KAZAKHSTAN, AUSTRIA MARK 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS
A concert was held in Vienna to mark the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and Austria. The event was attended by Austrian parliament memebrs and businessmen. Laureates of international competitions Leila and Aida Akmetovs performed on the stage.
WALTER GETZ, SPECTATOR:
- We are here in Vienna, the world's capital of classical music; we are very inspired to discover new talents. I really liked the combination of the classical music and jazz and, of course, the works of the Kazakh composers.
The audience enjoyed not only the masterpieces of the world's classical music but also the arrangements by the Kazakh composer Alibi Abdinurov presented by Akhmetov sisters.
LEILA AKHMETOVA, VIOLINIST:
- The composition is named "Kazakhstan". It is dedicated to our country; it contains elements of Kazakh folk songs, and modern sound. I think it is very interesting for the foreign audience and it was very pleasant for me to play my native music with my sister. It is very important for us to promote the Kazakh music.
Kazakhstan and Austria have strong ties not only in arts but also in politics and economy. Austria was one of the first states that recognized Kazakhstan's independence. Kazakhstan and Austria are reliable partners. Austria highly appreciates the foreign policy initiatives of the Kazakh President. The states are constantly working to strengthen trade and economic ties.
KAIRAT SARYBAI, KAZAKH AMBASSADOR IN AUSTRIA:
- We have been observing a strong growth in mutual trade, especially last year, and most importantly, there is a growing flow of investment goods from Austria to Kazakhstan. It is worth about 250 million euros. Kazakhstan delivers goods worth one billion dollars. And Kazakhstan plays a serious role in the economic development of Austria. Almost every third liter of gasoline is produced from oil, which is extracted in the territory of Kazakhstan.
Austrian entrepreneurs are showing interest in the joint cooperation. They are ready to expand business partnership.
RICHARD SCHENZ, VICE PRESIDENT, AUSTRIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:
- Kazakhstan is very interesting for the Austrian economy because it is a stable country. Business needs favorable conditions, and Kazakhstan is an example of a peaceful and harmonious country.
Austria is famous not only for its picturesque nature, and rich culture, but also for achievements in alternative energy. The Alpine republic is the leader in the field of "green" technologies, and is ready to share unique developments. Therefore, there are many prospects for cooperation between Kazakhstan and Austria.