PRESIDENT’S WEEK

9 June 2017

The Head of the State congratulated everyone on the opening of EXPO-2017 international specialized exhibition in Astana.

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Astana Expo-2017 Exhibition Complex

Speaking at the ceremony, the Head of the State congratulated everyone on the opening of EXPO-2017 international specialized exhibition in Astana.

The President of Kazakhstan has noted that Kazakhstan is the first CIS and Eastern European country to hold an exhibition of EXPO with participation of 115 states and 22 international organizations.

– I would like to express my gratitude to all countries for accepting our application and the proposed theme. The exhibition on this scale is not only the efforts of one state; it is the work of the international community, representing its achievements here. The international exhibition of EXPO in Astana is a new peak in the promotion of our country and national brand “Kazakhstan” in the global space. Declaring theme “Future Energy”, we intend to be in the very core of scientific progress, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The Head of the State underlined that for a century and a half since the first world exhibition in London, humanity had experienced tremendous technological changes, and today it is on the threshold of new discoveries in the field of effective and safe energy. The President of Kazakhstan expressed his confidence that EXPO-2017 will make its unique contribution to this global process.

– Planned activities with participation of masterminds of modern times will specify new ways of human development. Millions of Kazakhstanis and hundreds of thousands of guests from all corners of the world will get acquainted with the outstanding achievements of world scientific and engineering thought. The EXPO program includes 6 thousand different events. They will promote the development of mutual understanding between countries, productive interaction between science, business and society, as well as acquaintance with Kazakhstan’s culture. We also invite to visit other parts of our country to get acquainted with the unique nature and historical heritage, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The Head of the State paid special attention to the urgency of EXPO-2017 theme for our country, underscoring the importance of environmentally balanced and sustainable development of the world as well.

– Kazakhstan, despite its huge hydrocarbon reserves, will actively switch to renewable energy sources. This goal is set in our Strategy-2050 and the Concept of changing for a “green economy”. By 2050, Kazakhstan can produce half of the total electricity through renewable sources. At the same time, the economy’s energy intensity will be reduced, the President of Kazakhstan said.

In addition, Nursultan Nazarbayev spoke about the designation of objects and international pavilions of Astana EXPO-2017 exhibition complex.

– Attention of all visitors will be presented to the main object – “Nur Alem” Sphere, personifying the planet. Each level is devoted to a certain type of energy. Our National Pavilion is at the base of the sphere. It includes the Zone of Acquaintance with Kazakhstan and the Zone of Creative Energy, where the best projects of Kazakhstan’s scientists are displayed. At the Expo there are over 130 expositions of countries and international organizations. In two thematic pavilions, the evolution of energy, its problems in the 21st century and technological breakthroughs in this sphere will be shown, the Head of State said.

The President of Kazakhstan dwelled on the exhibition’s business program, within the framework of which a number of major international events are scheduled, such as the Astana Economic Forum, the Council of Foreign Investors and the Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

The Head of the State expressed his confidence that the exhibition would give a new significant impetus to international cooperation and contribute to the development of science and modernization of the country’s economy.

Nursultan Nazarbayev also spoke about the further use of EXPO-2017 infrastructure after the completion of its work.

– The International Financial Center Astana will launch its activities here. The International Center for Development of Green Technologies and Investments will be established. The International Technology Park of IT start-ups will open. Thus, the EXPO’s “pulse of innovation” will keep on beating for the benefit of the country, the region and the world, the President of Kazakhstan said.

At the end of the speech, the Head of the State expressed his gratitude to all the participants in the process of preparing the EXPO-2017, and also thanked all citizens of Kazakhstan for their sincere support and assistance in implementing the idea of the exhibition.

– I express special gratitude to our high guests – the heads of state and government, who found an opportunity to personally attend the opening ceremony of EXPO-2017 in Astana, Nursultan Nazarbayev concluded.

9 June 2017

Participation in the SCO Heads of State Council meeting in an expanded format

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           Astana, Palace of Independence

In accordance with the meeting agenda, the parties discussed the current state and prospects for the  SCO development for a period ahead, prospective joint steps to promote practical cooperation within the Organization, and exchanged views on the current international and regional issues.

Opening the meeting as the Chairman, the President of Kazakhstan drew focus toward the completion of the process of accepting Pakistan and India as the SCO full members and underscored the Summit’s history making importance.

– Our current meeting, without exaggeration, will be a landmark event – the Organization’s membership is expanding for the first time. From now on, the Republic of India and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan become full members of the SCO. Now the zone of its responsibility spans the area with a population of more than 3 billion people. Thus, it entered a new stage of its institutional development already as “Shanghai Eight”. Today, we are witnessing an increase in escalation and geopolitical tensions in some regions adjacent to the SCO space. In this regard, the adoption by our Council of the Declaration of the SCO Heads of State on joint opposition to international terrorism is a well-judged action, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The Head of the State also stressed the high relevance of the SCO Convention on Countering Extremism.

