Global symposium of South-South cooperation
Astana hosted a global symposium of South-South cooperation in partnership with United Nations Development Program. The event gathered more than 40 representatives from African governments who discussed the measures to support the economy of the African countries. Promotion of peaceful and stable development of the African continent is prioritized in Kazakhstan's work in the UN Security Council. According to experts, the economy of African countries remains largely underdeveloped. Due to drop for raw material prices, the growth of key indicators has decreased to 3% in the region. According to experts, it is possible to achieve goals by exchanging the experience between the countries. In particular, African countries intend to study Kazakhstan's experience in industrialization and modernization of the economy as well as civil service.
AYODELE ODUSOLA, CHIEF OF STRATEGY AND ANALYSIS TEAM FOR UNDP’S REGIONAL BUREAU FOR AFRICA:
- Many African countries depend on primary commodities. Now because of the fall in prices of primary commodities many of them can’t even continue the development project and a few of them struggling to pay salaries of workers and because of that we then realize that there is need for African countries to really add value to the primary commodities.
YERZHAN ASHIKBAYEV, KAZAKH FOREIGN DEPUTY MINISTER:
- The head of state singled 7 priorities in the work in the UN Security Council. One of them is the contribution to Africa. This includes partnerships for exchange of the experience, information and technologies that are implemented in Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan actively promotes the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and contribution to a global South-South initiative.