeting was attended by representatives of major Korean companies.

The Head of State stressed that the Republic of Korea is one of the key partners of Kazakhstan in East Asia; the total inflow of investment from the country since independence has reached about 9 billion dollars.

The President of Kazakhstan noted the decline of bilateral trade volume in 2015, caused by a number of external factors and objective reasons.

– Under these circumstances, it is important to give new impetus to the development of our economic cooperation. Promising areas of cooperation are energy, agriculture, engineering, construction, finance and investment, logistics and transport system, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

As pointed out by the President of Kazakhstan, in our country there are 465 joint ventures with the South Korean capital city, and during the last three years 14 investment projects worth over 160 million dollars have been implemented.

The Head of State focused on structural reforms and measures on the economic diversification, which are held in Kazakhstan for the expansion of the existing significant potential of mutually beneficial cooperation.

– In particular, the investment climate and business environment are gradually on the rise, and the state program of industrial-innovative development is fulfilling itself. Investors in the priority-oriented sectors are given tax breaks, and there are special measures to support small and medium-sized businesses, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The President of Kazakhstan emphasized that stability is guaranteed by law in the country in respect of tax rates and employment legislation.

– For the citizens of our countries a visa-free regime has been introduced and direct flights were opened, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

Kazakhstan’s President offered the Korean companies a platform for the purposes of projects in the special economic and industrial zones on the territory of Kazakhstan, as well as these areas control capabilities.

In addition, the President invited the Korean companies to actively participate in the process of mass privatization of state enterprises in Kazakhstan, in the forthcoming international trade show “EXPO-2017: Future Energy” and in the work of “Astana” International Financial Centre.

– We are ready for partnership with Korean companies in all economic sectors. I hope that today’s meeting will mark the opportunities and prospects of mutually advantageous cooperation between business communities of our countries, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The Head of State said that during his visit the fruitful talks with the President of South Korea were held, during which they discussed new opportunities to expand business cooperation, among them is the development of Kazakhstan’s transport infrastructure and the prospects of the EAEC market entry.

– We talked about the ways of creating a free trade zone with the Eurasian Economic Union. Kazakhstan, which the current year chairs the EAEC, welcomes the willingness of Korea enter into that area; it would be good for all of us, and we will promote that idea, the President of Kazakhstan said.

10 November 2016

A visit to Yonsei University

During the visit Nursultan Nazarbayev was awarded the title of Honorary Doctor of Sciences of Yonsei University.

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– Your country just during two generational changes has managed to turn from a beneficiary of foreign aid to a major donor. You are steadily implementing the task of joining the seven countries in terms of competitiveness in the field of science and technology in 2025. The key to achievement is advance of human resources and technology, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The Kazakh President spoke in praise about the policy of the Republic of Korea on the creative economy growth, emphasizing that our country also carries out modernization of the economy and society.

– The special focus in the reforms is on the knowledge-based economy and upgrading the human potential. Our main goal lies in competitive growth of increasing the competitiveness of trained specialists and increase of the education sector’s export potential, he said.

Nursultan Nazarbayev noted that Kazakhstan intends to shift the emphasis in cooperation with the Republic of Korea towards implementation of high-tech and innovative projects.

– Close cooperation of universities, research institutes and centres of the two countries should play a leading role. At the same time, we are determined to expand educational exchanges among young people. After all, the younger generation will shape the future of relations between our countries, the President of Kazakhstan said.

In that regard, the Head of State pointed out the great prospects that are opening in establishing a partnership between the Korean scientific community and the Nazarbayev University in Astana.

Nursultan Nazarbayev also drew attention to the close cooperation between the two countries, friendly and confidential nature of the relationship, the similarity of approaches to topical issues of international and regional agenda.

Trade-economic cooperation, which is progressively developing, has been called by the President of Kazakhstan as the important segment of bilateral partnership.

The President noted that during his meeting with President Park Geun-hye the agreement was reached on taking the Kazakh-Korean strategic partnership to a new level, stressing that such work is contributed much to by the Korean diaspora, which is the integral part of the multinational people of Kazakhstan.

In conclusion, Nursultan Nazarbayev wished every success and new accomplishments to the Yonsei University faculty.

University President Kim Yong-hak said that Kazakhstan, under the leadership of Nursultan Nazarbayev, had abandoned nuclear weapons, made impressive gains in social and economic development; and the conferment of the Honorary Doctor title is a high estimation of the merits.

The President also talked with the Kazakh students during his visit to the University.

11 November 2016

      Meeting with the ex-President of the Republic of Korea Lee Myung-bak

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During the conversation the parties have considered the matters of the evolution of Kazakh-Korean relations, noting their consistent consolidation.

11 November 2016

Briefing for local media on the results of the state visit to the Republic of Korea

Republic of Korea, Seoul

President of Kazakhstan said that successful negotiations were held with the South Korean leader and he met with representatives of business circles.

– Interest in Kazakhstan is very big; our delegation has been given serious attention and the relevant documents have been inked, including a joint statement defining the strategic importance of Kazakhstan to Korea in Central Asia, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The Head of State emphasized the trade and economic component of bilateral cooperation, stating that Korean businesses invested about $ 10 billion in the Kazakh economy, and the work for attracting new investments is under way.

– We have talked about that South Korean companies, LG is among them, which participated in the major project – a gas and chemical complex, said the President of Kazakhstan.

The Head of State noted that active cooperation with South Korea is of particular importance in view of the priority development of processing sectors of Kazakhstan’s industry, and economic diversification.

– The visit has been necessary to once again confirm our partnership with that important country, which demonstrates the effectiveness of industrial and technological growth, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

In conclusion, the President of Kazakhstan emphasized that the promotion of mutual relations with other countries is aimed primarily at finding new opportunities for the national economy.

– Towards the end of 2016 my external-economic are nearing completion on good terms; we have found new friends and “compared notes” with our partners. That is useful for further development of Kazakhstan’s economy, and thus for the entire population, the Head of State said.