In addition, the President of Kazakhstan noted the contribution of the joint “Peace Mission” to strengthening the practical cooperation of the Organization’s member countries, and also expressed gratitude to all parties for participating in the “World Without Drugs” international campaign, held this April in Astana.

In his speech, Nursultan Nazarbayev separately focused on the work on strengthening the SCO cooperation with international organizations and associations.

– In November 2016, the UN General Assembly Resolution on cooperation with the SCO was adopted. We welcome the results of the SCO-UN joint high-level event on fight against transnational drug-related crime. Institutionalization of relations between the Shanghai Organization and the International Committee of the Red Cross is expected to be promising. We also support the establishment of cooperation between the SCO and the Eurasian Economic Union and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Head of State said.

The President of Kazakhstan focused on promoting economic cooperation within the Organization and noted new institutional opportunities in this area.

– The Agreement between the governments of the SCO member states on creating favorable conditions for international road transport has come into force. The prospects of regional trade and economic cooperation are considered positively in light of the Eurasian Economic Union projects and The Silk Road Economic Belt initiative’s compatibility. The growth of mutual trade in the future can contribute to the SCO Free Trade Zone creation. In addition, cultural and humanitarian cooperation is an important vector of our activity. In this context, we welcome the signing of the Agreement on the SCO University, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

In addition, the Head of State drew focus on the expected intensification of cooperation within the Joint Action Plan for implementation of the Cooperation Program of the SCO Member States in tourism for 2017-2018.

Also, the President of Kazakhstan stated about our country’s aim as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council to bend every effort to settle  regional and global conflicts.

– We fully support the efforts of Afghanistan’s leadership to strengthen intra-Afghan political dialogue and measures to transform the country into a stable and steadily developing state. Kazakhstan on the platform of Astana process will keep on making its feasible contribution to the negotiation process to resolve the inter-Syrian crisis. It is important to ensure the conditions for participation of all interested parties in these negotiations, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

The Head of the State noted that Kazakhstan is a consistent protagonist of the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation idea, and in this regard, our country is in favor of an early resumption of negotiations on the nuclear problem settlement in North Korea.

Also, the President of Kazakhstan noted the actions taken by our country to develop the “green energy”.

– Today we all will take part in the opening ceremony of the world specialized exhibition EXPO-2017 under the Future Energy motto. For several months, the most advanced technologies in the field of clean energy will be demonstrated here. I hope that the EXPO results in Astana will bring tangible benefits to all the SCO states and the international community as a whole, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

At the end of the speech, the Head of the State underscored that the high level of interaction in all key areas of the Organization’s development will be achieved only through joint efforts of all participating countries.

Xi Jinping Chairman of the People’s Republic  of China, Almazbek Atambayev, President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, President of Mongolia, Yevgeny Sysoev, Director of the Executive Committee of the SCO Regional Antiterrorist Structure, Sergey Lebedev, Chairman of the Executive Committee, the Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Gong Jianwei, Executive Director of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia, Le Luong Minh, Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and Amanzhol Zhankuliev, Deputy Secretary-General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, have addressed the meeting.

According to the regulations, after the meeting the Chairmanship in the SCO was passed over to the People’s Republic of China.

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Following the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit, the following documents have been adopted:

  1. Astana Declaration of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Heads of State;
  2. The SCO Convention on Counteracting Extremism;
  3. Decision of the SCO Summit on completing the admission of the Republic of India to the SCO and granting it the status of the SCO member state;
  4. Decision of the SCO Summit on completing the admission of the Republic of Pakistan to the SCO and granting it the status of the SCO member state;
  5. Decision of the SCO Summit on the contributions of the SCO member states in connection with granting the status of the SCO member state to the Republic of India and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan;
  6. Decision of the SCO Summit on approval of the Report of the Secretary General of the Organization on the SCO activities for the past year;
  7. Decision of the SCO Summit on approval of the Report of the Council of the Regional Antiterrorist Structure of the SCO on the activities of the Regional Antiterrorist Structure in 2016;
  8. Decision of the SCO Summit on approval of the Regulations on the Permanent Representative of the SCO Member State to the SCO RATS;
  9. Decision of the SCO Summit on termination of the decisions of the Council of Heads of State of the SCO Member States;
  10. Statement of the SCO Heads of States on joint counteraction to international terrorism (adopted without signing);
  11. Information message on the results of the SCO Summit (adopted without signing).