London hosts regular meeting of Kazakh-British trade, industry council
Astana, Kazakhstan, Oct.20
By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:
London hosted the 18th session of Kazakh-British trade and industry council, Kazakh foreign ministry said Oct.18.
The session was hosted under the support of the embassy of Kazakhstan in the UK.
The Kazakh official delegation included representatives of the ministry of foreign affairs, the ministry for investment and development of Kazakhstan, the national bank, the Kaznex Invest national agency, Astana-Expo national company, Baiterek holding, machine-building union of Kazakhstan and the national chamber of entrepreneurs.
From the British side, the delegation, which was headed by the co-chairman of the council, lord mayor of the City of London in 2011-2012, Sir David Wootton, included the heads of the working group on Islamic funding of the City of London, the Royal institute on securities and investment, the national trade and investment agency, Cambridge Central Asia Forum, Shell Kazakstan, Huntsworth, Russell & Partners and Cultural Innovations.
Presentations were made by the prime ministerial trade envoy of Great Britain to Kazakhstan Charles Hendry and the ambassador of Kazakhstan to the UK Yerzhan Kazykhanov.
The agenda of the 18th session of the Kazakh-British trade and industry council included issues of the current state and prospects of bilateral trade and economic cooperation development; consideration of priority investment projects of the Kaznex Invest Kazakh national agency and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI); the development of public and private partnership projects, cooperation of the national bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan with the City of London on the development of the regional financial center in Almaty and Islamic funding, attraction of the Britain's leading mining, metallurgy, oil and gas companies and geological research institutes to the construction of a world-class geological cluster in Kazakhstan, as well as the issues of training of specialists in this area.
In addition, the issues of attracting tourists to the EXPO -2017 international exhibition and the study of the British experience on commissioning of major construction projects after the exhibition, as well as the development of event tourism in Kazakhstan were discussed.
Kazakh-British trade and industry council must become an effective platform for the development of cooperation, in accordance with the agreement of the parties.