Kazakhstan and South Korea expand cooperation
Kazakhstan and South Korea expand cooperation. The Kazakh-Korean Center for Promotion of Cooperation started operating in Seoul. The center hosted the meeting with Korean entrepreneurs. The guests were told about the forthcoming events of 2017 - the Expo and the Universiade, as well as the discounts on air tickets. Kazakh and Korean airline and tour operator signed a relevant agreement. The center will host such meetings every day.
Hwan TE YONG, HEAD OF CONSULTING COMPANY:
My company is engaged in consulting in the field of real estate and construction. I’m interested in cooperation with Kazakhstan in this sphere. So I visit this center. I plan to visit Kazakhstan during the Expo exhibition.
Woo JEONG HEE, DIRECTOR, KAZAKH-KOREAN CENTER ON COOPERATION PROMOTION:
We have concluded an agreement with the organizers of the Expo exhibition, Kazakhstan's national airline, tour operator and Kaznex Invest. These agreements provide for the sale of tickets at a discount on the route Seoul - Astana during the exhibition. Now we are developing tour packages. And ticket sale will start then in Korea.
Kazakhstan-Korea Center for Cooperation was opened during the Kazakh President’s visit to Seoul this November. South Korea is ready to share know-how and experience in the sphere of new technologies. And this is also one of the areas of cooperation that the center is going to develop. Today Seoul is one of Astana’s key partners in East Asia. More than 400 joint ventures are operating in Kazakhstan. 14 investment projects have been implemented in the last 3 years. According to experts, the potential of the Kazakh-Korean cooperation is promising.
Dulat BAKISHEV, KAZAKH AMBASSADOR TO SOUTH KOREA:
Presently, we are discussing the implementation of the project for construction of the Balkhash thermal power plant. At the moment, due to certain changes in the market, there were some changes in our countries; therefore the negotiations are underway on the optimal implementation of this project.
The 10th President of South Korea Lee Myung-bak stresses that bilateral cooperation has always been beneficial to both states. According to the former South Korean president, he often visited Kazakhstan - 1-2 times a year. In a short time, Kazakh and Korean presidents managed to establish close economic relations between the two states.
Lee MYUNG-BAK, FORMER PRESIDENT OF SOUTH KOREA:
Kazakhstan is a country with large natural resources, but President Nazarbayev has always believed that it is necessary to prepare for the time when these resources wouldn’t be sufficient. He always thinks about it. Therefore, he offered to strengthen cooperation in science and technology, IT, medicine and culture. I believe that the people of Kazakhstan are very lucky to have such President, who has a vision for the future.