Official talks with Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev
A new stage in Belarus-Kazakhstan cooperation has
begun. It will focus on innovations and high technologies, Belarus President
Alexander Lukashenko said after negotiations with his Kazakhstan counterpart
Nursultan Nazarbayev on 29 November.
“I am pleased to say that this visit has launched a new stage in
bilateral cooperation. Mutual penetration of capital with a focus on innovations
and high technologies will be its distinguishing trait. It is a peculiarity of
today’s meeting. Tomorrow belongs to cutting-edge technologies. Belarus and
Kazakhstan are ready to work for the future. We look to the future,” Alexander
According to the head
of state, cooperation in the area of information technologies looks promising.
“Belarus already develops a respectable volume of software for many countries
and is ready to work together and share the best practices with Kazakhstani
brothers. Let me reiterate: we are not going to hide anything from you. You are
free to get full information about everything we can do in this regard. We will
show everything to you,” assured Alexander Lukashenko.
Alexander Lukashenko remarked that the existing serious
basis of productive bilateral relations allows moving on to a new level of
technology. The sides reached the relevant agreement today. “We are interested
in proposals about promising projects in various areas such as petrochemical
industry, agriculture, power engineering, transport, logistics, and new
technologies,” said the Belarusian head of state.
The head of state hailed the current visit as symbolic. This
year the two countries mark 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic
relations. During this period, the countries have become not just friends but
major strategic and economic partners. “Today I can say with confidence that
Kazakhstan is an important and time-tested ally both in the format of bilateral
relations and also in the integration associations and international
organizations,” the Belarusian head of state noted.
The talks of the two leaders were held in the traditionally
warm and friendly atmosphere. The presidents discussed a wide range of issues.
The Belarusian-Kazakhstani contacts were extensive this year. A constructive
meeting was held within the framework of the SCO Summit; a series of visits by
senior officials was carries out. Belarus took an active part in Astana EXPO
2017. Such intensity of dialogue highlights the strategic nature of our
relations and partnership, the Belarusian president noted.
“I am convinced that
Belarus and Kazakhstan have a great potential to bolster bilateral ties. It is
important to intensify investments in manufacturing and promotion of merchandise
and services export. We need to set up our own transnational corporations in the
Eurasian Economic Union for successful promotion of our goods in foreign
markets. We have the resources to match such ambitious plans. Moreover, we
endorsed the proposal of our governments to establish such corporations in areas
from education to logistics,” the Belarusian head of state noted.
stressed that the economic competitiveness depends on the prompt introduction of
cutting-edge manufacturing and financial technologies and instruments. The
international financial center Astana is being constructed in Kazakhstan. It
will become a regional financial cluster. In turn, the Belarus-China industrial
park Great Stone should become the innovative ‘city of the future’ aimed at
high-technology export. Both facilities are located on the Great Silk Road.
Mutual participation in these projects will speed up and strengthen the
integration of our countries into the global economy,” the President
In his words, the
international financial center Astana and Belarus’ Hi-Tech Park should start
introducing cutting-edge developments. “We have discussed this matter with the
president and welcomed the proposal of the governments to expand the contacts
between the financial center and the Hi-Tech Park,” Alexander Lukashenko
Belarus is ready to share its
unmanned aerial vehicle technologies with Kazakhstan.
“Belarus is ready to share
serious know-how concerning unmanned aerial vehicles. In addition to selling the
drones we can share drone manufacturing technologies,” said the Belarusian head
According to Alexander
Lukashenko, the potential of Belarus-Kazakhstan scientific and technical ties is
underused. “I believe it is important to advance partnership with Kazakhstan in
space exploration, for instance, in such areas as the remote sensing of Earth,
space research, and space communication,” he noted.
Alexander Lukashenko added that Belarus could also offer
proprietary innovative solutions for agriculture to partners.
Alexander Lukashenko also sees opportunities
to enhance industrial cooperation with Kazakhstan. According to him, industrial
cooperation remains a driver of bilateral economic cooperation. “We are ready to
increase the level of localization for the goods jointly produced in Kazakhstan,
which, in turn, will help create new jobs,” Alexander Lukashenko said.
Belarus is also determined to remain a
reliable transit partner for Kazakhstan. The participation of the two countries
in the Silk Road Economic Belt initiative opens up new opportunities for the
development of our states, the expansion of transport corridors, the development
of logistics infrastructure for the fast and convenient delivery of cargoes
between Europe an Asia.
have positive experience in housing and road construction in Kazakhstan. The
mutual recognition of administrative procedures for organizations who seek
access to the market of design and construction works in the Eurasian Economic
Union will help us move onto a new level of cooperation,” the president
He also believes it is important
to intensify the dialogue between the EAEU member states on the matter.
Alexander Lukashenko stated
his intention to continue to actively maintain contacts in the fields of
education, culture, and healthcare. “Our countries can be proud by right of the
results of humanitarian cooperation,” Alexander Lukashenko stressed. It is
important that we maintain the spirit of friendship and mutual respect between
peoples which we inherited from the Soviet Union and pass it over to the younger
generations. Therefore I suggest resuming the days of culture. This will
contribute to the rapprochement of our people and promotion of traditions,
achievements and historical heritage,” the president said.
There is a mutual interest
to preserve and develop the positive momentum of bilateral relations, especially
in trade and economic cooperation. In January-September 2017 the trade between
the countries surged by almost 65% and amounted to $0.5 billion. Yet it is
insufficient. It does not correspond to the potential of the two states.
Alexander Lukashenko endorsed the proposal of his Kazakhstan counterpart to take
stock of the imports of the two countries and see whether they can be replaced.
“We strive to bring the trade to more than $1 billion, as it once was,” the
terms of politics and diplomacy, Alexander Lukashenko stated that the parties
hold absolutely similar views. “We support each other, always and everywhere. We
are the closest allies,” he said.