KAZAKHSTAN’S CHAIRMANSHIP IN UN ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE
Kazakhstan is completing a two-year chairmanship in the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Over 70 years, this organization has been fostering sustainable development, promoting environmental protection, and facilitating trade and integration into the global economy. The main goal of Kazakhstan’s chairmanship was the promotion of its and other Central Asian states’ interests and cooperation with the UNECE.
ZHANAR AITZHANOVA, KAZAKH AMBASSADOR TO SWITZERLAND:
- The main achievement was the agreement to create the Green Technologies Center under the auspices of the United Nations. This center will not just attract investments into the so-called new, alternative energy production, but also modernize existing production facilities in Kazakhstan. It will also serve as a research center that will disseminate knowledge and expertise in Kazakhstan and across the Central Asian region.
CIHAN SULTANOGLU, UN ASSISTANT SECRETARY-GENERAL:
- This is a very excellent initiative and it’s very much fitting with the theme of the EXPO 2017, which is about future energy. And I understand center will be established in the premises of the EXPO 2017. I had a chance to visit Astana most recently. I’ve been there many times but in February also to talk about participation during the expo.
Trade-economic cooperation was also fruitful for Kazakhstan, which launched a special project simplifying doing business conditions this year.
MARIO APOSTOLOV, REGIONAL ADVISER, TRADE DIVISION, UNECE:
- We highly appreciate the fact that Kazakhstan has been a state with a great potential in trade and other spheres over the past few years. It was very positive.