Kazakhstan, Japan sign several co-op documents
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 8
By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:
Kazakhstan and Japan signed several documents on cooperation with the visit of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to Japan, Kazakh presidential press-service reported.
Nazarbayev is on official visit to Japan on Nov. 6-9.
The parties signed a joint statement on special strategic partnership in the age of the prosperity of Asia, and exchanged notes on the exemption of visa requirements for holders of diplomatic and service passports since January 1, 2017.
Moreover Kazakh Investment and Development Ministry and Japanese Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry signed a memorandum of understanding; and Kazakhstan’s International financial center Astana and Japanese Securities Dealers Association signed memorandum of cooperation.
Moreover Japan signed agreement on the participation in EXPO 2017 in Astana.
Within the visit to Japan, Nazarbayav held meetings with Japanese Emperor Akihito, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Japanese businesses.
Kazakh president underscored that Kazakhstan is interested in deepening the all-round partnership with Japan, having all the necessary potential.
“In such a case, bilateral trade and economic cooperation is the driving force,” he said at the talks with Japanese prime minister in expanded format.
The volume of mutual trade turnover amounted to $0.5 billion in 2015, according to Nazarbayev.
“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,” Nazarbayev said.
Within the visit to the Japanese parliament, Nazarbayev noted that Kazakhstan is interested in building mutually beneficial cooperation in high technology areas and attracting Japanese advanced and know-how technologies. He also invited Japanese companies to take part in privatization program and invest in industrial projects in Kazakhstan.
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