Foreign Ministers of Central Asia and the USA discussed the issues of strengthening regional security, economic cooperation as well as development of transport, logistics and energy potential. Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs Erlan Idrissov participated in the second meeting of the foreign ministers of the region and in America in "C5 + 1" format. The participants approved a number of concrete projects worth $15 million. The projects relate to SMEs support, lowering interregional trade barriers, logistics development, and green economy as well as fighting international terrorism. Erlan Idrissov met with the U.S. State Secretary John Kerry, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and American businessmen as part of the event. One the main negotiation topics were energy security and participation of American businessmen in Expo-2017. The Head of Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry has informed them about the aims of the exhibition and potential advantages of participation in it. He reminded that the creation of Astana Financial center will make the city the main economic hub of the region.
Erlan IDRISSOV, KAZAKH MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
We held meetings in the framework of Chamber of Commerce with U.S. business circles in G5 format where each country presented the opportunities for doing business in the country and in regional context as a whole. I think it’s a very good start and it received a positive feedback from our business partners from the USA.
Gary LITMAN, VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL INITIATIVES AT U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:
We represent the interests of nearly 3 million U.S. companies. We monitor new markets around the world. For us, the opportunity to meet with 5 foreign ministers in Washington simultaneously and see and appreciate their cooperation with each other is a signal of to what extent it will be peaceful in the region, signal of mutual understanding. None of us wants to be in the region affected by conflict.
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