France to continue cooperation with Kazakhstan, regardless of election outcome
Kazakhstan, Astana, May 7 /Trend D.Mukhtarov/
France will retain its policy to enhance cooperation with Kazakhstan, regardless of the results of the election of a new president, the French Ambassador in Astana, Jean-Charles Burton told Trend.
"There are a lot of long term agreements between France and Kazakhstan which are important for both sides. I am confident that the new president of our country will continue the cooperation between the two countries. Interests of both countries complement each other, so clearly I do not even worry about their future after the presidential elections," Bertone said.
Francois Hollande received 51.62 per cent of the vote in the French presidential election on Sunday. Hollande has received 18 million 438 votes, while Nicolas Sarkozy, who won 48.38 per cent of the vote, received 16,869,000 371 votes.
This means that socialist Francois Hollande won the presidential election over the Nicolas Sarkozy. Voter turnout was 80.34 per cent.
France and Kazakhstan increased trade and economic exchanges both quantitatively and qualitatively supported by political will and the mutual efforts of the now ex-president, Nicolas Sarkozy and President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
The volume of trade increased to 3.5 billion euros, or 19.2 per cent in 2010 compared to 2009.
Sarkozy visited Astana in October 2009. Twenty four agreements worth $ 6 billion were signed between Kazakhstan and France as a result of the visit. Nazarbayev visited France in October 2010. The visit of Prime Minister Francois Fillon took place at the end of 2010.
Major French energy companies Total, Areva and GDF-SUEZ are represented in Kazakhstan, the subsoil of which contains significant reserves of gas, oil, uranium and rare metal ores.
In parallel, France may offer technological tools and know how to participate in an impressive programme of industrialisation. Creation of a Kazakh-French centre for technology transfer, signing of big contracts with Alstom, Eurocopter and EADS Astrium and the development of an industrial partnership that meets the requirement on the use of local building and technology transfer, confirm the strategic partnership.